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This photo was taken 10 years ago of Heather Atkinson and her mother, Sharon Pink, both of East Palestine, at Sharon's wedding. Heather, now 18, says her mom has been her best friend her whole life, and that "being her baby and only child, we look forward to the day this photo can be taken again ... at my wedding."

This photo was taken 10 years ago of Heather Atkinson ...

This photo was taken 10 years ago of Heather Atkinson and her mother, Sharon Pink, both of East Palestine, at Sharon's wedding. Heather, now 18, says her mom has been her best friend her whole ...


Connor P. McCluskey and Janeace M. Brooke

Connor P. McCluskey and Janeace M. Brooke

Connor P. McCluskey and Janeace M. Brooke


Lauren K. Hallemann and Brian J. McCarthy

Lauren K. Hallemann and Brian J. McCarthy

Lauren K. Hallemann and Brian J. McCarthy


Brooke A. Stull and Bryan A. Melvin

Brooke A. Stull and Bryan A. Melvin

Brooke A. Stull and Bryan A. Melvin


This photo was taken 10 years ago of Heather Atkinson and her mother, Sharon Pink, both of East Palestine, at Sharon's wedding. Heather, now 18, says her mom has been her best friend her whole life, and that "being her baby and only child, we look forward to the day this photo can be taken again ... at my wedding."

This photo was taken 10 years ago of Heather Atkinson ...

This photo was taken 10 years ago of Heather Atkinson and her mother, Sharon Pink, both of East Palestine, at Sharon's wedding. Heather, now 18, says her mom has been her best friend her whole ...


"Beautiful inside and out" is how Erin Rogers describes her mom, Shirley Koppel. Erin says her mom is the first person she turns to when she has a problem or something exciting to tell. Both women are from McDonald.

"Beautiful inside and out" is how Erin Rogers describes her ...

"Beautiful inside and out" is how Erin Rogers describes her mom, Shirley Koppel. Erin says her mom is the first person she turns to when she has a problem or something exciting to tell. Both ...


Sandra Fulton Britt of Youngstown says her mother, Mattie Pearl Fulton of Youngstown, always told her and her siblings that they could be anything they wanted to be. Sandra and her mom built their own traditions and Sandra even named her son, Matthew, after her mother.

Sandra Fulton Britt of Youngstown says her mother, Mattie Pearl ...

Sandra Fulton Britt of Youngstown says her mother, Mattie Pearl Fulton of Youngstown, always told her and her siblings that they could be anything they wanted to be. Sandra and her mom built their own ...


Cassidy Ross submitted this photo of her family, taken in Las Vegas last Christmas. She says her mom, center, is her inspiration because she's devoted her life to taking care of children — almost 300, in fact. For 36 years, her mom has been a foster mom. There are now five children in the family: Geo, 40; Chris, 22; Cassidy, 15; Marie, 13; and Rose, 6.

Cassidy Ross submitted this photo of her family, taken in ...

Cassidy Ross submitted this photo of her family, taken in Las Vegas last Christmas. She says her mom, center, is her inspiration because she's devoted her life to taking care of children — almost 300, ...


Sylvia Takash of Vienna sent in this photo from 1961 of her and her mom, Bertha McAnally of Youngstown. An only child, Sylvia said her mom was her dearest friend whom she misses terribly.

Sylvia Takash of Vienna sent in this photo from 1961 ...

Sylvia Takash of Vienna sent in this photo from 1961 of her and her mom, Bertha McAnally of Youngstown. An only child, Sylvia said her mom was her dearest friend whom she misses terribly.


Darlene Schuller of Youngstown calls her mom, Diane Schuller, also of Youngstown, her Angel Mom. Darlene said her mom has "never lived one day selfishly" and now cares for her husband of 51 years.

Darlene Schuller of Youngstown calls her mom, Diane Schuller, also ...

Darlene Schuller of Youngstown calls her mom, Diane Schuller, also of Youngstown, her Angel Mom. Darlene said her mom has "never lived one day selfishly" and now cares for her husband of 51 years.


"We've been 'Besties' for almost 60 years," says Debra Apinis about her mother, Doreen Dunn. The Salem women used to shop at Strouss, McKelveys and Livingstons in downtown Youngstown, but now settle for short trips to the mall and lunch at a favorite spot, Panera.

"We've been 'Besties' for almost 60 years," says Debra Apinis ...

"We've been 'Besties' for almost 60 years," says Debra Apinis about her mother, Doreen Dunn. The Salem women used to shop at Strouss, McKelveys and Livingstons in downtown Youngstown, but now settle for short trips ...


Even though her mother, Ann Marie Horvath, has been gone since 1993, Kendra Wilcox of Hubbard still talks to her every day in prayer to make the best of their special friendship.

Even though her mother, Ann Marie Horvath, has been gone ...

Even though her mother, Ann Marie Horvath, has been gone since 1993, Kendra Wilcox of Hubbard still talks to her every day in prayer to make the best of their special friendship.


Taken on a bus trip last year to celebrate her mother's 89th birthday, this photo shows Pat Taylor of Columbiana and her mother, Barbara Krystek. "I thank God every day that she is still in my life!" says Pat.

