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Awhile back, I was contacted by a reader who suggested that I take a look at this week’s subject material. The fact that it’s a little “out there” made me somewhat curious to research it in detail. You can make your own decision about its newsworthiness. I’m going to lean on the old cliche that “I’m just the messenger.”

Kudos to all of you that have already guessed that the letters “U,” “F” and “O” are part of this tale. Ever see a UFO over Mokena? If your answer is yes, then apparently you’re not alone.

Rebecca Susmarski

The Joliet Slammers baseball team recently announced it has hired MK Orthopaedics, a physicians group with an office in Mokena, as its team physicians.

Dr. Ryan Pizinger of MK will be lead physician.

The doctors of MK Orthopaedics will work closely with the Slammers head athletic trainer Andrew Gates. MK also has offices in Joliet and Bolingbrook.

For more information, call (815) 741-6900.

It is with a certain degree of bittersweet emotion I am announcing my resignation as Editor of The Mokena Messenger.

My last day with the paper was Friday, June 13, (not unlucky, I hope). This edition is the last one my fast-typing, phone-dialing hands will touch.

In May 2012, I moved to Chicago a starry-eyed Wisconsin boy not far removed from college, hoping one day I’d know the pleasures of not only living but also working in the city, so that’s what I’m going to do.

Rebecca Susmarski

With their inaugural season in the books, members of the Lincoln-Way girls lacrosse team can look back with pride, knowing their historic campaign was, by all measures, a resounding success.

The club — its athletes are students of all grade levels at all four Lincoln-Way high schools — played its last match of the season Monday, May 12, in Plainfield, finishing with a winning record, months of memories and hopes of building a competitive program that will provide team-sport opportunities to local girls for years to come.

Olivia Rydzewski first became interested in horses in second grade, when she spotted a riding program description in a Frankfort Square Park District brochure.
“She’s been in love ever since,” Liz Rydzewski, Olivia’s mother, said of her daughter.
The Lincoln-Way North freshman and Tinley Park resident was among dozens of Nova Quarter Horses, Inc. students to participate in the Mokena riding stable’s Spring Fling showcase on the weekend of March 29-30.

Will O'Brien

Construction season has gotten underway in Mokena.
Crews began working Wednesday, April 2, to replace water mains running under a pair of downtown district streets, and improvements to a well-trafficked bridge on the town’s west side aren’t far off.
Those projects, however, are just a portion of a busy spring and summer of road repaving, sidewalk fixing and other infrastructure work ahead.
“It’s going to be going fast and furious now, after being pent up for the last few months,” Assistant Village Administrator Kirk Zoellner said.

Will O'Brien

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

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

A trio of Lincoln-Way North seniors were on Tuesday, May 13, recognized as the inaugural group of Fernando J. Pavon Sunrise Scholarship recipients. 

The scholarship program, coordinated in part by the League of United Latin American Citizens, Frankfort Council #5005, was established to encourage Latino youth to pursue higher education and community involvement, said Rick Pavon, the brother of Fernando, whose January 2013 death and lifetime of inspiring accomplishments led to the scholarship program’s creation.

Will O'Brien

The Mokena Messenger is rolling out another new weekly feature, this one highlighting the handiwork of professional photographer Jean Lachat, who lives and operates a studio in Mokena.

Not long ago, the publication added two columnists: Jay Margalus, the author of Front Street Tech (weekly); and Robin Melvin, writer of Robin’s Nest (monthly). 

Now, we’re adding some exciting visuals to the mix.

Will O'Brien