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The Mokena Village Board of Trustees heard a proposal for a shooting range to come to Mokena during a June 16 work session at Village Hall. 

Dubbed Live Fire Gun Shop & Club, the business would be housed in a brand-new, custom-designed, 38,000-square-foot building at 18810 88th Ave. if granted a special use permit by the board. The establishment as currently proposed would contain a gun shop and shooting ranges for rifles and pistols. The business would also offer concealed carry classes and club membership. 

Rebecca Susmarski

A Mokena firefighter was hospitalized and later released Monday, June 2, after responding to a residential fire in the 10000 block of Cambridge Drive in Mokena, said Mokena Fire Protection District Chief Howard Stephens. 

The firefighter, taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, “is doing OK at this point,” Stephens said. 

Around 5:52 p.m. the fire districts of Mokena and Frankfort were dispatched and upon arriving found a kitchen fire inside one unit of a four-unit townhouse complex, Stephens said. 

Will O'Brien

Mokena resident Pvt Aaron Toppen was tragically killed in the line of duty.  Arriving back to the United States the week of June 9, 2014,  local florist and owner of An English Garden on Front St.,  Kim McAuliffe decided to support the Toppen family by inundating the community with free yellow ribbon for residents trees.

Advertising only on Facebook, McAuliffe blew through over 5,000 yards of yellow ribbons simply by word of mouth in two days between June 12 and 14.

Rebecca Susmarski

Pictured is an early evening shot of the Ebert Farm Service grain elevator on Front Street. Chester D. Ebert, who ran Ebert Farm Service for almost 40 years, died in mid-April at the age of 95. Photo by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

Editor’s Note: Mokena-gram is a new feature that will appear in The Messenger’s Life & Arts section each week (see a full explanation on Page 19). Professional photographer, Mokena resident and frequent Messenger contributor Jean Lachat is the woman behind Mokena-gram’s lens.

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

The early morning rain on Wednesday, June 11, stopped just in time for the Mokena Chamber of Commerce to host its annual golf outing at Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox. 

 More than 80 golfers divided into about 21 teams of four were expected to participate in the event. The outing ran under a Las Vegas theme this year — that is, “What happens at the Mokena Chamber golf outing stays at the Mokena Chamber golf outing.” 

Rebecca Susmarski

The Lincoln-Way East girls track and field team is truly that: a team. Now, the Griffins are also something else — back-to-back Illinois High School Association Class 3A state champions.

Behind a number of record-breaking performances, East placed in the Top 8 in seven different events and cruised to a 72-point, championship-winning total Saturday, May 24, at O’Brien Stadium on the campus of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston.

Although Mokena resident Kathleen Fitzgerald Bowlds could be called a devoted teacher — a heroine, even — she humbly prefers not to broadcast her efforts. 

Yet Bowlds’s colleagues touted her superior work for her on Friday, May 2, when they surprised her with the Most Distinguished Teacher for 2013-2014 award at a ceremony in Gaelic Park. Bowlds educates children ranging in age from 14-21 with physical impairments and also works with children with other special needs via after-school activities. 

Police use stun gun to subdue teen

Police fired a stun gun at a Mokena 19-year-old who was arrested on charges of underage drinking, resisting arrest and disobeying a traffic control device. 

Around 3:02 a.m. on April 5, Robert M. Hollingsworth, of the 11400 block of Abbey Road, and a passenger were stopped after police received reports of a “vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and throwing beer bottles.” 

Will O'Brien

How many suburbs does it take to help an injured, four- pound dog? 

In the case of one toy miniature pinscher rescue, three. 

An anonymous couple found the estimated 2-year-old dog lying in front of the Charter Fitness in Frankfort Township on June 3. Her pelvis was fractured by an unknown cause. 

Rebecca Susmarski

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