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Mokena residents inducted into National Honor Society
Numerous Mokena residents were recently inducted into Providence Catholic’s chapter of the National Honor Society. The group included Mokena resident Adam Morrison, who was appointed as one of four society officers.
NHS is a national, service-based student organization whose members continue to serve after induction.

Will O'Brien

As I’m writing this column on Friday, Nov. 7, I’m realizing that it’s been exactly four months since I first started at The Mokena Messenger.

It’s not a significant milestone like a year, or even six months. 

Danny Ciamprone

A portion of Townline Road was closed for construction Monday, May 19, and work is expected to last two to three weeks, said Village Engineer Paul

The popular route is completely closed at the bridge spanning Marley Creek between Blackthorne Ridge Drive and Virginia Parkway. All other portions of Townline remain drivable, but because the through route is blocked, a pair of posted detours are redirecting drivers to Wolf Road and Francis Road, Pearson said.

Will O'Brien

Blue Wave Fast Pitch 10u took first place at the South Side Super Regional May 24-25.

Front Row (left to right):  Kaitlyn Marks (Frankfort), Brooke McNichols (Oak Lawn). Second Row (L to R):  Alex Rendon (Tinley Park), Sierra Sass (Homer Glen), Madison Miedona (Elwood), Ellaina Cioe (Lockport). Back Row (L to R):  Emma Kucharski (Lemont), Taylor Zawacki (Mokena), Chloe Erwin (Manhattan), Faith Mikos (Manhattan), Christina Kulchytski (New Lenox). Coaches:  Char Marks, Tammy Zawacki, Ron Mikos and Dave Kucharski.

Photo Submitted.

Rebecca Susmarski

Don Melton has an unusual but effective way of measuring whether or not customers enjoy his food.

“He actually watches the garbage come back to see how much people are eating or not eating,” said Victoria Melton, Don’s wife and co-owner of Build-A-Bun restaurant and sandwich shop. “He really gets hurt that somebody might not like something he made.”

Rebecca Susmarski

Some people are adventurous eaters ... some are not.

If you want to find out who is who in your circle of family and friends, this is a good recipe to try out on them.

Years ago, I tasted a version of “black bean brownies” when a co-worker brought them to a work function. We were all blown away when she mentioned that they were made with black beans—after we gobbled them, of course.

But several of us were so intrigued that we asked her to share the recipe.

Danny Ciamprone

The Mokena Community Park Foundation’s third annual President’s Cup Golf Tournament will take place Aug. 1 at the Odyssey County Club after the July 14 date was rained out.

All proceeds benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation.

The schedule will go as follows:

• 11:30 a.m. - check-in. Driving range will be open.

• 12:30 p.m. - scramble shot gun start.

Rebecca Susmarski

Students in sixth, seventh and eighth-grade at Mokena School District 159 will all be receiving their own physical education “textbooks” in time for next year’s registration.

The handbook will be different for each grade level as it includes worksheets on goal setting, nutrition logs, various articles on obesity, study guides, a food pyramid and daily exercise chart.

Danny Ciamprone


Mokena resident named among April Students of the Month

A Mokena resident was among the 10 Providence Catholic students recently selected as Students of the Month for April.

Every month at Providence, each academic chairperson selects one student as its Student of the Month from a number of students nominated by teachers.

Mokena’s Casey Huynh, a junior, was selected by the mathematics department for the monthly honor.

Will O'Brien

The Lincoln-Way East’s girls track and field team competed April 11 in its first big outdoor meet of the season since winning the Class 3A state title by 33 points last May.

And while the absence of stars Alexis Pierre-Antoine and Julie Junkroski at the 25-team Homewood-Flossmoor Invite contributed to a fifth-place finish for the Griffins (82.5 points), another standout began her latest sprint toward state glory.

Danny Ciamprone