Taken on a bus trip last year to celebrate her ...

Taken on a bus trip last year to celebrate her mother's 89th birthday, this photo shows Pat Taylor of Columbiana and her mother, Barbara Krystek. "I thank God every day that she is still in ...


Sarah Emerick of Hudson, Ohio, said that since 1999, her mother, Kathryn Adams of Canfield, has been leading "Volunteer in Missions" teams to work with underprivileged orphans. This photo, taken in Vladimir, Russia, is from such a trip when Sarah accompanied her mother. She said she's always been so proud of her mom and her humanitarian work.

Sarah Emerick of Hudson, Ohio, said that since 1999, her ...

Sarah Emerick of Hudson, Ohio, said that since 1999, her mother, Kathryn Adams of Canfield, has been leading "Volunteer in Missions" teams to work with underprivileged orphans. This photo, taken in Vladimir, Russia, is from ...


"My favorite memory is watching my 79-year-old mother laughing with my 10-year-old niece as they rode the giant pirate ship at St. Nick's festival. The joy she conveyed in that moment with her granddaughter made me appreciate all the special times Mom and I have shared even more," says Diane Javorsky of Lowellville, of her mother, Betty Javorsky.

"My favorite memory is watching my 79-year-old mother laughing with ...

"My favorite memory is watching my 79-year-old mother laughing with my 10-year-old niece as they rode the giant pirate ship at St. Nick's festival. The joy she conveyed in that moment with her granddaughter made ...


Going to Geneva-on-the-Lake is one of the favorite activities of Marie Rubesich of Warren, mother of Beth Hull of Youngstown. This photo was taken on a trip to Geneva. Beth says her mother "... is a wonderful person who gets along with everyone ... and would do anything for anyone."

Going to Geneva-on-the-Lake is one of the favorite activities of ...

Going to Geneva-on-the-Lake is one of the favorite activities of Marie Rubesich of Warren, mother of Beth Hull of Youngstown. This photo was taken on a trip to Geneva. Beth says her mother "... is ...


On Feb. 23, 1973, the doctor told Caliope Gialousis, "I just gave you your friend for life." He was right, says Maria Gialousis, the baby born then. She credits her mom, Caliope, with helping her, saying, "I hope that one day, I can be just a fraction of the woman my mother is."

On Feb. 23, 1973, the doctor told Caliope Gialousis, "I ...

On Feb. 23, 1973, the doctor told Caliope Gialousis, "I just gave you your friend for life." He was right, says Maria Gialousis, the baby born then. She credits her mom, Caliope, with helping her, ...


"She is Marvelous to Martha, she is Beautiful to Betty, she is Radiant to Ruth, she is Kindhearted to Karen, she is Dynamite to Donna, she is Bright to Bonnie, she is Joyful to Janet ... she is our Amazing Grace." So says Donna Evans of New Springfield about her mother, Grace, center.

"She is Marvelous to Martha, she is Beautiful to Betty, ...

"She is Marvelous to Martha, she is Beautiful to Betty, she is Radiant to Ruth, she is Kindhearted to Karen, she is Dynamite to Donna, she is Bright to Bonnie, she is Joyful to Janet ...


Julie Carino, 10, wrote this about her mom, Gayle Carino: "With me and my mom we don't have a favorite memory. We make new ones every day. So manny I've lost count. Theres just not enough word to describe her. Like beautiful she gives it a whole new meaning. I love my mom without explanation." They live in Austintown.

Julie Carino, 10, wrote this about her mom, Gayle Carino: ...

Julie Carino, 10, wrote this about her mom, Gayle Carino: "With me and my mom we don't have a favorite memory. We make new ones every day. So manny I've lost count. Theres just not ...


Rhonda Wilhelm of Boardman says she appreciates now that her mother, Catherine Hamrock of Austintown, loved her enough as a child to instill religious values, make her do chores and restrict her dating age. Rhonda calls her mother "a gift to those who know her."

Rhonda Wilhelm of Boardman says she appreciates now that her ...

Rhonda Wilhelm of Boardman says she appreciates now that her mother, Catherine Hamrock of Austintown, loved her enough as a child to instill religious values, make her do chores and restrict her dating age. Rhonda ...


Patience, grace and love are three things that Sabrina Eaton learned from her "first and favorite friend," her mother, Beth Schutz. Both are from Canfield.

Patience, grace and love are three things that Sabrina Eaton ...

Patience, grace and love are three things that Sabrina Eaton learned from her "first and favorite friend," her mother, Beth Schutz. Both are from Canfield.


Mom Theresa Adams and daughter Patrice Adams, both of Youngstown, share a moment together. Patrice submitted a poem in honor of her mother.

Mom Theresa Adams and daughter Patrice Adams, both of Youngstown, ...

Mom Theresa Adams and daughter Patrice Adams, both of Youngstown, share a moment together. Patrice submitted a poem in honor of her mother.


Carole Price of Youngstown, daughter of the late Ann Babinchak, wrote a poem titled "My Mother, My Friend" in honor of her mother.

Carole Price of Youngstown, daughter of the late Ann Babinchak, ...

Carole Price of Youngstown, daughter of the late Ann Babinchak, wrote a poem titled "My Mother, My Friend" in honor of her mother.


