Friday, July 1, 2016

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, June 26 through July 1

Week in review: It's all below, really.

That and reshaping some description detail on Henry's story in Before the Blood.

Looking forward to this weekend: spending time with the kids (fireworks, at least one movie), working on the prequel, one event coverage (with Divine Liturgy) and one in-person interview.

Oh, yes, and I have a couple BryonySeries marketing projects I'm planning to work on, too. If I get that far, I'll share after the fact.

It's a nice mix for a three-day holiday weekend, dontcha think?


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 throughout 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." :)

Providence High School alumni celebrate 60th anniversary at monthly gathering (VIDEO EXTRA)

Jan Lisdero Ciarlette of Lockport called it a miracle.

It was Ciarlette’s turn to say the rosary at Providence High School, then located at 169 N. Ottawa St. in Joliet.

Ciarlette had recently transferred from Lockport Township High School. She knew how to recite the rosary, but she felt nervous anyway.

Suddenly, the ceiling fell down and the rosary was canceled.

“I’ll never forget it,” Lisdero Ciarlette said. “They never asked me to do it again.”

Volunteers remodel house for Morris family that doubled in size after death of loved ones

“A part of me is having a hard time picking out material and stuff because it’s bittersweet,” Jennifer said. “If my sister hadn’t passed away, I wouldn’t be doing this.”

Shorewood woman was honest, funny and giving

Carol had no idea the significant impact she made on people, Eve, of Antioch, said. Carol was direct, honest, funny and had a gift of making people feel at ease.

In short, Eve said, Carol was a true friend.

“She was an extraordinary person,” Eve said. “She was the most forgiving and humble individual you will ever meet.”

Bike ride through Channahon, Minooka and Morris raises funds for Friedreich's ataxia

In 2008, when she was 12, Emily Young was diagnosed with Friedreich’s ataxia, a genetic condition that causes progressive damage to the nervous system.

But it doesn’t keep Young, of Gibson City and now 20, from riding a recumbent bicycle and fundraising for a cure.

Joliet Franciscans install new governing board, discern new direction

In the order’s 2016 directional statement, the sisters committed to “recognizing and confronting all forms of violence and injustice, such as racism, oppression of women and girls, human trafficking and hostility toward refugees and immigrants,” to minister to people of all ages as Christ would and to be “generous stewards and witnesses for peace.”

It’s a tremendous commitment in a changing world.

Rev. Gómez performs horse blessing on horseback

More had planned to attend the free 25-minute service at The Forest Preserve District of Will County’s Hadley Valley - Gougar Road Access, but by 10:30 a.m. it was already 90 degrees, Bochenek said.

“So we took a picture of those horses and father blessed them, even though those horses were in the picture frames,” Bochenek said. Gómez also said a blessing prayer for the horses that had passed on.

Lemont church to present 'The Adams/Jefferson Letters'

Rev. Thomas Koys wrote, “The Adams/Jefferson Letters,” a 90-minute historical presentation he adapted from actual letters between Adams and Jefferson. Koys portrays John Adams in the production. He feels his church is an appropriate place to showcase history.

“Faith has a lot of light in it,” Koys said. “Our nation is in trouble and it needs light in order to steer a course for the future. And some of that light can be found in history.”

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