Friday, January 22, 2016

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, Dec.20 through Jan. 22

Well, vampire fans and the rest of you, this will be quite the round-up.

After several weeks of holidays fall on Fridays and an out-of-the-office day where I didn't post anything at all (starting with a 6 a.m. doctor appointment for one of my sons and continuing in that vein, LOL), I am now catching everyone up on my activities when I'm not writing fiction.

Check out the health, faith, and arts and entertainment calendars. Three of them can be found at the link below. Gotta Do It, runs each Sunday and often stays on the home page through the week.

Feature briefs for Tuesday (health), Thursday (faith), Friday (Arts and Entertainment), and Sunday (People) are also edited (texted and photos) by the lady of this blog, but only the stories have bylines.

And if you do peek at these stories, to quote our editor Kate Schott, "Thank you for reading The Herald-News." :)

Former Joliet resident's Nepal images are fundraiser for earthquake relief

This man spent a number of years in the Peace Corps His images are worth the read. If you're in the Joliet-area, the exhibit is up through February.

An Extraordinary Life: Joliet woman widowed in middle age built a new life for herself

Even in her latter years, Marlene Ancel as so busy, her children had to call ahead to be sure she was free.

Joliet Junior College chef is part of White School school healthy lifestyle initiative

Chef Michael McGreal, now also a national consultant for the USDA, is anticipating this program will influence generations to come. Read on for details.

Joliet dentenarian rediscovers his Christian faith at Harvest Bible Chapel (VIDEO EXTRA)

This was the warmest, sweetest man I've ever met. I interviewed him at his house. When I was leaving, he walked outside ahead of me, saying, "A lady should never be alone after dark."

New book chronicles real bear behind Winnie the Pooh

A local story for Christmas Day fell apart on Christmas Eve. This, I felt, was a worthy substitute.

Joliet woman creates family holiday tradition with elaborate miniature village (VIDEO EXTRA)

A woman whose Christmases were nearly non-existent growing up has created a lighted Christmas display that enchants family and friends for several weeks each year.

An Extraordinary Life: Former Joliet District 86 supervisor was the consummate educator

He was a stickler for detail and process. Kids and staff alike were better for it.

Plainfield pediatric occupational therapist use multimedia to empower kids

One principal at a Plainfield school said her dragon-slaying presentation is the best presentation he's ever seen.

Joliet chapter of Bolingbrook church doing well after two years (VIDEO EXTRA)

This small church does more with a few than larger congregations do with many.

Plainfield-based makeup artist offers tips too looking one's best

She also discussees the business-side of makeup artistry and receives praise from one photogrpaher that shoots covers for Sports Illustrated as to why he often hires her,

Book by former Morris Herald-News columnist offers strategies for handling workplace bullies

Perhaps you've met one of those bullies. Lynne Curry includes a list of bullies one might encounter in the workplace.

An Extraordinary Life: Joliet airplane pilot was happiest in the skies

He flew to serve his country, support his family...and bring home a Siamese kitten for himself.

Will-Grundy Medical Clinic offers free diabetes prevention program for at-risk individuals

The program itself is comprehensive, as it was created by the CDC.

St. George Serbian Sisters in Joliet helps those in need at home and abroad

Most of the women are over sixty, but that doesn't stop them from tackling projects as small as collecting items for a local shelter to hosting fundraisers netting tens of thousands of dollars for Serbian orphans.

Minooka church sells 2,200 ornaments handmade in Swaziland
By Jeanne Millsap

At $10 each, this effort significantly impacted African women living in poverty that make the ornaments to support their families.

Loyola professor studies ornate box turtles in Will and Grundy counties

I have to admit, this was just a FUN story to interview - and to write. And the turtle photo is so darn cute. Bring on the turtle dogs...

An Extraordinary Life: Joliet minister proudly served where God called (VIDEO EXTRA)

Sometimes it was three churches at a time each Sunday - so the churches timed the rest of the services around his preaching. For the last thirty years of his career, Rev. Stanley Lane was chaplain to juvenile delinquents.

Morris Hospital pharmacist wants patients to be aware of dangerous drug reactions
By Jeanne Millsap

For Timothy's version of his brush with Stevens-Johnson syndrome, read on. Included is some "beware" side effects of commonly prescribed medications, along with some common sense advice for taking medicine.

New Lenox couple give back to the Augustinian community that shaped their spirituality

Robert and Denise Utter has immersed himself in the spirituality permeating their church, and now they want to work to further the order.

Book and Bean Cafe in Joliet offers art classes (VIDEO EXTRA)

Monday nights are art nights at the venue know for fabulous coffee. Mediums offered include watercolor, acrylics, and fiber.

Libraries at Troy School District 30-C adopt Common Sense Categories

Read why kids, and some adults, too, struggle with the Dewey Decimal System.

An Extraordinary Life: Joliet psychologist dedicated her career to serving the AIDS community

A former black Catholic nun left behind a legacy few can match.

Morris doctor discusses the problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

It's estimated that by 2050, bacterial infections will kill more people than cancer will. Find out why we have this problem, which bacteria are problematic (it's not just MRSA) and what people can do about it.

Diocese of Joliet youth choirs travel to Rome

Great stuff here. Nine members of a large family who had never flown on a commercial plane (much less out of the country) made the financial committment to take the pilgrimage together. A 9-year-old girl, a former orphan in a Siberian orphanage, receives a blessing from Pope Francis (link to YouTube video that captures it is included). AND these young choristers got to sing for the pope at least twice.

Former Joliet man hoping to inspire young people through film he wrote and shot

When the paperwork associatied with starting a non-profit becomes too cumbersome, two artists found another way to mentor kids getting caught up in gangs.

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