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Lincoln-Way North boys water polo coach Pat Shaughnessy always likes to have his teams play a game early in the season.

“We like to play some nonconference games first,” said Shaughnessy of opening the season on the second-earliest day possible. “That way, we make sure we can work out some problems and see what kind of game plan we want to go with before we start getting into the conference games, which are the ones we really care about.”

An instructor who teaches special education students at Mokena Intermediate School was so moved by her experiences and observations during Autism Awareness Month (April), she wroteThe Mokena Messenger to share a few thoughts on what transpired.

Will O'Brien

Kelli Bollman’s return to the family business came by a stroke of fate.
In 1988, Bollman accepted an offer from her boss to become a full-time manager at the clothing store where she worked. Bollman always had a penchant for business; in grade school, she served as a bookkeeper for her parents’ business, J&J’s Creative Colors.
When the managerial position fell through, Bollman worried she might have to settle for keeping her part-time job at the store— until an unexpected incident brought her back to familiar territory.

Will O'Brien

Lincoln-Way East senior Brendan Gaynor wrestles at 138 pounds and as of Jan. 14 had a season record of 24-6.

Will O'Brien

Sam Akkawi doesn’t actually have a mullet. 

He keeps his ‘do and beard cropped nice and neat, in fact.

But he certainly adheres to the fun-loving philosophy that goes with the infamous 1980s hairstyle.

“If you’re familiar with the mullet haircut, you know they say it’s business in the front and a party in the back,” Akkawi said. “Well, we’re sports in the front and a party room in the back.

Rebecca Susmarski

Knights of Columbus Joliet Assembly 0204 Order of the Fourth Degree recently elected new officers for the 2014-2015 fraternal year, which begins Tuesday, July 1.

The St. Mary Mokena Council is one of 12 member councils comprising the Joliet Assembly. Several Mokena residents were among those elected as officers for the upcoming year.

Will O'Brien

Dear Editor,
I would like to know why the intersection of Route 6 and Cedar Road has not been salted like the many other corners that I drive through. That area is so slippery and poorly taken care of even though it has become very busy since the tollway opened.
Who takes care of that area? New Lenox? The State? Will County? A township?
 I am glad the hospital is so close.

Terry Smolik

Will O'Brien

The subject of physics was made especially fun during a recent week when teacher Jane Brown’s eighth-grade science students participated in her annual Physics Labapalooza event.

Students completed 10 labs designed to engage students in learning the concepts of Isaac Newton’s Three Laws of Motion. The students were excited about the hands-on learning experience, even if some of the tasks were a bit tricky.

“My students are real troopers,” Brown said. “Even though some of these experiments are difficult, they keep trying until they get it.”

University of St. Francis President Dr. Arvid C. Johnson has been selected by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference presidents as the conference representative to the NAIA Council of Presidents.

Johnson, a Frankfort resident, is also the president of the Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Board of Education.

Rebecca Susmarski

Numerous Mokena residents were among the volunteers Silver Cross Hospital honored Sunday, May 18, during an annual recognition luncheon at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. 

Silver Cross has four volunteer organizations: the Advisory Board (Encore Resale Shop), Childerguild (gift shop), the Will County Union of King’s Daughters and Sons (founders of Silver Cross) and inservice volunteers.

Between the groups, more than 700 area residents volunteered their time and talents over the past year, raising funds for the hospital and its daily operations. 

Will O'Brien