The site of Recovery Revolution in downtown Bangor is part of an ongoing Facade Improvement program funded in part by a Facade Imrovement Grant through the Slate Belt Community Partnership. (See other photo below) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor's Lauren Mazella (white) plays defense, during the Slaters' 2-1 loss to Moravian Academy in a game played at Bangor Tuesday. (See more photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pius X defender TJ Belle (4) helps make a tackle Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Pen Argyl's Tyler Avery (15) tries to maintain control despite the efforts of Otis Jones (L) and Michael Farley (Rear) of Faith Christian Roseto, during the Knights' 5-2 win in a game played Saturday at Plainfield. (More photos below) (More photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Bangor Mayor John Brown speaks at the Soda Shop Mural Dedication. . Sbtt Photo Larry Cory
Wild pigs menace suburban Atlanta
By David Beasley
ATLANTA (Reuters) - Wild pigs have descended on a suburban Atlanta neighborhood where they are scaring children, making a general nuisance of themselves, and acting as they if they own the place.
One large specimen was sighted on Monday morning rummaging through garbage it had strewn across Taneisha Danner's front yard in Lithonia, an area about 19 miles east of downtown Atlanta.
It then trotted into the backyard, taking a nap before returning with three other pigs from a patch of nearby woods, Danner told Reuters on Tuesday.
"This is their home," Danner joked. "We're just visiting."
She said the animals were no laughing matter for neighborhood children, however, noting that some were now afraid to leave the safety of their homes.
"My children are even afraid to be downstairs, worried that he (the pig) could come through the door," Danner said.
Descendents of wild boar, the feral pigs are a particular pest in rural Georgia and notorious for damaging farmer's crops, said Charlie Killmaster, a deer and feral hog biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.
There are so many hogs that hunting season has been flung wide open for wild pigs on private land, he said, adding that it was still fairly rare for them to show up in suburban neighborhoods.
The population of one of the most invasive and destructive wild animals in the United States has grown rapidly in recent years, however. What was once a largely rural problem has blighted suburban areas in other states as well.
The hogs can be dangerous to humans if they are cornered or if their young are threatened, Killmaster said.
"There is some level of danger associated with them," he added. "But in nearly all cases, steering clear of them is all you need to do."
Danner said she had complained to local authorities about the hogs and was told they were trying to find a private trapper to remove them.
(Editing by Tom Brown and Andrew Hay)
Five seniors were honored Monday. during senior day for the Bangor Tennis Team. They were: (L-R) Emily Galligan, Sarah Weber, Liz Bina, Brittany Brewer, and Allison DeSario. (See more photos tomorrow) Sbtt Photo Carissa McCollian
Pen Argyl's Jarrad Constantino (3) goes airborn to get the ball from Faith Christian's Dalton Tucker , during the Knights' 5-2 win over the Lions. The Knights' Jordan Rosynek is pictured in the background. Sbtt Photo Larry Cory.
Eric Marbury (3) of Pius is stopped after a short gain. Sbtt Photo Carissa McCollian
Family welcome tigers into their home
A Brazilian family have shown their dedication to saving endangered tigers - by moving seven of them into their home.
Father of three Ary Borges rescued two tigers from a circus eight years ago and built a sanctuary in his garden.
Now the family live, eat, and even swim with the giant man-eaters in their backyard pool in Maringa, near Sao Paulo.
And shockingly Mr Borges even lets his two-year-old granddaughter, Rayara, ride on the back of the fully-grown big cats.
Mr Borges, 43, said: "I was never worried about my daughters co-existing with these animals
"You have to show the animals respect and love - that's how you get it back from them."
The 43-year-old and his daughters Nayara, 20, Uyara, 23, and Deusanira, 24, walk the tigers on leads and feed meat directly into their mouths.
They even allow them into their kitchen during mealtime and let them lounge around the house.
Incredibly, Uraya, who also works as a dog trainer, is happy for daughter Rayara to interact with the massive predators with minimal safety precautions.
She said: "Rayara loves playing with the tigers - she sees my dad interacting with them and she goes crazy.
"But it's safe. I would never expose her to a dangerous situation.
"Every day since they were born we have taken care of them and fed them so their instincts become dormant.
"They are part of the family. I can't imagine life without them."
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