Friday, April 8, 2016

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, April 3 through April 8

Challenging week, but edging toward a feeling of triumph. I am very happy the weekend approacheth on so many levels.

One level, of course, if sinking my writerly fangs for a prolonged time into Before the Blood. There's just something about writing fiction that relaxes one part of my brain and stimulates another that is needed and necessary for me.

But first - I must get past an extremely busy Friday. I wrote these same words last week, and I don't even recalll why This Friday has stepped up the game, but I'm taking heart. Next week, I probably won't remember why either.

Okay, here we go.

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." :)

Plainfield Police K-9 Memorial to be created on site of former agility training field

Bobby Bostanche of Plainfield, a former police officer and handler for two two police dogs, recalled how valuable those dogs are to the force.

“I think we captured 15 burglars – actually captured – and 15 rapists,” Bostanche said. “And we handled hundreds of misdemeanor and felony calls. I did a lot of building searches and a couple of riots – not in Plainfield. … You go out risking everything and these dogs protect us.”

An Extraordinary Life: Plainfield woman fought aggressive leukemia for the sake of her four children

On Dec. 5, 2014, Natalie lost her husband, Gary, 52, to melanoma. Natalie and the couple’s four children – Eileen, 18, Teddy, 13, William, 10, and Charlie, 9 – were still grieving Gary’s death. April 4, 2015, Natalie was diagnosed with an aggressive leukemia.

“She kept saying, ‘I have to fight. I’m the last parent. I have to be there,’ ”said Kathleen Maugeri of Crest Hill, Natalie's sister.

Joliet senior in 'phenomenal shape' espouses healthy lifestyle (VIDEO EXTRA)

Glenn Moore works out more than two hours a day and earned a T-shirt for climbing a machine at Presence Inwood Athletic Club in Joliet that equals the steps needed to scale the real Mount Everest – 29,000 feet, said Mary Magee-Huth, fitness coordinator.

Village of Plainfield, 4 churches to host 3rd annual The Big Serve event

Rev. Sherry Scates, deacon at Plainfield United Methodist Church, said service is part of the church’s DNA.

“Although at times people seem divided by the particulars of their denomination and beliefs, we ultimately all believe that we can be part of making this world a better place,” Scates said.

Polka band with Joliet presence features former health care administrator on drums (VIDEO EXTRA)

Until Michalene Korosa retired three years ago from her job as president and CEO for Via Christi Hospitals and Outpatient Centers in Kansas, she and her polka musician  husband Eddie Korosa maintained a long-distance relationship. When she could, Michalene attended playing events on the dance floor, not behind the drum.

That changed in October 2014, when Eddie needed someone to fill in.

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