"My momma always prays that I will make good choices and I will always visit her in the nursing home when she is old," writes Alyssa Wilhelm, right, of her beloved momma, Rhonda Wilhelm. They live in Boardman.

"My momma always prays that I will make good choices ...

"My momma always prays that I will make good choices and I will always visit her in the nursing home when she is old," writes Alyssa Wilhelm, right, of her beloved momma, Rhonda Wilhelm. They ...


Erin Rafferty Frum of Columbus shared a poem called "My Little Girl" that her mother, Lesley Butler of Canfield, wrote for her when Erin graduated from high school. "I can only hope that I someday share a similar bond with my child," Erin says.

Erin Rafferty Frum of Columbus shared a poem called "My ...

Erin Rafferty Frum of Columbus shared a poem called "My Little Girl" that her mother, Lesley Butler of Canfield, wrote for her when Erin graduated from high school. "I can only hope that I someday ...


"My best friend is the role model that most girls can only dream about," says Emily Erb, who lives in Canfield with her mom, Mary Kay Erb. From the little things to the amazing advice to making memories and passing down traditions, Emily says there's no question that her mom is her best friend.

"My best friend is the role model that most girls ...

"My best friend is the role model that most girls can only dream about," says Emily Erb, who lives in Canfield with her mom, Mary Kay Erb. From the little things to the amazing advice ...


Cherishing a bond that grows stronger year by year, Kristin Nespeca says she knows when her mom needs an "I love you more" text message or an extra hug, and her mom knows when Kristin needs to sit and talk or just cry.

Cherishing a bond that grows stronger year by year, Kristin ...

Cherishing a bond that grows stronger year by year, Kristin Nespeca says she knows when her mom needs an "I love you more" text message or an extra hug, and her mom knows when Kristin ...


"She is someone who I look up to and learn from on a daily basis," says Rachel Camuso of Canfield, about her mother, Janet Miller of McDonald. Rachel says her mom always wanted to spend time with her kids while they were growing up, and it's something Rachel reflects upon fondly.

"She is someone who I look up to and learn ...

"She is someone who I look up to and learn from on a daily basis," says Rachel Camuso of Canfield, about her mother, Janet Miller of McDonald. Rachel says her mom always wanted to spend ...


After health issues affected her mother's ability to communicate, Jackie Giambattista of Canfield says her mother, Jean Orland of Boardman, still loves to talk and has kept smiling through it all. "She is my inspiration," Jackie says.

After health issues affected her mother's ability to communicate, Jackie ...

After health issues affected her mother's ability to communicate, Jackie Giambattista of Canfield says her mother, Jean Orland of Boardman, still loves to talk and has kept smiling through it all. "She is my inspiration," ...


"Well, today, as everyday, I just want to say Mom, God had picked you just for me," says La-Meka Allen of Cleveland, left, to her mom, La-Tasha Dendy of Youngstown. Here they are at La-Tasha's surprise 50th birthday party, which took place on La-Meka's birthday.

"Well, today, as everyday, I just want to say Mom, ...

"Well, today, as everyday, I just want to say Mom, God had picked you just for me," says La-Meka Allen of Cleveland, left, to her mom, La-Tasha Dendy of Youngstown. Here they are at La-Tasha's ...


Aside from doing just about everything together, Brooke Sakmar and her mother, Darlene Sakmar, both of Youngstown, are also attending Youngstown State University. "We study together, go out together, and everything in between what mother/daughter and friends do," Brooke says, adding that her mother almost joined the sorority she's in.

Aside from doing just about everything together, Brooke Sakmar and ...

Aside from doing just about everything together, Brooke Sakmar and her mother, Darlene Sakmar, both of Youngstown, are also attending Youngstown State University. "We study together, go out together, and everything in between what mother/daughter ...


A cancer survivor, JoAnn Carissimi, mother to Carla (left) and Deborah Carissimi, all of Boardman, "... still manages to grow the most beautiful flowers in her gardens and creates the most beautiful artwork," says Deborah.

A cancer survivor, JoAnn Carissimi, mother to Carla (left) and ...

A cancer survivor, JoAnn Carissimi, mother to Carla (left) and Deborah Carissimi, all of Boardman, "... still manages to grow the most beautiful flowers in her gardens and creates the most beautiful artwork," says Deborah.


Darlene Mix of Berlin Center, left, says so many things make her mother, Helen Engle of Salem, seated, very special. Sharing the visit are daughter-in-law Sandie (Engle) Brown, center, and daughter Betty Jones of Salem.

Darlene Mix of Berlin Center, left, says so many things ...

Darlene Mix of Berlin Center, left, says so many things make her mother, Helen Engle of Salem, seated, very special. Sharing the visit are daughter-in-law Sandie (Engle) Brown, center, and daughter Betty Jones of Salem.


This picture is the winning entry in our photo contest. Noting that her mother is the most influential person in her life, Tricia Jones, right, says this about her mother, Joanie Jones: "I never thought I would turn out to be just like her, but I couldn't imagine any better footsteps to follow!" Both women live in Austintown.

This picture is the winning entry in our photo contest. ...

