It wasn't all bad
October 21, 2020

Vivian "Millie" Bailey has had a lot of adventures during her 102 years of life, and over the weekend, she made another memory when she fulfilled her dream of going skydiving.

Bailey said said was inspired by former President George H.W. Bush, who celebrated his 75th, 80th, 85th, and 90th birthdays by jumping out of a plane. "I just always thought it would be a thrill," Bailey told WJZ.

The Howard County, Maryland, resident is a World War II veteran; in 1942, she joined the U.S. Women's Army Auxiliary. Bailey received the American Theater Medal, Women's Army Corps Medal, and World War II Victory Medal, and after being honorably discharged in 1946 as a first lieutenant, she worked for nearly three decades with Veterans Affairs and the Social Security Administration.

Bailey has spent her retirement giving back — since the Vietnam War, she has sent care packages to troops, and she raises on average $10,000 a year to donate to local schools. "I try every day to do something for someone else," Bailey said. In 2018, the Howard County Police Department celebrated her 100th birthday by renaming its annual Making a Difference Award in her honor.

"There are a lot of things that I can look back on," Bailey told WJZ. "I am thoroughly happy and feel blessed that I've been able to do whatever I've been able to do." There's still one more thing she wants to cross off her bucket list: meeting former first lady Michelle Obama. Catherine Garcia

October 21, 2020

Over the course of 24 hours, a stray kitten went from wandering around a Kentucky airport to living the good life with its new adopted family.

Last Wednesday, members of the operations team at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport discovered the disheveled kitten on a terminal ramp, and quickly rescued it. They cleaned the kitten up and took care of it overnight, and the next morning, Wes England, a public safety officer at the airport, eagerly offered to provide the rescue a new home.

It was love at first sight when England brought his new furry friend home — WLKY reports England's wife, Katrina, and kids Hailey, 14, and Gage, 4, already adore the kitten. In honor of its past life, England named the kitten Boeing, a.k.a. Bo. Catherine Garcia

October 21, 2020

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft made history on Tuesday when it briefly touched down on the asteroid Bennu, more than 200 million miles away from Earth.

This was the first mission of its kind for NASA, and was more than a decade in the making. After years of planning, OSIRIS-REx launched in September 2016, and it has spent the last two years orbiting Bennu, an asteroid that is as tall as the Empire State Building, CNN reports. The spacecraft has been sending back data and images, but its main reason for going to the asteroid was so it could quickly touch down and use its robotic arm to collect a sample.

On Tuesday evening, NASA announced that preliminary data showed the event went well, with the touchdown lasting less than a minute, but scientists won't know for sure if a sample was collected until all of the data is analyzed. OSIRIS-REx is set to start the trip back to Earth in 2021, arriving in 2023.

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate, said in a statement this was "an incredible feat, and today we've advanced both science and engineering and our prospects for future missions to study these mysterious ancient storytellers of the solar system. A piece of primordial rock that has witnesses our solar system's entire history may now be ready to come home for generations of scientific discovery, and we can't wait to see what comes next." Catherine Garcia

October 16, 2020

It's not every day that a baby is born on Maine's Little Cranberry Island — but if one is, it's likely going to be a member of the Fernald family.

On Sept. 26, Erin Fernald Gray and Aaron Gray welcomed their sixth child, Azalea Belle Gray, with Erin delivering the baby at their Little Cranberry Island home. Warren Fernald, Erin's grandfather, was the last person born on the tiny island, all the way back in 1927. "I think the connection with my grandfather is nice," Erin told Good Morning America. "And, both my grandmother and I had six babies."

Little Cranberry is one of five islands that make up the town of Cranberry Isles, population 120. The town clerk, Denise McCormick, told GMA that Azalea "lives in a house full of love," and Erin said she believes her grandfather, a lobster fisherman who died in 2005, would "probably have some wisecrack" about his great-granddaughter being the one to take over his title. Catherine Garcia

October 15, 2020

A stuffed animal accidentally left on a bench had quite the adventure before being reunited with its owner.

