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The Mokena Burros football, cheerleading and flag football programs are currently accepting registration for the 2014 season. Tackle football and flag football are open to all children ages 6-10. Cheer is open to first- through eighth-graders.

Early-bird registration runs Feb. 15 - March 15, and open registration ends April 15.  There are discounts available for families with three or more participants.

Rebecca Susmarski

When you consider creating a meal in your Crock-Pot, you may think it needs to cook all day, but that isn’t always the case.

For example, this week’s recipe for Chicken Florentine Lasagna only needs to spend a few hours in that wonderful kitchen appliance. This comes in handy on those days when you have time in the afternoon, rather than the morning, to throw something together for dinner.

Danny Ciamprone

For the fifth year, Lincoln-Way North raised thousands of dollars for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.
North held its annual head-shaving event Friday, Feb. 14, before the varsity boys basketball game. North raised approximately $18,000, upping its five-year total to nearly $80,000.
Club sponsor and North teacher Coley O’Connell said it was the second highest total in the short history of the event.
A total of 38 people participated this year — 29 students, two teachers and seven community members.

Will O'Brien

As he gazed across over 100 twinkling candlelights on a brisk October night, Ryan Hesslau had a clear message on his mind, but it was his heart that did the talking.

“It was funny because I had an entire message I had worked on and prepared for that night and I was really excited to share with everyone,” said the Mokena resident and founder of the nonprofit foreverU. “As it was time to go up there and share this message, for some reason something in my gut told me to do my own thing.”

Rebecca Susmarski

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

Residents might expect traditional offerings from the Mokena Downtown Market this year, but one group will make the opening day of this market unique from any previous ones. 

Will O'Brien
Rebecca Susmarski

The librarians at the Mokena Community Public Library probably wished the surplus of children, parents and others in the library’s community room on June 17 had come to check out books. 

Yet the observers — who completely covered the room’s floor and even stood against the walls — came to see Robin’s Dog Stars, a trick dog show starring Robin Bengtson and two of her dogs, a border collie named Cedar and a black labrador named Slater. 

Rebecca Susmarski

While many former college students filled their summer vacations with personal time, Amy Knourek helped children who rarely think of themselves.
Knourek, a Mokena native and recent graduate of Augustana College, served as a counselor at Camp Kesem for the past two summers. The free, weeklong camp is open to children ages 6-16 who have or had parents battling cancer.
“We try to give them the best week that we can,” Knourek said. “It’s a chance for them just to be kids and not have to worry about what’s going on at home.”

Will O'Brien

Fundraiser also to benefit Frankfort 5-year-old

For Kelly Sturwold and Brittany Wymer — of Brit and Kelly’s Barber Square 108 in Mokena — this year’s St. Baldrick’s fundraiser is personal.

The duo, who partnered up with Jameson’s Pub in Frankfort last year to raise more than $10,000 for St. Baldrick’s, is back at it again, this time to not only benefit the foundation but a 5-year-old Frankfort boy who has leukemia.

Danielle Tabor