mokena’s Award-Winning Hometown Newspaper • March 19, 2020 • Vol. 12 No. 32 • $1




LW D210 Special Games take place as planned amidst

coronavirus concerns, Page 4

Keeping tabs on


The Messenger compiles

list of event cancellations,

postponements, Page 3

Taste for tacos

Village Board moves closer

to approving comic

book-themed Mexican

restaurant, Page 6

Carrying the torch into the gym at Lincoln-Way West High School on Thursday, March 12, are Special Games athletes Blake Zilinskas (middle

left) and Tito Rios (middle right), joined by their Best Buddies Max Labus and Jocelynn Neumayer. Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

The chosen ones

Publisher 22nd Century

Media recognizes winners

of the 2020 Southwest

Choice Awards, Inside


Your Virtual Change Jar





2 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger calendar

In this week’s


Pet of the Week.............13


Faith Briefs....................20


Going Rate....................31

Classifieds................ 32-39

The Mokena


ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179


TJ Kremer III, x29

sports editor

Steve Millar, ext 34

Sales director

Lora Healy, x31

real estate sales

Courtney Masinter ext 47

classifieds/Legal Notices

Jeff Schouten, x51


Joe Coughlin 847.272.4565, x16

Managing Editor

Bill Jones, x20


Andrew Nicks


Nancy Burgan, x30

22 nd Century Media

11516 West 183rd Street

Unit SW Office Condo #3

Orland Park, IL 60467

Chemical- free printing on

30% recycled paper

circulation inquiries

The Mokena Messenger

(USPS #025404)

is published weekly by

22nd Century Media, LLC,

11516 W. 183rd Pl.

Unit SW, Office Condo #3

Orland Park, IL 60467

and additional mailing offices.

Periodical postage paid at

Orland Park, IL

POSTMASTER: Send changes to:

The Mokena Messenger

11516 W. 183rd Pl.

Unit SW, Office Condo #3

Orland Park, IL 60467

Published by


Mokena Board of Trustees


7 p.m. March 23, Village

Hall, 11004 Carpenter

St. in Mokena.



Mo’ Beat Blues - Canceled

1-2 p.m. March 21, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena.

Mokena Junior High

School presents Disney’s

“The Little Mermaid Jr.” -


7 p.m. March 27; 2 p.m.

and 7 p.m. March 28, Lincoln-Way

Central High

School, 1801 E. Lincoln

Highway in New Lenox.

Ava Logan Quartet -


1-2 p.m. March 28, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena.

Woodcock Walk - Canceled

6:30-8 p.m. March 28,

Hickory Creek Preserve

– LaPorte Road Access,

10537 W. LaPorte Road in


Mission Meals Dinner -


April 2, EggCetera

Cafe, 19709 Mokena St. in

Mokena. One Love Global

Wellness would ask that

individual and families

that would have attended

to please call (708) 479-

6613 and we will try to

help or refer to agencies

that can. We are hoping

to resume our regularly

scheduled meals as soon

as we get clearance.

Mokena Seniors Club -


11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

on the 3rd and 4th Thursday

of the month at the

Frankfort Township Community

Room, 11100 Lincoln

Highway in Frankfort.

Looking for pinochle

players who would like to

enjoy an afternoon of fun

and fellowship. For more

information, call Julie Wibel

at (708) 478-4747.

Flashlight Egg Hunt -

Postponed to April 30

8-9 p.m. April 2, Yunker

Park, 10824, LaPorte

Road in Mokena. The

quest for the golden egg

begins. Join Mokena Community

Park District and

challenge your friends to

see who can find the most

treat-filled eggs using only

a flashlight. The quest is

unlike all of the rest, as a

few eggs are filled with

tickets to redeem for raffle

prizes, but the biggest

prize goes to the one who

finds the golden egg. This

year we’ll have two egg

hunts. Pizza will be served

after the first egg hunt.

Ages 8–12. Please bring a

flashlight and a bag to collect

the eggs. Pre-registration

is required. Registration

deadline is March 19.

No refunds for this event.

For more information, call

Mokena Park District at

(708) 390-2401 or register



Bunny Brunch

10:30 a.m.-noon April

4, Aurelio’s Restaurant,

9901 W. Lincoln Highway

in Frankfort. Hip hop hooray!

Meet our huggable,

lovable bunny for a buffet

lunch of pizza, pasta,

salad, garlic bread and

soft drinks. Fee includes

lunch, meeting the Bunny,

face painting and a special

gift. Children 12 months

and under are free (does

not include lunch or gift).

All attendees regardless

of age must be pre-registered.

Registration is not

accepted at the restaurant.

Registration deadline is

March 21. Seating is limited.

No refunds for this

event. For more information,

call Mokena Park

District at (708) 390-2401

or register at mokenapark.


Bunco for a Cause

6 p.m. April 24, American

Legion Post, 15052

Archer Ave. in Lockport.

Join My Joyful Heart for

an evening of Bunco. All

proceeds to benefit the

children enrolled in My

Joyful Heart. Cost is $25

per person (available for

purchase at myjoyfulheart.


spring-bunco.html). Includes

pop, pizza, pasta

salad and dessert. Cash

bar, Bunco prizes, splitthe-pot,

raffle baskets and

silent auction. For more

information, email infor



Spring Fling Student Horse


April 24-26, Nova Quarter

Horses, 10129 W. 187th

St. in Mokena. This event

is open to the public and

free to attend. For more information,

call (708) 479-

3696, or visit novaquarter


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

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

Mokena Fire Protection

CPR Class

6-9:30 p.m. First and

third Mondays of the

month. Mokena Fire Station

1, 19853 S. Wolf

Road, Mokena. 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 $40 for Community

CPR and $50 Healthcare

CPR. Register for

specific dates at mokena

Kindergarten Registration


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

District Administrative


Reach out to thousands of daily

users by submitting your event at

For just print*, email all information to

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

Editor’s Note

All events listed here

were set to occur

as of press time

Monday, March 16.

As cancellations may

occur, please check

directly with the

organization hosting

the event for the most

up-to-date information.

Also, Illinois bars and

restaurants have been

shut down for dine-in

service per an order

from Gov. J.B. Pritzker.

As such, The Scene

does not appear in this


Center, 20100 S. Spruce

Drive in Frankfort. Parents

may access student 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.

Lincoln-Way Area Chorale

This choir group meets

weekly to rehearse at

Lincoln-Way East High

School, 201 Colorado

Ave., Frankfort. For more

information, contact Artistic

Director Greg Day at

(815) 485-7357.

Summit Hill School District


During an emergency

meeting by Summit Hill

D161 Board of Education

Friday, March 13, the

board directed Superinten- news

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 3

Area events being postponed, canceled until further notice

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

A number of public

events in Mokena have

been either postponed or

cancelled amid what officials

are calling an overabundance

of caution centered

on the coronavirus


Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker

announced Friday,

March 13, that all schools

in the state, both public

and private, would be

closed March 17-30.

Mokena School District


Mokena D159 Superintendent

Don White said

that he agreed with the

governor’s call, and that

the district was expecting

the closing.

“We’re as prepared as

we can be in any circumstance

such as this,” White


In an email to parents,

White wrote, "All related

activities are canceled during

these dates. While we

do not have any confirmed

cases of coronavirus (CO-

VID-19) in our district,

this decision was made in

an abundance of caution

to limit the spread of the

COVID-19 illness in our

community. The Governor

shared that he will assess

this situation at that time

and may extend the need

to keep schools closed."

Students were scheduled

to be on spring break from

March 30-April 5, so the

plan, for now, is to have

students back as scheduled

on April 6.

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210

LW D210 Superintendent

Scott Tingley confirmed


of Illinois school districts

were notified about the

First coronavirus case

reported in Will County

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

The Illinois Department

of Public Health announced

Monday, March

16, the first reported case

of the coronavirus in

Will County, according

to an email sent by the

Will County Health Department

& Community

Health Center.

The IDPH announced

that a 54-year-old man,

currently isolated in a

hospital, is Will County’s

first positive case of coronavirus,

according to the


A spokesman for the

Will County Health Department

would not release

the name of the hospital

where the patient is

currently isolated.

It is also unknown

when the man contracted

the virus, only that it was

reported to Will County

decision via a phone call

from Pritzker. Because

D210’s spring break is

scheduled to begin March

30, students in the district

would be out of school for

a total of three weeks.

“We will have teachers

in attendance on Monday

[March 16] to develop

additional enrichment e-

learning lesson plans, because

of the students being

off over an extended time,”

Tingley said. “We used today,

an institute day, to develop

five lessons to cover

five of the days.”

An email from LW D210

Tingly stated, "Beginning

From March 16

health officials March 16.

There have been 105

cases involving the coronavirus

in Illinois, according

to the most recent

data as of press time on

the Centers for Disease

Control and Prevention’s


The Will County

Health Department wrote

that for people who believe

they have been exposed

to the coronavirus

to isolate themselves and

self-monitor for symptoms,

including taking

your temperature three

times daily to check for a

fever, along with watching

for other symptoms,

such as cough and shortness

of breath.

More information on

the coronavirus and its

symptoms can be found

at, and dph.illi

Monday, March 16, ALL

before and after school activities,

meetings, events,

competitions, practices,

rehearsals, field trips, domestic

travel, building

rentals, and performances

are canceled. This includes

the use of our buildings by

outside organizations."

Please see Virus, 14

LWSRA participant tests positive for coronavirus

Joe Coughlin, Publisher

A Cook County resident

who participated in multiple

Lincolnway Special

Recreation Association

events this month has tested

positive for the coronavirus,

according to Keith

Wallace, executive director

of the LWSRA.

Wallace was notified

this morning — Monday,

March 16 — by a parent of

the adult individual, who

was reportedly involved in

multiple recent programs:

a bowling night on March

9 at Thunderbowl in Mokena,

a Chicago Wolves

game on March 8 and a coop

dance called the Shamrock

Shuffle on March 6

at the Orland Park Civic


The person tested positive

for the coronavirus at

Northwestern Hospital in


“We have notified families,

other participants, staff

members — everybody we

know of who worked with

From March 16

With rewards for safe behavior that

protects what matters most, rather

than penalties for what doesn’t go

quite right. And with the support you

need, every step of the way. For your

car. Your home. For your unique life.

Dream fearlessly with

American Family Insurance.

Contact me today.

this individual,” Wallace

said. “We are following all

of the protocols in place

right now by the CDC and

even going above and beyond


Wallace said he has contacted

State and county

health departments, as


The LWSRA is a nonprofit

organization that

serves those with mental

and physical disabilities

through athletic, social and

educational programming.

Before receiving the

news of the infected participant,

LWSRA had already

shut down programming

through April 5 and its offices

until March 30, in accordance

with Centers for

Disease Control and Prevention


It is unclear if the individual

carried the virus at the

time of the LWSRA events

or how many people were

potentially exposed, but

Wallace said that the individual

did not report symptoms

before any LWSRA

interactions and no one associated

with LWSRA has

reported symptoms since

the interactions.

“Right now, we are in

the mode of doing what we

need to get ourselves in the

right place, so we’re not

affecting others,” Wallace


Earlier Monday, Will

County announced its

first confirmed case of the

coronavirus, reporting that

a 54-year-old man is being

treated at an area hospital.

Will County officials

would not announce which

hospital nor would it report

the hometown of the man.

Cook County has confirmed

at least 19 cases of

the coronavirus, as of Friday,

March 13. There are

105 confirmed cases in Illinois,

and the CDC reports

3,487 confirmed cases and

68 deaths from the virus

in the United States, as of

press time Monday, March


Maria Hohman, Agent

Bus: (815) 464-6155

American Family Mutual Insurance Company, S.I. &

its Operating Companies, American Family Life Insurance Company,

6000 American Parkway, Madison, WI 53783

©2020 017720 – 1/20 – 12011156

4 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger news

Special Games an event that puts a smile on everyone’s face


Sean Hastings, Contributing Editor

The excitement expressed

from the athletes was mirrored

by their student leaders all day at

Special Games at Lincoln-Way

West on Thursday, March 12.

It didn’t matter who won the

race or how many baskets an

athlete made, smiles were beaming

all day, just as they should

have been. And each school had

its own theme and dressed accordingly.

LW West was lumberjacks,

Lincoln-Way Central was

WWE and Lincoln-Way East

was ’70s themed.

“Honestly it just makes me so

happy to know that they feel special

being here,” Lincoln-Way

West student leader Jocelynn

Neumayer said. “Everyone here

is clapping for them. This day is

about them. We have a lot of fun.

“Just knowing that it means

so much to them and they love

it, makes me love it even more.

Holding the torch and everyone

clapping for Tito [Rios] or Jack

[White] singing the national anthem.

I know he felt special doing


Neumayer and Rios carried the

torch into the gym with Special

Games athlete Blake Zilinskas

and his Best Buddy Max Labus.

Rios said that his favorite activity

of the day was the 100-meter


“I love being with everyone

and everything,” he said, adding

that lunch is “always good.”

Who doesn’t love free pizza?

Throughout the day, the athletes

participated in running

events, soccer, basketball, hockey,

football, bags, bowling and

rope ball toss.

The event only happens once

a year and it is what the leaders

and the athletes look forward to

the most because they are able to

get together with other schools,

Neumayer said.

The anticipation is clear for

every athlete.

“I have so much fun,” said

Tessa Kmak, a Lincoln-Way

Central Special Games athlete.

Her Best Buddies, Rebekkah

Schimick and Emily Abrahamsen,

said basketball is always

Kmak’s favorite event.

“[Tessa] gets so excited and

hyped up and it’s the best because

she’s happy the entire day

and having fun,” Schimick said.

“I enjoy seeing everybody

cheering for one another and all

coming together,” Abrahamsen

added. The students being able

to have an Olympics and have

fun is great.”

Each school had their own

send-off at their respective

schools the morning of the event,

but were greeted by many West

students as they marched out of

the field house and into the main


While parents were not allowed

at the opening ceremonies

because of coronavirus concerns,

the energy from the West

students and everyone else in attendance

made up for it.

“It’s all about the schools

coming together,” LW East student

leader Carolyn Whalen

said. “We do a ceremony at our

own school. It’s awesome to see

everyone come together for a

special moment.”

Whalen’s Best Buddy was not

at the games that day, so she was

able to bounce around and see

everyone enjoying themselves,

including John and Mike Costello,

whose favorite sports are

hockey and football, and show

lots of love for the Blackhawks

and Bears.

Whalen said they had been

practicing for two months and to

get the final step was awesome.

As the day wrapped up, the

athletes and their student leaders

made their way back into the

gym for closing ceremonies.

“[The best part is] just seeing

all the kids happy and really

enjoying themselves when they

may not all the time,” LW East

student leader Nolan Radecky

said, whose best buddy is Carter

Lincoln-Way High School students Madi Jager (left) and Lexi Bailey dance as they leave the gym after

the opening ceremonies during Lincoln-Way Community High School District's Special Games, held on

Thursday, March 12. Photos by Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

LW Central student Gabija Petraityte (left) gives a thumbs up to fellow students cheering her on as

opening ceremonies begin.

Navarro. Navarro was quick to

answer what his favorite sport to

play is, which is golf, though it

was not one of the events at the

games on Thursday. So, hockey

would suffice for the day.

But Navarro’s answer for what

his overall favorite part of the

day is perfectly summed up how

much the Special Games means

to everyone: He smiled, jumped

and pointed at Radecky. mokena

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 5

Franciscan Health




Wolf Rd.


Elsner Rd.


10367 W. Lincoln Hwy.


(708) 679-2940

Quality Care

Great Therapists


• Physical Therapy

• Speech Therapy

Services provided by

• Orthopedic Rehabilitation

• Repetitive Motion Injuries

• Vestibular Rehabilitation

• Fall & Balance Program

• Post-Operative Rehabilitation

• Sports-Related Injuries

• Spine Rehabilitation

• Nerve Injury Rehabilitation





Experience assisted living with joy and ease at

Evergreen Place, where independence thrives, and

compassionate care is always close by.

Our cozy campus offers assisted living at its finest,

with plenty of social and physical activities to keep

your loved one vibrant and flourishing.

Learn more about our friendly community by

giving us a call or visiting us online.

(708) 479-1082 • 10820 183rd Street • Orland Park, IL

6 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger news

Mokena Board of Trustees


Parking obstacle overcome for proposed taco restaurant

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Superheroes and Mexican

food enthusiasts may

soon be assembling in

downtown Mokena.

The Village of Mokena

Board of Trustees

Expires 4/2/2020 3//2020



discussed during a work

session March 9 possibly

granting a special use

permit and rezoning for a

comic book-themed taco

restaurant at 19711 Mokena

St. Most of the trustees

who were present voiced

support for the project.

Expires 4/2/2020 3//2020




Trustee Joseph Siwinski

was not in attendance for

the work session.

During the discussion,

Village Building and Planning

Director Matt Ziska

said the Village Board

reviewed the request conceptually

in December

2019. He noted that there

were concerns about the

parking limitations at the

site, so staff conducted a

parking analysis prior to

advancing the proposal to

the Planning Commission

or Site Plan and Architectural

Review Committee.

“Based on our parking

analysis, most of the parking

[needed] would be

available on Front Street,”

Ziska said. “We have 29

spaces along the south side

of Front [Street], and then

you have the 37 customer

spaces that are available

within the Village-owned

Front Street lot. Also, I

wanted to point out that

parking often becomes

available in the McGovney

lot during the evening

hours, roughly after 4 p.m.

or so.”

Ziska said the Planning

Commission held a public

hearing on the proposal in

February, and SPARC also

reviewed it on March 4 before

unanimously recommending

that the Village

Board approve the proposal.

As part of the proposal,

Ziska said the petitioner

is looking to rezone the

property from C-1, traditional

shopping, to C-4,

downtown commercial,

which he said was the

most suitable zoning and

matched that of other similar

nearby properties. The

petitioner also is seeking

a special use permit for a

planned unit development

to operate the comic bookthemed

taco restaurant,

ZAP! Taco. Plans would

include an outdoor dining

area with alcohol sales.

Ziska reviewed the proposed

special use permit

agreement with the property

owner, which includes:

an agreement that there

will be no state-sanctioned

video gaming terminals;

allowance by the Village

for certain right-of-way

Round it up

A brief recap of other items discussed at the March

9 Mokena Board of Trustees meeting.

• During his comments to the Village Board, Police

Chief Steven Vaccaro said there have been no

vehicle thefts or burglaries in town since Feb. 4. He

credited the board, police and residents for working


• The Village Board members voted 6-0 to approve

the appointment of Katie Pyznarski to the role of

administrative assistant. Pyznarski will replace Judi

Frieling, who was set to retire from the Village later

in the week.

