Friday, May 12, 2017

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, May 7 through May 12

More changes at work, more shifting of responsibilities, and a few expected/unexpected happenings.

One, a dear friend passed away last Friday. Please remember his family with prayers/kind thoughts.

Our news editor left yesterday in the middle of a busy Friday due to accepting a job at a publication that is our competitor. Please wish her success in all her endeavors.

My youngest son Daniel John graduates from junior college tonight. A number of health issues made Daniel's childhood a bit rocky, but he has overcome them all to become a strong, internally motivated young man with solid plans for his future. Please join me in congratulating him.

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.

Will County nursing home administrator to retire May 31

Karen Isberg Sorbero committed to serving Will County seniors

“If we can take care of you, we will,” Sorbero said. “If we have a bed for you, you can have it. If you can’t pay, don’t worry about it. We’ll figure it out.”

An Extraordinary Life: Joliet woman 'spoke' the universal language
Family will celebrate matriarch’s 100th birthday by opening book

When Marion, at age 97, fell and broke her shoulder, Patricia Thomson said her mother’s attitude was this: “I have lost my husband, my hearing, my eyesight in one eye and survived. I can conquer this setback as well.”

Pets of the Week: May 5

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

Former Joliet runner winning swimming medals in Senior Olympics

Cheryl Lisy hit the water and found a brand-new sport

Why so focused on competition at age 58? Lisy blames it on being a baby boomer.

“We’re not willing to give up all those things we did in our youth,” Lisy said.

Joliet Park District to offer Nordic pole walking at Inwood Park

The class is 40 minutes long, but participants can stop whenever they wish, Mary Magee-Huth, fitness coordinator,  said. But even the newbie exerciser with an older body can take heart: if you work those muscles, they will grow stronger.

Mystery Diner: Penalty Box has wide range of pizza, unique macs

I dug into a plate of food originally intended for 5-year-olds. Only these macs are a bit more grown up, running anywhere from $6.95 for the plain mac to $7.95 to $8.95 for anything from chicken chipotle to Sunday Morning Mac (with buttermilk biscuit) or the $13.95 Maine Mac with white cheddar, jack cheese and lobster.

160-year-old Joliet Lutheran church keeping the faith, planning ahead

"Most of our members remember the day when the church was at its strongest numerically. I've been here 10 years and attendance has declined by half," Rev. Karl Hess, pastor, said. "When you think how many large- to medium-size churches have closed just in my lifetime in Joliet, we should be grateful."

Joliet Lutheran church closes its school due to dwindling enrollment
As St. Peter’s church celebrates 160 years, the school closes

“I think people think you have to be big and showy and make money to be successful. St. Peter’s has never made money,” Claudia Putz, principal, said. “That’s never been our goal as long as I’ve been here. Teaching children the way of salvation so they can work in the world – that’s been our goal.”

2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner in Poetry shares his works with Joliet West students
Tyehimba Jess immortalizes forgotten creators in his works

“Poetry is very much alive,” Jess said. “It’s very much a part of our national conversation about who we are and where we come from and where we’re going. There’s a lot to be learned from all of the many poetry books that are being published nowadays.”

Former Joliet resident carves niche in filmmaking

But it was during Joliet West High School drama class that Grant fell in love with directing and scriptwriting, because a teacher insisted her students do both. Grant saw his words come alive. And he liked it.

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