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Thursday

Village Hall closed

Nov. 28-29.

Mokena Community

Public Library District

closed

Nov. 28-29.

TUESDAY

Morning movie — “It’s a

Wonderful Life”

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

Dec. 3, Mokena Community

Public Library District,

11327 W. 195th St.

in Mokena. Join us in celebrating

the holiday season

with the classic “It’s

a Wonderful Life,” starring

James Stewart and

Donna Reed. The movie

will be raffled at the end

of the movie. Ages 18

and older welcome. This

movie is rated PG. For

more information and

registration, call (708)

479-9663 or visit mokena

library.org.

Wednesday

Lincoln-Way Central

Madrigals Performance

7-8 p.m. Dec. 4, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. in Mokena.

Enjoy a performance by

the Lincoln-Way Central

High School Madrigal

Singers to start the holiday

season. The Madrigals

— which include of

costumed singers, ladies,

troubadours, a jester,

wench and Shakespearean

players — will perform

Medieval and Renaissance

Christmas music.

For more information and

registration, call (708)

479-9663 or visit mokena

library.org.

UPCOMING

Mokena Community Park

District’s Breakfast with

Santa

9-10:30 a.m. Dec. 7,

Aurelio’s Restaurant,

9901 W. Lincoln Highway

in Frankfort. Enjoy

your breakfast with the

Jolly Old Elf. Registration

includes entertainment,

gifts and a breakfast

buffet that includes

breakfast calzones,

French toast sticks,

scrambled eggs, sausage

and fruit. Children under

age 1 are admitted free

(does not include breakfast

or gift). All children

must be accompanied by

an adult. All attendees

must be pre-registered

through Mokena Park

District. Registration is

not accepted at the restaurant.

Registration fee:

$21R/$24NR. Registration

deadline is Nov. 23.

No refunds for this event.

For more information,

call Mokena Park District

at (708) 390-2401 or visit

mokenapark.com and

register online.

Under the Mistletoe

1-2 p.m. Dec. 7, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. in Mokena.

Join the Mokena Community

Public Library

District as we make the

season bright with Matt

and Cynthia Gruel in

their Holiday Cabaret,

Under the Mistletoe. Feel

the jingling beat with

“Holly Jolly Christmas,”

“Santa Baby” and Mariah

Carey’s classic “All

I Want for Christmas is

You,” Reminisce with

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside,”

“White Christmas”

and “Let it Snow.” Rock

out to “Santa Claus is Comin’

to Town,” “Jingle

Bell Rock” and “Rockin’

Around the Christmas

Tree.” This joyful, nostalgic

one-hour cabaret

features the festive stories

behind the music

and is sure to get you

in the holiday spirit. To

register, call (708) 479-

9663, or register through

our events calendar at

mokenalibrary.org.

Winter Band and Choir

Concert

6 p.m. Dec. 10, Mokena

Junior High School,

19815 Kirkstone Way in

Mokena. Join the bands

and choirs from Mokena

Intermediate School and

Mokena Junior High

School for seasonal and

holiday music. The MIS

concert is to begin at 6

p.m., followed by the

MJHS concert at 7:30

p.m. There is no cost to

attend, but concessions

will be available between

the concerts at a nominal

cost benefiting the Mokena

Music Boosters.

ONGOING

LWABWO Meetings

6-8 p.m. on the third

Tuesday of each month

Sept. through June, Gatto’s

Restaurant, 1938 E.

Lincoln Highway, New

Lenox. The Lincoln-Way

Area Business Women’s

Organization is a nonprofit

club formed in

1971 to provide scholarship

funds to graduating

female high school

seniors and adult women

for the purpose of continuing

education. We are

always looking for new

members. For more information,

visit LWABWO.

org.

We are Lions

7 p.m. first Thursday

of each month, Doc’s

Smokehouse, 19081 Old

LaGrange Road #105 in

Mokena. The Lions Club

of Mokena hosts is monthly

meeting. For more information,

email Mokena

LionsClub@att.net.

Al-Anon

6 p.m. Sundays, Mokena

Fellowship Center,

11137 W. 191st St., Mokena;

7 p.m. Mondays

and 6 p.m. Thursdays,

Old Plank Trail Bank,

20012 Wolf Road, Mokena.

Meetings are open

to anyone who feels their

life has been affected by

a problem drinker. There

are no dues or fees. All

meetings are confidential.

For more information,

call (815) 773-9623.

Mokena Fire Protection

CPR Class

6-9:30 p.m. Ongoing.

Mokena Fire Station

1, 19853 S. Wolf Road,

Moknea. The Mokena Fire

Protection District offers

monthly CPR classes for

the public. Students are instructed

in adult, child and

infant CPR and AED. The

cost of the class is $35 for

Community CPR and $40

Healthcare CPR. Register

for specific dates at mokena

fire.org.

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*Deadline for print is 5 p.m. the Thursday prior to publication.

Kindergarten Registration

Drive

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

District Administrative

Center, 20100 South

Spruce Drive in Frankfort.

Summit Hill School

District’s 2019-20 kindergarten

registration drive

continues. Parents may

access studentregistration.

org to review the checklist

of documents needed

for registration. Parents

have the option of enrolling

their kindergartener in

the extended day program

or the half-day program.

Registration fee for extended

day is $150. Registration

fee for half day is

$125. Payment options are

available.

Walking Book Club

9-10 a.m. Wednesdays,

The Oaks Fitness & Recreation

Center, 10847

LaPorte Road, Mokena.

Organized by the Mokena

Community Public

Library, this group walks

for 30 minutes and then

talks about a book for

30 minutes. Copies of

the reading schedule are

doled out at weekly meetings.

For more information,

call (708) 479-9663.

3D Printer Class

10-11 a.m. every third

Saturday of the month,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. Visit the YA

Computer Lab to create

3-D nameplates with our

Makerbot 2x 3-D Printer.

Call (708) 479-9663 for

more information.


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Former secretary arrested, charged in missing-funds case

5

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

A former

Lincoln-

Way Central

employee

faces 11

criminal

charges after

allegedly

stealing

McGrath

money from the Lincoln-

Way Central Athletic

Booster Club by using a

fraudulent spreadsheet and

forging signatures of the

organization’s leadership.

Melissa McGrath, 51, of

15628 Waterford Lane in

Manhattan, was arrested

the afternoon of Friday,

Nov. 22, and charged

with five counts of theft,

two counts of identification

theft, two counts of

theft by deception and two

counts of forgery, according

to a press release issued

the same evening by

the Will County Sheriff’s

Office.

McGrath, a former LWC

athletics office assistant,

resigned from her position

in June, a month after

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210

launched an internal investigation

into financial

discrepancies in Booster

records.

The Will County Sheriff’s

Office has been investigating

the case since

Aug. 6, when deputies

initially met with administrators

in reference to

suspicious financial transgressions

that had been

discovered on the Boosters’

accounting books,

A timeline of events

A breakdown of the events that

led to the investigation into

missing funds

• 2016* - Money begins to go

missing from Lincoln-Way Central

Athletic Boosters, but is not

discovered until bookkeeping

records are compared with

D210’s in 2019.

• Late spring/early summer 2019

- The “original concern” over

discrepancies in sporting event

gate receipts is uncovered during

an audit in preparation of the

district’s annual budget.

• May 7 - D210 launches a

month-long internal investigation

according to the Nov. 22

press release. At this time,

the Lincoln-Way administration

reported that an

led by administration, its

independent inspector general

and accounting firm Sikich LLP.

• June 24 - The resignation of

longtime LWC athletics secretary

Melissa McGrath is accepted by

the board of education.

• July 19 - Results of the internal

investigation are turned over to

D210 Board of Education. The

investigation found no evidence of

fraud related to the discrepancies

in sporting event gate receipts.

• Aug. 5 - LWC Athletic Boosters

meet with D210 administration

regarding the Boosters’ current

account balance. It is discovered

that the accounts do not

match. The Will County Sheriff’s

internal investigation had

been conducted, and it was

thought that McGrath was

fraudulently taking money

Department is contacted.

• Aug. 6 - The Will County

Sheriff’s Department begins its

investigation into the matter of

missing funds from Lincoln-Way

Central Athletic Boosters.

• Aug. 22 - 12-year district AD

Matt Lyke resigns.

• Nov. 22 - McGrath arrested,

charged with five counts of theft,

two counts of identification theft,

two counts of theft by deception

and two counts of forgery.

*Note: Will County Sheriff’s

Department has listed the date of

2017, while in previous reports,

LW D210 Board President Joseph

Kosteck reported the date as

2016.

from the Boosters by running

two sets of financial

books, police said.

According to the Sheriff’s

Office, an investigation

found more than

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Christmas Fest kicks off

holiday season

Full day of activities gets Mokena in holiday spirit

Caricature Artist Mark Odewald creates a portrait of Iris Balogh-Pfefferkorn, 7, of

Mokena, during Christmas Fest at Mokena Elementary School.

Cayden Delago, 10, holds Benjamin Delago, 10 months, both of Mokena, get their

pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus at Mokena Elementary School as part of the

full day of Christmas Fest events Saturday, Nov. 23, hosted by the Mokena Chamber

of Commerce. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century media

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D159 superintendent to retire June 30

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Mokena School District

159 Superintendent Don

White announced in a letter

to the district’s Board

of Education members his

intention to retire effective

June 30, 2020.

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“It is with very mixed

emotions that I am writing

to notify you that I plan

to retire at the end of this

school year,” White wrote.

“This will be effective at

the end of the work day on

June 30, 2020. It has been

my true honor to serve as

a public school district

[s]uperintendent for [19]

years and as an educator

for [33] years; with the

last two years being a joyous

capstone. In fact, these

two years have reinforced

my belief that a group of

dedicated people working

as a team can accomplish

great things in service to

children and the community.”

White was elected by the

board on Dec. 20, 2017, to

replace the then outgoing

Superintendent Omar Castillo.

White had one year

remaining on that contract.

White explained that

retiring with the one year

remaining just made more

sense, rather than waiting

an additional year, because

he is eligible now based on

age and years of experience.

White said he looks

forward to spending time

with his grandchildren

and remain in education in

some capacity, perhaps as

a consult or similar role.

White has spent the past

33 years in education, 17

of which were spent as

superintendent at District

181, and the last two as superintendent

of D159.

A special board meeting

was scheduled for 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 25, at Mokena

Elementary School,

where board members began

the process of finding

a replacement for White.

Mokena D159 Board of Education

‘I hate it’: Community and board

speak out against arming teachers

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

With school shootings

becoming increasingly

more common across the

country, a debate among

educators has been near

the forefront of many

questions now facing our

schools: Should teachers

be armed with firearms

to help protect students

and everyone else within

a school should an active

shooter incident occur?

Mokena School District

159 Board of Education

members gave a resounding

“no” to that question

when it was presented at

the Wednesday, Nov. 20,

board meeting.

Board members voted

0-7 to instruct its delegate,

Board President Michael

Everett, to support Resolution

No. 1 at the Nov. 23 Illinois

Association of School

Boards’ 2019 Delegate Assembly

meeting in Chicago.

This means that Everett

voted “no” on behalf

of D159 The resolution

would have allowed each

school district to decide if

it wanted to permit armed

district employees, including

teachers and other

staff.

Ultimately, delegates at

the IASB convention voted

down Resolution No. 1

by a vote of 249-198.

The proposed resolution

read, in part, that “the Illinois

Association of School

Boards shall support and

advocate for legislation”

that would “allow voluntary

district employees ...

the ability to carry a concealed

firearm on district

property.”

It went on to outline that

any armed district employee

would be required to

have “a valid Illinois FOID

card, holds a certified Illinois

Concealed Carry

License, has completed

all additional trainings

and certifications set forth

by the respective school

board, one of which must

include yearly certified Active

Shooter Training.”

“I give [Mercer County

D404 representatives present

to give a presentation

on the proposed resolution]

a lot of class for coming

up here, but I hate it,”

said board member Jim

Andresen. “I think it’s

an end run to ask us, as

volunteers, if we want to

stand behind you and have

our group say, ‘Hey, Mr.

Legislator, we think this is

a great idea. We want our

to lobby for it.’ If this was

such a good idea, then the

legislators would be picking

it up and running with

it. We can’t get it off the

ground here.”

6

Round it up

A brief recap of other items discussed at the Nov.

20 Mokena D159 Board of Education meeting.

• The board voted 7-0 to approve a tentative tax

levy for 2019 of 2.7967 percent. The board will

take a final vote at its Dec. 18 meeting.

• The board also voted 7-0 to approve the contract

for the executive search team School Exec Connect

LLC in the amount of $8,000 to assist in finding

a replacement for outgoing Superintendent Don

White.

• In another 7-0 vote, the board awarded a bid

for Mokena Junior High School chiller repairs to

McCauley Mechanical in the amount of $20,500

for the project and $4,180 for the additional

warranty on the compressor.

Representatives from

the Mokena Teachers Association,

Moms Demand

Action and members of

the public also voiced their

stance against the proposed

resolution.

Mokena Chief of Police,

Steve Vaccaro, was asked

by the board provide his

opinion on the matter.

“I am not in favor of a

blanket authorization to allow

any staff to have any

firearms in school,” Vaccaro

said.