Earlier this month, a boy in Standish, Maine, forgot to grab his companion, and the stuffed dog was found by groomers from the Lavish Dog Day Spa. They wanted the young owner to know his pup was in good hands and well taken care of, so they posted photos online showing the colorful stuffed animal getting a bath, having his hair brushed, and receiving a new bow.

On Sunday, the boy picked up his dog from the spa, CBS Boston reports, and his mom wrote on Facebook that they were grateful to the groomers for keeping a close eye on the puppy. Her son, she added, " was so happy to be reunited" with his pal. Catherine Garcia

October 14, 2020

When Steve Montelongo saw a car sinking in a canal, he jumped into action to save the driver's life — just like he did nearly 20 years ago, when he rescued two elderly people from their burning home.

On Thursday, the 80-year-old was driving his granddaughter home from a dentist appointment in Modesto, California, when they spotted a car down in a canal. He pulled over, and while there were other people looking down into the water, they weren't doing anything. Montelongo jumped into the canal, and yanked open the driver's door, which was unlocked. With water now rushing into the car, he pulled the driver out to safety. The man, who appeared to have a medical episode before the crash, was not injured.

"I don't consider myself a hero," Montelongo told KOVR. "I was just a fella that got put in the right place at the right time." In 2003, he was also in a position to save lives — while at a church meeting, there was a natural gas leak in a nearby home, which caused an explosion and fire. He raced to the house, and was able to help out an 80-year-old woman before going back in and rescuing a 79-year-old man.

Tom Olsen of the California Highway Patrol told KOVR he is impressed by all that Montelongo has done. "First responder, he can probably add to his resume," he said. "A lot of people are in the right place at the right time, but very few actually did what Mr. Montelongo did." Catherine Garcia

October 12, 2020

Over the course of just a few days, Nisha Blackwell went from losing her job to launching her own successful and eco-friendly business making bows and bow ties for kids.

The Pittsburgh resident was laid off right before she was supposed to attend a birthday party for her friend's daughter. Blackwell, who was also in nursing school, didn't have enough money to buy a gift, but she did own a brand new sewing machine, still in the box, and fabric. She decided to make the birthday girl several bows, but there was one big problem: she had no idea how to sew.

"I was literally typing into YouTube 'how to turn a Brother sewing machine on,' 'how to thread the bobbin,'" Blackwell told CBS News. After watching tons of videos, she had made enough bows to fill a box. Blackwell held her breath when the girl opened her present, but there was no need to worry: the bows were a hit, and Blackwell left the party with six customers who wanted their own bows.

Blackwell launched an accessories business called Knotzland, and after constant requests for items for boys, she pivoted to making sustainable bow ties. It was also important to Blackwell that she help women in her neighborhood start their own home-based businesses, and she now serves as a mentor. At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Blackwell switched things up once more, and began crafting face masks.

The tools people need to transform their lives are right in front of them, Blackwell told CBS News, and she used the technology available to her for good by pulling up YouTube and teaching herself a new skill. "It's never too late to start," she said. "It's never too late to follow your dream." Catherine Garcia

October 12, 2020

When Heather Garfield's son told her he was afraid of the dark, she turned to her pharmacy for a tried and true remedy to keep creatures at bay: monster spray.

Jakob Garfield, 7, had shared with his mom his fears about "what lies in the darkness, what's outside his bedroom, what's under his bed," Heather Garfield told CBC's Radio West. He kept coming into his parents' room at night, and when Heather suggested spritzing monster spray in his room, he didn't fall for it. "He's a little too smart for his own good sometimes," she said. "So I had to make it quite official."

Heather went to the Shoppers Drug Mart pharmacy in Prince George, British Columbia, and explained to pharmacy manager Jepal Patel that she had an unusual request. Patel "really loved the idea" of making an official monster spray for Jakob, and quickly put together a concoction that's mostly water, with some secret ingredients. On the outside of the bottle, there's a label instructing Jakob to "spray around bedroom at night before bedtime and repeat if needed."


While Jakob did admit to his mom that he's pretty sure the spray is "just water," Heather shared with Radio West that since securing this protective potion, he has been brave enough to sleep in his room. Catherine Garcia

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