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Since the “Shot Heard Round the World” to present-day military conflicts, the Purple Heart has been bestowed upon U.S. soldiers wounded or killed while serving in combat.

“The Purple Heart is the one award that is earned; it’s never given by a recommendation,” Daniel Finn, member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, said during the Sept. 22 Mokena Village Board of Trustees meeting. “You must earn this award. It’s the one award you don’t want.”

Rebecca Susmarski

I worry sometimes that this column presents technology as the solution to all of our problems. By the very nature of being an opinion piece focused around technology and Mokena, I suppose, technology is a recurring topic of interest: the solutions it provides, the ways it benefits to our lives, and the new ways we can use it to help our businesses. But the fact is, technology isn’t always the answer.

Rebecca Susmarski

The members of Mokena Girl Scouts Troops 980 have kept busy, giving their time and talent to a number of recent service efforts.

First, the girls prepared a dinner for guests at the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn. The menu included tacos, Spanish rice, Mexican bean salad and brownies for dessert.

Next, the Scouts lent a hand to the annual Stamp Out Hunger event by sorting donations at the Frankfort Township Food Pantry.

Kara McGrath is a third grade student at Arbury Hills Elementary School.

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

I need it to be a quiet and peaceful space to study in. I also like to have a glass of water to take sips while I am thinking. I like when my mom is there to help me, too!

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

Rebecca Susmarski

Was it fair or foul?

A blast hit by Lincoln-Way West senior Rachael Luckett to left field was ruled by the umpire to be a two-run homer in the top of the seventh Thursday, April 24, during a tight contest against Lincoln-Way North. The drive made it 6-3 Warriors, and they were able to get away from Frankfort with a SouthWest Suburban Conference Red victory.

Luckett drove in three runs for the Warriors.

“[Luckett] put a good swing on that pitch,” West coach Heather Novak said.

Joseph McIlheran

Noonan Elementary Academy fourth grader

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

I must have fruit snacks when I study because I get hungry when I’m working.

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

When I’m not busy with school I like to go bowling, miniature golf, chess and any kind of sport. I also like to play Wii.

Rebecca Susmarski

Welcome back.
I’ve recently received several inquiries about a little known practice that we’ve discussed before in this column.
As a service to those interested parties, and to others that haven’t heard of this phenomenon, I’m submitting an encore edition of a story from last year.
If you’ve never heard of or experienced anything like this, you’re sure to find it interesting.
In our formative years, we were all taught pretty much the same lessons by our parents. Be polite, respect your elders, be honest, study hard, don’t play with matches or sharp objects.

Will O'Brien

About six weeks into its 2014 season, the Lincoln-Way East badminton team is off to an impressively strong start, said first-year coach Ryan Pohlmann.

As of April 9, the Griffins were 3-3, their record including a tournament title at the March 29 Thornton Fractional North invite and a pair of tight, 8-7 losses to Joliet Central and Homewood-Flossmoor.

22nd Century Media Hometown Advantage members can learn how to use seasonal ingredients when they attend the first Hometown Advantage event of the year at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 18, at Dancing Marlin in Frankfort.

Attendees will learn how to create a seasonal salad and pair it with a wine for $10. They will also take home the recipe to create at home after the event. 

Rebecca Susmarski

With a two-point swish and a smile, Justin Hillman recorded the first basket scored inside the gymnasium of the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association’s new home, located at 1900 Heather Glen Drive in New Lenox.

Hillman, a New Lenox resident, was among six local athletes who won a bidding war for the opportunity to inaugurate the gym’s six basketball hoops during a soft opening held Thursday, April 17, at the new facility.