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The Summit Hill Junior High Scholastic Bowl team wrapped up its season Wednesday, April 30, at a regional competition where the team took second place.

The group finished 6-7 on the year.

Scholastic Bowl is a trivia competition covering subjects of math, science, history, literature, sports, geography, economics and current events.

Team members Ryan Burns and Amanda Pohrte both said they enjoyed being part of the team.

“I loved facing all the other teams,” Pohrte said.

Will O'Brien

January 08 - 11779 Golden Gate Dr, Mokena, 60448-2026 - Chicago Title Land Trt Co Ttee To Scott A Mohorek, Toni M Mohorek $478,875

January 03 - 11953 Oxo Rd, Mokena, 60448-1300 - Federal National Mortgage Assn To Carl A Winchester, $450,000

January 03 - 12252 W Thomas Ct, Mokena, 60448-9435 - Hong Mai To Earl F Saltzman, Martha J Saltzman $225,000

January 03 - 19903 Catherine Ln, Mokena, 60448-1747 - Folgers Trust To Patrick S O Brien, $258,800

Twenty years of success with a steady flow of orders at the original Wei’s Great Wall in Kankakee led to the restaurant’s expansion into Orland Park.

Though the space inside its humble storefront on 179th Street isn’t plentiful, Great Wall’s menu — and the flavor coursing through every bite of its food — is huge.

A couple of the restaurant’s most popular items are sweet-and-sour chicken and Mongolian beef, according to restaurant owner Rachel Chen.

Rebecca Susmarski

Zac Brown Band resounds over the speakers as runners and walkers in grey do some final stretches approaching the starting line near Willowview Park.

It was a perfect fall day for a 5K run/walk, but with a clear blue sky and cool breeze it was also a bittersweet moment for friends, family and residents who continued their support for Mokena’s fallen hero.

Rebecca Susmarski

A derecho storm that passed through Mokena Monday, June 30, left several residents with damaged landscapes and homes without electricity.

The National Weather Service confirmed that six EF1 tornadoes touched down during the derecho — a widespread, straight-line windstorm associated with a fast-moving group of severe thunderstorms — and reported 100 mph winds in northern Illinois after strong storms and heavy rains. The storms reportedly produced more than 3 inches of rain, with some areas receiving up to 5 inches, according to meteorologist Mark Fuchs. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Coming in originally at about $10,000 over budget, the Mokena Public Works Department showed off some innovation and creativity when it came to budgeting replacement of its 1992 model backhoe.

“This is a piece of equipment used every day for storm sewer regrading, ditch re-grading, sewer digs ... everything we use that machine for,” said Mark Detloff, streets superintendent for the Public Works Department at the Village Board of Trustees meeting Monday, Sept. 8.

Danny Ciamprone

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

Armed with royal icing, M&M’s and candy flowers, Plus members got into the holiday spirit at a free Gingerbread Decorating Party Tuesday, Dec. 2, at the Orland Park Civic Center.

Publisher 22nd Century Media partnered with Creative Cakes in Tinley Park to have head cake decorator Ashley Spitzer come out to help Plus member families decorate their gingerbread men and women.

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

Students from 31 area schools, including all four Lincoln-Way high schools, will exhibit their dance, music and visual art talents at ArtWorks 2014, a fine arts festival sponsored by Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. 

ArtWorks 2014 will run 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 15, at Lincoln-Way East.