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June 14, 2014 was Flag Day.  It was also the perfect day to hold a fundraiser to benefit vets.

On the heals of the tragedy that befell resident Pvt. Aaron Toppen, Mokena resident Nicki Serbin came up with the idea to hold a fundraiser at the Mokena VFW Post 725 to raise money for The Wounded Warrior Project and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (I.A.V.A.)  Titled “Serve Our Vets,” Serbin asked Americans to join the cause to support those vets.

Rebecca Susmarski

John Mihalos’ new restaurant would have made his grandmother proud.

Mihalos, an Orland Park resident, opened Just Shrimp in November, and the restaurant serves only the freshest seafood — shrimp, catfish and other wild-caught products arrive by truck daily — coated in a light, crispy batter and infused with spices that evoke Cajun flavors.

Danny Ciamprone

On June 14, the 11 and younger Mokena Blast girls’ softball team made it to the championship game in the Naperville Father’s Day tournament.

The team took second place in the 12 and under bracket – one division up – with a final score of 2-1.

The team includes Kathryn Ponton, Ashlyn Agnich, Ashley Carter, Morgan Dapkus, Laila Summers, Abbie Caskey, Hayley Wlodarski, Megan Smith, Eliza Rex and Madelyn Del Cotto. 

The team is coached by Ed Wlodarski, with assistant coach Mike Dapkus and manager Mike Agnich.

Rebecca Susmarski

Jillian Hersted and her family were familiar with the Creamery and enjoyed its products for years, so when they heard that the business was for sale, they decided to make a move to keep its doors open.

The first Creamery was opened in Frankfort in 1981, and the store grew to become a chain with six other locations — Mokena, Homer Glen, Manhattan, Manteno, New Lenox and Orland Hills, according to the Creamery’s website. It primarily sells ice cream, along with some sandwiches and other food items.

Danny Ciamprone

The Mokena School District 159 Board of Education will look very different the next time it congregates, due to some changes it made at its April 29 meeting. 

District superintendent Omar Castillo swore in new board members Jennifer Riedl and Jaime Staley, and re-inducted board member Aaron Janik, who ran uncontested in the election this past spring. The board then unanimously made Jim Andresen its president and Stacy Cesta its vice president, and reinstated Anna Briscoe as its secretary. 

Rebecca Susmarski

A Bourbonnais woman was charged with retail theft April 6 after attempting to steal five packages of ribs and fleeing from a Mokena store.

Amber Zummallen, 26, of 1325 N. Arthur Burch, in Bourbonnais, was later located by police hiding under a semi-trailer at 11305 W. Lincoln Highway in Mokena. The suspect allegedly tried to steal several packages of ribs, and after being apprehended by police, stated she had stole 10 packages of bacon approximately one week prior from the same location.

April 6

Danny Ciamprone

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

Anticipating a larger audience than usual Thursday, May 14, the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education moved its meeting to the Lincoln-Way Central auditorium.

The topic on most peoples’ minds was the persistent rumors over whether the district’s financial woes would cause it to shutter one of its four high schools.

Superintendent Dr. R. Scott Tingley presented information at the meeting to not only the board members but also the public, in hopes of “laying the groundwork” for the discussion.

Danny Ciamprone

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.

Mary Lou Cioffi remembers exactly what her son Nick did when a drunk driver hit their car two years ago.

“The one thing I remember as I sat in the car ... a jacket was taken and put over me, because I heard Nick say, ‘put that over her, I don’t want her to go into shock,’” said Mary Lou, of Mokena. “He used his first aid training.”

Rebecca Susmarski

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