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Here are the pictures we received for this year's Mother's Day Contest, "Magical Moments With Mom." The first is the winning entry, showing Sue Brandenstein and her mom, Theresa Koken, both of Youngstown. As their prize, Sue and Theresa received a gift card for $100 for the two of them to enjoy a meal at Bruno’s Restaurant on Route 224 in Poland.

Sue Brandenstein is shown during a trip to Florida this past year with her mom, Theresa Koken. Sue says she's is always willing to try anything new, even at 83.

Sue Brandenstein is shown during a trip to Florida this past year with her mom, Theresa Koken. Sue says she's is always willing to try anything new, even at 83.


Diana Fuschillo and daughter Katie, both of Struthers, at their first Mother's Day gathering at church. Sent by grandma Linda Hartzell of Austintown.

Diana Fuschillo and daughter Katie, both of Struthers, at their first Mother's Day gathering at church. Sent by grandma Linda Hartzell of Austintown.


In 2006 Esther Turscak of Poland and her daughter, Debra Chop of Boardman, took a memorable bus trip to Chicago for 3 days. They are standing on the bridge over the Chicago River, ready to board a boat for an architectural city tour. Debra will always cherish these travel memories.

In 2006 Esther Turscak of Poland and her daughter, Debra Chop of Boardman, took a memorable bus trip to Chicago for 3 days. They are standing on the bridge over the Chicago River, ready to board a boat for an architectural city tour. Debra will always cherish these travel memories.


This Mother's Day photo was taken of Jessica Marie and Marina Stetson.

This Mother's Day photo was taken of Jessica Marie and Marina Stetson.


Heather Leith and her grandmother, Rose Makosky, are "getting groovy" at a Marine Corps Ball in California in 2006.

Heather Leith and her grandmother, Rose Makosky, are "getting groovy" at a Marine Corps Ball in California in 2006.


Grandma Rose Makosky of Campbell, mom Vikki Pavis of Youngstown, daughter and Marine, Heather Leith of Fredericksburg, Va., and grandfather, John Makosky, also of Campbell, at a Marine Corps Ball in California in 2006.

Grandma Rose Makosky of Campbell, mom Vikki Pavis of Youngstown, daughter and Marine, Heather Leith of Fredericksburg, Va., and grandfather, John Makosky, also of Campbell, at a Marine Corps Ball in California in 2006.


Rose Makosky, as her granddaughter's escort, is learning to do the electric slide with her granddaughter, Heather Leith, and other Marines at a Marine Corps Ball in California in 2006. Many of the Marines were recently home from Irag and reminded the family of how precious each day is.

Rose Makosky, as her granddaughter's escort, is learning to do the electric slide with her granddaughter, Heather Leith, and other Marines at a Marine Corps Ball in California in 2006. Many of the Marines were recently home from Irag and reminded the family of how precious each day is.


Keith Edenfield sent this photo of his wife, Michelle, and daughter Klara, 19 months, on the wall inside Fellows Riverside Gardens overlooking Youngstown. “Our daughter was just learning how to give hugs and kisses and asked to “kiss Mommy” as my wife was standing with her on the wall. Needless to say, this is the best picture I have ever taken.”

Keith Edenfield sent this photo of his wife, Michelle, and daughter Klara, 19 months, on the wall inside Fellows Riverside Gardens overlooking Youngstown. “Our daughter was just learning how to give hugs and kisses and asked to “kiss Mommy” as my wife was standing with her on the wall. Needless ...


Chelsea Posterli describes her grandmother as a woman of confidence, filled with adventures and a fearless heart. When life threw her electric storms, she danced in the rain. Her spirit lives in the hearts of Chelsea and her mother, Adele, both of Austintown, and they aspire to be like her.

Chelsea Posterli describes her grandmother as a woman of confidence, filled with adventures and a fearless heart. When life threw her electric storms, she danced in the rain. Her spirit lives in the hearts of Chelsea and her mother, Adele, both of Austintown, and they aspire to be like her.


Elissa Rigby and daughter Norah are sharing a cuddle on Thanksgiving Day, taken by grandma Eileen Rigby.

Elissa Rigby and daughter Norah are sharing a cuddle on Thanksgiving Day, taken by grandma Eileen Rigby.


Elissa Rigby and daughter Norah from Hubbard were on a family vacation at Anna Maria Island, Fla., in October 2013. The photo was taken by grandma, Eileen Rigby.

