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Bay Village man tutors boxing hopeful

Bay Village resident Tim VanNewhouse, left, with up-and-coming boxer Ryan Martin, who will fight March 18 on HBO. Photo courtesy Chris Farina, K2 Promotions

While Bay Village resident Tim VanNewhouse may have climbed out of the boxing ring undefeated back in 2007, his love for boxing never did. Now he is using his boxing skills to manage young fighters climbing the pro ranks.

VanNewhouse, the married father of three and husband to Parma school teacher Nicole, will be ringside at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, March 18, when his latest protégé, 24-year-old WBC Lightweight Continental Americas Champion Ryan “Blue Chip” Martin, with a professional record of 17-0 with 10 by knockout, takes on local fan favorite Bryant “Pee Wee’ Cruz, 17-1 with eight KO’s.

The fight will be featured on the undercard of the world middleweight championship between unified middleweight world champion Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, (36-0-0, 33 KO’s) and WBA middleweight world champion Daniel “The Miracle Man” Jacobs, (32-1, 29 KO’s). The event will be shown live by HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9:00 p.m.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.21.2017

WECPTA hosts annual March Madness fundraiser

Get revved up for the annual Westlake Early Childhood PTA fundraiser, a casual night out cheering on your March Madness bracket for the Sweet 16 games. Sporting your favorite team or alma mater gear, attendees will enjoy games, fun and some '90s throwbacks! This year’s event will be held on Saturday, March 25, 6:30 p.m., in the Copper Cup event room at 680 Dover Center Road. Appetizers will be served and a cash bar will be available. As always, we will have our renowned auction with incredible items for you to bid on and take home.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.21.2017

Bay Women's Club Centennial: The first 50 years

The Bay Village Women's Club chorus, pictured here in 1927, held recitals to raise funds for community needs. Photo courtesy Bay Village Women's Club.

The first in a two-part series on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Bay Village Women's Club.

The Bay Village Women’s Club observes its 100th birthday this year. The Women’s Club is the oldest such organization in Bay Village. Mrs. Florence Whitney, a school board member, served as the Club’s first president. Beginning Jan. 5, 1917, she and four women called on every mother in the Village to attend a meeting on Jan. 25 in the little Red Brick School House on Lake Road. The response was overwhelming with an overflow attendance of 52 women.

According to notes on the early meetings, “Tea was made over a fire of coals and china was transported to meetings in a little red wagon. The ladies sewed, had musical recitals and, with the proceeds, bought footstools for the children to raise their feet from the draughty floors.” A neighbor’s outhouse was the only “facility” for the school house.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.21.2017

Fear of falling? It's a matter of balance

If you are a senior, and have a fear of falling, you are not alone. Studies indicate that up to half of community dwelling older adults experience fear of falling. Many respond to this concern by curtailing activities. This in turn can lead to loss of muscle strength, an increased risk of isolation, depression and anxiety, and increases your risk of falling. In short, fear of falling can actually contribute to falling!

The good news is that the majority of falls are preventable. The even better news is that there are strategies you can learn to improve your balance, and take control of this problem.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.21.2017

Annual Green & White Revue returns March 24, 25

Jeremy McCabe, Jeremy Schwochow and Emily Schordock will emcee this year's Green & White Revue. Photo courtesy greenandwhiterevue.com

The Westlake High School PTSA proudly presents the 32nd Annual Green & White Revue on March 24 and 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The emcees for this year’s show are Emily Schordock, Jeremy Schwochow and Jeremy McCabe.

The talent and variety show will feature talents of all kinds from Westlake schools students ranging in age from kindergarten to high school.  Some of this year’s acts include vocal, dance, folk & rock bands and comedy. This is a one of a kind show for the city of Westlake!

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.21.2017

Ohio's energy sources: Nuclear power

The Perry Nuclear Power Plant is one of two nuclear power reactors in Ohio. The other is the Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor. Photo courtesy First Energy.

Part three in a series about how Ohio sources its energy for electricity.

In Ohio, about 20 percent of our power comes from nuclear energy. I’m going to try to explain it in simple terms, as researching this topic resulted in a lot of information that is very complicated with nuclear physics (which is not something I am interested in trying to explain in my column!).

