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Bucky and Mojo

Myrna Wiese

Mother of Mokena resident

Dear Editor,

I was recently visiting my daughter, Christine Kreke, in Mokena and read your “plea” for pictures for Pet of the Week.  Her dogs, Bucky and Mojo, most certainly qualify as outstanding entries. Both dogs were rescued by Chrissy and her late husband, Shane. Although spoiled rotten, they are her companions and children.

Thanks for considering my grandpuppies for your feature.

Will O'Brien

New Lenox resident Robert Lawruk had a strategy for surviving cancer. 

“You have to keep your mind active,” said Lawruk, who was treated for both prostate and lung cancer in 2008. “I worked a regular job all the way through it. I think if I sat home and dwelled upon it, it might have affected me more. But I went to work and had other things to think about than cancer.” 

Rebecca Susmarski

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

It’s not every day a rabbit pals around with a lion, but that’s exactly what happened Saturday, April 12, at Main Park, much to the delight of several hundred local boys and girls.

The Easter Bunny and Rory, the mascot of Lions Clubs International, mixed it up with some good-natured pantomime and posed for photos with tots of all ages at the Lions Club of Mokena’s annual Easter egg hunt.

Will O'Brien

For the 16th straight year, the Mokena Community Park District will host Woofstock, providing local pets and their owners an opportunity to strut their stuff with competition prizes — not to mention bragging rights — on the line.

The annual celebration of all things animal will return to Main Park on Sunday, May 18, with registration starting at 1 p.m. and activities commencing a half hour later. Admission is free, and the event is open to all animals.

March 23
• At 1 a.m. in the 19500 block of Midland Avenue, Carlie R. Foreman, 25, of the same address, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug equipment. She was transported to the Will County Adult Detention Facility.

March 22
• At 12:11 a.m. in the 11600 block of Seminole Court, Lauren Dolores Bayci, 33, of the 300 block of Sunset Trail, New Lenox, was arrested on a charge of theft. She was released pending a May 12 local court date.

Will O'Brien

Welcome back.

Awhile back, I was contacted by a reader who suggested that I take a look at this week’s subject material. The fact that it’s a little “out there” made me somewhat curious to research it in detail. You can make your own decision about its newsworthiness. I’m going to lean on the old cliche that “I’m just the messenger.”

Kudos to all of you that have already guessed that the letters “U,” “F” and “O” are part of this tale. Ever see a UFO over Mokena? If your answer is yes, then apparently you’re not alone.

Rebecca Susmarski

May 5

• At 2:23 a.m. in the 12400 block of Steamboat Springs Drive, Louis A. Manzella, 22, of the 700 block of Amber Road, New Lenox, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug equipment and driving with expired registration. Police allegedly found 6.7 grams of marijuana inside Manzella’s vehicle along with a digital scale, grinder device, smoking pipe and $462 cash. He was released pending a June 11 court date.

May 3

Will O'Brien

The Joliet Slammers baseball team recently announced it has hired MK Orthopaedics, a physicians group with an office in Mokena, as its team physicians.

Dr. Ryan Pizinger of MK will be lead physician.

The doctors of MK Orthopaedics will work closely with the Slammers head athletic trainer Andrew Gates. MK also has offices in Joliet and Bolingbrook.

For more information, call (815) 741-6900.

Representatives on behalf of the Meijer store due to open in Mokena this summer gave $25,000 to the Mokena Elementary School District 159 Board of Education during a June 18 board meeting. 

Jags Brar, director of the Mokena Meijer, and Lisa Milla, Brar’s partner, presented the check to board president Danielle Didrickson in front of superintendent Omar Castillo and four other members of the board. (Members Joseph Spalla and Patrick Markham were absent.) 

Rebecca Susmarski