“Imagine a police officer,

running into a building,

hearing gunshots, going

to terminate the threat

and somebody is standing

there with a gun and

goes to point to where the

shooter is and the police

officer takes that individual

out, kills that individual,

a staff member,” Vaccaro

said. “... That’s a real concern

of mine: How will my

officers be able to differentiate

a bad guy from a good

guy? That’s problematic

for me.”


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What is one thing people

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I’m a pitcher in softball.

Whom do you look up to

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The [Mokena Elementary

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McGrath

From Page 3

$30,000 in Booster funds

were missing from August

2017 through April 2019.

The investigation reportedly

determined McGrath

presented the Boosters

with a Booster account

spreadsheet that she created

and submitted to the district,

and that several submitted

reports contained

forged signatures of members

of the athletic club

board.

McGrath was arrested at

her home, according to police.

She is being held at the

Will County Adult Detention

Facility on a $200,000

bond.

As previously reported

by The Messenger, former

LWC Athletic Director

Matt Lyke resigned

Aug. 22 after holding the

position for three years at

LWC after eight at nowshuttered

LW North. Lyke

is now listed as the interim

director of activities

at Homewood-Flossmoor

High School on HF’s website.

D210 Superintendent

Scott Tingley issued the

following statement:

“While following established

procedures for the

development of the annual

budget, Lincoln-Way 210

administration identified

discrepancies in certain

revenue accounts in the

Lincoln-Way Central Athletic

Department.

“As a result of the investigation,

District administration

has implemented

several new internal controls

that focus on cash

handling procedures in

order to help deter and detect

fraud and theft going

forward.

“1. Increased Segregation

of Duties in Cash

Handling – deposits will

be handled by two employees

until counted and

deposit receipts have been

filled out. All deposit slips

are pre-numbered so the

District can track and control

access to the forms. All

cash deposits are placed in

a tamper proof bag once

dual counted and verified.

Finally, a separate copy of

the deposit slip is sent to

the District business office

for reconciliation purposes.

“2. Event sales now use

pre-numbered tickets and

a ticket/cash reconciliation

must be performed

and turned into the District

business office the same

day as the event.

“3. Outside groups,

coaches, and activity sponsors

are required to verify

deposits and expenditures

directly in the District accounting

system to ensure

accuracy.

“The District has turned

the financial loss into our

insurance and the money

will be replenished into the

Boosters account.”

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Lincoln-Way Community High School D210

Board of Education

Restructuring to limit bond

debt enters next phase

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District

210 Board of Education

members approved a resolution

at its Thursday, Nov.

21, meeting that they hope

will help the district take

its next step in reducing its

bond debt.

The resolution, which

passed 7-0, authorizes the

issuance of no more than

$23.1 million “in General

Obligation Refunding

School Bonds for the purpose

of refunding certain

outstanding bonds of the

District,” namely its 2009

bonds.

It is expected that the restructuring

will lower the

2019 taxpayer’s tax bill by

approximately $101 and

the 2020 tax levy by $81

with an assessed value of

$300,000 home.

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Lewis said. “So, as long as

they have confidence that

you have done what you

need to do in your finances

I anticipate that you should

not have a whole lot of difficulty

with this sale.”

Round it up

A brief recap of other

items discussed during

the Nov. 21 D210

Board of Education

meeting.

• Members of the

Lincoln-Way Marching

Band presented

the Illinois State

Championship

traveling trophy.

• In a 7-0 vote, the

board adopted a

resolution for the

issuance of no more

than $16 million in tax

anticipated warrants

in anticipation of the

collection of taxes

levied for the year

2019.

Summit Hill D161 Board of Education

Officials oppose school board

resolution on arming teachers

Lee Cruz, Freelance Reporter

Mokena Woman’s Club accepting scholarship applications

Submitted by GFWC Mokena

Woman’s Club

The General Federation

of Women’s Clubs

Illinois is offering scholarships

through the GFWC

Mokena Woman’s Club

sponsorship for students

planning on enrolling in an

Illinois college, university,

trade or vocational school

for the 2020 fall semester.

A resolution on arming

school employees, a proposed

local casino and the

annual school report cards

were all topics addressed

during the Summit Hill

School District 161 Board

of Education’s monthly

meeting on Nov. 20.

The Board revealed it

would vote against the

Illinois Association of

School Boards Resolution

that would allow districts

to authorize faculty and

staff aside from school

resource officers to carry

concealed firearms in the

schools. The Board noted

that some rural school districts

contend that the resolution

would be beneficial

because law enforcement

response time to an incident

in their schools could

be lengthy. However, the

Board deemed that it was

advisable to only equip

properly trained school security

personnel with firearms.

The resolution will

be voted on during the Illinois

Association of School

Board Joint Annual Conference

in late November.

Adam Widger, a member

of Families Against

Casinos Taking the Southland,

or FACTS, spoke

before the Board. FACTS

is a grassroots organization

that has been urging

community leaders and the

Illinois Gaming Board to

reject Matteson as a potential

site for a gambling casino.

Widger noted that not

only do casinos negatively

impact property values,

but they also diminish the

wholesomeness and values

that the District and the

community promote.

The proposed site would

place the casino at the corner

of Lincoln Highway

and Harlem Avenue, which

borders Frankfort. Widger

particularly emphasized

the negative social impact

the casino might have on

Summit Hill Junior High

School, which would be

positioned approximately

only 1.2 miles from it.

He acknowledged that the

Applicants are not limited

to current high school seniors.

All ages of potential

students are welcome to

apply, and past applicants

and/or winners may reapply.

Applicants need only

to be a resident of Illinois

and plan to attend an Illinois

college, university or

vocational school.

The 2019-2020 GFWC

Board could not publicly

take a stand on either side

of the matter, but he did

want to raise awareness of

the importance of it to District

leaders.

The Board announced

that the Illinois School Report

Cards were recently

released. The report cards

for the comprehensive

District and for each individual

school in the District

are posted on their

respective webpages. The

report card data indicates

that students in the District

continue to perform

above State averages on

standardized assessments.

Unfortunately, conducting

a longitudinal analysis of

data trends over several

years is challenging, because

the State was administering

the PARCC assessments

before recently

transitioning to the NWEA

MAP assessments and the

measures are difficult to

compare accurately.

With the report cards,

the Illinois State Board of

Education issues one of

Illinois Scholarships include:

Lorado Taft Art

Scholarship, Arthur Grant

Smith Drama Scholarship,

Hamilton Ridge Music

Scholarship, Illinois Cottage

Park Ridge Vocational

Scholarship for Girls,

Lincoln Lodge Vocational

Scholarship for Boys and

Vina A. Miller Education

Scholarship.

Applications with all

four summative designations

— exemplary, commendable,

underperforming

or lowest-performing

— for each school, which

helps families and communities

understand how

well each institution is

serving its students as a

whole. Frankfort Square

Elementary School was

designated as an exemplary

school, while the other

five schools in the District

received designations as

commendable schools.

Finally, the Board approved

securing a contract

with Malcorr Roofing of

$346,000 for maintenance

on the roof at Dr. Julian

Rogus Elementary School

in 2020. The Board noted

that bids had come in as

high as $758,000, and that

the approved bid fell under

the original estimated cost

of $400,000-$415,000.

The next Board of Education

meeting is slated

for 7 p.m. Dec. 18, at the

D161 Administrative Center

in Frankfort.

supplemental materials

must be postmarked by

Feb. 15, 2020, and mailed

to: Judy Rader, 132 11th

St., Lincoln, Illinois

62656.

Applications may be

obtained on the Lincoln-

Way High Schools and

Providence Catholic High

School websites, and at

the Mokena and Frankfort

Public Libraries.


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LWE student remembered for kindness, big heart

Family aims to

raise awareness for

teens in need

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

Sisters Jenna (left) and Katelyn Stretch enjoy the

teacup ride last December at Walt Disney World.

When Jody Stretch talks

about her daughter Katelyn,

her words paint a portrait

of a young woman

who was profoundly, immeasurably

kind — the sort

of person who lent a supportive

ear to anyone who

needed it, who cherished

her relationships with those

around her and whose heart

always had room available

for one more friend.

“She was almost like a

little social worker,” Jody

said. “She was always

helping people, helping

everyone out. She loved

her family deeply, and we

knew it, and she knew we

felt the same about her.”

Katelyn Brianne Stretch,

a 15-year-old sophomore at

Lincoln-Way East, died unexpectedly

Nov. 18. Her

family says she died by

suicide.

The sudden loss has

been incredibly difficult for

Jody, a nurse at an Olympia

Fields hospital; Katelyn’s

father, Brian, a truck

driver for PFA Systems in

Rockdale; and Katelyn’s

18-year-old sister Jenna, a

Lincoln-Way East senior.

Jody said she is thankful

for all of the prayers

and support that she, Brian

and Jenna have received

from the Frankfort community,

a place they have

called home for nearly 16

years. They are grateful

for the many family members,

friends, other parents,

friends of Katelyn, school

staff members and teachers

from throughout Katelyn’s

life who have reached out

to them and offered muchneeded

words and gestures

of comfort.

Additionally, Jody said,

she wishes to give heartfelt

thanks to members of the

Frankfort Fire Protection

District, Will County Sheriff’s

Office and the Olympia

Fields hospital emergency

room team for their

hard work at a challenging

time.

“They did an outstanding,

wonderful job,” she

said.

Katelyn grew up in

Frankfort and attended

several schools in Summit

Hill School District

161, including Dr. Julian

Rogus School, Frankfort

Square School, Hilda

Walker School and Summit

Hill Junior High

School. At Lincoln-Way

East, she was a member

of the school’s Best Buddies

program, which partners

students with peers

with developmental and

intellectual disabilities, encouraging

them to develop

meaningful one-on-one

friendships.

Her family remembers

how Katelyn loved going to

the beach when it was warm

outside, and exploring Walt

Disney World and Universal

Studios on family trips.

How she loved riding on

her father’s Harley. How

she and her sister spent

countless hours together at

the mall and “jamming out”

in the car. How she jumped

at every Christmas, every

birthday and every Thanksgiving

as an opportunity

to give to others and show

appreciation for the loved

ones in her life.

It would be impossible

for Jody to choose a favorite

memory of Katelyn

from the thousands upon

thousands of moments she

and her daughter shared in

Lincoln-Way East sophomore Katelyn Brianne Stretch

poses for a photo in January in front of the Hogwarts

castle at Universal Studios in Orlando. She died Nov.

18. Photos submitted

the decade-and-a-half they

had together. All of them

were special.

“My favorite memory

was every day, basically,”

Jody said.

A friend to all

Katelyn’s friends and

classmates at Lincoln-Way

East describe her as bright

and thoughtful, always

willing to take that extra

step to make sure her peers

felt supported and encouraged.

Lincoln-Way East sophomore

Becca Silvia first

met Katelyn when the two

girls were sixth-graders at

Hilda Walker. They began

eating together during their

shared lunch period and

quickly developed a friendship

that would last for the

next four years.

“We just sat by each

other and started talking,

and then we became really

close, really fast,” she said.

Silvia smiles when she

looks back on all the fun

times she and Katelyn

had together — “there are

so many good ones,” she

said — and one of the

first memories that comes

to mind is of Silvia’s 13th

birthday party at Great

Wolf Lodge.

“We just did a lot of stupid

stuff, like we Naruto

ran down the halls, and just

ran around the park,” she

said, laughing. “And we

got yelled at a lot by all the

workers, but it was a lot of

fun.”

Fellow East sophomore

Maddie Principato says

Katelyn was one of her best

friends.

“She was so bubbly and

so happy, and just so out

there,” she said. “She was

family to me. She was just

like a sister. We used to call

her ‘Chicken Strip.’ I’m

not quite sure how it came

up in conversation, but it

just kind of popped up and

it stuck. It’s one of those

nicknames that you can’t

get away from no matter

how hard you try. And she

loved it, we all loved it.

And this bond, it was unable

to be broken, because

we were all so close.”

What stood out about

Katelyn was the way she

treated others, Principato

said.

“She made everyone feel

OK,” she said. “She never

had anything against anybody.

She couldn’t hold a

grudge.”

Seeking a way forward

Losing Katelyn left the

Stretch family with more

questions than answers.

The family later discovered

through Katelyn’s

writing that she had struggled

with depression since

she was in eighth grade.

She had never told them.

“The biggest thing I don’t

understand is why,” Jody

Stretch said. “Why not tell

somebody, especially me?

Because I’m her mother,

I’m a nurse. I understand.

Anything. I would have

worked through it with

her.”

In the weeks, months

and years ahead, the family

plans to honor Katelyn’s

memory by raising awareness

of suicide prevention

and depression. In lieu of

flowers, the family has requested

donations to the

American Foundation for

Suicide Prevention, a nonprofit

organization dedicated

to education, research,

advocacy for mental health

and suicide prevention and

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Police Reports

Broke-down vehicle leads to arrest for suspended license

Nathan L. Stone, 33, of

10 McGarity Road in Park

Forest, was charged Nov.

14 with driving on a suspended/revoked

driver’s

license.

According to police reports,

an officer was dispatched

to the area of West

191st Street and South La-

Grange Road for a report

of a driver who appeared

to be unconscious. Upon

arrival, the officer located

Stone, who was conscious,

in the left southbound lane

of LaGrange Road. Stone

told the officer that his car

had broken down and he

was awaiting a tow truck.

A check of Stone’s driver’s

license came back as

suspended. He was then

placed under arrest.

