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Princesses enchant for a good cause

A young fan sits with four members of The Fairytale Foundation. From left to right, Abbie Donovan, Lily Conover, Hannah Zacharias, and Stephanie Jordan. Photo by Nathan Conover

An idea was born at the Bay Village Snoball Run this past February when two friends, Stephanie Jordan and Karry O'Brien, both seniors at Bay High School, dressed up as princesses for the event. 

"We got so much attention being dressed up as princesses that we thought, 'we could turn this into something'," Stephanie said.

And turn it into something they did. This past Fourth of July, The Fairytale Foundation (a non-profit organization) was launched when Stephanie and her friends Abbie Donovan, Lily Conover and Hannah Zacharias dressed up as princesses for a good cause. It wasn't accomplished without a little help though.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.21.2015

Five Westlake churches join for power of prayer

Ever experience someone shaking their head in dismay and lamenting, "What is this world coming to?" Ever experience feelings of deep sadness, and helplessness after watching the news and hearing about the chaos in the world? It's hard to understand how man can be so cruel to his fellow man, sometimes it is unbearable. The chaos and the conflicts in this world may indeed feel overwhelming with no clear solutions in sight. From floods, to fires, to earthquakes, to tornadoes, to terrorism, to unemployment, to disease, the world presents us with situations that seem beyond our ability to control or even comprehend. 

Be encouraged for there is something you can do. Join Westlake Prays, and be part of a community that comes together in the belief that prayer has the power to heal, to help, to mend. Every Thursday at 5:45 p.m., at one of five different churches in Westlake, people join together, lift their hearts and pray together. Service lasts 15 to 30 minutes, and includes prayer, scripture, songs and silence. The 5:45 start time was intentionally chosen so people could stop in on their way home from work, and still get home for supper.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:21 AM, 07.21.2015

'Mile for Molly' event to support Bay Village girl

The community is invited to attend a fun event next week to support a sweet and silly seven-year-old Bay Village resident, Molly, who was recently diagnosed with leukemia. With the support of her awesome family, Molly is currently kicking cancer’s butt! 

"The Mile for Molly" will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 5-9 p.m. It will take place at the Bradley Park walking path, commencing at Bay Lodge (located at 492 Bradley Road). Walkers can register by either going to, or registering at the walk the day of the event!  Registration is $20 and each walker will receive a T-shirt at sign-in that they will be asked to wear for the walk.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 8:24 PM, 07.31.2015

Friends of Porter Library to hold ice cream social July 27

Portables Gift Shop at Porter Library will host a Sidewalk Sale from Saturday, July 25, to Monday, July 27.

Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library invites you to their annual Ice Cream Social, to be held on Monday, July 27, from 6-8 p.m. at the library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Sundaes made with your favorite Mitchell's flavors – including the very special Porter Peppermint Patty – will be sold for $1 and plenty of entertainment will be on hand!
Come see The Big Daddies Band, Balloon Bender Dave, and other entertainment. Check out the silent auction which closes that day at 7:45 p.m. Bidding on a wide variety of packages donated by local businesses is now available in the library lobby. Make sure the kids take a turn at the cakewalk – a 50-cent round might win you one of our 60+ cookie and cake choices!
Portables Gift Shop will be having a Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, July 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, July 26, 1-4:30 p.m.; and Monday, July 27, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. The gift shop is run by Friends, staffed by volunteers, and all proceeds go to the library.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:14 AM, 07.21.2015

BAYarts lines up more food vendors for annual Moondance benefit

Cats on Holiday will provide the music at Moondance on BAYarts' gazebo stage. 

Big white tents, great food, live music and bonfires are just a few of the signature features of BAYarts' annual Moondance benefit. Each year this sold-out event raises funds that help BAYarts maintain the campus buildings, gardens and continue to provide free community events year round. This year's event, set for Saturday, Sept. 12, features the band Cats on Holiday, known for their upbeat danceable style that covers all the bases. 

"People tell us they love our event because, like everything else we do, it's fun," says BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton. "No speeches, no hands out. Once you arrive on campus, the beautiful venue speaks for itself. None of what BAYarts does would be possible without this kind of support and the community gets that. So its a win-win for everyone."

