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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

We salute you
In April, Mokena resident Will Allgood will be going to Washington, D.C., on an Honor Flight honoring World War II veterans.
“The Army had you a short time, but we’ve been honored to have you all our lives,” his family wrote to The Messenger. “Thanks, Dad,”
-Your family of 40 plus

Happy birthday, Mackenzie!
Wishing our first grandbaby a happy 1st birthday.
-Grandma and Grandpa

Will O'Brien

Lincoln-Way East’s Aaron Redweik could start on most high school volleyball teams.

For that matter, several of his teammates who come off the bench could, too. But on a loaded Griffins team that is one of the best teams in the state, Redweik looks at his teammates and knows Lincoln-Way East is in a good place. No drama, no ego. If anything, the team’s depth is like a comfort blanket.

Mokena’s Paige Pollak helps college golf team place second

Mokena native and Lincoln-Way East alum Paige Pollak matched two St. Mary’s College teammates in shooting an 87 during a recent MIAA NCAA Qualifying round meet.

The performance was good enough for seventh place individually and helped the Belles take second as a team.

Mokena native makes National Football Foundations’ Hampshire Honor Society

Brianna Jager and David Laird are proud to announce the birth of their first child, Finley Michael Laird. Little Finn was born July 10 at 10:59 a.m., weighing 7 pounds 8 ounces, measuring 20 inches and bringing so much happiness to mommy and daddy.

Lauren Finkler

With a packed parking lot, thumping music and the sweet smell of concession popcorn floating through the air, the scene set at Lincoln-Way North on Feb. 23 had all the makings of a high-profile varsity competition.
But the athletes inside weren’t teenagers, and there was no conference title on the line.
Instead, more than 2,000 area residents had come to support the Summit Hill Educational Foundation’s major 2013-2014 school year fundraiser, an energetic match up pinning district teachers against a traveling basketball team, the Harlem Wizards.

Will O'Brien


Mary Kate Reed
Mokena Resident

Will O'Brien

It didn’t take long for the Lincoln-Way West football program to put itself on the map. 

The Warriors enter their sixth season having qualified for the playoffs in all but their inaugural campaign of 2009. The past two years have resulted in Illinois High School Association Class 5A quarterfinal berths, and both times West nearly missed advancing to the semifinals. 

In order for the Warriors to return to that level this season, young players will have to step up and blend with the returners. 

Danny Ciamprone

Annie Meza’s deli might have upgraded its menu, but Meza’s goal to please her customers remains as classic and trusted as her Italian recipes.
Meza and her husband Charlie own Annie’s Cucina, an Italian deli and prepared-foods store on Front Street in Mokena. The Mezas hosted a ribbon-cutting event at the Cucina on Thursday, Feb. 20, to celebrate the business’s one-year anniversary and some recent additions to the shop.  

Will O'Brien

Mike Fuller is offering a Free Wheel Express, $10 value, to anyone who purchases a Lincoln-Way Foundation Dream Raffle ticket from Fuller’s Carwash in Mokena, before the end of July. 

The Dream Raffle offers cash prizes up to $100,000. Those who purchase a ticket before July 27 will be eligible to win additional early bird prizes of $1,500, $1,000 and $500. All early bird winners are also entered into the grand prize drawing. 

Rebecca Susmarski