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Bay Village girl scout troop earns Bronze Award

Bay Village Girl Scout Troop 70769 earned the Bronze Award for their garden project at Rose Hill Museum and the Osborne Learning Center. Photo by Michelle Krieg

In partnership with The Herb Guild and with the support of the Bay Village Historical Society, Bay Village Girl Scout Troop 70769 earned the Bronze Award for their garden project at the Osborne Learning Center and the base of the Rose Hill Museum sign. 

The Bronze Award is the highest honor possible for a Junior Girl Scout.  Each member of the troop was also awarded a Certificate of Achievement from Mayor Paul Koomar, and the troop was honored at The Herb Guild's annual scholarship luncheon.

As part of The Herb Guild's efforts to educate young people about Ohio's native plants, the 14 members of the troop embarked on a six-month journey of research, planning, meetings with gardening experts and then actually planting, mulching and watering more than 50 plants of 10 different varieties, all native to Ohio.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:08 AM, 09.19.2017

Clague Playhouse celebrates 90 seasons, 50 in the barn

Clague Playhouse's 90/50 Planning Committee: Marie Smith, Pam Kilpatrick, Mary Kay Blantz, Bernice Bolek, Richie Lynch, Dottie Palazzo, Jan Nagy and Dianne Tocarchick. Not pictured: George Theis. Photo by Kelly Berkheimer

On entering Wagner’s of Westlake on Saturday, Aug. 19, I was greeted by Russ Kilpatrick, Clague Playhouse board member, in his kilt playing his bagpipes. That was the first sign that something special was about to begin. The second sign was the huge banner on the door to the Grand Ballroom.

Gathering at Wagner's were 163 people in celebration of the the Playhouse's 90th season, and 50th season in the Clague family barn. The tables were set with unique centerpieces, each chair held a small maroon swag bag and two walls were covered with photos gathered from Clague Playhouse archives, each labeled to identify the play, the date and the actors. A loop of congratulatory messages was playing and a table of colorfully wrapped door prizes was nearby. The room was full of smiling people meeting and greeting old friends. Indeed a special event.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:12 AM, 09.19.2017

Saved for the record

Westlake’s clerk of council, Denise Rosenbaum, with the tens of thousands of City Council records that she digitized over the course of seven years. Photo by Denny Wendell

Westlake clerk digitizes a century's worth of council documents

After seven years and nearly 20,000 documents, Dover Village has entered the digital age. Dover, as Westlake was known until 1940, originally also included Bay Village and part of North Olmsted. In 1911, shortly after the secession of residents to Bay and North Olmsted, Dover Township was incorporated as a village and Frank Bailey was elected mayor.

Up until the early 1920s, handwritten records were kept of every council meeting and legislation passed. The very first ordinance, passed May 8, 1911, set the salaries of city officials (mayor, $100 per year; clerk, $300 per year; treasurer, $150 per year; marshall, $2.50 per day; council, $2 per meeting).

Thanks to Westlake’s present-day clerk of council, Denise Rosenbaum, that record – and 19,194 others from 1910 to the present – are now stored in digital form, allowing for easy research and protection from damage or loss.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:23 AM, 09.19.2017

Westshore senior centers collaborate

Eight Westshore senior centers have joined forces with Center For Aging in the Digital World to create a “one-stop” website for seniors residing in the western suburbs of Cleveland. Senior center directors from the cities of Westlake, Bay Village, Avon, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville and Rocky River have formed a strong collaborative relationship in their efforts to provide quality services and programs to older adults in their communities.

Two years ago at the annual Westshore senior center directors' retreat, the group thought it would be a great service if one website could be created that would contain easily accessible information pertinent to all eight communities. While several people choose to participate at senior centers, the directors realized that there are still many people living in isolation who are unaware of the many services, programs and friendships that are available at their local centers. The hope is to cast a broader "net" of information.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:17 AM, 09.19.2017

The skinny on weight loss

Part one in a two-part series on weight management.

The blistering thing about dieting: Everything works, and nothing works – long term, that is.

Successful dieting is more than an act of willpower; it’s a marathon game of playing cat and mouse with your body and mind. Setting a realistic and generously forgiving goal in the beginning is essential. Here’re some basic facts.

