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In the early 1900s, Juliette Gordon Low founded Girl Scouts of the USA with just 18 girls, and since then, the organization has grown into millions nationwide.

But as the girls got older and started to move on to other projects and assisting their communities individually, Low wanted troop members to be able to take something with them when they left scouting. 

Danny Ciamprone

Anyone would be hard-pressed to say that the Lincoln-Way East boys volleyball is heading into this season as underdogs.

After all, the team is coming off a state championship and nearly going undefeated with a 41-1 record. But on the other hand, almost all of the starters from last year’s championship squad have graduated, prompting concerns for youth and inexperience in the team’s quest to make another run for a state title.

Danny Ciamprone

The Mokena Community Park District Board of Commissioners approved the distribution of a press release on two arbitration cases currently before the American Arbitration Association during its Feb. 28 meeting. 

Following an executive session discussion, commissioners voted 5-2 to confirm the contents of the release, read it at the meeting, post it via the park district’s website and otherwise distribute it to the media.

Tim Carroll

The Mokena Community Public Library was filled with even more hardbound texts and literature lovers than usual on Saturday, May 24, as the Friends of the Mokena Community Public Library District hosted one of its three annual fundraising book sales.

The Friends, a group consisting of more than 100 members who work to generate supplemental funds for the library while promoting a love for reading, set out an array of items spanning all genres and media in the library’s adult reading

Rebecca Susmarski

As much as the District 210 shakeup affects the students, it provides an even bigger issue for teachers and coaches. No matter what, a Lincoln-Way student will continue to get an education, while some of those who teach them will have to look for new jobs.

With the closure of Lincoln-Way North, teachers and coaches from all four schools had to reapply to continue to work at a Lincoln-Way school. The application process is open to all comers, not just those in the district. 

Danny Ciamprone

A sunflower is among the wildflowers growing on the corner of 194th Street and Wolf Road, where the color changes every hour.


Danny Ciamprone

The Mokena Community Park District is gearing up to once again host its annual Farm & Barn Fest featuring contests, food, farming demonstrations and an array of entertainment. 

The festival, now in its 11th year, will take place Aug. 15 at Yunker Farm and The Oaks Recreation and Fitness Center, 10847 La Porte Road, in Mokena.

Danny Ciamprone

The Lincoln-Way Central girls volleyball team were eager to finally start regular season action Aug. 23. It spent all summer working Mary Brown – the team’s new head coach – and numerous transfers from Lincoln-Way East. 

The girls played at the Palos Courts summer league in July during which the team didn’t have a strong finish, but junior captain Kylie Kulinski said it made a big leap from that tournament leading up to its first game against T.F. South. The Knights coasted to a 25-13, 25-15 win in New Lenox.

Amanda Jarzynski

The Mokena Community Public Library remained peaceful indoors on Tuesday, July 8, but out in the back parking lot, the sounds of water splashing and children laughing reflected a different atmosphere. 

About 35 children in grades 4-8 packed the parking lot that afternoon for the library’s inaugural “Water Balloon Fight.” The library presented the event as a supplement to its Summer Reading Program, which runs through July 25. 

Rebecca Susmarski

A soon-to-be-built senior living facility will be larger than originally planned after the Village Board approved changes to the plan on Monday, May 12, during a regular meeting.

The project, being developed by Ryan Companies, U.S., Inc., was approved by the Village Board in February as a 144-unit structure, but 12 additional units have been added to the plans as demand for the project has been higher than expected, said David Erickson, a Ryan Companies representative.

Will O'Brien