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:25 AM, 07.21.2015

Rotary Club of Westlake/Bay Village awards scholarships

Pictured, from left: Don Wilson, Laura Wilson, Rotarian Jim Strunk, Allison Rizea, Florina Rizea and Rotary Club President Herb Hoppe.

The Rotary Club of Westlake/Bay Village has had a long-standing tradition of supporting a graduating senior from each of the club’s high schools with a scholarship of $2,500. Participants are required to complete an application and write an essay pertaining to their plans for college and beyond. 

While the Rotary received many applications this year, two students stood out among the rest. Allison Rizea from Westlake High School and Laura Wilson from Bay High School were each awarded a scholarship. The awards were presented at the weekly Rotary breakfast meeting at the Westwood County Club.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.21.2015

Bay Sea Scout achieves highest rank

Nathan Cullinan, right, received the Quartermaster Award, the highest rank in Sea Scouts, after a challenging review from board chairman Mark Bobal. Photo by Richard Gash

Congratulations to 2015 Bay High graduate, Nathan Cullinan, on receiving the Quartermaster Award, the highest rank in Sea Scouts. The award was presented to Nate after he sat through a Board of Review composed of four scout leaders with over a hundred years’ experience. Nate was quizzed on his leadership skills and the lessons learned during his tenure in Sea Scouts. The board was particularly challenging as it was chaired by Mark Bobal, a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander. 

Mr. Bobal, who presently serves as the Passenger Vessel Safety Specialist for the 9th Coast Guard District stated that, "Nate was ready for all the questions we could send his way." The nautical questions which Mr. Bobal asked stemmed from his service on board the Arctic Icebreaker, CGC Westwind and over 30 years in the Marine Safety Inspection field.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:20 AM, 07.21.2015

Enjoying a night home alone

“So, what do you want to do?”

When my wife asked me this question, the possibilities were greatly expanded for the next few days. The boy was at camp until the weekend, and the girl had left for two weeks in China that morning. We were home alone.

The night before the boy left, he asked, “Will you miss me?”

“Yes,” I assured him. “We will miss you.”

That answer was true. I am glad he did not ask, “Are you sad that I will be gone for the week?” The answer to that would have required much more nuance.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:13 AM, 07.21.2015

Lack of All-Stars indicative of Tribe’s troubles

The recent MLB All-Star game in Cincinnati – which I didn’t watch, by the way – did get me to thinking about the Indians and their exasperating (at least so far) season. It was the second straight year the Indians were represented by a lone player, which is also usually a barometer of what kind of year a team is having. And that goes for any team, not just the Tribe.

As everyone interested in baseball around here knows, Jason Kipnis was Cleveland’s All-Star representative, and deservedly so. Kipnis is in the midst of a monster year at the plate and in the field, and without question should have been the starter.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:23 AM, 07.21.2015

Westlake Football kicks off season with fundraiser

The Westlake Football Backers will host the third annual Meet-The-Team Season Kick-Off community event and fundraiser on Monday, Aug. 17, 6-9:30 p.m., at the St. Clarence Pavilion, 30106 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. We are partnering with WYFA (the Westlake Youth Football Association) and WHS Cheerleading, along with football families, coaches and players. The event provides an opportunity for the entire community and alumni to meet all players for the seventh-grade, eighth-grade, freshman, JV and varsity teams.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.21.2015

Bay resident selected as new middle school assistant principal

Thomas Grodek

Thomas Grodek will be the new Bay Middle School assistant principal beginning this fall. The Bay Village Board of Education approved Grodek for the position at its June meeting.

Grodek comes to Bay Middle School from Memorial Middle School in the Mentor Exempted Village School District where he served as assistant principal. In addition to the typical duties of assistant principal, his position allowed him to contribute to a wide number of initiatives as an administrator, including a one-to-one, blended learning initiative and implementation of the PARCC testing technology strategy and schedule.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:12 AM, 07.21.2015

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, July 22 and 29 (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, July 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The July selection is "Shanghai Girls" by Lisa See.

