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What: This three bedroom, two bath townhome in Burnside Station is perfect for commuters as it’s just blocks from the Metra and interstate. The spacious unit features a kitchen and eating area, large living and dining rooms with soaring ceiling and a slider to the private balcony. The large master bedroom includes a walk-in closet, dressing area with sink/vanity and a shared master bath. There is also a finished lower level with a third bedroom along with an inviting family room with slider to the patio. Attached is a two-car garage.

Rebecca Susmarski

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th St., Mokena)

Harvest Night

Saturday, Oct. 11. This event will include “Trunk or Treat” for children, s’mores, a food truck, games, a jumpy house, music, a bonfire and more. For the starting time and more information, email

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Bible Studies

Rebecca Susmarski

Town Center Bank awarded $500 scholarships to three Lincoln-Way students in a local counterpart to a statewide essay contest. 

The winners were Ryan R. Hesslau of Lincoln-Way East and Rebecca Reidenga and Dale Robey of Lincoln-Way Central. 

The bank selected the three winners out of 24 essays. The bank originally planned to dole out a single scholarship to one student.

Rebecca Susmarski

The Mokena Community Public Library was filled with even more hardbound texts and literature lovers than usual on Saturday, May 24, as the Friends of the Mokena Community Public Library District hosted one of its three annual fundraising book sales.

The Friends, a group consisting of more than 100 members who work to generate supplemental funds for the library while promoting a love for reading, set out an array of items spanning all genres and media in the library’s adult reading

Rebecca Susmarski

The fifth- and sixth-grade Sparks girls basketball team recently won its division in the Mokena Community Park District’s recreational league

The Sparks went 7-5 during the regular season, good enough for third place. During the playoffs, though, they pushed past bronze all the way to the championship title, beating the Fever (second place in regular season) 27-17 before downing the Sky (first place in regular season)

The team is coached by Becky Rogers and Ken Alvers.

Where: 11657 Coach Drive, Mokena

What: Four-bedroom, three-and-half-bathroom home with four-car garage

Amenities: This well-cared-for, two-story home has a fully finished basement and is situated on a near-1-acre private lot close to a forest preserve and walking trail.

The property’s professional landscaping is complemented by a custom paver brick patio and circular driveway.

The home has extra large rooms throughout.

For someone in a hospital bed, a blood transfusion can be more welcome than a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.  

When hospital patients receive blood transfusions, it’s usually a matter of life or death. Cancer patients and patients with blood disorders receive blood products regularly as part of their treatment plan.

Rachel Pappas is a sophomore on the Lincoln-Way North girls soccer team. In her first two games of the season, she scored a total of four goals.

How long have you been playing soccer, and what got you started?

I’d say about five years now. I was really energetic as a kid, so soccer seemed like a good choice. Ever since then, I’ve loved playing.

Honoring the 75th anniversary of a widely beloved, classic show, the Curtain Call Theatre Emily McCabe Summer Theatre Program has decided to follow the yellow brick road to Mokena this summer, where hundreds of children will enter the wonderful world of theater through producing “The Wizard of Oz.”

Camp producer Meg McCabe is a Mokena resident who started the theater’s summer program in honored of her late daughter 12 years ago.

The camp is open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade and is divided into junior and senior sections.

Do you ever miss an important moment because you’re preoccupied?

Something else grabs your attention: a hobby, TV, a text or a tweet? I’ve been there too. But for me, the thief is often more subtle. It’s an attitude robbing me of engaging in the now, being present in the present. Let me tell you about a moment I almost missed.

My granddaughter, Madison, was three when the rose bushes drew her in. Cupping a Barbie-pink blossom with both hands, she nestled her face into its petals.

Rebecca Susmarski