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Women of all ages are invited to attend and enjoy a day just for them at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.

The expo — which is to be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive in Tinley Park — is slated to feature more than 60 vendors for women. The event is sponsored by Meijer, Beyer Natural Health Solutions and Bettenhausen Automotive.

Will O'Brien

Numerous residents have been inquiring about the Mokena Meijer project’s progression, Assistant Village Administrator Kirk Zoellner said, so on Monday, Jan. 13, he provided an update.
“There’s a lot going on inside,” Zoellner said, explaining that after work on the facility’s frame wrapped in fall, laboring moved indoors, where the installation of plumbing, electric and ventilation systems continues. “Questions pop up from time to time because people see the site over there, and sometimes you don’t see much work from the outside.”

Will O'Brien

Bridie Doyle, Mokena Elementary School first-grader

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?

One thing I must have when studying is peace and quiet because I can’t focus if it’s loud.  

What do you like to do when not in school or studying?

I like to ride horses at Fitzjoy Farm.

What is your dream job and why?

Will O'Brien

A sea of blue packed the meeting room for the Mokena Village Board of Trustees meeting on July 14 as family, friends and supporters received a resolution designating the honorary name of “Aaron Toppen Memorial Drive” for Townline Road between 187th Street and Francis Road in Mokena.

“Through this tragedy and difficult time, we’re really, really blessed with the wonderful circle of support,” said his mom Pam Toppen who, along with several family members and supporters, wore blue T-shirts to commemorate Aaron.

Rebecca Susmarski

Pictured is Berkot’s Super Foods fried chicken. Berkot’s is the place to go for fried chicken in Mokena. On an average graduation weekend in June, the grocery serves upwards of 2,000 pieces of the hometown favorite.

Photo by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

Mokena-gram producer Jean Lachat blogs at

Rebecca Susmarski

The Mokena Village Board of Trustees approved a host of business and infrastructure-related development items during its March 24 meeting.
The board first gave final approval to an indoor go-kart facility and indoor motor vehicles sales center. A special use permit was granted to Autobahn Indoor Speedway, whose team is aiming to have a 65,000-square-foot, two-track indoor raceway operating at 9120 W. 191st St. by summer.

Will O'Brien

It’s not every day a rabbit pals around with a lion, but that’s exactly what happened Saturday, April 12, at Main Park, much to the delight of several hundred local boys and girls.

The Easter Bunny and Rory, the mascot of Lions Clubs International, mixed it up with some good-natured pantomime and posed for photos with tots of all ages at the Lions Club of Mokena’s annual Easter egg hunt.

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

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

Down one game in the Illinois High School Association state title game and tied 24-24 in the second set Saturday, June 7, Lincoln-Way East senior outside hitter Nate Van Dellen was as confident as ever.

Van Dellen didn’t doubt his team would come back against Warren and win the school’s first boys volleyball state title.

“Not at all; not for a second,” he said. “At the time, we had won 40 games together. I didn’t doubt these guys for a second.”

Rebecca Susmarski