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When Lincoln-Way East’s football team takes the field before each week’s game, it is quite a spectacle.  

The Griffins crowd together and storm the field, led by a player carrying an American flag. When the state’s top-ranked team comes flying out to go to work, there is a certain intimidation level in the air.

This season, though, there is a deeper meaning behind the show.

Each week, a different East player is carrying the flag onto the field, and in the process, they are honoring family members who are currently serving in the military or have in the past.

Steve Millar

Nicky Piunti was chosen as this week’s Standout Student for his academic excellence.

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?
I need my notebooks. It’s easiest to study when I’m reading my own writing rather than a textbook.

What do you like to do when not in school or studying?
I like to play video games, swim and spend time with friends. I also participate in clubs at school.

What is your dream job and why?

Kirsten Onsgard

Tinley Park police are searching for a pair of subjects who fled on foot into a cornfield Friday, July 29, after their vehicle struck two cars at the intersection of 191st Street and 80th Ave., police said.

Danielle Tabor
When the Frankfort Square Wildcats varsity football team stopped by Hilda Walker Intermediate School on Aug. 16, the boys did not play a game but aimed to help one of their teammates win a different type of battle.
Rebecca Susmarski

Whenever Pamela Berezin begins a new art project with her multiple needs and autistic students, she frequently hears the same feedback from adults. 

“‘This is never going to be as good as what you think,’” she recalls. “I always tell them, ‘Don’t ever doubt. There is not one limitation.’ I do not see them as being limited — I see them being more talented than most kids their ages.” 

Rebecca Susmarski

Cedarhurst Senior Living will break ground on a $17 million senior living community located on South Wolf Road, just behind Prairie Crossings Shopping Center and across from the Meijer grocery store, early this summer. It will be called Cedarhurst of Frankfort Assisted Living and Memory Care when it opens in the fall of 2020.

Nuria Mathog
Weeks after Joey Moylan was diagnosed with leukemia, it was time to shave his head. Clumps of his dark brown hair were already flaking off onto his pillow from chemotherapy. For the then-12-year-old, it was a small way to take control.
Kirsten Onsgard

To help protect residents of Mokena and Frankfort from falling victim to the increase of car burglaries reported in the area, the Frankfort Square Park District and Will County Sheriff’s Office held a public meeting July 13 to allow people to meet informally with officials to discuss and ask questions.

Since Jan. 1, the Mokena-Frankfort area has reported an uptick of approximately 20 car burglaries, according to the county.

Kirsten Onsgard

The sunshine is coming out, the temperatures are slowly rising and the ice cream machines are firing up at Jillian Hersted’s Mokena and Frankfort Creamery locations. That means one thing: springtime is around the corner.

The Creamery has been around since 1981 and has had several different owners. Hersted’s family has owned those locations — along with Orland Hills — since 2015. The one thing that Creamery has been known for all these years is its commitment to consistency and quality.

Nuria Mathog
The investigation of the body found alongside Manhattan-Monee Road in Green Garden Township on June 21 is being treated as a homicide, according to a press release issued Thursday, June 22, by the Will County Sheriff's Office.
Kirsten Onsgard

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