CLEVELAND — The year is coming to a close and it was another one spent dealing with COVID-19, but some good things happened as well.
Here are 10 stories that made us smile in 2021:
Aaron Kinsel, a sanitation driver for waste management company Rumpke, was on a Wednesday morning route in January when he made a distressing discovery — a discarded backpack was moving along a Colerain Township road.
If you have any children in your life, there's a good chance some of them are really into dinosaurs. But you'll be hard-pressed to find one who loves them as much as Rishabh.
In a year when connecting with anyone has been a challenge, finding love is seemingly impossible. But Jennifer Gardner and Jeff Harnden from Cleveland found that even a pandemic cannot stop fate and found each other when they were least expecting it.
Jenna and Jillian Thistlethwaite are identical twins developing opposite personalities. Despite their differences, the sisters from Orrville share a remarkable bond and an amazing story that continues to make people smile nearly seven years after their births.
On a Sunday in May, Shelby Kane, an Avon High School senior, was making sure everything was perfect as she prepared to walk the stage at her graduation ceremony—having her hair done, getting dressed and preparing to pose for photos on her big day. But while she was getting ready for the ceremony, something happened that she hadn't dealt with in over 10 years. Shelby began talking very slowly and crying, just before she fell to the ground. The soon-to-be grad had a seizure.
Hannah Ross Smith was kayaking in July when she came across a rooster named Ralph, perched on a wood plank full of nails.
September was the last weekend that Cleveland's Major League Baseball team would play as the Cleveland Indians. Seeing the team play under the name one last time at home was on the bucket list of a 96-year-old woman from Lakewood, who is a lifelong Indians fan.
If you're the parent of young kids, you know all too well that fighting boredom during the lockdown was a daily struggle. So, when parents in Bay Village gave their young son a BMX bike to burn off energy, they’d just hope it stick and keep him occupied. Well it has, and it turns out he may be something of a child prodigy on wheels.
Tucked away on 3216 Silsby Road in Cleveland Heights’s Cedar-Lee sits what was once, decades ago, a Cleveland Heights firehouse. But now, inside the building, there’s a shop out of any kid’s wildest dreams: S’il Vous Play. The store is the ultimate dream for owners Mariah and Wesley Roj.
Helping a neighbor shovel snow or buying coffee for the customer behind you in the drive-thru line, doing good can not only change your mood, but it can also create a movement.