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Bay Days set for July 1-4

Bay Village's 63rd annual Independence Day celebration, Bay Days, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, will take place Wednesday, July 1, through Saturday, July 4 – all at Cahoon Park.

Booths and rides will be open from noon to 10:30 p.m. daily. From noon to 4 p.m. each day, thrill-seekers can enjoy all the rides for the flat rate of $18 with a ride wristband.

“The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, along with the City of Bay Village, has once again lined up a spectacular Independence Day celebration for young and old alike at this year’s Bay Days celebration," says Rhonda Schneider of the Kiwanis Club. "Come on out and enjoy the rides, help local civic organizations raise money at their booths, and of course, take your entire family to the incredible fireworks presentation on Saturday, July 4.”

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:36 AM, 06.16.2015

Bassett Elementary principal appointed

Jim Sanfilippo

Dover Intermediate School Assistant Principal Jim Sanfilippo was appointed as the new Bassett Elementary School principal at a special meeting of the Board of Education on June 6.

Sanfilippo has served as an assistant principal in the Westlake City Schools for nine years – four years at Lee Burneson Middle School and five years at Parkside/Dover Intermediate School. Prior to coming to Westlake he also was an assistant principal at Kinsner Elementary in the Strongsville City School District, where he also taught science and special education at the elementary level.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.16.2015

Flag Day and what it means

Bay Sea Scouts Derek Reid and Zak Hamil present an American flag to Commodore Clay Miller and Vice Commodore Matt Dailey of the Bay Boat Club in honor of Flag Day.

Flag Day is a special day on which we honor the American flag, and it is held on every June 14. A little background on Flag Day is that on June 14, 1777, the United States switched the flag from the Grand Union flag to the first American flag. This flag had 13 stars to show the 13 colonies and red and white stripes. When more states were added, they had to adjust the flag. Now our flag has 50 stars for the 50 states and 13 red and white stripes to show the original 13 colonies.

Flag Day is not a public holiday except for a few states where it is legal holiday. Every government building and public buildings fly the American flag for this day to show their love for our country. The flag is called Old Glory or the Star-Spangled Banner from the fight of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.16.2015

It's audition time at Clague Playhouse!

Auditions for the first show of Clague Playhouse’s 88th season will take place on Tuesday, June 23, and Wednesday, June 24, at 7:30 p.m. Arnold Ridley’s gripping "The Ghost Train" (1923) is set in a gloomy English train station, where nine stranded travelers become increasingly more uneasy about the phantom the stationmaster claims appears on the tracks each night.

Director Ron Newell is casting seven men aged early 20s to 50s, three women in their 20s, and one woman aged 60 or over, as well as two male walk-on roles. Brief character descriptions are available on the Auditions page at Review copies of the script are available at the Box Office for a $10 deposit.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.16.2015

Destination Bay! 2015 snapshots

Bay Village was alive with activities on Saturday, June 13, as seven community groups and organizations hosted the Destination Bay! community fest. This first-year collaboration brought together events for all ages in the heart of the city.

Eric Eakin and Denny Wendell visited the various venues and snapped photos of the fun happenings. Have photos that you've taken of Destination Bay? Send your photos to to be added to this gallery.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:27 AM, 06.16.2015

St. John Medical Center challenges seniors with healthy competition

Pictured, from left: Paul Forthofer and Lynn Maitland of SJMC; Mayor Dennis Clough and Lydia Gadd of the City of Westlake. Photo by Donna D'Amico

St. John Medical Center’s Community Outreach program has kicked off their 6-week “Bring It On” health challenge to members of local senior centers. The program, sponsored exclusively by O’Neill Healthcare, focuses on improving the health and well being of seniors in the Westshore communities.  The health challenge has two senior centers competing against one another to see whose members can demonstrate the greatest improvement in cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, BMI and waist size.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.16.2015

Bay Village Foundation grant gives BAYarts stage a facelift

The existing BAYarts stage will be upgraded thanks to a grant from the Bay Village Foundation.

