Friday, June 19, 2015

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, Week of June 14, 2015

A long/short week of surprises and delights, working much of Saturday to take a few writing days off and working into the weekend with an unusally longer list of duties accompanying my being the editor on call this weekend.

But with all three of my youngest young adults working the weekends now (except church) amongst those duties, I will definitely be working on Before the Blood.

With the exception of my column, the stories below are all written by my freelancers (just the way the budget fell this month), but I was pleased with each one of them. Two of the writers have only previously covered events, so these were their first feature stories, and they are well done.

I also put together four event calendars each week: health, faith, and arts and entertainment. Three of them can be found at the link below. The fourth, Gotta Do It, runs each Sunday.

Check back with each day for new event listings.

Finally, a few last remarks.

Recently, An Extraordinary Life column won third place at the Illiinois Associated Press Awards last week and one of my feature stories won second place at the Illinois Associated Press Awards:

While anyone that knows me also knows that I don't work for money, awards, or titles, and that I have shunned contests, etc., with one hundred percent consistency, these events are part of working for a company and part of the reocgnition that goes along with working in this particular industry.

In short, it was encouraging to see that, in my professional career that has spanned nearly two decades and is only "official" in just the past year and a half, my writin g could stand up to the scrutiny of judges. It was a nice affirmation.

Crest Hill couple still going strong after 75 years
By Christine Johnson

They officially met in a cemetary and attended girlie shows together? 

Say what?

Meet one couple that is still deeply in love with each other after all these years, and learn their secrets for staying happy together. With video extra.

An Extraordinary Life: One man's musical path

Read how a personal tragedy and an opportunity at a funeral became a lifetime of blessing others.

Pets of the Week

For that purrfect canine or feline companion, search no more.

New Lenox woman who fought debilitating fibromyalgia takes part in triathlon
By Allison Selk

A fantastic photo by our photo editor Eric Ginnard is the perfect lede into this story, which must be read to the end to see how this New Lenox champion of herself fared.

Pastor focuses on the people
By Dawn Aulet

A community-minded minister recently had an experience that significantly expands the community he now serves.

Joliet Area Community Hospice hosts annual garden walk for pediatric programs
By Mauverneen Blevins

A profile of one of the thirteen gardens featured on this walk, along with descriptions of the others. See how the concept one set of grandparents has blossomed into a still-growing legacy.

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