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The Mokena Woman’s Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, is offering scholarships to Mokena students pursuing higher education.

Applicants must reside within the Mokena District 159 boundaries.

Danny Ciamprone
For Grace Frickenstein, a 16-year-old Lincoln-Way East student, a future in archery is right on the mark.
Tim Carroll

The Village of Mokena will move forward with its plans to coordinate an Open Air Market later this year in the east end of the Metra parking lot, but the group who ran the farmers market on Front Street for the past three years will also progress with plans of its own. 

Last month at a Village workshop meeting, initial concept plans were laid out by officials for the future of the farmers market, which has run for the past three years along Front Street.

Danny Ciamprone

Things certainly were looking bleak Friday, Oct. 23, as the Lincoln-Way East football team watched Sandburg pad its lead with a late, fourth-quarter score to make it 21-10 with exactly five minutes left on the clock.

But the Griffins never say die, completing a thrilling comeback in the last minutes of the regular season to win 25-21 in Frankfort.

Danny Ciamprone

It’s fun. It’s educational. And there’s food.

From touching a truck to giving blood and culminating in a free lunch, the Mokena Fire Protection District’s annual Family Fun Day, held Saturday, June 7, at Station 1 on Wolf Road, was a resounding success, according to organizers and those who attended. 

Stations set up for children’s enjoyment included Dressing the Firefighter; Play Water Ball; Stop, Drop and Roll; Touch a Truck; Put Out the House Fire; and Residential Sprinkler Demonstration.

Rebecca Susmarski

Orland Park’s 7 Day Spa has been closed, pending a hearing over alleged ordinance violations regarding two employees who were charged with prostitution.

Manling Feng, 58, of 330 W. Cermak Road in Chicago, and Lisha Zhou, 32, 454 W. 24th St. in Chicago, were each charged with one count of prostitution after they allegedly offered to perform sex acts on an undercover police officer for money at the business, 14406 John Humphrey Drive.

Danny Ciamprone

Christopher R. Haley, 22, of 19317 Stonehenge Drive in Mokena, was charged with retail theft on April 9 after allegedly stealing two bottles of beer and three bottles of wine from the Shell Gas located at 19100 LaGrange Road in Mokena. Police said that Haley and another suspect were caught on video surveillance entering the gas station and taking several items including the beer and wine. Haley allegedly came back and purchased an item afterward. Police reportedly were able to find out Haley’s identity via the receipt left after the purchase.

Amanda Jarzynski

After years of what the Independent Review Board (IRB) has referred to as “serious financial control issues” that includes over $58,000 in misappropriated gift cards,  Teamsters Local 710 has been placed under a trusteeship.

Lauren Finkler

Melissa Schmitz and John Ippolito were married on January 23 at St. Elizabeth Seton.  Melissa is the daughter of Rick and Sue Schmitz of Orland Park.  John is the son of John and Rachel Ippolito of Manhattan.  Melissa is a special education teacher and John is a paramedic.  A reception, dinner and dance followed at Dinolfo’s in Homer Glen.  They honeymooned at Cancun.  They currently reside in Mokena.

F. Amanda Tugade
A.J. Henning is an incoming Lincoln-Way East sophomore on the track and field and varsity football team. Last season, he finished third in state in the 100-meter dash and sixth in the 400-meter relay.
Tim Carroll