Friday, June 10, 2016

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, June 6 through June 10

Where did the week go???

And with two appointments on Saturday, half a day in Homewood on Sunday, and work in the afternoon, I have a feeling I'll be saying the same thing about the weekend come Monday.


Still planning on fiction (Before the Blood) for half of Saturday. So there, o ye rapid falling sands of time!

But I digress...

Some of this week's features personally resonated with me. Vic Reato from the health department has been a longtime source and support for my stories. Cathy Davis was my oldest son's first grade teacher ("She reminds me of you," was what Christopher told me after meeting her); the teacher initiating the Little Free Library in her honor was a former high school classmate, someone with whom I had not spoken since 1979. And of course, spiritual warfare is a topic of which Fr. Boris and Slavka at my church have expounded for many years.

And now the other stuff, such as 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.

Another option: I do post the briefs and calendars on Twitter during the week, so you're welcome to follow me at @Denise_Unland61.

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

Retiring Will County Health Department public information officer plans to continue writing
Vic Reato shares the events that shaped his life and his career

He’s also proud of losing weight before his wedding – dropping from 326 pounds to 181. He also quit smoking before that big day.

“That was part of the newsroom. If you didn’t smoke, you hardly worked there,” Reato said. “I started smoking in 1970, and I smoked two packs of menthols a day until 1981.”

Little Free Library at Chaney-Monge School pays tribute to Crest Hill educator
Cathy Davis was an avid reader who promoted literacy

“Education was always her thing,” said Cathy’s son, Ryan Davis of Plainfield. “She always wanted to see people improve and be the best they could be. We always wanted to learn. That was normal for us. It was something she instilled in us.”

Pets of the Week: June 6

Click on the caption of each photo to find out about that pet, including where he or she can be adopted.

Will County Community Health Center's dental van now provides health care services, too
Mobile medical unit provides a variety of dental and medical services for children and adults

Paul Lauridsen, clinical director at Stepping Stones Treatment Center in Joliet, said many of the center’s clients have neglected their medical and dental needs. But it takes time for staff to schedule appointments, and then clients often don’t keep them.

"The nice thing about it is that if it’s here and they’re here, they can go directly to the van and get the service,” Lauridsen said.

Mokena resident publishes book about spiritual warfare
Randy Voorn shares 3 ways to beat temptation

“All of us, whether we are aware of it or not, are fighting a battle in our minds every single day,” Voorn said. “This book goes into detail how that happens.”

Joliet resident has lead role in Chicago play about black migration
‘Migration’ melds black migration, jazz and love for Joliet actor

“I really think this is a story of passion, not only just for the migration – the movement up to the northern states – but a passionate story about music and the love for another human being,” Ealy said. “It’s just a really good love story.”

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