Elissa Rigby and daughter Norah from Hubbard were on a family vacation at Anna Maria Island, Fla., in October 2013. The photo was taken by grandma, Eileen Rigby.


Claudia Wyant is having lunch with her baby ... who now is a mommy, too!

Claudia Wyant is having lunch with her baby ... who now is a mommy, too!


Carolyn Richardson had a difficult life but overcame those difficulties and earned a master's degree. Her daughter, Bella Pavera, says she's the rock of the family.

Carolyn Richardson had a difficult life but overcame those difficulties and earned a master's degree. Her daughter, Bella Pavera, says she's the rock of the family.


Without my mom, Amy Sandrock, and grandma Nancy Ray, graduation in 2007 wouldn't have been possible. Sent by Erica Cook, the graduate.

Without my mom, Amy Sandrock, and grandma Nancy Ray, graduation in 2007 wouldn't have been possible. Sent by Erica Cook, the graduate.


Mary Louise Gary, mother of Dianne Phillips of Poland, and Dianne's daughter, Elizabeth Soich of Boardman, and Dianne are looking in the rest room mirror at Planet Hollywood in Miami, Fla., celebrating Dianne's 40th birthday. Dianne says "Like mother like daughter is the nicest compliment there is."

Mary Louise Gary, mother of Dianne Phillips of Poland, and Dianne's daughter, Elizabeth Soich of Boardman, and Dianne are looking in the rest room mirror at Planet Hollywood in Miami, Fla., celebrating Dianne's 40th birthday. Dianne says "Like mother like daughter is the nicest compliment there is."


Mom Angela Housteau, grandma Jennie Salerno and daughter/granddaughter Chloe Housteau of Boardman, now 13, on Mother's Day in 2009.

Mom Angela Housteau, grandma Jennie Salerno and daughter/granddaughter Chloe Housteau of Boardman, now 13, on Mother's Day in 2009.


This picture from 1974 was taken of Barb Cardarelli's mother, Bobbie Hewitt, who died in 2011. It reminded Barb that her mom always had a lap warm enough and big enough for anyone who needed some loving. In this picture she is paying full attention to something Barb's son, Michael (now 43 and living in Las Vegas), was showing her.

This picture from 1974 was taken of Barb Cardarelli's mother, Bobbie Hewitt, who died in 2011. It reminded Barb that her mom always had a lap warm enough and big enough for anyone who needed some loving. In this picture she is paying full attention to something Barb's son, Michael ...


This is Jennifer Burrell of Austintown and her daughter, Natalie, on her third birthday.

This is Jennifer Burrell of Austintown and her daughter, Natalie, on her third birthday.


Sandi Agnew of Boardman says the family was visiting her parents in Kentucky for a late Christmas/New Year's celebration in January 2008 when she found a funny article in the Louisville Courier. One of her daughters captured the moment as Sandi's mom, Anne-Marie Dather of Louisville, Ky., and Sandi had a good time with it!

Sandi Agnew of Boardman says the family was visiting her parents in Kentucky for a late Christmas/New Year's celebration in January 2008 when she found a funny article in the Louisville Courier. One of her daughters captured the moment as Sandi's mom, Anne-Marie Dather of Louisville, Ky., and Sandi had ...


Julie, 9, and Dena Wargo of Austintown taken a few years ago.

Julie, 9, and Dena Wargo of Austintown taken a few years ago.


This photo of Terri and Harper Liller was taken at the mother/daughter disco dance at Market Street Elementary in Boardman in April.

This photo of Terri and Harper Liller was taken at the mother/daughter disco dance at Market Street Elementary in Boardman in April.


This is Terri Liller and her daughter Harper, 6, snuggling, while Harper shows off her missing tooth.

This is Terri Liller and her daughter Harper, 6, snuggling, while Harper shows off her missing tooth.


This is Mary Ann Varner's favorite photo of her 89-year-old mom, Ruth Varner of Indiana, Pa., and Mary Ann, when she was leaving after one of her visits at Christmastime.

This is Mary Ann Varner's favorite photo of her 89-year-old mom, Ruth Varner of Indiana, Pa., and Mary Ann, when she was leaving after one of her visits at Christmastime.


Sarah Butchko, 5, and her mom, Lisa, were at Walt Disney world in Florida in December 2013. They were waiting to watch the parade in the Magic Kingdom. They loved the Christmas decorations and can't wait to go back again. Both live in Boardman. Sent by Sarah and her dad, Daniel.

