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Ray Isaac

Ray Isaac

Ray Isaac


William T. Dawson

William T. Dawson

William T. Dawson


Alex Mickler

Alex Mickler

Alex Mickler


Keyona Woods, East High School Class of 2011 president and salutatorian, speaks at Thursday’s commencement at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Keyona Woods, East High School Class of 2011 president and ...

Keyona Woods, East High School Class of 2011 president and salutatorian, speaks at Thursday’s commencement at Stambaugh Auditorium.


Kaitlyn Cook

Kaitlyn Cook

Kaitlyn Cook


Keynote speaker Sarah Brown-Clark, Youngstown municipal clerk of courts, told the 2011 Chaney High School graduates not to depend on anyone else for their happiness. Seated next to her are salutatorian Jennifer Caventer, left, and valedictorian Kaitlyn Cook.

Keynote speaker Sarah Brown-Clark, Youngstown municipal clerk of courts, told ...

Keynote speaker Sarah Brown-Clark, Youngstown municipal clerk of courts, told the 2011 Chaney High School graduates not to depend on anyone else for their happiness. Seated next to her are salutatorian Jennifer Caventer, left, and ...


Fellow firefighters from the Mahoning Valley salute the coffin of Cardinal Joint Fire District Chief Robert Tieche as it is carried out of Canfield Methodist Church. Tieche was buried Thursday at Canfield Village Cemetery, five days after he died.

Fellow firefighters from the Mahoning Valley salute the coffin of ...

Fellow firefighters from the Mahoning Valley salute the coffin of Cardinal Joint Fire District Chief Robert Tieche as it is carried out of Canfield Methodist Church. Tieche was buried Thursday at Canfield Village Cemetery, five ...


Chaney High School graduate Brandon Davis celebrates after receiving his diploma Thursday afternoon in Stambaugh Auditorium. He’s just one of about 200 members of Chaney’s 2011 class.

Chaney High School graduate Brandon Davis celebrates after receiving his ...

Chaney High School graduate Brandon Davis celebrates after receiving his diploma Thursday afternoon in Stambaugh Auditorium. He’s just one of about 200 members of Chaney’s 2011 class.


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Cametreus Clardy

Cametreus Clardy

Cametreus Clardy


Russell Rogers

Russell Rogers

Russell Rogers


In this photo taken May 29, 2011,  young girls play as they pass a Harlem Deal$ store in New York, where a six-ounce New York strip steak can be purchased for $1.50.  Deal$ stores are owned by Dollar Tree, which sells a variety of items for $1. As May came to a close, the company said it continues to see more customers who are spending more per visit.  Dollar stores pose the biggest threat Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest retailer. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

In this photo taken May 29, 2011, young girls play ...

In this photo taken May 29, 2011, young girls play as they pass a Harlem Deal$ store in New York, where a six-ounce New York strip steak can be purchased for $1.50. Deal$ stores are ...


In this photo taken May 29, 2011, Teyonce Armstrong, right, 7, and her brothers Keith, 6, and Markquis, 11, play by the door of a Harlem Deal$ store in New York while waiting for their grandmother, who was shopping inside, to exit.  Deal$ stores are owned by Dollar Tree, which sells a variety of items for $1. The company said at the end of May it continues to see more customers who are spending more per visit.  Dollar stores pose the biggest threat Wal-Mart, the nation's biggest retailer. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

In this photo taken May 29, 2011, Teyonce Armstrong, right, ...

In this photo taken May 29, 2011, Teyonce Armstrong, right, 7, and her brothers Keith, 6, and Markquis, 11, play by the door of a Harlem Deal$ store in New York while waiting for their ...


Johnny Eiland, left, Keith Foster, 10, and Samuel Rivera, 9, of Youngstown shovel soil into a wheelbarrow to use for a raised-bed garden plot.

Johnny Eiland, left, Keith Foster, 10, and Samuel Rivera, 9, ...

Johnny Eiland, left, Keith Foster, 10, and Samuel Rivera, 9, of Youngstown shovel soil into a wheelbarrow to use for a raised-bed garden plot.


The roughly 200 members of the East High School Class of 2011  are the first class to spend all four years at the new East, starting as freshmen in 2007, the first year the new building opened. They awaited their turn Thursday morning to walk across the Stambaugh Auditorium stage and receive diplomas.