1. What diet plan works best?

A 2014 JAMA study (1) looked at 11 brand-name diet plans. The average weight loss (for those who survived) is 10 to 14 pounds after one year. (Yes, you read that right, that’s an average of one pound per month). Low-carbohydrate (Atkins-like) and low-fat (Ornish) diets fare slightly better. The authors concluded that the differences between plans are unimportant. It’s much, much more important that you pick a plan that you can stick with for as long as possible.  

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:21 AM, 09.19.2017

St. Raphael's annual Pet Blessing set for Oct. 4

An obedient pup is blessed by Deacon Tom Senn at last year’s event. Photo by Bill Bine

Hedgehogs, bearded dragons and less-exotic household animals and their families are invited to the 13th Annual Blessing of the Pets on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of St. Raphael Church in Bay Village.

Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Giveaways from Landmark and Hot Diggity Dog Pet Sitting will be distributed and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.19.2017

2017 Indians are simply amazin'

A little more than a half century ago, after New York City was blessed with an expansion baseball team known as the Metropolitans (a.k.a “Mets”), veteran manager Casey Stengel was asked to summarize his new team’s talent. Casey paused for a moment and then dead-panned, “Amazin’. Simply amazin’.” He was trying to take the high road, of course, but the message was clear. Especially since earlier in the season – after surveying his roster – he’d already uttered the infamous, "Two hundred million Americans, and there ain't two good catchers among 'em" line.

Oddly enough, I thought of Casey’s description when speaking with friends about the Indians recent – maybe you heard about it – winning streak. In just the last year and a half, the Tribe has totally redefined what constitutes a significant winning streak – at least in Cleveland. Not too long ago I thought 10 consecutive victories was a pretty good run, and I still do, in fact.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay Kiwanians, BVFD aid child burn victims

Bay Village firefighters Jason Goodwin, left, and Steve Kaye at the ACBC can corral in front of the fire station.

The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village and Bay Village Fire Department are going to try to raise some meaningful money for the care of burned children. And they can do it if you save your used aluminum beverage cans – the ones that usually go into your recycle bin at home. And you can start now. Aluminum cans may be dropped off at the BVFD can corral at the Fire Station, 28100 Wolf Road. The can corral is on the right-hand side, near the end of the entrance driveway (before the parking spaces).

When Jim Potter, Kiwanis Community Service Director, proposed the project to his club, he explained that the can collection point at the fire station would be turned into money going to aid burned children. The Bay Kiwanians agreed to ask their friends and neighbors to turn in aluminum cans and to join with the BVFD in promoting the effort.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:08 AM, 09.19.2017

Westlake residents invited to forum on Issue 53

The League of Women Voters invites residents of Westlake to attend a forum regarding Issue 53. The Friends for Seniors, Parks and Recreation will share information about the proposed renewal of the one-eighth of 1% recreation levy followed by a question and answer session.

Presenters will include Mayor Dennis Clough; Dale Smith, chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission; Lydia Gadd, director of Community Services; and Bud Tetzlaff, former chairman of the Parks and Recreation Commission. The forum will take place at the Westlake Porter Public Library on Monday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.19.2017

Observed Around the World: Tuscany's San Gimignano, a town of towers

Torre Chigi, left, and Torre Rognosa rise above Piazza Duomo, the city square in San Gimignano, Italy.

Life wasn’t easy in medieval Italy (400 years before the first permanent U.S. settlement), not even in a province as bountiful and beautiful as Tuscany. That included the life of the nobility. They built tower homes to show their wealth but with war common between the city-states from the 10th through the 14th centuries, the towers also provided safety when the village was attacked.

The town best known for its towers that survive today is San Gimignano in Tuscany. Originally having 72 towers, today it still has 14 towers, one of which is 177 feet high, thus giving it a distinct appearance even from a distance.

The photos show several of those towers as well as some street scenes with a more current appearance.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:19 AM, 09.19.2017

Observed Around the World: A Fair in Tuscany

One of the three piazzas is given over to working demonstrations of skills that were a part of everyday life during past centuries.

Every now and then while on the road the truly unexpected can capture you and draw you in to a slice of life not much known outside of the town through which you are traveling. Such was the case while traveling recently in Italy. As we have Bay Days, in June San Gimignano in Tuscany has their Ferie delle Messi, a celebration of their heritage going back over 750 years. 

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:19 AM, 09.19.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's Late September Calendar

Tuesday, Sept. 19 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Using LinkedIn for Job Search – Learn to use this social media tool to discover people who can assist your search, identify and research companies, join and interact with LinkedIn groups. Enhance your visibility and online reputation by engaging in conversations in your groups. Learn to use valuable research functions built into LinkedIn.