This picture is the winning entry in our photo contest. Noting that her mother is the most influential person in her life, Tricia Jones, right, says this about her mother, Joanie Jones: "I never thought ...


Lucy Burtner of Petersburg says it's such a treat to have her mother, Joan Pucci of New Middletown, go along with her and her therapy dog, Sheba, to visit Shepherd of the Valley in Poland. "I credit her for who I am today," Lucy says.

Lucy Burtner of Petersburg says it's such a treat to ...

Lucy Burtner of Petersburg says it's such a treat to have her mother, Joan Pucci of New Middletown, go along with her and her therapy dog, Sheba, to visit Shepherd of the Valley in Poland. ...


Teresa DiPaolo of Boardman says she and her mother, Frances Cappelli of Canfield, often ask each other's opinion when handling things. "At some point, I realized that we were becoming friends as well as a mother/daughter team," Teresa says.

Teresa DiPaolo of Boardman says she and her mother, Frances ...

Teresa DiPaolo of Boardman says she and her mother, Frances Cappelli of Canfield, often ask each other's opinion when handling things. "At some point, I realized that we were becoming friends as well as a ...


Rhonda Wilhelm of Boardman counts her mother-in-law, Catherine Rees of Canfield, as her friend. She's thankful for the relationship the two women have and the times they've shared.

Rhonda Wilhelm of Boardman counts her mother-in-law, Catherine Rees of ...

Rhonda Wilhelm of Boardman counts her mother-in-law, Catherine Rees of Canfield, as her friend. She's thankful for the relationship the two women have and the times they've shared.


"A mom, a dad, a coach, a teacher, a fan, a supporter and most of all, a best friend" is how Jessica Hallquist describes her mother, Carol Crytzer. Both are from Struthers. Jessica says it was such an honor to have her mom walk Jessica down the aisle at her wedding.

"A mom, a dad, a coach, a teacher, a fan, ...

"A mom, a dad, a coach, a teacher, a fan, a supporter and most of all, a best friend" is how Jessica Hallquist describes her mother, Carol Crytzer. Both are from Struthers. Jessica says it ...


Here are Pam Baytos of Berlin Center and her mother, Barb Roessler of Austintown, enjoying some time outdoors.

Here are Pam Baytos of Berlin Center and her mother, ...

Here are Pam Baytos of Berlin Center and her mother, Barb Roessler of Austintown, enjoying some time outdoors.


A give-and-take relationship is how TaRee Avery describes what she and her mom, Sass, have. TaRee teaches her mom about the Internet, and Sass teaches TaRee about being a strong woman. It's a mutual respect and a genuine friendship.

A give-and-take relationship is how TaRee Avery describes what she ...

A give-and-take relationship is how TaRee Avery describes what she and her mom, Sass, have. TaRee teaches her mom about the Internet, and Sass teaches TaRee about being a strong woman. It's a mutual respect ...


Whether they're laughing together or crying together, their time together is always enjoyable, says Nina Larubina of her mother, Joan Larubina, both of Campbell. "I couldn't ask for a better mother or an even better best friend!" says Nina.

Whether they're laughing together or crying together, their time together ...

Whether they're laughing together or crying together, their time together is always enjoyable, says Nina Larubina of her mother, Joan Larubina, both of Campbell. "I couldn't ask for a better mother or an even better ...


Patty Warholak Stankovich of Austintown, second from right, sent in this photo of three generations of her family to "show the importance of women and their moms." She says her mom, Gisele Warholak Zupp, left, now deceased, was her best friend and confidante. Patty's daughter, Donna of Girard, is second from left, and Patty's sister, Christine, is at right.

Patty Warholak Stankovich of Austintown, second from right, sent in ...

Patty Warholak Stankovich of Austintown, second from right, sent in this photo of three generations of her family to "show the importance of women and their moms." She says her mom, Gisele Warholak Zupp, left, ...


Having a young mother made for an easy, honest, open relationship for Denise DiLallo of Scottsdale, Ariz., and her mother, Rose McCormick. But the best part of their relationship? “We laugh,” says Denise, who hopes she has inherited her mother’s youthful genes.

Having a young mother made for an easy, honest, open ...

Having a young mother made for an easy, honest, open relationship for Denise DiLallo of Scottsdale, Ariz., and her mother, Rose McCormick. But the best part of their relationship? “We laugh,” says Denise, who hopes ...


Flo Porter always says when she grows up, she wants to be just like her 91-year-young mother, Fanny Kosek, who lives just five blocks away and continues to be Flo's best friend and a constant in her life. Both live in Youngstown.

Flo Porter always says when she grows up, she wants ...

Flo Porter always says when she grows up, she wants to be just like her 91-year-young mother, Fanny Kosek, who lives just five blocks away and continues to be Flo's best friend and a constant ...


"We are always acting goofy together and we see each other every day ... I would be completely lost without her," says Melinda Macovitz of her mother, Toni Macovitz, both of Youngstown. Melinda says she and her mom have always had a close relationship because they're exactly alike.

"We are always acting goofy together and we see each ...

"We are always acting goofy together and we see each other every day ... I would be completely lost without her," says Melinda Macovitz of her mother, Toni Macovitz, both of Youngstown. Melinda says she ...


