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Grace Fellowship Church in Mokena has redefined the meaning of Vacation Bible School with its productions over the years that has featured an inspiring message mixed in with creative costumes, elaborate sets and an abundance of entertainment.

This year’s VBS centralized on a “Chozen” theme based on the popular Disney movie, “Frozen.” The production also helped the Mokena church take the top prize in this year’s Fourth of July parade in Mokena for best float and for judge’s choice.

Danny Ciamprone

John Mihalos’ new restaurant would have made his grandmother proud.

Mihalos, an Orland Park resident, opened Just Shrimp in November, and the restaurant serves only the freshest seafood — shrimp, catfish and other wild-caught products arrive by truck daily — coated in a light, crispy batter and infused with spices that evoke Cajun flavors.

Danny Ciamprone

Hometown hero 

Photo by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

Yellow ribbons adorn trees in front of Ken and Danielle Newbauer’s home on Marjorie Parkway in Mokena. Ken, a former infantry member, said he wanted to show support for his neighbors, the family of Aaron Toppen, who was killed in Afghanistan while on active duty with the U.S. Army.

Mokena-gram producer Jean Lachat blogs at spiritofthesoulphotography.wordpress.com

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

“More happiness.”

That was the term that Lincoln-Way North girls’ volleyball senior middle hitter Valen Manns used last week.

She had good reason too, as she helped lead the Phoenix to the championship of the summer league playoffs on Thursday, July 31, at Palos Courts in Palos Heights.  

Rebecca Susmarski

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

Plans to develop a pair of subdivisions in Mokena are moving ahead.
A development known as Ginger Creek, featuring 38 upscale lots on 38 acres along the 19300 block of Townline Road, could soon get final approval from the Village Board, said Alan Zordan, Mokena’s director of economic and community development.
Ginger Creek is being developed by Huguelet Homes, a firm with a longstanding presence in the local area and track record of successful developments. Huguelet Homes representatives have stated they’d like to break ground by spring, Zordan
said.

Will O'Brien

For more than 60 years, Lions Club International has served those in need all over the country, and while the club may have started as a way to help those who were visually or hearing impaired, the Mokena Lions Club has evolved to doing more for everyone in the community.

On June 22, Lion Craig McCutcheon presented information to the Mokena Village Board of Trustees and the public on not only the good the club was delivering in the area but also how it goes about in funding that continuing support.

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
A pair of racers enjoy the Autobahn Indoor Speedway facility in Maryland.

Ladies and gentleman of Mokena, start your engines. Indoor go-karts could be coming to town.
Developers at Autobahn Indoor Speedway want a two-track, 65,000-square-foot racing business up and running inside the Ligo building at 9100 W. 191st St. by June or July.
The plan was first publicly detailed Monday, Jan. 20, during a Village Board work session.

Will O'Brien

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