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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.

Aidan Byrne, Mokena Elementary first-grader 

Byrne was chosen as this week’s Standout Student for his academic excellence.

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

I like it quiet when I am studying because I get easily distracted.

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

I like to play sports like soccer, baseball and football. I also like to play on my iPad or video games.

Rebecca Susmarski

Oct. 21

• Steven Higgins, 55, of 19403 S. Wolf Road in Orland Park, was charged with driving on a suspended/revoked driver’s license and speeding at Wolf Road and Boyer Court in Mokena after police reported the driver to be traveling at a high rate of speed.

Danny Ciamprone

Feb. 2

• Kaitlin Hallahan, 20, of 19534 S. 115th Ave. in Mokena, was charged with domestic battery, illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and criminal damage to property at 19534 S. 115th Ave. after a physical dispute with family members.

Feb. 1

Rebecca Susmarski

The newly opened Velocity All Sports has come a long way in just a few months since Village approval – going from 50,000 empty square feet to now housing hundreds of athletes on any given night with state of the art equipment.

“It’s been fantastic,” said co-owner Cindy See of the Mokena sports complex. “We’re getting booked heavily, club coaches and owners are coming in and booking a lot of the space.”

Rebecca Susmarski

Six individuals filed to run for four positions on the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education in the upcoming municipal elections — two of which are current board members. 

Board members James Gast and Stephen White opted not to run for another term, while members Christine Glatz and Kevin Molloy are to campaign to hold onto their seats on April 7. Mokena resident Joseph Spalla, and Frankfort residents Ronald Lullo, Chris McFadden, and Steve Kapsalis are to run, as well. 

Danny Ciamprone

Last summer, the Mokena Educational Foundation started a brainstorming session that now has not only lead to big things for the organization, but Mokena School District 159 as well.

“We kept asking ourselves, ‘How can we do more with the money that we have?’” asked Christy Mullin, president of the MEF, Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the Mokena School District 159 Board of Education meeting. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Adeline Bowen, Mokena Elementary first-grader

Bowen was picked as this week’s Standout Student for her academic excellence.

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

One essential I must have when studying is a quiet space so I can focus.

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

When I am not in school or studying I like to cook with my mom.

Rebecca Susmarski

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
A pair of racers enjoy the Autobahn Indoor Speedway facility in Maryland.

Ladies and gentleman of Mokena, start your engines. Indoor go-karts could be coming to town.
Developers at Autobahn Indoor Speedway want a two-track, 65,000-square-foot racing business up and running inside the Ligo building at 9100 W. 191st St. by June or July.
The plan was first publicly detailed Monday, Jan. 20, during a Village Board work session.

Will O'Brien

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