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Thanks to a kind homeless man, a preschool class in Oregon has been reunited with their beloved pet bunny.

Amos the bunny went missing from Great Beginnings Childcare and Preschool in Rogue River earlier this month, only to be returned to them a few days later. He was found inside a cardboard box containing food and water, in a trash can by a public library. Ralph Rowden, a homeless man, found the bunny and returned him to the class who had dearly missed their fluffy friend.

“We missed him so much! Somebody taked him,” Ella Bale, a 3-year-old preschooler at Great Beginnings said.

For his good deed. Rowden was given a small cash reward and a sweet thank you note from the class.

Lost Cat Returns home After 13 Years

Bryan Wood —  Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Paula Harper-Adams lost her cat Shelby 13 years ago. She had given up the cat as gone forever, but Shelby had apparently grown tired of wandering about the world and returned home last week.

When Shelby showed up on Harper-Adams’s doorstep earlier this month she was stunned. She didn’t recognize the cat at first because Shelby was in such a sorry state. But when Harper-Adams took Shelby to the vet, she realized the cat she thought was a stray was her own.

Harper-Adams dug up some photos of her missing feline friend and the vet confirmed that the cat in the pictures and the cat that had suddenly appeared at Harper-Adams’s home were one and the same, thanks to some distinct markings. Now, Shelby has returned to the fold and the entire family is happy to have her back. They just wish they’d known where she’s been all these years.

Here’s some advice on how to get some time off from work: Have your daughter send a really cute letter to your employer, asking them to give you a day off. Bonus points if the letter is written in crayon.

One little girl decided to give her dad a hand. She wrote to her employer, which happens to be Google, a letter, asking that they cut him some slack with their work schedule.

The Letter reads:

Dear Google Worker,

Can you please make sure when daddy goes to work, he gets one day off. Like he can get a day off on Wednesday. Because daddy only gets a day off on Saturday.

From, Katie

P.S. It is Daddy’s BIRTHDAY

P.P.S. It is summer, you know

Perhaps it was the crayon, or perhaps it was the final nudge about it being summer, but Google obliged.

In a letter back to Katie, her dad’s boss, Senior Design Manager Daniel Shiplacoff, not only complimented Katie’s dad on his hard work, but also gave him a bonus week off. Since it is summer, after all.

Livingston County Receives Two Awards

Bryan Wood —  Monday, June 23, 2014

Livingston County received two awards for marketing achievements, including a certificate of excellence from the New York State Economic Development Council. This was the second consecutive year that the state EDChad recognized Livingston County with awards. The Certificate of Excellence was awarded for Livingston County Development’s Downtown Partnership brochure. The piece was designed by Tracy Clarry of Tracy Design, Avon. The mission of the Downtown Partnership is to develop unique, authentic, and vibrant communities that will create sustainable economic growth for Livingston County.

Cow Thinks she’s a Dog

Bryan Wood —  Friday, June 20, 2014

Milkshake isn’t your average bovine — that’s because she doesn’t think she’s a cow.

Four years ago Milkshake was removed from an abusive owner by The Grace Foundation, a California rescue organization. The rescue workers noticed she felt more comfortable around dogs. Beth DeCaprio, executive director of The Grace Foundation, says Milkshake had never really been with other cows before her rescue, and as a result, has a bit of an identity crisis.

“She hung out with the dogs” the organization said.

Milkshake bonded instantly with DeCaprio as well, and is now happiest following her around or tryinf to climb into her car along with their canine friends. “When Milkshake first arrived a t the ranch she didn’t even know what grass was” DeCaprio explained. “Milkshake is still not convinced she is a cow and has never been a fan of grazing.” Naturally, she prefers eating out of a bowl.

Army reservist James Yates served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan and received a Purple Heart when a roadside bomb damaged his spinal cord. He got some public recognition for his service last weekend from the crowd before an arena football game in Des Moines. Reports say he would have been forgiven if he were a little late for the ceremony – he had to stop and save a neighbor’s life on the way. A woman got pinned under her Chevy Blazer when the jack slipped, and after her son sought help, Yates reset the jack and got the vehicle off of her. She escaped with only minor bruises, while Yates hustled off to be honored as a war hero.