Wednesdays, July 22 and 29 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 23 and 30 (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, July 23 (7-8:30 p.m.) Out of the Ordinary Picnic Foods – Susan Aldrich will demonstrate blender skills making a cold gazpacho soup. She will also make an out of this world PB granola bar and an elegant Hawaiian chicken salad suitable for summer picnics. Come to learn and taste! Registration begins June 21.

Friday, July 24 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

Friday, July 24 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Join us for a storytime for children with special needs and their parents/caregivers. The program includes interactive stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities, followed by 30 minutes of play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, July 24 (1-4 p.m.) Super Smash Bros Wii U Tournament – We're going head-to-head in an epic brawl! Test out your skills in the new Super Smash Bros for Wii U to see who will claim the ultimate prize! Pizza, pop and snacks will be provided. Grades 7-12. Registration begins July 17.

Fridays, July 24 and 31 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library! – Join us for Friday afternoon movie matinees! Registration begins one week before each movie. Rated PG. Based on availability; movie titles may change without notice. To be shown:

  • July 24: A diverse band of crayons strive to protect their magical, multi-hued homeland from a terrifying monster.
  • July 31: Maya is a little bee with a big heart. When the Queen’s royal jelly is stolen, it will take Maya and all her bug buddies to save the day!

Saturday, July 25 (9:30-11 a.m.) Kindlegarten E-lab – Must bring your registered Kindle with you. Learn how to download ebooks to your Kindle and other basic techniques. Please register.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:58 AM, 07.07.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman ... and you can find out all about this superhero and his Cleveland roots at the Bay Village branch library. Join us on Monday, Aug. 3, at 7 p.m. for a virtual tour of how Jerry Siegel and Joel Shuster created the Man of Steel. Other upcoming programs include:


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

  • Monday, July 28 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, July 21 and 29 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Wednesdays, July 22 and 29 (9:30 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays, July 23 and 30 (11 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Thursdays, July 23 and 30 (7 p.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages
  • Fridays, July 24 and 31 (9:30 a.m.) Family Storytime – children of all ages

* Storytimes will be on hiatus during the month of August. Please join us again in September.

Mondays and Tuesdays until Aug. 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.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:25 AM, 07.21.2015

Summer book sale, July 25-28

Mark your calendars for the upcoming book sale at the Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library. You can find all your summer reading materials from Saturday, July 25, through Tuesday, July 28, at remarkably low prices. The sale is held at the library during regular library hours, with the exception of Tuesday, when it closes at 7 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:25 AM, 07.21.2015

SJMC art festival welcomes new breed of vendors

This year's Festival of the Arts featured a section for animal rescue groups and vendors with pet-themed merchandise. Photo by Denny Wendell

This year's Festival of the Arts at St. John Medical Center in Westlake included for the first time an additional event featuring area dog and cat rescues, dog bakeries and shops. It was a fun and exciting time for the pooch and kitty shoppers, who browsed tables filled with homemade cat treats, fresh catnip, dog accessories and samples from a nearby dog food manufacturer.

In keeping with the art theme of the show, there were artists’ renderings of dogs and cats in various materials including cards and stones, as well as dog-themed beach paintings.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 10:16 AM, 07.21.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Hap's Half Acre

Gilbert "Hap" Hagberg, right, with his neighbors, George Campbell and Ed Stanton.

How many people do you know who actually moved to Bay Village for retirement? Gilbert and Vi Hagberg did just that.

When you travel down Osborn Road, glancing at the houses on the south side, you come upon a yard with a little cottage that sits so far back from the road you have to look twice to notice it. At the street near the driveway is a sign that reads “Hap’s Half Acre.” Or at least that’s what it looked like back in the late 1940s when Gilbert "Hap" Hagberg and his wife, Vi, lived at 28889 Osborn Road.

Gilbert and Vi purchased a half acre of land on the south side of Osborn Road. On the south end of the property was a small white cottage. Behind the cottage, Hap planted a berry patch and fruit trees. The area behind the lot was all woods. It was just enough land for Hap to care for in his retirement. Vi became active in the women’s organizations in the Village, and they were regular attendees of the Bay United Methodist Church.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:21 AM, 07.21.2015

West Shore Chamber welcomes new hotel to Westlake

The former Holiday Inn on Crocker Road underwent a major renovation and has reopened as a Doubletree by Hilton hotel. Photo by Denny Wendell

Over the course of 14 months and several million dollars, the hotel at the corner of Crocker and Clemens roads has gotten back its gleam. The transformation of the former Holiday Inn into a Doubletree by Hilton was ceremoniously completed July 10 with a ribbon cutting and open house event.

