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When a little boy at AutoZone stared at Michael Assefa’s prosthetic running blade recently, Assefa responded by lifting the blade and saying “It’s cool, isn’t it? Just like Iron Man!”

The positive response is characteristic of the 21-year-old Lincoln-Way East alum. Assefa lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident, but during the past three years, has risen to become one of 31 representatives from the United States in the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports World Games.  

Seven thousand Easter eggs may sound like a load too large for even the Easter Bunny to carry, but a local club will soon hide that amount for Mokena children to find.
The Lions Club of Mokena will host its annual Easter egg hunt promptly at noon on Saturday, April 12, at the Mokena Community Park District’s Main Park, 10847 W. La Porte Road. All children ages 2-15 are invited to participate and will be divided into three groups at the hunt based on age.

Will O'Brien

Bridie Doyle, Mokena Elementary School first-grader

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?

One thing I must have when studying is peace and quiet because I can’t focus if it’s loud.  

What do you like to do when not in school or studying?

I like to ride horses at Fitzjoy Farm.

What is your dream job and why?

Will O'Brien

Olivia Rydzewski first became interested in horses in second grade, when she spotted a riding program description in a Frankfort Square Park District brochure.
“She’s been in love ever since,” Liz Rydzewski, Olivia’s mother, said of her daughter.
The Lincoln-Way North freshman and Tinley Park resident was among dozens of Nova Quarter Horses, Inc. students to participate in the Mokena riding stable’s Spring Fling showcase on the weekend of March 29-30.

Will O'Brien

Dear Editor,
It appears the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education and administrators are not addressing the underlying issue.  
In cutting 18 teachers and previously canceling the Air Force Junior ROTC program (which is now back but requires kids to be shipped to other schools), all due to enrollment issues for certain programs, this issue is about overcapacity.  
We have too many schools and not enough students.

Will O'Brien

Residents of the Prairie Ridge subdivision will have developed park space to enjoy after the Mokena Community Park District was awarded a $400,000 grant to develop the space through the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Numerous amenities will be added to the 5.7-acre plot, which is located southwest of the intersection of Wolf Road and Lincoln Highway.

Will O'Brien

They’re engaged!
Mokena residents Ken Larsen and Samantha Claysen are very proud to announce their engagement. The wedding date is set for June 7 at the Riviera Country Club in Orland Park.
Ken proposed under a waterfall at the Gaylord Opryland Resort in Nashville, Tenn.

Will O'Brien

It’s not every day a rabbit pals around with a lion, but that’s exactly what happened Saturday, April 12, at Main Park, much to the delight of several hundred local boys and girls.

The Easter Bunny and Rory, the mascot of Lions Clubs International, mixed it up with some good-natured pantomime and posed for photos with tots of all ages at the Lions Club of Mokena’s annual Easter egg hunt.

Will O'Brien

Web design firm leases space
Olivieri Real Estate LLC recently announced the completed lease for Top Quality Online Solutions, Inc. located at the Regency Office Suites occupying suite 204 at 10062 190th Place, Mokena.
Owned and operated by Donald S. Anderson, the business provides web design, internet marketing and networking solutions.

Will O'Brien

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