The roughly 200 members of the East High School Class ...

The roughly 200 members of the East High School Class of 2011 are the first class to spend all four years at the new East, starting as freshmen in 2007, the first year the new ...


Miya Merchant

Miya Merchant

Miya Merchant


Hail Merry foods COO Alison Brushaber, left, CEO Sarah Palisi Chapin, cemter. and Founder Susan O'Brien stand together in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Hail Merry specializes in raw, vegan and gluten-free products. (Evans Caglage/Dallas Morning News/MCT)

Hail Merry foods COO Alison Brushaber, left, CEO Sarah Palisi ...

Hail Merry foods COO Alison Brushaber, left, CEO Sarah Palisi Chapin, cemter. and Founder Susan O'Brien stand together in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Hail Merry specializes in raw, vegan and gluten-free products. ...


Maria Olvera, left, and her son Javier Olvera, right, place macaroons on trays in the Hail Merry production facility, in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Hail Merry specializes in raw, vegan and gluten-free products. (Evans Caglage/Dallas Morning News/MCT)

Maria Olvera, left, and her son Javier Olvera, right, place ...

Maria Olvera, left, and her son Javier Olvera, right, place macaroons on trays in the Hail Merry production facility, in Dallas, Texas, on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Hail Merry specializes in raw, vegan and gluten-free ...


Health Partners Family Nurse Practicioner Jana Dahn, right, spoke with Anoka County employees during an open house for the new medical clinic inside the Anoka County Courthouse in Anoka, Minnesota, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The clinic will be staffed by either a physician assisant or nurse practicioner. (Bruce Bisping/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

Health Partners Family Nurse Practicioner Jana Dahn, right, spoke with ...

Health Partners Family Nurse Practicioner Jana Dahn, right, spoke with Anoka County employees during an open house for the new medical clinic inside the Anoka County Courthouse in Anoka, Minnesota, Tuesday, May 10, 2011. The ...


The Champion softball team is one game away from a perfect season and a Division III state title thanks in part to ace Lindsay Swipas, who pitched the Flashes to a 5-2 win over the Clear Fork Colts in the semifi nal game Thursday at Akron Firestone Stadium.

The Champion softball team is one game away from a ...

The Champion softball team is one game away from a perfect season and a Division III state title thanks in part to ace Lindsay Swipas, who pitched the Flashes to a 5-2 win over the ...


Delphos St. John catcher Austin Reindel watches as Springfield’s Brad Ferraro slides safely into home plate during their Division IV baseball semifinal Thursday in Huntington Park. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays, 9-2, to  advance to the state final Saturday against Minster.

Delphos St. John catcher Austin Reindel watches as Springfield’s Brad ...

Delphos St. John catcher Austin Reindel watches as Springfield’s Brad Ferraro slides safely into home plate during their Division IV baseball semifinal Thursday in Huntington Park. The Tigers defeated the Blue Jays, 9-2, to advance ...


Elisabeth Stocking of St. Louis and Maurice Small of Cleveland dump a load of leaf compost into a raised garden plot for a new community garden on the East Side of Youngstown.

Elisabeth Stocking of St. Louis and Maurice Small of Cleveland ...

Elisabeth Stocking of St. Louis and Maurice Small of Cleveland dump a load of leaf compost into a raised garden plot for a new community garden on the East Side of Youngstown.


Urban gardening advocate Maurice Small of Cleveland

Urban gardening advocate Maurice Small of Cleveland

Urban gardening advocate Maurice Small of Cleveland


Poland’s Erin Gabriel (22) not only pitched but helped to hit the Bulldogs to a 14-2 win over the Tippecanoe Red Devils in the Division II state softball semifinal game Thursday at Akron Firestone Stadium. Gabriel matched teammate Jenna Modic with two doubles and a homer, except Gabriel’s three-run shot in the second 
inning was part of a five RBIgame. Poland faces LaGrange Keystone on Saturday in the state title game.

Poland’s Erin Gabriel (22) not only pitched but helped to ...