• The trustees also voted 5-1 to award a contract

for the Front Street landscape paver installation

project to Groundskeeper Landscape Care of

Mokena in the amount of $50,556.80. Trustee

Joseph Budzyn cast the dissenting ballot.

encroachments along

Mokena Street; the owners

signing off on a hold

harmless agreement for

the right-of-way encroachments;

and the Village

agreeing to consider the

petitioner’s request to revisit

the approved hours of

operation in one year from

the date of occupancy approval.

Ziska also said one option

that could be taken to

ensure no parking from patrons

of the restaurant on

residential streets would be

to place no parking signs

on Denny Avenue, Mc-

Govney Street, Mokena

Street and Hacker Street;

however, he said that if the

Village Board wanted to

go that route, the trustees

would have to vote to approve

amendments to the

Village Code.

He also said the business

has expressed interest

in applying for the

Façade and Sign Grant

Program, which allows for

a 50 percent reimbursement

of façade costs up to

$10,000 and sign costs up

to $1,000.

“We are in the process

of updating the guidelines

for this program, so we

wouldn’t be able to bring

that request forward until

that happens and we get

some cost estimates,” Ziska


Trustee George Metanias

said his initial concern

was on the parking, but he

now believes that has been


“I’ve been to a lot of

downtowns and most

downtowns you don’t park

in front of the place,” he

said. “You park somewhere

else, and you walk

to the restaurant.”

Metanias said he also

would be fine with waiting

before putting up any no

parking signs to assess if

there is a problem. Trustee

Debbie Engler agreed with

that suggestion.

Trustee Jillian Hersted

also expressed support for

the project.

“I do think there were

challenges, but I think it

has been a really great

process because all of the

challenges we’ve kind of

compromised on,” she

said. “I’m thrilled with


Trustee Joseph Budzyn

said that at first he was not

in favor of the proposal

because he felt it was the

wrong business for that

location; however, after

changes were made to the

proposal, he said he can

support the project.

He added that he was in

favor of putting up the no

parking signs right away,

because it would require

a change to the Village


“I think we ought to

have those signs up and

in place beforehand,” he

said. “I don’t want to impact

those residents on

McGovney and Denny and

on Hacker [and Mokena

Street] with parking.”

Trustee Jim Richmond

also was in favor of putting

up the no parking signs.

He also wanted to know

if residents were informed

about the meetings related

to the ZAP! Taco proposal.

Ziska said the Village

went above and beyond

what was required to let

them know of the Plan

Commission and SPARC


The item will be voted

on at a future Village

Board meeting. news

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 7

From tech to toast, EggCetera owner makes mark in Mokena

T.J. Kremer III, Editor


When EggCetera Cafe

owner Dino Bastas opened

the restaurant’s first location

in downtown Mokena

in 2003, he was just looking

for a second source of


Bastas was working in

the corporate world in information

technology as a

director of sales. But, after

Y2K turned out not to

be the end of the modern

world, things started to

slow down.

“I happened to be chatting

with a buddy of mine,

and we just happened to

be throwing around the

restaurant idea,” Bastas

said. “You know, getting

into a franchise deal where

they already had a system


The conversation would

go on for a few weeks

more until Bastas, a Mokena

resident, began looking

around for retail space

in the area. Ultimately,

Bastas found a location in


“That was kind of the inception

of it,” Bastas said.

“We had a young family,

me and my wife, with a

couple of toddlers at the

time. It was nice having

her home with the children.

And so I said, ‘Let’s

get something going.’”

With the help and encouragement

of his wife,

Gail, and his father, Ted,

Bastas soon outgrew the

original location at 19709

Mokena St. and thought

about moving EggCetera

Cafe to a different location.

But, after several

people told him not to

close the original location,

Bastas decided instead of

moving to open a second


That location, at 10120

EggCetera Cafe owner Dino Bastas (holding scissors), along with his wife, Gail (to Bastas’ left), and daughter, Sophia, prepare to cut a ribbon

marking 10 years in business at the cafe’s 191st Street location during a ribbon cutting ceremony held by the Mokena Chamber of Commerce on

March 11. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

191st St., celebrated its

10-year anniversary Feb.

1. To mark the occasion,

the Mokena Chamber of

Commerce held a special

anniversary ribbon cutting

March 11.

“Other business owners,

friends of mine, I

talked to and confided in

them that I was looking

at a second location and

one said to me, ‘It takes

a long time to get one

going. I wouldn’t close

it down,’” Bastas said.

“So, I did a little research

on other places that have

multiple locations and

I’m like, ‘Well, let’s give

it a shot.’ And away we


Bastas said he always

wanted to own his own

business, and he felt that

his skillset from the corporate

world — which

included management and

working directly with the

public — would translate

well in the restaurant business.

“It was a natural fit,”

Bastas said. “Everybody

will tell you that the restaurant

business is one of

the hardest businesses to

get into. There are some

challenges. We often hear

people say that technology

is in real time … and

I tell people all the time

that retail is in real time. If

the customer is unhappy,

you have to fix it now. You

can’t, you know, let me

craft an email and go over

it, apologize. No, you have

to fix it right now, right

this moment in real time.

It’s face-to-face all day


While EggCetera continues

to be known for its

homestyle cooking inside

its restaurants, Bastas said

he is working to expand its

catering services and using

ever-evolving technology

to give his customers

more options, such as using

the restaurants website

— — for pickup

and delivery options,

which are still available

during the mandated closing

of all restaurant dining


Bastas said that trading

in the traveling he did in

the corporate world for

being able to be close to

home is a trade he is happy


“Everyone who was [at

the ribbon cutting], they’re

regular customers — and

I do a lot of business with

them, as well.” Bastas

said. “We feed off each

other that way.

“... You have to be [involved

with the community].

You can’t just be

here to, so to speak, take,

take, take. It’s the same

way for the community;

if they’re going to come

here, then I should help

them out if they’re having

a charity function, as well.

It all comes full circle. You

have to be a good steward

throughout your life in everything

you do.”

8 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger news

ForeverU continues to gain support after second annual gala


Sean Hastings, Contributing Editor

ForeverU founder Ryan Hesslau

got a sense of validation on

Saturday, March 14, at ForeverU’s

second annual gala.

A validation that he and his

Board of Directors at ForeverUare

on the right path. ForeverU is

a 501(c)(3) youth development

organization that empowers

youth to overcome adversity by

offering personal development

programs to 7-12 grade students. .

Through the years — starting

when Hesslau, a now 24-yearold

Mokena resident, was a

16-year-old student at Lincoln-

Way East High School — he has

been dreaming big. So big, that it

was sometimes tough for others

to dream with him.

“I’ve been told by people,

‘I don’t think you realize what

you’re doing and see the difference

you’re making,’” Hesslau

said. “I don’t sometimes and I’m

just continuing to show up each

and every day and do my very

best to bring our vision to life.”

ForeverU held its second annual

gala to help raise funds for

the new youth empowerment

center set to open in New Lenox.

The gala was made possible

by its sponsors: New Lenox

Mayor Tim Baldermann and the

Village of New Lenox were the

tribute sponsors, Sterk Family

Law Group was the invitation

sponsor, Ozinga was the centerpiece

sponsor and Bob Feldman,

of Nothing Bundt Cakes, donated


The event had more than 50

contributing organizations.

Baldermann has been a big

ForeverU supporter and continues

to see Hesslau’s dream.

“I’m really excited about them

coming to New Lenox and making

it their home,” Baldermann

said. “Ryan is an impressive

young man as well as [ForeverU’s

Board of Directors] and

volunteers. They are inspirations.

“Everyone has their difficulties

in life and young people

sometimes struggle and don’t

always have the coping mechanism

in place and can easily become

despondent and to have

a group of talented people that

young people can relate to and

there to mentor them, I can’t

think of a more worthwhile

group to get behind.”

Part of Hesslau’s speech at the

event touched upon a new way

that the community can get involved

with financially supporting

their work as a youth development


As an effort to continue their

fundraising efforts beyond the

gala, Hesslau announced ForeverU’s

new “Advocate Program,”

which is their monthly giving

project that directly supports the

youth empowerment center starting

at just $10 a month. Community

members who are interested

in becoming a ForeverU Advocate

and making a direct impact

in the lives of local youth are

encouraged to sign up by texting

“FOREVERU” to 44321.

“We hope this program will

create a unique connection between

donors and the students

we serve,” Hesslau said.

The event itself had a general

raffle, a signature raffle and a silent


All proceeds from the general

and signature raffle will be

used to provide financial aid

and scholarships to 7-12 grade

students wishing to participate

in ForeverU’s camps. All the

proceeds from the wine pull

— which featured Trails Edge

Brewing Co., Kenwood Liquors

and The Barrel Club as the sponsors

— and the silent auction

will go toward ForeverU’s plans

for the empowerment center.

The youth empowerment center

is one big piece to a puzzle

Hesslau is putting together, but

his plans are as big as they were

when he was 16. The difference

now is that people are listening

and seeing the vision he has had

all along.

Ryan Hesslau, founder of ForeverU, gives his speech at the ForeverU second annual gala held at

Tuscany Falls in Mokena Saturday, March 14. Photos by Tyler Minnesma/ForeverU

ForeverU’s Board of Directors pose for a photo during the organization’s second gala fundraiser. mokena

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 9































Frankfort 815.464.4400

New Lenox 815.485.5050











Coming Soon!


Beautiful 4 bed 2.5 bath brick Georgian. New roof, furnace,

water heaters, and stainless steel kitchen appliances.

Newer windows and ac units. Main level office and laundry

with separate dining and living room. Freshly painted!

Jeff Abbott, Broker @ (815) 277-6910


This absolutely stunning home will not last long. 5 total bed

and 4.5 bath. Just over 3 years old. Chef’s kitchen, two –

story family room. Must see finished basement that was just

completed features 2nd Kitchen, ceiling beams, reclaimed

brick baseboard, and much more!

Jeff Abbott, Broker @ (815) 277-6910


3 bedroom, 3 full baths, 3 car garage. Backyard

overlooks a pond in Nantucket lakes. The master

bedroom has a private ensuite and spacious walk-in

closets. The family offers a gas fireplace. Close to

schools, parks, and shopping. $ 310,000

Kim Phillips, Broker @ (815) 954-0650


Beautiful townhome home with main for master bedroom. Offer his and her

closets and a private master bath with a separate shower. 2 bedrooms on

the second level have there own private bathroom. Large family room has

cathedralceilingsandagas fireplace.Theupdatedkitchen has stainlesssteel

appliances and granite countertops. New hardwood floors installed in 2018.

The full basement has roughed in plumbing. This is a must-see! $274,400

Kim Phillips, Broker @ (815) 954-0650


Ranch townhome with easy access to highway and shopping.

2 bedrooms. The oversized kitchen had cathedral ceilings

with recess lighting. The living room combo with the dining

room has a large stone fireplace with tray ceilings. Full

unfinished basement has roughed in plumbing. $255,000

Kim Phillips, Broker @ (815) 954-0650


Impeccably built 4,700 sq. ft.+ McMahon custom home

with a Main Level Master, Gourmet Kitchen with Wolf &

SubZero Appliances, 2 story great room, Bonus Room

and a Full Basement. The best of the best! $859,900

Jessica Jakubowski, Broker @ (312) 810-6722


Do not miss this opportunity to customize your own

Fordon Brothers townhome in Downtown Frankfort.

3 Bedroom 2.1 Bath Luxury townhomes feature a

gorgeous open floorplan with soaring ceilings and a

main level master bedroom. Starting at $479,900

Jessica Jakubowski, Broker @ (312) 810-6722


Well cared for, one owner home on 1/2 acre fenced lot.

Firepit and above ground pool makes the outdoor fun

complete! Inside, 3 BDMS up and 2 BDMS down make

a 5 bedroom potential home! Tons of storage, family

room with fireplace, eat in kitchen, dining room. This

home has a lot to offer your growing family!

Liz Suppes, Broker @ (815) 263-8740



for making us






Perfectly located in the heart of Nelson Ridge

Neighborhood. Close to schools, bike trails and

shopping! Perfect place to call home!

Jackie Potocki, Broker@ (708) 906-8142


Full of amenities with a walk-out basement.

This property is edged into the forest providing

breathtaking views of natures landscape.

Jackie Potocki, Broker @ (708) 906-8142

Luxurious New Construction Walk Out Ranch. Ginger

Creek of Mokena. Open floor plan. Gourmet Eat In

kitchen. Large family room with vaulted ceilings

and fireplace perfect for entertaining. 3 Bedrooms,

2.5 bath. Huge walk out basement with 9’ ceilings.

Partially covered Deck off kitchen with stairs leading to

professionally landscaped exterior. $589,000

Sean Murray, Broker @ (708) 704-5510


Two First floor office spaces Approximately 1000 sq ft

- 1400 sq ft. Ready to move in. Carpeted floors, ceiling

tile, access to 2 bathrooms and extra storage space.

Kitchen and conference room. Located on South Cedar

Rd. Gross lease. NO CAM. $1400 - $1800.

Sharon Ahrweiler, Broker @ (815) 263-2844

#1 Volume and Transactions for Mokena and Frankfort as of March 1st according to MLSNI


One of a kind! Walk-out basement! Wooded

Lot. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, finished lower

level. Sit on the deck and watch the wildlife

go by! Absolutely spotless!

Gary Durish, Broker @ (815) 474-4447!


Just over an acre of beautifully landscaped property. 3

car garage. Spacious kitchen overlooks a huge deck & golf

course. Beautiful family room w/cozy fireplace. Whole house

generator. New roof. Full finished basement. Approx. 5 min to

expressway & downtown Frankfort. $379,900

Gary Durish, Broker @ (815) 474-4447!

Why rent when you can own this condo with large bedroom,

bath & garage! Or invest in this property and rent it out!

New carpeting, freshly painted, cute kitchen! Sliding

doors leads to private balcony! Separate heat controls in

all rooms to adjust as you desire! Assoc. includes water,

garbage, snow removal & lawn care! $99,500

Ann Wood, Broker @ (815) 263-8855

Custom home on 10 private acres w/partially finished

outbuilding for more living space or office! 4 BD

plus office, 2 full/3 half baths, 2 laundry rooms, 2

fireplaces, wet bar in finished basement w/game room,

hot tub, great entertaining area that walks out to your

private backyard! Granite counters, cherry cabinets,

SS appliances, too much to list! $559,400

Ann Wood, Broker @ (815) 263-8855


3 BD, 2.5 bath Ranch with Fresh Paint, Large LR & DR,

Beautiful Fireplace in Family Room, Eat-In Kitchen &

More LW Central School! MLS#10631411

Kim Van Ordstrand, Broker @ (815) 212-3565

Freshly renovated, this property has “THE

LOOK” 3 Bedroom 2.5 bath this place has

so much to offer. It’s very unique and

functional, don’t miss out!

Jackie Potocki, Broker@ (708) 906-8142


3 bedrooms, 2.5 updated bathrooms, Loft, Fireplace,

2nd floor laundry, 2 car attached garage, Close to

parks & bike path, Gorgeous!

April Blair, Broker @ (815) 954-4443


Come see this move in ready 2 story in Eagle Estates.

5 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, finished bsmt and 2 car

garage. Pool with deck and gazebo, just in time for

warm weather!

Karen Nelson, Managing Broker @ (708) 220-4788

A dream come true. 4 bedroom, 3.1 bath, full finished

basement in Frankfort with award winning schools.

Seller updated this home throughout so it’s move in

ready. MLS#1063366

Janet Hogan Cell, Broker @ (708) 257-6550

Spacious raised ranch in the heart of Frankfort

Square offers 3 bed, 1.1 bath w/ large updated eat in

kitchen w/ open concept living. Extra large rec room

w/ walkout lower level that overlooks large fenced in

backyard. A fantastic value in the Lincoln-Way school


Debbie DeGroot, Broker @ (708) 267-1767


Build Or Invest Among Upscale Homes. Just South of the

Green Garden Country Club. Cul-de-sac Location with

Conservancy Easement For Privacy. In all 3.48 Acres.

Offered at $59,000

Debbie Trento, Broker @ (815) 354-5375


Over-sized Quad level in Palmer Ranch, 4 bedrooms, 3 Baths

Formal living & dining rooms, eat in kitchen all appliances,

Huge family room with a beautiful fireplace plus finished

sub-basement. Fenced yard with a wonderful pool and large

concrete patio. $329,900

Chris Kaczmarski, Broker @ (815) 474-1450


Wonderful 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath home on a large corner of a culde-sac

lot, 2 blocks from Nelson Ridge and Nelson Prairie schools

and minutes from L-Way West High School. Huge family room with

fireplace, eat-in-kitchen granite counter tops, hardwood floors on

the main level, many updates, NEW ROOF in 2018. $364,900

Chris Kaczmarski, Broker @ (815) 474-1450


2,800 sq. ft. home features 4 bedrooms, plus main level

office, new flooring on the main level, huge family room

w/fireplace spacious kitchen, full basement, dual A/C&

furnaces recently updated, newer roof, fully fenced yard,

minutes from shopping and travel. $369,900

Chris Kaczmarski, Broker @ (815) 474-1450

10 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger mokena





CALL NOW and ask about Next Day Installation.

Iv Support Holdings LLC

500 West Putnam Ave, Greenwich, CT 06830


*Add to AT&T Unlimited &More Premium plan. Video may be ltd to SD. Must add TV benefits & Premium Add-on option at Streaming limits apply.

Content, programming and channels subj. to change. Add’l charges, usage, speed & other restr’s apply. See below for details.