Nov. 17

• Alejandra Guerrero-

Ramirez, 22, of 1107

E. Algonquin Road in

Arlington Heights, was

charged with having no

valid driver’s license,

speeding and improper

lighting.

According to police reports,

an officer performing

stationary radar in the

11600 block of Francis

Road clocked Guerrero-

Ramirez traveling at 45

mph in a 30 mph zone,

and her vehicle had only

one headlight working.

The officer initiated a

traffic stop, and a check

of her driver’s license

came back as not valid.

She was then placed under

arrest.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The

Mokena Messenger’s police

reports come from the

Mokena Police Department.

Anyone listed in these reports

is considered to be innocent

of all charges until proven

guilty in a court of law.

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Nova Quarter Horses part of community for 25 years

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Nova Quarter Horses

celebrated 25 years in

business in Mokena this

month. But, for owner

Lorri Ebeling, the last 25

years have only been a

fraction of a lifetime spent

among her equine friends.

Ebeling started her professional

life with horses

when she was just 12 years

old when she first started

to ride. Soon after, she

was hired by the stable.

By 16, she was running an

80-horse livery business.

That may seem like a

young age — because it is

— but Ebeling said it is not

unusual for young girls to

become professionally involved.

In fact, that young

girls are often put in positions

of responsibility and

respect is one of the things

that draws them to a career

with horses. Ebeling said.

“It’s a healthy environment

for girls,” Ebeling

said.

Ebeling eventually

would get her own 5-acre

farmhouse with 30 stalls

in Frankfort. She was approached

by Nova’s previous

owner because, according

to Ebeling, she

“was the only person who

An aerial view of Nova Quarter Horses as it looked in

1995, shortly after Lorri Ebeling took over ownership.

Photos submitted

could make this work.”

At that time, Nova Quarter

Horses — then called

Hay-Mac Farm — had 50

stalls, but only had three

horses occupying those

stalls.

Ebeling agreed to purchase

Hay-Mac Farm, but

almost immediately began

to question her decision.

“Twenty-five years ago,

end of October, we took

over. And it was the first

rain, probably on Halloween,

it was the money pit;

the whole place leaked,”

Ebeling said. “I was ninemonths-pregnant.

I had my

daughter [Samantha Ebeling]

two weeks later.”

Ebeling then moved all

her horses over from the

Frankfort farm and opened

up Nova Quarter Horses

for riding lessons, horse

camps and special events,

which she had been doing

since she was a young girl.

“I had good friends,

great help,” Ebeling said

of the work that was to be

done to fix up Nova. “We

all put a coat of coat on

it and boarded up a lot of

things and made it look

nice.”

But that would not be

the last time Nova saw serious

restoration work.

Nova Quarter Horses continues to host events throughout the year for families and

individuals, such as its Halloween event where top winners Mia Beallis (left) and her

horse Carmella pose with Lorri Ebeling, and Taylor Ossowski sits atop her horse Ollie

posing with Samantha Ebeling.

“I got hit by a tornado,”

Ebeling said.

But, the damage caused

to Nova’s old indoor arena

by the tornado in 1997

may have been a blessing

in disguise because it allowed

Ebeling the opportunity

to put a new roof on

the arena.

“That tornado got me a

facelift,” Ebeling said.

By 2003, Nova was

again in need of expansion

and what is the building

that contains the main

office, an indoor viewing

area and the 80-by-200 indoor

arena today was constructed.

Today, Ebeling is proud

of how she has been able

to grow Nova because of

her ability to “create my

own client.”

“They start their riding

lessons with me, they

progress, then they eventually

buy a horse from me.

So, I don’t have outsiders

coming in,” she said. “I’ve

known [my clients] from

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student

From Page 10

support for those affected

by suicide.

The Crisis Line of Will

and Grundy Counties offers

a hotline available 24/7

for individuals who may be

experiencing thoughts of

suicide. The Mokena line

can be reached at (708)

479-1399.

In October, Lincoln-Way

East gave students a presentation

on suicide awareness

as part of a districtwide

initiative recognizing

National Bullying Month.

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210

spokeswoman Jen Hannon

told The Messenger in

a Nov. 20 email that increased

support staff was

made available to students

at the school in the days after

Katelyn died.

Jody wants to send a

message about how important

it is for teens to talk to

someone they trust: a parent,

a counselor, a sibling, a

friend. To speak up, to say

something.

“The answer was her

telling somebody, ‘I am

feeling depressed,’” Jody

said. “Because this was going

on for so long.”

She takes comfort in

knowing that her daughter

has made a difference in

one very meaningful way:

She was an organ donor.

Her hope is that Katelyn’s

story, just like Katelyn, will

continue to help others in

myriad ways.

Katelyn touched the lives

of everyone who knew her,

Jody said. That doesn’t

have to change.


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Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From MokenaMessengerDaily.com as of

Sunday, Nov. 24.

1. BREAKING NEWS — Mokena man

killed in single-vehicle accident

2. Mokena D159 Board of Education — ‘I

hate it’: Community, board speak out

against arming teachers

3. BREAKING NEWS — D159

superintendent to retire June 30

4. Breaking News: Former LW Central

athletic secretary arrested, charged in

missing-funds case

5. Students, seniors share past, present

together via music

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From the Editorial Intern

On the importance of feel-good stories

Carly Styka

Editorial Intern

If you turn the TV on

to any news station,

chances are you will

see a myriad of negative

stories. Natural disasters,

murder, climate change,

school shootings and economic

instability are more

often than not the biggest

stories on the news.

There is a popular saying

that goes, “If it bleeds,

it leads.” Stories with

violence or other negative

content tend to grab more

attention.

It’s easy to get caught

up in the bad news of

the day. With the constant

circulation of these

stories on print and TV,

it almost seems like there

are not any good ones

left. But this is not the

case.

Each week, the pages of

this paper are filled with

examples of goodwill and

respect. The community is

willing to come together

to help one another. Different

charity drives and

fundraisers are featured in

almost every paper. Individuals

in the community

from all age ranges and

backgrounds have gone

out of their way to help

those in need.

Although some feel

that hard news stories

are more important than

events like fundraisers

or people doing good for

the community, I have to

disagree. These events

are just as significant as

what is broadcasted on the

evening news. Having a

few positive stories helps

to break up all the chaos

and mayhem.

When I first joined this

paper, I never expected

to be covering so many

touching stories and

events. I’m grateful that

I can be a part of these

special moments in the

community.

One of these events is

the Mokena Christmas

Fest. It is great to see

everyone in the community

coming together

to celebrate the holiday

festivities.

A story from a previous

issue that really stood out

to me was the students of

Lincoln-Way Central High

School connecting with

the seniors at Clarendale

by playing the tunes of

the seniors’ youth. It was

touching to see how the

students were willing to

brighten the seniors’ days

and share a special moment

with them.

A great example of

these special moments in

the community is the New

Lenox couple who gave

adoption another chance

after losing their first

child before he ever made

it home to them from

Europe.

It’s not just the individuals

in the community

that are improving lives.

Organizations such as the

Frankfort Arts Association

are giving artists a chance

to share their work with

the world at their newly

opened art gallery.

It’s great to be able to

share in so many special

events and meet people

who are doing good for

the community. I’m sure

there are many more of

these feel-good stories to

come, and I can’t wait to

cover them.

“These awesome chess players came in

second place at a local Chess Tournament

held by Chess Scholars in Burr Ridge.

Great job!!”

Mokena School District 159 posted this to

its Facebook page Nov. 19.

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“Have you bought your tickets yet for

Madrigal Dinners? Tickets are going fast

and multiple shows are already SOLD

OUT!”

@LWDistrict210 posted this to its Twitter

account Thursday, Nov. 21.

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nova

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the first day they come in,

so I really know them personally.

They’re like family

to me.”

Time continues to trot

along, and Nova is keeping

track with the changing

times by expanding

upon the types of horse

riding services it offers, including

offering adaptive

riding courses and special

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equine therapy sessions.

And, of course, there are

the regular yearly events,

the next of which will be

a beginner horsemanship

class from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

on Dec. 14, and the annual

Winter Horse Camp from

10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 2 and

Jan. 3.

For more information on

Nova Quarter Horses, including

upcoming events,

visit novaquarterhorses.

com.

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Curtain Call

Theatre to

perform classic

‘Arsenic and Old

Lace,’ Page 17

Cast members of

Curtain Call Theatre’s

production of “Arsenic

and Old Lace” Geoff

Purvis, who plays

Mortimer Brewster, and

New Lenox resident

Jessica Cepolski, who

plays Elaine Harper,

pose for a photo.

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Blooming in

Tinley Park

Mokena’s An English

Garden opens new shop

in neighboring village,

Page 19

Fresh spin on

holiday treat

Contributing Columnist

Beth Krooswyk offers

up a new recipe for

cranberries, Page 20


16 | November 27, 2019 | the mokena messenger FAITH

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Faith Briefs

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.

Young at Heart Senior Club

1 p.m. the first and third

Wednesday of the month.

Join the senior club for activities

and outings Sept.-

June. For more information,

call (708) 699-5018.

Holy Rosary

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

Tuesday evenings.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

(11100 Second St., Mokena)

Christmas craft fair

11 a.m.-3 p.m., Dec. 8.

Join St. John’s UCC for a

Christmas craft fair with

handmade crafts, local

vendors, raffle prizes and

a children’s craft station.

Free entry to the event.

For more information, call

(708) 479-5123, or visit

stjohnspreschoolmokena.

org.

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)

Annual Christmas cookie

sale

9 a.m.-noon Dec. 7.

Service

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

For more information, call

(708) 479-1110.

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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.

Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Untraditional Traditional

Thanksgiving Dinner

3 p.m., Nov. 28. Please

join us for a traditional

turkey meal complete with

all the trimmings, untraditionally

sharing it with

people you may not know.

Young or old, rich or poor,

all are welcome. Dinner is

complimentary, the only

requirement is a reservation.

Call (708) 692-6172

to RSVP. Limited seating

available so reservations

are required.

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

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.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor T.J.

Kremer at tj@mokenames

senger.com or call (708)

326-9170 ext. 29. Deadline

is noon Thursday one week

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5

“Arsenic and Old Lace” cast members Ken Czechanski (left), Rob Pieczynski, of

Mokena, and Geoff Purvis, of Homewood, rehearse a scene ahead of the Dec. 6

opening night. Photo submitted

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and Old Lace” — there are

literally skeletons in the

closet… and the basement.

The play focuses on

Mortimer Brewster, who

must deal with his family

and decide whether or not

to go through with a promise

to marry his next door

neighbor, Elaine Harper,

whom he loves.

Suzanne Helwich, of

New Lenox, who is the assistant

director, said Curtain

Call Theatre chose

“Arsenic and Old Lace”

because it is a favorite

classic among many people,

mostly because it is

humorous and well written.

“This year we had some

edgy shows — musicals

and shows — and we

wanted one of the shows

to be a little lighter comedy,

as opposed to it being

a dark, heavy musical,”

Helwich said.

Although one of the

central themes to the play

is death, Helwich said she

is hesitant to label it as a

“dark comedy.”

“I hate to use ‘dark

comedy’ because yes, it

deals with death … but it’s

definitely comedic with a

tinge a dark humor in it,”

she said. “When you say

‘dark comedy’ sometimes

it gets really dark sounding.

This, I think, is just a

comedy — they make fun

of what’s going on, and

they make light of it. And

everybody is so lovable in

it, other than a couple of

the characters. Whenever

you can forgive somebody

who is doing a pretty dastardly

thing, you know that

it’s light.”

Another of the central

themes is family, which

most people can relate to.

“Just like in a lot of families,

sometimes there are

things going on that are

hard to explain, and sometimes

there is someone in

the family who you want

to forget about … But,

even with some of the stuff

that’s going on, the main

characters are so lovable.

“… You can be sweet

and murderous at the same

time,” Helwich added with

a laugh.

One of those dastardly

characters, Jonathon

Brewster, played by Ken

Czechanski, of Frankfort,

is a psychopathic killer

with a penchant for plastic

surgery.

“I’m not a creepy person,

and I don’t ever get to

play a creep, and I really

wanted to play someone

who was scary,” Czechanski

said of his role. “And

that’s been fun to do.”

Rob Pieczynski, of

Mokena, was cast as Dr.

Einstein, the character responsible

for performing

multiple surgeries on Jonathan

Brewster.

“I think he’s drawn to

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English Garden Flowers & Gifts opens second location in Tinley Park

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

Persistence can pay off,

and Kim McAuliffe, owner

of Mokena’s An English

Garden Flowers & Gifts, is

a true example of this. After

more than two decades

in Mokena, the Tinley Park

resident finally opened a

second flower shop in her

hometown Nov. 4.

For the past 13 years,

McAuliffe has imagined

filling the historic multifamily

home at 16800 Oak

Park Ave. in Tinley Park

with her beautiful floral

arrangements. The bright

yellow home, which was

built in 1868 according to

the real estate listing, is the

perfect place for a florist,

she said.

“I always felt that a

flower shop should be out

of an old house,” she said.

“Back in 1984, going way

far back, I worked for my

first flower shop. I walked

in and within five minutes

I knew I wanted my own

shop, and I thought to myself,

‘I want to own my

own flower shop, and it’s

going to be in a historic

home.’”

