The Peotone High School Class of 1963 met for their 60th reunion at Brian’s Place in Monee, on August 19. Classmates who were able to attend are: Backrow: Jerry Mueller, Charlie Denby, Stan Anderson, Roger Rainford, Ron Schubbe, Don Robbins, Lanny Russell, Lane Hafele, and Ron Clausing; middle row - Sandy Yunker Teske, Pat Paterson Piepinbrink, Jane Schroeder Smith, Joy Schroeder Jacobs, Diane Nieland Toepper, Holly Younker Maves, and Dean Lohrbach; seated - Laurel Sippel Baker, Norma Cann Lehnert, Carol Waldhauser Robbins, Mary Lou Krohn Issert, Lois Miller Hamilton, and Sandy Nagel Hafele. Members of other PHS classes were invited and several joined the group. The Class of 1963 was the first PHS senior class to fly to Washington, D.C., and New York City for their class trip. Previous classes had traveled by train. –Photo submitted.

Class of ’63 Holds 60th Year Reunion

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New State Law Forces Townships to Report Efficiency

By Karen Haave A new state law requiring townships to create a committee to evaluate their own levels of efficiency is getting mixed reviews from local officials. Signed by Gov. J.B. Pritzker in mid-June, the Decennial Committee on Local Government Efficiency Act requires Illinois townships, road districts, and township multi-assessment districts to create committees to…

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Helping Hands Food Distribution June 30!

Helping Hands Food Pantry will be distributing food on Friday, June 30, rather than Wednesday, July 5, from 1 to 5:30 p.m., at the Community Presbyterian Mission Building, Crawford and First Streets in Peotone. The line forms on West Street at the alley entrance. The date has been changed because of the July 4 holiday…

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Save the Date: Illinois Livestock Leadership Institute

The Illinois Livestock Leadership Institute (ILLI) is a combined effort from the Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) and the Illinois Beef Association (IBA) that provides an opportunity for young men and women to become actively involved in the livestock industry and all of agriculture. This program, sponsored by the two aforementioned organizations, is administered by…

Nationally known speaker Theresa Flores to present lecture at USF. –Photo submitted.

Human Trafficking Survivor to Present USF Community Lecture

The University of St. Francis (USF) and the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate welcome Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution (SOAP) Project founder, author, and nationally-known speaker Theresa Flores for an important presentation on Tuesday, September 27, at 7 p.m., in USF’s Sexton Auditorium (Moser Performing Arts Center). This Bishop Imesch “Women in Church”…

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WCFC Annual Pork Dinner September 17

Wilton Center Federated Church, 14101 W. Joliet Road, Manhattan, invites the community to its annual pork dinner on Saturday, September 17, from 4:45 – 6:45 p.m. The menu features delicious roast pork, dressing, real mashed potatoes, gravy, coleslaw, cranberry relish, veggies, rolls, and home baked pies and desserts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5…

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Homeowners/Small Businesses ‘Solar Power Hour’ in Peotone

County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant invites residents to attend a free “Solar Power Hour” in Peotone to learn about the benefits of using solar energy and how to participate in a group buy to reduce costs. “Solar Power Hour” educational events are part of Grow Solar Chicagoland, previously known as Solarize Chicagoland, which offers free hour-long…

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Pork Grant Opportunities Available Now!

Pig farmers in Illinois have the opportunity to take part in another round of tree buffer grants. The Illinois Pork Producers Association (IPPA) is offering this incentive for farmers to implement fresh landscaping on their pig farms. To date, Illinois pig farmers already have planted more than 3,700 trees with this program. “Tree buffers are…

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Lenten Prayer Services

Residents are invited to the Clergy Association of Greater Peotone’s Prayer Services each Wednesday in Lent, beginning at 6 p.m. Mark your calendars for the following Wednesdays: March 9 will be held at Immanuel United Church of Christ in Peotone; March 16 – St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church, Peotone; March 23 – Presbyterian Community…

Tractors for a Cure ‘Cash Bash’

Get tickets now ($50/couple) for the March 12 St. Jude Children’s Hospital fundraiser, from 4 – 9 p.m., at the Will County Atrium. Grand prize is $2,500, in addition to cash prizes, raffles, and a silent auction. Tickets available at Peotone Bowling Alley – Gary Jurres, 708-258-9353; Debbie Werner, 815-478-5182; or Denise Lowe, 815-295-5059.