AT&T UNLIMITED &MORE PREMIUM PLAN: Avail. to elig. customers only. Plan starts at $80/mo. after autopay & paperless bill discount w/in 2 bills. Enroll in both to get discount. Multiple Phone Line Discount: Monthly $15 (3 lines) or $30 (4 or more lines) discount applied to plan charge w/in 2 bills. Limits: After 22GB of data usage on a line in a bill cycle, for the remainder of the cycle, AT&T may temporarily slow data speeds on that line during

times of network congestion. Select devices only, 10/plan. See for plan details & pricing. Wireless Streaming: Plan includes Stream Saver which limits wireless streaming to max of 1.5 Mbps (to stream in HD (up to 1080p) when avail., turn Stream Saver off). Details at Streaming ability & resolution vary and are affected by other factors. Tethering/Mobile Hotspot: Includes up to 15GB per line/mo. After 15GB,

tethering speed will be slowed to max of 128 Kbps except for Connected Cars. WATCHTV: Add to &More Premium plan. To add, you must create account at, verify your wireless account & then you can access through WatchTV app or compatible browser. May require verification via text msg. Req’s compatible device (sold separately). WatchTV subject to its own terms & conditions, see for

details. Included channels, programming & content subj. to change & benefit may be terminated. Lost Eligibility: If you cancel elig. wireless svc, you lose access to WatchTV. Limits: Access to one WatchTV acct/wireless acct. Limit 1 concurrent stream with WatchTV. May not be stackable. Use only in the DCA. CHOOSE ONE: Elig. customers can add to AT&T Unlimited &More Premium for no extra charge. Use only in the DCA. Must create acct at,

verify your wireless acct & then select your one add-on. Music apps not avail. to Puerto Rico or U.S. Virgin Islands customers. May require verification via text msg. Req’s compatible device (sold separately). May require acct creation and acceptance of third-party terms & conditions for certain add-on choices. Access to add-on is for 12 months; then may select new add-on option for next 12 months. Customers w/ elig. AT&T TV svc also get Premium

movie channel selection on that platform, which is billed & credited w/in 2 bills. Premium movie channel access ltd to WatchTV app only for customers in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands, and for certain MDU customers. Included channels, programming and/or content subject to change and benefit may be terminated. Lost Eligibility: Upon cancellation of elig. wireless plan you may lose access. Limits: Access to one add-on per elig. wireless account. May

not be stackable. AT&T employees, retirees & IMO consumers are not eligible for the autopay & paperless bill discount, adding WatchTV at no extra charge or the &More Premium add-on. Offer, programming, pricing, channels, terms & restrictions subject to change and may be discontinued at any time without notice. GEN. WIRELESS: Subj. to Wireless Customer Agmt at Svc not for resale. Credit approval, deposit, active and other fees, monthly

& other charges per line apply. See plan details & for more. Coverage & svc not avail. everywhere. International & domestic off-net data may be at 2G speeds. Other restr’s apply & may result in svc termination. AT&T svc is subj. to AT&T network management policies, see for details. HBO,® Cinemax® and related channels and service marks are the property of Home Box Office, Inc. SHOWTIME® is a registered

trademark of Showtime Networks Inc., a CBS company. You must be a SHOWTIME subscriber to get SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and watch programs online. STARZ® and related channels and service marks are the property of Starz Entertainment, LLC. Visit for airdates/times. Amazon, Amazon Music, and all related logos and motion marks are trademarks of, Inc. or its affiliates. The Walking Dead: ©2018 AMC Network Entertainment LLC. All

Rights Reserved. ©2018 Viacom International Inc. All Rights Reserved. ©2018 AT&T Intellectual Property. All Rights Reserved. AT&T, Globe logo, DIRECTV and all other DIRECTV marks contained herein are trademarks of AT&T Intellectual Property and/or AT&T affiliated companies. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. mokena

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 11

Experience. Dedication. Honesty. Integrity.

These words represent the core values of my real estate business. My intense loyalty to my clients, coupled with good, old

fashioned hard work, has earned me a top producer position at Baird & Warner for the last 15 years! I educate my sellers on

the Mokena market and put their listing a notch above the rest! Let me tailor a custom plan to meet YOUR needs and make

your next move SEAMLESS.







• FREE $500 LOWE’S GIFT CARD with any closed listing or

purchase! Must present this ad

Remember, choosing the right realtor DOES make a difference ... Call me today; I will get the job done!

Majority of my listings sell in 30 days or less!

Maryanne Schultz

CHECK OUT MY ZILLOW REVIEWS! • B.A. Marketing/Columbia College • Exceptional Customer Service

Find Out Your Home value Today!

12 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger school

Call today to connect with a



the Mokena messenger’s

Standout Student

Sponsored by Marquette Bank

UNDERSTAND YOUR OPTIONS — Learn the different types of

senior care available

LOCAL KNOWLEDGE — Our Advisors have the local knowledge to

help you hand pick communities in your area

SIMPLIFY — Your dedicated Advisor will simplify your search and

help schedule tours

There’s no cost to you!

(855) 864-1539

! We’re paid by our partner communities

A Place for Mom has helped over a million families find

senior living solutions that meet their unique needs.

Our Advisors are trusted, local experts who can help

you understand your options.

Joan Lunden, journalist, best-selling author, former host of

Good Morning America and senior living advocate.

22nd Century Media has an opportunity available for a

Digital Marketing Sales Director

to join its growing sales team. The position would be responsible for the sales of various

digital marketing solutions, such as reputation management, social media marketing,

and targeted display ads.

The Digital Marketing Sales Director will work with an established sales team to sell our

marketing services to new and existing clients!

The ideal candidate would possess an entrepreneurial spirit and a drive to work with

our sales team as well as small and medium-sized businesses. Candidates should

be comfortable with spending large amounts of their time calling existing and

prospective clients to help them find their most effective advertising solutions. You will

also be expected to be the liaison between clients and getting them on board with

our digital marketing services.

This position offers a base salary plus commission. A comprehensive benefits package

is also available.

What you are responsible for:

- Proactively prospecting and qualifying potential new advertising accounts

- Going with sales reps on calls to existing clients to sell them IMC services

- Developing and maintaining client relationships

- Working closely with clients to develop effective advertising campaigns

- Working with decision-makers to obtain customer commitment

- Working with our digital marketing team and clients to make sure their campaigns

are successful

- Onboarding new clients and be a liaison between our marketing and the client.

- Achieving and exceeding weekly revenue targets


Ideal candidates will possess 1-3 years of experience in sales, digital marketing or social

media marketing. Must have a strong work ethic and ability to work independently

as well as with a team. Excellent communication skills, time-management, and

interpersonal skills required.

If interested, Email us at

No phone calls, please. EOE

David Hinkle,

Mokena Junior

High seventh


What is one essential you

must have when studying?

I like studying in peace

and quiet. When it is quiet

I can focus better and finish

my work efficiently.

What do you like to do

when not in school or


I like to play with my

siblings when I’m not at

school. I have a younger

brother and sister. I really

care about my siblings and

love spending time with


When is your dream job?

My dream job is to become

a baker. I am really

good at baking muffins

and cakes. I really like

baking muffins for breakfast,

as well as making


What is one thing people

don’t know about you?

One thing people don’t

know about me is I’m

good at cooking and baking.

I can make homemade

pizzas, tacos and crescent

rolls. And, of course, I can

bake muffins and cakes.

School News

Ball State University

Mokena student makes

dean’s list

Cassie Mikulich was

named to the College of

Health’s dean’s list for the

fall 2019 semester at Ball

Whom do you look up to

and why?

I look up to Domanic.

He is my best friend and I

like playing with him. We

always work together to

finish projects and enjoy

each others company.

What’s your favorite class

and why?

My favorite class is

history because I’m really

into history, especially

topics that involve wars

from the past.

What’s one thing that

stands out about your


One thing that stands out

about my school to me is

how helpful and nice my

teachers are, as well as the


What extracurricular(s) do

State University.

Providence Catholic High


Mokena students make

Students of the Month

Elisebeth Gilles and

Photo submitted

you wish your school had?

I wish the school had

a badminton intermural


If you could change one

thing about school what

would it be?

I would make advisory

longer so I can always finish

my homework before I

get home.

What’s your best memory

from school?

My best memory of

school is when I started

sixth grade and went to

the wrong classrooms. It’s

something I look back on

and laugh about.

Standout Student is a weekly

feature for The Mokena Messenger.

Nominations come

from Mokena-area schools.

Trevor Sojka were named

Students of the Month for

February at Providence

Catholic High School.

School News is compiled by

Editor T.J. Kremer III, tj@ community

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 13

Mokena fire receives 210

calls for service in February



Submitted by Mokena Fire Protection


The Mokena Fire Protection District responded

to a total of 210 calls of service

for the month of February, including the


• Emergency medical response - 106

• Auto accident response - 23

• Request for citizen assist - 18

• Carbon monoxide alarm - 5

• Commercial fire alarm - 25

• Fire investigation - 2

• Mutual aid response - 14

• Residential fire response - 1

• Structure fire - 2

• Commercial trouble alarm - 14

For more information about Mokena Fire

Protection District, visit

• Lifelong resident of the

LincolnWay area

• Full time realtor since 1992

• Remodeling & staging


• Competitive commission rates

• Professional photography

included with all listings

(815) 954-4443 Cell


and Hobbs

Submitted by

Mokena Police

Chief Steve

Vaccaro and his

bride, Emily



After serving

our residents

each day, Chief

Steve comes

home to these

very spoiled (by

Emily) pups,


(front) and

Hobbs. They

are happy to

play ball and

bark, followed

by an evening of


Want to see your

pet featured as The

Mokena Messenger’s

Pet of the

Week? Send your

pet’s photo and a few sentences explaining why your pet is outstanding to Editor T.J. Kremer

III at or 11516 W. 183rd St., Office Condo 3, Suite SW, Orland

Park, IL 60467.





10 Units from the $240’s

14 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger news


From Page 3

dent Barb Rains to close

D161 schools for student


• March 17-30 in accordance

with the directive

provided by the governor

of Illinois;

• March 16 in alignment

with the closure schedule

for LW D210; and

• March 30-April 3 in

accordance with the D161

2019-2020 school calendar.

Additionally, the district

in an email stated that from

March 16-27, it is providing

continuity to the learning

process, with the goal

being “to provide meaningful

independent activities

for students to continue

practicing at home.”

“We have created a

choice board for students

to use,” the email stated.

“Students can select the

digital and/or non-electronic

activities they would

like to complete. These

items should be considered

additional practice of skills

already learned within the


The link plan was to be

communicated at 3 p.m.

Monday, March 16. Parents

can also pick up a paper

copy of the grade level

packet for their student

from the Mary Drew Administrative

Center, 20100

S. Spruce Drive in Frankfort,

from 9 a.m.-noon


Community Park District

Mokena Community

Park District has cancelled

or postponed a number of

its programs and events.

In a statement on its

website, MCPD told park

district members, “Our

focus is on public safety

during this period of critical

health concern for our

community,” and went on

to provide a list of postponements

and/or cancellations,

which include:

• All scheduled programs

and events utilizing

district parks or facilities

with over 250 attendees

between today and May 1

will be postponed or cancelled.

• All park district programs,

events and leagues

(with the exception of

classes included in Oaks

Fitness Membership)

scheduled to begin between

today and April 1

are either postponed or

cancelled. Registrants will

be notified. Current programs

are continuing as


• The Oaks Recreation

& Fitness Center will remain

open during regularly

scheduled hours. Programs

and services will be

altered with the safety and

welfare of our patrons and

staff in mind.

MCPD also announced

that preschool classes

would be closed March 16

- April 5; Daddy-Daughter

Dance was postponed to

May 30; Flashlight Egg

Hunt was currently postponed

to April 9; open

gym has been cancelled

until further notice; and

there will be no child care

in the fitness center until

further notice.

Mokena Community Public

Library District

Additionally, The Mokena

Community Public

Library District has cancelled

all programs and

events out of “an overabundance

of care and

caution,” according to a

public service announcement

posted to the library’s

website Thursday,

March 12.

Mokena library Executive

Director Cathy Palmer

said that library services,

such as book rentals, are

still available.

Palmer said that the library

is currently working

on plans for the extended

future, and that the library

would keep people informed

of any additional

changes as needed.

Senior Services of Will


Senior Services of Will

County announced that it

is suspending group activities

and programs until

further notice; however,

individual services for seniors

— such as benefit

assistance, tax preparation

and Benefit Access Application

applications will

continue without interruption,

according to a press

release sent by Senior Services.

Forest Preserve District of

Will County

The Forest Preserve

District of Will County

is canceling all programs

and workdays through

April 3, and closing all

but one visitor center due

to health concerns related

to the new coronavirus.

Sugar Creek remains

open. Forest preserves,

trails and all six dog parks

will remain open; however,

members of the public

are being advised to use

their best judgment when

considering a visit to a

dog park.

Additional information

As of press time, there

have been 105 cases of

COVID-19, the disease

caused by the coronavirus,

reported in Illinois,

according to the Illinois

Department of Public

Health’s website. One

case has been reported in

Will County, according

to the IDPH. There have

been 3,487 cases reported

across the U.S., with 68

deaths attributed to the

disease, according to the


Stay up to date with the latest

information at Mokena

PDH BUILDERS INC. Stonebridge Woods of Homer Glen




13935 S. Stonebridge Dr, Homer Glen, IL




Call Us at (708) 949-8244

Visit Us Online at







619,900 mokena

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 15


Your Virtual Change Jar

Fahan II

We’ll round up your debit card purchases to

the nearest dollar, and transfer the difference to the

LincolnWay Community Bank account you choose.

Visit to learn more

Large 1 st Floor Master Suite with Walk-in Closet and Bathroom

3 Bedroom, Plus Loft and 2 1/2 Bath

Spacious Living Room with a Fireplace - Chicago Water

Close to Major Interstates (I-80 & I-355)

Quiet Secluded Neighborhood Backs Up to a Natural Setting

For 50 years Crana Homes commitment to complete

customer satisfaction has been summed up as

“Pride of Workmanship - Pride of Ownership”


19102 S. 88th Ave.



US30 at Marley Rd.


Since 1970

Contact the Sales Center

for details at


and visit online any time at

Decorated Models are Open Mon-Thu 10am-4pm Sat/Sun Noon-4pm Friday by Appt.

Exit I-80 at La Grange Road south for just under two miles to

La Porte Road and turn east for one-half mile to Brookside Meadows.


16 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger news


D135 student asked to

stay home following trip

to country considered highrisk

for travel

Orland School District

135 has confirmed a student

was asked to stay

home for two weeks after

returning from a country

with a “Level 3” travel

warning amid international

coronavirus concerns.

The district published

a letter to the community,

signed by Interim Superintendent

John Bryk on

March 9, saying that “early

last week” it was alerted

to news that a student traveled

to a Level 3 warning

country, but “did not spend

time in an area of quarantine.”

The district asked

that student “as soon as the

school was alerted to this

travel” to remain at home

for 14 days in accordance

with guidance provided by

the Illinois Department of

Public Health.

The district emphasized

that no student is “being

assessed or treated for the

coronavirus” in the letter,

but noted a building

has since been sanitized.

District 135 spokesperson

Jen Obright confirmed

the student was “in attendance

prior to the building


administration being notified

about the location of


The letter did not state

which building within the

district that is, and Obright

did not provide more information

when asked which

school was involved.

Bryk did not respond

to an email or phone call

seeking that information.

The letter also noted “as

an additional precautionary

measure,” students in

grades K-5 will be eating

their lunch prior to recess

to allow them “the opportunity

to wash their hands

prior to eating lunch and

after recess.”

Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor.

For more, visit OP


Fourth man arrested in

November abduction case

A fourth man was arrested

March 10 in the case

of an alleged abduction of

a woman in Frankfort on

Nov. 16.

David Gilmore, 20, was

arrested at his residence at

132 E. 119th Street in Chicago

by the U.S. Marshals

Great Lakes Regional Fugitive

Task Force, according

to a Frankfort Police

Department press release.

He has been charged

with aggravated vehicular

hijacking, aggravated

kidnapping, aggravated

robbery, armed robbery

and aggravated unlawful


On Nov. 16, a woman

told police she was robbed

at gunpoint at the ATM at

the Chase bank in Frankfort.

She reported a man

approached her with a

gun, accessed her accounts

through the ATM and then

left with her in her vehicle,

making several stops to

acquire additional money

and items.

Three other suspects in

the case were arrested Dec.

18 by the U.S. Marshals

Great Lakes Regional Fugitive

Task Force and the

Chicago Police Department.

Justin A. Brown, 20, of

312 W. 34th St. in Steger;

Dontavious A. Harvey, 20,

of 14341 Drexel Ave. in

Dolton; and Terwon Matthews,

20, of 11355 S. Forest

Ave. in Chicago; each

were charged with aggravated

kidnapping, aggravated

robbery and armed


Frankfort Deputy Police

Chief Kevin Keegan

said those three are still in

custody at the Will County




The Mokena Messenger


708.326.9170 ext. 31


Adult Detention Facility

and awaiting trial.

Reporting by Steve Millar,

Contributing Editor. For

more, visit FrankfortStation.



Tinley VFW’s first

Veteran’s Patriot 5K run,

walk set for April 5

The Bremen VFW Post

2791 Auxiliary is always

on the lookout for new

events that can help bring

awareness and funds to the

VFW Post, and its veteran

and military programs.

Among the newest events

added to its calendar is the

upcoming Veteran’s Patriot

5K Run/Walk.

The race is to take place

at 8 a.m. Sunday, April 5

— rain or shine — at the

Oak Park Avenue Metra

Train Station. Racers of all

ages and abilities are invited

to participate, and all of

the funds will support the

VFW and its veteran and

military programs.

“It’s a nice, smooth path,

right through the neighborhood,”

event chairperson

Rebecca Sorenson said.

“It’s not very busy, so it’ll

be easy to go back and


Sorenson said she does

not have any specific fundraising

goals for this event,

but she is hoping for the

best, noting that she plans

for the 5K to become an

annual fundraiser for the


Those interested in participating

in the 5K run/

walk can pre-register online

through March 15



register for $25. Preregistration

includes a T-

shirt, pre-race snacks and

water, and post-race food

and beverages. Registration

will be open in person

through April 5 at the

VFW post for $30, with no

guarantee of a T-shirt.

Reporting by Amanda Del

Buono, Freelance Reporter.

For more, visit Tinley


Final site approval nearing

for Arby’s construction

amid resident concerns

The site plans for the Arby’s

coming to New Lenox

have drawn concern from

residents near the location.

The Arby’s, set to be

built at the corner of Route

30 and Tonell Avenue, will

include the demolition of a

single-family home that is

boarded up, and back up to

three residential lots.

The board all voted in

favor — minus the votes

of Doug Finnegan and David

Butterfield, who were

absent — to approve an

ordinance authorizing the

execution of an annexation

agreement at the southwest

corner of Route 30

and Tonell Avenue; an ordinance

annexing certain

property at southwest corner

of Route 30 and Tonell

Avenue; an ordinance rezoning

the property; and

an ordinance granting variances

at the southwest corner

of Route 30 and Tonell


While the board voted

to approve all of the ordinances,

it is still working

with the residents’ concerns

for the placement of

the dumpster for Arby’s,

which in its current plans

is near a residential property.

Resident Donna Skiniotes

asked that it be

moved to the west side of

the parking lot from the

south to avoid smell and

the noise it may produce.