Poland’s Erin Gabriel (22) not only pitched but helped to hit the Bulldogs to a 14-2 win over the Tippecanoe Red Devils in the Division II state softball semifinal game Thursday at Akron Firestone Stadium. ...


Lana VanAuker of Canfield rescued Nutmeg after the cat's owner died.

Lana VanAuker of Canfield rescued Nutmeg after the cat's owner ...

Lana VanAuker of Canfield rescued Nutmeg after the cat's owner died.


Edna and Barney are both 2 years old. They were adopted from Angels for Animals by Lee and Barb Yaist of Boardman.

Edna and Barney are both 2 years old. They were ...

Edna and Barney are both 2 years old. They were adopted from Angels for Animals by Lee and Barb Yaist of Boardman.


Snowball was adopted by Diane Malloy of Canfield from The Cat Ladies Society in October 2009.

Snowball was adopted by Diane Malloy of Canfield from The ...

Snowball was adopted by Diane Malloy of Canfield from The Cat Ladies Society in October 2009.


Kathryn Pontius of Austintown says Cream Puff, 3, is special because she and her mom were strays.

Kathryn Pontius of Austintown says Cream Puff, 3, is special ...

Kathryn Pontius of Austintown says Cream Puff, 3, is special because she and her mom were strays.


Five years ago, Marianne Lordi of Boardman went to Alchemy Acres Animal Rescue in Salem to get a cute little kitty. She ended up coming home with this adult funny face boy she calls Bailey. He is now 6 years old and is such a joy.

Five years ago, Marianne Lordi of Boardman went to Alchemy ...

Five years ago, Marianne Lordi of Boardman went to Alchemy Acres Animal Rescue in Salem to get a cute little kitty. She ended up coming home with this adult funny face boy she calls Bailey. ...


My name is Hershey. I came to my family in June 2008. I was a drop-off and also a very wild stray kitten, but with lots of love, patience and care, I became a wonderful kitty. I am still afraid of humans, but I love my big sisters, Muffie and Harlie. — Submitted by April Morris Prest of Youngstown

My name is Hershey. I came to my family in ...

My name is Hershey. I came to my family in June 2008. I was a drop-off and also a very wild stray kitten, but with lots of love, patience and care, I became a wonderful ...


This is my kitty Abigail. She adopted me in June 1997, and celebrated her 14th birthday in April. I think she's the prettiest girl in the world, but I must admit, I'm a little biased! — Submitted by Darlene & Roy Reese of Canfield

This is my kitty Abigail. She adopted me in June ...

This is my kitty Abigail. She adopted me in June 1997, and celebrated her 14th birthday in April. I think she's the prettiest girl in the world, but I must admit, I'm a little biased! ...


Richard Blair of Boardman sent this picture of his son, Rick, with their cat, Nora. Nora is 9, and the family adopted her in 2002.

Richard Blair of Boardman sent this picture of his son, ...

Richard Blair of Boardman sent this picture of his son, Rick, with their cat, Nora. Nora is 9, and the family adopted her in 2002.


Martina came from the Warren Animal Welfare League's no-kill facility, says Lana VanAuker of Canfield.

Martina came from the Warren Animal Welfare League's no-kill facility, ...

Martina came from the Warren Animal Welfare League's no-kill facility, says Lana VanAuker of Canfield.


My name is Winky because I was born with only one eye. I am 3 ears old and have a "heart" on my chest and "Mickey Mouse ears" on my paw. Someone abandoned me in a railroad yard. I had to live on birds and rodents. Winter came and it was a very cold winter. I found some shelter in a large pipe. The pipe was not warm enough, and I left to find a warmer place. I did not find one, and I began to freeze. A nice man saw me frozen in the snow and took me to a building. He fed me, too, and, boy,  was I hungry! I soon warmed up and went on my way. I saw this nice man often, and he would whistle for me. I would stop what I was doing and run to him because I knew he would have a piece of chicken for me. One day this nice man decided to take me home! I now live with a family with two Maltese dogs. I have lived here now for 2 years. I am very happy, and I am a good cat because I know I was given a second chance. I spend my day playing (gently) with the two dogs and looking out my favorite window. My rescuer is Mickey Drabison, Youngsown.

My name is Winky because I was born with only ...

