wearing his dress military uniform, as he had wished.

What’s happening here? It’s just another day in the life of Zeus, Brittney Davis’ American Great Dane, who was recently confirmed as the world’s tallest living male dog by Guinness World Records.

ACROSS AMERICA — Schaefer Beer has a long history in New York and in Tay Sisinni’s family. She was driving down Main Street in East Islip when a fading mural on a brick building shook loose treasured family memories.

Her grandfather Joseph Kitson was a Schaefer “poster boy” back in the day, Sisinni told Patch. He had a Schaefer tattoo. He had a Schaefer’s T-shirt. And, Sisinni said, “my grandmother once reached out to Schaefer because she wanted him to be in an ad.”

She snapped a photo of the mural and had it framed for her grandparents as a Christmas gift. When her grandfather, whom she called Pop-Pop, died earlier this year, Sisinni thought of the mural again. She got in touch with the owner of the building, offering to restore the mural at no cost.

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“As I was painting it, I was emotional, because I guess it was my way of grieving,” Sisinni told Patch. “And I knew that he would have been proud to see it restored.” » By Maureen Mullarkey for East Islip Patch

Top Dog In Rescue Story Was … A DogA woman with dementia was lost for three days in the dense woods of a park near her home in Katy, Texas. A veritable battalion of neighbors, law enforcement agencies, professional search teams and others had been relentlessly hunting for her around the clock. But it was her black Labrador dog, Max, who never left her side and barked until the search teams found her precise location. The woman’s children said the dog saved their mother’s life, but so did her neighbors in Katy. “From the bottom of our hearts, we can never forget, and just know that, if anything like this ever happens to y’all, we will be there in the front lines with y’all,” daughter Courtney Noppe said at a news conference after her mother was found. “We know what it feels like.” » By Beth Dalbey for Houston Patch

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This Is What Empathy Looks Like

Ruby Ganci is only 6, but she has raised thousands of dollars to buy new hearing aids for children around the world. The Port Washington, New York, girl’s latest effort was a bake sale, held on her two-year “hear-iversary.” She’s among 30 million children worldwide with a hearing impairment, a condition that came on suddenly and inexplicably at the beginning of the pandemic. “Mommy,” Ruby, 4 at the time, said one day, “I can’t hear what you said.” » By Alessia Grunberger for Port Washington, New York, Patch

This Is Empathy In Action, Too

Now, a story about another kid to whom life has been cruel — Maggie DeVries, 6, of Frankfort, Illinois, who has an inoperable brain tumor — and the other kids around her who are showing what empathetic humans they are. It wasn’t so much the amount the students at a nearby high school raised, though every $1,000 helps in Maggie’s expensive medical journey, but why they felt compelled to help. “My sister has a rare genetic disorder,” one of them began. » By TJ Kremer III for Frankfort, Illinois, Patch

Why They Ran For Rachel

Rachel Rabinovitz, 24, died of glioblastoma in December, but it was if she was the wind at the backs of Rachel’s Racers during a 5K run earlier this month that raised more than $1.4 million for the National Brain Tumor Society. Of that, Rachel’s Racers raised $400,000, making them the top fundraiser. Some of her closest friends are honoring her in other ways, too. » By Michael O’Connell for Washington, DC, Patch

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They’re In This Together

James Lederman’s doctors finally figured out why, as regular as clockwork, he would get sick twice a year, spending “36 hours straight” on the couch every winter break and every summer break. The South Orange, New Jersey, teen was relieved two years ago he didn’t have COVID-19, but the diagnosis that came six months after his negative test was life changing: It was lupus, a complex disease his mother also has. This family has had their share of medical scares. James and his grandmother, who was diagnosed with cancer, began chemotherapy the same day. They’re confronting their challenges as a family in ways beyond the treatment plans laid out by their doctors. » By Michelle Rotundo-Johnson for South Orange Patch......................................................

Here’s a story of a stranger going out of his way to say something nice to someone who needed to hear it, unaware a home security camera was recording every sweet moment: After Amazon delivery driver Asani Anderson dropped packages off at the Huston family home in Lakeland, Florida, he dropped to his knees and left a message for Aubrey Hope Huston, who is fighting stage 4 cancer. “Amazon is praying 4 Aubrey luv you!” it read. » By Nikki Gaskins for Lakeland Patch

The number of surviving World War II veterans — nationally, about 240,000 — dropped by one last month. Eugene Walker Dednam, lived in Hackensack, New Jersey, for 100 years, save his time with the Army in Europe as the Allied Forces fought the Nazis. Yet no one claimed his body. Nevertheless, the man known as a well-dressed gent with a passion for jazz was buried with military honors after a local veterans group spread the word on social media. Veterans on motorcycles and law enforcement officials led a procession to the cemetery, where Dednam was given a final salute. He was buried next to his parents, wearing his dress military uniform, as he had wished. “It was a proper send off for this centenarian, who never married, had no living family close by, and laid unclaimed for several weeks,” the post from a the veterans group read. » By Michelle Rotundo-Johnson for Paramus, New Jersey, Patch

College Is Within Their Grasp Now

Forty soon-to-be high school graduates in New Jersey are getting something their individual circumstances made it difficult for them to even dream about — a free four-year college education. They don’t have to be straight-A student to qualify for the program, a pilot project the city of Newark seeded with a million bucks. The program is an important justice initiative, targeting students with a parent who is in prison or recently released, who have lost a parent or sibling to violence, is a victim of violence, or who is a first-generation college student. » By Eric Kiefer for Newark Patch

Watch Video, But Don’t You Dare Smile

Fernando, a sloth at the Phoenix Zoo, turned 6 the other day. He spent the day hanging upside down, which is typical for a sloth (fun science fact: the position anchors the sloth’s liver, stomach and bowel in place). What made Fernando’s day different was his birthday party, which included “tasty roses” from the zoo’s horticulture team and, from the nutrition services team, a “cake” made of leafeater biscuits and apples topped with a zucchini rose. You have to watch the video to fully appreciate it. » By Faith Marnecheck for Phoenix Patch

How Tall Is This Dog?

Go ahead and guess: How tall is this dog? It would be easy to say Zeus, an American Great Dane, is as big as Texas, where he lives with Brittney Davis and her family, but that’s an apples to oranges, or in this case, a canines to geography, comparison. Here’s a hint: Baby colts aren’t always as big as Zeus, recently confirmed by Guinness World Records as the world’s tallest living male dog. Davis says living with Zeus is like “having another person in the house.” So it would seem » By Beth Dalbey for Dallas Patch

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