Robin Ellis, director of

community development,

said moving the dumpster

would impact trucks’ ability

to access the dumpster,

as well as keep the fire lane


She added they will not

know if it is possible until

a “full-blown geometric

site plan” is finalized.

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit New


Village invites residents to

give input on community


As the Village of Homer

Glen begins a rebranding

phase, residents are being

asked to articulate what

they think is the soul of

their Village.

Merje Design, a Pennsylvania-based

design and

branding firm, asked various

questions to residents

at a public presentation

and workshop on March

12 at Village Hall.

John Bosio, principal of

Merje Design, said these

community feedback sessions

help poll locals on

how they think the Village

should present itself.

“It sets a tone for the design

process,” Bosio said.

“It gives us an idea of what

to stay away from and

to shape what the brand

should look like in the future.”

Merje set up posters with

various images, ranging

from simple textures, font

styles, images of activities

and celebrities. Two-dozen

residents and Village employees

filtered through,

putting green dots on images

they thought represented

the spirit of Homer

Glen and putting red dots

on those that did not.

John McGary, a longtime

resident, said he

thinks the Village should

go a more traditional route.

“I’m an old guy,” Mc-

Please see nfyn, 17 sound off

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 17

Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From as of

Monday, March 16.

1. Mokena Board of Trustees —

Parking obstacle overcome for

proposed taco restaurant

2. Bringing back the love — Pride Fest

to make return to Mokena

3. Area events being postponed,

cancelled until further notice

4. Parents not allowed at Special

Games opening ceremonies because

of coronavirus concern

5. Gov. orders schools shuttered

Become a member:

From the Editor

On facing the new normal together

TJ Kremer iii

There is no denying

that we are now in

uncharted territory

with the global pandemic

caused by the coronavirus.

We at The Messenger

are working hard to keep

all our residents informed

via our website and social

media platforms — our

website at Mokena

virus, on Facebook at @


and Twitter at @Mokena

Messenger — with the

most up to date information

available. We want to

make sure that you, our

readers, have the facts as

they pertain to this evolving


School closings, restaurants

forbidden from

allowing dine-in patrons,

and a whole slew of regular

events and programs

postponed or outright

canceled have had a

significant impact on our

daily lives.

Perhaps now more

than ever we will need

to depend on each other

to remain safe and make

sure our neighbors have

the resources they need to

get by during the coming

weeks ahead, especially

those most at risk of

contracting COVID-19:

the elderly and those

with pre-existing medical


I have already begun

to see members of our

community extending

a hand to others who

may be in need, and that

sincerely warms my heart.

It is my hope that as this

pandemic continues to

affect our daily lives that

more members of the

community will also reach

out to their neighbors. I

am fairly certain that they


To that end, we at The

Messenger want to know

how Mokenians are fairing

during these trying times.

Know of someone who is

going above and beyond

to help others? Let us

know. Heard of some local

business participating in

some civic goodness? Let

us know. See some people

finding interesting ways

to beat the boredom that

may settle in with so many

things being canceled or

postponed? Let us know.

With your help, dear

readers, we can fulfill our

duty together to keep each

other informed of not only

the dangers around us, but

also of the many, many

good things people will

no doubtedly be doing, as


“Another chamber member found their

shamrock on our Front Street window! Roy

Lux at Guaranteed Rate. And that means

one more dollar will be donated to NAWS

Humane Society of Illinois from Angle

Drone Solutions Inc! #chamberlife #downtownmokena”

Mokena Chamber of Commerce posted this

to its Facebook page Saturday, March 14.

Like The Mokena Messenger:

“The Tommy Schumann Award honors

Lincoln-Way Central student Tommy

Schumann and his love of Special Games.

Each school nominates a student to receive

this honor! #lwsg20”

@LWDistrict210 posted this to its Twitter

account Thursday, March 12.

Follow The Mokena Messenger: @mokenamessenger


From Page 16

Gary said. “I’m not for the

avant-garde stuff. We’re

not cutting-edge as a community.

I just want something

that’ll catch your

eye, but not shock you.”

Most of what Merje has

seen so far indicates most

of Homer Glen shares

McGary’s ideas about the

branding direction.

“In Homer, it’s really

about the natural environment,”

Bosio said. “Community,

family friendly,

nature — these are the elements

that we’re hearing

about the most.”

Reporting by Benjamin

Conboy, Assistant Editor. For

more, visit HomerHorizon


City officials address rise

in vehicle crimes

As a wave of car burglaries

and thefts has

swept over Lockport and

the rest of the Southwest

suburbs, police are now

warning residents that the

criminals are highly organized

and pose a serious

threat to public safety.

“This is the crime of the

area right now,” Lockport

Chief of Police Terry Lemming

said. “These are different

kinds of criminals.

The evidence we’ve seen

so far is that a lot of them

are armed.

“The truth is, we anticipate

something really bad

happening here, like a bad

crash, an innocent person

getting hurt. These aren’t

nice people. Many of them

are street gang members

with long criminal histories.”

Lemming cited intelligence

that suggests there

may be up to 47 different

burglary crews in the Chicago

suburbs from Lake

County to the Indiana border.

He said the individuals

committing the burglaries

have been caught on

doorbell cameras “opening

the [car] doors with one

hand holding a gun in the

other.” He added that they

are “prepared to confront

someone coming out of a


“We’re all frustrated

with it,” Mayor Steve

Streit said. “Everytime

we hear about this, it’s

pretty maddening. But we

haven’t been getting hit as

hard as some of the other

cities along I-80.”

Making it more difficult

to get rid of these criminals

is the fact that they

are so successful in finding

unlocked cars.

Reporting by Benjamin

Conboy, Assistant Editor. For

more, visit LockportLegend

Sound Off Policy

Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from

22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole.

The Mokena Messenger encourages readers to write letters to Sound

Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be

published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone

number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited

to 400 words. The Mokena Messenger reserves the right to edit letters.

Letters become property of The Mokena Messenger. Letters that

are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Mokena

Messenger. Letters can be mailed to: The Mokena Messenger, 11516

West 183rd Street, Unit SW Office Condo #3, Orland Park, Illinois,

60467. Fax letters to (708) 326-9179 or e-mail to tj@mok

18 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger mokena

SAVE BIG with Lincoln-Way Realty

Proudly serving Chicago Southland

and Northwest Indiana!

(708) 479-6355

Joseph Siwinski

Designated Managing Broker & Owner

Buying or Selling? Team Siwinski is here for You!

11104 Front Street (Unit 2E), Mokena, IL

10800 W. 133rd Ave (Unit B), Cedar Lake, IN

Indiana 219-232-3010 Mokena 708-479-6355







New Lenox, IL

• Offered at $329,900

• 3 Bedrooms, 3.1 Baths

608 Joliet Hwy.

• All brick - custom ranch!

• Across from park/playground!

New Lenox, IL

• Offered at $333,900

• 4 Bedrooms, 3.1 Baths

2802 Shannon Ln.

• Beautifully Updated!

• Awesome Backyard!

Frankfort, IL

• Offered at $383,900

• 6 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths

206 Hamilton Ave.

• Impeccable 2 Story!

• Oversized yard with pool!

Mokena, IL

• Offered at $389,900

• 4 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths

11520 Plattner Dr.

• Custom Quad Level!

• Serene Wooded Lot!

Mokena, IL

• Offered at $399,900

• 4 Bedrooms, 2.2 Baths

19332 Lancaster Dr.

• Beautiful 2 Story!

• Half Acre lot in Grasmere!

Mokena, IL

• Offered at $459,900

• 3 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths

19912 Golden Oak Ln.

• Beautiful Custom Ranch!

• The Oaks Subdivision!



Frankfort, IL

• Offered at $589,000

• 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths

20479 Magnolia Ct.

• Gorgeous Custom home!

• Overlooks Serene Pond!

Frankfort, IL 22844 Lakeview Estates Blvd.

• Offered at $649,900

• Gorgeous 5 Bed Home!

• Overlooks Scenic Pond!

• Finished Walkout Basement!



New Lenox, IL

• Offered at $290,000

• 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths


1101 Hillside Dr.

• Finished Basement!

• Over Half Acre Lot!





Mokena, IL

• Offered at $314,900

• 3 Bedrooms, 2.2 Baths


11178 188th Pl.

• Stunning Townhome!

• Custom & Updated Finishes!

St. Anne, IL

• Scenic Views

• 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths

320 River Run Dr.

• Beautiful Ranch Duplex!

• Open Floor plan!

Tinley Park, IL

• 3 Bedrooms, 1 Bath

• Spacious Ranch Home!

17404 71st Ct.

• Convenient Location!

• 2 Car Detached Garage

New Lenox

• 2 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths

• Serene Pond Views!

668 Grace Ct.

• Finished walkout basement!

• Bluestone Bay Subdivision!

Tinley Park, IL

• 5 Bedrooms, 3.1 Baths

• Immaculate Home!

7911 Lakeside Dr.

• Related Living Suite!

• Backs to open land!

Frankfort, IL

• Build your dream home!

• Unsurpassed ¾ Acre Lot

231 Oak St.

• Historic Downtown Frankfort!

• Fully Improved & Build Ready!

Tinley Park, IL 19542 Brookridge Dr.

• 4 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths

• Huge Updated Kitchen!

• Finished Basement w/Bar!

• Awesome Fenced-In Yard!







New Lenox, IL

• 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths

• Custom 2 Story!

34 Warren Ave.

• Serene Wooded Lot!

• Two - 3 Car Garages

Mokena, IL

• Custom 6 Bedroom Home

• Finished Walkout Basement!

11529 Swinford Ln.

• Backs to Forest Preserve!

• Old Castle Woods Subd

Mokena, IL

• 6 Bedrooms, 5 Baths

• Stunning Custom Home!

11151 203rd St.

• Finished Walkout Basement!

• Gorgeous 1.75 Acre Lot!

Westmont, IL

• 6 Bedrooms, 3.1 Baths

• Custom 2 Story!

412 Kristin St.

• Finished Basement!

• HinsdaleCentralHighSchool!


• Offered at $349,900

• Updated Ranch Building!

19420 Wolf Rd.

• Over 2800 Sq. Ft!

• 1/2 Acre & Broker Owned!


• Offered at $299,900

• Over 2200 Sq Ft!

19430 Wolf Rd.

• High Traffic Visibility!

• Updated & Broker Owned!

*Cooperative Commission and other restrictions may apply. Listing fee is applicable on primary residence only. The fee is not an “upfront fee” it is payable at closing.

Lincoln-Way Realty Inc. is proud to be an affiliated business with MBLO Funding Inc. an Illinois and Indiana residential mortgage licensee NMLS #223738, Joseph Siwinski NMLS #223856.

Turning on the

juice Columnist Matt

Galik explores the history of

electricity in Mokena, Page 24

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 |

New ownership, classic

Italian Ambrosino’s continues

to serve up Italian traditions, Page 26

Mokena resident

Judy Stoll has a

collection of coins

appraised by Ron

Beckstrom of

Golden Rule Coins

during a coin

appraisal event

at Old Plank Trail

Community Bank

in Mokena on

Friday, March 13.

T.J. Kremer III/22nd

Century Media

Residents get free coin appraisals, Page 21

20 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger faith

Faith Briefs

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th

Ave., Mokena)

Guest Speaker

7 p.m. March 22-24.

International Catholic

speaker, educator and

author Katie Prejean Mc-

Grady will present at the

St. Mary Mokena Parish

Mission in the church. All

members of the community

are welcome to her

entertaining and uplifting


Church Service

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8

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

and 6 p.m. Sundays


Wednesdays following

8 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Young at Heart Senior


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)

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,


Bundles of Love

7 p.m. the second and

fourth Tuesday of each

month. Enjoy fun and

fellowship while making

baby quilts for infants

baptized at St. John’s and

lap quilts for shut-ins.

Mokena United Methodist Church (10901

LaPorte Road, Mokena)


10:15 a.m. Sundays.

For more information, call

(708) 479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays at the





Advertise your

Contact the

It waseasyto

decide on cremation.

Now, what aboutthe

rest of thedecisions?

Colonial Chapel

Funeral Home

Private, On-site Crematory

15525 S. 73rd Ave.

(155th/Wheeler Dr. &Harlem)

Orland Park, Illinois

Family owned for 40 Years


The Cremation Experts.



church. For more information,

call (708) 479-


Community Prayer


2:30 p.m. every fourth



9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month.

Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information,

email marleycommu

Junior High Youth Group

6-7:30 p.m. Fridays.

For more information,

email marleycommunity

Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in

the church basement. All

men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Church Services & Activities

are Suspended until

Palm Sunday, April 5.



.org for updates and to

View Pastor Aaron’s Video


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-


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-


Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. Sundays.

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays. All

are welcome.

Women’s Bible Study

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

and 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays.

Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route

6, Mokena)

Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Morning Worship

10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Evening Worship

6 p.m. Sundays.

Weekday Worship

7 p.m. Wednesdays.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor T.J.

Kremer at tj@mokenames or call (708)

326-9170 ext. 29. Deadline

is noon Thursday one week

prior to publication. life & arts

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 21

Coin appraiser helps know heads from tails


Residents get free

coin collection


T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Banks are usually a

place where one goes to

deposit money, sometimes

in the form of accumulated

loose change

that has been collecting in

a jar or some other receptacle

over time. It is not

often that people end up

discovering that the loose

change is far more valuable

than its face value.

But, at Old Plank Trail

Community Bank in Mokena,

that is exactly what

people came to find out

Friday, March 13.

Ron Beckstrom, owner

of Golden Rule Coins,

was on hand to offer people

free appraisals of their

coin collections.

Beckstrom said he began

collecting coins as a

child. Then, after spending

25 years in the corporate

world, he decided

to see if he could turn his

avocation into a vocation.

“In about 2006, I started

working with banks in Illinois

and Wisconsin,”

said Beckstrom, who is a

member of the Community

Bankers Association

of Illinois and the Wisconsin

Bankers associations.

“I guess the reason

I did that was I figured if

I’m not a collector and

I have some coins that

grandpa gave me, and

there are some coins that I

don’t know what they are,

what they’re worth, where

to go, who to trust, where

would I have confidence

that I was dealing with

someone who’s reputable.

And, so, people have

Terry Prokop, of Mokena, shows of what could be an ancient coin of unknown origin during a free coin appraisal

event at Old Plank Trail Community Bank in Mokena Friday, March 13. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

confidence in banks, and

that they’re going to refer

them to someone who is

diligent and ethical and

conscientious and all that


Beckstrom prides himself

on being truthful and

offering fair prices to his

customers, which he has

been doing for the past 14


Judy Stoll, of Mokena,

came to have the collection

of her late husband,

Allan, looked at. Allan

passed away two years

ago. Judy said that he

“fooled around” with coin

collecting, and after he

passed, Judy was left with

his collection, which began

in the early 1960s.

The couple was rolling

up pennies to deposit

at the bank when Allan

noticed an unusual penny

and decided to go back

through all the previously

rolled pennies, about $30

worth, to look for more.

“He enjoyed collecting

[coins],” Judy said.

“It took up a lot of his

time, mostly by himself.

So, now this stuff is in a

safety deposit box, and

young kids don’t seem

to be interested in things

like collections. So I was

just curious; I don’t know

what to do with it.”

Judy said she doubted

the collection would be

worth anything but wanted

to check just in case

she ends up sitting on a

small fortune.

Terry Prokop, of Mokena,

showed up with a

wooden box filled with

what he hoped might be

full of treasure. And, as

it turned out, there were

many silver coins that

Beckstrom purchased

from Prokop — to the

tune of more than $800.

Prokop said he plans

to use that money to help

offset some medical expenses

related to a heart

transplant he had, which

requires him to make regular


“It costs me money every

time I go,” he said.

“I’m 73 now. I’m running

out of money. So, I said,

‘Well, let me see if I can

get rid of this.’”

Prokop said he has been

collecting coins for 52

years, as long as he has

been married. His wife

got him started, as she

worked in gas stations

and would come across all

sorts of interesting coins

while she worked.

One of the coins Prokop

brought in appeared

to be an ancient coin of

unknown origin, so Beckstrom

advised Prokop to

take the mysterious coin

to a coin dealer in downtown

Chicago to get a

more accurate appraisal.

“This could be worth

a lot of money,” Prokop


And although rare coins

are valuable precisely because

they are rare, sometimes

Beckstrom comes

across some hidden gems.

Beckstrom said that

one time while he was

at a bank in Wisconsin a

couple came in with a rubber

tub of coins that had

been acquired as part of

an inheritance. In that tub

contained what turned out

to be a whopper of a find.

“[I was] looking

through the tub, and there

was a little bit of value

here and there, and then

I was like, ‘OK, I have

to sit down for this one,”

Beckstrom said.

What he discovered

was the couple had a $20

gold piece from 1904 that

had very low mintage and

very few still left out in

the world.

“That coin wound up being

worth about $35,000,”

Beckstrom said. “... It was

a really happy day for her

and her husband.”

Please see coin, 24

22 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger mokena


Athens • Mykonos • Santorini

10 days, departs March - September 2020




1,549 *

Go back in time for a 10-day trip through the heart of ancient Greece. Start with 3 fascinating

days in Athens, where you will enjoy visits to the Parthenon, the Acropolis and Acropolis

Museum, and more, after meeting your fellow travelers at a delicious welcome dinner. Then

it’s on to 2 of the most popular Greek islands—striking Mykonos, famous for its windmills,

whitewashed buildings and domed churches; and Santorini, named by numerous publications

as the world’s top island. Return to Athens by ferry for your final night in Greece.



2,349 *



Oahu • Maui • Hawaii • Kaui

12 days, departs year-round

Discover Hawaii on this island-hopping cruise tour. Spend 7 nights aboard Norwegian

Cruise Line’s renovated Pride of America and enjoy freestyle cruising at its finest.

Experience the lush Iao Valley on Maui, the beauty and charm of Hilo, Kona’s coffee-rich

“Gold Coast,” and Kauai’s spectacular Na Pali coast and Waimea Canyon. Your land tour

includes Pearl Harbor and Honolulu city tours, and time to relax on world-famous Waikiki

Beach. Guided on Oahu by our friendly Tour Directors—your local experts.




1,749 *


1,549 *


1,499 *


2,099 *


1,299 *





Las Vegas • Grand Canyon • Bryce Canyon • Zion •

Arches • Capitol Reef National Park • and more!

10 days, departs May - September 2020

Prepare to be awed as you experience the stunningly red rocks of these 6 iconic southwestern

national parks. Formed by the elements over countless centuries, these natural treasures are still

grand enough to make our jaws drop. Experience several of the most popular National Parks in

America, traveling through deserts, forests, mountains, and to the very edge of one of the natural

wonders of the world.



