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JROTC summer drill camp motivates future LW cadets

August 13, 2018 by Rochelle McAuliffe, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts, Living

“Motivated, motivated! Downright motivated!” echoed throughout the parking lot near the North Gym at Lincoln-Way Central as flight groups from the JROTC drill camp spread the motivation, and at times, intimidation, to their competition...

New travel column to focus on local getaways

by Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Living

In the near future, 22nd Century Media — publisher of The Mokena Messenger — is set to launch a monthly travel column, keeping the local spirit of its newspapers in mind with a focus on day trips, weekend getaways and more for...

Forest preserve combines nature with technology

by Megan Schuller, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts, Living

A repetitive bird call with the rhythmic pattern of a ping-pong ball dropping on the table echoed across the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve Sunday, Aug. 12, as the bird stayed perched in the cover of the brush.

“Do you...

Locals capture beauty of forest preserve on hike

by Megan Schuller, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts, Living

A group of amateur photographers gathered Sunday, Aug. 5, around a native species of sunflower as they took photographs of a butterfly perched on one of the golden petals with its wings fanned out. Their guide, Suzy Lyttle of Mokena,...