BAYarts is kicking off another fun-filled summer season of community events including the free neighborhood concert series. The popular series originated in 2006 when Bay Village resident John Begala asked if he could play guitar in front of BAYarts Station House coffee shop (now Vento).

The music grew into a main attraction which led John to seek funding to develop a full-fledged concert program. He had 2 "musts" in mind: the musicians must be local and the concerts must be free and open to all ages. With a grant from The Leonard Krieger Foundation, BAYarts was able to build a stage and hire professional musicians for summer night gatherings.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:38 AM, 06.16.2015

New location for July 4 Bay Days race

Runners line up for the start of 2014 Bay Days 5-mile race. This year's race, on July 4, starts and ends at Cahoon Park.

The 41st running of the Bay Days 5-mile race and 1-mile kids fun run will be held at 8:30 a.m. on July 4. With the planned construction at Bay High School this summer, the start and finish for the race will be in Cahoon Park, adjacent to the Kiwanis Bay Days Festival, providing a great opportunity to tie more closely with all the family activities at Bay Days.  

An exciting new course through central Bay Village has been set up. The first 500 registrants will receive a free custom-designed tech shirt. Awards will be given for overall, age group and team event winners.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:35 AM, 06.16.2015

Minor league mentality

Tribe fans, the transformation is complete.

In case you hadn’t noticed – and that’s the underlying problem, apparently no one has – the Indians have succeeded in turning what was once one of the premier organizations in all of sports less than a decade-and-a-half ago into the minor league operation it is today. Well done, guys. Here, have a “dollar dog” on me.

Yes, the franchise which was once the model of success for everyone else in baseball has succeeded in wiping out the last trace of the goodwill they had going for themselves at the turn of the century, and transformed themselves into a circus sideshow.

The reasons behind this still-hard-to-fathom nosedive are easy to trace: Dolan ownership. 

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.16.2015

Senior centers are health and wellness spas for the 50-plus crowd

Yoga classes are a popular activity at the Westlake Center for Community Services.

I recently met with a nursing student from Cleveland State University who was given the assignment to explore a senior center and learn about how such a facility could potentially help her patients. Admittedly, she was quite surprised to learn the wide range and variety of activities, programs and services provided – and mostly how fun it all sounded. 

I asked her to describe her picture of a senior center, and she pictured what many do: a room with people just sitting around, maybe playing cards or visiting. While there are definitely card players and lots of socializing, there is also so much more. Basically, we are a health and wellness spa for seniors. Maybe if we changed our name to reflect this, more people would benefit from what some of our patrons call "the best kept secret of Westlake."

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:33 AM, 06.16.2015

Residents 90+ celebrated at Bay luncheon

97-year-old Kay Bennet was among the many seniors honored at Dwyer Center June 12.

Bay Village Community Services hosted a luncheon June 12  for residents 90-years-old or beyond at Dwyer Center. Thirty seniors having reached their 90s were honored and were treated to a luncheon provided by Towne Center Community Campus and musical entertainment.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:53 AM, 06.16.2015

Celebrating a Bay Village historianís birthday

Sally Price, center, celebrated her birthday with family and friends on June 3. Also pictured are (l-to-r) Eileen Vernon of the Bay Village Foundation and Sally’s daughters, Vicki Lubin-Price and Jill Price McLaughlin.

Sally Price celebrated her birthday with friends and family during a summer cookout at Normandy Manor in Rocky River with gifts from family and members of the community.

Sally, a knowledgeable keeper of the history of Bay Village, also headed Baycrafters and was the organization’s guiding force for several decades and had an office in the red caboose on the arts campus.

Nancy Heaton of BAYarts provided a birthday gift of a painting of the caboose, and the Observer presented a framed copy of an article about Sally that recently ran in the newspaper.

