Friday, April 21, 2017

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, April 16 through April 21

WHEW! As you can see below, it has been one busy week.

Because, yes, as our news editor puts it, I'm a one-woman show. I write or edit nearly everything that goes in the features section and take most of my own photos and videos, too, definitely not the quality of our photo editor, but, hey! I do try.

And speaking of trying, I'm apologizing in advance for any typos. Blogger's spellcheck is not working, and it's instructed me to "try later."

Um, no.

Second apology of the day: My illustrator for "Cornell Dyer and the Missing Tombstone" found a few typos. It a appears the wrong version was uploaded (we reverted to an earlier version because the recent version wound up with formatting issues). However, my illustrator is also better at formatting than we are, so she is going to help us and re-upload. So the book is still available until then, but buyer beware...

After a few weekends of minimal fiction-writing (the flu, weekend editor, a semi-working Easter weekend), I am looking forward of immersing myself in Before the Blood tomorrow (after early morning blood work and a few errands and before a work obligation later in the evening.

And now...

First, the non-bylined work: the health, faith, and arts and entertainment calendars. Three of them can be found at this link:.

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.

Right hat for the right era: Will County Historical Museum exhibits vintage hats and accessories (VIDEO EXTRA)
See history through hats at Lockport museum

“People don’t wear hats nowadays except for utilitarian hats,” Susan Marbes, co-curator, said. “These have more character and flair to them. How much hats meant to women – it was part of the total woman.”

Photos: A glimpse of the vintage hat display in Lockport

Take a peek at some of the vintage hats now on display at the Will County Historical Museum and Research Center in Lockport.

Photos: Trying on vintage hats in Lockport

While covering the story about vintage hats at the Will County Historical Musuem in Lockport, the curators invited me to try on some hats.

Mission Easter Hat: Seeking the perfect 1 in Joliet

On Palm Sunday, Rebekah and I headed over to Louis Joliet Mall in Joliet with two missions: an Easter hat for me and an Easter purse for her (Rebekah doesn’t like hats, but she does love big purses).

An Extraordinary Life: Life was an adventure to history-loving, bus-driving Joliet man
Anthony ‘Butch’ Tadey found adventure in life and organized the same for others

Ray Strle, Butch’s friend of 60-plus years, who described him thus, said Butch had an extensive knowledge of history (especially World War II), an inexhaustible capacity for great ideas and a natural leadership style.

“He would just invent these things and say, ‘This is what we’re going to do,’” Ray said. “He always had interesting ideas, so [we] went along with it.”

New Lenox woman discusses her battle with 'the suicide disease'
Nicole Ferguson is raising awareness of invisible illness

She recalled the first bolt, while having lunch with her parents in 1993.

“It was excruciating, like a lightning shock to the skull,” Ferguson said. “I felt like my skull was being tightened in a vise and electrocuted at the same time.”

Mystery Diner: Mamma Onesta's serving fine Italian food for 8 years in Lockport

One step inside and we were struck by its Old World elegance and café charm.

Christian artist Audrey Assad will perform in Plainfield on April 21

She’s especially passionate about four topics: pornography addiction, Catholicism, womanhood and Syrian refugees. Assad may share on these or others at the upcoming concert.

As New Lenox Park District recreation director retires, she looks back on the district's growth

Shirley Braglia’s love for recreation, which began in her childhood, even before her first job as a day camp counselor for the Chicago Park District.

That was 1972. Braglia was 13 and said she was paid $1 a day “to keep kids entertained.” Braglia had her own group of 10 to 15 children, which she moved from station to station.

Camp went from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. five days a week for six weeks. It also was free, although campers brought their own lunches.

Artworks: Joliet cafe displaying nature photography through end of April (VIDEO EXTRA)

The photographer, John Kessler, stresses he is not a professional photographer.

“I’m just an old man trying to take good pictures,” Kessler said.

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