Nuclear energy comes from uranium. Uranium is found in geological formations, as well as in sea water. It is the least plentiful mineral, however its radioactivity makes it a plentiful supply of energy. About one pound of uranium is equal to three million pounds of coal in terms of energy production. Uranium is mined, similar to how coal is mined, however it is more hazardous because of the radioactivity. Uranium must be concentrated for it to be mined, and most of the uranium in the U.S. is mined in Wyoming and the Four Corners region of Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Arizona.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.21.2017

The history of Detroit Road, Part II: Bridging the Rocky River

An old postcard shows the 1910 Detroit Road Bridge over the Rocky River in the foreground. Immediately behind it is the 1890 iron bridge that it replaced. Sandstone abutments of the 1890 bridge can still be seen in the river.

Part two in a series about Detroit Road.

The first westward settlers traversing what became Detroit Road had to swim, wade or ford the Rocky River until a ferry service began in 1810. In 1820, Captain Rufus Wright, the owner of a tavern located where the Westlake Condominiums are now, took the lead in constructing the first bridge to cross the valley. According to "Rocky River Yesterday" by the Rocky River Historical Society, due to the capsizing of two stage coaches on the bridge in 1842, this low wooden span, which hung just above the flood-plain, was deemed unsafe due to deterioration and there were calls to build a new bridge and plank the road to improve travel conditions.

George A. Christensen wrote in "Incidents & Episodes: Tales of Rocky River and Rockport Township, Ohio" that the replacement wooden bridge, built in 1850 at a cost of $6,000, was constructed of oak timbers in the important parts of the structure, yellow pine, fir or ponderosa pine in the decorative area, with abutments of sandstone and a deck that was 24 feet wide. According to Christensen, the location of the mud ramp on the west side of the river came up behind the Westlake Hotel (now Westlake Condominiums) in Rocky River. He also says that the bridge was approximately halfway between the height of the water and the height of the natural grade on either side of the river.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.21.2017

BVPD academy offers citizens a look behind the badge

The Bay Village Police Department is hosting a Community Police Academy beginning on March 16.

The main goal of the Community Police Academy is to provide information to the residents so they understand how law enforcement functions and increase the rapport between the citizens and the officers of the Bay Village Police Department. Students will become more aware of what their police department does and why they do it certain ways.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.21.2017

Westlake Historical Society picks cutest pet

Westlake's Cutest Pet for 2017, Iggy, and her owner, Sarah Howard.

The Westlake Historical Society is happy to announce the winner of our 2017 Cutest Pet Contest: Iggy, a 2-year-old Shih Tzu. She was adopted from the Toledo Area Humane Society as a puppy and moved to Westlake with her owner, Sarah Howard, in 2015. When she was rescued, she was one of 35 Shih Tzus from a hoarding situation in Toledo.

Iggy was born without a tail, and has a 90-pound Aussie Doodle brother by the name of Bentley. They are the best of buddies, though Iggy is the boss. She also enjoys the company of two cats, Max and Louie, but the feeling is not always mutual. Her favorite toy is her pink Lambchop. She simply adores soft squeaky toys. She also enjoys running around the house with empty milk cartons or cardboard boxes. Iggy is a sweet and friendly dog who loves to play, but is also happy to curl up on the couch for a laid back evening at home. Her nickname is "Wiggles."

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.21.2017

Letters from a dwindling fan base

Okay, gang. While the Indians are unpacking their gear in Goodyear (that has sort of a poetic ring, doesn’t it?), the Cavs are playing and Browns fans are praying (I know, I should have quit while I was ahead), now seems like a good time to look in the old mailbag and see what my loyal reader(s) have on their mind(s).

Let’s start with one from a “J.B.” in Westlake.

“How come you always rip the Browns, dude? Cut Jimmy and his boys some slack. Don’t blame him for all of the team’s problems. Lighten up – you depress me.”

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.21.2017

LBMS service project benefits soldiers serving overseas

Lee Burneson students collected boxes of donated snacks, books, games and gift cards to send to soldiers in Iraq.

When seventh-grade math teacher Taylor Ratliff’s best friend and college roommate shipped out with her U.S. Army unit to Kuwait, Ratliff knew she wanted to do something to help her friend adjust to her new surroundings.

She brought up the idea of a collection of items to her Lee Burneson Middle School team as a class service project, and the idea took off. Over the course of two weeks, students in Ratliff’s, Meg Sherban’s, Paul Hammond’s and Todd Milkie’s classes collected books, wet wipes, Amazon and iTunes gift cards, candy, snacks and socks to send to Larissa Davis, a combat engineer with the 82nd Airborne Division.

