Surrogacy gives 1 Britton couple new baby, extended family
ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — On the afternoon of Aug. 3, 2018, in a Fargo, North Dakota, delivery room, proud new parents Elizabeth and Gavin Waletich grasped the hands of Heidi Fritz, the woman who had...
Wisconsin man, 91, finds long lost family in Tennessee
MORRISTOWN, Tenn. (AP) — More than 90 years ago, Richard Mihalek was born to single mother, who worked as a live-in maid in Cleveland, Ohio.
Over the ensuing decades, Mihalek, an only child, lived a remarkable life. Raised by extended family first in Cleveland, later in Wisconsin, he became a World War II veteran, a chemistry teacher, a father and eventually a grandfather.
In all those years, Mihalek never learned the identity of his father.
South Dakota woman donates kidney to former classmate
BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (AP) — Twenty-five years after graduating from Belle Fourche High School together, Karen Carlton and James Helmberger will forever be connected after she donated her kidney to him last month.
Carlton, who currently lives in Rapid City, and Helmberger, who currently lives in Florida, both 42, grew up in Belle Fourche and attended school together since elementary school.
She said she followed Helmberger's journey searching for a kidney donor on Facebook.
I have, for the past several years, listened to award-winning traditional potters complain that they felt they were being pushed aside by the nonprofit Southwestern Association for Indian Arts, or SWAIA, the organization that holds Indian Market, in favor of more contemporary artists.
That was proven when I learned that Robert Tenorio and his extended family, along with several others, have been excluded from this year’s Santa Fe Indian Market.
HAZLE TWP. — If you didn’t think fishing could be a family experience, you missed the first day of trout season at Lake Irena at Hazle Twp. Community Park.
With unprecedented nice weather — temperatures into the 70s — the two closest banks to the lake were lined with people Saturday morning.
For Steve Jons of Drums, it was another year when his extended family — all 14 of them — assembled at their spot on the lake to fish around 7 a.m.
Woman proud of her heritage rocked by results of DNA test
DEAR ABBY: I'm hoping you can give me some guidance, as I am a huge fan and read your column regularly. I am a 32-year-old woman whose mother and grandmother told me about our proud Native American heritage all my life. Several years ago, I got a large tattoo in our tribe's language as a way to honor my family.
JOHNSON CREEK — It’s a difficult decision, but Nonne made it easy on her family.
Back in the day, Maria Cerroni — known affectionately by her extended family as “Nonne (no-knee)” — drove her sons, Andy and Pat, home from football and basketball practices at Johnson Creek High School. When they went into coaching and had families, she drove long distances to watch their teams or to watch her grandchildren at sporting events.
‘Raisin in the Sun’ classic revived at Downtown Cabaret
As with many adults, the last time Brian Crook read “A Raisin in the Sun,” he was in high school.
Even so, “Raisin” is one of the few Broadway dramas that has remained throughout the decades as part of the American consciousness, and is “as relevant today” as when it debuted on Broadway, Crook pointed out.
Amy Dickinson: Extended family wonders how to embrace transgender member
Dear Amy: I am one of six adult siblings. We gather once or twice a year in a low-key kind of way to stay connected and catch up.
My brother "Tom," his wife and three adult children stopped attending these events a couple of years ago. This left us perplexed.
Recently Tom's son (my nephew) shared with the family that he was gender-transitioning to being a woman.
Winter Break Guide: 11 activities across Raleigh, Triangle to keep the kids, extended family busy
Winter break has started for some kids. It's about to start for many more. And, let's face it, once the cookies are eaten and the four walls of your house start getting very small, there will be a point when it's time to get out of the house.
If you're looking for ways to entertain the kids - and out-of-town guests - here are some ideas.
FOR THE MOST PARTSCH: Wish Book opened up world of toys, great memories
For me growing up as a small child, the most exciting day of the holiday season was not Christmas Eve or even Christmas Day.
BRIDGEPORT — Bridgeport’s oldest resident celebrated her 107th birthday late last week with a party filled with movers and shakers.
Her long life, she said in Spanish, translated by her granddaughter, “is destined by God. God decided (I) could live this long.”
Originally, the birthday party was just going to be family and extended family, but quickly grew to more than 200 people, granddaughter Helen Cora said.
Locals with ties to Puerto Rico worry, try to help
Nearly two months after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, the state of crisis left by the storm is far from over. Nearly 140,000 residents have fled to the mainland, and more than 50 percent of the island is still without power. Here in the Capital Region, ties to Puerto Rico run deep. New York has the largest population of native Puerto Ricans of any state in the country, and many here have been closely following updates from family and friends on the island, following their struggles, their fears and their moments of hope. Here are some of their stories:
Pakistani police arrest aunt in family poisoning case
BASTI LASHARI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistani police said Wednesday they arrested a woman for allegedly plotting with her newly married niece to poison the young woman's husband with tainted milk that would eventually kill him and 17 other relatives in a remote village.
Investigators believe the boyfriend of 21-year-old newlywed Aasia Bibi incited her to kill her husband, Mohammad Amjad, by poisoning his milk with rat poison because she was not happy in her arranged marriage. Amjad was her cousin.