Seattle • Vancouver • Ketchikan • Juneau • Skagway •

Glacier Bay National Park • Anchorage • and more

12 days, departs May - September 2020

Enjoy a cruise & tour between Seattle and Alaska including 7 nights aboard Holland

America Line’s ms Westerdam and 4 nights on land. You’ll cruise the Gulf of Alaska and

the Inside Passage—a sea lane teeming with marine wildlife, where you’ll pass glaciers,

mountains, and lush forests, with stops in Ketchikan, Skagway and magnificent Glacier

Bay. On land, you’ll go deep into Denali National Park, tour Anchorage, and see the Alaska

Wildlife Conservation Center.



Promo code N7017

CALL 1-844-267-2135

*Prices are per person based on double occupancy plus up to $299 in taxes & fees. Cruise pricing based on lowest cabin category after Instant Rebate is applied. Single supplement and season surcharges may apply. Add-on airfare available. Onboard Credit requires purchase of Ocean View or Balcony Cabin. For Hawaiian Islands Cruise & Tour, Free Internet and Free Beverage Package offers

vary based on cabin category purchased. Additional service charges are required and payable to YMT with final balance for select Set Sail offers. For full Set Sail terms and conditions ask your Travel Consultant. Offers apply to new bookings only made by 12/31/19. Other terms & conditions may apply. life & arts

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 23

Mokena Munchies

Bed and breakfast oatcakes

Beth Krooswyk

Contributing Columnist

If the Kroosers happen

to open a bed and

breakfast someday,

we are all set with pancake

recipe options.

This is thanks to my

sweet husband who

enjoys slinging breakfast

on most Saturday mornings.

Because of his

creativity, I’ve been able

to feature these delicious

recipes here over

the years: Joel’s Perfect

Pancakes, Joel’s Apple

Oatcakes and Joel’s GF

Please see munchies, 24

Joel’s Cinnamon Oatcakes make for a tasty and

healthy alternative to flour-based pancakes. Beth

Krooswyk/22nd Century Media

Need a Doctor? See a



7AM – 11PM







Joel’s Cinnamon Oatcakes

Adapted from


• 2½ cups oat flour*

• 1 cup old-fashioned oats

• 4 teaspoons baking powder

• 1 teaspoon sea salt

• 1 teaspoon baking soda

• 1½ tablespoons cinnamon

• 3 eggs, well beaten

• 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

• 1 tablespoon maple syrup

• 2½ cups milk

• Optional: blueberries or chocolate



Stir dry ingredients together in a large


Mix wet ingredients together in a

separate bowl.

Pour wet ingredients into dry

ingredients and stir until moistened

but not overmixed (some lumps are


Let batter sit 8-10 minutes while

heating up griddle pan.

Scoop portions of batter onto

medium-hot griddle. Add a sprinkle of

blueberries or chocolate chips to each

pancake at this point, if desired.

Flip pancakes when edges start to

look cooked (not glossy), turning only


Serve hot with real maple syrup. Other

toppings, if desired, include butter,

berries or pecans (my favorite).

Makes about 8-12, depending on size

of pancakes.

Also, these freeze well for a quick

breakfast during the week. Slightly

overlap the pancakes (do not stack) in

a zip-top bag or plastic container.

*Note: For oat flour, just grind up old-fashioned

oats in a blender or Nutribullet.


• Board-Certified Physicians

• Easy Access/Parking

• Prompt Attention



(815) 464-2010

LaGrange Road @ St. Francis Road

24 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger life & arts

Matt’s Old Mokena

And in the 20th century, Mokena said ‘Let there be light’

Matt galik

Contributing Columnist

As you read this


chances are it’s by

electric light. The wonder

of electricity is such an

intrinsic part of our lives,

that it’s impossible to

imagine our days without

it. As with all things, this

technological advancement

wasn’t always with

us, and it too had a triumphant

birth and arrival into

the lives of our forebears.

Beginning in 1886,

only six years after Mokena

was incorporated,

the village was a world

whose streets were lit

only by soft, flickering

kerosene lights that came

from lamps mounted on

posts. The later arrival of

electricity was the biggest

boost our community

had seen in years, at least

since the first telephone

exchange was installed in


Talk of bringing the

juice to town was in the

air as early as 1909, but

these first plans never got

off the ground. Finally, in

the summer of 1912, as

Mokena boasted a population

just short of 400, the

village board under Mayor

Ona McGovney finalized

a plan with upstate’s

Public Service Company

to light up the town.

The historical record

indicates that townsfolk

were gung-ho about electricity,

with early enthusiasts

being brothers Julius

and Charles Hirsch, who

were excited to have their

stock farm and residence

north of town wired, as

well as the Mokena Men’s

Club, who were looking

into having their dance

pavilion off what is today

Wolf Road illuminated.

An electric pump was

installed in town to stream

water into the municipal

tower on Front Street.

Meanwhile, a private electric

light plant was set up

at Bowman Dairy’s bottling

plant, and the lights

there were switched on for

the first time on Sept. 17,


After much work and a

few headaches, the juice

was turned on for the 35

new street lights on New

Year’s Eve, 1912, and

glimmering electric light

shown from the 14 lamps

on Front Street. They

would burn from dusk

every night until 1 a.m.,

all taken care of by an

electric timer.

Once the electrification

of the streets was

finished, the current was

slowly brought to the rest

of the town, also coming

to private residences,

the first of which was

the Front Street domicile

of local livestock dealer

Emil Krapp.

Things didn’t go off

without any hiccups,

however, as at the end of

that April a malfunction

caused the lights to shine

too dimly on the streets

and in the buildings, and

old oil lamps had to be

dusted off for use at home.

Most disappointingly,

the movie nights at Mokena

Hall were canceled

as a result. Early on, the

timer used for the streetlights

also proved to be a

pebble in the proverbial

shoes of the town dads.

Within two days of the

lights first turning on, the

timer was malfunctioning,

leaving the streets alternately

in the dark or lit

up around the clock. This

issue became the catalyst

for a short, but sharp,

war of words waged in

the pages of the Joliet

News between two young

correspondents: William

Semmler, of Mokena, and

Nellie Haley, of Marley.

On Jan. 8, 1913, the

plucky Haley snarled that

“our neighbor, Mokena, is

getting quite chesty over

their new electric lights,

in fact they feel so proud

of them that so far, they

have been kept burning all

of the time, day as well as

nights. Well, we all know

they have them now, so

they might as well shut

them off and save juice.”

Our own Semmler

responded three days later

that “Marley has taken a

fling at our extravagance”

and thought he had the

last word by writing that

“Here we wish to say

that Mokena believes in

advertising and making

the other little jerk water

stations sit up and take

notice that their big neighbor

is still on the map and


After another attack in

her column — in which

Nellie Haley hissed “Put

this in your pipe, William”

and vaguely hinting

that “it wasn’t civic pride

alone that kept those new

electric lights going all

the time at Mokena” —

Semmler quickly retorted

“Just for Your Sake, Dear

Old Marley… they were

caused to burn simply

so Marley could have a

chance to see a bright

illuminating spot in the

neighborhood, a highly

advanced community

where all go to bed early

and the cats never bark at

strangers.” Thus, the sniping

continued ad nauseum.

The dust of the quarrel

eventually settled, and

after more than a century,

Mokena is still lit by

beacons of electric light.

For this we can thank the

foresightedness of our

ancestors, whose hard

work continues to make

our lives easier.




For more info visit


From Page 21

The couple’s total collection

ended up being

valued at around

$105,000, Beckstrom


For those who think

they might be sitting on

a fortune, but end up with

less than they thought,

Beckstrom said he tries

to let them down easy and

give some of the history

of the coins so that they

at least get something rewarding

for their efforts.

“Sometimes that’s more

valuable than the item

itself,” he said. “People

appreciate the history

behind the item, too. So,

they don’t leave emptyhanded;

they at least leave

with the information and

historical story behind the

item that maybe grandpa

had saved.”

He offered some advice

for aspiring numismatists,

or coin collectors.

“One thing you look for

is knowledgeable, ethical

assistance for what they

have,” he said. “A lot of

people will go online and

they’ll try to do some research

on what they have,

which I would probably

do, too. … But the information

you get online,

boy it’s hard to sift out the

fat from the fallacy.”

Beckstrom said collectors

should be wary of

disreputable dealers who

may be trying to part people

from their collections

at a cheap price.

The best solution?

Beckstrom said to seek

out referrals from other

coin collectors or banks.

He recommended people

check out the American

Numismatic Association,

a nonprofit organization

of about 25,000 members.

Its website is

For more information

on Golden Rule Coins,



From Page 23

Banana Pancakes.

Our newest addition is

Joel’s Cinnamon Oatcakes.

Why oatcakes? We’ve

discovered that he feels

better not eating gluten

— not that he is severely

celiac, but more that he

has an intolerance. So

we’ve been tweaking

our meals to avoid not

only additives but also


The four of us agree

that this new recipe is

just as good, if not better

and heartier than,

flour-based pancakes. So

maybe try it out just for

some variety even if you

aren’t gluten-free.

If you need to be

strict about gluten,

make sure to use oats

that are labeled glutenfree.

Better yet, also

look for the non-GMO

label, too.

Not that we’re planning

on actually running

a bed and breakfast, but

it’s funny how often

we toss the idea around

when we come across a

really tasty recipe. And

aren’t you lucky, because

the majority of them

have shown up in this

column. mokena

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 25

Reach more than 88,000 homes and businesses!

2020 GUIDE



APRIL 9, 2020

Space reservation deadline:

Wed, March 25

Ad approval deadline:

Tues, March 31

Call 708.326.9170 to reserve your Ad today!





Join the LARGEST women's

expo in the southwest suburbs!


9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Deadline ONLY 10 SPOTS Saturday, LEFT! May 2

WEDNESDAY, Tinley Park Convention

APRIL 15 10 a.m.–2 Center Drive, p.m. Tinley Park

Saturday, Feb. 22


Center, 18451 Convention

WEDNESDAY, Northbrook Court - Lower Level,

FEB. For more 5 information, 1515 Lake call Cook (708) Road, 326-9170 Northbrook, ext.16 IL

or visit

For more information, call (708) 326-9170 ext. 16 or


26 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger dining out

The Dish

Ambrosino’s brings traditional Italian tastes to the table

Nuria Mathog, Contributing Editor

Renee Anderson has been a familiar

face at Ambrosino’s Italian

Market and Deli for the past

decade. The longtime employee

has held various roles throughout

her time with the shop, working

at the register, at the deli and

in the kitchen.

Today, the New Lenox resident

runs the show. She took

over the deli in September 2018,

following the retirement of former

owner Peter Ambrosino.

“I like the small business atmosphere,”

Anderson said. “I

like the family atmosphere. It’s

something I really enjoy and

have taken on. It’s been part of

me forever.”

Originally a Chicago-based

deli, Ambrosino’s has been a

staple of the Frankfort community

for the past 23 years. The

shop specializes in authentic

Italian food, with classic pasta

and sandwich dinners. It also is

a popular catering option for the

Christmas holidays, graduations

and other milestones, Anderson


“For me, personally, I like the

meatballs and the lasagna,” she

said. “It’s just like the homemade

flavor. It’s what I’d be

making at home, and I can pick

it up and have it here and know

that it’s just homemade.”

One the deli’s specialities is

its homemade Italian sausage,

which comes in hot and mild

varieties and sells for $3.99 per

pound (or $3.79 per pound in a

10-pound box). Other signature

items include the hot sandwiches,

many of which are named

after Italian artists and composers

— for instance, the Vivaldi

($6.99), a sausage and beef combo;

and the Angelico ($4.99),

featuring hot corned beef with

Swiss on rye.

Ambrosino’s also offers a large

selection of cheeses imported

from Italy — bestsellers around

the holidays, when customers

stop by the deli to pick up freshly

Ambrosino’s homemade Italian sausages come in hot and mild varieties, and are available for $3.99 per pound (or $3.79 per pound for a

10-pound box). Photos by Nuria Mathog/22nd Century Media

grated provolone and Parmesan

for their family recipes.

In addition to deli items,

Ambrosino’s offers an in-store

market stocked with Italian

goods. Jars of the deli’s homemade

pasta sauce — which

comes in marinara, arrabbiata,

vodka and fire-roasted varieties

— line the shelves, along with

boxes of pasta, dipping oil and

other staples of Italian cuisine.

“We do get requests to have

them shipped,” Anderson said.

“We have a lot of families who

moved, and they miss their giardiniera.

I’ve shipped a lot to

Florida and Arizona.”

Ambrosino’s started out as a

family-run business, and even

with new management, it continues

to fulfill that tradition. Two of

Anderson’s three children, Lincoln-Way

West students Zachary

and Amanda, regularly help out

with the store, and her husband,

David, and college-aged daughter

Deja also assists during the


Ambrosino’s Italian Market

& Deli

20495 S. LaGrange Road in



• 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-


• 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday

Phone: (815) 464-5002

Website: www.ambrosinos.


For Anderson, making customers’

day is the most rewarding

part of the job.

“I like the customer service,”

she said. “I like working with the

people. I like a happy, smiling

face when they get their food.”

RIGHT: The deli offers a variety

of Italian cheeses. On top is the

pecorino Romano ($10.99 per

pound) and on the bottom is the

Parmesan-Reggiano ($16.99 per

pound). puzzles

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 27

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Book before


6. “Stat!”

10. Not at all serious

14. Oranjestad’s


15. 100-pound units

16. Hilariously funny


17. “With parsley,”

on some menus

18. Schooner part

19. Simpsons’ character

20. Step in

22. Hot car

23. Nutritional std.

24. Selling condition

26. CPR pro

29. Hot spot

32. Original name of

New Lenox

36. Brit. police rank,


37. Powerful ocean


39. Bug

40. New

Lenox microbrewery,

goes with 65


42. Sheep cry

43. Fire off a round

45. Checks for under


46. San Simeon


47. Pigeon’s pad

50. Fishing equipment

51. Online DIY store

53. Hosp. areas

55. Bar order

56. Luau serving

62. Nevada city

64. Pakistani tongue

65. See 40 across

66. Enter

67. Striking end of a


68. Suri’s mom

69. Percussion instrument

70. Theories

71. Stand in good ___


1. Epiphany figures

2. Formerly Persia

3. Short

4. Li’l one

5. Mohawk, e.g.

6. Loony Tunes company

7. Trumpeting creature

8. Befuddled

9. L.A. clock setting

10. Fine-toothed cutter

11. Venetian island

12. Chemistry term

13. Academic group,


21. 6th letter of the

Hebrew alphabet

22. Frilly and feminine

25. Hollywood Boulevard


26. Archie Bunker’s


27. Jazz singer Carmen

28. Chicken ___ masala

(Indian dish)

30. Fix firmly

31. Canon rival

33. Home in the


34. Sidestep

35. Bakery supply

38. Be overly fond

40. Urgency


44. Soon

48. Call, in poker

49. Evidence in the


52. City in Belgium

54. Jack who ate no fat

55. Parallel

57. The same

58. Goldberg and

Field played them

59. Singer Seeger

60. “Star Wars” princess

61. Squeezed, with out

62. Something to


63. London lav

64. Reuters competitor

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


real estate listings



Browse featured Homes of the Week

and Local Listings quickly and

conveniently any time from

For more information or to place your ad, contact Real

Estate Sales Director Courtney Masinter at (304) 356-6708.

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan


28 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger local living

If you are looking for the perfect ranch home

at a great price, look no more. Ranch Villas at

Keating Point, in the Village of Channahon,

offers ranch homes that are both beautiful and


These unique, detached townhomes feature

two bedrooms and two baths in 1,308 to 1,621

square feet. Each comes equipped with a full

basement, two-car attached garage, brick fronts,

and central air.

These Ranch Villas start in the $230’s and

boast an association fee of just $140 per month.

We offer five floorplans for you to choose from.

Do you long for a little more time to yourself?

For more family moments, too?

Luxury Ranch Detached Townhomes

Immediate Move-Ins. • Maintenance-Free Living

Starting from the $230’s

Maintenance-free living at The Ranch Villas at

Keating Pointe is our solution to your problem.

In one of our ranch townhomes, you can finally

wave goodbye to the chores that gobble up your

precious time. All exterior and landscaping

maintenance is done for you, including snow

removal. If you’ve had enough of cleaning

gutters, mowing the lawn, and shoveling the

driveway, you’re ready to take the next step.

The photos in this article feature The Roma,

one of the floorplans you can choose from for

your new ranch home. This 1,467 sq. ft. design

features two bedrooms and two baths. Plus,

you’ll get a flex room to use as you see fit.

Office? Guest room?You tell us. The Roma also

features ceilings that reach nine feet high and a

large kitchen with included appliances. You’ll

enjoy an impressively roomy feel, bounty of


Speaking of convenience, a basement, two-car

attached garage, and patio are included. The

Roma starts in the low $240’s, delivering quality

in its construction and price tag.

Looking to move into a new home sometime

soon? Our ranch homes also feature quick

delivery homes.

To learn more about our detached ranch

townhomes, give us a call at (815) 290-5303 or

go to

Immediate Move-Ins • Maintenance-Free Living local living

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 29

Distinctive Home Builders Debuts Luxury Furnished Model

At Hanover Estates in Manhattan within the Lincoln-Way School District

Distinctive Home Builders

continues to add high

quality homes to the

Manhattan landscape at

Hanover Estates; its latest

new home community

located within the highlyregarded


School District. Distinctive

is selling Craftsman

Series and Legacy Series

single family homes with

base prices from the upper

$290s - $400s. Square

footage of the ranch

homes begins at 2,400

square feet and the twostory

homes start from

2,700 square feet. Many

of the sites in both neighborhoods

offer lake views

and all homes will have

brick around the first

floor as a premium standard


“Sales and construction

are underway and a

brand new Stonebridge

II model is open for touring,”

said Bryan Nooner,

President of Distinctive

Home Builders, “These

new home designs are a

result of an extraordinary

amount of time and effort

spent on refining the

architectural standards.”

“There is indeed a difference

– there is nothing

else like it on the market

– the elevations are outstanding

and our homeowners

also have the ability

to customize so they

can truly have the home

of their dreams,” he said.

Nooner speaks of the

Craftsman designs the

company has introduced

at Hanover Estates. These

new designs feature low

pitched rooflines, large

front porches with tapered

columns and stone

piers, partially-paned

windows, gable brackets,

and an exterior color

palate with a variety of

earth tones or gray tones.

