Friday, February 17, 2017

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, Feb. 12 through Feb. 17

YAY! A free day! (ish) Finally!

I do have one story I couldn't get done yesterday before I had to leave for WriteOnJoliet and a a few Pets of the Week to finish either today or tomorrow (probably tomorrow). And, of course, I work part of Sundays.

But still...

Before the Blood, here I come! (as soon as I'm done with social media).

And on that note...

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 of course, I post curated content relating to the BryonySeries at @BryonySeries.

Just an FYI: On free days, holidays, and Sundays I'm not on call, I only post the blog to my "real" Twitter account, as my company insists we do take time off. I'm less reasonable, so unless I'm on a real vacation, I still post to the BryonySeries accounts.

FYI: videos have not been attaching to my Herald-News stories, although they do run for a time on the home page. You may also find them under the "videos" tab.

If you'd like to watch a video, and it's not showing up for you, message me, and I'll manually attach it. No worries for this week, though, although I will have videos for Sunday.

Thank you for reading The Herald-News. 

Churches in Joliet and Minooka partner to offer red carpet event for people with special needs (VIDEO EXTRA)

Local special needs individuals enjoy prom-like event at Crossroads Christian Church

On Friday night, 180 volunteers played fairy godmother to transform Joliet’s Crossroads Christian Church into a Cinderella-at-the-ball experience for 95 special needs individuals.

The event is Night to Shine, a complimentary prom-like, red carpet experience for people ages 14 and older with special needs. Crossroads Christian Church, where Night to Shine was held, partnered with The Village Christian Church in Minooka to bring this international event to the Joliet area.

Chance meeting early in life leads to happily ever after later in life for two couples with Joliet-area ties
Unusual first meetings lead to marriage for two happy newlywed couples

Both couples met in their youth, and both couples believe God brought them together. Was their love written in the heavens? Read on and decide for yourself.

An Extraordinary Life: Joliet court reporter used shorthand, typed transcripts and raised a family while working
Marie Walsh tackled life with passion

An old-fashioned court reporter who learned shorthand while a student at the former St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy), Marie worked at the old courthouse and was the legal secretary for Will County Circuit Judge Angelo F. Pistilli, said Marie’s daughter, Kathleen Walsh of Wilmington.

Pets of the Week: Feb. 13

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

Joliet area adults staving off prediabetes with new program through YMCA
YMCA offering second yearlong program for adults at risk for prediabetes

The program’s goal is to reduce body weight by 7 percent and increase exercise to 150 minutes a week. This is accomplished through participating in 16 weekly sessions, plus additional monthly sessions, in a classroom-based setting, the website stated.

Mystery Diner: Hamburgerseria recovering the tradition of gourmet burgers in Joliet

Yes, I was at a gourmet hamburger joint and I was going to order a hot dog. And not just any hot dog, but one that was deep fried, wrapped with bacon and doused with sour cream and avocado. I held the avocado and forged ahead.

Joliet faith-based crisis hotline addressing the challenge of remaining open (VIDEO EXTRA)
The Upper Room Crisis Hotline ministers to emotional and spiritual needs

Ultimately what The Upper Room seeks to do is “walk with people in their pain,” Lentz said. That goal is for anyone, Lentz said, whether that person is Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, or an agnostic or atheist.

“Anyone who calls is cared for on that telephone call,” Catharine Lentz, executive director, said.

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