Tuesday, Sept. 19 (6:30 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Speaker Series – Join us for a discussion on a relevant childhood topic with a local pediatric expert. Topic: Attention Issues and ADHD: What You Need to Know. Register by phone: 440-250-5563 or at www.connectingforkids.org.   

Tuesday, Sept. 19 (7-8:45 p.m.) Continuing the Conversation – This month’s topic: Back to School Anxiety: Helping adults and youth get back into the swing of things.   

Wednesday, Sept. 20 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Mark Jamba presents "What Killed Grandma?", a lighthearted introduction to medical terminology and common causes of death yesterday and today will be explained via basic anatomy, physiology and pathology.

Wednesday, Sept. 20 (7-8 p.m.) Alternatives to Cable TV – Frustrated with cable service? This program will help you sort through the variety of viewing alternatives available. Learn about digital media players, streaming services and additional options. Please register.

Thursday, Sept. 21 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Business Lunch & Learn: Writing Your Business Plan – Whether you are just starting a business or already have one, you’ll want the direction that a business plan offers. We will explore how to get started, the elements of a business plan, and issues to consider when developing yours. Please register.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:21 AM, 09.19.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

CHILDREN

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Sept. 21 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Felicity – Grades 2-4: Learn about the times and cultures that the doll Felicity represents through discussion, crafts and snacks. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one!

Thursday, Sept. 28 (4 p.m.) Mix, Measure and Pour – Grades 2-3: Investigate various ways to measure different substances, yet still get the correct amount. Recipes depend on accuracy, so we’ll practice with solids and liquids and learn how to get it just right. We might just mix, measure and pour ourselves a snack!

Saturday, Sept. 30 (11 a.m.) Bay Village Global Cardboard Challenge – Families with children in kindergarten through 5th grade: Celebrate and be inspired by a day of play and learning at the Global Cardboard Challenge! This is a worldwide celebration of child creativity! Build something awesome out of cardboard, recycled materials and imagination.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay Village scouts build stand to help fight cancer

Cub Scouts from St. Raphael's Pack 159 with the lemonade stand they built for the Prayers from Maria "Field of Hope" sunflower patch in Avon. The pack's Scoutmasters are John Underation, left, and Cliff Mull, right.

Thanks to the hard work of the St. Raphael Cub Scouts of Pack 159 in Bay Village, visitors to the Prayers from Maria sunflower field in Avon will be able to enjoy a cold drink while helping raise money to fight childhood brain cancer.

The “Field of Hope,” located at the southwest corner of Chester and Jaycox roads, was planted as a way to raise awareness for the Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation, headed by Bay Village residents Ed and Megan McNamara. The McNamaras' daughter, Maria, fell victim to the aggressive form of cancer in 2007 when she was 7 years old and, since then, the McNamaras have devoted countless hours to raising money, and awareness, to fight the deadly disease.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:18 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay Alumni Foundation announces annual distinguished alumni, educators

Alan R. Templeman, Class of 1959

The Bay Alumni Foundation proudly introduces the Bay High School Distinguished Alumni / Educator Hall of Fame class of 2017. The 2017 Hall of Fame class will lead this year's Homecoming parade and be introduced to the crowd at Bay’s Homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 29, against Rocky River.

The Hall of Fame Brunch will be held on Saturday, Sept. 30, at 10 a.m. at The Fountain Bleau in Avon Lake. To reserve your seat, send $30 to Bay Alumni Foundation 377 Dover Center Road, Bay Village, OH 44140.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:16 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay Village waterways clean-up scheduled

The Bay Village Waterways Clean-up Day sponsored by The Bay Village Foundation, Bay High Project Earth Club, Bay Village Green Team and the Scouts will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23. All are welcome to meet at the Bay Middle School cafeteria to sign in by 11:00 a.m. Volunteers of all ages will go out in groups to clean up Bay's waterways and surrounding areas. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian or bring a signed permission slip. Students, parents, scouts and other groups looking for service projects are welcome to participate.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:11 AM, 09.19.2017

WHS junior scores perfect 36 on ACT

Isabella DiGiulio

Westlake High School junior Isabella DiGiulio scored a perfect 36 on the ACT exam.

Isabella said she reviewed some practice questions from the ACT website in preparation for the exam.
 