Popular exterior options

are stone and cedar shake


Besides the new model,

there are several homes

at various stages of construction

are available to

tour and as a semi-custom

builder, Distinctive can

modify any of its standard

designs to cater to a

customer’s tastes, which

means that moving walls,

adding extra windows or

even extending the garage

are all possible.

Numerous home styles

are available, each with

multiple exterior elevations.

Hanover Estates

homes have three to five

bedrooms and two full to

three and one-half baths

and two to three-car garages.

All of the Legacy

Series homes will have

three-car garages.

Homes include custom

maple kitchen cabinets

featuring solid wood

construction (no particle

board) with solid

wood drawers and dove

tail joints; ceramic tile

or hardwood floors in

the kitchen, baths and

foyer; genuine wood

trim and doors; granite

countertops and

concrete driveways.

Building a new home is

certainly not what it used

to be. Thankfully, the latest

technology coupled

with fine-tuned people

skills, has made the experience

an exciting one for

Distinctive buyers at Hanover


“We are on the leading

edge when it comes to the

home buying customer

sales experience,” said

Nooner. “Our sales professionals

are among the

best. We provide them

with high-level training

and the latest tech tools to

enhance our homebuyer’s

experience. We also provide

technology to our

homeowners throughout

the home building

process with a private

homeowner portal app.

Building a new home is

an exciting yet long process

that can have many

ups and downs that can

be neutralized by simply

having great communication.

We want our buyers

to be informed and empowered

every step of the


Daily pictures of customer

homes in progress

are taken and uploaded

for easy access from

anywhere in the world.

Homeowners can view

their selections from their

phone, tablet or desktop;

review detailed information

about the quality

components used in their

new home, and easily access

their documents using

a username and password

that is issued once

construction of their new

home begins.

“Communication exists

on an entirely new level

making building with us a

very personal experience.

Never before could customers

have access to all

of this information 24/7.

We want to raise the bar

for our industry,” added


Through the customer

portal, homeowners can

easily share the pictures

and progress of their

home with friends and

family via e-mail and integrated

links to social

media. They can also

review the construction

schedule to see

what is happening next

in the building of their

new home.

Hanover Estates boasts

four lakes and three

parks within its borders.

The Manhattan Metra

train station, several forest

preserves and many

dining and entertainment

options are nearby.

Hanover Estates children

attend schools

within the Lincoln-Way

School District.

Besides Hanover Estates,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built hundreds

of homes throughout

Manhattan most recently

at Prairie Trails; also in

the Butternut Ridge and

Leighlinbridge communities,

as well as thousands

of other homes in

the Will and south Cook

county areas over the past

30 years.

Our model home visitor

center is located at

23936 William Drive,

Manhattan, IL 60442

and is open daily from 10

a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days

a week or by appointment.

Contact Lynne at

708-737-9142 or 708-

479-7700 to schedule a

private viewing. Specials,

prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and

lot availability are subject

to change without notice.

30 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger local living

Luxury Townhomes in New Lenox Pre-Construction Sales

Distinctive Homebuilders debuts SkyHarbor Townhomes from the $300s

Sales have commenced on

luxury townhomes in a prime

location in New Lenox at

Laraway and Schoolhouse/

Lincolnway Roads. Known

as SkyHarbor Townhomes,

Distinctive Home Builders

is meeting the need for

townhomes in an area where

they have not been built in a

long time.

“We are excited to bring

these fresh, new architecturally

refined townhome designs to

New Lenox. Now residents

can stay put in town when they

downsize from a large home to

a maintenance free lifestyle,”

said Bryan Nooner, president

of Distinctive Home Builders.

“We discovered that many

area single-family residents

have parents seeking an

independent, carefree lifestyle,

who want to live in close

proximity to their children

and grandchildren. These

buyers tend to spend a couple

months of the year in warmer

climates and don’t want to

be concerned with home

upkeep while they are away.

At SkyHarbor Townhomes a

homeowner’s association takes

care of lawn maintenance and

snow removal for residents.

Additionally, SkyHarbor is

a good fit for many young

families as well. Just a few

minutes from several commuter

train stations and major

highways, the location of

this property makes it easy to

commute to work. The idea of

living in a community with a

maintenance free lifestyle gives

today’s buyer the freedom to

travel and recreate without the

time burden of home upkeep.

SkyHarbor Townhomes is

a small enclave community

with an on-site lake and is

adjacent to single family

homes. Townhomes range in

size from two to four bedrooms

with 1,800 to 2,600 square feet

of living space in three and

four-unit buildings. All homes

include a full basement and

luxury appointments such

as granite counter tops and

custom maple cabinets.

SkyHarbor Townhome

exteriors are architecturally

refined and feature Craftsman

style designs in brick and

stone construction on the

first floor. Tapered columns,

stone accents, bracketing

on gables and bracket detail

on garage doors are some

of the thoughtful features

Distinctive Home Builders has

incorporated into the design.

Distinctive Home Builders

has built thousands of singlefamily

homes throughout

the South and Southwest

suburbs over the past 30 years,

and is dedicated to giving

its customers the best home

buying experience.

Top-notch home creation

with zero punch list items is an

expectation Distinctive delivers

to its homeowners. The builder

performs numerous quality

control checks throughout the

building process and adheres

to a nearly 1,500-point formal

checklist that project managers

certify. Before closing, each

home undergoes an industryleading

checklist that ensures

each home measures up to the

firm’s high quality standards.

“Having measurable, identifiable

standards that our

craftsmen are expected to


high quality standards and


Home to our homeowners,”

Nooner said.

Communication is key to

maintaining an overall positive

experience during the construction

process. Therefore,

all Distinctive customers have

the Project Manager’s e-mail

address and cell phone

number, as well as access to

the secure online portal where

pictures and logs chronicle the

continued progress on their

home. Customers have access

to the online portal through the

Distinctive Homebuilders App

that can be easily downloaded

to any smartphone or tablet.

“Our customers simply download

our app and they are in

touch with their new home

24/7 from anywhere in the

world. The app allows our

customers to see the progress

of their home and access

their documents at any time”

Nooner explained. “Our customers

really appreciate the

integration of social media

sites within the app allowing

them to easily share photos

and updates of their new

home with family and friends,”

he concluded.

Nooner added that all homes

are highly energy efficient with

upgraded wall and ceiling

insulation, energy efficient

windows and high efficiency

furnaces. Before homeowners

move into their new home,

Distinctive conducts a Blower

Door Test that pressurizes

the home to ensure that each

home passes stringent Energy

Efficiency Guidelines.

SkyHarbor Townhomes is

within New Lenox School

District 122 serving students

K-8 and Lincoln-Way Community

High School District

210, which is ranked in the

top 10 high school districts in

Illinois. Providence Catholic

High School is also located

in New Lenox.

SkyHarbor Townhomes are

served by major thoroughfares

such as IL Rtes. 30, 45 and

52 and I-80, I-355 and I-57.

Residents are serviced by

the New Lenox Metra

Station on the corner of

Cedar and Laraway Roads.

Two large hospital complexes

are in the vicinity: Silver Cross

Hospital and Presence Saint


education nearby includes

Lewis University, the University

of St. Francis and

Joliet Junior College. Many

restaurants and pubs are in

the area: Starbucks, Cooper’s

Hawk, Teardrop Café, Arrowhead

Ales Brewing Company,

Chicago Dough Company,

Bulldog Ale House, Portillo’s,

and Country Charm Restaurant.

Jewel/Osco is within

walking distance from the

Skyharbor Townhomes. Other

notable retailers nearby are

Kohls, JC Penny and Petsmart.

and the 14-screen AMC

Showplace is on Maple Street.

Our model home visitor

center is open for viewing.

Contact Lynne at 708-737-

9142 or 708-479-7700 to

schedule a private viewing

of our luxury townhomes

or visit our on-site Sales

Information Center located

at 23936 William Drive,

Manhattan, IL., 60442. Hours

are daily 10 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

open seven days a week.

Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and

lot availability are subject

to change without notice.

Please contact a Distinctive

representative for current

pricing and complete details. real estate

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 31

Feb. 10

• 18732 Kestrel Ave.,

Mokena, 60448-

8294 - First Midwest

Bank Trustee to Craig

Chess, Sheila Chess,


Feb. 13

• 19307 Derek Way,

Mokena, 60448-1169

- Gerard I. Bowen to

Bradley M. Clemmer,

Jessica D. Clemmer,


• 19514 115th Ave. B,

Mokena, 60448-1292

- Us Bank Na Trustee

to Ronald Dietrich,


Feb. 18

• 9828 Forestview

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

7773 - Jerry E. St.

Clair to Daniel K. Holt,

Marisa Holt, $317,500

• 12365 W. Warren

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

9221 - Leader 2015

Trust to Andrew W.

Enright, $269,900

• 9450 Willow Lane,

Mokena, 60448-8495

- Steven Ayon to Katrina

A. Ashby, $182,500

Feb. 19

• 12348 Lajunta Court,

Mokena, 60448-1881

- James J. Richards to

Daniel C. Rusnak, Kelli

L. Rusnak, $507,000

The Going Rate is provided

by Record Information

Services, Inc. For more

information, visit www. or call

(630) 557-1000.


...To Place

Your Classified Ad!

CALL 708.326.9170

32 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger classifieds



1027 Arts and Craft Fairs

1040 Fine Jewelry



1003 Help Wanted

1057 Estate Sale

Homer Glen 17019 Deer Path

Drive. Fri. 3/20 and Sat. 3/21,

9am -2pm. Appliances, furniture,

lawn equip., and more!




CALL US TODAY at 708.326.9170


1061 Autos Wanted

Outside Work:

Lawn Fertilizing & Core

Aeration: Year-round &

Seasonal Employment

Potential for paid winters off.

Benefits incl. health, dental,

IRA. Good driving rec a must.

Time and a half over 40 hrs.

Apply in-person 8am - 3pm

Lawn-Tech, Ltd.

7320 Duvan Dr

Tinley Park, IL


School Bus Drivers Wanted

Homer School District 33C

seeks quality individuals

to join our family of

school bus drivers.

$17.42/hr. + full benefits


Training provided.

Call (708) 226-7625

or visit

employment tab

1023 Caregiver


Professional company

located in Frankfort

looking for reliable

individual to apply dry

fertilizer. Experience a

plus, but not necessary.

For interview call:


Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ 2nd

and 3rd shifts) &

Housekeeping (Morning)

Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Lawn Care Service

Looking for responsible,

motivated with driver’s

license. Pay based on exp.


1037 Prayer / Novena

Holy Spirit thou who make mesee

everything and show me the way to

reach myideal. You who give me

the divine gift to forgive, and forget

the wrong that is done to me

and who are in all instances of my

life with me. I, in this short dialogue,

want to thank You for everything

and confirm once more that

Inever want to be separated from

You, no matter how great the material

desires may be. Iwant to be

with You and my loved ones in

Your Perpetural Glory, Amen. Say

this prayer for 3consectutive days.

After 3days the favor requested

will be granted even though it may

appear difficult. This prayer must

be published immediately after the

favor is granted w/o mentioning

the favor. Thank you! R.B.

Oh most Beautiful Flower of

Mt Carmel, Fruitful vine,

splendor of heaven, blessed

mother of the Son of God, Immaculate

Virgin, Assist mein

this my neccessity, oh star of

the sea help me and show me

herein you are mymother. Oh

holy Mary, Mother of God,

Queen of Heaven and Earth, I

humbly beeseach you from the

bottom ofmyheart to succor

me in my necessity (make request)

there are none that can

withstand your power, oh Mary

conceived without sin, pray for

us who have recourse tothee

(3x). Holy Mary, Iplace this

cause in your hands (3x). Say

this prayer for three consecutive

days, you must publish it

and itwill be granted to you.


Oh, Holy StJude, Apostle &

Martyr, great in virtue and rich

in miracle, near kinsman of Jesus

Christ, faithful intercessor

of all who invoke your special

patronage in time ofneed. To

you Ihave recourse from the

depth of my heart and humbly

beg to whom God has given

such great power to come to

my assistance. Help me in my

present and urgent petition, in

return, I promise to make your

name known and cause you to

be invoked. Say three Our Fathers,

three Hail Marys and

Glories for nine consecutive

days. Publications must be

promised. St. Jude pray for us

all who invoke your aid.

Amen. This Novena has never

been known tofail, Ihave had

requests granted. S.B. place your

Classified Ad!




Running Or Not!

Top Dollar Paid - Free Pick-Up

Locally Located


The legend 1995 Jeep Cherokee

straight six. Tires worth

$400. Motor needs work. $850

Call 708-717-5903

1074 Auto for Sale





CALL US TODAY at 708.326.9170

1225 Apartments for Rent

New Lenox

Clean 2 Bedroom

Close to train & stores

Appliances included,



815-485-2528 classifieds

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 33


Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Ready to Sell

Your RealEstate?






5000 SOLD


Handling your entire Family’shousing needs for over 15 years.

• Your listing advertised on all major websites

• Instant feedback- weekly updates

• Professional photography- aerial shots too

• Discounts to all teachers, senior citizens,

veterans, 1st responders, doctors & nurses.

Sell It 708.326.9170

Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It


Friday at 3pm



4 lines/


7 papers



Help Wanted

per line $13

4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate


7 lines/

7 papers



4 lines/

7 papers

Want to

See Your


in the




for a FREE Sample

Ad and Quote!


Bob Haustein

Lincoln-Way Resident • Remax 1st Service

Call, Text or Email


34 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger classifieds


Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

2003 Appliance Repair




• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

Refrigeration • Dishwashers

Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals


Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986

Someone you can TRUST


BEST price in town!


Business Directory

2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

Sell It 708.326.9170

Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It


Friday at 3pm



4 lines/

7 papers

Help Wanted

per line $13

4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate


7 lines/

7 papers

2006 Basement Waterproofing

2011 Brick/Chimney Experts



4 lines/

7 papers

2017 Cleaning Services

Barb’s Cleaning


We clean your home the

way YOU want it

cleaned! Good

Quality, Professional,

Reliable, and


Please call for


708-663-1789 place your

Classified Ad!



Cleaning Lady

Will Clean House or


Free estimates!

815 690 7633




CALL US TODAY at 708.326.9170

2018 Concrete Raising

2025 Concrete Work

Place a garage sale ad & reach

over 96,000 homes across

the southwest suburbs!





DEPARTMENT: 708.326.9170

With the Purchase

of a Garage Sale Ad! place your

Classified Ad!


Advertise your


in the newspaper

people turn to first

CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170 classifieds

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 35

2025 Concrete Work

2070 Electrical


Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise


$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Help Wanted

4 lines/

per line 7 papers








(708) 478-8269

Sell It 708.326.9170 | Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm

2120 Handyman

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers



$30 7 4 papers





CALL US TODAY at 708.326.9170

2075 Fencing

2090 Flooring place


Classified Ad!





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

Exterior Painting Wall Paper Removal Professional Work At Competitive Prices

CALL MIKE AT 708-790-3416

Advertise your



in the newspaper

people turn

to first

2130 Heating/Cooling

CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170

2032 Decking


Deck & Fence

Repair, Rebuild or


Make It Safe - Make it Sturdy

708 479 9035

2120 Handyman

2060 Drywall

Advertise your



in the newspaper

people turn

to first

CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170


*Hanging *Taping



Call Greg At:


36 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger classifieds


Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise


$52 4 lines/

7 papers

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers

2132 Home Improvement

2135 Insulation

Sell It 708.326.9170 | Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm

Real Estate

$50 7 7 papers



$30 7 4 papers


2130 Heating/Cooling place your

Classified Ad!


2140 Landscaping

2132 Home Improvement




CALL US TODAY at 708.326.9170







in the



708.326.9170 classifieds

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 37

2140 Landscaping


Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170

Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It


Friday at 3pm



4 lines/

7 papers

Help Wanted

per line $13

4 lines/

7 papers

2150 Paint & Decorating 2170 Plumbing

Real Estate


7 lines/

7 papers



4 lines/

7 papers place your

Classified Ad!


2145 Lawn Maintenance

Family owned & operated

Services offered:

• weekly grass • retaining walls/


paver bricks

• clean ups • tree/bush

• mulch/rock trimming

installation • free estimates


We offer discounts for seniors, first

responders, and military families

2150 Paint & Decorating

2170 Plumbing

Place a garage sale ad & reach

over 96,000 homes across

the southwest suburbs!

Neat, Clean, Professional

Work At ACompetitive Price

Specializing in all

Interior/Exterior Painting

• Drywall/PlasterRepair

• Wallpaper Removal

• Deck/Fence Staining

• PowerWashing

Free Estimates

Senior Discounts

Forquality & service you

can trust, call us today!



Interior / Exterior

Fast, Neat Painting


Wallpaper Removal


Free Estimates

20% Off with this ad


See the Classified

Section for more info,

or call 708.326.9170

Don’t just

list your

real estate


Sell It!

With a Classified Ad

2200 Roofing





DEPARTMENT: 708.326.9170

With the Purchase

of a Garage Sale Ad!

38 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger classifieds


Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170

Fax It 708.326.9179

Charge It


Friday at 3pm



4 lines/

7 papers

Help Wanted

per line $13

4 lines/

7 papers

Real Estate


7 lines/

7 papers



4 lines/

7 papers

2200 Roofing

2200 Roofing

2255 Tree Service place your

Classified Ad!


2276 Tuckpointing/Masonry

2220 Siding

Advertise your



in the newspaper

people turn

to first

CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170

2294 Window




Window Cleaning

Gutter Cleaning

Power Washing

Office Cleaning

call and get $40.00 off

708 974-8044



Merchandise Wanted

Metal Wanted

Scrap Metal, Garden



Appliances, Etc.


Call 815-210-8819

Free pickup!

2490 Misc.


Five piece Rattan sun room

furniture with matching dining

table, four chairs, $300 Text

for pix. 708-518-0954 classifieds

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 39

2390 Computer Services/Repair

2436 Tax Directory

2702 Public


Certificate No. 33262 was filed in

the office of the County Clerk of

Will County on February 21, 2020

whererin the business firm ofGlistening

Klean located at 9417 Ash

Ave, Mokena, IL 60448 is registered

and acertificate notice setting

forth the following:

Micheal A. Watkin

9417 Ash Ave, Mokena, IL 60448



hereunto set my hand and Official

Seal at my office in Joliet; Illinois,

this 20th day of February, 2020

Lauren Staley Ferry,

Will County Clerk

2703 Legal



Village of Mokena

Board of Fire and Police


Public notice ishereby given to all

persons concerned that onthe 6th

day ofMarch 2020, the Board of

Fire and Police Commissioners of

the Village of Mokena, Illinois

voted to amend their Rules and

Regulations. Printed copies of the

Boards amended Rules and Regulations

may be reviewed at the Office

of the Village Clerk, 11004

Carpenter Street or the Mokena Police

Department, 10907 West Front

Street, Mokena, Illinois 60448. The

amended rules shall beeffective

March 29, 2020, or ten (10) days

from the date of publication of this

notice, whichever is later.

