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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

Mike Jansto doesn’t mind the fact his dog outweighs him by more than 30 pounds.

He’s proud of it, and his “bigger the better” attitude paid off Sunday, May 18, when Kaash, Jansto’s 2-year-old, 162-pound Great Dane, was named Largest Pet during the Mokena Community Park District’s Woofstock event at Main Park.

“He’s a big dog, but will probably not get much bigger,” the Homer Glen resident said before elaborating on Kaash’s favorite meal — half a rotisserie chicken mixed with a bowlful of dry dog food.

Will O'Brien

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

The Mokena Blaze 13U baseball team won its first tournament of 2014 the weekend of April 12-13 at the Nations Select Championship in Joliet.

The team went undefeated in pool play, earning a No. 1 seed and proceeding to sweep the competition in the single-elimination bracket to claim the championship title with a 5-0 record.

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

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

Nikole Van Gennep is a junior at Lincoln-Way East and a pitcher on the Griffins softball team. She went 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and an RBI last week to help East defeat Oak Forest 14-3.

The team had some wild scoring swings last week, driving in 14 runs, a run and 12 runs in the first three games of the week. What do the Griffins have to do to stay consistent?

I think we just have to find the groove. When we are all hitting and doing our part, it works a lot better.

July 14

• Sergio Juarez, 37, of Orland Park, was arrested and charged with DUI alcohol, having no valid driver’s license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and improper lane usage after police saw the suspect drifting in the lane at 12:22 a.m. in the 19600 block of La Grange Road in Mokena. His court date is Aug. 13 in Joliet.

Rebecca Susmarski

Hola, bonjour, hallo and hello: greetings in the four languages that a group of Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 students have mastered. 

Speaking four divergent languages and hailing from the district’s four schools, 80 students became the first recipients in Illinois history to qualify for the new state-recognized Seal of Biliteracy during a ceremony Wednesday, April 10, at Lincoln-Way Central. 

Down one game in the Illinois High School Association state title game and tied 24-24 in the second set Saturday, June 7, Lincoln-Way East senior outside hitter Nate Van Dellen was as confident as ever.

Van Dellen didn’t doubt his team would come back against Warren and win the school’s first boys volleyball state title.

“Not at all; not for a second,” he said. “At the time, we had won 40 games together. I didn’t doubt these guys for a second.”

Rebecca Susmarski

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