McAuliffe stayed true

to this vision. In fact, the

Mokena location was built

in 1874, making it only

slightly younger than the

Tinley Park location.

She finally got the

chance to make the Tinley

Park home hers about a

year ago. For months, she

Inside An English Garden Flowers & Gifts new location in Tinley Park, which opened Nov. 4. This is the second

location for the Mokena-based business. Photo submitted

regularly called the banker and say, ‘How’s my house

handling the sale to check doing?’

in and try to further negotiate.

saw the house and it was

“Here, 13 years ago, I

“As soon as I saw it go a little bit rough, it needed

up for sale, I was on the some work, and I kind of

phone, and on the phone, backed away, and all of a

and on the phone,” she sudden it fell in my lap at

said. “Never take no for the end of last year, into

an answer, either, you just this year. It’s a beautiful,

keep at it. I kept calling the old historic building.”

gentleman — it was bank After cutting the deal,

owned — and I kept calling

them up once a month the space hers,

McAuliffe began to make

embarking

on months of renovation.

Although the building

wasn’t in complete disrepair,

it needed quite a bit

of work to get up and running,

she said.

“It took about four

months of rehab. Even

though it was beautiful, it

needed rehabbing — from

rotted wood, to paint, to

new water tanks and all

the plumbing, electric, everything,”

she said.

McAuliffe has wanted

to open a shop in her

hometown since moving

to Tinley Park a dozen or

so years ago. She said she

enjoys downtown Tinley

Park and has imagined

owning a location in that

area for a long time.

Now that she’s finally

reached that goal, McAuliffe

plans to be involved

in the community and participate

in Tinley Park’s

2

Chamber of Commerce.

“I want to be a little bit

more involved with going

to the chamber meetings.

I love downtown Tinley

Park’s vibe. We’ve been

going to downtown Tinley

Park since we moved

out here, so for me, it just

made sense to grab at that

beautiful building,” she

said.

An English Garden

Flowers & Gifts has operated

in Mokena since 2007,

but has served the area for

more than 30 years. A labor

of love, McAuliffe has

worked at the shop nearly

every day, taking only one

vacation since 1984, she

said.

“I live, eat and breathe

my shop. I wake up, it’s

my shop. I go to sleep, it’s

my shop,” she said. “My

bucket list was to have another

shop instead of retiring

or vacationing.”

With that, McAuliffe

plans to keep persisting,

as she has done all these

years, and now, hopes to

share her passion with

those in her community.

“I just want to keep doing

what I love and bringing,

oh gosh even if there’s

sorrow, try to bring a little

happiness,” she said. “If

people are already happy,

try to bring a little brightness

to their lives. What I

do is not rocket science,

but what I do makes me

happy. And I think that, in

turn, makes other people

happy.”

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From Page 17

said of his character. “Ever

since I saw the movie —

the Cary Grant version —

[Dr. Einstein] has been my

favorite character.”

Matt Carey, of New

Lenox, was cast for the

role of Officer O’Hara.

The Curtain Call production

is a reunion of sorts

for Carey, as it comes 30

years after he performed

in the play during high

school.

Carey said his character

adds a comedic element to

the play.

“Officer O’Hara is sort

of this dumb, really good

guy,” Carey said. “It’s fun

to play.”

And in a case of life imitating

art, Mokena Police

Chief Steve Vaccaro was

cast as Officer Brophy.

This will be the first time

Vacarro has acted on stage.

“I’m having a blast,”

Vaccaro said. “It’s something

I’ve always wanted

to try.”

As of press time, four

shows have already sold

out. Remaining showtimes

are at 7:30 p.m.

on Dec. 6, 12 and 13

at Curtain Call Theatre,

11112 Front St. in

Mokena.

For more information

and to purchase tickets,

call (708) 607-2281, or

visit ccctheatre.com.


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Mokena Munchies

Ditch canned cranberry sauce for this

Matt’s Old Mokena

Once a Mokenian, always a Mokenian

Beth Krooswyk

Contributing Columnist

If you’ve never made

homemade cranberry

sauce with fresh berries,

then you are missing

out.

Not only does it taste

so much better than the

canned version, but it’s

also fun because the cranberries

pop while cooking.

Hey, it’s the little things

that excite me.

This recipe comes from

my sister-in-law Michelle’s

sister Janet (did

you follow that?). She

recently posted a photo on

Facebook of this concoction

cooking on her stove

with the comment, “One

of my favorite things to

make… fresh cranberry

sauce.”

When I noticed in the

photo that she had included

pomegranate seeds, I

asked her for the recipe

because I like making

this side dish at this time

of year. And, of course, I

always love a new recipe.

Janet’s fresh cranberry sauce

Ingredients

• 1½ cups brown sugar

• 1½ cups water

• 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

• 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries,

rinsed

• Seeds of 1 pomegranate

• 1 teaspoon cinnamon

• 1 teaspoon nutmeg

Directions

Janet’s fresh cranberry sauce is ideal for holiday

meals, plus it’s fun to make — the cranberries pop. Beth

Krooswyk/22nd Century Media

In addition to the

pomegranate seeds to

give it some crunch and

sweetness, what I appreciate

about Janet’s recipe is

that it uses brown sugar

instead of white sugar, and

the spices of cinnamon

and nutmeg instead of

orange zest.

When I made this sauce

to put with “Roasted

Crockpot Chicken,” all

four of us Kroosers really

enjoyed the flavor. Then

I was curious if this was

Janet’s own recipe.

“Yep, I played around

with it a couple of years

ago and stuck with this

one,” she said.

I’m going to stick with

this one from now on, too.

And, by the way, Janet

also said she loves when

the cranberries pop.

Combine all ingredients in a medium

saucepan.

Bring to a boil over medium heat until

cranberries start to pop and split

open, about 10 minutes.

Reduce heat and simmer for about

10 minutes, stirring often, or until all

cranberries are popped and sauce is a

deep red color.

Cool before serving (however, we ate it

warm because we couldn’t wait to try

it, and it was delicious).

Matt galik

Contributing Columnist

Hundreds of people

pass through our

Village every day

without giving it much

thought. For them it’s just

a way station along the

way. But others make Mokena

a destination, and at

that, some even come from

thousands of miles away.

Such was the case for a

young man named Edoardo

Campi, who came

all the way from Italy to

visit Mokena in the summer

of 1960, in what was

his first taste of America.

When visiting a new place,

an integral part of the experience

comes from who

shows it to you. Campi’s

hosts were none other than

beloved local residents,

the Ed Yunker family.

“Edo,” as Campi was

known by his friends,

hailed from the northern

Italian city of Milan, Italy’s

second most populated

after Rome. When he came

to Mokena that summer 59

years ago, Campi was a

handsome 17-year-old and

a student at the Instituto

Tecnico Industriale in his

home city. Before he set

foot on American soil, he

already had five years of

English instruction behind

him in school, and excelled

in the language.

In a letter from Campi

that was printed on the

front page of the May 20,

1960, edition of Mokena’s

Village newspaper, the

News-Bulletin, he stated

that spending a year in

America would “fulfill my

life’s dream” and help him

brush up on his already

sharp English skills.

Reaching Mokena was

a grueling 12-day globetrot.

The young man took a

train from Milan northwest

to Rotterdam in Holland,

where he joined a whopping

900 other Americabound

European students

and their date with the S.S.

Seven Seas, which ferried

them over the Atlantic to

New York, from whence

Campi took a bus to Chicago.

The trip to the Windy

City was a rocky one, as

the bus was due to arrive at

5:45 a.m. on Aug. 22, but

wound up not showing up

until 12:30 p.m. the same

day. Campi was the second

passenger to leave the bus,

and was gladly received

on the spot by 16-yearold

Ronald Yunker. Also

making up the welcoming

committee were Ronald’s

mother, Laverne Yunker,

and Donald D’Amico, assistant

superintendent of

Lincoln-Way High School.

Unluckily for the travel

weary Campi, the journey

to Mokena still had one

more hiccup, namely the

breakdown of the Lincoln-

Way station wagon. By

and by, the group made it

to the Village.

The Yunker farm on La-

Porte Road, today a priceless

Mokena landmark,

was Campi’s home for

exactly one year. At his

first dinner there, on the

night of his arrival, he and

the Yunkers enjoyed fried

chicken, a quintessential

American meal. While

in our midst, Campi was

a student at what is now

Lincoln-Way Central in

New Lenox.

The author of these

words is lucky enough to

be a buddy to some Yunker

family members, who put

him in touch with Campi,

with whom they still maintain

a relationship to this

day. Communicating via

e-mail over thousands of

transatlantic miles, Campi

recounted his time spent in

Mokena almost 60 years

ago.

“The USA was like a

different planet,” Campi

recalled. “To me it was

a new world. At the time

everybody was dreaming

about the USA. Back then,

the American way of life

was a must to be copied in

any country. I was a kid,

and to me everything I was

experiencing was exciting.”

Before he left for home,

the News-Bulletin managed

to get an interview

with Campi, who praised

local cuisine, saying that

“hot dogs, hamburgers and

barbeques are the greatest

American foods,” while

also explaining his dislike

for buttered bread, saying

simply that back home it

would be eaten dry. He

also mentioned that he was

surprised with Chicago,

having expected it to be

“shiny and large,” as the

paper put it. He thought

that every structure would

be a modern marvel, like

the Prudential Building, at

the time the tallest building

in the city.

In 1960, the Yunker

family opened their farm

home to Campi, and he

became an honorary resident

of our Village. He’s

known to come back from

time to time. Once one is a

Mokenian, one is always a

Mokenian.


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the mokena messenger | November 27, 2019 | 21

The Dish

Relentless innovation drives Siam Marina but favorites persist

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

As Siam Marina coowner

Tammy Pham

hustles behind the bar

alongside her husband and

co-owner, Sam Chung, on

a November evening during

a Fall Harvest cocktail

tasting, customers continually

swing by to address

her by name and thank her

for their meals.

“They all know me,”

Pham says with a laugh.

After five years in Tinley

Park — following 20-

plus in Calumet City with

Siam Marina I and II, and

since 2007 with Asparagus,

a second restaurant

the couple has run in Merrillville,

Indiana — Pham,

who serves as the restaurant’s

executive chef, is

about as familiar to Siam

Marina’s regulars as is the

Asian fusion restaurant’s

prominent building along

Oak Park Avenue. And

while the familiarity says

a lot about the loyalty the

restaurant has earned with

its diners in just half a decade

in town, it is the unfamiliar

that keeps many of

them coming back.

“My customers always

want the new,” Pham said.

That is why the duo

hosts events like the

monthly cocktail tastings

and why it invites

fresh jazz acts to entertain

there twice a month. It is

also why Siam Marina’s

menu is starting to look

like a phone book — albeit

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brings out a companion

novella full of dessert options.

It gets more interesting

yet when Chung, working

with an enormous display

of liquor, is behind the bar

— made from a 100-yearold

cherry tree. Ever the

innovator, Chung is more

than happy to inquire

about diners’ preferences

and whip up special drinks

on the spot.

But part of the reason

the menu itself has gotten

so big is that despite

the demand for “new,”

regulars have their longstanding

favorites, and it’s

tough to let go of a good

recipe.

And customers will

find several of the alltime

standouts on Pham’s

menu before ever getting

past the appetizers. The

asparagus crispy rolls

($10) feature fresh asparagus

and bacon, dusted

with Parmesan cheese,

wrapped in rice spring

rolls, and served with a

ginger and sweet/sour

dipping sauce.

The playfully named

Duo Cargot ($15) bakes

escargot and shrimp together

in little bowls, with

a Thai basil sauce. They

come served with small

slices of garlic bread,

which diners will want to

use to sop up the sauce,

which has a slight kick.

The spicy lemongrass

beef — featuring lemongrass-marinated

beef, sesame

seeds, herbs, onion,

garlic and honey, served

with hot sauce and cucumber,

along with mixed

greens — goes big on the

presentation, piling the

thin slices of beef high

atop the greens, with the

hot sauce rounding out the

design of a long platter.

On the portion of the

menu dedicated to noodle

and rice dishes, the pad ki

mao — or drunken noodles

— with chicken ($14)

have long been a customer

favorite. They feature

stir-fried flat rice noodles,

carrots, bean sprouts, pea

pods, basil, bamboo and

eggs, flavored with a touch

of exotic wine. They alternately

can be ordered with

tofu ($14), shrimp ($16) or

beef ($18).

The menu plays with

flavors from around the

world but focuses on influences

from Thailand

and Vietnam — the latter

Pham’s first home — in

The spicy lemongrass beef at Tinley Park’s Siam Marina features lemongrassmarinated

beef, sesame seeds, herbs, onion, garlic and honey, served with hot sauce

and cucumber, along with mixed greens. Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

The pad ki mao — or drunken noodles — with chicken ($14) have long been a

customer favorite at Siam Marina. They feature stir-fried flat rice noodles, carrots,

bean sprouts, pea pods, basil, bamboo and eggs, flavored with a touch of exotic

wine.

the French style. If the

ever-growing menu is any

indication, Pham’s riffs on

those flavors are virtually

limitless. And she has no

plans to slow down.

“It’s really fun,” she

said. “I think it’s in my

blood.”


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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. Start of many a

western city

4. Soybean extract

8. Amos Alonso

___ High School

13. Three hulled

sailboat

15. Calls

16. Junk mail addressee,

often

17. Bantu language

18. College class

abbr.