"She protects us when we fall, but has already caught us when we have tripped," say Ashley and Katie Klepec of their mother, Tracey Klepec. The girls say they're very thankful to have such an amazing and special mom. The Klepecs live in Youngstown.

"She protects us when we fall, but has already caught ...

"She protects us when we fall, but has already caught us when we have tripped," say Ashley and Katie Klepec of their mother, Tracey Klepec. The girls say they're very thankful to have such an ...


An early exposure to music helped develop an unbreakable bond and a passion for music for Megan Miller of Louisville, Ohio, and her mother, Georgia Wallace of Austintown. Megan says her mother was the first to recognize Megan's musical talent and to teach her to sing.

An early exposure to music helped develop an unbreakable bond ...

An early exposure to music helped develop an unbreakable bond and a passion for music for Megan Miller of Louisville, Ohio, and her mother, Georgia Wallace of Austintown. Megan says her mother was the first ...


Jennifer Sayavich says as she grew older and learned more about her mother, she wondered if everyone was as blessed as she was. She says she's so proud to be her daughter.

Jennifer Sayavich says as she grew older and learned more ...

Jennifer Sayavich says as she grew older and learned more about her mother, she wondered if everyone was as blessed as she was. She says she's so proud to be her daughter.


“Thank you, Mom, for your untiring faith, your forgiving heart and the love you show to me and everything around you every day,” writes Katie Olenick about her mother, Faith Olenick. Both are from Canfield.

“Thank you, Mom, for your untiring faith, your forgiving heart ...

“Thank you, Mom, for your untiring faith, your forgiving heart and the love you show to me and everything around you every day,” writes Katie Olenick about her mother, Faith Olenick. Both are from Canfield.


The great things that Heather James of Glendale, Ariz., has to say about her mother, Janie James of Poland, could fill up a newspaper, Heather says. An amazing mom, an amazing spouse, an amazing friend and an amazing philanthropist are just some of those things!

The great things that Heather James of Glendale, Ariz., has ...

The great things that Heather James of Glendale, Ariz., has to say about her mother, Janie James of Poland, could fill up a newspaper, Heather says. An amazing mom, an amazing spouse, an amazing friend ...


Michele Soos Janosko of Berlin Center said she and her twin sister, Melissa Soos Justice of Rootstown, are better women because of the lessons of courage and strength they have been taught by their mother, Donna Soos of Berlin Center, a cancer survivor.

Michele Soos Janosko of Berlin Center said she and her ...

Michele Soos Janosko of Berlin Center said she and her twin sister, Melissa Soos Justice of Rootstown, are better women because of the lessons of courage and strength they have been taught by their mother, ...


"My mother, Peggy Brewer, is my best friend. She has raised me as a single mother, always going without so that I could have what I wanted or needed. She is there for me no matter what and I can't imagine my life without her," writes Lisa Kuty about her mother. Both women are from Girard.

"My mother, Peggy Brewer, is my best friend. She has ...

"My mother, Peggy Brewer, is my best friend. She has raised me as a single mother, always going without so that I could have what I wanted or needed. She is there for me no ...


Kayla Walker says helping her face the challenges brought on by cerebral palsy has left no doubt that her mom, Sharon Walker is her best friend. Her mom "is always there when I need a hug," Kayla says.

Kayla Walker says helping her face the challenges brought on ...

Kayla Walker says helping her face the challenges brought on by cerebral palsy has left no doubt that her mom, Sharon Walker is her best friend. Her mom "is always there when I need a ...


Tracy Herrholtz of Howland says her mother, Kathy Mroski of Hubbard, often asks casual acquaintances that if they see Tracy, please tell her that her mom loves her. Tracy’s spirits are always lifted when she gets those messages, so she closes by saying, “If you happen to see [my mother], please tell her that I love her!”

Tracy Herrholtz of Howland says her mother, Kathy Mroski of ...

Tracy Herrholtz of Howland says her mother, Kathy Mroski of Hubbard, often asks casual acquaintances that if they see Tracy, please tell her that her mom loves her. Tracy’s spirits are always lifted when she ...


Although they're not mother and daughter by blood, Kira Ramsey of Salem says her mother-in-law, Karen Grittie of North Jackson is wonderful and amazing. They do everything together, from volunteering to shopping, and have a great time doing so.

Although they're not mother and daughter by blood, Kira Ramsey ...

Although they're not mother and daughter by blood, Kira Ramsey of Salem says her mother-in-law, Karen Grittie of North Jackson is wonderful and amazing. They do everything together, from volunteering to shopping, and have a ...


"Over the years, as I have grown into adulthood and now into motherhood, my mother has gone from being my mother to a best friend and confidante. In addition, I love seeing her be a grandmother to my son and share in watching him grow," writes Jennifer Good of Canfield, about her mother, Diane Walsh.

"Over the years, as I have grown into adulthood and ...

"Over the years, as I have grown into adulthood and now into motherhood, my mother has gone from being my mother to a best friend and confidante. In addition, I love seeing her be a ...


Brittany Schiffauer, who is due to graduate from Youngstown State University this year, has this to say to her mom, Marcia Schiffauer: "I dedicate my graduation and everything I do to my 'Ma,' the best, most amazing mother in the world." They live in Boardman.

