Friday, June 24, 2016

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, June 19 through June 24

Another blur of a week with extra assignments, but very satisfying on so many levels - very thankful. Many, many inspiring stories below. Take your time; find one that grabs you; savor it.

Slowly, but very surely, I am making progress in Henry's portion of Before the Blood. I'm the weekend editor this weekend, but it's the first time in a month now that we have four editors again. Actually, I'm looking forward to it. :)

And since I'm running a mite behind this morning (although I did spend about twenty minutes with the novel, definitely keeping my commitment), let's get to it.

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.

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." :)

Joliet priest, stepfather and 'barking dog' for justice to celebrate final Mass on Father's Day (VIDEO EXTRA)

For 17 years, Lescher has been the spiritual father to 180 people at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Joliet. But he’s also the stepfather of 10 children, and now has 23 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Through it all, Lescher’s aim was to represent the Catholic Church in its truest universal sense.

Little Free Library now open in Minooka
By Jeanne Millsap

The library is the result of a community service project by the kids in the Minooka 4-H Plus One Homeschool Club.

Ryan Bernickus took his best swing at cancer

 A fighter and a gentleman.

That’s how Brian DeCook of Indiana described Ryan Bernickus of Morris, who was 23 when he died April 13.

Garden walk raises money for Joliet hospice pediatric program

“It’s truly a philanthropic thing,” Laurie Mungovan, pediatric nurse coordinator, said of the pediatric program. “There’s just a few pediatric programs in the state of Illinois, so families really need these services.”

Joliet minister and heart patient shares an experience she calls a miracle (VIDEO EXTRA)

Her cardiologist called Brown’s experience a miracle, from God to her.

Former Elwood woman plays dual roles in Jane Austen musical adaptation

Tyler plays two roles. One is Mrs. Allen, the woman who brings Catherine to Bath. The other is General Tilney’s wife, as Catherine imagines her, for Mrs. Tilney was already deceased when Catherine arrived at Northanger Abbey.

“One is shallow and all about her clothes and how they look and how much money they have and bringing Catherine to Bath and presenting her in public,” Jenifer Tyler said. “She’s very much about the externals and not really a warm character. She’s funny and a little out there. And then there’s Mrs. Tilney, this tragic character, incredibly heartfelt and sad.”

Lockport teen has role in Brett Eldredge music video shot at Wrigley Field

Josh Bender shot his portion April 22, a 13-hour, 43-degree day that quickly passed because he had so much fun, he said. The acting wasn’t difficult, either.

“It’s a boy in love,” Bender said. “I can relate to that.”

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