Her daughters fondly remembered the caboose from their youth, “We used to play inside there when mom used it as her office,” said Vicki Lubin-Price.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:55 AM, 06.16.2015

Last call for Cavs raffle tickets

Time is running out to purchase a raffle ticket that might win you a pair of great seats to 10 Cleveland Cavaliers games next season, plus a "swag bag" of Cavs merchandise.

The tickets are being offered by the Bay Days Fireworks Fund, the citizen group tasked with raising funds for the Bay Days Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza.

Tickets are only $25 each or five for $100.

All who purchase raffle tickets are also entered into a separate drawing for a VIP Bay Days package, which includes reserved seating for the fireworks display, complimentary parking, ride tickets, Bay Kiwanis curly fries, a Bay Village T-shirt and more.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.16.2015

'Toning' the language of love

NOTE: The date of the "Aramaic Toning" workshop at Unity Spiritual Center was incorrectly listed in the print edition. The correct date, as reflected in the updated article below, is Sunday, June 21.

If the question was posed, what is the language of love, the answers may be widely diverse. Some may cite Cyrano de Bergerac's love letters on behalf of his friend, to the beautiful Roxanne in Rostand's play. Others may say love does not need a language at all, it's a feeling, a first sighting, inspired by Cupid's bow. The French believe perfume conveys states of being without language.

Some say the love language is Aramaic, the language Jesus spoke when he guided us, "Love one another." Others may add that Jesus grew up in a multilingual region, likely speaking Hebrew and Greek. Can we make a point, get an idea across, reach a higher state of consciousness without using language? Babies do it, our pets are practiced at it, great art does it, chanting "om" with Tibetan Monks does it.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.16.2015

Bay Kiwanis donate $15,000 for Normandy playground

Normandy Elementary School principal Dan Sebring (center right) accepts checks from Kiwanis Foundation Board member Jim Potter (left), Kiwanis President Kelly Baon and Kiwanis Youth Committee Chairman Foster McMasters. Photo by Linda Potter

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club presented Normandy Elementary School principal Dan Sebring with a $15,000 donation toward the purchase of new playground equipment for the school. The funds were derived from the Bay Village Kiwanis Foundation, along with designated gifts from the family of long-time member Leo Weiland and from the Kiwanis Youth Service Committee.

The school has been without a playground on the eastern side of the building this school year due to construction of a new addition. An expanded playground will be in place this fall.

“This gift is yet another example of the Bay Village Kiwanis Club’s ongoing generosity and support of the Bay Village Schools and our community," said Sebring. "Our students and school community will benefit greatly from their gift.”

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.16.2015

Bay Womenís Club awards scholarships

The Bay Village Women’s Club Foundation awarded $20,000 in scholarships of $2,500 each to eight outstanding Bay High School seniors. The Club recognized the students and their families May 14 during a luncheon at the Cleveland Yacht Club. The students are: (back row, from left) Stephen Krauser, Katherine Kerka, Collin Kendall (all attending The Ohio State University), Piotr Kotowski (Case Western Reserve University); (front row) Veronica Switzer-Poplar (Colgate University), Madeline Voiers (Ohio University), Lily Pattyn (Baldwin Wallace University), Jessica Mosier (University of Michigan).

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.16.2015

The gift of boredom

Summer vacation is not even a week old, but I am already bracing myself for that phrase every parent dreads to hear. At some point my son will come to me and say, “I’m bored.” I’m bored is really a shorter way of saying, “I think it is completely unreasonable for you to limit the number of hours I can watch television and play video games.”

If his mother and I would allow it, my son would become another piece of furniture in front of the television. We would just have to brush the cobwebs off him occasionally as he streamed endless episodes of cartoons. At first I tried to get him to watch documentaries. I could see some value in watching a show about a scientist who is trying to interpret whale songs so we can communicate with these gentle giants.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.16.2015

Bay Village kennel gets a cleaning

The Bay Village Kennel before the cleaning.

The Friends of the Bay Village Kennel gathered at the kennel June 13 to clean the structure of debris so that it is functional for emergency housing of animals.

