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A cool, sunny day aided police officers from the Mokena and Frankfort departments during their annual torch run for Special Olympics Illinois June 8 along a stretch of LaGrange Road.

Mokena Police Chief Steven Vaccaro said the torch run is a great event for the officers and their families to help bring awareness to the Special Olympics and the many athletes who participate in the events.

“We covered nearly 3 miles with about 12-minute miles,” Vaccaro said between bites of a banana and guzzles of chilled water.

Amanda Jarzynski

Summit Hill School District 161 welcomed students to two very exciting programs this school year.

Rebecca Susmarski

Though Dominic Martello works as a community service officer for the Frankfort Police Department, he did not join the Citizens Police Academy this spring to teach.

Instead he and 29 other citizens came to learn about the details of crime scene processing, the use of force, traffic stops and other matters of law enforcement through the academy at the New Lenox Police Department. The NLPD joined forces with the Frankfort, Mokena and Manhattan police departments, as well as the Will County Sheriff’s Office, to host the 11-week course.

Amanda Jarzynski

Gordon Richard Allen Benson, 89, born in Mokena, died May 24. He is survived by his wife, Carroll; his children, Jan (Michael) Samuelson and Jeff (Tabitha) Benson; and several grandchildren. Benson was a U.S. Army veteran of the Pacific Theater in WWII. He was part of the landing force on several amphibious campaigns to recapture islands, including Guadalcanal, New Caledonia, Bougainville, Lady, Sabu, New Guinea, Los Negros, and the landing in Japan in September of 1945. He managed the Pecatonica Lumber Yard until 1963, and worked at J.L. Clark until he retired.

Rebecca Susmarski
Senior night is a time to reflect, to share those last few weeks with teammates, honor the seniors and mix it up a little bit. That is exactly what Andrew did.
Tim Carroll

June 29

• Brian Garcia, 20, of St. Charles, was arrested at 6:36 p.m. and charged with driving without valid registration, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with a suspended driver’s license after police observed the motorcycle he was riding at Everett and Cambridge Drive did not have registration on it. His court date is Aug. 13 in Joliet.  

June 28

Rebecca Susmarski

Two years ago when Pat Troike and Drew Slager were sophomores, they ran a specially designed passing play for a touchdown that few in the crowd expected to see on Lincoln-Way Central’s field that night leading to a Phoenix victory.

Two years later, and while Troike, a standout defensive back, and Slager, the leading wide receiver for Lincoln-Way North, now find themselves on the big stage at the varsity level, few things have changed, including that very play that worked for the second time against the Knights on their home field.

Rebecca Susmarski

The sound of clapping, cheering and even drums roared through the field house of Lincoln-Way Central High School on Thursday, March 10, in New Lenox.

All of the commotion was in response to one very powerful question: “Do you want the spirit stick?”

The 15th annual Lincoln-Way Central Special Games drew hundreds of people to pack the fieldhouse and gymnasium of the school all in support of athletes with special needs from 12 schools competing in 10 different events.

James Sanchez


LW North 10, Bradley-Bourbonnais 7

Taylor Bowman hit a home run and had three RBIs Tuesday, April 29, and the Lincoln-Way North softball team defeated Bradley-Bourbonnais 10-7.

Sam Pietruszynski had two doubles and went 3-for-4, while Jenna Trojniar and Anne Allen both contributed by each hitting a home run.

Alyssa Becker got the win and improved to 2-2.

LW East 6, Watertown 5

Summit Hill School District 161 is welcoming several new administrators as this school year kicks-off.

Included in the new administration is Arbury Hills Principal John Snipes, Rogus Assistant Principal Frances Boss and Walker Assistant Principal Laura Goebel.

Also, three current administrators have leadership roles in new buildings: Dana Wright will serve as principal at Indian Trail School, Dan Pierson will serve as principal at Walker School and Michael Ruffalo will serve as principal at Rogus School. 

Danny Ciamprone