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PFHS presents "Catch the Twain" on May 19. –Photo submitted.

Here’s What’s Happening at the Park Forest Historical Society

The Park Forest Historical Society cordially invites area residents to its Park Forest Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception, on Sunday, April 14, at 3 p.m., in Freedom Hall, 410 Lakewood Boulevard, Park Forest. Please join us for this happy occasion. Congratulations to Sam Beber, Gregory C. Randall, Vernice Johnson-Warren, Betsy Williams, Janette Rodriguez…

April Legion Fish Fry

Legion Fish Fry

At a Glance: Peotone American Legion Post 392 will host its monthly all-you-can-eat while dining in, fish fry on Saturday, April 13, from 4:30 to 6:30p.m. or until sold out. Tickets are $15 for either perch or catfish and include French fries, cole slaw, bread, and butter. Don’t forget delicious desserts, from the Legion Auxiliary,…

Nora Zerante is Marian Catholic's new assistant principal. –Photo submitted.

Zerante Appointed Marian Catholic Assistant Principal

Marian Catholic High School proudly announces the appointment of Nora Zerante, ’11, as the new assistant principal for the 2024-2025 school year. Zerante, who has dedicated eight exemplary years to Marian Catholic as the English Department Chair, English teacher, and head varsity softball coach, now steps into this esteemed leadership role. While at Marian Catholic,…

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Crete Library News

Thursday, April 4 Knot Just for Knitters, from 1 – 2 p.m., ages 11/adult: Join us to socialize while working on knitting, crocheting, or any other type of needlework project. Drop in. Preschool Pals, from 1 – 2 p.m., ages four/five: During this independent storytime experience, children will enjoy spending time with other preschoolers, while…

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When Legislation Becomes a Personal Commitment to Reform

As State Senator, I advocate every day for the people I represent to address the problems affecting their families, their neighbors, their businesses, and schools. This month, I became an advocate for my family and many others like us, who deserve better health care insurance coverage. I couldn’t help but tear up a bit when…

Rep. Haas honored Brickstone Brewery as her March Local Business Spotlight. –Photo submitted.

Rep. Haas: Brickstone Brewery March Local Business Spotlight

For her March local business spotlight, State Rep. Jackie Haas recognized Brickstone Brewery in Bourbonnais. Rep. Haas spent time touring the business and presented the owners with a certificate of appreciation for their contributions to the community. “I am honored to recognize Brickstone Brewery for my March Local Business Spotlight,” said Rep. Haas. “This local…

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Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group ‘Rescue ME’ Crafters’ Resale

Mark your calendars – we are back for our 10th “Rescue ME Resale.” The Manhattan-Elwood Quilt Group is hosting its Rescue ME Crafters’ Resale on Saturday, April 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Manhattan Township Office, 230 Wabash Street, in Manhattan. This resale will feature quilting, sewing, and needlework supplies. Purchase a…

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Crete Library News

Thursday, March 28 Manga Club for Teens, from 3 – 4 p.m., grades sixth/12th: Join us to discuss “Animal Crossing: New Horizons. Deserted Island Diary: Vol. 1,” by Kokonasu Rumba. Copies are available at the library. Film Club, from 5:30 – 8 p.m., adults: Enjoy watching “Brooklyn” on the library’s big screen, with refreshments and…

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Manteno Announces ‘Spring Showcase: Garden and Arts Festival’

Spring is in the air, and the Village of Manteno is proud to announce its first ever “Spring Showcase: A Garden and Arts Festival” set for Sunday, May 5, from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Spring Showcase, an all-day community celebration of spring and the arts, was created with the intent to enable the…

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Longtime Crete Code Enforcement/Animal Control Supervisor to Retire

By Karen Haave Longtime Crete Code Enforcement Supervisor and Animal Control Supervisor Marty Braccio is retiring on April 30. Braccio has worked for the village for more than 17 years as the full-time Code Enforcement/Animal Control Supervisor. He also served for 21 years as EMA Director/ Coordinator, a position appointed by Village President Michael Einhorn and…

Dr. Joe Zampillo named new Marian Catholic Principal for 2024-'25 school year. –Photo submitted.