Sarah Butchko, 5, and her mom, Lisa, were at Walt Disney world in Florida in December 2013. They were waiting to watch the parade in the Magic Kingdom. They loved the Christmas decorations and can't wait to go back again. Both live in Boardman. Sent by Sarah and her dad, ...


This is a picture of Pam Hart and her daughter, Katie Hart of Girard, when visiting Naples, Fla., during her remission after beating breast cancer!

This is a picture of Pam Hart and her daughter, Katie Hart of Girard, when visiting Naples, Fla., during her remission after beating breast cancer!


Ronnie Scott says her best day was with her 46-year-old mom when she was 13 and they were at the fair.

Ronnie Scott says her best day was with her 46-year-old mom when she was 13 and they were at the fair.


The best day ever with Norene Garono's 71-year-old mother was when Ishe took her to the Elton John concert. They had a blast.

The best day ever with Norene Garono's 71-year-old mother was when Ishe took her to the Elton John concert. They had a blast.


Mom Kayla Gregorace, holding little AJ for the first time, 12 days after he was born. She couldn't wait for this moment. He was born 2 1/2 months early weighing only 1 pound 13 ounces. Sent by Milly Aponte.

Mom Kayla Gregorace, holding little AJ for the first time, 12 days after he was born. She couldn't wait for this moment. He was born 2 1/2 months early weighing only 1 pound 13 ounces. Sent by Milly Aponte.


Cindi Pantea of Austintown has been competing in Ohio State Bowling tournaments for 27 years. This photo was taken last year of Cindi, her mother, Edna Plants of Youngstown, and daughter, Tracie Yarrison of Berlin Center, who pack up to make the trip each year.

Cindi Pantea of Austintown has been competing in Ohio State Bowling tournaments for 27 years. This photo was taken last year of Cindi, her mother, Edna Plants of Youngstown, and daughter, Tracie Yarrison of Berlin Center, who pack up to make the trip each year.


It's Alena and Abigail Vollmer's first trip to the Cleveland Zoo ... on the outback train. They live in Warren.

It's Alena and Abigail Vollmer's first trip to the Cleveland Zoo ... on the outback train. They live in Warren.


Candace Rivera was building sand cakes with her mommy, Linda Mahoney of Canfield, and had no cares in the world. Taken in the 1980s.

Candace Rivera was building sand cakes with her mommy, Linda Mahoney of Canfield, and had no cares in the world. Taken in the 1980s.


Before Melissa Magan's father died, she jokingly told him she was going to shave all her hair at the Relay for Life, and he said, "I dare you!" So Melissa formed a team and completed her father's dare. Her mom, Sandra Magan, wore a shirt with his face on it to honor his memory.

Before Melissa Magan's father died, she jokingly told him she was going to shave all her hair at the Relay for Life, and he said, "I dare you!" So Melissa formed a team and completed her father's dare. Her mom, Sandra Magan, wore a shirt with his face on it ...


Taken May 17, 2013, at the Boardman Relay For Life, just four months after Melissa Magan's father died after battling cancer twice. She and her mom, Sandra Magan, embraced as the tears flowed.

Taken May 17, 2013, at the Boardman Relay For Life, just four months after Melissa Magan's father died after battling cancer twice. She and her mom, Sandra Magan, embraced as the tears flowed.


Three generations of love with mother Fran; daughters Carlye, Michele and Kelli; and granddaughters Lauren and Claire. Taken by a friend, Melissa Mills.

Three generations of love with mother Fran; daughters Carlye, Michele and Kelli; and granddaughters Lauren and Claire. Taken by a friend, Melissa Mills.


Mom's are always protecting their babies. This includes keeping them warm. Barbara Lorenzini's daughter, Debbie Schmidt, was doing just that with her daughter, Madyson, while they waited in line for a ride at Disney World on a chilly night.

Mom's are always protecting their babies. This includes keeping them warm. Barbara Lorenzini's daughter, Debbie Schmidt, was doing just that with her daughter, Madyson, while they waited in line for a ride at Disney World on a chilly night.


This is a special moment between Dolores Johnson of Liberty and her great-granddaughter, Amilia Johnson of Boardman. Sent by Dolores' daughter, Vickilee.

This is a special moment between Dolores Johnson of Liberty and her great-granddaughter, Amilia Johnson of Boardman. Sent by Dolores' daughter, Vickilee.


Bailey Logan Bowes of Struthers is enjoying her first Thanksgiving with her mom, Bridget, and family. Sent by her grandmother, Donna Gates of Struthers.

