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After more than a five- month search that consisted of nearly 50 candidates, the Mokena Village Board of Trustees officially appointed a new Village administrator to replace John Downs, who retired Sept. 28 following 27 years of service to the Village of Mokena.

“I can’t tell you how many people have been asking me who the next administrator is going to be,” said Mayor Frank Fleischer Sept. 28 during the regular meeting of the Mokena Village Board of Trustees.

Danny Ciamprone

It was a classic “Why in the heck didn’t we think of this before?” moment.

For years, the Lions Club of Mokena held its annual Firecracker Dance in the parking lot of the Front Street Metra Station. The members set up tents and booths on Friday morning and had access to the area Friday night and all day Saturday in preparation for the dance. But nothing went on during those hours.

Amanda Jarzynski
The comprehensive agreed-upon procedures audit regarding Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210’s May 2006, February 2007 and December 2009 bond issues determined the district spent money “inappropriately” in accordance with State law.
Amanda Jarzynski

It was roughly eight months ago on a cold day in Gately Stadium where the Lincoln-Way East Griffins football team saw their dream season come to an end in a 20-7 quarterfinals loss to Mount Carmel. 

But that was then, and with a plethora of upcoming talent ready to step up, as well as a large amount of senior leadership expected for Lincoln-Way East, the future is looking just as bright for last season’s 10-2 Griffins.

Danny Ciamprone

Declan Crowley, Mokena Elementary School third-grader

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

I need to concentrate, and a pencil.

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

Play sports.

What is your dream job and why?

I want to be a football player because I like playing football.

Carter Kane, going into fourth-grade at Mokena Elementary

Kane was chosen as this week’s Standout Student for his academic excellence.

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

I really need a quiet spot with nothing to distract me, like the TV.

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

I like to play sports, especially baseball and swimming. I also like hanging out with friends and family.

Danny Ciamprone

The Police Chiefs Association of Will County, an organization Mokena Police Chief Steven Vaccaro serves as president, will hosts is Whitey Miller Classic golf outing on Friday, June 5, at Woodbine Golf Course, 14240 W. 151st St. in Homer Glen.

Proceeds from the outing will benefit Big Brothers and Big Sister of Will and Grundy Counties and the Illinois Special Olympics Torch Run.

Will O'Brien

Regarding John Oliveri’s [March 12] letter advocating more “economic development” in Mokena – not so fast. 

Danny Ciamprone

Congratulations on your engagement, Kyle! 

Kyle McElmury, of Mokena, son of Tim and Lori McElmury, became engaged last April to Ivey Joanna Starr. 

He graduated from Lincoln-Way East in 2005 and in 2011 from the University of Illinois with a master’s in aerospace engineering.

Kyle and Ivey reside in Dunlap ,where they are both employed by Caterpillar. 

Ivy is from Raleigh, N.C., and is the daughter of Bruce and Sharon Starr. Ivey graduated from North Carolina State with a degree in industrial engineering. 

When All About Music & Children’s Theatre throws a “palooza,” you know it’s going to be more than just a party. 

The Mokena school’s 11th annual Musicpalooza took place Saturday, July 26, packed with a day full of music, song and dance, featuring the talents of more than 50 students.

And music is Todd Beebe and Connie Johnson-Beebe’s must-have for a great bash. 

Rebecca Susmarski