The class collecting the most items will be treated to a pizza party, while the runner-up will receive donuts.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.21.2017

Keeping an eye on the 'silent killer'

My blood pressure shot up when I turned 41. For a year, I ran and swam, squeezed stress balls and ate low-salt coleslaw. It helped, but not all the way. Finally, I showed up at the office of my good friend, Dr. Bob Bahler.

He listened to my history, including the “everybody in my family has hypertension, but I’m too young...” line. He chuckled when he heard I’d signed up for a marathon just to scare myself into exercising more regularly. 

“How’s that working out?” he asked.

“A little too well,” I said miserably, waiting for the floodgate of testing to begin.

“Nah,” he said, “you’re just getting old.”

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.21.2017

Bay Presbyterian Church welcomes transitional senior pastor

On Sunday, Feb. 12, Bay Presbyterian Church (BPC) welcomed Rev. Bob Hopper to the church to shepherd the congregation as the new transitional senior pastor. He was called by BPC’s Session to help prepare the church for the subsequent calling of a new senior pastor.

"We are excited to welcome Bob and his wife, Tacey, to the Cleveland area. We believe that under his leadership, this will be a time of spiritual fruitfulness and growth," said John Meaux, a member of Session, the local governing body of Bay Presbyterian Church, comprised of church elders and pastors. "Rev. Hopper gives BPC a unique outside perspective in leading us forward. This experience will help the congregation through the transition from one senior pastor to another."

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.21.2017

Connecting for Kids honors Westlake business owner

Ellen Spear was named Professional of the Year by Connecting For Kids.

Connecting for Kids will honor Ellen Spear, MA, CCC-SLP, as its Professional of the Year. This award is given to individuals who have helped fulfill the organization’s mission to provide education and support to families with concerns about their child. The award will be presented at the organization's annual fundraiser on Feb. 24 at Ahern Catering & Banquet Center in Avon Lake. The festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 and available at connectingforkids.org.

Spear is a speech language pathologist and co-owner of Lakeshore Speech Therapy in Westlake, helping numerous children to improve functional communication skills. In her free time, she started “Running with the Cats,” a program which connects St. Ignatius High School students to children with special needs for the purpose of training together for 5K runs. The program has grown from four kids to more than 50 participants.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.21.2017

Spiritual workshop to focus on contemplative coloring

Coloring mandalas, or geometric figures, can help quiet the mind and improve focus.

The next workshop in St. Barnabas Episcopal Church's series on connecting with God will be held Saturday, March 4, 10 a.m.-noon. "Praying With Mandalas: A Colorful, Contemplative Practice” will be facilitated by Sharon Seyfarth Garner. Praying with mandalas, or geometric figures, is a refreshing new method of prayer that weaves together the contemporary interest in coloring with classic Christian spiritual practices such as lectio divina, intercessory prayer, centering prayer and the Ignatian Examen. Contemplative coloring is a simple and tangible way to let go of your distractions and rediscover your sacred center.

Join us for this sacred time of creativity and prayer – a breath of spiritual fresh air! A suggested $10 donation is appreciated but not required.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.21.2017

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center unveils new NASA exhibit

The NASA ViewSpace exhibit displays the latest images, movies, animations and news from NASA observatories. Photo by Morgan Paskert

NASA ViewSpace is your direct line to everything NASA, and it is now ready for visitors to enjoy at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center!

Located in the Center’s redesigned "Space Corner,” ViewSpace displays the latest images, movies, animations and news from NASA observatories. This astronomy exhibit never goes out of date as it showcases a variety of topics including astronomy photos of the day, updates on the Hubble Space Telescope, discoveries made on the Mars Exploration Rover and more. ViewSpace will provide visitors with 5-10 minute segments presented in an easy-to-read format. Its captivating music and stunning images are not to be missed!

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.21.2017

Bay Village Troop 41 awards Eagle Scout

Scott Stover, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on Feb. 13. Scott becomes the Troop's 149th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Kevin and Laura Stover of Fairview Park. For his Eagle service project, Scott's team constructed a Little Free Library and reading bench at Messiah Lutheran Church in Fairview Park. Visit troop41.wordpress.com for more information about Troop 41.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.21.2017

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Feb. 8, 2017

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Clough’s office prepares official minutes.

The meeting took place at Westlake City Hall on Wednesday, Feb. 8, and was called to order at 9:30 a.m. by Westlake Mayor Clough presiding. The meeting adjourned at 10:45 a.m.

Present: Mayors Clough (Westlake), Bobst (Rocky River), Patton (Fairview Park), Koomar (Bay Village). Mayor Kennedy (North Olmsted) was absent. Also present Renee Mahoney (fiscal officer), Jeff Capretto (Westshore Enforcement Bureau), and the LWV observer.

