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Saturday

Music of silent films with

Jay Warren

1-2 p.m. Sept. 21, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena.

Join us as we experience

movies the old fashioned

way: silent. Jay Warren,

photo-play organist for

the Silent Film Society of

Chicago, will treat us to a

classic silent film with full

organ accompaniment.

Chicago’s foremost photo-play

organist brings

all the color, excitement

and glamour of the silent

film era back to life with

his original scores for the

silver screen. As a regularly

featured photo-play

organist for the Silent

Film Society of Chicago,

he has accompanied most

of the great silent films

throughout his thirty year

career in his famous rousing

style. For more information,

call (708) 479-

9663.

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.

Sunday

Kick the Keg fundraiser

Noon-4 p.m. Sept. 22,

Crafted Bottle Shop and

Tap Room, 19200 S. La-

Grange Road in Mokena.

Join the Mokena Chamber

of Commerce for its

first Mokena Chamber

Ambassador Program

“Kick the Keg” fundraiser.

Raffles, games,

networking and fun.

Light refreshments by

chamber vendors. If you

would like your business

promoted at this event,

please consider donating

a raffle prize. Please

contact Melissa at the

Chamber Office at (708)

479-2468, or Ambassador

Chair Susie Stringham at

susie@StringhamInsur

ance.com with any questions.

Monday

Village Board meeting

7 p.m. Sept. 23, Village

Hall, 11004 Carpenter St.

in Mokena.

UPCOMING

Friends of the Library fall

book sale

Noon-5 p.m. Sept. 27

and 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sept. 28, Mokena Community

Public Library

District, 11327 195th St.

in Mokena. The Friends

of the Library are hosting

their third book sale

of the year to support the

Mokena Community Public

Library District. The

sale is held downstairs in

the library’s community

room. The members of

the Friends of the Library

are allowed early into the

Pre-Sale on both Friday

and Saturday. For more

information, call (708)

479-9663.

Kick the Keg for My

Joyful Heart

1-5 p.m. Sept. 29,

Crafted Bottle Shop &

Tap Room, 19200 La-

Grange Road Unit E in

Mokena. Join My Joyful

Heart and Crafted Bottle

Shop and Tap Room for

an afternoon of appetizers,

raffles, adult beverages

and more. Anyone

who brings a full-size

bottle of shampoo or body

wash will get a free raffle

ticket. For more information,

email Office2@my

joyfulheart.org.

Ladies Night Out - Ghouls

Night Out

6-9 p.m. Oct. 3, Konow’s

Corn Maze, 16849

S. Cedar Road in Homer

Glen. Cost is $5 in advance,

$10 at the door.

This 21-and-older 22nd

Century Media event is

to feature a variety of

vendors with health tips

and screenings, fashion

and beauty, food, home

decor, shopping, and

more. There also will be

a cash bar, concessions,

music, costume contest

and more. The first 200

attendees will receive a

free tote bag and a wine

glass. A portion of each

ticket will benefit Crisis

Center for South Suburbia

and the Weish4Ever

Foundation.

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

3rd annual Halloween

costume swap

Sept. 1-30, Mokena

Community Public Library

District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. The

Mokena Community Public

Library District is encouraging

the community

to swap their lightly used

costumes to save resources,

packaging, transportation

costs and money

this Halloween season.

This event is a free event

in which patrons may

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Correction

In the Sept. 12 issue

of The Messenger

in an article titled

“Revolutionary

War veteran

commemorated at

Pioneer Cemetery,”

U. S. Air Force Major

General Mark W.

Anderson (Ret.) was

misidentified.

The Messenger

recognizes and regrets

the error.

donate Halloween costumes

for all ages during

the month of September.

From 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on

Oct. 4 patrons who donated

a costume may come

in to select costumes from

among the donations. All

leftover costumes will be

donated to charity. Call

(708) 479-9663 for additional

information.

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,

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Former Mokena firefighter files sexual discrimination suit against department

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

A former firefighter with

the Mokena Fire Protection

District filed a sexual

discrimination lawsuit on

Aug. 19 against the department,

according to court

records.

In the lawsuit, Justin R.

Bakker, of Beecher, alleges

that he was sexually

harassed several times, in

the form of homophobic

commentary from his colleagues,

between December

2015 and August 2018.

The first alleged incident

occurred Dec. 22, 2015,

while Bakker was sitting

with another paramedic/

firefighter discussing renting

out the then-home in

which Bakker was living.

Assistant Chief Joseph

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Bakker filed a complaint

with his union representative

later that day and, a

week later, a meeting was

held with Bakker, a union

representative, Cirelli and

Mokena Fire Protection

District Chief Howard Stephens

in which Stephens

reportedly said that Cirelli’s

behavior was unacceptable

and would never

happen again, according to

the lawsuit.

The second incident

reported in the lawsuit alleges

that more than two

years later — on July 4,

2018 — at the Mokena

Fourth of July Parade during

a discussion among

Bakker and other firefighters

about the first Gay

Pride event to be held in

Mokena. The discussion

touched on uniform shirts

the firefighters would be

getting for “cancer month

and supporting the troops.”

The suit alleges that

William Haas, president

of the board of commissioners

for the MFPD, told

Bakker he was going to

get a rainbow-colored shirt

and Bakker would wear it

“with all kinds of pride.”

The lawsuit states that

Bakker met with Haas and

Stephens privately following

the incident, and

that no further action was

taken.

The final incident allegedly

occurred later that

year on Aug. 21, 2018,

when Bakker and nine

other firefighters were at

a training session taught

by Fire Marshall Lt. Mark

Sickles. During the training,

the lawsuit states,

Bakker requested the color

of paper for different panels

be changed to make it

easier to understand. Sickles

reportedly responded

“How about we make the

color pink just for you.

You like that color, don’t

you?” and then told Bakker

to “shut up.”

Several hours later, a

meeting was held between

Bakker, the union president,

Stephens and Sickles,

where Sickles reportedly

apologized.

It is reported in the lawsuit

that at that time Bakker

informed Stephens that

Bakker believed he was

being “targeted” by MFPD

and that the incidents were

repeatedly calling into

question Bakker’s sexuality.

Bakker is heterosexual,

according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit alleges that

MFPD is in violation of

the Civil Rights Act of

1964; that MFPD was and

had become and remains a

hostile work environment

to Bakker, causing him to

remove himself from the

workplace, fearing for his

own safety and mental

health; and that Bakker

has suffered and continues

to suffer lost wages, lost

benefits and other pecuniary

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Court records show

that Bakker is seeking

$200,000. Bakker and his

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are seeking a jury trial in

the United States District

Court for the Northern

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Neither Bakker, Ferolie,

or Cirelli were immediately

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Stephens said that MFPD

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Got pot? In Mokena probably not

Mayor, Village

Board voice public

safety concerns

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Sale and possession of

recreational marijuana was

approved by Illinois lawmakers

earlier this year

but interested customers

will need to look outside

of Mokena.

The Village of Mokena

Board of Trustees discussed

the matter during

work session Monday,

Sept. 9, and voiced agreement

over not allowing the

sale of recreational marijuana

in town. Trustee Joseph

Siwinski was absent.

During the discussion,

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John Tomasoski recapped

that effective Jan. 1, 2020,

the Cannabis Regulation

and Tax Act legalizes recreational

use of marijuana.

As such, in Illinois, residents

21 years or older will

be able to: possess up to 30

grams of marijuana or 500

milligrams of THC content

of edible products; and use

marijuana in most private

residences and campus

lounges. The act also allows

for the expungement

of many prior convictions

of marijuana possession.

Tomasoski added, however,

that recreational

consumption will be prohibited

in any public place.

He also noted that use of

marijuana is still federally

illegal.

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“But federal law enforcement

has not prosecuted

businesses complying

with state programs,”

he said.

Tomasoski also listed

the pros and cons for the

Village allowing sale of

recreational marijuana. On

the pro side: potential tax

revenue and short-term or

long-term job creation. For

cons, he listed: not having

adequate locations or zoning;

and potential impact

on public safety resources.

Mokena Police Chief

Steve Vaccaro said he believes

prohibiting sale of

recreational marijuana offers

a higher level of safety

and security for residents.

He said when the bill was

originally proposed at the

state level, the Illinois

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Association of Chiefs of

Police and the Illinois

Sheriffs’ Association both

came out against it.

Vaccaro said research

from the past few years

regarding recreational use

of marijuana included an

increase in traffic crashes

and impaired driving offenses

in Colorado, as well

as an increase in traffic fatalities.

He also said there

have been studies about

an increase in psychosis

in Colorado, as well as

a negative impact on the

bordering states surrounding

Colorado.

“Washington state and,

specifically, Seattle has

seen an increase in homelessness

and an increase in

opioid use,” Vaccaro added.

“There is research to

support that marijuana is

actually a gateway drug.”

Overall, Vaccaro said

he expected increases in

impaired driving, traffic

crashes due to driving impairment,

and workplace

accidents or incidents both

locally and at the state

level.

“I would expect to see

an increase in our operating

costs,” he added.

Matt Darin — of the

Greenhouse Group, a medical

marijuana dispensary

that has a location in Mokena

that was approved in

2014 and opened in 2015

— also spoke during the

presentation. He shared

his business experience in

Mokena on the medical

side, as well as opportunities

for adult recreational

use if passed.

“It’s been a phenomenal

experience operating

here — thought to be very

business-friendly, and just

a great community,” Darin

said. “We’re proud to

Round it up

A brief recap of other

items discussed at the

Sept. 9 Village Board

meeting.

• During the regular

meeting, several

proclamations were

read honoring: the

Mokena Chamber of

Commerce for National

Chamber of Commerce

Week; the Lincoln-Way

High School District

210 Foundation for

its 25th anniversary;

Constitution Week; and

Rail Safety Week.

• During the work

session that followed

the regular meeting,

the trustees also

voiced support for a

special use permit

request from the

owners of Brothership

Brewing to operate a

taproom and brewery

at 18781 S. 90th Ave.

in Mokena. The item

will be voted on at a

future board meeting.

operate here. It’s one of

our best locations across

a number of different

states.”

Darin said municipalities

can enact up to a 3

percent flat tax on gross

adult recreational use sales

receipts, with counties receiving

0.75 percent tax on

gross sales and 8 percent

of the sales taxes collected

going to the Local Government

Distributive Fund to

fund crime prevention programs,

law enforcement

training and drug interdiction

efforts.

Darin said the projected

2019 medical sales for

marijuana are between

$6.5 and $7 million. But,

he said projected 2020

medical and adult use recreational

sales is between

$15 and $20 million. That

meant a potential tax revenue

for Mokena could

be between $300,000 and

$600,000 in the first year.

Later, he pointed to an

advisory Cook County

referendum asking if residents

support legalization

of marijuana, and that it

passed with approximately

67 percent in favor.

“If it were to be put up

to a ballot referendum like

every other state has done,

it would have won by a

landslide for our state,”

Darin said.

Darin said, for better or

worse, a law was passed.

“What’s going to happen

is that all those same

downsides that you’re

talking about with public

safety, the reality is you’re

still going to have those,”

he said. “We have thousands

of people that come

visit us, of which many

of those are Mokena residents

and the other ones

are from the exact surrounding

communities.

That’s just in the medical

program. With the adult

use, that’s clearly going to

expand. So, you’re going

to have to the downsides

of having to deal with that

and not going to have the

upside of the financial aspect.”

However, the trustees all

voiced concerns with allowing

recreational sales

in the village.

Trustee George Metanias

said the board wasn’t

crazy about approving

medical marijuana in

2014, but eventually went

along with it. But the

board purposely put in a

clause about not being able

to sell marijuana for recre-

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Former LW Central teen has near-death experience linked to vaping

Sean Hastings

Contributing Editor

Piper Johnson was on

her way to Greeley, Colorado,

to move into college

Aug. 16. Leaving her

home in New Lenox for

college was just the beginning

of the chaos her and

her mother, Ruby, endured.