19. “Help ___ the

way!”

21. Falcon film

22. End, in many

books

29. Mach 1 breaker

30. Buffoon

31. In demand

32. Rubbish

34. Contents of

cuppas

35. Abbreviations

for certain companies

37. Expressing

future intention

38. Science class

topic

39. Power strip part

40. Intensely

42. Orland Park

elementary school

45. Show presenter,

for short

46. Enzyme suffix

49. Don McLean

song

51. Shoot down

52. “Holy ___!”

53. Granada greeting

54. Wish harm upon

58. Catch of the day

62. Breaks from

fighting

63. Expecting

64. Exhorted

65. Managed care

grps.

66. Gold units:

Abbr.

Down

1. Part of portfolios

2. Feet parts

3. Most pleasing

4. Designate

5. Tuscan time period

6. Cooling device

7. Before

8. Pushes around

9. Shelley’s “___ Skylark”

10. ___ Arbor, MI

11. Educational certificate

12. Girls’ organization

(abbr.)

14. Clammed up

15. Matter-of-fact writing

20. Get ready to ride

22. Low pair

23. Witch

24. Personal standards

one aspires to- per

Freud

25. Waggish

26. Creme-filled cookie

27. Paper amount

28. Dentist qualification

32. Lowest point

33. Hearty cheer

35. College sleep spot

36. “A slope to the sea”

(Scottish)

38. Cream ingredient

39. Fin. adviser

41. 23rd Greek letter

43. Barely missed, as

a putt

44. Desktop links

46. Fur-lined jacket

47. Taciturn

48. Puts on a pedestal

50. Maiden

53. Biddy

54. Heat measurement

55. Muff

56. Turned over ground

57. Toronto Blue Jay’s

mascot

59. One ___ bandit

60. Firm’s top dog

61. Metric wts.

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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Sept. 24

• 12333 Lajunta Court,

Mokena, 60448-1878 -

Chicago Title Land Trust

Co Tr to Brian L. Burt,

Tina Burt, $515,000

• 18709 Summer Gate

Court, Mokena, 60448-

8643 - First Midwest

Bank Trustee to Randon

Saunoris, Nicole

Saunoris, $476,499

• 12428 Palmira Court,

Mokena, 60448-7104

- Robert J. Loranger

to Robert Lieberman,

$440,000

• 19605 Crested Butte

Lane, Mokena, 60448-

1659 - Michael Klimas

to Donna M. Snaidauf,

$336,500

• 18813 London Lane,

Mokena, 60448-9364

- Gaj Trust to Scott J.

Kaplan, Charissa L.

Kaplan, $332,500

• 18601 Blodgett

Road, Mokena, 60448-

8519 - Jose Alvarez to

Brian Smith, Norma

Smith, $327,400

Sept. 25

• 9225 W. Arquilla

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

8888 - Erik Garcia

to Tamer Alasmar,

$202,000

Sept. 26

• 10810 Revere Circle,

Mokena, 60448-2464

- Robert H. Smith

to Wade N. Finke,

$329,000

• 19406 Bryant Court,

Mokena, 60448-1150

- Michael Lashmet

Trustee to William

Hinsberger, Elizabeth

Hinsberger, $90,000

Sept. 27

• 19902 Catherine

Lane, Mokena, 60448-

1748 - Murphy Trust

to Sherry Lapperre,

$310,000

The Going Rate is provided

by Record Information

Services, Inc. For more

information, visit www.

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(630) 557-1000.

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2701 Property for

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2703 Legal

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2703 Legal

Notices

2703 Legal Notices

COMMON AD - REAL ESTATE

SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 19200 Crescent Drive, Mokena, IL

60448 (Residential). Onthe 19th day of

December, 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: Bank

of New York Mellon Trust Company,

N.A. as Trustee for Mortgage Assets

Management Series ITrust Plaintiff

V. Laura Burke; et. al. Defendant.

Case No. 19 CH 0022 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 by subdivisions

(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.

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

Bank of New York Mellon Trust Company,

N.A. as Trustee for Mortgage Assets

Management Series I Trust

Plaintiff,

vs.

Laura Burke; et. al.

Defendant.

No. 19 CH 0022

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 31st day of July, 2019,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

19th day of December, 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:

UNIT 19200 IN THE MANCHES-

TER COVE CONDOMINIUM AS

DELINEATED ON A SURVEY OF

THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED

REAL ESTATE: CERTAIN LOTS

IN HIGHLAND SUBDIVISION

PHASE ONE, A SUBDIVISION OF

THAT PART OF THE NORTH 1/2

OF SECTION 8, TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, RANGE 12EAST OFTHE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN,

ACCORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED DECEM-

BER 1, 1999 AS DOCUMENT NUM-

BER R99-145916, AND CERTIFI-

CATE OF CORRECTIONS RE-

CORDED AS DOCUMENT NUM-

BERS R2001-51363 & R2002-187442;

CERTAIN LOTS IN HIGHLAND

SUBDIVISION PHASE TWO, A

SUBDIVISION OFPART OFTHE

NORTHEAST 1/4 OFSECTION 8,

AND PART OF THE NORTHWEST

1/4 OFSECTION 9, TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, RANGE 12, EAST OF THE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN,

ACCORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED JANUARY

12, 2001 AS DOCUMENT NUMBER

R2001-4894; AND CERTAIN LOTS

IN HIGHLAND SUBDIVISION

PHASE THREE, A SUBDIVISION

OF PART OF THE NORTHEAST

1/4 OFSECTION 8, TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, RANGE 12, EAST OF THE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN,

ACCORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED MAY 1,

2003 AS DOCUMENT NUMBER

R2003-100670; WHICH SURVEY IS

ATTACHED AS EXHIBIT "A" TO

THE DECLARATION OFCONDO-

MINIUM RECORDED JULY 16,

2002, AS DOCUMENT NUMBER

R2002-114603, AS AMENDED

FROM TIME TO TIME, TO-

GETHER WITH ITS UNDIVIDED

PERCENTAGE INTEREST INTHE

COMMON ELEMENTS, ALL IN

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

19200 Crescent Drive, Mokena, IL

60448

Description of Improvements:

Residential

P.I.N.:

19-09-08-206-022-1001

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 by subdivisions

(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

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

1960’s Singer sewing machine,

needs some repair, includes

walnut desk-like cabinet $25

Call 708-724-4331

2006 GMC Yukon wheels

17x7.5 with center caps $100

Call 847-312-8343

46 piece Gatehouse by

Pfalzgraff beautiful French

country crafted in USA, excellent

codition (must see) Service

for 8 plus extras. $100 Call

708-444-4423

5ft metal Santa Claus professionally

made and painted.

Great for home or business.

Must see. $30 Call

815-469-3233

60” lrg rnd 4shelf luxury cat

tree house. Free-standing

manufactured wood grn/brn

covered carpet levels w/ lots of

leaves. Sells for $137 new,

never used. $20 Call

773-552-7850

9piece ceramic Christmas Village

each one lights seperately

$40 Call 708-403-2473

Air fryer used once (new $160)

$100 Call 815-258-7763

Avon blinking Santa

retro-boxed $20. Nordstrom ladies

red wool blazer med. like

new $35. Oak bookcase 4’x4’

$30 Call 708-645-4245

Baseball, Hockey, Basketball

cards in sleeves $1.00, Beanie

Babies new 5 for $4 Call

708-465-4014

Bissell power steamer power

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Excellent condition. $98 Call

708-577-8210

Calvin Klein-wool-mens jacket

size large new with tags never

worn $100 Firm. Call

219-308-0205

Charley Brown Christmas trees

new in box $7, 2 flowerpot

lamps $10 ea, Table top wagons

$20 ea. Call 708-633-1978

Crystal wine glasses set of 8

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metal $25 Call 708-214-4022

Free large entertainment center,

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ANNUAL STATEMENT OF AFFAIRS SUMMARY FOR FISCAL YEAR ENDING JUNE 30, 2019

Copies of the detailed Annual Statement ofAffairs for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2019 will be available for public inspection inthe school

district/joint agreement administrative office by December 1, annually. Individuals wanting to review this Annual Statement of Affairs should contact:

Mokena School District 159 11244 Willowcrest Lane 708-342-4900 M-F 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

School District/Joint Agreement Name Address Telephone Office Hours

Also by January 15, annually the detailed Annual Statement ofAffairs for the Fiscal Year Ending June 30, 2019, will be posted onthe Illinois State

Board of Education's website@ www.isbe.net.

SUMMARY: The following is the Annual Statement ofAffairs Summary that isrequired tobe published bythe school district/joint agreement for the

past fiscal year.

Statement of Operations as of June 30, 2019

Educational Operations & Debt Transportation Municipal Capital Working Tort Fire

Maintenance Services Retirement/ Projects Cash Prevention

Social Security & Safety

Local Sources 1000 13,232,425 1,340,363 2,236,736 452,586 448,037 3,949 116,295 149,255 0

Flow-Through Receipts

/Revenues from One

District to Another

District 2000 0 0 0 0

State Sources 3000 1,097,825 500,000 0 222,348 0 0 0 0

Federal Sources 4000 669,648 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Total Direct Receipts

/Revenues 14,999,898 1,840,363 2,236,736 674,934 448,037 3,949 116,295 149,255 0

Total Direct

Disbursements

/Expenditures 14,284,004 2,675,319 2,262,206 877,352 506,381 0 120,920 0

Other Sources/

Uses of Funds 0 27,742 0 0 0 (27,742) 0 0 0

Beginning Fund

Balances - July 1, 2018 7,975,439 1,978,700 1,470,354 1,454,008 268,243 65,389 2,241,870 116,906 802

Other Changes in

Fund Balances 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Ending Fund Balances

June 30, 2019 8,691,333 1,171,486 1,444,884 1,251,590 209,899 41,596 2,358,165 145,241 802

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TRICIA; BLAYNEY, OLIVIA THERESA; BRACKMAN-BURT, LAURA JEAN; BREITBARTH, ANDREW JOSEPH;

BROWNRIGG, RHONDA; BULLINGTON, LAUREN LEIGH; CALLAHAN, KATHLEEN MARIE; CAP, OLIVIA; CHESS-

MAN, AMY LYNN; CISMOSKI, KELLIE J; COSTELLO, SAMANTHA ROSE; DAHLEH, LEILA MANAR; DAMICO, UR-

SULA; DAVENPORT, MARK; DAVIS, VICKIE MICHELLE; DECKER, KEITH MICHAEL; DENOVELLIS, DIANE;

DEUSER, AUGUST JEROME; DOHERTY, EMMA GRACE; DOMBROWSKI, NATALIE; DUFFY, SHANNON; FOLGERS,

KATHLEEN; FRAZER, JOAN L; GALLIK, DIANE M; GRZYBOWSKI, CHRISTINE; GUENDLING, CATHY; HALM,

ELIZABETH R; HALWEG, EMMALEIGH; HANLON, ALICIA MARIE; HISEL, ANGELA L; HOWEY, REBECCA; JANEL,

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ROSA; SKIZAS, LYNN A; SPAULDING, LAURA ANN; SPENCER, MICHELE LEE; STREET, ANGELA MARIE; SWIFT,

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SICA L; GRIMES, CRYSTAL MARY; HARENBERG, MELANIE MARGARET; HARRISON, KELLY ANN; HILL, CARYN;

KADAN, MARTHA E; KEARNEY, MICHELLE ERIN; KINSELLA, ANDREA L; KOCHER, BRITTANY TERESA; LAM-

KIN, COLLIN; MACIE, JENNIFER LYN; MANNS, MICHAEL D; MEEHAN, LORI L;MENA, KELLI ELIZABETH;

MILLER, LAUREN NICOLE; MORRILL, AUDREY; NEFF, LINDSEY ANN; PADILLA, CLAUDIA; PANOZZO, JESSICA

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KATHRYN; RUNIA, ELIZABETH ANNE; SCHINDLER, COURTNEY RAE; SCHOENECKER, JACLYN ANN; SPALLA,

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LORA D; GRICE, JANET M; HASIER, PATRICIA HAFFNER; HEFKA-DRIVER, TRACY L; HIPPLEHEUSER, STEPHEN

W; HORSCH, MEGAN E; HORVATH, SHARON; ISDONAS, SUZANNE MARIE; JANES, MARGARET MARY; KITTLER,

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ARCHER, AMANDA SUE; ARSICH, EILEEN; ATKOCIUNAS-FAGAN, RAMONA L; BETOURNEY, LAURA; BLAZEK,

GINA M; BOADWAY, LESLIE; BOERINGA, LINDA; BOGACZ, GLORIA C; BOHRER, DENISE A; BUM, JIHEE JENNI-

FER; CAIN, DARLENE; CAZARES, KATHERINE MARY; CHORLEY, KEVIN THOMAS; CIRELLI, SARA; CLEMENT,

HOLLY L; COCHRANE, KAREN S; CRAWFORD, BRADY CHRISTOPHER; CRNKOVICH, NANCY KATHARINE; DAV-

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GAR, HANNAH O; FLYNN, FRANICS JOSEPH; FUGETT, DINA SUE; FUKA, LAURA A; GARCIA, TIFFINEE R;GIRSCH,

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Athlete of the Week

Girls basketball

5

10 Questions

with Azyah Newson-Cole

Knights turn up the

pressure for hot start

Mokena resident Azyah

Newson-Cole is a freshman

guard on the Lincoln-

Way Central girls basketball

team.