Isabella participates in competitive gymnastics through the club team North Olmsted Gymnastics and is a member of the WHS Varsity gymnastics team. She earned the team sportsmanship award from WHS gymnastics her freshman year and helped the high school team advance to district competition last year. Isabella also plays the French horn in marching band and is section leader of the mellophones. She volunteers at Youth Challenge Sports.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.19.2017

Why not join the Bay Village Auxiliary Police?

Auxiliary officer Tim Rasgaitis works traffic control during a triathlon in Bay Village. Photo by Art Brown

Why not? That was the question I asked myself after reading an article published in the Observer a few years back. The article was written by Lt. Jeff Hartz of the Bay Village Auxiliary Police. He mentioned in the article what is involved and how much personal satisfaction he gets from helping out the community where he was raised. Although I didn’t grow up in Bay, I moved here in 2006 after marrying my wife, Pam, and I just fell in love with the city. It was a breath of fresh air after spending the last 20-plus years living on the west side of Cleveland.

After being in Bay for a few years, I wanted to do something to help my community. Inspired by what I read in Jeff’s article, I decided to fill out an application for the auxiliary. I had been working security part-time for the Indians and the Browns since the late 1980s and worked alongside Cleveland police officers. It was fun. Being part of the auxiliary could be something right up my alley.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:09 AM, 09.19.2017

'The Woman in Black' haunts Clague Playhouse as it opens 90th season

The cast of "The Woman in Black": Jeremy Jenkins as The Actor, Claudia Lillibridge as The Woman and Bob Goddard as Kipps. Photo by Terry Schordock

Clague Playhouse opened its 90th anniversary season on Sept. 15 with the haunting ghost play, "The Woman in Black." Adapted by Stephen Mallatratt from the book by Susan Hill, the spine-tingler will be running through Oct. 8 at 8:00 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, and 2:00 p.m. on Sundays.

This supernatural mystery centers around a mysterious specter – a woman in black – who relentlessly haunts a small English town. A genre classic, the play is a theatrical chiller which weaves storytelling and clever illusions to bring this Gothic tale to life.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:11 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay Village civic groups plan fall fun

The Bay Village Community Council met on Sept. 6 to share news and notes about their upcoming activities. It's going to be a busy fall in Bay; here are some of the highlights:

A Community-Wide Garage Sale to benefit hurricane victims is being planned for Oct. 6 and 7 at the Bay Way Cabin. The planners are looking for volunteers and donations. More details will be published soon. For more information, contact Annie Nock at 330-620-7931, annie@nock.com.

American Legion Post #385 recently recognized scouts Nikolas Hokky and Shawn Simko of Troop 151 at St. Raphael, who earned their Eagle Scout awards. In October, post members will attend Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church to congratulate Troop 41's Matthew Gantzer, Dennis Moore lll and Dennis Risch on becoming Eagle Scouts. The Legion presents a Good Citizenship Certificate to each boy and an American flag to their parents.

Bay Athletic Boosters will accept donations of used items at their "Great Closet Clean Out" Oct. 6-8 at the high school and middle school. For more information on Bay Boosters and sports go to bayathletics.org.

Bay Village Community Theater will present "The Dining Room" on Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30 and Oct. 1 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Tickets are available at baytheater.yapsody.com. A joint fundraiser with Clague Playhouse will be held at the Oct. 21 performances of “Two Mediums at Large.” Tickets are $25; available at clagueplayhouse.org or 440-331-0403.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.19.2017

Batman comes to Westlake

Mayor Dennis Clough poses for a photo with the Batman figure that will soon decorate the yard of Mel Maurer's Westlake home. Photo by Mel Maurer

As some readers may remember, I make a figure of noted comic book characters to display on my front porch each October in celebration of Halloween. These were once made using real pumpkins for the heads but other materials – which last much longer – are now used.

My family of figures include: Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, Woodstock, Sponge Bob Square Pants, a Minion, The Hulk, Superman, and now (drum roll, please) BATMAN.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough was kind enough to pose with my new creation during a visit to my house. The whole family will be out around the first of October – yes, Superman will be flying again too.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:21 AM, 09.19.2017

Remembering the Renaissance Fayre

A parade of colorful costumes winds its way down the hill in Huntington Reservation as part of the old Renaissance Fayre in Bay Village.

