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Right around the time Mokena’s last Christmas trees were being pitched to the curb, the Mokena Community Park District provided a venue for local businesses and individuals to get rid of unwanted clutter and cash in on rock-bottom bargains.
The district’s Sunday, Jan. 19 indoor flea market drew hundreds of eager shoppers to The Oaks Fitness & Recreation Center’s field house, where a spread of nearly 60 vendors were equally prepared and excited to get down to business.

Will O'Brien

In a tough regional tournament, the two high school girls golf teams from Frankfort performed well. 

Both Lincoln-Way East — behind second-place individual Kelly Sterling — and Lincoln-Way North placed in the Top 3 at the Class 2A Marian Catholic Regional Wednesday, Oct. 8, to move on to the sectional.

For North, it was the first time in school history it had advanced to the sectional as a team.

Rebecca Susmarski

The Lincoln-Way East softball team is just “up” right now.

It showed last week as East continued its march though the postseason by scoring double-digit runs for the third straight game and going on to a 12-2 victory Saturday, June 7, over Joliet West in the title game of the Illinois High School Association Class 4A Andrew Sectional.

With the win, the Griffins (26-10) advanced to face Edwardsville — a 12-0 winner over Normal Community in six innings — on Monday, June 9, at the Illinois State University Supersectional.

Rebecca Susmarski

How would you like four new, fully-outfitted computers and a flat screen TV for free? Don’t everybody speak at once now.

Seems improbable, right? But that’s just what a dedicated group of locals from the Mokena Technology Committee, partnering with local repair shop With a Switch, were able to do for Mokena’s all-volunteer Emergency Services & Disaster Agency (ESDA) this month.

So, what’s ESDA? And why would they need new tech on the cheap?

Danny Ciamprone

To support fellow veterans, the William Martin VFW Post 725 men’s auxiliary will host a cash bash and community dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 4.

A total of 400 raffle tickets will be sold for $10 each. The winner does not need to be present and there will be $3,000 in cash prizes.

The community dinner will feature homemade rib or chicken dinner in addition to the raffle at a cost of $15 per dinner. 

Live entertainment will be provided by Mokena’s All About Music.

Danny Ciamprone

We salute you 

Private First Class Nicholas Wadolny of Mokena completed his basic training with the 54th Infantry Regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia, on Friday, June 13. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Whether during its starting lineup intro — with Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” proudly blaring over the speakers — or a long rally of play, the Lincoln-Way North boys volleyball team seemed to be having a good time.

And with runs like the Phoenix had to end Game 1 of a match against Mount Carmel Wednesday, April 2, it is easy to understand why.

Hard work and planning paid off at the end of the school year for the yearbook staff at Lincoln-Way North High School.

The sixth volume of “The Paragon” — North’s yearbook — was published shortly before the end of the school year.

Rebecca Susmarski

The Mokena Community Park District’s Program Center was transformed into a sparkling magic kingdom on March 22 as nearly 60 local dads and daughters enjoyed an enchanting evening of dancing and fun.

Due to high levels of interest, the district hosted two Cinderella Ball events to accommodate the regal crowd, the first running 3:30-5 p.m., the second 6:30-8 p.m.

A great deal of activity was packed into the 90-minute time frames, said Erin Cortilet, the park district’s special events coordinator.

Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer was among more than a dozen municipal mayors and village presidents who on March 8 met with Republican Sen. Mark Kirk at the Orland Park Police Department.
What was meant to be a roundtable discussion on the problem of heroin abuse and the status of the proposed Illiana Expressway connecting Interstate 55 with Interstate 65 and Indiana wound up covering much broader ground. The group of southern Cook County and Will County leaders also discussed issues ranging from online shopping to paying for Lake Michigan water, Fleischer said.

Will O'Brien