Piper was unable to take

deep breaths without pain

and was coughing as her

and Ruby were leaving for

the University of Northern

Colorado.

Piper admitted to her

mom that she had been

vaping. She said she had

stopped a week prior when

the pain started.

“I could tell she was

scared,” Ruby said. “Of

course, I was upset that she

tells me she’s been vaping.

I’m thinking, ‘That’s not

what it is right now.’ She

said she thought she had

bronchitis. As we were

driving, she kept saying

things like ‘I’m so cold,’

and I’m thinking it’s hot

and she kept coughing.”

According to the Centers

for Disease Control

and Prevention, more than

450 possible cases of lung

illnesses associated with

e-cigarette products have

been reported in 33 states

and one U.S. territory,

and six deaths have been

linked to a possible connection

with vaping.

The Johnson’s trip west

was planned to be two-day

haul. They decided to stop

in Nebraska for the night,

but the following morning

on Aug. 17, Piper woke

up vomiting and feeling

worse.

With fewer than six

hours left to get to Greeley

— New Lenox is roughly

13 hours from the school

— Piper and Ruby figured

they’d tough it out and find

a minute clinic in town

closer to Greeley.

Not finding one and going

to an urgent care was

the best thing that could

have happened, Ruby said.

Ruby said the radiologist

read Piper’s tests as

clear and thought it was

early pneumonia, but told

Piper that she had to come

back first thing the following

morning.

Doctors told her that

she had diffuse pneumonia

and that damage is usually

contained to one lobe, but

Piper Johnson lays in her hospital bed after developing

a vaping-related illness on her way to college in

Colorado. Photo Submitted

hers was all over.

“You could tell it was

puzzling to them,” Ruby

said. “The oxygenation

was terrible. She was admitted

and kept overnight.

We’re supposed to be

moving her into her dorm

this day [Saturday]. Orientation

was Monday and

Tuesday and we’re thinking

‘What is happening?’”

While she was in the

hospital, Ruby said that

Piper at one point was getting

30 liters of oxygen.

The pulmonologist

feared that if they came

in any later, Piper would

have been unresponsive

and on a ventilator.

“The doctor who admitted

her was the angel,”

Ruby said. “Once he admitted

her, he started doing

all this research and

checking around with different

hospitals and doctors

and checking cases.

He started her on steroids

and that is what made the

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Ruby said she just kept

wondering “How did we

get here?” A cough, which

usually would be innocent,

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said. Her office is also

scheduled to host a free

shredding event and food

drive from 10-11 a.m.

Saturday, Sept. 21, at

11032 W. Lincoln Highway

in Frankfort.

Samantha Alonso, who

handles constituent affairs

for the Illinois Office

of the Comptroller, said

“Identity theft is very scary, and I’ve heard a lot

of people have gone through this, where they

call and say that a relative of yours is in jail or

something ... I’ve known quite a few people.”

Cathy Hambric — Mokena resident

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one of the most common

methods of committing

identity theft is through

imposter scams, which

involve an individual pretending

to represent the

IRS or another agency or

company to collect money

from an unsuspecting

victim. Other known

ways of stealing personal

data include using credit

card skimmers at pumps

at the gas station and

stealing credit card information

saved on an online

profile, she said.

Alonso urged seniors

who suspected that they

may be targets for identity

theft to ask questions

about why they needed to

give personal information

out over the phone.

“If they’re a legitimate

company, they will

not pressure you to give

such information,” Alonso

said. “If anyone ever

calls you, whether it’s

AT&T, your hospital, insurance

and so on and so

forth, and they ask you

for your social security

number, we recommend

you ask these questions

first: Why do you need

my number? How will it

be used? What will happen

if I refuse to give it

to you, and can I provide

you with just the last four

digits? If they’re a legit

company and just want to

verify your information,

this should be more than

helpful for them.”

According to Alonso,

in 2017, one in every 15

American adults was an

identity theft victim and

$905 million was stolen as

a result of identity theft.

Alonso said children are

particularly susceptible to

having their identity stolen:

Thirty-nine percent

of children have their

identity stolen every year

in the U.S., and of that

figure, 60 percent have

their identity stolen by

family or friends.

“Recently, I had a constituent

that told me that

their older sister stole

their identity when they

were a child,” Alonso

said. “She bought a car

when she was in high

school. She didn’t have

the credit, so she borrowed

her younger sister’s

credit. So, therefore

it’s very important that

if you are the parent of a

child to be very careful

with that information.”

Alonso recommended

that seniors leave their

social security card at

home or at a safe location

to prevent identity theft in

the event that their wallet

is stolen. Other methods

residents can use to protect

personal data include

shredding documents,

using secure WiFi and

changing login information

frequently, she said.

Cathy Hambric, of Mokena,

said she decided to

attend the event with fellow

Mokena resident Sharon

Daley after reading

about it in the newspaper.

“Identity theft is very

scary, and I’ve heard a

lot of people have gone

through this, where they

call and say that a relative

of yours is in jail or something

... I’ve known quite

a few people,” Hambric

said. “And I’ve noticed

that places try to help

them. My kid works at

Walgreens and somebody

came in Walgreens and

was saying they needed

Western Union to send

overseas somewhere, and

they questioned them, and

they discouraged them

from doing it. So, that’s a

good thing.”


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Apartment complex temporarily

evacuated during laundry room fire

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Mokena Fire Protection

District responded to

a call for a fire at 11:15

a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, at

single-story, 12-unit apartment

complex at 19325 S.

Wolf Road, according to a

press release issued by the

district.

The first MFPD unit arrived

on-scene at 11:19

Police Reports

a.m., according to the press

release. The fire reportedly

was located in the rear of

the complex, in the laundry

room, and the fire was contained

to the laundry room.

One resident was evaluated

for smoke inhalation,

but was not transported to

the hospital, according to

the press release.

The fire was under control,

and the firefighters

were picking up equipment

by 11:49 a.m

Residents were temporarily

evacuated but are

now back in their apartments,

MFPD Chief Howard

Stephens said.

The fire is being investigated

by MFPD and the

Frankfort Fire Protection

District.

Loose dog leads to warrant discovery, arrest

Michael K. Doman, 54,

of 19618 Tramore Lane

in Mokena, was charged

Aug. 30 with having a

dog at large. Additionally,

it was discovered that

Doman had an in-state

warrant issued from Du-

Page County.

According to police

reports, officers were

dispatched to Doman’s

residence in response to

a reported disturbance.

Upon arrival, officers

spoke with Doman, who

told the officers that he

was in his garage when

two neighbors were walking

by with their dogs.

Doman’s dog got out of

the home and ran toward

the neighbors. Doman

reportedly intervened,

and a verbal altercation

followed. The neighbors

separated themselves

from the altercation and

called Mokena Police Department.

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A check of Doman’s

information revealed

the in-state warrant, and

he was placed under

arrest.

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Anyone listed in these reports

is considered to be innocent

of all charges until proven

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FROM THE ORLAND PARK

PRAIRIE

Humphrey House

rededicated after

renovations

Taking a tour through

Orland Park’s Humphrey

House, one can smell

history — the black top

hat made of silk, and old

books made from leather

that hold the names of

Civil War soldiers, a mix

of trinkets the youngest

Humphrey son left to the

Orland Park Historical

Society when he died in

1987.

Diane Grah, the Orland

Parker who serves as president

of the Orland Park

Historical Society, was

giving tours of the house

Sept. 7 during a rededication,

following a time of

closure for renovations.

“We needed some extra

work on the house in

the past several months,”

Grah said. “We decided

to do some plaster work,

paint and cleaning of the

home. Today, we’re doing

this grand reopening to

show off some of the restoration

work.”

While the musical group

Weed Wackers sang bluegrass

music on the porch

of the house, residents and

guests stopped by to tour

the place.

“I think everyone should

know where they came

from,” said Laura Kolpak,

of Orland Park. “You

should have some awareness

of the town. This

town is rich in history, like

every town in America.”

Grah added, “It’s not

just the home. It’s knowing

who John Humphrey

was. He was our founding

president in Orland

Park. Before that, he did

so much work as a lawyer,

even for the State of Illinois.

People should learn

not only about this house

but what his family did for

Orland Park.”

Reporting by Mary Compton,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit OPPrairie.com.

FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Author becomes

semifinalist in state

competition

Former Lockport resident

and self-published

author Donna Malacina

has become a semifinalist

in the Soon to Be Famous

Illinois Authors Project

with her book “Twisted

Secrets.”

Malacina is one of 10

semi-finalists in the Adult

Fiction category to gain

recognition through the

project. “Twisted Secrets”

is her third in a series of

adult fiction novels. The

winner has not yet been

announced for the competition,

but Malacina is

hopeful.

Though Malacina has

now taken up residence

in Naples, Florida, to focus

on writing, her home

library is still listed as

Lockport. Even though

one of the requirements of

the competition is to be an

Illinois resident, Malacina

still qualifies, as she was a

resident when she submitted

her work.

Should Malacina win

the competition, she will

be awarded a cash prize,

increased recognition, the

opportunity to compete

in the national Indie Author

Project competition

and more opportunities to

work with traditional publishers.

In addition, participating

libraries would

give her the opportunity to

promote her book and dispense

print copies.

The winner will be announced

in late October.

Malacina continues to

keep busy with writing in

anticipation of the October

announcement.

Reporting by Derek Swanson,

Editorial Intern. For

more, visit LockportLegend.

com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Mother ‘Going the

Distance’ for her children,

trains for Chicago

Marathon

The diagnosis of a rare

health condition can be

life-changing for a family.

And for lifelong Tinley

Park residents Laura and

Jeff Brown, it has meant

carrying breathing machines

everywhere they

go, just in case one or both

of their children — 2-yearold

Josie and 4-year-old

Robbie — falls asleep

in the car or needs a nap

while they are out. The

Brown children have a

condition called congenital

central hypoventilation

syndrome.

Last year, Laura ran the

Chicago Marathon to raise

funds for CCHS Family

Network after Josie was

diagnosed with CCHS just

months after she was born.

Since Josie’s diagnosis,

the entire family was tested,

and it was found that

Robbie not only has the

mutation but also suffers

the symptoms. As such,

for this year, her third year

running the marathon,

Lauren has even more motivation

to run than ever

before.

“This is the second year

in a row I’m running as

a charity runner to raise

money for a cause,” she

said. “This year, even

more so than last year, I

have even more motivation

to spread awareness

and turn it into a fundraiser.”

This year, Laura said

she hopes to raise $6,000

for CCHS Family Network

via a GoFundMe

campaign titled, “Going

the Distance for CCHS

Awareness.”

Reporting by Amanda Del

Buono, Freelance Reporter.

For more, visit TinleyJunc

tion.com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Aldi reopens with

expanded produce section

When the newly remodeled

Aldi store in Frankfort

opened its doors to

the public on Thursday,

Sept. 12, the line of shoppers

was so long that it

stretched around the side

of the building and continued

across the parking lot.

The store’s grand reopening

was part of a

company-wide initiative

to update Aldi locations

across the country with

an expanded selection of

fresh produce. The first

100 shoppers at the Frankfort

location received gift

cards to the store, and customers

also were invited to

enter a sweepstakes for a

year’s supply of produce.

The Frankfort store,

which opened in 2006,

closed for five weeks

while an approximately

2,400-square-foot expansion

was added to the facility,

Aldi Divisional Vice

President Heather Moore

said.

“What the customers

are going to see when they

come in is it’s brighter; it’s

bigger,” she said. “We’ve

added about 350 new

items, so our product line

has increased by 20 percent.

Our fresh category

has increased by 40 percent,

so that’s the biggest

one.”

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit Frank

fortStation.com.

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

Entrepreneur opens first of

four planned Code Ninjas

locations

Melissa Potempa’s oldest

son has been into video

gaming since he was

little. So, every summer,

the Homer Glen mother

of three and entrepreneur

found herself researching

new camps and opportunities

for him to embrace his

interest in computers.

