Friday, September 16, 2016

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, Sept.11 through Sept.16

Lots of focus on the extracurricular writing projects this week: WriteOn Joliet last week, the monthly fiction workshop tonight (which is by invitation only), and collecting donations for a project I put together for Joliet Area Community Hospice. If you'd like to know more about any of these three, message me at

It's a tight deadlined day today, so I'll get right to it.

First, the non-bylined work: 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." :)

Teachers in Lockport and Lemont spend four days with scientists on a research ship
Michelle Anderson and Sarah Steinke share firsthand oceanography experiences with their students

“I wasn’t sure what to expect. This was outside the realm of anything I’ve experienced in my life,” Steinke said. “I just went in very open-minded and took the experience as it was.”

AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE: New Lenox Vietnam veteran had a tender heart and a helping spirit (VIDEO EXTRA)
Frank Mulhall lived to serve and support

“He didn’t oppose the draft or dodge the draft,” Linda Delost, Frank's girl friend, said. “He joined.”

Joliet family raising awareness and funds for growth disorders
Jayme and Joe Hawker hosting Sept. 18 event at Joliet Park District

The Hawkers want to raise awareness of growth disorders, such as Russell-Silver syndrome, which a geneticist diagnosed in Avery two years ago, Jayme said. They also want to raise funds for The MAGIC Foundation, which supports families whose children are affected by certain endocrine conditions, including some growth disorders.

All Saints Greek Orthodox Church in Joliet celebrates 100th anniversary (VIDEO EXTRA)
Joliet’s All Saints Greek Orthodox Church honors past, looks to the future

Nick Macris’ earliest memories include serving as an altar boy and acting in a church play. Nevertheless, Macris lays no claim to his heritage and is pleased to see non-Greeks embracing the church.

“We have a great number of people who have converted to Orthodoxy,” Macris said. “They are some of the best Orthodox Christians in our parish.”

Plainfield girl carrying on family tradition of competitve roller skating (VIDEO EXTRA)
Skyler Schmid of Plainfield is placing at roller skating competitions

“People connect to the sport,” Cheri Packard of Shorewood, Skyler’s grandmother, said in an email. “Almost everyone fondly remembers roller skating at their favorite rink. [But] most people are unaware that it is a very competitive sport, much like they see on TV.”