How long have you

played basketball

and when did you get

started?

I started for real when I

was in third grade, but I’ve

really been playing since

I was 2. My mom signed

me up for a rec league in

Park Forest in third grade,

so I’ve been playing ever

since then.

Did anyone else in

your family play?

My uncle, Brandon Cole

played basketball [at Rich

East, Xavier and professionally

overseas], so it’s

been in my family.

You just moved to

Mokena over the

summer. What’s that

been like?

It was pretty weird at

first. I’ve never really been

around people outside of

my race. Now it’s a majority

of the opposite race.

But everyone has been really

welcoming and I really

like the town I’m in.

What’s it like being

a freshman in the

starting lineup on

varsity?

My dad says it’s like being

thrown to the wolves,

but it’s fun. You get anxious

out there and try to

be ready to prove yourself,

but technically you’ve already

proven your self. If

you didn’t, you wouldn’t

be in the starting lineup.

So my dad and my mom

tell me not to think of myself

as a freshman, because

I’m out there playing with

grown women.

What do you feel like

you can add to the

team?

I feel like I can add a little

spice. I can add aggression,

turning up the speed.

If you could be

anybody else for a

day, who would you

want to be?

Zendaya. I like her style

and I like her personality

and her height. She’s really

beautiful, too. I love

her hair.

You’re stranded on a

deserted island and

can have an endless

supply of one food.

Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

What do you want?

Fruit and yogurt parfaits.

I could eat those all

day. I love yogurt.

What is your favorite

TV show?

“Vampire Diaries”,

“Riverdale” and “The

Originals.” They’re just

interesting, mysterious

shows and they make you

stand on your toes and

wonder what’s going to

happen next.

Who would you pay to

see in concert?

Ariana Grande. I love

her. She knows that she’s

in the spotlight, but at the

same time she’s herself,

too, so I love that.

If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you want to go?

Australia or Bora Bora.

Interview conducted by

Sports Editor Steve Millar.

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central

wants to utilize its strengths

as a speedy, athletic team

to consistently put pressure

on its opponents with inyour-face

defense.

Knights senior Regan

LoConte knows that style

is something that requires a

team to go hard from start

to finish.

She felt the Knights

were able to do that in their

season opener against Joliet

Central on Nov. 19.

“I think we turned up

the intensity and came out

strong,” she said. “Last

year, we didn’t always

have that pressure at the

beginning. This game, we

were pressuring the ball

from the start.”

The Knights forced Joliet

Central into a whopping

30 turnovers and

came away with a 46-39

win at home.

LoConte led the way

with 23 points and five rebounds.

Junior Haley Stoklosa

had a double-double

with 12 points and 12 rebounds,

plus five blocks

and three assists, while

freshman Azyah Newson-

Cole scored eight points in

her high school debut despite

being limited by foul

trouble.

The Knights were strong

defensively again two days

later, beating Andrew 34-

21 on Thursday, Nov. 21.

LoConte had 12 points and

four steals, while Newson-Cole

chipped in eight

points, five rebounds and

four steals.

“We have a little more

Lincoln-Way Central’s Regan LoConte fires a jumper

during the Knights’ 46-39 win over Joliet Central on

Nov. 19. LoConte scored 23 points.

STEVE MILLAR/22nd Century Media

firepower than last year,

but we’re still going to

have to grind out wins,”

Central coach Dave Campanile

said. “We were able

to do that [against Joliet

Central].

Joliet Central went 24-7

last season and advanced

all the way to a Class 4A

sectional final, so the opening

win was especially impressive

for the Knights.

“When we open with a

team like this, they’ve become

a much more difficult

opener to the season than

they were four years ago,”

Campanile said. “I told the

girls I know they’re not the

same team as last year, but

[Jalysa Stokes and Allasha

Alexander] are back for

them and they were starters

last year.

“We knocked off a team

that had a great run last

year, and that’s a big confidence

builder for us.”

LoConte, known mostly

as a three-point shooter in

the past, showed off her

more diversified game. She

buried three shots from

beyond the arc, but also

drove for a couple buckets

and was able to consistently

get to the foul line, pouring

in 10 free throws.

Newson-Cole was also

impressive attacking the

basket. She was in foul

trouble throughout, and

fouled out midway through

the fourth quarter, but

came up with some big

baskets along the way.

“We try to let her go as

much as possible, and she

made some great decisions

of when to attack,” Campanile

said. “The foul trouble

limited her, which was

really tough. But she did a

great job in her first game

as a freshman.”

Newson-Cole enjoyed

her debut.

“It was fun,” she said.

“I was a little anxious. I

feel like I just need to slow

down and relax more. It

was enjoyable to hear the

crowd cheering and stuff,

and to see my teammates

happy.”


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22nd Century Media chose the best girls volleyball players based on coach and writer

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

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

Way Central, LW East, LW West, Providence Catholic, Andrew, Lockport Township, Tinley Park and

Sandburg high schools.

—Compiled by 22nd Century Media staff

First team

OH: Izabela Gorys, senior,

Providence

317 kills, 245 digs. All-GCAC

Red, All-Tournament at

Rich East and Oak Lawn.

Six-rotation player was the

Celtics’ go-to player at the

net, helping them reach a

sectional final for the first

time since 2005. Headed

to Eckerd College for beach

volleyball.

OH: Brianna Haggerty,

senior, Andrew

279 kills, 161 digs, 35 aces.

All-SWSC Red. Dynamic

offensive weapon led the

Thunderbolts to their first

sectional championship

game appearance since

2003. Committed to North

Carolina-Wilmington for

indoor and beach volleyball.

OH: Jess Pappas, senior,

Lincoln-Way East

275 kills, 200 digs, 18

aces. All-SWSC Blue.

Already a top offensive

player, Pappas became

much more well-rounded

this season, playing all six

rotations consistently for

the first time and making

major contributions on

defense. Signed with

Wisconsin-Parkside.

OH: Shelby Stefanon, senior,

Sandburg

278 kills, 240 digs, 30 aces,

19 blocks. All-SWSC Blue.

One of the most well-rounded

players in the area, Stefanon

was as effective in the back

row as she was in the front.

She helped Sandburg win 34

games and its first sectional

title since 2004.

M: Leena Ajibola, senior,

Lockport

152 kills, 55.5 blocks, 46

digs. All-Tournament at

Plainfield North. No other

area player made as much of

an impact in the middle as

Ajibola. Lockport coach Nick

Mraz said her 55.5 blocks

“do not do justice to how

many good touches she had

and how often she disrupted

what the other side wanted

to do offensively.”

S: Ava Porada, junior,

Lincoln-Way East

612 assists, 179 digs, 26

kills, 19 aces. The only

junior to crack this tough

first-team list, Porada

was the top table-setter

in the area. In addition to

her assist totals, she was

strong defensively and a

tough server.

L: Rachel Krasowski, senior,

Sandburg

705 digs, 111 assists, 45

aces. All-SWSC Blue. Good

luck getting a ball down with

Krasowski in the back row.

The DePaul recruit, who led

the Eagles to the Elite Eight,

shattered her own singleseason

school digs record

of 541 from her junior

season. Her 2,136 career

digs are also a school

record.

Honorable mention

OH: Katie Barry, senior, LW Central; Katie

Little, senior, LW West; Gillian Peterson, junior,

Providence; Sidona Rao, sophomore, Sandburg;

Juliana Warfield, sophomore, Providence

RS: Emma Kein, senior, LW East.

S: Haley Farrell, senior, Sandburg; Dovile

Gorys, sophomore, Lockport; Abby Lab, junior,

Providence.

L: Kylie Adams, senior, Andrew; Amelia

Bresnahan, senior, Tinley Park; Brooklyn

Condon, sophomore, LW Central; Vittoria Conte,

junior, Providence; Kirsten Leitshuh, senior, LW

West.

second team

OH: Emily Kleffman, senior,

Tinley Park

413 kills, 114 digs, 45 aces,

24 blocks. All-SSC Blue.

School record holder for

season and career kills.

OH: Taylor Morgan, senior,

Lockport

251 kills, 189 digs, 44 aces,

22.5 blocks. All-SWSC Blue.

Committed to Southern

Illinois.

RS: Keegan Carey, junior,

Sandburg

269 kills, 65 digs, 28 blocks.

RS: Nadia Goich, junior,

Lockport

186 kills, 95 digs, 41 aces,

22.5 blocks. All-SWSC

Blue. Committed to New

Hampshire.

M: Ellie Watson, junior,

Sandburg

128 kills, 74 blocks.

S: Nicole Ramirez, senior,

Lincoln-Way Central

567 assists, 192 digs, 48

aces. All-SWSC Red.

L: Kaleigh Ritter, junior,

Lincoln-Way East

471 digs, 36 aces, 30

assists.


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Softball

2

LW East’s Drogemuller wins gold medal with Team USA

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way East senior

pitcher Danielle Drogemuller

was able to live out

a dream last month when

she got the chance to play

internationally on the USA

team for the U17 Women’s

Pan-American Championships

in Colombia.

“When I got the opportunity

to be asked to play

for them, obviously I was

super ecstatic and excited

to be able to represent my

country,” she said. “To

be a part of something so

big with 14 other amazing

girls, to all be selfless and

all want the same thing, it

was amazing.

“To compete with those

three letters - USA - across

your chest - it really means

something great.”

Team USA went 8-0 in

the tournament, winning

the gold medal with a 2-0

victory over Mexico in the

championship game.

Getting the gold medal

draped around her neck

was a moment Drogemuller

said she will never

forget.

“I was super excited,

like when you win any

championship, but the

most emotional thing was

after you got that gold

medal and realized how

awesome it was to be representing

the country,”

Drogemuller said.

Drogemuller made her

USA debut by pitching the

final inning of a 13-0 win

over Peru in the tournament

opener. She issued

a walk, but struck out the

other three hitters she

faced.

“At first it was a little

nerve-wracking because

it’s a huge stage,” she said.

But once I got that first

inning out of the way, it

was nothing. We’ve been

playing this game for so

long, that you just have to

get over it. In the back of

your head, you have that

Lincoln-Way East’s Danielle Drogemuller competed

for Team USA in the U17 Women’s Pan-American

Championships in Colombia, winning a gold medal.

22nd Century Media file photo

little chip on your shoulder

knowing you’re representing

USA and you’re held

to such a high standard and

you have to live up to it.”

Drogemuller got her

first start in the team’s

third game, allowing one

run over four innings in

an 8-1 win over Mexico.

She started and threw four

shutout innings in a 6-0

victory over Colombia for

her final appearance.

“We went undefeated

and we earned it,” Drogemuller

said. “We worked

hard. We had never played

together. We had one practice

together before the

tournament, that was the

first time we ever met each

other.

“Overall, it was breathtaking

and awesome.”

Off the field, Drogemuller

enjoyed the experience

of her first international

trip.

“It was exciting to leave

the country for the first

time,” she said. “We went

to some markets and got

some souvenirs. Everyone

spoke Spanish. I’m in

Spanish 3 in high school

and I was the only one on

the team who could understand

and try to speak

back to them a little bit. So

when we were at the market,

I was like the translator.

It was very interesting

bargaining in Spanish.”

It was also a new experience

competing against

players from other countries.

“It was very different,”

Drogemuller said. “Everyone

there spoke Spanish

or Portuguese, except for

the Canadian team. Playing

those different teams

shows how strong the U.S.

is and how much we value

our sports.”

Drogemuller, who has

signed to play collegiately

at Pittsburgh, hopes to use

some of what she learned

in Colombia to benefit her

and the Griffins during her

senior season next spring.

“I think I really learned

to take my time and I

learned more about how to

communicate with teammates,”

she said. “Going

in and not knowing the

girls and having to play

with all those new people,

you really have to communicate

and be on the same

page at all times.

“I think for our season at

Lincoln-Way East, leadership

is going to be really

important and communication

is huge, so this really

helped in that way.”

She hopes to get another

chance to put on the Team

USA jersey.

“That’s definitely a big

goal,” she said. “Especially

now that softball is back

in the Olympics.”

Roundup

Seniors step up for Griffins girls in tournament opener

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

There are a ton of new

faces on the Lincoln-Way

East girls basketball team,

so the Griffins’ three senior

starters know there is

a burden on them to lead

the way.

“I want to make a mark

my senior year, help the

team out, show the freshmen

and the young girls

what it’s all about,” senior

guard Olivia Molnar

said.

Molnar has definitely

been showing her teammates

what it’s all about,

in games and in practices,

where coach Jim Nair said

she has dominated.

“That’s how it’s been

going, but I’ve just been

trying to teach them,”

Molnar said.

Molnar led the way

as the senior trio carried

Lincoln-Way East to a 56-

40 win over Rich Central

in a Marist Thanksgiving

Tip-Off Classic pool play

opener Nov. 20.

Senior guard Lilly Genis

added 13 points and senior

forward Andie Perch contributed

12 as the Griffins

improved to 1-1 following

a 58-46 loss to Maine

South in the season opener

a day before.

“We have a lot of young

kids on the roster,” East

coach Jim Nair said. “We

ran a lot of kids in and

out. It’s early in the season

and we’re trying to figure

out different roles and see

what works best. After a

slow start, the three seniors

really got us going.”