That is how she came

across Code Ninjas, a national

coding academy

chain she is bringing to the

southwest suburbs.

“I started doing more

research and realized this

would be good for a lot

of kids,” Potempa said,

“It all lines up with where

schools are going. This

was just a good time to

jump into that kind of

business.”

Potempa’s first location,

in Orland Hills, opened

last month. A Homer Glen

location is under construction

and slated for October

or November, while

outposts in Frankfort and

New Lenox are being eyed

for next year.

Sarah Mazzulla, Code

Ninjas area director for

the locations, is helping

Potempa manage all the

activity.

Code Ninjas started in

Houston and has hundreds

of franchises around the

country. The business offers

a curriculum that

uses popular video games

such as Minecraft to foster

skills in computer science

and coding — both highly

in-demand skills among

modern employers, Potempa

said.

The miniature schools

lean on martial arts as inspiration,

with locations

called “dojos,” teachers

called “sensei” and students

earning different

colored belts as they advance

through the ranks.

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit HomerHorizon.

com.

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Historic barn makes its

move after long wait

Family, friends and other

New Lenox residents

came by Frank and Linda

Pretzel’s house to see the

1840s barn that Frank had

been preparing to move to

his backyard for nearly a

year finally get there.

The barn had been used

as a home up until August

2017. The more Frank

looked into it, the more he

wanted to preserve it upon

learning it was a historic

barn.

The original move was

supposed to take place

in May. Weather pushed

the move dates back for

months. But on Wednesday,

Sept. 11 — after two

days of preparation — the

barn finally found its new

spot in the Pretzel’s backyard.

The moving team used

all of Monday to prep the

barn to move — which

originally was planned

to start Wednesday but,

working ahead of schedule,

the truck took the barn

off its original spot Tuesday

and moved it into position

for its final push to

the Pretzel’s backyard on

Wednesday.

As the move was underway,

drivers in passing

cars even stopped in the

road for as long as they

could to catch a glimpse of

the action.

The Pretzels plan

to throw a party when

Frank’s final work on the

barn is finished. Linda said

it would be “the biggest

party you’ve ever seen in

your life. The whole town

will be invited.”

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit New

LenoxPatriot.com.


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So, why is it that here

in Mokena our elected

representatives seem to

be resisting the inevitable

sweeping winds of

change?

At the Sept. 9 Village

Board meeting, the trustees

— with the exception

of Trustee Joseph Siwinski,

who was absent — and

Mayor Frank Fleischer

were unanimous in their

opposition to recreational

pot sales. (That story is on

Page 4.)

Perhaps the most alarming

part to me about the

Board’s looming decision

is that the public was not

given advance notice to

participate in the discussion

via a public hearing

or town hall meeting.

Now, I don’t know if the

pro-pot sales group is in

the majority or the minority,

but neither do our

elected officials because

VILLAGE

From Page 4

ational use.

Metanias said he was

not in favor of allowing

sale of recreational cannabis

in Mokena.

“Not only that, but I

urge the municipalities

surrounding us also not to

accept that, because I see

nothing but problems —

not just for our police but

for everybody’s safety,” he

said.

Trustee Jim Richmond

said he believes the “driver

of all this is Springfield

wants money.”

“When I look at [the figures],

they get 20 percent

and we get 3 percent, and

we have to deal with all

they have not bothered to

publicly ask us.

But there is still time.

The next Village board

meeting is Monday, Sept.

23. The Board allows for

public comments on any

issue at each meeting. I

encourage my fellow Mokenians

to use that time

to speak up publicly and

make your case, whichever

side of the debate

you may be on. It may be

your only chance to do so

before our elected representatives

decide what is

best for us without first

seeking our opinions.

Public safety was cited

as one of several factors in

plans to prohibit pot sales;

however, if public safety

is one of the primary concerns,

then that reasoning

begs the question: Why

allow the sale of other

items that a reasonable

person could argue poses

the B.S.,” Richmond said.

“As far as I’m concerned,

no way — absolutely no

way.”

Trustee Jillian Hersted

also had issues with the

way the law was written.

“That’s a bad deal,” she

said. “For us, taking on

what we would be taking

on as a community and

where the money actually

goes, it doesn’t make sense

to me.”

Trustee Joseph Budzyn

also said there was no way

he could support allowing

recreational sales, but he

noted that he thought Darin

ran a great business in

town.

“You’ve done everything

you’ve told us you

were going to, and you run

a respectable professional

an equal, if not greater,

risk to the public, such as

alcohol, tobacco, gambling,

and even food and

drink loaded with sugar?

It comes across to me

as highly hypocritical to

denounce one vice while

allowing others to flourish

in our community.

Then there’s the matter

of money, an estimated

$300,000 to $600,000

Mokena would potentially

forfeit in taxes from pot

sales. That money could

go toward bolstering our

police department, or continued

projects to spruce

up the downtown area, or

a number of other things.

Whether you agree or

disagree with any of this,

the point remains that

your voice deserves to

be heard, and our leaders

should respect that by giving

Mokenaians an arena

in which to be heard.

business,” Budzyn said.

Mayor Frank Fleischer

echoed Budzyn’s sentiment

about Darin’s business.

But Fleischer also

said he could not support

allowing recreational marijuana

sales.

He said he would have

liked to have waited to see

the impact on the other

states that legalized marijuana

prior to enacting the

law.

“We don’t know what

this other stuff is going to

do to people,” he said.

Ultimately, the mayor

said it came down to public

safety concerns.

“I would much rather err

on the side of safety than

just say, ‘Look at the revenue

it’s going to bring in

for us,’” Fleischer said.


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From the Editorial Intern

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I

always get a weird

and excited feeling

when starting a new

job. Weird because I don’t

know what to expect, and

excited because I’m starting

a new chapter in my

life. This new chapter for

me is an intern position

with The Mokena Messenger.

I am eager to put my

journalism training into

practice.

Speaking of my journalism

training, I am in

my final year at Lewis

University. When I first

started college, I wasn’t

entirely sure what I wanted

to study. Ever since I

was little, I liked reading

and writing, but I also had

an interest in psychology

and music. After taking a

few psychology courses

at Joliet Junior College,

I realized that I probably

wouldn’t make a good

therapist. I also didn’t

want to spend eight years

in college.

I transferred to Lewis

during my junior year and

decided to pursue journalism.

This decision was

mostly motivated by my

love of writing. I enjoy articulating

my perspective

through words. Words are

powerful and should be

chosen carefully. They can

make a simple statement

10 times more impactful.

The challenge of selecting

the right words is something

I embrace.

Besides the journalism

program, what initially

attracted me to Lewis

was its location and small

class sizes. I grew up in

Lemont, and I’ve lived in

the suburbs my whole life,

so I wanted to stay in this

region. The small class

sizes meant I would be

able to really get to know

my professors and receive

better help. Lewis has a

very close-knit feeling

because of this.

I love that journalism

allows me to be outspoken

on topics I care about. I’m

currently putting this into

practice as the opinions

editor of The Flyer, the

student newspaper at

Lewis. When two of

my professors asked if I

wanted to join the paper,

I knew I couldn’t say no.

This position allowed me

to hone my writing and

journalism skills, but more

importantly, it introduced

me to a great group of

students and professors.

The Flyer staff is one big

family that I’m glad to be

a part of.

My end goal is to write

for a major newspaper or

magazine. I’m very passionate

about music and

movies and would love to

review them for a living.

I try to attend as many

concerts as I can.

One thing I have been

trying to do more of is

travelling. I love seeing

new places and being inspired

by seeing what the

rest of the world is like.

Working part time and being

in school doesn’t lend

me much free time, but I

would love to travel outside

the country someday.

I hope this internship allows

me to have a positive

effect on the communities

I’m reporting for. I look

forward to meeting new

people and being put in

different environments.

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Peer Helpers, addressed suicide prevention

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From Page 5

ended up with Piper in the

ICU.

Now Ruby is calling

for something to be done

about e-cigarettes, whether

it be banning, providing

more education, or both.

She said Piper had been

smoking THC and nicotine

e-cigarettes on and off for

approximately 18 months,

starting her sophomore

year of high school. Ruby

said her and her husband

had caught Piper before

and handled things the

way they deemed appropriate

— grounded, doors

open, things like that. But

Piper still did it behind

their backs.

“That’s the problem

with that,” she said. “As

parents, we sometimes

don’t even know what

we’re seeing. These devices

are meant to be hidden

and kind of sneaky and

they look like flash drives

and pens and there’s not a

smell.”

And now Piper is determined

to make an example

of herself to others, Ruby

said.

“A lot of these chemicals

are lung irritants,”

Ruby said. “It’s Russian

roulette if you’re going to

be the one that has the reaction.”

She is hoping that others

will jump on board with

her in a fight against this.

“What I’m trying to do is

to get the word out there,”

she said. “Contact your

State Rep. We can all call

our Governor and do what

Michigan did: Ban all flavors

and vaping devices.

Pull everything that does

not have FDA approval.”

“... This problem is not

going to go away unless

we do something about it.”

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to stand out from Oak Park Ave. scene, Page 19

Two-year-old Becca Gabel

(middle) tosses a bowling

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during St. Mary’s Kinderfest

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St. Mary kicks off fall with Oktoberfest, Kinderfest, Page 17


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Faith Briefs

SATURDAY,

SEPTEMBER 28 TH

11:00 AM - 9:00 PM

143 rd & LaGrange Road,

Orland Park, IL

Live Music

3:00 AM - 9:00 PM

Featuring

7:00 - 9:00 PM

- Dozens of Local Artists -

- 10+ Local Breweries -

- Good Eats -

- Dog Friendly -

Presented by:

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.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

(11100 Second St., Mokena)

Blood drive

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

Oct. 13. A blood drive

with Versiti Heartland

Blood Center will be held

in the Christian Community

Center next to

the church. Donors need

photo identification. Registration

is preferred.

Schedule an appointment

at versiti.org, or call (708)

479-5123. Walk-ins will

be accepted.

Church Service

8 a.m. traditional service,

9:45 a.m. contemporary

and family service

with children’s bible lesson

during adult worship

service. For more information,

visit stjohnsmokena.

org

Cards for a Cause

7 p.m. the second Monday

of each month. Bring

your tape, scissors and colored

pencils, if you have

them, and plan for a creative

evening with lots of

fun.

Mokena United Methodist Church

(10901 LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Service

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

For more information, call

(708) 479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays at the

church. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Community Prayer

Gathering

2:30 p.m. every fourth

Sunday.

Breakfast

9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month.

Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information,

email marleycommu

nitychurch@gmail.com.

Junior High Youth Group

6-7:30 p.m. Fridays.

For more information,

email marleycommunity

church@gmail.com.

Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in

the church basement. All

men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Worship

5 p.m. Saturdays and 9

a.m. Sundays.

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m. Sundays in

Sept.-May.

Adult Bible Study

10:15 a.m. Sundays in

Sept.-May.

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Sunday Services

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

more information, call

(312) 350-2279.

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Mokena Baptist offers

Sunday School classes

for all ages. For more information,

call (312) 350-

2279.

Parker Road Bible Church (18512

Parker Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be

sure to arrive early for our

Sunday Worship Service

to enjoy a hot, complimentary

cup of coffee every

week at the church. Following

the Christian Education

Hour (9:15-10:15

a.m.), all beverages can

be found just outside the

sanctuary.

Grace Fellowship Church (11049

LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All

those struggling or who

have struggled with a narcotics

addiction are welcome.

All meetings are

confidential. For more information,

call (708) 479-

0300.

Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. Sundays.

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays. All are

welcome.

Women’s Bible Study

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

and 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays.

Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route

6, Mokena)

Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Morning Worship

10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Evening Worship

6 p.m. Sundays.

Weekday Worship

7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Have something for

Faith Briefs? Contact

Editor T.J. Kremer at tj@

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ext. 29. Deadline is noon

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St. Mary kicks off fall fun German style

3

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

With fall right around the corner,

more than 800 people helped

St. Mary Church in Mokena celebrate

with its sixth annual Oktoberfest

on Saturday, Sept. 14.

