It wasn’t all bad
Vance A. Funk III retired as mayor of Newark, Del., in 2013 because of health problems, but the 75-year-old is still serving his city. Although a stroke has left him with limited movement on his right side, Funk leaves his Main Street home at 6 each morning and picks up litter dumped by the college town’s hard-partying crowds. When he spots graffiti, Funk doesn’t ask the city to remove it; he simply grabs a bucket of paint closest to the color needed and does the job himself. “I think doing this helps keep me alive,” Funk says.
Leigh Holland-Keen, a 29-year-old nurse from Australia, has become the first woman in almost 40 years to achieve one of the world’s greatest feats of strength: lifting Scotland’s “Dinnie Steens,” two granite boulders that weigh a combined 773 pounds. Fewer than 100 people are thought to have ever lifted the stones, which have metal handles and are named after Scottish strongman Donald Dinnie, who carried them across a 16-foot-wide bridge in 1860. Holland-Keen said she hoped her success would encourage more women to try weightlifting, a sport that is often perceived as unfeminine. “It’s good to be strong,” she said. “It’s badass, and I love it.”
A Michigan couple were just hours away from getting married when they discovered that there’d be no food at their big day. The reason? Amber and Benjamin Vansledright’s caterer mistakenly thought their wedding was scheduled for the following week. In tears, the bride and groom asked the owner of the Sonder Eatery next to their venue if he could help. Nick Ruesticus immediately shut his restaurant for the day, and in just 90 minutes he and his staff prepared a cocktail hour and more than 150 meals for the guests. “We can’t thank them enough,” Benjamin said of the Sonder team. ■