Brittany Schiffauer, who is due to graduate from Youngstown State ...

Brittany Schiffauer, who is due to graduate from Youngstown State University this year, has this to say to her mom, Marcia Schiffauer: "I dedicate my graduation and everything I do to my 'Ma,' the best, ...


"We live so far apart, but everyday she is in my mind or my heart," says JoAnne Fajack of Youngstown, about her beloved 97-year-old mother, Maryann Pallante of Alvarado, Texas.

"We live so far apart, but everyday she is in ...

"We live so far apart, but everyday she is in my mind or my heart," says JoAnne Fajack of Youngstown, about her beloved 97-year-old mother, Maryann Pallante of Alvarado, Texas.


Donna Detwiler calls her mom, Carmel "Carmie" Giambattista, her BFF. As a cancer survivor, Donna says she's uplifted and encouraged by her mother, whose sense of humor and homemade bread, pizza and cavatelles are the best! They live in North Lima.

Donna Detwiler calls her mom, Carmel "Carmie" Giambattista, her BFF. ...

Donna Detwiler calls her mom, Carmel "Carmie" Giambattista, her BFF. As a cancer survivor, Donna says she's uplifted and encouraged by her mother, whose sense of humor and homemade bread, pizza and cavatelles are the ...


Lee Timko of Fowler said although the contest asked for entries from a daughter to a mother, without her daughter, Autumn Timko of Alliance and Fowler, she wouldn't be a mother. She feels privileged to call Autumn her friend, because Autumn keeps her grounded, laughing and humble.

Lee Timko of Fowler said although the contest asked for ...

Lee Timko of Fowler said although the contest asked for entries from a daughter to a mother, without her daughter, Autumn Timko of Alliance and Fowler, she wouldn't be a mother. She feels privileged to ...


This is one of the favorite photos that Janice Rovnak of Youngstown has of herself and her mother, Betty Ford, also of Youngstown. They're both breast-cancer survivors and have supported each other as mother and daughter and as friends. "Look at her smile," Janice says of her mother, "does that look like someone who's given up?"

This is one of the favorite photos that Janice Rovnak ...

This is one of the favorite photos that Janice Rovnak of Youngstown has of herself and her mother, Betty Ford, also of Youngstown. They're both breast-cancer survivors and have supported each other as mother and ...


Keisha Berry of Youngstown finds herself repeating to her own children the very words her mother, Debra Countryman Jones, also of Youngstown, used to say to Keisha when she was growing up. Keisha says she's also come to accept that only her mom is there for her, whether Keisha is right, wrong or ill, a true best friend.

Keisha Berry of Youngstown finds herself repeating to her own ...

Keisha Berry of Youngstown finds herself repeating to her own children the very words her mother, Debra Countryman Jones, also of Youngstown, used to say to Keisha when she was growing up. Keisha says she's ...


Gabriella Forde had wanted to go to Walt Disney World ever since she was a little girl. This photo of her and her mom, Maggie Forde, makes her smile because it's when her dream came true. They are at the Magic Kingdom. Gabriella says her mom calls her "Minnie Me." They live in Girard.

Gabriella Forde had wanted to go to Walt Disney World ...

Gabriella Forde had wanted to go to Walt Disney World ever since she was a little girl. This photo of her and her mom, Maggie Forde, makes her smile because it's when her dream came ...


Kathleen Kemble Higham of Youngstown says her mom, the late Dorothy Mae O'Brien Kemble, was her very first best friend, who has continued to inspire Kathleen to write poetry and who drives her to succeed.

Kathleen Kemble Higham of Youngstown says her mom, the late ...

Kathleen Kemble Higham of Youngstown says her mom, the late Dorothy Mae O'Brien Kemble, was her very first best friend, who has continued to inspire Kathleen to write poetry and who drives her to succeed.


Not a day goes by that April Bevilacqua of Atlanta doesn't talk to or text her mother, Carlene Bevilacqua of Girard. April says she's honored that she has such a close relationship with her mother. Here they are enjoying each other's company in Hawaii.

Not a day goes by that April Bevilacqua of Atlanta ...

Not a day goes by that April Bevilacqua of Atlanta doesn't talk to or text her mother, Carlene Bevilacqua of Girard. April says she's honored that she has such a close relationship with her mother. ...


Courtney Puskas says despite having a busy career, she always makes time to plan a weekly dinner with her mother, Cheryl Puskas, a single mother who raised four children. Cheryl's commitment to family and faith inspire Courtney. Both are from Austintown.

Courtney Puskas says despite having a busy career, she always ...

Courtney Puskas says despite having a busy career, she always makes time to plan a weekly dinner with her mother, Cheryl Puskas, a single mother who raised four children. Cheryl's commitment to family and faith ...


Deanna Parsons of Youngstown says her mother, Donna Canter of Poland, was the one who kept the family from falling apart when Deanna lost her dad seven years ago. A strong woman who is a lot of fun, Donna deserves the credit, Deanna says.

Deanna Parsons of Youngstown says her mother, Donna Canter of ...