Bailey Logan Bowes of Struthers is enjoying her first Thanksgiving with her mom, Bridget, and family. Sent by her grandmother, Donna Gates of Struthers.


Susan Petty Yarab of Poland says she keeps this picture of her mom, Rita LoGiudice of Boardman, on the fridge because it shows her mom smiling as she watches Sue and her brother, Dave (in the carriage). Sue says "She is always smiling and still is!"

Susan Petty Yarab of Poland says she keeps this picture of her mom, Rita LoGiudice of Boardman, on the fridge because it shows her mom smiling as she watches Sue and her brother, Dave (in the carriage). Sue says "She is always smiling and still is!"


Addison Williams, 7, and her mom, Ericka, both of Austintown, after running through the rain to their car after shopping, a bit wet but still smiling!

Addison Williams, 7, and her mom, Ericka, both of Austintown, after running through the rain to their car after shopping, a bit wet but still smiling!


Lola Fenton of Diamond celebrated her 85th birthday April 13 with her daughters, Judy Hammond of Diamond and Carol Clark of Berlin Center.

Lola Fenton of Diamond celebrated her 85th birthday April 13 with her daughters, Judy Hammond of Diamond and Carol Clark of Berlin Center.


Linda Eperjesi and daughter Melissa, both of Poland, are exchanging a kiss on Mother's Day.

Linda Eperjesi and daughter Melissa, both of Poland, are exchanging a kiss on Mother's Day.


Michaela Warren and daughter Jasmine, both of Lowellville, shared the joy of her senior night at Lowellville High School in October 2012.

Michaela Warren and daughter Jasmine, both of Lowellville, shared the joy of her senior night at Lowellville High School in October 2012.


Heidi VanAuker of Canfield with her daughter, Leanna, on a windy day at a track meet. Sent by Lana VanAuker of Canfield.

Heidi VanAuker of Canfield with her daughter, Leanna, on a windy day at a track meet. Sent by Lana VanAuker of Canfield.


Bill Speece with his mom. Joanne Speece. on prom day. Sent by Lana VanAuker of Canfield.

Bill Speece with his mom. Joanne Speece. on prom day. Sent by Lana VanAuker of Canfield.


Joanne Speece, Heidi VanAuker, Lana VanAuker and Leanna Hartsough, four generations. Sent by Lana VanAuker of Canfield.

Joanne Speece, Heidi VanAuker, Lana VanAuker and Leanna Hartsough, four generations. Sent by Lana VanAuker of Canfield.


Linda Speece Vaughn with her mom, Joanne Speece, sent by Lana VanAuker of Canfield.

Linda Speece Vaughn with her mom, Joanne Speece, sent by Lana VanAuker of Canfield.


Helen DeSimone and her daughter Roseann Cullen shared one of their happiest moments Aug. 18, 2000, when Helen walked her daughter down the aisle. RoseanneÕs father died when she was 16.

Helen DeSimone and her daughter Roseann Cullen shared one of their happiest moments Aug. 18, 2000, when Helen walked her daughter down the aisle. RoseanneÕs father died when she was 16.


JoEllen Mrofchak and her daughter, Angelina, 7, both of Poland, share the love of dance. Mom is an instructor and daughter is a student at Judy Conti School of Dance.

JoEllen Mrofchak and her daughter, Angelina, 7, both of Poland, share the love of dance. Mom is an instructor and daughter is a student at Judy Conti School of Dance.


A moment to smile together is shared by Florence Dailey of Youngstown, left, and her mother Mary Rita Bodnar of Austintown.

A moment to smile together is shared by Florence Dailey of Youngstown, left, and her mother Mary Rita Bodnar of Austintown.


Celeste Maillis of Campbell with her daughter Arianna, 7 1/2 months old, sharing their love for nature.

Celeste Maillis of Campbell with her daughter Arianna, 7 1/2 months old, sharing their love for nature.


Carol A. Geise and her mother, Clara M. Geise, both of Youngstown, are at a family wedding reception at Stambaugh Auditorium.

Carol A. Geise and her mother, Clara M. Geise, both of Youngstown, are at a family wedding reception at Stambaugh Auditorium.


Helen Barto of Cortland, submitted by her daughter, Lynda Chronister, also of Cortland, who says she sees her mother's love in her picture.

Helen Barto of Cortland, submitted by her daughter, Lynda Chronister, also of Cortland, who says she sees her mother's love in her picture.