This year, pass the turkey AND the family photos
When extended families lived closer together, it was easy to pass on family stories and anecdotes, maybe while cooking dinner or putting children to bed.
JoAnn Baldwin Foreman, 80, a mother and caregiver whose love for children was reflected in the large extended family that she and husband Gene Foreman nurtured in Berwyn, died Thursday morning of metastatic breast cancer at the couple’s retirement home in Charlottesville, Va. Courtesy of the family JoAnn B. Foreman
Family soldiers on after fire devastated their Louisa home
LOUISA, Va. (AP) — From the walls to the floor, the only place not awash in flames was the edge of the bed where 74-year-old Evelyn Neff sat, screaming for help.
Child protection dilemma: Take the child, leave the child
LEBANON, Pa. (AP) — When a 6-year old Palmyra boy was found living with soda bottles full of urine and 27 dogs that never went outside, neighbors and even extended family of the child were frustrated: They'd called child services before, so why was the boy still in the home?
The 'why' is complicated - and in real life the role of Children and Youth Services doesn't work like things do in the movies, or on TV.
Man rebuilds sloop grandfather built
ESSEX, Mass. (AP) — A small crowd was on hand, enjoying cookout fare and live music, for the rebirth of the Maria.
Volunteers pulled open the doors of Harold Burnham's waterfront barn, greased the rails leading into the water, and helped Burnham guide the Maria into the Essex River.
Fed Court Rejects Trump Travel Ban Family Rules
Developer targets housing to “grandfamilies”
In a first for Madison, a developer is proposing to build housing aimed at grandparents and other extended family members raising children as part of the emerging Union Corners redevelopment on the East Side.
Missing Harlingen attorney Ernesto Gonzales still has not shown up in court for a protective order he filed against five members of his family.
After hearing some of the family’s issues during a hearing Thursday morning, retired Judge Robert Garza told the family to try and locate Gonzales.
“I know there are a lot of anger issues … and I’m not saying it’s not important, but I think the situation with (Gonzales) trumps everything,” Garza said.
Rexburg girl and two members of extended family die in crash
REXBURG — A 12-year-old Rexburg girl was killed along with two members of her extended family in a car crash near Deer Lodge, Montana, on Friday.
The girl perished alongside her 10-year-old cousin and grandmother, Cynthia Tavares Boone, a northern Idaho resident. Two of the 12-year-old’s cousins, also from Rexburg, were injured in the wreck.
Police reports show Boone was traveling with four of her grandchildren around 12:30 p.m. in a Chevy Tahoe on Interstate 90 near mile marker 191.
I find myself in a unique position politically. I was raised by Democrats in the Berkeley, California area (which means they were in the nomenclature of the time, “hippies”) during the transitional and inflammatory period of the 1960s and 1970s.
Weddings & anniversaries
Jose and Matilde Romero celebrated 70 years together on Cinco de Mayo with a family gathering of their sons, grandchildren, great grandchildren and extended family members. Jose and Matilde made a special dedication of their union to Lorencita Montoya, Francisco Romero and also Bernardino Romero.
Rogers softball team evolves into extended family among players, coach
Nothing can keep Macey Finch off the field.
Not even Shaw Middle School, which, like most middle schools, doesn’t offer a fastpitch softball team for girls in the spring.
Finch couldn’t get herself to take a break from the diamond, so for a few months in the spring during seventh and eighth grade she took her gear to the baseball dugouts and suited up with the boys.
Finch, who is now a junior softball pitcher at Rogers High School, was the only girl on the spring baseball team at Shaw.
Zia Pueblo’s Southern Slam drumming at Gathering of Nations
Drumming is a family endeavor for the Southern Slam group of Zia Pueblo.
Of the 18 singers in the group, 15 are part of the extended family of Steven Toya Sr., lead singer and founder of Southern Slam. Toya picked up the powwow style of drumming, singing and dancing from his father, who started a group in the 1980s. All six of Toya’s children are part of Southern Slam.
For Salt Lake Comic Con fans, semiannual nerd convention is an extended family
The Woodlands Presbyterian Church celebrates 100th birthday of The Woodlands resident
"When you get as old as I am," said Warren Johnson during his 100th birthday celebration at The Woodlands Presbyterian Church, "people often think you're wiser than you are … those suckers."
Sitting in a chair with large numerical balloons tied to his chair, Johnson threw his head back and laughed along with the attendees. The Fellowship Room was filled on Sunday with friends and family gathered to celebrate Johnson's 100th birthday.
Closure of Seattle tackle shop sign of changing times
SEATTLE (AP) — There was a time when small, locally owned tackle shops dotted the downtown Seattle landscape, a sight that would make Starbucks jitter with envy.
Before and through most of the 20th century, places such as Linc's Tackle Shop, a mom-and-pop operation on the corner of Rainier Avenue and King Street, were gathering places, like an old barber shop where people would exchange fish tales.
Raella Rhoades met the love of her life in Kalispell
Raella Rhoades has a remarkable story of her own, and although she never achieved the prominence of her husband Rudolph "Zip" Rhoades in local lore, she helps to fill in valuable chunks of the black history of Montana.