My name is Winky because I was born with only one eye. I am 3 ears old and have a "heart" on my chest and "Mickey Mouse ears" on my paw. Someone abandoned me in ...


Mamie Denehy of Lowellville says Moogle came to them about a year ago. He is about 1 1/2 years old.

Mamie Denehy of Lowellville says Moogle came to them about ...

Mamie Denehy of Lowellville says Moogle came to them about a year ago. He is about 1 1/2 years old.


My name is Harlie, and I was a junkyard cat. My dad brought me home with two other siblings in November 2005. One sibling got adopted, but my mom had to put my other one to sleep because he was so sick. I am very afraid of strangers. Otherwise I am a very happy kitty, and I take care of my little sister Hershey. — Submitted by April Morris Prest of Youngstown

My name is Harlie, and I was a junkyard cat. ...

My name is Harlie, and I was a junkyard cat. My dad brought me home with two other siblings in November 2005. One sibling got adopted, but my mom had to put my other one ...


Lucky is 10 years old and was adopted from Second Chance Animal Rescue in 2001 by Becky Backur of Austintown.

Lucky is 10 years old and was adopted from Second ...

Lucky is 10 years old and was adopted from Second Chance Animal Rescue in 2001 by Becky Backur of Austintown.


Madison Wright of Salem adopted Noah the Cat in August 2008. Or, was it the other way around?

Madison Wright of Salem adopted Noah the Cat in August ...

Madison Wright of Salem adopted Noah the Cat in August 2008. Or, was it the other way around?


Dino, the gray and white cat in front, was adopted from Angels for Animals about 8 years ago by Dave and Wendy Billock of Poland. He's hanging out with Spanky, a stray that they also brought into the family.

Dino, the gray and white cat in front, was adopted ...

Dino, the gray and white cat in front, was adopted from Angels for Animals about 8 years ago by Dave and Wendy Billock of Poland. He's hanging out with Spanky, a stray that they also ...


Amber is 11 years old and was adopted from Second Chance Animal Rescue in 2000 by Becky Backur of Austintown.

Amber is 11 years old and was adopted from Second ...

Amber is 11 years old and was adopted from Second Chance Animal Rescue in 2000 by Becky Backur of Austintown.


Angel was adopted from Angels for Animals about 9 or 10 years ago by Dave and Wendy Billock of Poland. They say she's such a beautiful cat and when you pet her she purrs so loud. They're so happy she's a part of their family.

Angel was adopted from Angels for Animals about 9 or ...

Angel was adopted from Angels for Animals about 9 or 10 years ago by Dave and Wendy Billock of Poland. They say she's such a beautiful cat and when you pet her she purrs so ...


My name is Muffie. I am 8 years old and was adopted in December 2002 from Second Chance Animal Rescue, where my mom volunteered. When I arrived at the shelter, I was brought in by two women who kept me in a hamster cage. I hid all the time, but with lots of love and time, I blossomed into a beautiful, fun and happy girl. — Submitted by April Morris Prest of Youngstown

My name is Muffie. I am 8 years old and ...

My name is Muffie. I am 8 years old and was adopted in December 2002 from Second Chance Animal Rescue, where my mom volunteered. When I arrived at the shelter, I was brought in by ...


Chloe was adopted in 2003 by Richard and Carolyn Hahn of Boardman.

Chloe was adopted in 2003 by Richard and Carolyn Hahn ...

Chloe was adopted in 2003 by Richard and Carolyn Hahn of Boardman.


The kitty's name is Chet, and he is 7 months old. Anthony and Beth Jones of Lumberton, N.C., adopted him on Christmas Eve 2010 for their daughter, Natalie (grandaughter of Gary and Ann Duracky of Poland).

The kitty's name is Chet, and he is 7 months ...

The kitty's name is Chet, and he is 7 months old. Anthony and Beth Jones of Lumberton, N.C., adopted him on Christmas Eve 2010 for their daughter, Natalie (grandaughter of Gary and Ann Duracky of ...


5-year-old Mikayla Upright of Youngstown shared this picture of her kitty, Snickers, who is 7 weeks old and was adopted just a little over 3 weeks ago.

5-year-old Mikayla Upright of Youngstown shared this picture of her ...