Dr. Joe Zampillo New MCHS Principal

Embracing tradition, inspiring excellence: A proud alumnus returns to lead. Marian Catholic is thrilled to announce the appointment of Dr. Joe Zampillo, Class of ’89, as the school’s ninth principal for the upcoming 2024-2025 academic year. The decision follows an extensive national search conducted in collaboration with Carney, Sandoe, and Associates, aimed at identifying an…

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Crete Library News

Thursday, March 21 Preschool Pals, from 1 – 2 p.m., ages four/five: During this independent storytime experience, children enjoy spending time with other preschoolers, while listening to stories, learning songs and fingerplays, and playing games. Register. Knot Just for Knitters, from 6 – 7:30 p.m., ages 11/adult: Join us to socialize while working on knitting,…

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Save the Gemini Giant Organizer Ryan Jandura posed with Greg Peerbolte, president of the Joliet Area Historical Society upon their successful campaign to keep the Giant in Wilmington. –Photo by Stephanie Irvine.

Gemini Giant to Stay in Wilmington, New Home on South Island

By: Stephanie Irvine Beloved Wilmington Rt. 66 icon the Gemini Giant, which stood outside the Launching Pad restaurant on historic Rt. 66 since the early 1960s, has sold at auction for a stunning $275,000. The winning bidder, Customer ID# 213226, turned out to be a friendly bidder. A press release issued by City of Wilmington…

A Fishing Tackle Swap Meet was organized by Jim Argus at the Will County Fairgrounds. –Photo by Karen Haave.

Fishing for a Good Time

By Karen Haave A Fishing Tackle Swap Meet lured anglers to the Will County Fairgrounds recently for a first-of-its-kind event featuring new, used, vintage, and antique fishing gear. Hundreds of tackle boxes were on display, much of their contents handmade. Some of the lures were 50-to-60 years old, desirable for collections not used for actual…

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County Community Health Center Welcomes Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy

Will County Community Health Center and Genoa Healthcare have partnered to provide pharmacy services for the Will County community in one convenient location – within the Will County Community Health Center at 1106 Neal Avenue in Joliet. We are pleased to introduce our new on-site pharmacy services from Genoa Healthcare,” said Mary Maragos, CEO of…

Primaries Faced Low Voter Turnout

By Andrea Arens Once again, voter turnout was low. In Peotone, 17.5 percent of registered voters actually voted. Green Garden also hit 17 percent. Monee averaged 15 percent, while Manhattan averaged 14 percent voter turnout. Low voter turnout didn’t help referendums that were on the ballot. The Peotone Park District referendum for a “0.0547 percent…

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Resolution 24-27 Update

Resolution 24-27 “Directing the Will County Division of Transportation to Cease Moving Forward with the 143rd Street Expansion Road Project as Currently Planned” previously was passed by the Will County Board on February 15, in a bipartisan vote, and signed by the Will County Executive on February 16. Four days later, on February 20, the…

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Health Department Announces Positive Case of Measles

The Will County Health Department has confirmed a positive case of measles in Will County. The Will Count Health Department’s Communicable Disease staff is working to collect additional details to identify and notify people who may have been exposed to measles, provide education, and recommend appropriate measures. Additionally, the health department is in close contact…

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Fate Of 143rd Street Widening Project May Still Be Decided In Court

By Stephen Nelson Following a narrow (12-11) vote by the Will County Board in February to cancel a widening project for 143rd Street in the vicinity of New Lenox to five lanes, Will County Executive Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant exercised her authority to overturn that cancellation with a veto. She got heat from New Lenox residents as…

Former Illinois State Police trooper who pleaded guilty in relation to deadly crash postpones hearing

Fatal Crash In Wilton Township

Will County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release on March 22 that on 3/21/24 at 4:23pm, Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Wilmington-Peotone Road, 1 mile east of Cedar Road, for a two-vehicle personal injury crash with passenger entrapments. Initial reports indicate that the 21 year-old female driver of a Ford Escape, was traveling eastbound on…

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Will County Regional Spelling Bee Winners Announced

Ribhu Chaher, a student at Channahon Junior High, is the champion of the Will County Regional Spelling Bee sponsored by the Regional Office of Education and Exxon-Mobile. His winning word was ignominious. The competition, involving 32 spellers from 32 local schools, lasted 17 rounds. Honorable mention went to the second and third place winners: Second…

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Ad Hoc Old Courthouse Committee Meets

Members of the Ad Hoc Old Courthouse Committee met Tuesday, March 19. During the meeting it was noted a lot of misinformation about plans for the site of the Old Courthouse, currently under demolition, are out there in the public. To clarify, the committee wanted to inform the public that, at this time, no plans…