Born and raised in Kalispell, she moved to Butte in the early 1940s when she was 5 years old. There, her mother, Laura Jane Thompson, married Elonzo Kelley, who later adopted young Raella.
Syrian family back in Pennsylvania after ban halted
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Syrian immigrant Mathyo Asali thought his life was "ruined" when he landed at Philadelphia International Airport on Jan. 28, visa in hand, only to be denied entry to the United States.
Asali, who returned to Damascus, said he figured he'd be inducted into the Syrian military.
On Monday, the teenager and five members of his extended family were ecstatic to be back on U.S. soil.
Joliet photojournalist, with Syrian wife, sells work to raise money for Syria
What can we do, Dad?
It was just before Christmas and the Jarecke family of Joliet was distraught about the safety of their extended family in Syria. Family members have been kidnapped and one was killed.
They posed the question to their father, Ken Jarecke, a Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist who has covered the Gulf War and 10 Olympic Games, in addition to photographing the people of Syria where his wife, Souad, was born.
Joel Levitt: Tenement Museum can inform conversation on immigration
My wife and I recently toured the Tenement Museum on the Lower East Side of Manhattan; a neighborhood that was the first stop for so many immigrants after leaving Ellis Island. There, a remarkable coincidence occurred, perhaps more suitable for a sci-fi time traveler than a visitor from Connecticut.
The museum tells the true stories of real-life immigrant families from various cultures, all of whom at one time lived in this building over a 75-year period.
Denise Moriguchi aims to carry Uwajimaya brand forward
SEATTLE (AP) — Denise Moriguchi remembers many childhood hours spent at Uwajimaya, the Asian grocery-store chain her family owns.
Among her favorite memories: Gathering after hours with her large extended family at their store in Chinatown-International District to make mochi, a rice-cake dessert, before New Year every year.
Robles overcame challenges, created promising future for family
Cynthia Robles, a single parent to three sons, defined family as anyone who needs help.
“She was a mother to many,” son Ernest Flores said, remembering the numerous school field trips she chaperoned, young people who called her house “home” and the probate case she successfully self-defended against a licensed attorney.
“She was a fighter, and a scrapper,” he said.
Robles died Dec. 5 after a fall in her home. She was 59.
People in Prentiss County have a lot to be thankful for. The Banner-Independent asked people throughout the community to share what they are most grateful for during this week of Thanksgiving. Here are their answers. I am thankful for God, health, family and friends and thankful that God loves us and is merciful to us. Mike Kelley Prentiss County Circuit Clerk I am thankful that I was planted in a family who had a deep faith in God and who taught me to have a servant heart. I am thankful that...
Runyan’s Jewelers celebrates 70th anniversary
CAMAS, Wash. (AP) — Some people pass jewelry down to their sons or daughters. The Runyan family passed down a jewelry store.
Runyan's Jewelers third-generation owner Debbie Runyan-Parker was set to honor the store her grandfather opened in 1946 with an open house on Nov. 19. Though she hopes to showcase the store's offerings and its willingness to adapt, the event may also reintroduce people to its legacy of customer care, reported The Columbian (http://bit.ly/2fTSd3j).
Ex-mayor of Mexican town that was massacre site arrested
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Authorities in a northern Mexico border state say they have arrested the former mayor of a town where a drug cartel systematically killed an extended family in 2011.
The Coahuila state prosecutor's office said in a statement late Thursday that former Allende mayor Sergio Alonso Lozano was arrested on kidnapping charges. The statement tied Lozano to the events that occurred in Allende between March 18 and 20, 2011.
Visa CEO steps down, former AmEx exec is named successor
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Visa says CEO Charlie Scharf is resigning in December after four years leading the company. He says that running a company based in San Francisco is difficult for his personal life. His extended family is based on the East Coast.
Visa Inc. on Monday named current board member Alfred Kelly Jr. as its president and CEO. He is the former president of American Express Co.
Kelly will join Visa on Oct. 31, and Scharf will advise him for several months.
US Women’s Basketball Team Like Extended Family
Jared Kushner’s defense of father-in-law Donald Trump leads to family denunciation: report
Jared Kushner's defense of his father-in-law Donald Trump has him in hot water with his extended family, Politico reported Thursday.
The businessman and New York Observer publisher has defended the presumptive GOP presidential nominee after the New York real estate developer was roundly criticized for tweeting an anti-Hillary Clinton photo image which originated from an anti-Semitic source.
Mr. Kushner is Jewish, as is wife Ivanka Trump, who converted to the faith...
Fitchburg Couple: City Won’t Take Away Dog That’s Attacked 2 People in 3 Days
FITCHBURG -- Two Blossom Street residents saddled with a "vicious" dog that has bitten two people in three days are unsure what to do with the animal after the city's animal control officer told them there was no space for the dog in the city's kennel.
David Boucher and Kelly Wright have had the dog, a 2-year-old female pit bull mix, at their home since late Monday night.
The dog belongs to Boucher's friend, Steven Chabot, who is currently homeless. Chabot was...