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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

June 29

• Brian Garcia, 20, of St. Charles, was arrested at 6:36 p.m. and charged with driving without valid registration, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with a suspended driver’s license after police observed the motorcycle he was riding at Everett and Cambridge Drive did not have registration on it. His court date is Aug. 13 in Joliet.  

June 28

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. 

When the conditions are just right, one can see layers of mist roll across the fields of Yunker Farm on LaPorte Road. The traditional gabled farmhouse and the big red barn atop its craggy foundation emerge from the dew to greet one like an old friend. 

What was once but one of many farmsteads dotting the landscape, Yunker Farm is now the last within our village. It is such an everyday part of our local fabric, that it’s easy to overlook the farm’s heritage, one that is so tightly connected with our community.

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

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.

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

Growing and selling medical marijuana in Mokena won’t be easy.

The Village Board made sure of that Monday, April 28, when during a regular meeting it approved zoning ordinance revisions designed to ensure those looking to operate a cultivation or distribution facility here would undergo multiple rounds of review before getting permission to open.

Under the revisions, operating a medical marijuana business would require a special use permit.

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

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.