The Griffins struggled

to score early, trailing 12-

10 after a quarter before

rallying for a 23-20 halftime

lead. They caught

fire in the third quarter,

however, outscoring the

Olympians 20-8 to pull

away.

All-State honors for LW

East, Providence football

stars

Lincoln-Way East senior

receiver/running

back AJ Henning and senior

kicker Dominic Dzioban

were both named to

the Illinois High School

Football Coaches Association’s

Class 8A All-State

team.

Senior defensive ends

Sean McLaughlin and

Adrian Wilson were All-

State honorable mentions.

Providence senior defensive

tackle Elias Valdez

was named All-State in

6A, while senior offensive

lineman Jake Renfro was

an honorable mention.

Carthage volleyball falls in

Final Four

The Carthage College

women’s volleyball team,

featuring Mokena native

Andrea Kozak (LW

North) and Frankfort native

Molly Skoda (LW

East), advanced to the

NCAA Division III semifinals

before dropping a

five-set heartbreaker to

No. 1 Emory on Friday,

Nov. 22.

Kozak had six blocks

in the loss to Emory and

three blocks in a quarterfinal

win over Bowdoin.


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Girls Swimming

4

Hard work pays off for McGowan with ninth-place state finish

Mokena’s Manos,

East’s Hagemaster,

Binkowski win

medals

BILL MCLEAN

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central

junior Keara McGowan

said the intense conditions

of the state meet — deafening

crowd noise and

cramped conditions on

deck, to list just a couple

— helped her considerably.

“The atmosphere here,

the constant energy, propelled

me,” she said. “I

love swimming, love being

in the water. I love everything

about this sport,

especially during those

times when you realize

that hard work pays off.

“Getting the chance to

swim Saturday was my

goal.”

McGowan accomplished

her goal, and then

some. After earning the final

qualifying spot into the

finals in the 50-yard freestyle,

McGowan finished

ninth on Saturday, Nov. 23

at New Trier.

McGowan, who has

been on the varsity team

for the Knights since she

was a freshman, finished

12th in the prelims a day

before, her time of 23.83

seconds earning her the

final advancing spot by

seven-hundredths of a

second.

She improved on that

time in the consolation final,

coming home in 23.81

for the ninth-place medal.

McGowan’s time of

51.97 in the 100 free prelims

was bittersweet. The

bitter: it landed her in 14th

place, a scant 0.22 slower

than the time recorded by

both Joelle Ohr of New

Trier and Emily Claesson

of Lyons, who tied for

11th place and advanced

as the event’s final two

consolation finalists.

The sweet: McGowan’s

time was a personal best in

the event.

“Keara is the hardest

worker I’ve ever had,”

said LW Central coach Pat

Shaughnessy, in his 16th

season at the New Lenox

school. “I wish I could

take credit for her drive,

but I can’t. She deserves

every bit of success she

earns.

“Awesome athlete, kid,

student, everything.”

Things went, well,

rather swimmingly, for

Lincoln-Way East’s Grace

Hagemaster, a former volleyball

player in her first

season in the pool.

Hagemaster — a sophomore

seeded 29th in the

Lincoln-Way Central’s Keara McGowan dives in for the 50-yard freestyle at the state

meet Saturday, Nov. 23. McGowan earned a state medal with a ninth-place finish.

CARLOS ALVAREZ/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

100-yard backstroke with

a time of 57.75 — was a

huge hit in the water at the

state meet.

She clocked in at 57.40

seconds in Saturday’s consolation

final to finish in

11th place.

Her 11th-place preliminary

time Friday (56.92)

was even better.

And to think, a little

more than a year ago,

Hagemaster turned in her

volleyball uniform after

her freshman season.

“She’s the reason I’m

swimming now,” Hagemaster,

sporting a lanewide

smile, said, referring

to senior teammate Braelyn

Binkowski.

Binkowski, a fourthyear

state qualifier who

also medaled with a 12thplace

finish in the 100

butterfly (56.88), had

convinced Hagemaster to

ditch the spikes and go for

the splashy results instead.

Have voice, will sway.

“Fast meet, like always,”

Lincoln-Way East

coach Kate Gabey said.

“This state meet, it’s such

a tough one, one of the

toughest ones out there. To

finish in the top 12 here, in

any event … 12 — such a

small number, isn’t it?”

Binkowski’s time of

56.47 in Friday’s prelims

edged Hinsdale Central’s

Ann Gruvberger by one

hundredth of a second for

the last finals spot, allowing

Binkowski to achieve

her goal of racing on the

final day of the season.

Mother McAuley sophomore

Abby Manos, a Mokena

native, placed 10th in

diving with 407.5 points.

Neither of Lincoln-Way

West’s entrants made it

past the prelims.

Junior Lea Moeller was

23rd in the 50 free (24.21),

while freshman Bella

Cichon finished 35th in

the 200 individual medley

(2:20.44) and 34th in the

100 breaststroke (1:09.2).

None of that deflated

Warriors coach Eric Pavlacka

in the least.

“I’m looking at the big

picture,” said Pavlacka,

who swam distance freestyle

races for Lincoln-

Way East before hitting

Division III waters at

Monmouth College. “We

had one state qualifier

[Moeller] a year ago. Now

two this year; that’s a step

in the right direction.

“The atmosphere here

can be so overwhelming,

and that’s why we want

girls here, be it in the pool

or in the stands, to feel this

atmosphere and get used to

this energy.”

East sophomore Kate

Mitchell (292.7) was fifth

after diving prelims, but

fell to 14th in the semifinal

round, just missing the top

12 to advance to day two.

Central’s Abby Hawksworth

(183.95) finished

21st and the Knights’ Rebekkah

Schimick (160.05)

was 46th.

Binkowski took 14th

in the 100 backstroke

(57.17), and the Griffins’

Tina Winter was 28th in

the 100 free (53.44).

East took 19th in

the 200 medley relay

(1:47.42), with Hagemaster,

Binkowski, Winter and

Alicia Pearson. The Griffins

finished 25th in the

200 free relay (1:40.42)

with a lineup of Pearson,

Winter, Cali Burns and

Lexi DiSera.

In the 400 free relay,

East (3:36.86) was

26th behind Hagemaster,

Binkowski, Julia Ward and

Abbey Piech.

This Week In

KNIGHTS VARSITY

ATHLETICS

BOYS BASKETBALL

■Nov. ■ 27-30 – at Joliet

West Tournament, TBA

GIRLS BASKETBALL

■Dec. ■ 3 – at Mother

McAuley, 6 p.m.

BOYS BOWLING

■Nov. ■ 30 – Plainfield South

Invite at Town and Country,

9 a.m.

■Dec. ■ 3 – hosts

Bolingbrook at Laraway

Lanes, 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS BOWLING

■Dec. ■ 4 – hosts Southland

Prep at Laraway Lanes,

4:30 p.m.

DANCE

■Dec. ■ 1 – at Oak Forest

Invite, 8 a.m.

WRESTLING

■Nov. ■ 27 – hosts Bradley-

Bourbonnais, Crete-Monee

and Neuqua Valley, 9 a.m.

GRIFFINS VARSITY

ATHLETICS

BOYS BASKETBALL

■Nov. ■ 27-30 – at Joliet

West Tournament, TBA

GIRLS BASKETBALL

■Nov. ■ 27 – at Marist

Thanksgiving Tournament

vs. Plainfield East, 7:45 p.m.

BOYS BOWLING

■Nov. ■ 30 – Plainfield South

Invite at Town and Country,

9 a.m.

■Dec. ■ 3 – hosts Thornridge

at Thunder Bowl, 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS BOWLING

■Dec. ■ 2 – Chicago Christian

at Orland Bowl, 4:15 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 4 – hosts Bradley-

Bourbonnais at Thunder

Bowl, 4:30 p.m.

DANCE

■Dec. ■ 1 – at Oak Forest

Invite, 8 a.m.

FOOTBALL

■Nov. ■ 30 – IHSA Class 8A

state championship game

vs. TBD at Huskie Stadium,

DeKalb, 7 p.m.

WRESTLING

■Nov. ■ 27 – at Oak Forest

quad, 4 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 4 – hosts Bradley-

Bourbonnais, 5 p.m.


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Junior core gives Knights reasons for optimism

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central

coach Bob Curran knows

there are things to work

on, ways for his team to

improve and be ready for a

big season.

But as preseason practices

heated up, Curran

also saw a talented group

that is certainly more in

sync than most teams are

in November.

“We’re so much further

along right now than

we’ve ever been,” Curran

said. “We got, I think,

95 percent of our scoring

back from last year. So,

that’s a good place to start.

“We have weaknesses.

They’re juniors, they’re

still not as strong as they’ll

be when they’re seniors.

At the same time, I’ve

been in battle with these

kids for a long time and

I kind of know what they

can and can’t do.”

The Knights will be

built around four junior

guards with a ton of varsity

experience. The coach’s

son, Sean Curran, was the

leading scorer last season,

when Central went 15-16.

Nick Tingley, and twins

Matt and Mike Maloney,

also also back.

All four averaged near

or above double-digits in

scoring last season.

“Most of us have been

playing together four or

five years, so we know

how play off each other

and we’re all really competitive,”

he said. “It’s super

fun.

“I think we’re going to be

able to spread the floor and

shoot the ball, and we’re

going to be able to run out

in transition. Our main focus

in practice has been defense.

I think we’re going

Lincoln-Way Central guard Nick Tingley looks to make a pass in a recent practice.

Tingley is one of several juniors expected to lead the Knights this season.

STEVE MILLAR/22nd Century Media

to be highly improved on

the defensive end.”

Sean Curran said his

dad has been harping on

defense and rebounding in

practice, and the Knights

know those are their main

areas to seek improvement.

“We have some guys

that can score the ball,”

he said. “We’re not physically

all there yet. I think

defense and rebounding

will be the most important

things. I don’t think we’re

going to have problems

scoring.”

The Knights have set

their first goal at improving

on last season. If they

can get to that point, Matt

Maloney said, they will

start thinking about a conference

title and beyond.

“Last year, was a solid

season,” Tingley said. “We

played hard, we had good

leadership. This year, some

new guys have to step up,

everyone has to play their

role and we should have

success.”

Central will lean heavily

on another junior, 6-foot-7

James Ogrodnik, to be an

inside presence.

“We’re going to be

counting on him a lot,” Bob

Curran said. “We really

need big things from him.”

Sean Michalak and

George Burchfield are the

only two seniors on the

roster and will be looked

to for leadership.

Junior Ryan Kraft has

varsity experience, while

juniors Joe Barrett, Richie

LaCien and Cam Newkirk

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could make an impact in

their first varsity season.

“The big things for us

are playing with each

other, sharing the ball, and

then just growing defensive

every day,” Bob Curran

said. “We have to keep

getting stronger, getting in

the weight room.

“I think they’re competitive

kids, they’re going

to battle. We have a tough

schedule, so they’re going

to be tested.”

Tingley knows there is

one thing they will be able

to count on.

“Team chemistry,” he

said. “That is definitely

there. We can help each

other, and push each other

to strengthen the aspects

we need to strengthen to

be successful.”

Boys basketball

Griffins seek success

with size, skill, speed

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Excitement bubbles

over when Lincoln-Way

East junior guard Jhei-R

Jones discusses the 2019-

20 Griffins.

“I feel like we’re going

to be really good this season,”

he said. “If everyone

plays their role and does

their part, and if everyone

competes, I feel like we

can really go somewhere.”

Jones was arguably the

Griffins’ best player as a

sophomore last season,

earning All-SouthWest

Suburban Blue honors and

getting used to being a goto

scorer as East finished

14-17.

“[Jones] will have a lot

to say about the success of

the team,” East coach Rich

Kolimas said. “He started

as a sophomore, gaining

valuable experience at running

the team.”

Jones agreed that he is

more prepared to play his

role after last year’s experience.

“I feel like I can help

others and be a good leader,”

he said.

Jones will have help in

the backcourt from seniors

Ty Slager and Matt Wasso,

who are strong shooters.

Inside, the Griffins boast

plenty of experience and

size, led by 6-foot-9 senior

forward Nate Seputis,

6-foot-8 senior center Sean

McLaughlin – a Northwestern

football recruit

– and 6-foot-5 forward senior

Ryan Sierocki.

Kolimas, who said Sierocki

“had a terrific summer,”

hopes that trio can help

control the boards for East.

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Seputis thinks the Griffins

will be dangerous

because of the different

things their big men can

do.

“I feel like it’ll be a big

mismatch for other teams,”

he said. “Our bigs can

stretch the floor out and

shoot it, as well as score on

our own in the post. I feel

like we can affect the game

on many levels.

“I don’t think other

teams can match up to

our versatility. We have

so much skill at each position,

so I think we can

have success if we keep

working hard.”

Junior guards Ryan Sucha

and Cameron Mallory

are athletic players who

Kolimas said must make

major contributions for the

Griffins to have success.

Jones and Seputis both

noted the importance of

defense.

“We have to stress defense-first,”

Seputis said.

“Our offense is going to

be there, but we need our

defense to be there at the

start.”

Seputis looks to take the

reins in that department.

“I want to be one of the

leaders on defense,” he

said. “I’m one of the vocal

guys on our defense. I’m

talking to everyone, try to

direct everyone to where

they need to go and just try

to help everyone out.”

Jones is confident the

Griffins will be formidable

at the end of the year.