Due to the generosity of supporters and community, many items of need were replaced and replenished.

A big thanks to the following volunteers: Ruth and John Glasmire, Nancy Brown, Susan Murnane, Tom and Janet Kauker, and Dennis Driscoll. Thanks also to the Bay Village Fire Department for the fire alarm and to the support of the Bay Village Police Department.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:50 AM, 06.16.2015

June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, June 2 (7-8:30 p.m.) Stand-Up Comedy Workshop – Jerry Jaffe, The World's Most Highly Educated Stand Up Comedian, will conduct an improv workshop introducing you to the fundamentals of stand-up comedy. Please register.

Wednesdays, June 3 and 10 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, June 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Drop-in session for genealogy help provided by the members of the Cuyahoga West Chapter.

Wednesdays, June 3 and 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, June 4 and 11 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, June 3 (7-8:30 p.m.) WPPL Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Thursday, June 4 (2-3 p.m.) One Click Demonstrations – Join our Recorded Books sales representative for a quick demonstration and account help with our One Click digital audiobook service. She will be on the floor in Adult Services, so stop by!

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.02.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Please join us for a scoop (or two) of Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream at our Fourth Annual Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, June 24, at 6 p.m. Enjoy music by the Swinging Bavarians, check out what's new at the Bay Village Branch Library and, if you haven't already, sign up for our summer reading program.

The library will be closed on Saturday, July 4, and Sunday, July 5, in observation of Independence Day.


Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • Monday, June 22, 29 and July 6 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesday, June 23, 30 and July 7 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 24 and July 1 (9:30 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursday, June 18, 25, and July 2  (11 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursday, June 18, 25 and July 2 (7 p.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages
  • Friday, June 19, 26 and July 3 (9:30 a.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages

Mondays and Tuesdays until August 18 (2 p.m.) Poolside Storytime – Cooling off at the Bay Village pool? Join one of our children's librarians during the 2 p.m. rest break for storytime.

Thursday, June 18 (2 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Children in Grades 3-4 are invited to enjoy cookies as we discuss a good book. Copies of the book will be available one month before the discussion. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:37 AM, 06.16.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Cahoon Family

Joel Cahoon

On the morning of Oct. 10, 1810, the Joseph and Lydia Cahoon family wagon stopped at the mouth of a creek on the southern shore of Lake Erie in Ohio country. The sun was shining, the sky was blue, and the family thanked the Lord for their safe journey.

They were in their new home, Lot No. 95 in Dover Township No. 7, Range No. 15, in the State of Connecticut’s Western Reserve after six weeks of wilderness travel from Vergennes, Vermont. They immediately began building a cabin and within the next eight years constructed the first grist mill west of the Cuyahoga River, a sawmill and a house on the west hill. This would become the family home for the next 117 years.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.16.2015

It's Summer

It's summer! Long, lazy days
Gathering with family, friends and
Neighbors after the long winter and
Chilly winds of spring.

Grilling burgers, the flavor of
Barbeque lingers, hot and spicy
With salads and fixings
And oh that watermelon.

Swimming, pool parties, cruising
The lake in the new boat.
Savoring spectacular sunsets,
Chasing fireflies, watching the stars
Shining in the night sky.

Fireworks, Bay Days, crowds,
Children, laughter, togetherness.
Dancing in the park
After dark, young and old
Together. Making memories.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.16.2015

The Edward A. and Clydie B. Martin House, built in 1905 in Bay Village

This century home on Bassett Road in Bay Village was built in 1905.

Part two of a multi-part series about century homes on Bassett Road in Bay Village.

The home at 427 Bassett Road is a tall, substantial home located just south of the Bay High School driveway that exits onto Bassett Road. An expansive porch, several bay windows, and an assortment of other window shapes and sizes give the front façade a warm, welcoming, cozy feel. It has a touch of the Queen Anne Style in its asymmetry and the use of shingles on the façade. Previous sources have given the date of construction as circa 1890 but tax records clearly indicate that it was constructed in 1905.

