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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

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

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

A Mokena man was charged with retail theft June 2 at 20005 S. Wolf Road in Mokena after attempting to steal a 750 mL bottle of vodka and conceal the bottle in the front of his pants.

David Bachar, 33, of 9403 W. Ash Ave., in Mokena, was charged after a complainant observed the suspect try to conceal the bottle and then attempt to proceed passed the last point of sale before being detained, police said. Police were then called and the subject was charged with retail theft.

May 29

Danny Ciamprone

Police use stun gun to subdue teen

Police fired a stun gun at a Mokena 19-year-old who was arrested on charges of underage drinking, resisting arrest and disobeying a traffic control device. 

Around 3:02 a.m. on April 5, Robert M. Hollingsworth, of the 11400 block of Abbey Road, and a passenger were stopped after police received reports of a “vehicle driving at a high rate of speed and throwing beer bottles.” 

Will O'Brien

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

March 25: Corey Thompson, 21, of 1519 S. Ottawa St. in Joliet, was charged with having a suspended/revoked driver’s license, operating an uninsured motor vehicle and disobeying a traffic control device in the 9600 block of  West 191st Street in Mokena, after police observed the driver make an illegal left turn where a “no left turn” signal was posted.

March 22

Danny Ciamprone

Two slates and a total of six candidates – including three incumbents – are vying for three spots on the Mokena Village Board of Trustees.

The Mokena Messenger interviewed each candidate in advance of the April 7 Consolidated Election.

Candidate questionnaires were conducted by phone and appear in the order the names will appear on the April ballots, which is based on a lottery system in Will County.

 * Denotes incumbent

Name: Deborah Engler*

• Age: 57 

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

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