And, not wanting the adults to

have all the fun, Kinderfest returned

for its second consecutive

year on Sunday, Sept. 15.

The party got started Saturday

night with live musical entertainment

from two German cover

bands: Phenix and The Bratwurst

Brothers.

For those who wanted to improve

their polka dancing skills,

members of Frankfort-based

Danse Integro were on the scene

to help give lessons as event

goers danced well into the latenight

hours.

There was plenty of German

food and drink available to keep

folks fueled up for the party,

including bratwurst, schnitzel,

stroganoff apple strudel and, of

course, German beer.

Sunday’s Kinderfest event

was a more family-friendly afternoon,

with games, face painting,

arts and crafts, a magic

show and, just so the children

didn’t feel left out, a root beer

float bar sponsored by the

Creamery.

“Last year was our fifth anniversary

of Oktoberfest and

we decided to add on a familyfriendly

component the next day,

mainly because we had all the

supplies here — the food, the

tents, whatnot,” said Jeannine

Skarbek-Kubas, event organizer

and St. Mary parishioner. “So,

last year was so successful that

we decided to do it again this

year.”

The two days of events serve

as a fundraiser for St. Mary

Church, but the parish also donates

a portion of the proceeds to

FISH, which stands for Friends

In Serving Humanity, with local

branches serving the Mokena/

Marley and New Lenox/Manhattan

areas.

Greysen Lacny (middle), 5, of Mokena, tries her hand at a bucket

game as her twin sister, Harper (left), and parents look on.

The Kucharzyk siblings Maggie (left), 5, and Josie, 7, of Orland

Hills, pose for a photo with their mother, Jane, against a German

village backdrop.

It takes a small army to organize

the two days of events,

Skarbek-Kubas said.

“This whole weekend, from

Friday to [Sunday], we have

155 volunteers between selling

the tickets — the Catholic

Council of Women‚ they sell

all the tickets in the beginning

— we have the Knights of Columbus

doing the [bratwurst],

we have school families helping

Lea Hadley, 3, of Mokena, gets her face painted by Caitlin Stewart

of Painting Faces and Spaces at St. Mary’s Kinderfest Sunday,

Sept. 15. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

Ethan German, 7, attempts to put the finishing touch on his stack

of cups.

out, parishioners. But, basically,

it’s everyone working together

to pull off the whole weekend

of events.”

For more information on St.

Mary Church, 19515 115th Ave.

in Mokena, visit stmarymokena.

org.

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Good eats means good treats for veterans

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

A steak or chicken dinner

with all the trimmings

for $15 is a good deal. A

$15 steak or chicken dinner

with all the trimmings

where the money goes to

help support veterans at

home and overseas is a

great deal.

The Ladies Auxiliary at

the William Martin VFW

Post 725 in Mokena did

just that for the 10th year

in a row with its annual

BBQ Bonanza Saturday,

Sept. 14.

All of the food was donated

or deeply discounted

by a number of local restaurants,

including: salads

and breadsticks from Olive

Garden; green beans from

Stoney Point Grill; potatoes

from El Cortez; mushrooms

and onions from

Enrico’s Italian Dining;

and steak from Berkot’s

Super Foods.

“We have a lot of businesses

in the Mokena area

that back us so much,”

said Vickie Hogan, Ladies

Auxiliary Club president.

“It’s just wonderful.”

In addition to the hearty

menu, more than 35 baskets

filled with valuable

items — such as gift certificates

for local goods

and services, bottles of

wine and other spirits, and

Illinois Lottery tickets —

were up for grabs via a

raffle.

The money raised by the

annual BBQ Bonanza goes

toward helping troops locally

and globally, Hogan

said.

Last year the Ladies

Auxiliary raised enough to

be able to buy two recliner

chairs for the Manteno

Veterans’ Home.

“They get small donations

all the time, and the

last couple years we said,

‘Why don’t you give us

something big that you

need down there and we

can go and get it for you,’

and that’s what they came

up with,” Hogan said. “So,

we’re going to see if they

want more chairs or if they

want something else [this

year].”

In addition to offering

support to the veterans in

Manteno, the Ladies Auxiliary

sends care packages

for troops stationed overseas,

gives contributions to

Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital

and Wounded Warrior

Project and helps veterans

secure honor flights.

The Ladies Auxiliary

also picks a local family to

donate Christmas presents

to.

And, beginning in November,

the Ladies Auxiliary

will put up a Christmas

tree inside the VFW

Post. Adorning the tree

will be stars with suggested

donations for items

that are needed at the Manteno

Veterans’ Home. The

Ladies Auxiliary then collects

the donations around

Christmastime and delivers

them to Manteno.

For more information,

call (708) 479-5022, or

visit vfwpost725.com.


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The Dish

Old Tinley Pub & Eatery a staple of the neighborhood for 21 years

Jacquelyn Schlabach

Contributing Editor

When customers walk

into Old Tinley Pub & Eatery,

they can expect to be

welcomed with open arms.

Whether new to the bar

or a returning customer,

everyone receives a friendly

hello.

This atmosphere is what

has made Old Tinley Pub

& Eatery a popular place

along Oak Park Avenue

in Tinley Park for the last

21 years. Owners Cathie

Ivanelli and Tony Montesano

opened the bar with

every intention of making

it a fun place to be.

“We have 21-year-olds

to 60-year-olds,” Ivanelli

said. “It’s a wide variety

of people, and everybody

seems to get along.”

The owners did not expect

the bar to become

as successful as it has,

but they certainly always

hoped it would be.

“We’ve made some really

great friends, and [there

are] people who have been

coming here for 20 years,”

she said. “Ups and downs,

of course, financially and

so many other ways, but

it’s been an experience.”

When they first opened

in 1998, the bar was just

two units of space before

they expanded two years

later and tore down a wall,

creating a third addition.

Neither Ivanelli nor Montesano

had much of a background

in food service before

they opened, but they

quickly figured out how

they wanted to make their

bar known.

“For me not having any

background, it was a lot of

common sense,” Ivanelli

said. “What makes people

happy? Being friendly

and trying to be consistent

Bartender Breanna Young pours a Miller Lite.

with things. I’m an OCD

person, so I wanted everything

the way it comes out

to come out the same all

the time.”

In order to keep up with

the competition of numerous

bars along Oak Park

Avenue, the owners did

not second-guess serving

food in addition to drinks.

“Our [food] is not like

you’re walking into a bar,

and I think that sets us

apart,” Ivanelli said.

She described the menu

items at Old Tinley Pub

& Eatery as upscale bar

food, which they ramped

up three years ago.

“We always had pretty

good food, but our appetizers

were more bar food

— onion rings, mozzarella

sticks, that kind of stuff

— and we just decided

that we needed to change,

and that really makes us,”

she said. “I think with all

the bars up and down the

street, anyone will say we

have the best food.”

Three years ago, they

took away the traditional

bar food appetizers and

replaced them with the

likes of stuffed mushrooms

($8), which are

baked mushrooms stuffed

Old Tinley Pub & Eatery

17020 Oak Park Ave.

in Tinley Park

Hours

• 11 a.m.-2 a.m.

Monday-Thursday

• 11 a.m.-3 a.m. Friday

and Saturday

• Noon-2 a.m. Sunday

For more information ...

Facebook: Old Tinley

Pub & Eatery

with cream cheese and

corned beef; steak bites

($13), which are handcarved

seasoned filet

topped with onion strings,

served with chipotle and

garlic aioli; and one of

Ivanelli’s favorites, the

pub sticks ($8), which

are corned beef and Swiss

wrapped in dough, fried

and served with Thousand

Island dressing.

The owners not only revamped

the appetizers portion

of the menu but also

added flatbreads, wraps, a

chicken chopped salad and

gourmet burgers. All sandwiches,

wraps and burgers

are served with a choice of

fries, onion strings, coleslaw,

sweet potato fries or

The steak sandwich ($12) comes with grilled butt steak, topped with caramelized

onions and sauteed mushrooms on crispy garlic bread.

Photos by Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media

One of the most popular appetizers at Old Tinley Pub & Eatery is called the

pub’s own French onion soup ($5). It is baked and served in a crock, topped with

mozzarella cheese.

house-made chips, along

with a crisp pickle.

“We used to have plainold

chicken wings on there

and chicken tenders,”

Ivanelli said. “It was just

a question of: Do we just

want to have that mediocre

stuff that they can get anywhere

down the street, as

well? And we decided to

pump it up.”


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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Native American

tent

5. Hot Pontiac

8. Rush

13. Native of a

Middle Eastern

country

15. Gun, the engine

16. Ferment

17. First name in

fastballs

18. Rocket

19. French Revolution

leader

20. It’s catching

21. Beat

23. Delve into

24. Thanksgiving

event at Orland

Park

27. Eldest of the

Brothers Karamazov

29. “Nanook of the

North” construction

31. Elementary

particle

32. Certain fur

35. Cooker

38. Part of a flight

40. Single

41. Axis powers, to

the Allies

42. Sound stages

43. Having shelf

projections

45. Rd.

46. Express on stage

49. Just out

51. Orland Park

recreational facility

54. Was in session

57. Dot-commerce

58. Top dog

61. Salt component

63. Sri Lanka export

64. It’s used to reach

the top shelf

65. Put on ice

66. West end?

67. Steppenwolf

writer

68. Turned sideways

69. Concorde or

Tupolev

70. Roger of “Nicholas

Nickleby”

Down

1. Containers

2. Skillet type

3. German region in the

Middle Ages

4. Going nowhere

5. Shred cheese

6. Peevish

7. More than bushed

8. Logo for example

9. Royal insomnia

cause

10. Powerful D.C.

lobby

11. Alexis, e.g.

12. “Combat” painter,

William

14. Wrong

22. Organization, for

short

25. Emergency ___

26. Warner Bros.

creation

27. Speak to rudely

28. Small speck of dust

30. Err in film processing

33. Puts up with

34. Mariner’s point

36. CPR pros

37. Kremlin contradiction

39. Systems

41. Narrow margin

44. Econ. figure

47. Began

48. Little guy

50. Boxing weight

52. Levels

53. Point of view

54. Certain NCO’s

55. Uzbek border sea

56. Prohibition

59. Engine attachment

60. Brews

62. Martinique, par

exemple

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan


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Ghouls Night Out

PRESENTED BY

22ND CENTURY MEDIA AND COLLEEN MCLAUGHLIN,

THE MCLAUGHLIN TEAM, COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL

6–9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3,

Konow’s Corn Maze,

16849 S. Cedar Road,

Homer Glen

A portion of ticket sales will

benefit Crisis Center for South

Suburbia and Weish4Ever -

The Andrew Weisher Foundation

Tickets

$5

($10 at the door)

Vendors

• 22nd Century Media

• 322 West Soap Company

• 3B’s Mobile Boutique

• Artistic Med Spa

• Avon

• Bare Scrubs by Mary O’Connor

• Bella Interiors

• Brannigan Chiropractic

• Chicago Sky

• Chiro One

• ChoVonne Accessories

• Crisis Center for South Suburbia

• Colleen McLaughlin, The McLaughlin

Team, Coldwell Banker Residential

• Color Street

• Crafts by Rosemary

• DIY Sign Party

• doTERRA

• Eagle Sports Range

• Ensemble Boutique

• Fred Astaire Mokena

• GorJus Whips Body Butter

• Gracie Pie Apothecary

• Honest

• Huaywasi: Handmade in Peru

• Imperfect Produce

• Infinity Scarves by Nancy

• Inspire Studio Gallery

• Jewels 2 U

• Laurie’s Fudgelicious

• L’BRI PURE n’ NATURAL Skin Care

• LuLaRoe (Inspirational Lula Ladies

Tiffany & Sheri)

• Mary Kay Cosmetics

• Moody Blues Jean Boutique

• Mrs. Banton’s Cookies

• Norwex

• NuMark Credit Union

• Paparazzi (Glamour Bijoux)

• Parker James Boutique

• Patty’s Painted Wine Ware

• Perfectly Posh

• Premier Designs Jewelry

• Rock's #1 Gals Jewelry

• Shelf Genie of Chicago South

• Surprise Parties

• Tastefully Simple

• Tocara - Fine Jewelry & Accessories

• Total Life Changes (TLC)

• Totes & Taggies by Melinda

• Trouvaille Med Spa

• Tye Dyes by Terri

• Usborne Books & More

• Virtue Cider

• Weish4Ever Foundation

• Wicks & Wax

• Wine, Spirit, Butterbeer Mixes

• Women’s Healthcare of Illinois

• Young Living Essential Oils

(Oily University)

• Younique

• Plus more vendors from Konow's Corn Maze!

