Friday, July 7, 2017

Story Round-Up: Features in The Herald-News, July 2 through July 7

So with one editor on vacation and a second out on a family emergency, it's been an interesting week indeed.

One of our reporters, a former news editor, took on the bulk of extra duties, while I took on some I could handle and worked the holiday. I've also been working with two interns; it's nice having other bylines in the features section, at least until mid-August,

This weekend is also my regularly scheduled weekend editor shift, but I do have a couple days off next week, the first real time off I'm taking in 2017. Mini writing getaway, here I come!

For this week and the two that follow it, you'll see less stories penned by me for these very reasons. However, I've also done plenty of briefs and calendar items to keep the local content coming, and these you'll find on the website.

So here we go!

The health, faith, and arts and entertainment calendars: where to find them? Under the sections tab on the left hand side of Click on "features" and the topics drop down. Assembled by moi.

Gotta Do It, also by me, runs each Sunday in the People section.

Feature briefs for Monday (pets), 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. I do try to post new content daily.

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.

Thank you for reading The Herald-News.

Veteran Center gives couple their dream wedding
By Megan Schuller

 Catherine Beavers, who runs the center, said she wants to continue to give back to veterans and rent out the space to the community to fundraise for the veterans she houses.

Army buddies unite after 52 years

Note: A former Herald-News freelance writer submitted this story. Because I don't have a  freelance budget, I couldn't pay her or give her a byline. But she thought it was a good story to tell and wanted to submit it anyway. I agree. It's not very long, so please give it a read.

During a recent visit. the veterans had an opportunity to catch up on old times and their past escapades.

There wasn't a person this Joliet woman wouldn't help

Life was not always kind to Twila Shafer, although most people didn't know it. A single mother of two girls – now adults – Twila simultaneously worked two and three jobs most of her life to support them and was known by her characteristic laugh.

Tips for a healthy and happy Fourth of July

The holiday is past, but the food tips apply to any outdoor gathering with food. Read on!

Mystery Diner: Thayer Bros. Deli serves homemade food for the whole family

Annie Thayer,  owner and mother of former Chicago Bears player Tom Thayer, greeted us with a low-key, neighborly type of friendless. While a server seated us, took our drink orders and brought menus, Annie chatted to us as if we'd known her our entire lives.

Armed with faith, Joliet man holding Mass in honor of first responders

"I've seen so much negativity and hate across our country directed at people, especially law enforcement officers," James Sefcik said. "But they are human beings with immortal souls like we have."

Artworks: Jazz band to perform at Joliet church
By Megan Schuller

The Matthew Miller Group will preform interpretations of jazz, modern combinations and spirituals at 7 p.m. July 12.

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