Deanna Parsons of Youngstown says her mother, Donna Canter of Poland, was the one who kept the family from falling apart when Deanna lost her dad seven years ago. A strong woman who is a ...


There isn't a time that Nicole Parise can remember, even through rough teenage years, when she didn't look to her mother, Francene Parise, as her role model. "She believes that having an open communication with me is most important," Nicole says of her best friend. They live in Lowellville.

There isn't a time that Nicole Parise can remember, even ...

There isn't a time that Nicole Parise can remember, even through rough teenage years, when she didn't look to her mother, Francene Parise, as her role model. "She believes that having an open communication with ...


"Her advice and guidance was the compass that helped me through many of the tough times I experienced in my life," writes Jennifer Jones of Youngstown. She says she loves her mother, Dee Deem of Struthers, "more than words could ever express."

"Her advice and guidance was the compass that helped me ...

"Her advice and guidance was the compass that helped me through many of the tough times I experienced in my life," writes Jennifer Jones of Youngstown. She says she loves her mother, Dee Deem of ...


After writing about her 98-year-old mother's colorful, rich, fulfilling and inspirational life, Barb Zorn of Austintown summed up her true feelings about her mother, Stella Bilas of Poland, in these four words: "You should know her." Very high praise, indeed.

After writing about her 98-year-old mother's colorful, rich, fulfilling and ...

After writing about her 98-year-old mother's colorful, rich, fulfilling and inspirational life, Barb Zorn of Austintown summed up her true feelings about her mother, Stella Bilas of Poland, in these four words: "You should know ...


They made it through the ups and downs of her teen-age years with flying colors, says Sandy Maluso of Knoxville, Tenn., when talking about life with her mother, Bernice Senvisky of Youngstown. Sandy says the geographical distance doesn't stop her from seeing her mother many times a year and talking daily.

They made it through the ups and downs of her ...

They made it through the ups and downs of her teen-age years with flying colors, says Sandy Maluso of Knoxville, Tenn., when talking about life with her mother, Bernice Senvisky of Youngstown. Sandy says the ...


At almost 9 years old, Summer Bailing, who faces the challenge of having a disability, already knows how much she appreciates and loves her mom, Krystal Smith. "She helps me everyday to do my exercises so that I can walk on my own someday. Her smiling face helps me get out of bed in the morning," writes Summer. They live in Poland.

At almost 9 years old, Summer Bailing, who faces the ...

At almost 9 years old, Summer Bailing, who faces the challenge of having a disability, already knows how much she appreciates and loves her mom, Krystal Smith. "She helps me everyday to do my exercises ...


"It is nice having a mother from an older generation, because it gives me a perspective that has since been long forgotten in our 'quick-paced lives,'" says 39-year-old Carla Mattiussi of her mother, 79-year-old Eileen Mattiussi, both of Austintown. "She has a wisdom that makes her special, and I keep her young," Carla says.

"It is nice having a mother from an older generation, ...

"It is nice having a mother from an older generation, because it gives me a perspective that has since been long forgotten in our 'quick-paced lives,'" says 39-year-old Carla Mattiussi of her mother, 79-year-old Eileen ...


"A person of such devotion, gentleness and peace" is how Tina Bury describes her mother, Virginia Pallante. Both are from Liberty Township.

"A person of such devotion, gentleness and peace" is how ...

"A person of such devotion, gentleness and peace" is how Tina Bury describes her mother, Virginia Pallante. Both are from Liberty Township.


A retired teacher who demonstrates true heroism, Donna Gerlick of Campbell is deeply admired and loved by her daughter, Tara Gerlick of Boardman. "She teaches me to this day what she believes, and everything she believes is good and pure," Tara says.

A retired teacher who demonstrates true heroism, Donna Gerlick of ...

A retired teacher who demonstrates true heroism, Donna Gerlick of Campbell is deeply admired and loved by her daughter, Tara Gerlick of Boardman. "She teaches me to this day what she believes, and everything she ...


"She has shaped me into the delightfully crazy person I am today and without her I just might be ... normal," writes Melissa Sferra of New Middleton about someone she admires a great deal, her mother, Rita Simon of Coitsville.

"She has shaped me into the delightfully crazy person I ...

"She has shaped me into the delightfully crazy person I am today and without her I just might be ... normal," writes Melissa Sferra of New Middleton about someone she admires a great deal, her ...


"Ours is a story of the special relationship between two mothers and two daughters ... a bond of friendship that does not end with death," writes Bonnie Dutton of Boardman. Her daughter, Elaine Dutton, helped her get through the cancer treatments after her mother, Doris Turnovsky of Poland, was diagnosed with cancer. Doris, in turn, comforted Bonnie when Elaine died in a car accident this year.

"Ours is a story of the special relationship between two ...

"Ours is a story of the special relationship between two mothers and two daughters ... a bond of friendship that does not end with death," writes Bonnie Dutton of Boardman. Her daughter, Elaine Dutton, helped ...


Keaira Mckeithen says her mother, Jada Mckeithen, is not only Keaira's best friend but her hero as well. They both live in Youngstown.

Keaira Mckeithen says her mother, Jada Mckeithen, is not only ...

Keaira Mckeithen says her mother, Jada Mckeithen, is not only Keaira's best friend but her hero as well. They both live in Youngstown.