Barefoot in the Park, which morphed into the Renaissance Fayre, were the creations of Sally Irwin Price when she was the director of BayCrafters. I’m not sure when Barefoot, with its colorful footprints on the drive going down the hill in Huntington Reservation, started or when it turned into the Renaissance Fayre with its decorated poles holding colored streamers on top blowing in the wind lining the drive through the park. I know I miss these functions over Labor Day Weekend at the end of summer.

For me, Renaissance became a Grandma and Granddaughter event. Sara, my granddaughter, would dress up in an outfit and the two of us would head out to enjoy the day. The Fayre was so festive, and there was so much to see and do. It always drew a good crowd.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:07 AM, 09.19.2017

FYI: Opera previews Medea's high drama

Costume designer Inda Blatch-Geib sketched this costume for the title character of CIM’s production of "Medea," which will be previewed at Porter Library on Oct. 3.

The Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, sponsors of the FYI: Opera programs, announced that "Medea," an opera written by Cherubini, will be previewed on Tuesday, Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music Opera Theater, will provide pertinent notes of interest and introduce four talented singers, who will perform arias from "Medea." The CIM voice students are: Nayoung Yeo of Seoul, Korea, singing the title role of Medea; Meg Linebough of Columbus, Ohio, singing Neris, Medea’s confidante; Andrea Gadzinski of Virginia Beach, Virginia, singing Glauce, Medea’s rival; and Aaron Lange of Portland, Oregon, singing Jason, Medea’s husband.These singers will star in CIM’s full production of "Medea," in November, which will mark a Cleveland premiere of the opera.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.19.2017

Fall fun at the Westlake Recreation Center

The hayride at the Fall Festival is fun for the whole family.

As the days become cooler and the leaves turn shades of red and yellow, we turn our thoughts to apple picking, pumpkin hunts and warm cider. The Westlake Recreation Center has many indoor and outdoor activities planned for children, adults and families. We are introducing some new programming for all ages and interests, including cooking classes, while bringing back the popular adult game of pickleball.

On Oct. 9, join Ms. Nisha as she offers cooking classes for children and adults. Children ages 3-5 years will be accompanied by an adult as they explore food through the alphabet. Can you think of a food that begins with the letter X? The Dinner Club teaches food prep and cooking from scratch for children ages 5-16 years. Dishes will include salads, casseroles and cookies. With our busy schedules we sometimes find it challenging to prepare meals as we juggle work, practice and homework. Ms. Nisha shares family recipes. With classes for the whole family, preparing dinner can become a wonderful bonding time with your family as you plan and prepare meals together.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:19 AM, 09.19.2017

Listen to 'The Guitar's Story' at Porter Library

Westlake Porter Public Library welcomes Kevin Sherwin, associate artistic director of The American Baroque Orchestra and guitar soloist, for an afternoon concert on Sunday, Sept. 24, at 2 p.m. 

From the royal courts of Europe, to streets of small villages, to concert stages around the world, the guitar expresses a profound musical language. Kevin Sherwin’s "The Guitar's Story" explores music from traditions of both folk and art music, ranging from kingly dances and operatic serenades to native folk traditions of South America and Spain.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:09 AM, 09.19.2017

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center honors volunteers of the year

Colleen Bumba, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's Adult Volunteer of the Year

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center recognized Colleen Bumba, D.V.M., and Justin Willard with volunteer-of-the-year awards at the organization’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Aug. 17.

Each year, the Center celebrates its many volunteers who are vital in helping the Center to fulfill its mission to educate children, families and students and provide wildlife services. Volunteers help with animal care, docent education, family and youth programming, summer camps and more. The Center’s Volunteers of the Year are those extra special people who consistently demonstrate teamwork, reliability, responsibility and leadership within the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Volunteer Program.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:18 AM, 09.19.2017

Equi-lax

I’m sure over 143 million Americans would have come up with a similar title for my article today. After a data breach that exposed consumers' personal information, Equifax bungled its crisis management communication. The breach is being blamed on the company's lax response to a known security vulnerability which is analogous to a tiny crack in the foundation for a rat to get in. If history repeats itself like with Anthem, Target, Home Depot, and other breaches that came before it, the number of affected consumers may likely increase.

A long time ago nefarious entities were interested in cleaning out your bank account. Those days are long gone! With the arrival of the internet, “information” and not greenbacks are the currency of the digital world.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:07 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay Kiwanis Club donates $25,000 to eliminate tetanus

Bay Village Kiwanis Club president Allen Waddle has announced that the service club’s long-term support of The Eliminate Project, a joint effort between UNICEF and Kiwanis International to eliminate worldwide maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), has passed the $25,000 mark this year with a donation of $6,600 from proceeds from fundraising events including the annual Kiwanis-sponsored Bay Days Car Show.

