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The Mokena Village Board confirmed the dates of several upcoming public events during its March 24 meeting.
The William Martin VFW Post 725 was given approval to conduct its annual Memorial Day procession and cemetery ceremonies on Monday, May 26, using Wolf Road between 195th Street and Kluth Drive.
The Mokena Baseball/Softball Association received clearance to conduct its annual parade on Sunday, June 1, on Mokena Street between the McGovney Street Metra lot and Main Park.

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Bernard N. Hoogstra, 94, of Mokena. He was the fiancé of Phyllis Knieze. He is survived by his children, Bernard (Teri) and Harriet Hoogstra; his grandchildren, Karen (Kristafer) Adelman, Jonathan, and Tracy; and two great-grandchildren. Bernard was a WWlI Army Air Corp veteran. Services were held at the Vandenberg Funeral Home. Interment Chapel Hill Gardens South. 


Shamus Shields is a senior at Lincoln-Way North. He played soccer and water polo, while also competing on the swim team in the winter. He set a school record with 439 saves this season in net for the Phoenix boys water polo team.

Your water polo season came to an end at the Lincoln-Way Central Sectional. How do you think the season went?

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.

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The owner of a Mokena-based commercial asphalt paving company said he was “floored” by the Mokena School District 159 Board of Education’s recent decision to award a $366,896 parking lot renovation job to an out-of-town business, despite his company’s competitive bid, local ties and long-running relationship with the district.

Will O'Brien

As I’ve said before, Mokena has a lot going for it.

Small-town charm, great parks, food, schools and more. These qualities, while obviously a plus for residents, also make my job of delivering local news quite a bit more fun, as well.

I’m pretty sure I’ve paid such compliments before, but repeating niceties never hurts.

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1st-and-3 : Stars of the Week

Cassidy DeGraff (pictured) - The Lincoln-Way North sophomore scored seven goals Tuesday, April 22, as the Phoenix water polo team beat Metea Valley 12-3.

Katie Wilson -  The Lincoln-Way East goalkeeper made a few saves Tuesday, April 22, en route to her fifth shutout of the season, a 1-0 victory over Bradley-Bourbonnais.

Jan. 10
• At 12:19 a.m. in the 18700 block of Old LaGrange Road, police responded to reports of a possible theft in progress. Following interviews with a complainant and witness, police arrested Daniel J. Striska, 47, of the 7000 block of Dover Court, Woodridge, on multiple charges of theft. While being booked at the Mokena police station, Striska complained of chest pains and was then transported to Silver Cross Hospital. He was later released from custody, pending a Feb. 10 court date.

Will O'Brien

Ever wonder where your coffee cup’s sleeve came from?

You know, those pieces of cardboard java joints wrap around beverages to protect consumers’ hands. Those oft loose-fitting things that fall off in your car’s cup holder, defeating the whole purpose of their existence.

Right. Those.

Anyway, ever wonder?


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The Mokena Village Board of Trustees dedicated its meeting Monday, June 23, to Pfc. Aaron Toppen, whose funeral took place one day after the meeting. Mayor Frank Fleischer and four of the trustees — Don Labriola and Debbie Engler were absent — kicked off the meeting by holding a moment of silence for Toppen. The 19-year-old was killed in June in Afghanistan. Fleischer thanked Mokena Police Chief Steve Vaccaro for organizing the escort for Toppen’s body from Midway Airport to Mokena.

Rebecca Susmarski