Commission Reports

RTA – Mayor Clough reported that the situation concerning bus access to Public Square on Superior Avenue remains essentially the same. A study, commissioned by RTA and released on Feb. 7 stated reopening Superior did not create safety issues. Concerns continue about loss of revenue created by the replacement of the Medicare tax. The $12 million fine from the federal government imposed on the City of Cleveland is still in play. Alternate routes for special events were discussed.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.21.2017

Donate to support Bay Days fireworks

Donations are being accepted for the fireworks display at Bay Days this year.

The Bay Days fireworks display costs $11,000 a year, and it is up to the community to raise half the money for the display; the sale of Bay Village promotional items at city hall mostly finances the other half.

Many Bay Village civic organizations count on the revenues they raise at Bay Days to finance the scholarships they provide, to fund their civic-improvement programs and for other projects. Without the fireworks finale, Bay Days attendance would drop precipitously and so would the funding upon which these organizations rely.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.21.2017

Where to have fun in Westlake!

Recreation in Westlake, what does that mean? Westlake residents often are stunned to find out what Westlake has to offer. With winter winding down and spring on the horizon, let us take a look at what Westlake has to offer in the field of recreation. For starters, the City of Westlake has one of the premier recreation centers in the area.

The Westlake Recreation Center is the focal point of recreation in the city. The center is open to all residents who may purchase an annual membership or a day pass. People who work in the city but don’t live in the city may purchase a corporate membership. Not to be left out, if you don’t live in or work in the city, but know someone who is a member of the recreation center, they can sponsor you under our Friends and Family package. The center also participates in the Silver Sneakers program, which is available through many secondary health insurance providers.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.21.2017

When the Downtown Heinen's was a bank: The story of 2 dads

The author's dad, J. Ross Rothaermel.

Bay Village Councilman Dave Tadych and I discovered we have something in common. Each of our fathers spent more than 40 years with one company – and it was the same company and our dads knew each other. This is the story of two dedicated guys making a living for their families.

Going through some old pictures for a picture book I was making, I came across a photo of my mother at a bank function with two men I couldn’t identify. I sent the picture along with some others from the Cleveland Trust Bank to a friend who used to work for my Dad and asked him if he could tell me who the people were in the pictures. When I got his answer back he said one of the men was Bernie Tadych. I thought, hmm, wonder if that is David Tadych’s father. When I next saw Dave I asked him if Bernie Tadych was his father. He said yes and we realized our dads had worked together at the Cleveland Trust Company for years. We had a connection. Both our fathers spent their careers there.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.21.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

CHILDREN

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

  • 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, Feb. 23 (7 p.m.) We're Going to the Dogs – Grades K-2: We'll share dog books, songs and rhymes and make treats which will be delivered to dogs at a local shelter.

Monday, March 6 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Artist for a Day: Jackson Pollock – Grades 4-8: We'll learn about the artist and then create paintings in his different styles. Please wear old clothes and be prepared to get messy!

Thursday, March 9 (7 p.m.) What a Disaster: Hurricane Katrina – Grades: 3-4: Learn about Hurricane Katrina with hands-on science activities.

TEEN

Wednesdays, Feb. 22, March 1 and 8 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, experiments and more! Registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.21.2017

February events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Feb. 7 (7 p.m.) Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. The group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional. Topic: "Parents and Siblings Talk About the Needs of Siblings." Register at www.connectingforkids.org/register, or email: info@connectingforkids.org or by phone: 440-250-5563.

Wednesdays, Feb. 8 and 15 (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.

Wednesday, Feb. 8 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Speaker Series Lunch & Learn – Guest speakers join Career Transition Center to present informative and timely topics for job seekers. Bring your lunch; learn and grow. Coffee provided.

Wednesdays, Feb. 8 and 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Feb. 9 (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.

Thursday, Feb. 9 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Feb. 9 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The February selection is "Lab Girl" by Hope Jahren.

Friday, Feb. 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science – Each session teaches fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and hands-on activities. This month: Learn all about our Solar System. Grades 5-6. Please register.

Saturday, Feb. 11 (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) SAT Practice Exam – Get ready for test time with an SAT practice exam. Study skills will be discussed and detailed results will be returned to students the following week at the results session. Students are asked to bring their own pencils and scientific calculator. Grades 9-12. Please register.