In 1904 the one acre of land that the home was constructed on was carved off of a 13-acre parcel owned by Henry Frederick and Louisa M. E. Albers. The property transferred on Jan, 30, 1904, and work may have begun on the home the following spring but the tax value did not increase until the second half of 1905.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.16.2015

The importance of the pap test

A pap test is a screening test for cervical cancer. In the past, women were instructed to have one done every year as a way to detect abnormal cells at an early stage to help prevent cervical cancer. Over the past few years, there have been some changes to the cervical cancer screening guidelines. Unfortunately, these changes have led to a lot of confusion on the part of the patient regarding if and when a pap test was needed.

The current guidelines recommend testing women between the ages of 21-65 every three years. Routine screening is no longer recommended for women younger than 21, regardless of the age of first intercourse. Screening and treatment for sexually transmitted infections can be performed and contraceptive counseling can still be provided for younger women. Because vaginal cancer is very rare, most women who have had a hysterectomy with the removal of their cervix no longer require a pap test. Women over the age of 65 may stop the testing if they have had three negative paps in a row or have had a negative HPV test.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:36 AM, 06.16.2015

Having a field day with amateur radio

Over the weekend of June 27-28, if one should happen to stumble upon a group of people in a park, or other public space, gathered around an array of radio gear connected to wires hanging from trees or strange-looking antennae, don’t be alarmed. This probably won’t be a group of folks trying to help E.T. phone home; it will most likely be a collection of amateur radio operators participating in the annual American Radio Relay League Field Day contest.

Founded on April 6, 1914, in Hartford Connecticut, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has evolved to be the most prominent advocacy organization for the Amateur Radio Service in the United States. The ARRL organizes a wide range of educational and radio hobby related activities throughout the year, among them being a variety of over-the-air contests.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.16.2015

Internet Street Smarts: Minimize email hacking with two-step verification

Don’t be intimidated by the title of this article!

Enabling two-step verification, also referred to as two-factor authentication, when offered as an option by your email service provider and increasingly at other digital-world-based services, can decrease the likelihood of nefarious entities being able to use your stolen credentials.

Analogous to how you are asked to provide two pieces of identification while queuing up at the TSA checkpoint before proceeding to your flight’s boarding gate, after enabling two-step authentication you will first be asked to type in your password when accessing your email account but password alone will not get you to your inbox.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.16.2015

Westlake lacrosse team has another strong season

The Westlake Demons came off a big 2014 lacrosse season when new coach Brian Stepanek lead them to the Elite 8 game in state playoffs. To start the 2015 season with the loss of several key offensive players and some coaching staff, things may not have looked so promising. However, coach Stepanek lined up one of the toughest schedules, believing that his boys would again make it to the playoffs and he wanted them prepared when they got there.  

The Demons dominated the SWC and had some key wins against teams like St. Ed's, Medina, Mentor and Hawken that took them to the playoffs. They finished the season at the Sweet 16 level with a 9-8 loss to Hawken.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.16.2015

Loco Leprechaun demonstrates a passion for good food

Executive Chef Joe Morales and assistant chef Rachel Sutton serve up a variety of dishes. Photo by Eric Eakin

Combine an Irish restaurant owner with a passion for Mexican food, some Hungarian menu specialties and a chef skilled in preparing upscale fare and you have the recipe for Loco Leprechaun.

When Mike Ollick, who is half Irish in ancestry, decided to open a restaurant in Westlake nine years ago, he thought about featuring his favorite Mexican cuisine. But, he also knew how to make great corned beef. The Loco Leprechaun Irish Cantina was born. A former chef added his grandmother’s homemade chicken paprikash and spaetzle to the menu.

