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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 of Mokena. 

Kropp grew up in the house during the Great Depression and returned in 2007, after spending decades away from Mokena. During that time, Kropp served in the military, owned a successful landscape architectural business and traveled all over the world. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Welcome back.

It’s the middle of the day and you have a hankering for a corned beef or pastrami sandwich on marble rye and you’re in beautiful Mokena, Illinois. Driving to downtown Chicago for your deli fix isn’t an option. What to do, what to do?

If you’re in Mokena or the Lincoln-Way area, then the answer is quite simple. Drop in at D’Marie’s Deli,  19031 Old LaGrange Road (right next to Stoney Point Grill) and place your order with owners Gil and Christina Rimsnider.

Good Neighbors of Mokena started out small as a group of Mokena men looking to help families following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

More than 10 years later, the nonprofit has nine board members and plans to extend its reach into Frankfort and New Lenox with a rebranding that includes a name change to the Good Neighbors of Lincoln-Way, said Don Finn, Good Neighbors board president.

Rebecca Susmarski

The Mokena Blaze 12U baseball team took first place in the Midwest Region Slamfest held April 26-27 in Portage, Ind.

Ownership of the 55-acre shopping plaza where a Meijer superstore is under construction is set to change hands.
A deal between the parcel’s original developer, Mokena Retail Associates, and Inland Venture Corporation, a publicly traded trust with 161 properties nationwide, could be squared away within the next 30 to 45 days, said Alan Zordan, the Village’s director of economic and community development.
The property, known as Mokena Marketplace, is located at the southwest corner of Lincoln Highway and Wolf Road.

Will O'Brien

The Mokena Messenger is rolling out another new weekly feature, this one highlighting the handiwork of professional photographer Jean Lachat, who lives and operates a studio in Mokena.

Not long ago, the publication added two columnists: Jay Margalus, the author of Front Street Tech (weekly); and Robin Melvin, writer of Robin’s Nest (monthly). 

Now, we’re adding some exciting visuals to the mix.

Will O'Brien

Frank Fleischer takes a seat in EggCetera Cafe across from State Senator Michael Hastings (D-19), surrounded by Village officials.

It is early summer 2013, roughly one month after Fleischer is sworn is as mayor of the Village of Mokena.

It is a friendly chat in one of Mokena’s staple restaurants, but it is also one of the first discussions that would lead to Fleischer’s “signature project.”

Flash forward roughly one year later.

Rebecca Susmarski

The Food & Wine Fest has been a tradition in the Village of Mokena for the past 10 years, and while some changes will be made for this year’s event, the outlook for good times appear undaunted.

Dennis Buxbaum, president of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Food & Wine Fest, said one of the changes this year will be the timing of certain events within the festival.

Danny Ciamprone

Women in the southwest suburbs will be treated to a day of shopping and pampering at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.
The expo — which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center — is to feature dozens of booths. The event will offer everything a woman needs such as health screenings, fashion and beauty tips, food, home décor, shopping and more.

Will O'Brien

The sun’s been shining. The temperature’s rising, and, as if one more sign of summer’s arrival was needed, the Mokena Blast softball organization on Friday, May 23, through Sunday, May 25, took over a pair of Mokena’s parks with its annual Blast into Summer Memorial Day tournament.

Cheers and pings of aluminum bats could be heard across town as 38 teams from throughout the Chicagoland area arrived to compete at Main and McGovney parks, said John Sheehan, a Blast parent and tournament coordinator.

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