Saturday, Feb. 11 (2-3 p.m.) Pinterest Club – Come each month to recreate a fun craft from Pinterest. This month: "Mandala Rocks." Grades 7-9. Registration begins one week before each session.

Saturday, Feb. 11 (2-4 p.m.) Carry Out Crafts – Stop in to see our featured craft. We have all the supplies you’ll need to create something fantastic!

Sunday, Feb. 12 (2-4 p.m.) Mad 4 Manga – A great club for anime and manga lovers! All otakus and newbies welcome! Grades 7-12 only please.

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Volume 9, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.07.2017

Bay alumni invited to participate in bowling competition

Bowling is fun in your spare time! All Bay alumni as well as friends and family of alumni are welcome to join in the fun!

Bay Alumni Madness will be a light-hearted bowling competition event among Bay High graduation classes and will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 p.m. at Bay Lanes. Bowl with classmates, friends or family. Knock down pins for your class or your friend's or family member's class. The class with most pins wins! The class raising the most funds will hold the King Pins title for the year.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.21.2017

The 'Bay Village 6' kittens update

Fluffy, a member of the "Bay Village 6" rescue kittens, requires medical care for a severe infection.

Donations are still needed to help care for these kittens rescued in Bay Village. Garfield, a beautiful cat, not part of the litter of five, sadly has passed away. We fell in love with him. He was amazing and we are so deeply sad for his loss. As we care for the other kittens, we can't help but think of him every day.

Fluffy, a proud member of the "Bay Village 6" kittens, has been treated for a severe infection, and showing signs of healing. Her wound is being cared for every few days at the Animal Clinic Northfield in North Ridgeville and she requires constant care. Donations are needed to help pay for the general medical care for these kittens, as well as daily expenses of food and supplies. Fluffy, Peanut and Tiger are all becoming very social and are amazing! However, Boo Boo Paw (who has a deformed leg) and No Boo Boo Paw will take a lot more time, but both are making progress.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.21.2017

Community theater almost ready for 'Almost, Maine'

The good news is that not only is the Bay Village Community Theater going to transform Parkside Hall at St. Barnabas into the fictitious town of “Almost, Maine,” but they will do it without breaking the bank. With the help of The Interlake Steamship Company, The Bay Village Foundation, supportive local businesses and some generous individuals it looks like we will open our doors and be in the black and not the red.

Now the last task is to find 500 residents of the community who wouldn't mind being absolutely delighted for an evening. If you know someone who can use a night out, likes a good laugh and doesn't mind being surprised – direct them to baytheater.yapsody.com to purchase a ticket to see “Almost, Maine.”

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.21.2017

Common Core Math for Parents program at Bay Village library

Struggling to help your elementary school child with their math homework? Want to learn more about Common Core and the Ohio Learning Standards? Join us at the Bay Village Branch of Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL) on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. for a program focusing on Common Core Math for Parents. The program is presented by CCPL Youth Programming Coordinator Joanna Schofield.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.21.2017

2 Westlake churches team up for Lenten services

Two local churches – Dover Congregational United Church of Christ and Westlake Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) – will hold four joint, weekday, community-focused worship services during Lent.

Members of both congregations will participate. Worship and communion will be offered to believers of all denominations.

The first service will be on Ash Wednesday, March 1, at 12:30 p.m. for anyone who may be working or living nearby and wishes to receive the imposition of ashes in a brief and informal service. Later, a more traditional service at 7 p.m. will offer communion and imposition of ashes.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.21.2017

Westlake resident wins design competition

Michael Laudi's winning design is a textured plate that assists people with only one available hand to cut food. Photo courtesy International Housewares Association

A senior at the Cleveland Institute of Art from Westlake won first prize in the 2017 Student Design Competition sponsored by the International Housewares Association. Michael Laudi landed the top prize and $2,500 for his design of Rose Plate, a dinner plate that assists people with only one available hand to cut food, promoting their independence and enhancing quality of life. Now he goes on to the International Home + Housewares Show to exhibit his design and hopefully find a manufacturer to produce the product, or a job in the industry when he graduates.

At 29 years old, Laudi is embarking on his second career, having gotten his bachelor's degree in finance from The Ohio State University. After working in real estate for a year in Chicago, a friend inspired him to think about becoming an industrial designer and he enrolled at the CIA. Asked about Rose, the disabled woman who inspired his winning design, he said he knew her well, and he wanted to create a product for someone he knew instead of an anonymous persona. Michael says that Rose is now a star because of his project and more people know her and talk to her.

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Volume 9, Issue 4, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.21.2017