• Pictured are members of the auxiliaries and VFW Post 725 in Mokena (second row, left to right) Dawn Kordik, Walter Richmond and Jim Peppmuller; and (first row, left to right) Ron Rodeghero, Paula Graser and Andy Cash. Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media

    Banding together

    April 1, 2015 By Danny Ciamprone, Editor News

    Regardless of their age, sex, background or upbringing, the members of William Martin Post 725 who gathered in the basement of the Mokena VFW hall were all unified under a common t

  • Pictured is the bison sugo ($24) at Harvest Room in Palos Heights. It features slow-braised Indiana bison over hand-rolled sweet potato gnocchi, with candied walnuts and Fresno chiles. Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

    The Dish: Harvest Room keeps creativity alive with new chef, spring menu

    March 31, 2015 By Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    When it comes to creativity, Harvest Room was never in short supply.

  • Village trustee candidates answer questions before April 7 election

    March 31, 2015 By Danny Ciamprone, Editor News

    Two slates and a total of six candidates – including three incumbents – are vying for three spots on the Mokena Village Board of Trustees.

  • Pictured are (left to right) Frankfort Fire Protection District chief James Grady, Tom Shanahan, Jasmine Coomer, Mokena police officer Mike DePolo, Mokena Police Chief Steven Vaccaro and Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer. Vaccaro and Fleischer presented a Life Saving Award to Coomer and DePolo Monday, March 23, for their efforts to save Shanahan’s life following a cardiac arrest. Photo submitted

    Mokena honors two for life-saving efforts

    March 30, 2015 By Danny Ciamprone, Editor News, Village

    In his 35 years serving as a Chicago fireman, Tom Shanahan assisted countless people in the line of duty, but as life would have it, the local hero recently found himself needing some help af

  • Mandy, a certified therapy dog, gives her owner Anne Lindley a kiss at their Mokena home. The pair host reading sessions at the Mokena Community Public Library, where children who need help with reading can come and read a book of their choice to Mandy. Rebecca Susmarski/22nd Century Media

    Mokena therapy dog helps children with reading aloud

    March 23, 2015 By Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor News

    Numerous studies show that dogs make people happier, but one Mokena dog has taken her service to mankind further by giving children a boost of confidence.