5-year-old Mikayla Upright of Youngstown shared this picture of her kitty, Snickers, who is 7 weeks old and was adopted just a little over 3 weeks ago.


Bob Durick of Struthers "found" Ella when he bounced her under his truck in New Castle, Pa., in March 2009. She was just a kitten and was living on the street. Although she was missing some fur and was a little bloody, she ate some of his leftover spaghetti, climbed into his truck and fell asleep on his lap. Several minutes later, dinner was all over his lap and front seat. Apparently she was allergic to Italian food.

Bob Durick of Struthers "found" Ella when he bounced her ...

Bob Durick of Struthers "found" Ella when he bounced her under his truck in New Castle, Pa., in March 2009. She was just a kitten and was living on the street. Although she was missing ...


Mowie is a 6-year-old who looks like a Russian Blue, complete with vivid green eyes, except that he is a very large cat! He was adopted from Angels for Animals in 2005. After having dogs for 42 years, Bill and Barb Cardarelli of Struthers say that their cat is a real joy!

Mowie is a 6-year-old who looks like a Russian Blue, ...

Mowie is a 6-year-old who looks like a Russian Blue, complete with vivid green eyes, except that he is a very large cat! He was adopted from Angels for Animals in 2005. After having dogs ...


This is Katie, who was adopted from Angels for Animals in December 2006 when she was about a year old. She sleeps in many different places, including the bathroom sink! — Submitted by Pam Davidson of Canfield

This is Katie, who was adopted from Angels for Animals ...

This is Katie, who was adopted from Angels for Animals in December 2006 when she was about a year old. She sleeps in many different places, including the bathroom sink! — Submitted by Pam Davidson ...


Michael J. Lacivita of Youngstown sent us this picture of Whiskers.

Michael J. Lacivita of Youngstown sent us this picture of ...

Michael J. Lacivita of Youngstown sent us this picture of Whiskers.


This photo of Eartha Kitten was submitted by Avery Ball of Alliance. She was adopted this past Earth Day, April 22, and is now 10 weeks old. Although she is playing in the dog's bowl, they have not let the dog eat her as a snack. Eartha was rescued from the Stark County Humane Society.

This photo of Eartha Kitten was submitted by Avery Ball ...

This photo of Eartha Kitten was submitted by Avery Ball of Alliance. She was adopted this past Earth Day, April 22, and is now 10 weeks old. Although she is playing in the dog's bowl, ...


This is Shadow, adopted from a shelter at 6 months old in February 1994. That is not a typo — Shadow will turn 18 this year! — Submitted by Christy Ball of Alliance

This is Shadow, adopted from a shelter at 6 months ...

This is Shadow, adopted from a shelter at 6 months old in February 1994. That is not a typo — Shadow will turn 18 this year! — Submitted by Christy Ball of Alliance


Kya was adopted her by AJ and Gina Nocera of Austintown in August 2010 from the Cat Ladies Society in Youngstown, who saved her from an organization that was going to put her down. She is 2 years old and, although she is partially blind from neglect in her early days, she is perfectly healthy, full of energy and love, and always ready to play. She brings a smile to the face of anyone who walks into their home, and they love having her.

Kya was adopted her by AJ and Gina Nocera of ...

Kya was adopted her by AJ and Gina Nocera of Austintown in August 2010 from the Cat Ladies Society in Youngstown, who saved her from an organization that was going to put her down. She ...


Melanie Diorio of Boardman rescued her kitten, Cutie Pie, from a local shelter on Feb. 28. Cutie Pie is a Manx and Domestic Shorthair mix, and she is very playful and friendly. She is 11 weeks old and weighs just under 2 pounds! She is such a wonderful addition to their home, and now Melanie cannot imagine her life without her new kitten!

Melanie Diorio of Boardman rescued her kitten, Cutie Pie, from ...

Melanie Diorio of Boardman rescued her kitten, Cutie Pie, from a local shelter on Feb. 28. Cutie Pie is a Manx and Domestic Shorthair mix, and she is very playful and friendly. She is 11 ...