Here are Paula Marco of Boardman and her sister, Debbie Bierdeman of North Lima, with their mother, Carole Roberts Gatchall of Poland. Paula says, "The best compliment I've ever received was when I was told I've 'turned into my mother!'"

Here are Paula Marco of Boardman and her sister, Debbie ...

Here are Paula Marco of Boardman and her sister, Debbie Bierdeman of North Lima, with their mother, Carole Roberts Gatchall of Poland. Paula says, "The best compliment I've ever received was when I was told ...


At her mother's 70th birthday party, Angela Ritz of Boardman and her mother, Katie Balale of Campbell, flash a "peace out" gesture. Angela said this about her mother's battle with breast cancer: "Cancer didn't change my mother, it just proved to me what a warrior she really is."

At her mother's 70th birthday party, Angela Ritz of Boardman ...

At her mother's 70th birthday party, Angela Ritz of Boardman and her mother, Katie Balale of Campbell, flash a "peace out" gesture. Angela said this about her mother's battle with breast cancer: "Cancer didn't change ...


"My successes are in large part due to her lifelong guidance," Melissa Tanferno of Medina says of her mother, Val Wilthew of Canfield.

"My successes are in large part due to her lifelong ...

"My successes are in large part due to her lifelong guidance," Melissa Tanferno of Medina says of her mother, Val Wilthew of Canfield.


Donna Carbon of Canfield says her mom, 93-year-old Louise Diorio, told her years ago after a particularly stressful event that she was there for Donna. Now that Louise is in Omni Manor Health Care Center in Youngstown and is unable to speak, Donna knows Louise knows that Donna is there for her. "After all," Donna says, "that's what best friends are for."

Donna Carbon of Canfield says her mom, 93-year-old Louise Diorio, ...

Donna Carbon of Canfield says her mom, 93-year-old Louise Diorio, told her years ago after a particularly stressful event that she was there for Donna. Now that Louise is in Omni Manor Health Care Center ...


"Frick and Frack" are what Karen Morris and her mother, Jean Dutko, are called by Karen's son. Karen has moved in with her mother at various times to face challenges together. Karen calls her "my true anchor." Both live in Liberty Township.

"Frick and Frack" are what Karen Morris and her mother, ...

"Frick and Frack" are what Karen Morris and her mother, Jean Dutko, are called by Karen's son. Karen has moved in with her mother at various times to face challenges together. Karen calls her "my ...


Monteen’s Southern Cuisine’s signature Jambalaya dish served on a bed of rice topped with andouille sausage, fresh tomatoes, okra, celery, peppers and crawfish. Served with a side of breaded fried green tomatoes and collard greens.

Monteen’s Southern Cuisine’s signature Jambalaya dish served on a bed ...

Monteen’s Southern Cuisine’s signature Jambalaya dish served on a bed of rice topped with andouille sausage, fresh tomatoes, okra, celery, peppers and crawfish. Served with a side of breaded fried green tomatoes and collard greens.


Fitch sophomore Sam Ortz, right, pulls away for the victory in the 110-meter hurdles at Tuesday’s All-American Conference American Division track meet at Fitch High School.

Fitch sophomore Sam Ortz, right, pulls away for the victory ...

Fitch sophomore Sam Ortz, right, pulls away for the victory in the 110-meter hurdles at Tuesday’s All-American Conference American Division track meet at Fitch High School.


A sign displays a message opposed to gay marriage in front of the Devon Park United Methodist Church polling site Tuesday in Wilmington, N.C. The measure to amend the state constitution to define marriage as between one man and one woman passed overwhelmingly.

A sign displays a message opposed to gay marriage in ...

A sign displays a message opposed to gay marriage in front of the Devon Park United Methodist Church polling site Tuesday in Wilmington, N.C. The measure to amend the state constitution to define marriage as ...


Ambulance personnel load Adam Carson, 29, into an ambulance after a two-hour standoff on Homestead Avenue. Carson is charged with two counts of bank robbery in Ashtabula County.

Ambulance personnel load Adam Carson, 29, into an ambulance after ...

Ambulance personnel load Adam Carson, 29, into an ambulance after a two-hour standoff on Homestead Avenue. Carson is charged with two counts of bank robbery in Ashtabula County.


Frank Caputo, left, and Andy Vlajkovich shake hands after being named the new girls and boys basketball coaches, respectively, at Warren Harding High School during a board of education meeting at the Warren administration building Tuesday.

Frank Caputo, left, and Andy Vlajkovich shake hands after being ...

Frank Caputo, left, and Andy Vlajkovich shake hands after being named the new girls and boys basketball coaches, respectively, at Warren Harding High School during a board of education meeting at the Warren administration building ...


Mousa Kassis, adviser with the International Trade Assistance Center at YSU, spoke Tuesday about the opportunity for small- and medium-sized businesses in the Mahoning Valley to take advantage of exporting opportunities.

Mousa Kassis, adviser with the International Trade Assistance Center at ...

Mousa Kassis, adviser with the International Trade Assistance Center at YSU, spoke Tuesday about the opportunity for small- and medium-sized businesses in the Mahoning Valley to take advantage of exporting opportunities.