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

Black bird cage, excellent condition

with feeding dishes and

perches, 22x31x17. Call


Brand new -Sharper Image indoor/outdoor

LED lantern $15.

Call 708-429-1371

Car cover 17 1/2 ftlong polyester,

new $29; 2gal 8oz gas

can w/spout, new $12; SUV

jumbo w/s sun shade $10;

Steering wheel cover $3. Call


Chrysler middle bench seat,

Free; Chicago NFL Bears coat,

large, new $10. Call


Civil war puzzles 1000pcs all

done w/frames $20ea; wooded

ships of all kind Mayflower etc

$20ea. Call 630-346-2163

Columbia winter jackets,

womens white-m blue/grey

$25; Hawk 18/20 boys $25.

Call 708-720-3577

FREE-glass beer mugs, coffee

mugs, & glasses. Call


Hankook Optimo H426 size

P215/55R17 slightly used,

good threads $25 Call




In this tough economy, we'll give you a free

merchandise ad totaling $100 or less.

· Write your FREE ad in 30 words or less.

· One free ad per week.

· Same ad may not be submitted more than 3 times.

· The total selling price of your ad must not exceed $100.

· Ads will be published on a space available basis.

· Free Ads are Not Guaranteed to Run!

GUARANTEE Your Merchandise Ad To Run!

Free Merchandise Ad - All Seven Papers

Ad Copy Here (please print):

Merchandise Pre-Paid Ad $30! 4 lines! 7 papers!

Choose Paper: Homer

Horizon New Lenox Patriot Frankfort Station

Orland Park Prairie Mokena Messenger Tinley Junction





Payment Method(paid ads only) Check enclosed Money Order Credit Card

Credit Card Orders Only

Credit Card #


$30 for 7 papers


Exp Date

Please cut this form out and mail or fax it back to us at:

22nd Century Media

11516 W. 183rd St, Suite #3 Unit SW

Orland Park, IL 60467

FAX: 708.326.9179

Circle One:

40 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger mokena

“I subscribed for

the breaking local

news, (and) it is great to

see what is going on in our

area and local sports


— Ryan Johnson, of


“Love being kept

informed of local news

and events. The online

(version) is easy to read

and very informative.”

— Mary Smith, of


“Get the latest

neighborhood news in

real time via email and can

share with other family/-


— Rosemarie Melnik, of

Tinley Park

Here’s the good word

“I enjoy the

digital subscription

because the content is

very informational. … Keep

doing what you're doing!

— Tony Gugliuzza, of

New Lenox

“I get to read the

articles before the

newspaper arrives AND I

get to read all of the other

22nd Century Media

papers.”— MaryEllen



“ I subscribed

because I feel it is

important to know what is

going on in and around my


— Joan Pavlik, of

Homer Glen

“I like the

hyper-local aspect. ...

Also, the reporting seems

to be faster on breaking

stories than any other local

news sources.”

— Joseph Solek, of

Orland Park

Join thousands of your neighbors who get daily local news,

alerts and more with a digital subscription

All for less than $1 per week

Subscribe today at

or scan the QR for a direct link sports

the mokena new lenox messenger patriot | March 19, 2020 | 41


At the end of every girls basketball season, 22nd Century Media scours through stories, stat

sheets and reporters’ notebooks to compile its Team 22 All-Star lineup. The team features

student-athletes from Lincoln-Way Central, LW East, LW West, Providence Catholic, Andrew,

Tinley Park, Lockport Township and Sandburg high schools.

—Compiled by 22nd Century Media staff

First team

second team

G: olivia molnar, senior, LW


15 points per game, 3.1 assists

per game. IBCA All-State Special

Mention. SouthWest Suburban

Blue Player of the Year.

Medieval Classic Most Valuable

Player. Committed to Wisconsin-


G: taylor Gugliuzza, senior, LW West

17.6 points per game, 3 rebounds per

game, 3 assists per game. 71 percent

free-throw shooter. Illinois Basketball

Coaches Association First Team All-

State. SouthWest Suburban Red Player

of the Year. Led Warriors to first state

trophy with runner-up finish in Class 4A.

Scored over 2,000 career points. Set to

continue her career at Lewis.

G: tara Gugliuzza, junior, LW West

11.8 points per game, 5.2 rebounds per

game, 2.4 assists per game. 81 percent

free-throw shooter. IBCA Third Team

All-State. All-SouthWest Suburban Red.

Committed to Lewis. Scored a teamhigh

16 points in the Class 4A state

championship game loss to Fremd.

G: Lauren Knight, senior, Providence

13.5 points per game, 2 assists per

game. 72 percent free-throw shooter.

IBCA All-State Special Mention. Girls

Catholic Athletic Conference White Co-

Player of the Year. Beecher Fall Classic

Most Valuable Player. Led Celtics to

first sectional championship and school

record 27 wins. Scored 1,250 career

points. Headed to Carthage College for


Honorable mentions

G: ava Gugliuzza, freshman,

LW West

13.5 points per game. School

record 115 3-pointers made.

IBCA All-State Special Mention.

G: erin o’connor, sophomore,


8.1 points per game, 5

rebounds per game, 3.6 assists

per game, 2.7 steals per game.

All-SouthWest Suburban Blue.

G: regan Loconte, senior, LW central

14.7 points per game. 84 3-pointers

made. 73 percent career free-throw

shooter. All-Southwest Suburban Red.

Led Knights to 19 wins, most since

2007-08. Scored over 1,000 career

points. Set to continue her career at

Quincy University.

F: Brianna Wooldridge, sophomore, LW


11.9 points per game, 7.3 rebounds

per game, 2.2 assists per game. IBCA

Third Team All-State. All-SouthWest

Suburban Red. In her first season with

West, transfer from Fremd was a huge

addition, providing an inside presence

for the state runners-up.

G: Grace Badon, senior, Sandburg;

Josie Canellis, freshman, Sandburg;

Destyni Cobbs, junior, Tinley Park; Lilly

Genis, senior, LW East; Autumn Jones,

junior, Tinley Park; Claire McGrath,

senior, Providence; Bella Milazzo,

sophomore, Andrew; Azyah Newson-Cole,

freshman, LW Central; Annalise Pietrzyk,

freshman, Providence; Ashley Raymer,

junior, Providence; Elizabeth Sochacki,

sophomore, Lockport; Sydney Swanberg,

senior, LW West

F: Katie DeHaaan, sophomore, Andrew;

Sydney Furr, junior, Lockport; Maggie

Manthey, senior, Sandburg; Andie Perch,

senior, LW East; Haley Stoklosa, junior,

LW Central; Charlotte Trunk, sophomore,


F: emily Kleffman, senior,

tinley Park

10.6 points per game, 11.4

rebounds per game. 64 blocked

shots. All-South Suburban Blue.

F: Jenna cotter, senior,


7.5 points per game, 6.1

rebounds per game, 2 blocked

shots per game. All-SouthWest

Suburban Blue. Signed with

NCAA Division I school IUPUI.

42 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger sports

Athlete of the Week



10 Questions

Providence hopes

with Jack Schedin

experience pays off

Jack Schedin is a senior

goaltender on the Lincoln-

Way district hockey team.

How long have you

played hockey, and

how did you first get


I’ve been playing since

fifth grade. I started going

to my cousins’ games

when they were in high

school and it just seemed

like a fun environment. I

went to a couple Blackhawks

games and liked

those. I had tried out every

other sport, so I figured

I would try hockey and I

liked it.

Have you always been

a goalie?

I played my first year as

a skater and then saw how

cool goalie looked. Every

year after that, I’ve been

playing goalie. I’ve liked it

ever since.

What was it like

when you first started

playing goalie?

At first, it was kind of

scary having those shots

flying at you, but after a

while, you make some

stops and you start feeling

good about yourself.

What do you like most

about playing the


When you get a shutout

and you feel like you did a

lot of work, keeping those

pucks out and not letting

any in. It’s a great feeling.

What do you think

makes you a strong


I have good reflexes. I

don’t get down on myself.

If one puck goes in, I don’t

worry about it. I just focus

on the next shot and keeping

the puck out the rest of

the way.

What is it like playing

on a district team with

kids from all three

Lincoln-Way schools?

It’s fun. You get to

see kids from the other

schools that you normally

wouldn’t get to see. You

get to make new friends.

If you could be

anybody else for a

day, who would you

want to be?

Probably Patrick Kane.

I think that would be fun.

He’s my favorite hockey

Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

player. It’d be fun to have

all the skills he has, and he’s

won three Stanley Cups.

What is your favorite

TV show?

“Letterkenny” is pretty

good. It’s a Canadian sitcom

and there is a lot about

hockey. It’s a funny show.

If you could be any

superhero, which

would you want to


Probably Superman. He

can be invisible, he can

fly, he has laser eyesight.

That’s all pretty cool.

If you could travel

anywhere in the

world, where would

you want to go?

I think Alaska would be

pretty cool. I’d like to go

hiking up there, play some

pond hockey. That would

be fun.

Interview conducted by

Sports Editor Steve Millar.


Freelance Reporter

There’s no substitute for


At least that’s what the

Providence baseball team

hopes this season.

The Celtics have 18 seniors

and 14 starters back

from last season’s squad,

which made the team’s

deepest postseason advancement

since they captured

the trio of Class 4A

state titles from 2014-16.

So the talent is there for

a return to the state finals

pinnacle again this season.

Of course, this area is one

of the most competitive in

the state. But the pieces are

certainly in place.

“The expectations are

high,” Providence coach

Mark Smith said. “Especially

when you have this

much experience back.”

While the Celtics record

was 23-16 last year, marking

their 46th straight season

of 20 or more wins,

they had a lot of close losses

and finished 4-8 in the

Chicago Catholic League

Blue Division.

“A year ago, we lost

nine games in our last atbat,”

Smith said. “If we

won those we could have

been 32-7 and everyone

would have talked about

what a good season we

had. But we did what

Providence baseball does

and played our best in the


Providence did indeed

do that. As the No. 8 seed

in the Class 4A Lockport

Sectional, it advanced to

the sectional championship

game, eventually losing

9-5 to Marist.

So what is it going to

take for the Celtics to get

back to that point and beyond?

“I feel like the leadership

is the best since I’ve

been here,” said Providence

senior Ryan Manikowski,

who is in his third

varsity season. “We are really

close. We have a good

core group returning. We

might not have that one superstar

but we have a good

overall group.”

Manikowski, who has

committed to Creighton,

is one of the team’s top

pitchers. Fellow seniors

Ben Vitas, who doubles

at shortstop and will attend

Central Michigan,

and Aidan Goggins, who

has committed to Lincoln

Land Community College,

are also on that right-handed

pitching list.

“Hopefully winning,”

said Vitas, a four-year

varsity player, on how he

wanted to finish his high

school career. “We have

a lot of guys with experience,

guys that have been

in pressure situations. I’m

looking forward to seeing

how we handle that. Plus

we’ve got guys with good

velocity, a lot of good


Seven pitchers total, who

combined for 14 wins, are

back from last year’s team.

So are seven position players,

including senior Jake

Mucha, who plays second

and third base and can also

play outfield.

“Our senior class is really

close and plays well together,”

Mucha said. “Just

that experience will help

us. “I’m looking forward

to the WJOL Tournament

[between April 2-4] for

sure. That’s always big. I

know a lot of other good

players in the area and [being

from Homer Glen] always

look forward to playing


The rest of the returning

starters are senior infielder/designated


Jake Hesselmann, junior

infielder Ryan O’Neil, senior

outfielder Luke Pell,

junior catcher Jake Rybka

and senior third baseman

Brendan Slota, who has

committed to Lindenwood


Some newcomers to

keep an eye on are sophomore

outfielder Alex Alberico,

junior outfielder

Cain Headrick, and junior

infielder Ryan Hussey.

All three of them can also

double as a right-handed


“I’m looking forward to

a fun season with a really

great group of kids,” said

Smith, who is in his 14th

year as Celtics head coach.

“We’ve got a lot of experience

back but a lot of

new guys, too. But there’s

always something that the

guys understand. They

know the responsibility of

wearing Celtics on their


visit us online at sports

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 43

Boys Water Polo

Knights start 1-1 with alum as new coach


Freelance Reporter

The numbers are down,

but the optimism is still

high for the Lincoln-Way

Central boys water polo


Plus the Knights have a

new coach, who is used to

winning at the school.

That is Elizabeth Senese,

who was a member of

Central's girls water polo

team that placed second in

the state in 2013. She becomes

Central's sixth head

boys water polo coach

since 2010.

"I've been coaching in

the district for the past

three years, including the

last two as an assistant

coach under Eric [Pavlacka]

on the girls level

at [Lincoln-Way] West,"

Senese said. "I was an assistant

on the boys swimming

team this past winter

and I saw that the [water

polo] position was open.

"So, I talked to our AD

[Jason Helbling] about it

and got the job. I'm excited."

Pat Shaughnessy, who

was the boys coach for the

past two years, moved to

the girls side and is now an

assistant with the Knights

under head coach Pam


Senese swam on the

varsity for four years and

played water polo for three

at Central, where she graduated

from in 2014. She then

swam at Lewis University

for four years. Although the

numbers for the Knights

are down this season, she's

ready and so is the team.

"We have 10 guys on the

varsity," she said. "It's not

ideal and we don't have a

lot of people subbing in.

But the guys we have work

well together."

That showed in the season

opener, an 18-11 victory

over Shepard on March

10 in Palos Heights.

In that game, sophomore

goalkeeper Alex Culver

had 10 saves. Junior Dan

Adamson led the way with

11 goals, while the only

senior on the team, Noah

Ivicic, added four goals.

Sophomore Cale Koester

added a pair of goals,

and junior Sean Murphy

chipped in with one for the


Things didn't go as well,

however, in the second

game last week. That was

the home opener on Thursday,

March 12.

There, St. Charles North

came in and scored early

and often in an 18-7 win

over Central.

It was the season opener

for the North Stars, who

were led by six goals from

Siba Filipovic and four

from fellow sophomore

Aidin Allamian.

Trailing 1-0, Koester

crept in and got a goal to

knot the game at 1-1 with

5:12 left in the first quarter.

The North Stars (1-0),

however, tallied the next

seven goals to help put the

game out of reach. Filipovic

scored the first three

of them and junior Albert

Buvary added the final one

for an 8-1 lead with 5:26

left in the second quarter. It

had been 6-1 after the first

quarter, was 12-2 at halftime

and 15-5 after three.

Adamson once again

led Central (1-1) with four

goals, junior Will Jager

chipped in with two goals

and an assist, and Ivicic

also added an assist. Culver

completed five saves.

With the coronavirus

outbreak taking an effect

nationwide, Ivicic knew

the importance of playing

these games now.

The event turned out to

be the last game played by

a Lincoln-Way school before

sports were suspended

on Friday, March 13.

"We aren't really sure

of our future," Ivicic said.

"So, we are playing our

hardest now and working

hard for each other. Even

if water polo is not there,

we are going to work hard

for each other."

That is part of the senior

leadership that Ivicic

wants to display.

"My role is very important,"

Ivicic said. "I don't

have to be the best player,

but I have to be the best

example. My attitude and

how I lead will trickledown

and reflect on the

organization. But also, we

know if we play together

that we can play with anyone."

Senese is happy to have

a leader like Ivicic and

hopes this was just the start

of a successful season.

"Definitely their ability

to move the ball around,"

said Senese when asked

what she liked most about

this team so far. "We have

good game awareness on

passing and know where

each other are. Our biggest

thing is getting fouls called

against us. We need to

work on that and building

endurance. Once we do

that, I think we will have a

great season."


Mokena Jr. High volleyball makes state, tourney canceled



The Mokena Junior

High seventh-grade girls

volleyball team won

the Illinois Elementary

School Association Class

4A Sectional 3 championship,

beating Liberty

Junior High from New

Lenox 25-18, 11-25, 25-

20 on March 9.

Mokena advanced to the

state finals, which were set

to begin with quarterfinal

matches Friday, March 13,

at Kingsley Junior High in


However, the tournament

was first postponed

and then canceled by the

IESA due to coronavirus


Mokena thus finished the

season with a 15-4 record.

The Meteors advanced

to sectional play by winning

the Regional 5 title,

beating Woodridge Jefferson

25-14, 25-23 in the

semifinals and Homer Junior

High 25-21, 25-7 in

the finals.

LW Central boys track

wins H-F indoor invite

The Lincoln-Way Central

boys track and field

team scored 127 points to

top a six-team field at the

Homewood-Flossmoor Indoor

Invite on March 10.

Tinley Park was second

with 76 points.

Winners for the Knights

included senior Erik Johnson

in the 600-meter run

(1 minute, 32.28 seconds),

junior Caden Simone in

the 800 (2:14.23), and junior

Henry Woods in the

60 hurdles (8.71).

Central teammates senior

Anthony Wasowicz

and sophomore Joseph

Vollmer tied for the win

in the high jump (1.65

meters), while Vollmer

also won the triple jump


Senior Elijah Leonard

prevailed in the pole vault

(3.05) for the Knights,

while sophomore Jack

Mackowiak won the long

jump (6.52).

Central’s 3,200 relay

team of Johnson, Simone,

senior Jared Kreis and junior

Jay Parker was also

victorious in 8:52.46.

LW Central girls water

polo wins opener

The Knights beat St.

Charles North 8-4 in their

season opener Thursday,

March 12. Senior Sierra

Maze scored four goals

and senior Madi Jager

scored two.

The Mokena Junior High seventh-grade girls volleyball

team won a sectional title and advanced to the state

tournament, which was then canceled. PHOTO SUBMITTED

44 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger sports


Knights primed for breakout season


Freelance Reporter

Last year, the Lincoln-

Way Central baseball team

knocked on the door.

This year, the Knights

hope to break it down.

They have an excellent

opportunity to do just that,

returning eight starters

from last season’s squad

that reached the regional

championship game and

narrowly lost 1-0 to Stagg.

Central finished 23-10

overall last year and was

11-1 in the Red Division

of the SouthWest Suburban

Conference. That

made them co-conference

champs with Andrew for

a second straight season.

Another league title

would be nice, but there’s

more on the minds of the


“It feels good to return

this many guys,” Central

coach Mitch Nowicki

said. “We have eight of

our starters back from the

regional title game. Center

field will be the only new

position for us. We still

have some guys competing

for that.”

