Wide open – 50,000 square feet to be exact – of what will soon be filled with athletes, an array of sports courts and fans all within the friendly confines of what may very well be the first of several indoor recreation facilities for a couple’s vision that knows no bounds.
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Since finishing high school, a group of Mokena and Frankfort natives have gone on to excel at Olivet Nazarene University both on and off the softball diamond.
Cheryl Sendzik, Caitlin Santefort, Hannah Gardner and Megan Butler all made big contributions to the Tigers’ 49-5-1 season, conference championship and NAIA World Series appearance, said longtime Olivet Coach Ritchie Richardson.
“The year itself has been fantastic, and these girls are a big reason why,” he said.
Tired, unoccupied and under utilized, it was growing more unlikely each day that the Therafin building in Mokena would see a proper use in the near future.
“It was almost to the point where [the building] had fallen into a state of disrepair and was also just so old and tired that in a lot of cases it didn’t meet the proper codes for certain uses,” said Mokena Village Administrator John Downs.
To the southeast of Rome lies the town of Amaseno – a small farming community in Italy with a population of about 4,000.
It’s also a place where three women can trace their roots from, and what serves as the focal point for a passion that has developed through generations of families.
“We grew up together in the same town and have known each other since we were little kids,” said Anna Panici as she helped get dinner ready Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Scrementi’s Italian Grill in Mokena.
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.
With Frisbees floating lazily around Mokena’s Main Park Friday, July 4, the 60-member, red-shirted Encore Concert Band tuned its instruments.
“This is the part of our Fourth of July celebration that I have come to like best,” said Bea Johannsen, a Mokena resident, as she set down her wooden picnic basket and spread a checkered, red-and-white blanket on the grass. “When my kids were young, the parade was always the highlight. But now that I’m up in age, I like things a little more relaxed, like this concert.”
A Frankfort man was charged with possession of a controlled substance after police observed the suspect ducking in-and-out between vehicles in Mokena.
Aaron Fister, 20, of 10650 Williamsburg Trail, in Frankfort, was apprehended April 1 at 19546 S. 116th Ave. in Mokena. After police investigated the scene, the suspect said he was waiting “for friends to get home.” Police then conducted a pat down when a bottle of pills without a label was discovered.
Police said the suspect indicated he did not have a prescription with him.
Cassidy DeGraff is a junior at Lincoln-Way North. The Tinley Park resident and girls water polo player led her team in goals this season.
Lincoln-Way West upset the Phoenix 10-9 in the quarterfinals of the sectional last week. What happened in that game?
Honestly, West stepped up and we underestimated them. They set up something different with Bridget Soukup shooting from the outside, and we just kept fouling her.
On the surface, “Made in Mokena” may appear like an ordinary cookbook with recipes ranging from appetizers to desserts, but the substance of the newly released hard cover is made up of the like-minded will of residents and a community looking to support an educational cause.
A 29-year-old Mokena man and former educator at Herscher Community Unit School District 2 who allegedly abused six students in December at a Yorkville hotel is facing numerous charges.