Carole Sharp of Austintown says: "After volunteering for Angels for Animals, a 5-year-old orange tabby chose me this February. His name is Romeo, and he came into our home with two boys, a dog from the pound, a rescued retriever and another cat, also from the shelter, to play with. I thought he chose me, but when I brought him home, he chose my husband instead. I've heard you don't choose the cat. The cat chooses you. I believe it now. The one who chooses you is the one who really wants to stay by your side. Rescued cats seem to be more affectionate and really crave attention that warms your heart. Our other cat is his best friend, and they play together all the time. Seeing what I see now, I'll never have just one. I never realized how lonely our cat was until we brought Romeo home. They really need companions, just like us."

Carole Sharp of Austintown says: "After volunteering for Angels for ...

Carole Sharp of Austintown says: "After volunteering for Angels for Animals, a 5-year-old orange tabby chose me this February. His name is Romeo, and he came into our home with two boys, a dog from ...


Baby Girl, who will turn 2 years old on July 13, was adopted from The Cat Ladies Society by Brianna Thayer of Youngstown.

Baby Girl, who will turn 2 years old on July ...

Baby Girl, who will turn 2 years old on July 13, was adopted from The Cat Ladies Society by Brianna Thayer of Youngstown.


This is Noah. Bob Durick of Struthers obtained him from a couple who foster abused cats. Noah was not abused. He was dumped at a doorstep when his previous owners moved out of their residence. Noah liked to play but the abused cats didn't know how to play.

This is Noah. Bob Durick of Struthers obtained him from ...

This is Noah. Bob Durick of Struthers obtained him from a couple who foster abused cats. Noah was not abused. He was dumped at a doorstep when his previous owners moved out of their residence. ...


Toby was known as "Lex" at Angels for Animals when Dave and Wendy Billock of Poland adopted him almost 10 years ago. They say he's a real goof ball and loves to greet you when you come to visit and crawl up on your lap.

Toby was known as "Lex" at Angels for Animals when ...

Toby was known as "Lex" at Angels for Animals when Dave and Wendy Billock of Poland adopted him almost 10 years ago. They say he's a real goof ball and loves to greet you when ...


This is Remy. She was adopted in November 2010 from Animal Charity. She was 2 months old at the time of this picture. She is 9 months old now. — Submitted by Tracey DeProfio of Mineral Ridge

This is Remy. She was adopted in November 2010 from ...

This is Remy. She was adopted in November 2010 from Animal Charity. She was 2 months old at the time of this picture. She is 9 months old now. — Submitted by Tracey DeProfio of ...


Little Kramer was rescued from a road during a rain storm in April and adopted by Cindy Renner of Mineral Ridge. Kramer was less than 6 weeks old at the time.

Little Kramer was rescued from a road during a rain ...

Little Kramer was rescued from a road during a rain storm in April and adopted by Cindy Renner of Mineral Ridge. Kramer was less than 6 weeks old at the time.


George and Patricia Hughes of Boardman adopted Samantha in 2000 from Angels for Animals.

George and Patricia Hughes of Boardman adopted Samantha in 2000 ...

George and Patricia Hughes of Boardman adopted Samantha in 2000 from Angels for Animals.


In the window are Erma, a torti, and Romeo, a main coon mix, and on the bench are Moe, a gray tabby, and Max, an orange tabby. Max and Erma were adopted 11 years ago from Angels for Animals. Suzanne Ripple says they went to get one cat but ended up with two so they could keep each other company when the family wasn't home. Her daughter was ecstatic! Because neither would sit on Suzanne's lap, they adopted Moe a year later from Angels. Romeo adopted the family three summers ago when he stayed on their deck for six weeks. They took him through the stray through program at Angels, and he became part of the family. He lives up to his name — he is the most loving cat Suzanne's ever met.

In the window are Erma, a torti, and Romeo, a ...

In the window are Erma, a torti, and Romeo, a main coon mix, and on the bench are Moe, a gray tabby, and Max, an orange tabby. Max and Erma were adopted 11 years ago ...


