• Ava Gleason (with cross), a St. Mary Catholic School eighth-grader, leads Mokena’s Good Friday cross walk. The April 18 event saw more than 150 members of Mokena churches trek from one church to another over several hours. Photos by Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media

    The way of the cross

    April 22, 2014 By Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor News

    Many Christians pray or donate to charities to practice their beliefs, but on Friday, April 18, some local churchgoers expressed their faith more publicly.

  • Keith Jones of V3 Companies administers a controlled burn on April 16 at Mokena’s Crystal Creek Wetland and Prairie Park, located a few blocks southeast of the intersection of Wolf Road and 187th Street. The ecological restoration specialist firm was hired by the Land Conservancy of Will County on behalf of the Village to perform the burn as a means of forcing out non-native plant species and spurring the growth of native plants, Jones said. Photo by Will O’Brien/22nd Century Media

    Park set ablaze (on purpose)

    April 22, 2014 By Will O'Brien, Editor News
  • Pictured is Dean Anna of the New York Yankees. The Lincoln-Way East alum moved to Mokena in middle school before spending years in the minors, and earlier this year, inking a deal with the world-famous team. Photo submitted.

    Mokena-bred ballplayer achieves dream

    April 22, 2014 By Jon DePaolis, Contributing Editor Sports

    Dean Anna has played baseball for a lot of teams in his life. 

  • Mokena resident and autodidact David Kropp reads in the living room of his historic house. Built by Kropp’s father in 1924, the house contains many items and artifacts Kropp has collected in his pursuit of knowledge, including a library of more than 2,000 books. Photos by Rebecca Susmarski/22nd Century Media

    Historic house owner lives ‘full life’

    April 21, 2014 By Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor Life & Arts

    Mokena resident David Kropp has something in common with his vibrant yellow home on Third Street: both have witnessed tumultuous periods in American history, as well as the growth

  • Actress Mary Beth Burns, playing Sister, enters the Lincoln-Way North Performing Arts Center auditorium Wednesday, April 16, during her one-woman show, “Sister’s Easter Catechism.” Photos by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

    ‘Sister’s Easter’ performance charms crowd

    April 21, 2014 By Tim Hadac, Staff Writer Life & Arts

    While Lent is typically a time of solemn sacrifice and quiet self-denial for observant Catholics and other Christians, this year’s Holy Week was wholly joyful, at least for 75 minu