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Last month, longtime Rasmussen College president Kristi Waite announced her retirement, effective March 30. 

Rasmussen has a Mokena location and focuses on offering a diversity of programs to its students across 24 campuses nationally. Waite worked for the college for a total of 35 years, and became campus director and vice president of operations and compliance before serving as president for 17 years. 

Danny Ciamprone

Rachel Burkman hasn’t decided on a college just yet, but when the Lincoln-Way North senior does, that college will certainly be getting a standout volleyball player.

Rebecca Susmarski

They’re back.

That’s the theme for the Lincoln-Way North cross country teams this season. Both the boys and girls squads have numerous returners and are expecting excellent things for this season.

“The team is ready for a great year,” North boys coach Jeff Purdom said. “We bring back 10 of our Top 12 from last year’s team. We did lose All-Conference runner Ian Mayster to graduation, but we return three other All-Conference runners with Nick Niendorf, John Chomiak and Noah Healy.”

Danny Ciamprone

Eighteen-year-old Ashleigh Ashton has taken her blossoming music career around the country, but recently she made a stop closer to home.

The New Lenox resident performed Saturday, May 24, at the Mokena Downtown Market. Ashton, a singer-songwriter who plays guitar and even acts, sang at the market by herself two years ago and brought her backup band both this and last year.

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?
When studying, I must study in the dining room where I have a very large desk.  It’s the most quiet place in my home so I can focus and concentrate.

What do you like to do when not in school or studying?
I love to read long volumes of novels, such as “Percy Jackson” and “Heroes of Olympus.” After school, I am either exercising for my second-degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do, singing alto in the children’s choir, practicing my piano lessons or having tennis lessons.

Will O'Brien

Welcome back.

Time flies when you’re having rum.

Oops, wait. That’s not right. Let’s try that again.

Time flies when you’re having fun.

Okay, that’s more like it, except maybe at Scrementi’s Italian Grill on 191st Street. Rum, and fun, are certainly part of the long list of celebratory beverages and savoir-faire available at the spacious bar, adjacent to the finely appointed dining room.

Rebecca Susmarski

Hosting a dinner party like no other, Tammy Leonard serves more than just delicious food. 

There’s also plenty of compassion, love and concern offered in gracious and overflowing helpings. The Mokena resident organized the latest Mission Meals dinner event held Wednesday, Dec. 10, at EggCetera Café, located at 19709 Mokena St. in Mokena.

Rebecca Susmarski

Maybe you’re one of those people who clams up whenever someone suggests eating something with clams. Even if you’re not, you probably know someone who suffers from ostraconophobia — the fear of shelled sea life.

The cure for this condition is the linguini al vongole served at the Public Landing Restaurant & Banquet Center in Lockport.

There was this president of the Acme Corporation who was on the moon — the dark side of the moon, mind you.

He was eating some delicious cherry pie and took a telephone call from unknown terrorists.

The terrorists were after the pie. Meanwhile, another person or thing named Grimlock was busy eating rocks.

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Rebecca Susmarski

Locals who came to an open house at New Lenox’s Village Hall May 5 witnessed a world in which drivers, bicyclists, walkers and train riders all moved together in harmony.  Attendees saw tentative plans for Will Connects 2040, a transportation plan created by the Will County Division of Transportation. The division aims to get feedback from Will County residents regarding which transportation improvements they would like to see incorporated by the year 2040 in specific suburbs, then formulate the plan and bring it to the county board by summer 2016.

Danny Ciamprone