“We all want to win a

regional, and hopefully go

to state,” he said. “It’s going

to take hard work and

dedication.”


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Big plays send Griffins to another state championship game

4

JON DEPAOLIS

Freelance Reporter

In a game in which the final

score belied how tight it

actually was, Lincoln-Way

East needed as many big

plays on defense as it could

manage against Marist.

The defense – as it has all

season – responded with its

first three-takeaway game

Saturday, Nov. 23, as the

Griffins (13-0) stamped

their ticket to DeKalb with

a 24-7 win in the Class 8A

semifinals in Chicago.

East will meet Warren

(13-0) – a 28-0 winner over

Brother Rice – in the 8A

championship game at 7

p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30, at

Huskie Stadium in DeKalb.

It will be the second state

championship appearance in

three years, and fourth overall

for the Griffins, who will

try for their third state title in

the program’s 19th season.

The game will feature two

of the state’s top defenses as

Warren has not allowed

more than seven points in

a game and allowed just 40

points in 13 games, including

six shutouts.

East got vengeance after

falling in the semifinals to

LW East at Marist, Nov. 23

1 2 3 4 F

LW East 7 3 7 7 24

Marist 0 7 0 0 7

Three Stars of the Game:

1. AJ Henning, LW East, senior receiver – Two receptions,

81 yards, touchdown; Seven rushes, 19 yards, 1

touchdown

2. Matt Kordas, LW East, junior defensive back –

Interception, fumble recovery

3. Jamal Johnson, LW East, junior running back – 27 carries,

173 yards, touchdown Lincoln-Way East’s Matt Kordas intercepts a Marist

pass in the end zone during the Griffins’ 24-7 win in a

Class 8A semifinal Saturday, Nov. 23, in Chicago.

JULIE MCMANN/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Loyola last year.

“We had a lot of juniors

and sophomores on that

team,” junior defensie back

Matt Kordas said. “It hurt to

see us lose like that. So, we

came out here, and we knew

we had to do it for those seniors

last year and do it for

our team.”

With East holding on to

a 10-7 lead in the semifinal,

the RedHawks (8-5) lined up

at their own 33 for a secondand-9

play with under 2:30

left in the quarter. Marist

senior quarterback Hayden

Mikesell quickly found tight

end Brendan Barry for the

first-down completion, but

as Barry turned up field, East

defensive back Jalen Hacha

wrestled the ball loose.

Kordas was there to pick

it up.

The Griffins offense

turned that turnover into

points, scoring on a 3-yard

touchdown run by senior AJ

Henning to make it 17-7.

“[Hacha] was working

on it all week in practice,”

Kordas said of the forced

fumble. “That kid, he busts

his tail every day. I just saw

[the ball] there, and I made

the play. I had some good

blocks on the sideline.

“It was a huge moment

for us. We have been working

on the strip drill all year.

Our goal was to get three

turnovers every game. This

was the first time doing it.”

East coach Rob Zvonar

also recognized the importance

of the fumble.

“It is a game of emotion

and momentum, and I

think it was third down and

they got another third-down

[conversion],” Zvonar said

of the RedHawks drive up to

that point. “Our third-down

defense was terrible today.

But they get a big first down,

and [a couple plays later],

he’s running down the field.

“I don’t know even know

who came in and forced it,

but I just saw Kordas pick

it up and run. That kind of

changed the momentum.

Even though it was early in

the half, that was a big, big

deal. There is no doubt.”

East got out to an early

lead as junior running back

Jamal Johnson (27 rushes,

173 yards) busted a 14-yard

touchdown run with 8:06

left in the first quarter.

But the RedHawks countered

with a 27-yard touchdown

pass from Mikesell to

Barry to tie it up.

The Griffins regained the

lead on a 25-yard field goal

by Dominic Dzioban.

On the next series, the

RedHawks were driving

deep into Griffins territory.

But on a heave from Mikesell

into the end zone, Kordas

leaped up and snagged

the ball away from the receiver.

It was Kordas’ fifth interception

of the playoffs.

The Griffins were still up

just 17-7 headed into the

fourth quarter.

“Going into that fourth

quarter, I grabbed [Henning]

and said, ‘I need one from

you,’” Zvonar said. “He

gave us that one to seal it.”

The play was a shovel

pass from senior quarterback

Kyle Quinn (5-of-8,

106 yards) to Henning, who

then took it 66 yards for the

score to make it 24-7 with

just 6:27 remaining.

Josh Vargas capped the

win with an interception.

“Coach always talks

about fighting adversity, and

we know everything is not

always going to go our way

in the game,” Henning said.

“We stayed cool, calm and

collected. The defense made

some stops up front when

we needed them to down the

stretch, and the offense was

able to go down the field and

capitalize when we needed it

to.”

Our staff’s predictions for the eight state championship games

OK, this is it for 16 football teams in Illinois and

six Press Box Pickers in the 22nd Century Media

office. We are picking all eight IHSA championship

football games and chances are good that many

on the panel could not tell you where some of the

teams in the smaller classes are, geographically.

Vorva’s one-game lead? That could shrivel up

quickly if Czaja, Millar or anyone else gets hot.

GameS of the Week

• Class 8A: LW East (13-0) vs. Warren (13-0).

Other Games

• Class 1A: Lena-Winslow (13-0) vs. Central A&M (13-0)

• Class 2A: Nashville (12-1) vs. Sterling Newman (12-1)

• Class 3A: Byron (12-1) vs. Williamsville (13-0)

• Class 4A: Richmond-Burton (13-0) vs. Murphysboro

(11-2)

• Class 5A: St. Rita (10-3) vs. Rochester (12-1)

• Class 6A: Prairie Ridge (12-1) vs. E. St. Louis (Sr.)

(13-0)

• Class 7A: Nazareth (13-0) vs. Mt. Carmel (13-0)

56-13

Jeff Vorva |

Sports Editor

• LWE 30, Warren 21. Another state

title for the Griffs has been in the

cards since last year’s shocking loss

to Loyola in the semis.

• Lena-Winslow

• Sterling

• Byron

• Richmond-Burton

• St. Rita

• East St. Louis

• Nazareth

55-14

Thomas Czaja |

Senior Editor

• LWE 17, Warren 14. Griffins

emerge victorious from epic battle

to win state title.

• Lena-Winslow

• Nashville

• Williamsville

• Richmond-Burton

• St. Rita

• East St. Louis

• Nazareth

54-15

Steve Millar |

Sports Editor

• LWE 20, Warren 14. The two best

defenses in the state square off, but

it’s the Griffins who have enough

big-play potential on offense to

get it done.

• Central A&M

• Sterling Newman

• Byron

• Richmond-Burton

• St. Rita

• East St. Louis

• Nazareth

51-18

Joe Coughlin |

Publisher

• LWE 20, Warren 7. Defensive

slugfest with Griffins making big

plays necessary for a title.

• Lena-Winslow

• Sterling Newman

• Byron

• Richmond-Burton

• Rochester

• East St. Louis

• Mt. Carmel

50-19

Sean Hastings |

Contributing Editor

• LWE 42, Warren 28. Griffins finish

season undefeated, AJ Henning has

a huge game.

• Central A&M

• Nashville

• Byron

• Murphysboro

• St. Rita

• East St. Louis

• Mt. Carmel

48-21

Heather Warthen |

Chief Marketing Officer

• LWE 28, Warren 14. Griffins bring

home another trophy for the case.

• Central A&M

• Nashville

• Byron

• Murphysboro

• St. Rita

• Prairie Ridge

• Mt. Carmel


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fastbreak

Steve Millar/22nd Century

Media

1st-and-3

THREE NOTES ON

the upcoming 8a

football state

championship game

1. Dominant defense

Warren has put up

ridiculous defensive

numbers. The Blue

Devil have allowed

just 40 points in

13 games and no

more than seven in

a game. East, which

has gotten a huge

postseason from

Matt Kordas (above)

has held opponents

to 6.7 points per

game on average.

2. Battle of unbeatens

Something has to

give as the two 13-0

teams face off. Both

have won all their

games by double

digits

3. Different histories

The Griffins are in

the title game for

the fourth time in

a 19-year history.

Warren, which has

played football since

1923, is in its first

championship game.

Football

For many East seniors, road to success started with Wildcats

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

When Jake Kramer

takes the field for the last

time as a Lincoln-Way

East Griffin in the Class

8A state championship

game, he will be doing so

alongside teammates he

has played with for over

half his lifetime.

“I could go back to third

grade and look to my left

and right and see little tiny

[Josh] Vargas on one side,”

Kramer said. “[Sean]

McLaughlin – he was still

massive back then, but a

little bit shorter – on the

other side. “Now, I look at

them and we’re full-grown

men and we’re doing the

same exact things we were

then.”

Many of the stars in a

special Class of 2020 for

East football played together

on the Frankfort

Square Wildcats.

On the defensive side,

the Griffins are loaded with

former Wildcats teammates,

including Kramer,

Vargas, McLaughlin, Adrian

Wilson, Wilbur Milhouse,

Cade Arthur, Chase

Zawilinski, Zach Richter,

Kevin Jordan, Zach Brothen

and Jacob Jaber.

East’s biggest star –

AJ Henning – was also

a Wildcat, as were three

of the big guys who open

holes for him: offensive

linemen Martin Hoban,

Brandon Rusinak and Logan

Blondin.

Many of the friendships

Jake Kramer is one of many Lincoln-Way East seniors who played together as kids

with the Frankfort Square Wildcats. 22nd Century Media file photo

go back a decade or more.

“I met a lot of these guys

in flag football when I was

8 or 9,” McLaughlin said.

“Kramer, Hoban, Vargas,

we all knew each other. I

became best friends with

Martin [Hoban] in first

grade.

“To be here with these

guys is amazing.”

When the group of

friends was playing together

in grade school, they

were not dreaming of playing

in the East black and

blue, however.

They grew up expecting

to wear black and gold as

Lincoln-Way North Phoenix,

until the school closed

in 2016.

“I thought I was going to

go to North, but if I’m being

100 percent honest, going

to East is probably the best

thing that’s ever happened

to me,” said McLaughlin,

a Northwestern commit.

“There’s no doubt about

it. I wouldn’t be where I

am without coach Z [Rob

Zvonar] and all the coaches

driving me to be the best.”

Of course, there was no

guarantee that this huge

group of Wildcats would

spend their high school careers

together. Several of

them were highly recruited

by private schools.

They all chose to stay together

and play at East.

“Just going to school

together, we created a

tight bond,” Henning said.

“These are the same guys

I’ve played basketball with,

the same guys I played

baseball with, the same

guys I play football with up

until this point.

“We just made it a pact

to stay together. We’re just

such a tight-knit group

that when it comes down

the stretch, you just want

to make a play for your

brother next to you, because

we’ve been through

so much together.”

East went on the road

to beat Marist 24-7 in the

semifinals Saturday, Nov.

23. Coincidentally, Marist

is the same place where

Zvonar paid the Wildcats

a visit to try to ensure they

would remain teammates

with the Griffins.

“Last time I was here

[at Marist] was [the current

seniors’] eighth-grade

year,” Zvonar said. “They

were playing here with the

Wildcats. We don’t recruit,

but I came out here to make

sure they came to the high

school where they live. So,

I’ve had two pretty good

days here in the last five

years.

“The number of starters

from that eighth-grade

team out here today is unbelievable.

Brian Mulheran

is the president [of the

3

Wildcats], they’re out here

doing their thing, and it’s a

very special organization.”

Wilson is a relative newcomer

to the group. He

moved to the area in sixth

grade and did not start

playing with the Wildcats

until eighth grade, when he

says McLaughlin recruited

him to join the team.

He quickly became a part

of the brotherhood.

“Being side by side with

your family and experiencing

this whole thing together,

there are no words to

describe it,” he said.

Vargas said growing up

playing together prepared

the East seniors for success.

“Playing with these guys

my entire life, it’s a brotherhood,”

he said. “I don’t

call those guys my friends,

they’re my family.

“Frankfort Square Wildcats

are the ones who got us

ready for this. They help us

so much.”

Ever since they lost to

Loyola in last season’s

semifinals, the Griffins

have been working to get

back to that point and redeem

themselves.

Now that they have,

there is one last thing for

this special group of seniors

to do.

“We knew we had to

get back [to the semifinals]

and right a wrong,

but that wasn’t our goal,”

McLaughlin said. “Our

goal was to win a state

title, so we have to get one

more win.”

Listen Up

“Going into that fourth quarter, I grabbed [Henning] and said, ‘I need one from

you.’ He gave us that one to seal it.”

Rob Zvonar – LW East football coach, on AJ Henning’s 66-yard touchdown

catch that helped seal a 24-7 semifinal win over Marist on Saturday, Nov.

23.

tunE in

Football, 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30

IHSA Class 8A state championship game at Huskie

Stadium, DeKalb

• LW East will play for its third state title, taking on Warren

in a battle of 13-0 teams.

Index

35 - This Week In

32 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

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


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | November 27, 2019

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Griffins use big plays to pull away from Marist, advance to second

state championship game in three years, Page 38

Lincoln-Way East’s Josh Vargas pulls in

an interception while Payton Orth (34)

and Jaron Hacha (97) celebrate during the

Griffins’ 24-7 win over Marist in a Class 8A

semifinal Saturday, Nov. 23, in Chicago.

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