The Bay Village Kiwanis and its school leadership clubs, the Bay High School Key Club and Bay Middle School Builders Club, have raised and donated funds for the past four years and its total contribution now exceeds $49,000. Kiwanis International has raised over $110 million in cash and pledges for this campaign.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.19.2017

Westlake has 7 National Merit Semifinalists

Seven Westlake High School seniors were named 2017 National Merit Semifinalists.

Seniors Julia Aylward, Steven Brewer, Samantha Giusto, Ryan Karpuszka, Patrick Lee, Jack Wu and Kyle Yu are among the 16,000 students from 22,000 high schools across the country who took the PSAT in their junior year and earned scores high enough to qualify as Semifinalists. These students will move on to compete for approximately 8,300 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $34 million.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:07 AM, 09.19.2017

Registration open for annual Bay Village Heritage Run

Make plans to run or walk through beautiful Bay Village this fall in the seventh annual Heritage Run to benefit The Bay Village Foundation, Saturday, Oct. 21. Each year, adults and children of all ages and abilities gather in Cahoon Memorial Park to participate in what has become a yearly tradition in Bay. The 5K run and 1-mile walk begin at 9:00 a.m. and wind through the streets of our scenic city, starting near the gazebo at Cahoon Park, and through neighborhoods near the middle school where residents come out to cheer on the runners. 

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:11 AM, 09.19.2017

BAYarts Farm & Art Market had best year yet

BAYarts market manager Pam Mills, middle, with two market volunteers. "They really help make it happen," Mills said. "I am so grateful to my market ladies."

The BAYarts Farm & Art Market has wrapped up its current season until next spring. Market manager Pam Mills couldn't be more proud of all of her vendors who helped create the thriving community of fresh produce, artisan items and good vibes.

For Mills, one of the best memories of the market this summer involved pooches. "We loved our special Dog Night," she says. "It featured local shelters and vendors ... and we even had a couple of adoptions as a result. Four-legged friends are always welcome at the market."

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:21 AM, 09.19.2017

A taste of fall

Isn't it awesome to be able to smell the air, feel the fresh fall breezes surround you, and no matter your age, sample the tastes of autumn? A friend and I recently spent a day enjoying the season, being lazy, not missing any sights or sounds around us, and visiting areas alien to us.

We started out with a leisurely breakfast, slowly savoring our food, and taking time to talk about things we had done a few weeks ago, and opportunities for adventure in the future. As we made a tour of some shops, the trees already had begun to wear their fancy fare of oranges, yellows and golds.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:18 AM, 09.19.2017

City honors Bay Men's Club with proclamation

Mayor Paul Koomar, left, reads a proclamation as members of the Bay Men's Club look on. Photo by Denny Wendell

The City of Bay Village has honored the Bay Men’s Club, the oldest continuously operating civic organization in the city, with a mayoral proclamation in honor of the club’s 100th anniversary. Mayor Paul Koomar, who is a Bay Men’s Club member, presented the proclamation to club members at the Sept. 11 city council meeting.

The men’s club was founded in the summer of 1917 when a handful of village men gathered on the steps of what is now the Rose Hill Museum in Cahoon Memorial Park to form a non-partisan organization whose purpose was, and is, to promote good fellowship.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:18 AM, 09.19.2017

Local chamber music society opens its 59th season

From the shores of Lake Champlain in Vermont to the shores of Lake Erie in Rocky River, the Green Mountain Chamber Players will bring their special brand of chamber music to West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd., on Monday, Oct. 9, at 7:30 p.m.  The Rocky River Chamber Music Society is delighted to open its 59th season with a piano trio comprised of three members of the Green Mountain Chamber Music Festival’s artist faculty. These musicians are performers of the highest caliber who work together each summer with today’s top string students from the United States and across the globe. 

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:20 AM, 09.19.2017

Citizens Bank opens branch in the Promenade

The opening of a new Citizens Bank branch in Westlake's Promenade was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting on Friday, Sept. 8. Members of the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, Crocker Park's Dan Crandall, and branch manager Jason Nye joined employees and customers in the festivities.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:19 AM, 09.19.2017