Activities

• Costume Contest

• Free tote bag to first 200 attendees,

courtesy of Artistic Med Spa

• Free wine glass to first 200 attendees, courtesy of Fox's Pizza

• Cash Bar

• Concessions

• Fire Pit

• Photo Booth

• Tarot card readings with Whimsy Moon ($)

• Make-and-take project with DIY Sign party ($)

AND MORE TO COME!

Adults 21+ Only

Enter the Costume Contest!

Wear your Halloween costume and

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winner in each category!

Contest starts at 7:30 p.m.

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The Mokena Messenger’s

Sponsored content

of the

WEEK

Be part of prestigious Foxborough

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view from this exquisitely built custom

brick/stone ranch.

July 25

• 9218 Magnolia Ave.,

Mokena, 60448-9328

- John Ippolito to Jaime

Juarez, Myrna Navarro,

$210,000

• 9402 Hawthorne

Ave., Mokena, 60448-

9331 - Fab Rehabs

Llc to William J.

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• 20025 E. Brightway

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1404 - Swan Trust

to Sarah M. Fritz,

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• 11243 Abbey Road,

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- Nader T. Azabin to

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Larson, $452,500

July 30

• 21009 Tail Feathers

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

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to Wallace M. Widelski,

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$465,000

• 19375 Baron Road,

Mokena, 60448-9290

- Paul Baio to John A.

Waxweiler Jr., Maryann

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• 9431 Hickory St.,

Mokena, 60448-9312 -

Breea B. Gilbert to Eric

E. Enguita, Samantha

M. Koziol, $207,000

• 11832 Ginger Creek

Lane, Mokena, 60448-

2076 - Ginger Creek of

Mokena Llc to Susan

Walker, Eugene Walker,

$165,000

• 19540 115th Ave.

B, Mokena, 60448-

1299 - Mary A. Adams

to Nicholas J. Spinozzi,

$122,000

The Going Rate is provided

by Record Information

Services, Inc. For more

information, visit www.

public-record.com or call

(630) 557-1000.

Where: 12629 Chiszar Drive in Mokena.

Amenities: Two huge loft bedrooms

on second level, with full bathroom. Five bedrooms and five baths total. Chef’s

kitchen and breakfast area open to serene view with maintenance free deck

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huge storage rooms that can be converted to extra living space. Professionally

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Asking Price: $689,000

Listing Agent:

Maryanne Schultz

(708) 695-6187

Listing Brokerage:

Baird & Warner

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

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1003 Help Wanted

F/T & P/T RESIDENTIAL CLEANING PROS NEEDED!

START IMMEDIATELY!

Up to $15/hr plus tips and bonuses. APPLY NOW!

15868 WOLF ROAD, ORLAND PARK

708.873.9044 - MaidPro.com

customer_service_chisw@maidpro.com

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

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

Full-Time experienced

Hair Stylist and Part-Time

Salon & Spa Assistant

needed for established

Lockport salon

Call Kim at 815-955-4650

Fox’s on Wolf and

Fox’s Orland is now hiring

Bartenders, Servers, and

Carry-Out Phone Staff

Apply in Person

Homer Glen-Home Office

adding to permanent office

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

Exp in cust serv, computer,

some accting. Start @

$14/hr w/ pd vacation +

raises. Solid work history +

reliability a must.

Only serious need apply.

Send resume to:

apm-resume@comcast.net

708-532-7411 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

Victorian Village in

Homer Glen is seeking a

P/T Dining Room Server

On the job training provided

Apply on Indeed

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Are you a person with

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Call (815) 464-1988 or

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Now Hiring 2 Positions

Licensed Stylist and

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Lockport salon

(815)838-5737

1021 Lost &

Found

FOUND

Large blue and white tent blew

into my yard after wind storm

on Tues. September 3rd

Contact (708)224-9381

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your

RENTAL

PROPERTY

in the

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people turn

to first CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170

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1050 Community Events

1052 Garage Sale

Lockport 16515 Apache Dr

9/20-9/21 8-3pm Kitch table,

brass headboard, 42” TV, custom

valances, Xmas & more!

Mokena 19526 Maurita Court

Fri. 9/20 and Sat. 9/21, 8-3pm.

Furniture, baby toys/clothes,

kitchenware, antiques, orginal

art, light fixtures, and more!

Orland Park 10448 Elderberry

Ln 9/21 9-3pm Baby

items, toys, specialty tables,

watercolor paintings & more!

Orland Park 13520 Kristoffer

Ln. Fri. 9/20 and Sat. 9/21,

8-1pm. Variety of brand new

household items in orginal

packaging and more!

Orland Park 13931 Green

Valley Dr 9/20-9/21 8-3pm

Lots of baby items, wm

clothes, housewares, furn &

more!

1053 Multi Family

Sale

Lockport , 1325 Newbridge,

9-19, 9-20, 9-21, 9-3pm,

clothes, toys, tools, small appliances,

and much more.

New Lenox 605 Livingston Dr

9/21/-9/22 9-3pm 3+ Families!

Furniture, baby girl items,

household & much more!

1054 Subdivision

Sale

Lockport Start at 1201 Illini

Drive and Milne Drive.

10+ homes - Fri. 9/20 and Sat.

9/21, 10-4pm. Household

items, tools, antiques, toys,

Xmas, etc. You name it!

Garage

Sale

1054 Subdivision

Sale

New Lenox Coventry Heights -

Coventry Rd. off Gougar Rd.

across from Woodruff Golf

Course. Several homes -start

at 1821 Lewis Lane. Thurs.

9/19, Fri. 9/20, and Sat. 9/21,

9-3pm. Great prices!

Orland Hills 162nd Street and

88th Avenue. Fri. 9/20 and Sat.

9/21, 9-3pm. Misc. items,

furniture, baby stuff, cottage

cleanout items, and lots more!

Tinley Park Brementowne

Condominiums: East of 80th

Ave. and South of 163rd St.

Fri. 9/20 and Sat. 9/21, 9-3pm.

1057 Estate Sale

Frankfort 260 Sauk Trail

Thurs 9/19, Fri 9/20, Sat 9/21,

9-3pm Don’t miss THIS one!

Furn, Jewelry, trains, storage,

housewares, outdoor/holiday

decor, clothes, trains, paintings,

comics, books, tools, RF,

vintage, antiques & more.

1058 Moving Sale

Orland Park 18033 Hawaii

Court. Sat. 9/21, 9-3pm.

Antiques, Belleek pottery,

Waterford crystal, hummels,

and much, much more!

Orland Park 9011 Timber

Trails. Fri. 9/20 and Sat. 9/21,

8am - 3pm. Fabulous sale -

furniture, rugs, lawnmower,

snowblower, yard maintenance

and gardening tools, children’s

clothing/toys/books, household

items, collectibles, holiday decor,

women’s clothing/purses,

sports jerseys. Downsizing and

unable to take all these items!

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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170 | Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm

Automotive

1074 Auto for

Sale

2011 Nissan Sentra SR, 72k

miles. Bluetooth, keyless entry.

New brakes, newer tires, $6300

708-719-3096

Real Estate

1225 Apartments

for Rent

Mokena/Weber

Wills Apartments

1 Bedroom apt. $ 850

2 Bedroom apt. $ 980

CLOSE TO METRA AND 1-80

708-479-2448

Automotive

$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers

lines/

1090 House for Sale

Rental

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

Merchandise

$30 7 4 papers

lines/

OPEN

HOUSE

SHOWCASE

Open House

by owner

11324 Stoll Rd

Frankfort Homestead area

$439,900

Sat & Sun, Sept 21, 22

12-3pm 815-806-9094

1315 Commercial

Property For Rent

2 Units Available!

Heritage Plaza in Frankfort

1900 to 2270 sq. ft.

Call for details

815-469-1844 ext. 206

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It!

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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170

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DEADLINE -

Friday at 3pm

Automotive

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per line

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$50

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Merchandise

$30

4 lines/

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REALTOR

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2150 Paint & Decorating

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lines/

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per line 7 papers

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1999 John Deere riding mower

in great condition

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COMMON AD - REAL ESTATE

SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 20012 Arbor Lane, Mokena, IL

60448 (Single Family Home). On the

3rd day of October, 2019 to be held at

12:00 noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: Ditech Financial LLC f/k/a

Green Tree Servicing LLC Plaintiff V.

Beth A. Weygandt; et. al. Defendant.

Case No. 18 CH 0565 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

COMMON AD - REAL ESTATE

SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 18751 Marjorie Parkway, Mokena,

IL 60448 (Single Family Residence).

On the 10th day of October, 2019 to be

held at 12:00 noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. Plaintiff

V. Kenneth J. Newbauer, AKA Kenneth

Newbauer; Daniell M. Newbauer

Defendant.

Case No. 18 CH 1870 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

2701 Property for

Sale

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is a surplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC

One East Wacker Suite 1250

Chicago, IL 60601

P: 1-614-220-5611

F:

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

2703 Legal

Notices

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS

)

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL

)

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Ditech Financial LLC f/k/a Green Tree

Servicing LLC

Plaintiff,

vs.

Beth A. Weygandt; et. al.

Defendant.

No. 18 CH 0565

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 20th day of June, 2018,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

3rd day of October, 2019 ,commencing

at 12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction tothe highest and

best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

LOT 72IN FORESTVIEW UNIT 2,

BEING A RESUBDIVISION OF

PART OF THE WEST 1/2 OFLOT 1

AND LOT 2 (EXCEPT THE WEST

570 FEET THEREOF) IN SCHOOL

TRUSTEES SUBDIVISION OF SEC-

TION 16, TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH,

RANGE 12, EAST OF THE THIRD

PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN IN WILL

COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

20012 Arbor Lane, Mokena, IL 60448

Description of Improvements:

Single Family Home

P.I.N.:

19-09-16-207-006-0000

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certi-

2703 Legal

Notices

fied funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS

)

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL

)

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.

Plaintiff,

vs.

Kenneth J. Newbauer, AKA Kenneth

Newbauer; Daniell M. Newbauer

Defendant.

No. 18 CH 1870

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered inthe above

cause on the 8th day of July, 2019,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

10th day of October, 2019 ,commencing

at 12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction tothe highest and

best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

Lot 114, in Robert Bartletts Arby

Hills, asubdivision of the West 3/4 of

the Southwest 1/4 ofSection 6, Township

35 North, Range 12 East ofthe

Third Principal Meridian, (Except

that part thereof described by commencing

at the Southwest corner of

said Southwest 1/4 and running

thence North on the Town Line 815.0

feet for apoint of beginning; Thence

continuing North onthe Town line

400.0 feet; Thence East 500.0 feet on a

line which forms a right angle to said

town line; thence South parallel with

said Town line 400.0 feet; Thence

West 500.0 feet to the point of Beginning),

in Will County, Illinois.

Commonly known as:

18751 Marjorie Parkway, Mokena, IL

60448

Description of Improvements:

Single Family Residence

P.I.N.:

19-09-06-302-008-0000

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

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursu-

2703 Legal

Notices

ant to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

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

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

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

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC

One East Wacker Suite 1250

Chicago, IL 60601

P: 1-614-220-5611

F:

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

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the mokena messenger | September 19, 2019 | 33

Lincoln-Way soccer legend Grabavoy reflects on career at Joliet HOF induction

3

PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN

Freelance Reporter

Ned Grabavoy was 11

years old when he experienced

a moment of clarity.