Chef Joe Morales took over the kitchen at Loco Leprechaun three years ago. “He has a lot of passion for his work,” Ollick pointed out. “Joe loves to interact with our customers and to get their feedback.” In addition to the regular menu, Morales creates numerous daily specials, including homemade soups.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:27 AM, 06.16.2015

Bay Village Kiwanis honor drug awareness poster contest winners

Pictured from left: (front) Olivia Strauss, Gabby Mastromatteo, Megan Huntington; (back) Lauren McClure, Bay Middle School Principal Sean McAndrews, Lauren Jensen, Mara Kilbane; Matt Cover, Taylor Brand, Bay Village Kiwanian Jim Potter, Kolby Johnston, and Bay Village Schools Superintendent Clint Keener. Photo by Karen Derby

The Bay Village Kiwanis have once again honored the winners of the Bay Middle School Drug Education & Awareness Poster Contest. All eighth-grade students recently completed a drug awareness education program and were invited to submit hand-made posters to the contest. Winning students were recognized for their creativity and messaging.  

Said Kiwanian Jim Potter, “We believe it is important for all kids, especially those in middle school, to learn about the harm of drug and alcohol use. Studies show delaying experimentation and resisting use at a young age has a dramatic effect on children as they get older. We’re glad we can be involved.”  

Winning students received gift certificates and all the posters were put on display in the cafeteria.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:27 AM, 06.16.2015

A Few Good Men

Resident Skip Johnson visits with Marines from the Nursing Home Reconnaissance Party.

O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village has been awarded a very special Certificate of Appreciation from the Marine Corp League, Gung Ho Detachment #650 on behalf of our distinguished veterans. This great group of Marines is the Nursing Home Reconnaissance Party, known for supporting any former Marine who becomes a nursing home resident. 

We have been recognized for our support, patriotism and dedication to Marine veterans. This is only the second time the group has bestowed the award. We are thrilled to have received this honor. O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village is a Veterans Administration contracted facility and has developed a number of programs engaging our veterans with outside organizations.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:35 AM, 06.16.2015

Tri-C student athlete Adam Tepper of Bay Village earns academic all-conference honors

Adam Tepper

Adam Tepper of Bay Village claimed academic all-conference honors from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference while enrolled as a student-athlete at Cuyahoga Community College.

Those honored maintained at least a 3.30 GPA while completing at least 24 credit hours during the 2014-2015 academic year. Fifteen Tri-C student-athletes earned spots on the Academic All-OCCAC Team.

“These student-athletes reflect Cuyahoga Community College’s commitment to excellence,” said Tri-C President Alex Johnson. “They made us proud both in the classroom and on the field.”

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:35 AM, 06.16.2015

Bay Village middle schooler wins Love-A-Stray 5K

Love-A-Stray’s fourth annual Fur Fun 5K and Dog Walk attracted over 400 participants to the campus of Avon Lake High School on Sunday, April 26. The 5K stepped off at 9 a.m. with 339 runners and walkers, followed by a 1-mile dog walk at 11 a.m. that included 100 walkers and their four-legged companions.

According to volunteer race coordinator Andrea Sheetz, the event was a great success even though last year’s attendance was about 10 percent higher.

The Fur Fun event also included pet- and wellness-oriented vendors, two local rescue groups with adoptable pets, raffle baskets and a pre-event T-shirt contest. The dog walk participants received a nylon backpack filled with goodies for their four-legged friends.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:37 AM, 06.16.2015

The Meal that Heals to benefit North Coast Health

The Meal that Heals, a dining benefit now in its seventh year to benefit the patients of North Coast Health, a faith-based charitable clinic, will be held on Monday, July 6, at Players on Madison in Lakewood from 5 to 9 p.m.

Diners will enjoy a three-course meal featuring seasonal ingredients and innovative combinations prepared under the guidance of Chef Tony Romano.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.16.2015

Snow Globe

Spring lives inside my snow globe
With its delicate blossoms, a
Tiny stream painted blue and
Little animals sitting quietly in
The artificial grass.

I go to my shelf
Wanting the feeling
Of spring as the storm
Outside rages, and hail pellets
Pummel my windows.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:37 AM, 06.16.2015