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Some may see the road Rick Tustin took to his new job at Grace Fellowship Church an act of fate — or even, the hand of God. 

Tustin, a Manhattan resident and father of three, accepted the interim position of lead pastor at the church after former lead pastor John Morlan departed on June 15 to preach in Colorado. Tustin left a tenured position at Hillcrest High School, where he taught for 12 years, to take the job. 

Danny Ciamprone

The inspiration came to Bridget Shafer, very aptly, on the Fourth of July. 

The Mokena resident had stepped out for a run that day when she thought of Pvt. Aaron Toppen, a 19-year-old Mokena resident who died in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan this past June. The young patriot inspired her to create the inaugural “Our Fallen Hero” 5K run/walk, which will take place at 8 a.m. on Sept. 27 at Willowview Park in Mokena. 

Rebecca Susmarski

The Mokena Blaze 12U baseball team took first place in the Midwest Region Slamfest held April 26-27 in Portage, Ind.

Good Neighbors of Mokena started out small as a group of Mokena men looking to help families following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

More than 10 years later, the nonprofit has nine board members and plans to extend its reach into Frankfort and New Lenox with a rebranding that includes a name change to the Good Neighbors of Lincoln-Way, said Don Finn, Good Neighbors board president.

Rebecca Susmarski

Newly released ComEd power supply rates show the Village of Mokena’s aggregation program will indeed continue to offer residents and small businesses substantial savings over ComEd rates, Assistant Village Administrator Kirk Zoellner said.

Zoellner, who has managed much of the aggregation process on the Village’s end, gave a presentation on the matter Monday, May 12, during a regular Village Board meeting.

Will O'Brien

Dear Editor,
It appears the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education and administrators are not addressing the underlying issue.  
In cutting 18 teachers and previously canceling the Air Force Junior ROTC program (which is now back but requires kids to be shipped to other schools), all due to enrollment issues for certain programs, this issue is about overcapacity.  
We have too many schools and not enough students.

Will O'Brien

From shopping and wine tastings to health tips and entertainment, more than 60 vendors are scheduled to appear at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.

The free expo will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park. The event is sponsored by Meijer, Beyer Natural Health Solutions and Bettenhausen Automotive.

Will O'Brien

Kyla Melnyczenko is put in her high chair when her mom Lynn heads over to the stereo. 

Through the speakers comes singer Iggy Izzalea, and grooving in her seat is Lynn’s 11-month old who starts to break into a dance. 

“It’s an adventure every day,” said her dad Eric Melnyczenko, assistant principal at Mokena Junior High. “We learn more and more about her and her personality.”

Aside from being a natural dancer, Melnyczenko said his daughter is a “fighter” who works hard day in and day out with her therapies.

Rebecca Susmarski

Women in the southwest suburbs will be treated to a day of shopping and pampering at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.
The expo — which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center — is to feature dozens of booths. The event will offer everything a woman needs such as health screenings, fashion and beauty tips, food, home décor, shopping and more.

Will O'Brien

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. 

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