It broke from the standard

narrative.

“I was a baseball kid,” he

said. “I was a pretty decent

player. I was just a role player

on the team. I was playing

up a couple of ages. I went

up against one of the best

players in the area, and he

threw a curveball.

“It was the first time I ever

saw it. Three pitches, and I

couldn’t get anywhere close

to it. After the game, I told

my Dad, ‘I am not sure I am

a baseball player.’”

Soccer was his true calling.

Growing up in New

Lenox, the sport was something

of an afterthought.

One tournament shifted

everything.

“This was all the baseball

kids, and we played against

a good team in a tournament,

and one of the coaches

told my dad I had to move

to a higher level, Grabavoy

said.

“I was about to turn 12,

and I remember being very

nervous. It was my first

week of training with a really

big club travel team. Almost

immediately, I realized

I might be one of the better

kids on the team. From

that moment on, I thought I

might be all right at this, and

it is time to concentrate on

soccer. I pushed all the other

sports to the side.”

So began one of the greatest

careers ever for an Illinois-born

soccer player.

Grabavoy reflected on his

life and career as he was part

of the four-member 2019

induction class of the Joliet

Area Sports Hall of Fame in

a special rooftop ceremony

Saturday, Sept. 14, at the

Joliet Area Historical Museum.

Grabavoy powered Lincoln-Way

to back-to-back

Class AA state title game appearances

in 1999 and 2000.

He was named the Illinois

Gatorade Player of the Year

in his senior year.

“I just think back to those

times and think about how

fun it was, the innocence of

the games and having the

chance to play with your

friends. I am extremely happy

I made that decision [to

stick with high school soccer].

I still have friendships

that have carried on to this

day with high school soccer.”

Grabavoy starred at Indiana

University for three

years and led the Hoosiers to

the national championship

in 2003.

The Los Angeles Galaxy

of Major League Soccer

drafted him No. 14 in the

2004 draft.

“The MLS was a new

league, and after each year,

maybe they keep half the

players and then you go

somewhere else,” Grabavoy

said. “There was not a lot

of balance or stability in the

game. It was difficult. You

went from one coach to the

next coach.

“There was a moment

about halfway through

where I felt like I was not being

used properly. I was tired

of moving. I realized the

game was a job. Then I went

to Salt Lake City, and I reinvented

myself. I changed

my game and I bought into

some other areas. I had six

incredible seasons there, and

I won championships. That

was a turning point.”

Lincoln-Way soccer

legend Ned Grabavoy was

inducted into the Joliet

Area Sports Hall of Fame

on Saturday, Sept. 14.

PATRICK Z. MCGAVIN/22ND

CENTURY MEDIA

Girls Volleyball

Gardner stars as LW East keeps rolling with win over LW Central

6

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way East junior

Cierra Gardner is an

outside hitter who can

devastate an opponent

with her ability to put

down a kill, but she is no

one-trick pony.

Gardner is also effective

on the back row, something

she demonstrated

in a major way when the

Griffins hosted Lincoln-

Way Central on Sept. 12.

Gardner sparked East

with her defensive play

as the Griffins shook off

a slow start and rolled

to a 25-17, 25-17 win in

a SouthWest Suburban

crossover in Frankfort.

“Cierra has been very

consistent for us,” East

coach Kris Fiore said.

“She’s so athletic. She

can make a lot of plays

that most girls on the high

school level can’t. She

made a lot of great plays in

the back row, a lot of digs.

She had those kills, too,

but it was her defense in

the back row that was really

big for us.”

Gardner finished with

nine digs and four kills,

senior Jessica Pappas had

eight kills, junior Ava Porada

contributed 14 assists,

and junior Kaleigh

Ritter finished with five

digs to lead the Griffins

(8-1), who won their sixth

straight match.

Layne Stevens had six

kills, Nicole Ramirez

dished out 12 assists, and

Cait Rochon added seven

digs and four assists for

the Knights (6-5).

The Knights jumped out

to an 8-4 lead in the opening

set and led throughout

the first half of the set, but

East took control with a

5-0 spurt that put it up

19-14. Ali Sorenson had

a block and kill to spark

the run, and Gardner came

up big defensively to slow

down the hot Knights.

“We started off a little

show,” Gardner said. “We

just needed more energy.

We needed some blocks,

those get us hyped up.

“I’m trying to keep my

teammates happy, keep us

all going, make sure I do

my job.”

The Griffins outscored

the Knights 11-3 to close

out the first set, then rolled

to a 10-3 lead in the second.

“We had to get louder as

a team, get the momentum

rolling for us,” Ritter said.

“We had to pick up more

of their tips. Our blocking

was key. We had to pick up

our serve receive and play

better there.”

The Knights did not go

down without a fight, closing

within 17-14 on an

ace from Brooke Condon

(seven digs), but the Griffins

again took over late in

the set to pull away.

“Whenever we play East,

for some reason we get nervous,”

Central coach Mary

Brown said. “I asked them

not to lay down and die.

We came out excited to

play, which was good, and

we didn’t lay down and die.

We just shoot ourselves

in the foot. We make too

many errors. Our defense

has been good, but our offense

has been weak.”

Central was coming off

a 15-25, 25-22, 25-23 win

over Providence on Sept.

10 as the Knights were impressive

in fighting back

Lincoln-Way East’s Cierra Gardner hits a kill past the

Lincoln-Way Central block during the Griffins’ win Sept.

12. STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

behind 10 kills from Rachel

Kolodziej.

“They didn’t stop fighting,”

Brown said. “Even

when we dig a pretty deep

hole, we fight back. Rachel

was on fire against Providence,

a big catalyst in getting

our offense going.”

East, meanwhile, is

seeing the experience it

gained while going 15-19

with a young team pay off.

“We had to learn how to

win,” Fiore said. “I think

now the girls have the confidence

that even when a

match gets tight, they’re

going to push through and

succeed.”


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Boys Soccer

LW Central 2, Riverside-

Brookfield 0

Nick Willner scored

both goals for the Knights

(4-2) on Saturday, Sept.

14. Dylan Leonard and

Nico Espinosa had assists,

while Adam Kedzior recorded

his third shutout of

the season.

LW Central 2, Homewood-

Flossmoor 0

Willner scored both

goals and Kedzior recorded

the shutout Sept. 10.

Jake Camaioni dished out

two assists.

Girls Tennis

LW Central 7, Joliet West

0

Kiana Sikich won at No.

1 singles for the Knights,

who also got singles

high school highlights

Athlete of the Week

3

The rest of the week in high school sports

wins from Emily Kuehl

and Nikki Salvatore on

Sept.11. Lily Malas and

Micaela Cesta did not drop

a game in their victory at

No. 2 doubles.

LW Central 5, Lockport 2

Lia Sakellaris and Lauren

Blount won a dramatic

match at No. 4 doubles,

winning the second set in a

9-7 tiebreaker on Sept. 10.

Girls Cross Country

Knights third at Joliet

Central Invite

Rachel Baumgartner

(18 minutes, 44 seconds)

finished second at the Joliet

Central Invitational

on Saturday, Sept. 14

to lead LW Central to a

third-place showing as a

team.

The Knights had 59

points, behind Neuqua

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GREAT

HIRE

Valley (41) and Oswego

(52).

Boys Cross Country

Kreis wins at Detweiller

Jared Kreis (14 minutes,

35.5 seconds), a LW Central

senior, won the First to

the Finish Invitational at

Detweiller Park in Peoria

on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Griffins third at Marmion

Nolan Rogers

(16:11.01) finished second

at Marmion’s Royal Cadet

Invite on Saturday, Sept.

14, to lead the Griffins to a

third-place showing.

LW East had 68 points,

behind Glenbard East (35)

and Geneva (37).

High School Highlights

is compiled by Sports

Editor Steve Millar,

s.millar@22ndcm.com.

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10 Questions

with Kaleigh Ritter

Kaleigh Ritter is a junior

libero on the Lincoln-Way

East volleyball team.

How long have you

been playing volleyball

and how did you get

started?

I’ve been playing since

first grade, when I started

doing camps. Pretty much

my whole family on both

sides played volleyball.

Every single one of them.

I’ve just been around volleyball

my whole life.

What do you like most

about the sport?

I love the competitiveness

and I love that I get to

be with my friends every

single day.

Now that you are an

experienced player,

are you trying to take

on a different role?

I definitely want to be

one of the leaders. I want

to be the leader in the back

court and control everything

on the back row.

You have had a lot

of family members

have success in sports

at Lincoln-Way East.

What is it like to be a

part of such an athletic

family?

It’s amazing. I’m really

proud of everyone that’s

been through here, and I

have younger sisters who

are here playing on the

sophomore [volleyball]

team as freshmen, so I’m

really proud of them. My

brother, Ryan, [a 2019

East graduate who was

drafted by the Cubs] and

my cousin, Jackson [a

2019 East graduate who is

playing football at Iowa]

both did so great here. I

have another cousin who

plays football, too.

Your team is 8-1

[through Sept. 12].

What is the key to

keeping your success

going?

We just need to put the

ball down right away,

don’t let teams get a lot of

leads on us and don’t give

up.

If you could be

anybody else for a

day, who would you

want to be?

I think I would want to be

Misty May-Treanor. She’s

an Olympic beach volleyball

player. When I was

younger, I really looked up

to her and watched all her

matches. It was pretty fun

Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

to watch her.

You’re stranded on a

deserted island and

can have an endless

supply of one food.

What would you

want?

Grilled chicken sandwiches.

If a movie was being

made about your life,

who should play you?

Probably Misty May-

Treanor again. Honestly,

we kind of look alike with

the dark hair and everything,

and we both play

volleyball.

What is your favorite

TV show?

“Grey’s Anatomy.” I

like the surgery part of

it and it’s a fun show to

watch.

What is your favorite

class in school?

My favorite is probably

math.

Interview conducted by

Sports Editor Steve Millar.


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Football

5

Griffins cruise to dominant win over Bradley-Bourbonnais

JON DEPAOLIS

Freelance Reporter

There may have been a

slight mid-September chill

in the air, but the Lincoln-

Way East offense set the

field on fire against Bradley-Bourbonnais.

The Griffins scored 42

unanswered points in the

first half to coast to a 42-7

victory on Friday, Sept. 13,

in Frankfort.

That was led in large

part by a dynamic performance

by senior AJ Henning,

who accounted for

three touchdowns in the

blowout.

“You never get used to

it, and it’s always fun,”

East coach Rob Zvonar

said of Henning’s playmaking

abilities. “But the

fun part this year with him

is that he’s played bell to

bell, every game. We’re

not having to spot play

him and worry about injuries.

We’re just letting him

be a kid and be a football

player.”

Henning rushed seven

times for 35 yards and two

touchdowns, and he caught

four passes for 120 yards,

including a 23-yard touchdown

from Kyle Quinn on

a slant with 7 minutes, 19

seconds left in the second

quarter to put the Griffins

(3-0) up 35-0.

“We saw some open

space in the middle field,

and it was Quinn making

the right read on a RPO

[run-pass option],” Henning

said of the touchdown

catch. “He saw the coverage

and hit me right in

stride. It was a great play

call.”

The East offense fired

on all cylinders from the

opening whistle through

the end of the half, with

Quinn torching the Bradley-Bourbonnais

defense

for 24 minutes.

Quinn finished 9-of-13

for 216 yards and three

touchdowns, the first of

which came on a 43-yard

bomb to Sam Paliga with

8:15 left in the first quarter.

Quinn capped East’s

scoring with a 25-yard

touchdown strike to Joseph

Dochee, making it

42-0 with 1:11 left in the

second quarter.