One imaginative little girl observed her grandfather’s struggles and was inspired to do something about it. Lily Born, an 11 year old from Skokie, Illinois, first thought up the no-spill cup a few years ago when she noticed that her grandfather, who has Parkinson’s disease, had trouble drinking from regular cups without spilling.

Lily designed the Kangaroo Cup that’s pretty much spill proof. It has three legs that help stabilize it and make it harder for people to overturn it. With the help of her father, Lily went to China to work on the original ceramic cup design and find a manufacturer. Now, the pair are raising funds to create a more durable plastic version of the cup.

“This campaign is not just about bringing a product to production, it is about sending a message to every parent and every kid with an invention that in history’s blink of an eye, we suddenly find ourselves living in a world where that dream can be made real,” Lily’s dad wrote on the product’s Kickstarter page.

Father’s Day Fishing Contest

Bryan Wood —  Monday, June 16, 2014

To increase awareness of the sport, and the mission of the Kiwanis Club, the Painted Post Kiwanis sponsored a fishing derby on Father’s day drawing scores of families. Organizers said they hoped to break the event record of 85 participants by the end of the day.

Kyle Drehmer, and his 6 year old Grace participated in the derby for the first time. Kyle said he tries to take his daughter fishing as often as possible. Little Grace said it’s really fun and she likes spending time with her dad.

John Vargeson says he tries to take his sons, 7 and 9 fishing as often as possible.

Prizes were given out for the biggest fish, the most fish and the biggest game fish. Bret Palmer, 8, of corning, was well on his way toward capturing the title for biggest fish after landing an 18-inch carp.

Bret’s father, Jason Palmer, said days like this help him pass on a love of the outdoors to his son.

Less than an hour into the contest Brandon Hill Jr. had pulled eight fish out of the pond. He said he enjoyed the fishing, but he enjoyed the company more because he gets to have fun with his dad. He said he also gets to cath fish and spend time out of the house and away from video games.

Nail polish can’t cure cancer, but when applied correctly, it can sure help a cancer patient’s outlook on life.

When Valerie Brosdal was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer in August 2013, her husband, Ralph Kapostins, sought to lift her spirits with a pedicure. Valerie painted her toes purple, her favorite color, so Ralph figured he’d paint his nails purple too, hoping to make her smile. It worked, reports NBC Bay Area, so Ralph, inspired by his wife’s smile, posted a picture of their purple toenails on FaceBook. He asked others to share photos of their own purple painted toenails in support of Valerie, and the idea took off.

So far, Ralph told NBC, about 400 people — “good friends, complete strangers, women, men, kids, entire families, and pets, including dogs, cats, and even a couple horses” — have shared photos. The project has been aided in part by a friend, Susan Woolf, who started a “Purple Toes Campaign” through the Lung Cancer Foundation, which allows anyone to submit a photo of his or her purple painted toes for a living mural.

Valerie seems pretty thrilled. “I’ve got a huge grin on my face,” she wrote on Facebook in response to someone who had submitted photos. “Thank You!”

An Oregon bus driver is being hailed as a hero this week, after picking up an unexpected passenger: A barefoot toddler who’d strayed too close to a busy intersection. Security cameras onboard the TriMet bus in Portland, Oregon, captured the entire incident as driver Bill Clark slammed the brakes, then darted into the road to retrieve a barefoot child in a diaper and T-shirt.

“It was just a corner of the eye thing,” Clark said, laughing off the idea that he’s a hero. “I just caught a glimpse of him and got out to see if his parents were around … They weren’t. So, I picked him up and took him back to the garage.” Clark called the Department of Human Services, then gave the boy a cup of hot chocolate and an oatmeal raisin cookie. “When I said chocolate, he lit up and said ‘Chocolate!’”

Police ultimately reunited the 2 year old boy, James, with his father, who had also called police and reported the child missing. The father works a night shift and had fallen asleep when the boy wandered away, and James’ mother had already left for work.