Friday, March 16, 2018

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

As you can see, I'm having a busy Friday, LOL.

So no editorializing or recapping today, except to recap the week in features and where to find stories and such.

Hope everyone reading this is having a wonderful day. :)

Non-bylined features:

Monday through Saturday I assembled my non-bylined works - brief posts and calendar listings - into one convenient file and posting them on Facebook in the evening, so readers can easily choose the ones they want to read.

One can also find those event listings, the Gotta Do It calendar, as well as the pets, health, faith, and arts and entertainment calendars, under the sections tab on the left hand side of Click on "features" and the topics drop down.  Gotta Do It runs under "people."

Community news? Again, under the sections tab, under features, and by topic. Updates are posted on these days in print and web (and some only on web on other days as I have the time): Monday (pets), Tuesday (health), Thursday (faith), Friday (arts and entertainment), and Sunday (people).

Social media:

Daily updates: I do post the briefs and calendars on Twitter during the week, so you're welcome to follow me at @Denise_Unland61.

BryonySeries stuff: I post curated content relating to the BryonySeries at @BryonySeries. And assorted related content at And of course, please follow the adventures of Bertrand the Mouse on Instagram at bertrand_bryonyseries.

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Books and Such

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'I just wanted to help someone'
Mokena woman's group empowers women one dress at a time

With nearly 5,000 members and growing, "It's All About The Dress. Pay It Forward" is designed for members to post dresses they are giving away for free to people in need.

The recipients, in turn, are to continue "paying it forward" by blessing another person in need with the dress when they're done with it. Recipients only pay for shipping, if shipping is needed.

An Extraordinary Life: A legacy of line and color

Joliet woman's art on exhibit at Book and Bean Cafe

"It was her last series," Janet Erio of Joliet said of her friend Gale Tolf's artwork. "The most important thing to Gale, besides the people she loved, was her art. She just loved to share her art. Her colors are amazing."

Forget dog biscuits
Joliet store features cookies, cakes and ice cream for dogs

"We sell wholesale all over the country," Burd said. "People kept asking for our cookies and it went from there. We sell. cakes, cookies, birthday bones, and human-grade ice cream – made without additives as well as the sugars and syrups humans love, which upset canine stomachs."

Still providing free healthcare after 30 years
Donor-supported Will-Grundy Medical Clinic hosting fundraiser March 15

But despite being true to its primary mission of providing free primary are to its clients – patients who are are 18 and over and at or below 220 percent of the federal poverty level (with 80 percent having a chronic illness) – the clinic has expanded its programs and services, Executive Director Shawn Marconi said.

Mystery Diner Manhattan's Roadhouse 52 a diamond in the dark

It was wide open with rustic and classy decor – practically a history lesson of the area on each wall – and plenty of crayons and coloring books that Ruth, our server, brought out quickly after we arrived and sat in a corner booth.

A destiny greater than disease
Cancer brought Shorewood man closer to God

 Altenhoff is thankful – for small victories ("My lung function is up to 30 percent. I gained six percent," he said) and encouraging pats on the shoulder from fellow parishioners at the Church of St. Jude in Joliet.

"We'd be so better off if we could see the kindness in people," Altenhoff said.

Have a Guinness St. Patrick's Day with these four recipes


A great addition to grownup St. Patrick's Day celebrations. And as these recipes show, you don't have to drink it to enjoy it.

Over the last week, we had some fun playing with these recipes in our kitchen. My daughter Rebekah Baran shared the recipes for Guiness beef stew, Guinness brownies and Guinness no-churn ice cream; Jasmine Rosenboom of Channahon shared and prepared the recipe for the Guinness deep-friend chocolate sandwich cookies.

We think they tasted great. Try one (or all) and see for yourself!

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