“Every game I go into,

it’s just another opportunity

to prove those doubters

[wrong] and to let them

Bradley-Bourbonnais at LW East, Sept. 13

1 2 3 4 F

Bradley-

0 0 0 7 7

Bourbonnais

LW East 21 21 0 0 42

Three Stars of the Game

1. AJ Henning, Lincoln-Way East, senior wide receiver – four

catches, 120 yards, touchdown; seven rushes, 35

yards, two touchdowns

2. Kyle Quinn, Lincoln-Way East, senior quarterback – 9-of-

13 passing, 216 yards, three touchdowns; four rushes,

26 yards

3. Jake Kramer, Lincoln-Way East, senior linebacker – three

sacks, five tackles for loss

know that I’m not just a

runner,” Quinn said. “I can

throw the ball.”

East running back Jamal

Johnson also had a good

night for the offense, rushing

five times for 35 yards,

including a 2-yard touchdown

in the first quarter.

Meanwhile, the East defense

continued to dominate

opponents, allowing

just one score: a 30-yard

touchdown run by quarterback

Keaton Schmidt with

8:55 left in the game.

including three sacks. But

Kramer was quick to heap

on praise to his teammates

after the game.

“I can’t take any credit

for that, because we’ve

got the best ‘D’ line in the

state,” Kramer said. “It’s

not even close.”

Kramer pointed to the

efforts of Zack Richter,

Sean McLaughlin, Jaron

Hacha and Adrian Wilson

for taking out blockers.

But Zvonar said Kramer

has been making plays like

East senior linebacker these since last year.

Jake Kramer was front and

center against the Boilermakers,

accounting for

five total tackles for loss,

“He was our leading

tackler as a junior at [middle]

linebacker,” Zvonar

said. “We moved him to

Lincoln-Way East’s Jaron Hacha (97) and Jake Kramer

(23) bring down Bradley-Bourbonnais running back

Ethan McCarty during the Griffins’ 42-7 win over Friday,

Sept. 13. JULIE MCMANN/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

the weak side, where he

plays out in space a little

bit, because he’s become

such a good athlete. I said

that coming into the season

he had a chance to arguably

be as productive a

linebacker [as any] in the

Chicago area. Through

three games, so far, he certainly

has lived up to that.

“He’s just an old school,

throwback, tough linebacker

that runs well. Jake

is our captain – the leader

of our defense. The kids

look up to him, because he

talks the talk and walks the

walk. In terms of his character,

he’s just a special kid

to be around.”

Rounding out the stout

defensive performance

was an interception by

Jalen Hacha late in the first

half, when he returned it to

the Bradley-Bourbonnais

7-yard line. But with just

under a minute left to play

in the half, and the Griffins

up 42 points, East opted to

take a knee on two straight

plays to send it to halftime.

“I just think that we

walk out on to any field we

play on and think we are

the most feared defense in

the state,” Kramer said.

Congratulations go to Lockport for winning its

first game since 2017. Curses go to Lockport for

making this sextet look silly. It prevented Sean

Hastings from a perfect week but it did not stop

him from breaking the three-way tie and taking

the lead. 18-4

17-5

17-5

16-6

15-7

14-8

Sean Hastings |

Thomas Czaja |

Steve Millar |

Jeff Vorva |

Joe Coughlin |

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Contributing Editor

Senior Editor

Sports Editor

Sports Editor

Publisher

• Andrew (2-1) at LW West (2-1)

• LW West 35, Andrew 14. Warriors • LW West 20, Andrew 14. Warriors

• LW West 17, Andrew 10. Warriors

offense puts up big numbers.

win turnover margin, game in a

hold on thanks to vaunted defense.

Defense remains strong.

defensive battle.

Other Games to Watch

• Sandburg (1-2) at Stagg (1-2)

• Notre Dame (3-0) at Providence (3-0)

• Homewood-Flossmoor (3-0) at Lockport (1-2)

• Oak Lawn (0-3) at Tinley Park (1-2)

• LW East (3-0) at Bolingbrook (3-0)

• Bradley-Bourb. (1-2) at LW Central (1-2)

Our staff’s predictions for the top games in Week 4

• Stagg

• Providence

• H-F

• Tinley Park

• LW East

• LW Central

• Sandburg

• Providence

• H-F

• Tinley Park

• LW East

• LW Central

• LW West 24, Andrew 20. Warriors

have shown big-play potential and

they make one more than a tough

Andrew team.

• Sandburg

• Providence

• H-F

• Tinley Park

• LW East

• LW Central

• Andrew 23, LWW 21 – The Warriors

might be the better team but I have

a gut feeling on this one. And I have

one big gut.

• Sandburg

• Notre Dame

• H-F

• Tinley Park

• LW East

• LW Central

• Sandburg

• Providence

• H-F

• Tinley Park

• LW East

• LW Central

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handles T-Bolts for victory.

• Sandburg

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• H-F

• Tinley Park

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Football

5

Knights shut down by Lockport in OT stunner

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

In order to end an 11-

game losing streak, Collin

Schmutzler knew he had to

gain 10 yards.

That’s exactly what the

Lockport senior did against

Lincoln-Way Central on his

team’s first possession of

overtime Friday, Sept. 13.

When Schmutzler scampered

into the right corner of

the end zone after taking a

direct snap in a wildcat formation,

it gave the Porters

more than a victory.

It ended their 11-game

losing streak, which had

dated back to Oct. 20, 2017,

a span of 693 days.

It also was the only touchdown

in an unforgettable

defensive classic game. The

host Porters stunned the

Knights 6-3 in overtime in a

SouthWest Suburban crossover

under a full moon.

Central (1-2) was led by

101 yards on 29 carries from

senior running back Danny

Reyna.

The defensive struggle

was quite the contrast from

last year’s 46-29 win over

the Porters.

Knights coach Jeremy

Cordell said he had never

coached in a game like this

one.

“I’ve been coaching 20

years,” Cordell said. “I’ve

never been in a 0-0 game

through regulation. It was

a physical game on both

sides, a field position game.

We had our opportunities,

we just didn’t capitalize on

them. It hurts but it’s a long

season. It’s still only Week

No. 3.”

An interception by junior

defensive back Jack Duvall

with 3 minutes, 41 seconds

to play in the game, the only

turnover of the game, gave

the Knights possession at

their own 40-yard line and

they had an opportunity to

drive for the winning score

in the waning moments.

Facing a third-and-2 at the

Porters 42, though, Central

lost two yards and punted

the ball away. Lockport (1-

LW Central at Lockport, Sept. 13

1 2 3 4 ot F

LW Central 0 0 0 0 3 3

Lockport 0 0 0 0 6 6

Three Stars of the Game

1. Collin Schmutzler, Lockport, senior running back/

defensive back --- game winning 10-yard touchdown

run on Porters’ first play of overtime.

2. Danny Reyna, LW Central, senior running back --- 29

carries, 101 yards

3. Ty Schultz, Lockport, sophomore running back --- 20

carries, 73 yards

2) got the ball at its own

12 with 32 seconds left and

elected to take a knee, ending

the scoreless regulation

and sending the game into

overtime.

Lockport won the coin

toss and elected to play defense

first. Two runs and an

incomplete pass netted the

Knights two yards, and they

elected to go for the 25-yard

field goal. Sophomore Jake

Andjelic made the kick.

If the Knights’ defense

could hold, they would win.

Instead Schmutzler slipped

right through the line and

darted to the right to score

the touchdown and send

the Lockport faithful into a

frenzy.

Central finished with 205

total yards, while Lockport

was limited to 134 total

yards.

The Knights had only

four plays of 10 yards or

more. Central’s Liam Higgins

was 4-of-11 passing

for 27 yards and ran six

times for 37 yards. Higgins

had the longest play of the

game on a 22-yard run.

It was the first win

for new Lockport coach

Lincoln-Way Central’s Colin Shanahan lays a hit on

Lockport quarterback Riley Pfeiffer during the Knights’

6-3 overtime loss on Friday, Sept. 13, in Lockport. Mark

Korosa/22nd Century Media

George Czart, who had a 54-

29 record at Lincoln-Way

North between 2008-15.

“[Lockport] didn’t surprise

us,” Cordell said. “We

just didn’t make the plays.

We had a few guys go out

with some injuries, but

that’s no excuse. Otherwise

the defense played very

well. We were communicating

well, and we got

the turnover at the end of

regulation, that was great.”

The Knights’ path to the

playoffs is now a lot tougher,

with matchups against

Lincoln-Way East and

Homewood-Flossmoor,

the top two teams in the

AP Class 8A rankings, still

ahead.

Up next is a must-win

contest at home Friday,

Sept. 20 against Bradley-

Bourbonnais (1-2).

This Week In

KNIGHTS VARSITY

ATHLETICS

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

■Sept. ■ 21 – Minooka Invite

at Channahon Park, 8:30

a.m.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

■Sept. ■ 21 – Peoria Notre

Dame Invite at Detweiller

Park, 9 a.m.

FOOTBALL

■Sept. ■ 20 – hosts Bradley-

Bourbonnais, 7:30 p.m.

BOYS GOLF

■Sept. ■ 20 – Pekin Invite at

Lick Creek, 1 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 21 – Green-Wedge

Conference Challenge at

Green Garden, 7 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 – at Bradley-

Bourbonnais at The Elks,

4:30 p.m.

GIRLS GOLF

■Sept. ■ 21 – Providence

Invite at Ravisloe, 8 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 – hosts

Bolingbrook at Sanctuary,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 25 – hosts

Sandburg at Sanctuary,

4:30 p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

■Sept. ■ 19 – PepsiCo

Showdown, TBA

■Sept. ■ 21 – PepsiCo

Showdown, TBA

■Sept. ■ 24 – at LW East,

6:15 p.m.

GIRLS SWIMMING

■Sept. ■ 19 – hosts Andrew,

5 p.m.

GIRLS TENNIS

■Sept. ■ 19 – hosts LW West,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 21 – at Sandburg

Invite, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 – at Stagg, 4:30

p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

■Sept. ■ 20 – at Oak Lawn

Invite, 5 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 21 – at Oak Lawn

Invite, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 – hosts

Homewood-Flossmoor, 5:30

p.m.

GRIFFINS VARSITY

ATHLETICS

BOYS CROSS COUNTRY

■Sept. ■ 21 – Peoria Notre

Dame Invite at Detweiller

Park, 9 a.m.

GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY

■Sept. ■ 21 – Peoria Notre

Dame Invite at Detweiller

Park, 9 a.m.

FOOTBALL

■Sept. ■ 20 — at Bolingbrook,

7 p.m.

BOYS GOLF

■Sept. ■ 19 — hosts

Bolingbrook at Green

Garden, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 21 – Green-Wedge

Conference Challenge at

Green Garden, 7 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 – at Sandburg at

Silver Lake, 4 p.m.

GIRLS GOLF

■Sept. ■ 21 – Providence

Invite at Ravisloe, 8 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 – hosts

Sandburg at Prestwick, 4

p.m.

BOYS SOCCER

■Sept. ■ 19 — Plainfield

North Tournament, TBA

■Sept. ■ 21 — Plainfield

North Tournament, TBA

■Sept. ■ 24 — hosts LW

Central, 6:15 p.m.

GIRLS SWIMMING

■Sept. ■ 19 — at Oswego

East, 5 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 21 — at Normal

Invite, 8:30 a.m.

GIRLS TENNIS

■Sept. ■ 21 – at Sandburg

Invite, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 – hosts

Homewood-Flossmoor, 4:30

p.m.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

■Sept. ■ 21 — at Wheaton

Classic, 8 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 23 — at Joliet

Catholic, 6 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 24 — at LW West,

5:30 p.m.


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Conway, Celtics knock off 2018 state runner-up Brother Rice

5

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Last year, injured Providence

quarterback Kevin

Conway had to sit on the

bench and watch the Celtics

offense get completely

dominated by Brother Rice

in a shutout loss.

On Friday, Sept. 13,

Conway and the Celtics

got their vengeance.

