• Alex Herman, Instructor Amanda Herman’s son, shows off his muddy hands after playing in the mud during Tinkergarten on Sept. 13. His shirt reads “Go outside and play.” In the background, Simone Davisson, who was at the class with her mother, Susan Davisson, jumps in the mud puddle the students created. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

    Tinkergarten class brings outdoor play to town: Hands-on learning is designed to spark creativity, promotes sensory play

    September 18, 2017 By Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor Life & Arts
    “Go Outside and Play” read one boy’s shirt at the first day of Tinkergarten, a class led by Mokena resident Amanda Knittel Herman to encourage outdoor learning for youngsters.
  • Blossom, a 1-year-old service dog from 1Pet1Vet, decides to take it easy while the people do all the hard work at CrossFit Mokena’s charity fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 17. All of the proceeds from the day went toward 1Pet1Vet, which trains and supplies service dogs for veterans at no cost to the vets. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

    CrossFit Mokena raises funds for vets: Gym raises $4,600 for local charity, 1Pet1Vet

    September 18, 2017 By T.J. Kremer III, Editor News
    When CrossFit Mokena co-owner Christie Neighbors said she wanted to double from last year the amount her gym would donate to charity, she sounded optimistic.
  • East's Kwaku Appiah goes up for the touchdown grab over a Sandburg defender in the Friday, Sept. 15, game. The Griffins rolled to a 46-7 win and will face rival Lincoln-Way Central on Friday, Sept. 22. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

    No. 1 LW East downs Sandburg

    September 16, 2017 By Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    In a Week 4 contest between two SouthWest Suburban Conference teams Friday, Sept. 15, Lincoln-Way East showed no signs of slowing down anytime soon, as the No. 1-ranked team in Class 8A steamrolled Sandburg 46-7 in Frankfort.
  • Lincoln-Way Central defensive back Peyton Nigro blocks a Lockport Field Goal attempt which gets returned for a TD. Photos by Mark Korosa/22nd Century Media

    ‘We had to get revenge’: LW Central blanks Lockport 42-0, faces rival East next in matchup of unbeatens

    September 16, 2017 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    There was a lot of motivation for the Lincoln-Way Central football team. A huge homecoming crowd, playing an opponent that had defeated the Knights on their home field the season before. Not to mention that they simply wanted to show that they belong.
  • Ryan Hesslau, a Mokena resident and Lincoln-Way East alumnus, speaks to participants of the ForeverU 5k on Saturday, Sept. 9. Hesslau founded ForeverU as a Facebook page in 2012 as a means to provide support for teens facing bullying and other challenges in their lives. Photos by Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media

    ForeverU builds support systems to fight bullying

    September 12, 2017 By Jason Maholy, Freelance Reporter News
    Early during his years as a student at Lincoln-Way East High School, Ryan Hesslau fell in with what he referred to as “the wrong crowds” and caved to the peer pressures many youths face during a period of life often filled with uncertainty, anxiety and insecurity.