Volunteers Needed for ‘Point in Time Count’

Volunteers are needed for this year’s Point in Time Count on February 23. The Continuum of Care for Will, Kendall, and Grundy Counties will reach out to people experiencing homelessness on the night of Wednesday, February 23. Volunteers will help provide information and resources to people living on the streets, connect people in need of…

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Will County Executive Reminds Residents of Local Warming Centers

As temperatures plummet, and a prolonged deep freeze is anticipated, Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant reminds residents to utilize local warming centers, if necessary. A complete list of warming shelters is listed on the home page of the Will County Emergency Management Agency’s website at “As the weather gets bitterly cold, I urge people…

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Devils Lose to Wildcats
Bobcat Tyler Kramer against Gibson City. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Gibson City Beats Beecher in Opening Round of Purple Pool Play
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Beecher 200U Finances Not Out of the Woods Yet
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Beecher Road Projects Taking Longer Than Expected
Devils Lose to Wildcats
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Peotone Village Board Approves Another Liquor License
Dr. Kara Coglianese speaks to the crowd at the Toast To Crete. Photo by Jim Piacentini
Fully Staffed Crete Police Department Will Focus on Traffic Enforcement
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Monee Looking to Purchase Immediate Care Facility
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The Barn on Rte. 45 Investigated
A memorial tribute to former Devil Alex Cardenas was held on field before the game. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Devils Take Tough Loss to Wildcats, While Mourning One of Their Own
Some area service members who have lost their lives to PTSD are honored. Photo by Dan Gerber.
Teal Star Run 2023
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Panthers Beat Streator, 47-26
This is an example of the kind of murals the village board has decided to allow. It was displayed during a board meeting, using the west wall of the Village Inn on Main Street. Not actually painted on the wall, just superimposed. The property is adjacent to the village police department, so it depicts an "old time" police car. Photo submitted.
Monee Village Board Approved Ordinance Regulating Murals
Front row: Bill Mort, Dean Heisner, Alice Brandau Niemeyer, Mary Knickrehm Rogers, Carol Bickel Gibbons, Randy Murray, Wilma Mort Swanson, Laura Hofer Ruhbeck, Jo Anne Koomar Hege, Tony Hardwick, and Greg Dralle; middle row: Gary Krapf, Tom Mudro, Nancy Rehberg Beckman, Cheryl Carstens Crumrine, Joy Nickel Weber, Gary Mausehund, Pam Werner Heinsch, Kathy Gainous Keys, Rita Helt Kincheloe, Kate Morrison Lindemann, Sandie Burns Swartz, Karen Clemens Dralle, and Mike Nestlehut; back row zig-zag: Frank Mausehund, Marv Siekman, Dan Culpepper, Pat Goodwin, Bob Arseneau, Jeff Oliver, Edra Bleu Self, Randy Wischover, Gary Zybak, Alice Warning Wasney, Larry Herz, Diane Breitbarth, Arlene Kuse Kline, Wayne Becker, Pat Smith, Sue Christiansen McClain, Jean Pierce Oliver, Nancy Darling Jaffe, Craig Long, and Jim Kasher. –Photo by George Kwain.
PHS Class of ’73 Reunion
Panthers gave it a great effort but just couldn’t beat the Bobcats. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Bobcats Rule Over Panthers
Pictured is senior Devil Ashley Veltman when the Blue Devils faced Grant Park. –Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Devils Turned It Around with Win Against Dragons
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Devils Beat the Bulldogs
The Peotone Old Mill Fest annually celebrates and shares the history of the mill. Photo submitted.
Old Mill Fest 2023 Looks to Give Visitors a Glimpse of the History
Mayor Therese Bogs and the Board of Trustees were part of the Monee Fall Fest parade. –Picture by Karen Haave.
Monee Fall Fest: Bigger and Better Than Ever
Niko Akiyama finished with 165 yards in 16 carries for a Panther win. Photo by Jim Piacentini.
Panthers Pull Out a Win Over the Tigers