Plus, four of last season’s

starters are now juniors.

“We started four sophomores

last year and they

all return with solid senior

leadership,” Nowicki said.

“We will still be young but

with plenty of varsity experience.

Our success will

lean on the quality innings

we get from our senior

pitchers, but we expect to

be fast.

“Defensively we should

be very good and, while

we lack a major power

threat, we will have producers

one through nine in

the lineup.”

Two of those juniors

Junior Matt Maloney is expected to be a key player for Lincoln-Way Central’s baseball

team as a pitcher and infielder. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO

will be twins Mike and

Matt Maloney. They will

play a lot of infield, with

Matt at second and third,

and Mike at shortstop.

“I think we have a lot

of guys ready to go,” said

Matt Maloney, who will

also do some pitching.

“We have a lot of seniors

and senior leadership. We

are looking to feed off of


Other junior starters

back include Turner

Doran at second base and

Ryan Kraft. Kraft, who

has already verbally committed

to Indiana University,

will be a top lefthanded

pitcher and also

play outfield.

A trio of right-handed

returning pitchers will

also be looked to. They

are Harrison Dubois, who

has committed to Indiana

Wesleyan, John McGuire,

who also doubles at designated

hitter and will attend

the University of St.

Francis, and Zach Ward,

who is set to continue his

playing career at the U.S.

Naval Academy.

“I feel good with all our

returning players,” Dubois

said. “We were good

last year. Out bats were

good and we have a lot of

pitching depth. We have

guys ready to jump in if


Ward agreed.

“I’m pretty confident,”

Ward said. “We have

depth. Not only pitching

but guys all over the field.

I think we can make a successful

run in the postseason.”

Seniors Andrew Hancock

- a first baseman and

right-handed pitcher who

plans to attend the University

of Central Missouri -

and catcher Liam Higgins,

who has committed to the

University of St. Francis,

are also returning starters.

Higgins is confident

in the pitchers he will be

catching this season. He

has experience working

with them, as well.

“I’m just excited,”


Higgins said. “I’ve been

catching these guys a long

time and it’s nice to have

that bond. We had that

bond last year and we have

a ton of guys back, including

seven or eight starters.

That experience helps.”

A couple of key newcomers

to watch for include

juniors Charlie

Graefen in center field,

and Ethan Rossow, who

can double in the infield or


When it’s all said and

done, the Knights plan to

be very competitive on

the field. They already are

with each other.

“We have a real competitive

group,” said Nowicki,

who enters his

fourth season as Knight

head coach after spending

three seasons as the

head coach at Lincoln-

Way North. “They want

to come in every day and

push and compete with

each other. They have a lot

of ownership of the program.”

High school sports

suspended amid pandemic

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way District

210 and Providence Catholic

High Schools have both

suspended sports contests

and practices while the

schools are closed because

of coronavirus concerns,

following an order from Illinois

Governor J.B. Pritzker.

Illinois schools will

be closed from Tuesday,

March 17 to March 30.

Because Lincoln-Way had

spring break scheduled

for the week of March 30,

their schools will remain

closed until April 6.

An e-mail from District

210 stated that, "Beginning

Monday, March 16, ALL

before and after school activities,

meetings, events,

competitions, practices,

rehearsals, field trips, domestic

travel, building

rentals, and performances

are canceled. This includes

the use of our buildings by

outside organizations.”

Providence Catholic

also announced that all

sports and activities were

canceled, beginning with

scheduled practices and

activities over the weekend

of Friday, March 13,

to Sunday, March 15.

The Illinois High School

Association on Thursday,

March 12, announced the

cancellation of boys basketball

playoffs. Class 1A

and 2A schools were preparing

for the state finals

in Peoria, while 3A and 4A

schools were in the middle

of sectional competition.

“We appreciate the patience

and understanding

that we have received from

everyone involved in this

process over the past 72

hours,” IHSA executive

director Craig Anderson


said in a press release. “We

have stressed the fluidity of

this situation and have been

transparent about the possibility

that a suspension or

cancellation could occur.

“While we had support

from the Illinois Department

of Public Health and

the Peoria City/County

Health Department to continue

our events with limited

spectators, it has become

untenable to continue the

events among our member

schools. Multiple schools

who are participating or

hosting these sports and activities

have been forced to

withdraw from those roles,

clarifying the need for the

IHSA to take definitive action.

The Board considered

suspending the events, but

after deliberate discussion,

did not believe that was a

realistic option within the

timeline. We feel for everyone

who has been impacted

but must put the health and

safety of all involved ahead

of these events.”

In the same announcement,

the IHSA said it was

not yet making any decisions

on spring sports tournaments

at this time.

“It is too early to make

any decisions regarding

IHSA spring state final tournaments,”

Anderson said.

“We respect the NCAA’s

decision to cancel its spring

championships, but also

recognize that the exposure

and travel by our high

school teams is not as expansive

as collegiate teams.

"At this juncture, we

recommend that all IHSA

spring sport teams consult

their local health departments

and follow their recommendations

on if and how

to proceed with practices and

regular-season contests.” sports

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 45

Griffins show off offense in season-opening rout of McAuley


Star transfer

Schultz’s status up

in the air

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

With the majority of its

team back from a 19-10

season in 2019, Lincoln-

Way East was confident

in the group it sent into

the pool for the season

opener against Mother

McAuley on March 9.

Still, it was hard for any

of the Griffins to imagine

things would go quite as

well as they did against

the Mighty Macs, who

finished third in the state

last season.

East, ranked No. 5 in

the state by Illpolo, rolled

past No. 7 McAuley 18-4

in Frankfort.

“We don’t want to be

too cocky, but for us losing

to McAuley three

years in a row and finally

being able to conquer

that and beating them is a

great feeling,” senior Katie

Meagher said.

Meagher poured in seven

goals to lead the Griffins,

while senior Emma

Hernandez scored six

goals. Junior Cali Burns

scored three goals, while

sophomore Gabby Brozovic

and senior Alicia

Pearson each scored once.

Seniors Morgan Grove

and Grace Wilk split time

in goal, with both playing


“The girls stepped up,”

East coach Kendra Will

said. “We have a really

great, experienced team.

We have a big group of

seniors who have been

working hard for three

years. This is their fourth

year, and they’re ready to


Adding to the excitement

- and a scary though

for East opponents - is

the fact that the Griffins

dominated without one

of their top players, as

senior Tina Winter sat out

with an illness.

“Tina is a big aspect for

our team, but we showed

that we are all shooters,

we can all play defense,”

Meagher said. “We’re a

well-rounded team and

I’m just so happy to be a

part of this team.”

The Griffins could also

receive an astronomical

boost at some point this


Maddie Schultz, who

scored 324 goals over

two seasons as a freshman

and sophomore at

Mother McAuley, and

earned second-team All-

State honors last season,

has transferred to East.

Her eligibility was still in

question as the season began,

so she did not play in

either of the Griffins’ first

two games.

East certainly did not

need her against her former


After the Mighty Macs

took a quick 1-0 lead, the

Griffins scored the next

nine goals.

Leading 2-1 after a

quarter, East broke things

open by scoring seven

times in the second quarter.

Hernandez caught fire

with three goals in the period,

while Burns scored


“It was definitely really

exciting,” Hernandez

said. “Communication

was a big thing. We

played really well as a

team and we all hype each

other up.”

Hernandez expects

team chemistry to be a

huge factor in the Griffins’


“We’ve all been really

good friends for a long

time, so we know each

other’s strengths and

weaknesses and where we

need to work to get better,”

she said.

The Griffins continued

to pour it on, adding nine

goals in the second half.

“We were so hungry,”

Meagher said. “Emma

told us so many times to

keep thinking the score

is 0-0 and keep pretending

it’s a new game every


East followed up on the

impressive performance

with another offensive

outburst March 10, routing

Neuqua Valley 19-8

in Naperville.

Hernandez scored six

goals and had two steals,

Burns had five goals and

four steals. Winter returned

and score twice,

while Brozovic and Meagher

added two goals

each. Ashley White and

Campbell Greenawalt

each scored one goal.

The strong start certainly

gave the Griffins

a momentum boost, but

Hernandez wants to make

sure they do not get too

far ahead of themselves.

“I think this is definitely

a big confidence boost,

but we know there are

other teams out there, so

we don’t want to get too

confident,” she said.

Last season, the Griffins

fell one win short of

state, falling to rival Lincoln-Way

Central 11-8 in

a sectional championship


East has been to state

four times, most recently

in 2018, but has never

won a game there and has

never won a state trophy.

The Griffins’ boys team

Lincoln-Way East’s Alicia Pearson looks to fire a shot against Mother McAuley during

the Griffins’ 18-4 win March 9. Photos By Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

Lincoln-Way East’s Katie Meagher gets ready to shoot in a March 9 game against

Mother McAuley. Meagher scored a game-high seven goals in the Griffins’ 18-4 win.

made history last season

when they brought home

their first state trophy

with a fourth-place finish.

The girls hops it is their

turn this year.

“I’m really hoping we

go to state and hopefully

we can do some damage

at state this year,” Hernandez

said. “That’d be


46 | March 19, 2020 | the mokena messenger sports

State hockey tourney canceled with LW in Final Four


STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

The Lincoln-Way district

hockey team was one win

away from playing at the

United Center in its first

state championship game,

but the team will not have

the chance to earn that opportunity.

The Amateur Hockey

Association of Illinois canceled

its high school state

tournaments because of

coronavirus concerns.

“It was heartbreaking,”

senior captain Jason Lange

said. “All these guys have

been playing with so much

heart lately. We’ve been

on a great winning streak.

We’ve been beating teams,

not with our talent, but with

our heart and how much effort

we put into the games.

“We’ve worked so hard

for this. We weren’t expected

to go this far, and

we were so excited to play

[Sunday, March 15]. It was

devastating finding out the


AHAI announced its

decision to cancel Friday,

March 13.

"Due to the worldwide

coronavirus pandemic and

the recommendation from

the Governor of Illinois,

public health officials and

following the actions of the

IHSA cancelling all of their

winter State Series post

season tournaments, the

Amateur Hockey Association

Illinois, Inc. (AHAI)

has cancelled the remaining

games of the Illinois

High School State Championships,”

AHAI said in a

press release.

“The safety and wellbeing

of our athletes, their

families, friends and fans

will always take precedent

over everything else. Our

Board of Directors has

decided we will not put at

risk any members of our

hockey family,” stated

Mike Barrett, president of

AHAI. “We are very disappointed

we will not be able

to crown a champion at the

various high school levels

this year and share the

feelings of the players and

coaches, but safety must always

come first.”

Lincoln-Way was set to

play Waubonsie Valley/

Metea Valley at 11 a.m.

Sunday, March 15, at the

Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville,

prior to the cancelation.

Lange said several team

members have signed a petition

calling for AHAI to

postpone the tournament,

rather than cancel it.

The petition, which had

over 2,500 signatures as

of the morning of Monday,

March 16, can be found

by going to

and searching Illinois high

school hockey.

“They could have us play

in May or June if it comes

to that,” Lange said. “I’d

play in July if I had to.”

In the meantime, the

team is trying to come to

grips with the cancellation.

"It's a bummer," Lincoln-

Way coach Dave Dingle

said. "I asked around the

room if any of the kids had

been to a Final Four ever,

even going back to youth

leagues, and none of them

ever had. So, to get this

far and have it end without

being able to play is disappointing.

"But our kids understand

that when pro leagues are

shutting down and towns

are closing down, there was

no way they were going to

play a youth hockey tournament."

The news was especially

tough for the seniors like

Lange, who said he may

try to play for a club team

in college, but has no firm

plans for a hockey future.

“As of right now, that

was my last hockey game,”

he said. “It’s all about finding

closure for me. When

you go into a game, you

know there’s a chance it

might be your last game,

but when we win it, you’re

so excited for that next one.

I just wish I could have one

more opportunity to get

that closure.”

Even if the season is indeed

over, Lange hopes his

team made a lasting impact

on the program.

“I think it put our team

more on the map,” he said.

“I think other kids that

could be playing on our

team, but are playing on

clubs, they can look at this

and say, ‘I could have been

on that team and helped

them win a championship.’”

Lincoln-Way, seeded

10th, took down No. 2 seed

PREP (Prospect-Rolling

Meadows-Elk Grove) 2-1

on March 10 in the quarterfinals.

Seniors David Caddigan

and Lange scored for

Lincoln-Way, while senior

Jack Schedin made 30


Caddigan opened the

scoring in the first period.

“That made the game

happen,” Caddigan said.

“Everyone got going. I

knew we had been playing

well the last few games and

if we just kept playing the

way we’ve been playing,

we’d do well.”

Lange scored with just

10 seconds left in the second

period to put Lincoln-

Way ahead 2-1, and that

score held up as Schedin

and the Lincoln-Way defense

held on in the third


The Lincoln-Way hockey team celebrates after its 2-1 win over PREP in an AHAI

varsity combined state quarterfinal game March 10 at the Edge Ice Arena in

Bensenville. Photos by Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

Lincoln-Way’s Trent Moran carries the puck toward the net during the team’s 2-1

state quarterfinal win over PREP.

“It’s awesome,” Lange

said after the quarterfinal

win. “We’ve never been

this far since I’ve been

here. I just want to keep it

going and go to the United


Even if the team does not

get that chance, they have

the playoff run to look back

on fondly.

"We earned it," Dingle

said. "We definitely overachieved.

We don't have

any All-State players, but

we got on a roll, we had

great goaltending, and we

showed that we can play

with anybody. The kids

have a lot to be proud of." sports

the mokena messenger | March 19, 2020 | 47


After seasons end with heartbreak, let’s hope sports come back soon


Stephen Mally/


THREE local athletes

affected by NCAA


1. Grant Leonard


The Mokena native

and LW East grad

went from a walk-on

to a record-setting

closer on Iowa’s

baseball team, but

his senior season

was cut short

when the Big Ten

canceled all spring


2. Cole Kirschsieper

The LW East grad’s

freshman baseball

season at Illini

ended after a fast


3. Payton Richards

A Mokena native,

Richards was having

a huge freshman

season for Florida

gymnastics before

the postseason was



Sports Editor

On Tuesday night,

March 10, I covered

the Lincoln-

Way district hockey

team’s 2-1 upset win over

Prospect-Rolling Meadows-Elk

Grove in the

AHAI varsity combined

state semifinals.

There was so much for

the team to be proud of,

and so much excitement

for the next game.

Then, so much changed

over the next few days.

By the next night, the

NBA had suspended its

season. Then, the IHSA

canceled the state basketball


On Friday, March 13,

the inevitable happened.

AHAI canceled the

hockey state tournament,

and Lincoln-Way was left

to wonder if it could have

pulled off another upset

and earned a chance to

play at the United Center

in its first state championship


It was heartbreaking

talking to Lincoln-Way

hockey captain Jason

Lange about the cancellation,

just a few days after

Lincoln-Way West’s girls basketball team poses with its state runner-up trophy. Will

spring sports teams get their chance to make it to state? 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO

all the excitement.

That is just a local example

of the devastating

endings to seasons happening

all over the state,

and the country.

That is not to say any

of these decisions were

wrong. Not playing games

now is certainly the safe

and correct choice.

Could AHAI or the

IHSA have postponed

these games instead of

canceling them, as some

internet petitions are calling


Maybe. Perhaps that

could still happen. But

those organizations know

a lot more than I do about

the logistics that would be

involved if they decided

to take a wait-and-see

approach and attempt to

play these games if we

are lucky enough to get

past this crisis in a timely

enough matter.

Even if the right decisions

were made, though,

and even though there are

certainly bigger issues

at hand, we can still feel

empathy for the athletes

who had their seasons end


I certainly do.

I am grateful that the

girls basketball season

was able to play out before

this hit. Lincoln-Way

West’s run to the state

championship game was

one of the best stories I’ve

covered in my journalism


After the Warriors’

season came to an end, I

started wondering which

area team would be next

to make it to state.

There are certainly

many candidates across

the Lincoln-Ways and

Providence spring sports

teams. The area is loaded

in talent in baseball,

softball, water polo, boys

volleyball, track, lacrosse,

badminton and tennis.

Of course, that is all on

hold for now.

The week or two

leading up to a season is

preview time.

In the last two weeks, I

went out to baseball and

softball practices, sent

out soccer surveys, and

prepared for the wave on

spring sports.

Everywhere I went,

there was optimism.

That’s typically the case

with any team in the

preseason, but it certainly

seemed especially justified

when studying the rosters

of area teams.

The first spring sports

event I covered was an

exciting one. Lincoln-Way

East’s girls water polo

team rolled to an awfully

impressive 18-4 win over

perennial power Mother

McAuley in its season


Here’s hoping that will

not be the last game I see

this spring.

Here’s hoping all teams

get a chance to make their

runs at state, even in a

shortened season.

As heartbreaking as it

was to see winter sports

athletes have their seasons

canceled in the heart of the

playoffs, it would be even

worse to see spring athletes

– especially seniors –

never get a chance to play.

In the meantime, we

will continue to look

ahead to their seasons.

You will see some of

those preview stories on

the pages of this week’s

paper. There will be more

coming. We will give

you all you need to know

about the spring sports

teams to be ready when

and if they get their shot

to play.

As usual, we plan on

bringing you interesting

features and a wide range

of sports stories. The

games may be on hold,

but you can still get your

sports fix on these pages.

If you have any story

ideas, please feel free to

reach out. Email me at

It is a tough time in our

world, and a strange time

for sports fans. A March

without March Madness

does not seem right.

No NBA? No NHL? No

sports of any kind? I can

only watch Netflix for so


A spring without high

school sports would be


I can’t wait to see our

teams back in action.

Listen Up

“We’ve worked so hard for this. We weren’t expected to go this far, and we

were so excited to play. It was devastating finding out the news.”

Jason Lange – Lincoln-Way hockey captain, on AHAI canceling the state

tournament after his team had reached the Final Four


Coronavirus Concerns

Lincoln-Way and Providence sports are suspended



42 – Athlete of the Week

41 – Team 22 Girls Basketball

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar,

mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | March 19, 2020


High school sports suspended

as schools close, Page 44


The area’s best girls basketball players

make up our Team 22, Page 41

AHAI state hockey tournament canceled after Lincoln-Way reaches Final Four, Page 46

Lincoln-Way’s Jason Lange works around a pair of PREP defenders during Lincoln-Way’s 2-1 win in a state quarterfinal March 10 at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville.

Lincoln-Way advanced to the state semifinals before the tournament was canceled because of coronavirus concerns. STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

More magazines by this user