Conway, a Mokena resident,

ran for three touchdowns

and threw for another,

and a playmaking

Providence defense came

up with four interceptions

as the Celtics topped the

Crusaders 34-22 in a Catholic

League/ESCC crossover

on the road in Mount

Greenwood.

“It felt amazing,” Conway

said. “We knew we

could do it. We just had

to execute. We knew we

could put points up on

the board and we did.

We knew we were both

great teams and whoever

played the best game

would win.”

It was another statement

win away from home for

the Celtics (3-0), who now

have a pair of road victories

against teams that recorded

double-digit wins

last season, adding to the

season-opening defeat of

Willowbrook.

Brother Rice (2-1) was

the 2018 Class 8A state

runner-up, went 13-1 and

beat Providence 20-0.

“The first two games

were tough ones, but nothing

compared to this one,”

defensive back Ryan Manikowski

said. “We knew

this game would prepare

us for the rest of the season.

We played our hearts

out and we came out with

the win.”

Manikowski, a senior

from New Lenox, came

Providence at Brother Rice, Sept. 13

1 2 3 4 F

Providence 0 14 13 7 34

Brother Rice 2 7 7 6 22

Three Stars of the Game

1. Kevin Conway, Providence, junior quarterback --- three

rushing touchdowns; 12-of-22 passing, 181 yards,

touchdown

2. Ryan Manikowski, Providence, senior defensive back –-

two interceptions

3. Kevin Countryman, Providence, senior defensive back –

interception return for touchdown

up with two interceptions,

including the game-sealer

with under two minutes to

play.

“I’m not going to lie,

that’s my least favorite

catch to make, over the

shoulder like that,” he

said. “I was just thinking,

‘Please don’t drop this.’ It

was kind of like it was in

slow motion, it was nerve

wracking. I came down

with it and it was awesome.”

Providence’s offense

was sluggish at times over

the first two weeks, and

overly reliant on running

back Aaron Vaughn.

Conway, though, had

his breakout game against

the Crusaders. The junior

finished 12-of-22 passing

for 181 yards and a touchdown.

Because of sacks, he

finished with just 28 yards

rushing on 15 attempts,

but he made several big

plays with his feet, including

a 21-yard touchdown

run that gave the Celtics a

27-16 lead with 1:04 left in

the third quarter.

“I had to bring it to the

legs,” Conway said. “It

was there. Their pass coverage

was pretty good. I

know any big play can

happen any moment. You

just have to be ready.”

Conway also delivered

the game’s most important

play when he scored on a

1-yard run on fourth-andgoal

to make it a two-score

game at 34-22 with 7:08

left.

“Kevin certainly came

out ready,” Providence

coach Mark Coglianese

said. “He’s been under a lot

of pressure. He made great

decisions, knew when to

run the ball, made good

throws. I think offensively

we did a good job mixing

it up and keeping them off

balance. We finally got in

a groove.”

It did not start that way,

though.

Providence began the

first drive of the night on

its own 11 and got backed

up to the 4 after a rush for

a loss and a penalty. Then,

Brother Rice’s Alex Roche

sacked Conway in the end

zone for a safety.

The Celtics, though,

shook off the shaky start.

“Bad field position,

penalty right away, it’s all

about short-term memory,”

Conway said. “You

just have to forget about

what happened. I don’t

think the safety fazed us.”

Conway scored on a

5-yard run and hit Lucas

Porto for a 9-yard touchdown

pass to give the Celtics

a 14-2 lead.

After the Crusaders

Providence defensive lineman Ben Seeber celebrates one of his three sacks

in the Celtics’ 34-22 win over Brother Rice on Friday, Sept. 13. Photos by Chip

DeLorenzo/22nd Century Media

pulled within 14-9 at halftime,

Providence’s Kevin

Countryman picked

off a Ben Somers pass

around the Rice 10-yard

line and returned it for a

touchdown early in the

third.

“I saw the quarterback’s

eyes, read it right away,

jumped it and took it to the

SOUTHWEST SUBURBAN BLUE

Team, Conf. Record, Overall

Bolingbrook 0-0 3-0

H-F 0-0 3-0

LW East 0-0 3-0

Lockport 0-0 1-2

Sandburg 0-0 1-2

SOUTHWEST SUBURBAN RED

Team, Conf. Record, Overall

LW West 0-0 2-1

Andrew 0-0 2-1

Bradley-Bourb. 0-0 1-2

LW Central 0-0 1-2

Stagg 0-0 1-2

house,” Countryman said.

“It’s awesome.”

Frankfort resident Dakota

Straight also had an

interception for the Celtics,

while Mokena’s Ben

Seeber had three sacks and

New Lenox’s Elias Valdez

added another sack.

Vaughn finished with

113 yards on 29 carries.

“We showed that we’re

here, that we have a great

defense and we’re not just

some kids that make mistakes,

went 5-4 last year

and got shut out by Washington

in the playoffs,

Countryman said.

“We’re a team that plays

hard, has a lot of heart and

goes all out.”

AREA FOOTBALL STANDINGS

SOUTH SUBURBAN BLUE

Team, Conf. Record, Overall

Bremen 1-0 3-0

Lemont 1-0 2-1

Tinley Park 1-0 1-2

Hillcrest 0-0 2-1

TF South 0-1 2-1

TF North 0-1 1-2

Oak Forest 0-1 0-3

CCL/ESCC GREEN

Team, Conf. Record, Overall

Providence 0-0 3-0

Notre Dame 0-0 3-0

Montini 0-0 2-1

St. Rita 0-0 1-2


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fastbreak

Boys golf

Curran third, Knights fourth at Providence Invite

4

Jeff vorva/22nd Century

Media

1st and 3

THREE lW central

teams off to fast

starts

1. Girls cross country

Rachel

Baumgartner

(above) has raised

her game and

became a top

contender, forming

a strong duo with

Merrigan Allen.

2. Girls tennis

Kiana Sikich has

been strong at

No. 1 singles, and

sisters Emma and

Kara Rimkunas

have led the way

at doubles as the

Knights are off to

an 8-3-1 start.

3. Boys soccer

The Knights have

played a tough

early-season

schedule and are

4-2 after winning

their PepsiCo

Showdown opener.

Nick Willner has

been unstoppable

offensively while

Adam Kedzior has

been a rock in goal.

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central junior

Sean Curran is happy

with how his season is going

so far. The latest strong

performance came at the

28-team Providence Invitational

on Saturday, Sept.

14, at The Sanctuary in

New Lenox.

Curran fired a two-under

70 to take third place, two

strokes behind Loyola’s

Ryan Banas.

“I’ve been doing well,”

Curran said. “I’ve been

getting into the groove of

it. Junior year has been

tougher at school, but I’ve

had fun playing. I like the

way my game has been

trending. I made just a few

mistakes and had a couple

of bogies.”

Last year, Curran was

second in the state in Class

3A, one stroke behind

Lockport’s Ben Sluzas,

who finished fifth at the

Providence Invite with a

72.

“I’m getting ready for

the postseason,” Curran

said. “It’s a lot of fun playing

against Ben and I know

him well. Having him in

the area is a good opportunity

to compete against

him and compare scores.”

Lincoln-Way Central

(316) finished fourth in the

team race behind champion

Waubonsie Valley

(303), Lockport (310) and

Sandburg (314).

Providence (326) was

seventh, Lincoln-Way

West (328) eighth and Lincoln-Way

East (339) 13th.

After qualifying for state

two years ago, the Knights

were unable to advance

out of the regional as a

team last fall. They hope to

make another run for state

this season.

Their performance at the

Providence Invite was a

good sign.

“To take fourth in a very

strong field is fine,” Central

coach Ryan Pohlmann

said. “We had some peaks

and valleys during the season,

and we want to get

the valleys out of the way

now.

“We liked playing the

tougher competition here

and we are excited for

things to come. Hopefully

we can get through in October

and a tournament

like this helps prepare us

for the regional and sectional.”

Besides Curran, the rest

of the Knights scores were

sophomore Juney Bai (80),

senior TJ Edmier (83), junior

Nick Tingley (83) and

junior Tommy Schaaf (83).

Host Providence was

paced by a 78 from junior

Davis Billows. Sophomore

Drew Brasky (79), senior

Ryan Hilty (82), senior

Trevor Vandenberg (87)

and junior Michael Blake

(98) rounded out the Celtic

scores.

“We shot a 326 and

we will be in Class 2A

this season,” Providence

Lincoln-Way Central junior Sean Curran finished third

at the Providence Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 14.

22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO

coach John Platt said of

his team’s playing in the

smaller class this year.

“That [Lemont] Regional

will be at Cog Hill and the

[Hinsdale South} Sectional

will be at Prairie Bluff.

“In the meantime, I’ve

got to get my third and

fourth scores up. My top

two have been consistent,

but I find a lot of teams are

having a hard time with

that. The top scores are

lower but the bottom ones

are higher.”

Platt was excited to

have so much talent at the

Celtics’ tournament, and a

change was made to present

a bigger challenge to

the top golfers.

“We played the back

tees today and it’s the first

year we’ve used them in

the 19 years I’ve been here

and over 20 now for the

tournament,” Platt said.

“But the field had last

season’s No. 1 [Sluzas],

No. 2 [Curran], and No. 4

[Waubonsie Valley’s Will

Troy] golfers in the [Class

3A] state from last year. So

that’s how good it was.”

Lincoln-Way West has

a new coach in Dan Szablewski.

The Warriors,

who won a regional title

last season, did well with a

Top 10 finish.

Junior Zack Phelps (79)

led the way. He was followed

by senior Jason

Lange (80), sophomore

Aidan Healy (81), senior

Ethan Healy (88), and junior

Glenn Jackson (90).

Although Lincoln-Way

East didn’t make the Top

10, the Griffins have done

well so far this season.

Senior Jake Nair and junior

Matt Kelley tied for

the team’s top score with

83 apiece. Junior Alex

Goetsch (85), senior TJ

DeVries (88) and freshman

Dylan Drogemuller

(92) finished out the East

scores.

“We struggled a bit today

against a great field,”

East coach Jim Nair said.

“But Jake Nair and Alex

Goetsch shot lower than

their average, which was

a good sign for things to

come.

“Matt Kelley and freshman

Dylan Drogemuller

have led us so far this season

to a record of 5-0 in

dual matches. Also stepping

up so far this year is

senior transfer from Arizona,

Martin Clancy, and

TJ DeVries.”

Despite the strong second-place

finish, Lockport

was sort of disappointed.

The Porters, who finished

third in Class 3A last year,

have set the bar high.

“A 310 score is a little

high for us,” Lockport

coach Matt Eber said. “We

have been getting better

than 310 in these tournaments.

But I like how we

played in these [windy]

conditions. We just needed

someone to have a better

back-nine score. But we

will be there, we will be

fine. I’m not worried.”

LISTEN UP

“We knew we were both great teams and whoever played the

best game would win.”

Kevin Conway – Providence quarterback and Mokena resident, on the

team’s upset win at 2018 Class 8A state runner-up Brother Rice

Tune In

Boys Soccer, 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24

LW Central at LW East

• The Griffins and Knights square off in a SouthWest

Suburban crossover in Frankfort.

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 | September 19, 2019

ROLLING ALONG LW East

cruises past Bradley-Bourbonnais;

Bolingbrook and H-F up next, Page 35

HALL CALL Lincoln-Way soccer

legend Ned Grabavoy inducted into

Joliet-area Hall of Fame, Page 33

Providence

quarterback

Kevin Conway

looks to make

a pass against

Brother Rice

on Friday, Sept.

13. Conway

ran for three

touchdowns

and threw

another in a 34-

22 win.

Providence’s Ryan Manikowski pulls down one of his two

interceptions and one of the Celtics’ four during a 34-22 win Friday,

Sept. 13. PHOTOS BY CHIP DELORENZO/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Mokena resident Conway’s four

touchdowns, defense’s four

interceptions lead Providence to huge

upset win at Brother Rice, Page 38

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