My name is Mr. Magic Moon Cat. I'm a Persian cat and was found very underweight and so matted that Precious Lives in Akron didn't know what type of animal I was until they shaved me! I was very hungry and skinny. Luckily, they helped me along until I was adopted by my new momma. Now I live in a nice home with lots of windows. I share my home with my Twisted Sisters — rescue terriers — who came from Paws and Prayers of Akron; the old homestead lady kitty; a girly cockatoo parrot; and a fish named Acai! But I'm the Lion King of the house. Momma named me the night I came to my new forever home last July. The moon was fuller than ever and copper-colored, like my eyes. — Submitted by Susan Z. of Tallmadge, Ohio

My name is Mr. Magic Moon Cat. I'm a Persian ...

My name is Mr. Magic Moon Cat. I'm a Persian cat and was found very underweight and so matted that Precious Lives in Akron didn't know what type of animal I was until they shaved ...


Dave Messersmith of Youngstown says his cat is not "officially adopted" from a shelter. He was a stray that worked his way into his life! He found Messersmith in November 2005. The vet "guestimated" his age then at 2 to 3 years.

Dave Messersmith of Youngstown says his cat is not "officially ...

Dave Messersmith of Youngstown says his cat is not "officially adopted" from a shelter. He was a stray that worked his way into his life! He found Messersmith in November 2005. The vet "guestimated" his ...


George and Patricia Hughes of Boardman adopted Geoffrey, the orange tabby on the left, and Samantha in 2000 from Angels for Animals.

George and Patricia Hughes of Boardman adopted Geoffrey, the orange ...

George and Patricia Hughes of Boardman adopted Geoffrey, the orange tabby on the left, and Samantha in 2000 from Angels for Animals.


Blackie is one of two cats Sally H. of Boardman adopted from Angels for Animals a little over 10 years ago. They have changed her life and became her second “family.” Although they are brother and sister, you can’t tell; they don’t look or act at all alike, but they have trained her quite well, a fact to which most of my friends can attest. They provide her with love and devotion and are great “watch dogs” who wake up and growl should anyone approach the house at any time — day or night. She knows when they settle back down that they are all safe. She loves to watch their antics. Blackie loves to unravel the toilet paper. Sally even watched him flush the toilet — several times in a row — one night. Her life would be incomplete and boring without them to share it with.

Blackie is one of two cats Sally H. of Boardman ...

Blackie is one of two cats Sally H. of Boardman adopted from Angels for Animals a little over 10 years ago. They have changed her life and became her second “family.” Although they are brother ...


Reese was adopted from TNR of Warren in October 2009. She was 5 months old at the time of this picture. — Submitted by Tracey DeProfio of Mineral Ridge

Reese was adopted from TNR of Warren in October 2009. ...

Reese was adopted from TNR of Warren in October 2009. She was 5 months old at the time of this picture. — Submitted by Tracey DeProfio of Mineral Ridge


Cocco is one of two cats Sally H. of Boardman adopted from Angels for Animals a little over 10 years ago. They have changed her life and became her second "family." Although they are brother and sister, you can't tell; they don't look or act at all alike, but they have trained her quite well, a fact to which most of my friends can attest. They provide her with love and devotion and are great "watch dogs" who wake up and growl should anyone approach the house at any time — day or night. She knows when they settle back down that they are all safe. Cocco also lets her know when a storm is approaching; she runs and hides and won't come out until it's over. They make her laugh with their antics. Cocco enjoys opening drawers, especially the ones that house their "toys." If she could just train them to put their toys back when they are done! Her life would be incomplete and boring without them to share it with.

Cocco is one of two cats Sally H. of Boardman ...

Cocco is one of two cats Sally H. of Boardman adopted from Angels for Animals a little over 10 years ago. They have changed her life and became her second "family." Although they are brother ...


George and Patricia Hughes of Boardman adopted Geoffrey in 2000 from Angels for Animals.

George and Patricia Hughes of Boardman adopted Geoffrey in 2000 ...

George and Patricia Hughes of Boardman adopted Geoffrey in 2000 from Angels for Animals.


Angi Moser of Youngstown sent this picture of Frankenstein. They rescued him three years ago, and he's now a little over 3.

Angi Moser of Youngstown sent this picture of Frankenstein. They ...

Angi Moser of Youngstown sent this picture of Frankenstein. They rescued him three years ago, and he's now a little over 3.


Sissy was adopted in September 1999 from Animal Appeal by Joe and Patty Yank of Boardman.

Sissy was adopted in September 1999 from Animal Appeal by ...

Sissy was adopted in September 1999 from Animal Appeal by Joe and Patty Yank of Boardman.


Alice Marchione of Boardman adopted Mr. Grey Beard, 1 year old, from Angels for Animals in November 2010.

Alice Marchione of Boardman adopted Mr. Grey Beard, 1 year ...

Alice Marchione of Boardman adopted Mr. Grey Beard, 1 year old, from Angels for Animals in November 2010.


The orange cat, Murray, 7 years old, was found on a country road and saved from a coyote eyeing him for lunch. The gray cat, Muffy, was adopted from Angels for Animals five years ago and is about 6 years old. They both live in Canfield with Lucky, a Lab, and Tally, a Border Collie mix. Owners are Jim and Judi Hickok.

The orange cat, Murray, 7 years old, was found on ...

The orange cat, Murray, 7 years old, was found on a country road and saved from a coyote eyeing him for lunch. The gray cat, Muffy, was adopted from Angels for Animals five years ago ...


Donita Gerner of Columbiana says Alaina is a special-needs kitty because her eyelashes grow into her eyes. She had surgery and requires eye drops twice a day. Donita adopted her in December 2006.

Donita Gerner of Columbiana says Alaina is a special-needs kitty ...

Donita Gerner of Columbiana says Alaina is a special-needs kitty because her eyelashes grow into her eyes. She had surgery and requires eye drops twice a day. Donita adopted her in December 2006.


Ernie (the cat), his dollar, penguin, stuff bear, groundhog and his football Ñ all is right in this little boy's world. Ernie was adopted in 2005 and he is about 11 years old. — Submitted by Maribeth & Troy Eckenrode of Cortland

Ernie (the cat), his dollar, penguin, stuff bear, groundhog and ...

Ernie (the cat), his dollar, penguin, stuff bear, groundhog and his football Ñ all is right in this little boy's world. Ernie was adopted in 2005 and he is about 11 years old. — Submitted ...


Minnie is 10 years old and was adopted by Carlie and Catheline of Canfield from a shelter where Carlie volunteered in 2002. She was once very shy, introverted little girl, but look at her now —  pampered and adored by her forever family! She looks like she's posing for the next issue of "Glam-purr" Magazine!

Minnie is 10 years old and was adopted by Carlie ...

Minnie is 10 years old and was adopted by Carlie and Catheline of Canfield from a shelter where Carlie volunteered in 2002. She was once very shy, introverted little girl, but look at her now ...


Here are two rescued kittens Debi DiCioccio of Canfield says they couldn't resist — sisters!

Here are two rescued kittens Debi DiCioccio of Canfield says ...

Here are two rescued kittens Debi DiCioccio of Canfield says they couldn't resist — sisters!


Tesla, 4, was adopted in September 2007 from Columbiana County Humane Society by Bill Schoppy of Canfield.

Tesla, 4, was adopted in September 2007 from Columbiana County ...

Tesla, 4, was adopted in September 2007 from Columbiana County Humane Society by Bill Schoppy of Canfield.


Dexter, who will be 2 years old on Wednesday, was adopted from The Cat Ladies Society in September 2010 by Brianna Thayer of Youngstown.

Dexter, who will be 2 years old on Wednesday, was ...

Dexter, who will be 2 years old on Wednesday, was adopted from The Cat Ladies Society in September 2010 by Brianna Thayer of Youngstown.


Andrea Schemet pauses while salvaging items from a destroyed home belonging to a friend's mother-in-law in Joplin, Mo. Friday, May 27, 2011. An EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital and hundreds of homes and businesses and killing at least 126 people. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Andrea Schemet pauses while salvaging items from a destroyed home ...

Andrea Schemet pauses while salvaging items from a destroyed home belonging to a friend's mother-in-law in Joplin, Mo. Friday, May 27, 2011. An EF-5 tornado tore through much of the city Sunday, damaging a hospital ...


Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor arrives in this Nissan 350Z, center, to a players only meeting Monday, May 30, 2011, at the Woody Hayes Complex, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor arrives in this Nissan 350Z, ...

Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor arrives in this Nissan 350Z, center, to a players only meeting Monday, May 30, 2011, at the Woody Hayes Complex, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)