“When this hotel originally came into Westlake, it truly was the jewel of the West Side. It is again!” Mayor Dennis Clough exclaimed, before thanking the hotel’s ownership group for reinvesting in the city.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 10:11 AM, 07.21.2015

Garage sale to benefit Village Project July 22, 23

This handsome chair is in beautiful condition and priced at just $10.

Are you addicted to garage sales? Is the old proverb “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure” your personal motto? Well then, search for your next great find at the Village Project Garage Sale on Wednesday, July 22, and Thursday, July 23. Steals, deals and bargains galore will be found on furniture, toys and other household items.  

The Village Project is located at 27378 W. Oviatt Road in Bay Village, just down the street from the Dover Junction shopping center. Sale hours are from 4-8 p.m. on Wednesday and 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Thursday.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:20 AM, 07.21.2015

Wearable technology for all

You may have heard the term “wearables,” whose etymology can be traced back to the earlier efforts of bringing the processing power of a desktop computer to something you can wear.

In the early days of wearable technology, I had my share of people telling me “you look funny with that hideous thing on your arm/head/chest.” Maybe I was lacking fashion sense, which to this day my wife agrees, or since 0’s and 1’s run through my veins I felt nothing was wrong with my fashion statement.

Admittedly, early incarnations of wearable computers did have clumsy form factors on top of being difficult and frustrating to operate, rendering the efficacy of such device questionable.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:13 AM, 07.21.2015

Westlake school board appoints HR director

Brady Sheets

Fairview High School and Mayer Middle School principal Brady Sheets was appointed director of human resources by the Westlake Board of Education at its July 3 meeting.

Sheets has served as principal of Fairview High School and Mayer Middle School since 2011. He also served as assistant principal at Olmsted Falls High School for five years, assistant principal at Lee Burneson Middle School for one year and principal at Fort Jennings High School for three years. He taught English and served as the athletic director at Arcadia High School for five years.

He is experienced in facilitating professional development, district budget development, human resources development and continuous improvement planning.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:14 AM, 07.21.2015

Summertime pet safety tips

Friends of the Bay Village Kennel would like to remind residents that with warmer weather, please remember to take the following precautions to keep pets safe.

Do not take pets in the car and leave them with cracked windows even to run a quick errand – leave them at home. Do not leave pets outside without fresh water, food during the day, shade and shelter.

When walking, use soft cloth or leather leashes that correlate to the size of your dog, and pick up and move them to the lawn so bikes and others can pass safely. Pick up that dog waste.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:19 AM, 07.21.2015

West Shore Chamber lends a hand to Wigs for Kids

Many volunteers were on hand to sort and fold shirts for the big event, including a young lady who is already a recipient of a wig as well as an even younger girl who is going to donate her hair for another child who needs it. 

July 16 was folding day for West Shore Chamber of Commerce members, Wigs for Kids, in order to prepare for their Day at the Zoo. Many local business members as well as local volunteers spent some time sorting and folding shirts for the big event.

On July 25, you can head to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with hundreds of other people who will run, walk and get haircuts to benefit the Wigs for Kids program. If you are interested in starting a team or just spending the day at the Zoo in support, contact Sevasti Tsarnas at for more information.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:18 AM, 07.21.2015

Networking takes off at Power of More event

Doug Rogers from LNB, left, makes new connections with Mike Cristino, Brandon Carta and Chris Stahurski, all from Cort.

On July 15 about 200 members of the Power of More, including West Shore Chamber of Commerce, gathered on the observation deck of the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant for an evening of networking on what turned out to be a beautiful and sunny evening.

Members from six different chambers had an opportunity to meet people doing business in other areas and make new connections. Even Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough came by to join us!

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:17 AM, 07.21.2015

DAR supports our military

The Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution is hosting a fundraiser on Monday, July 27, at the Westlake Max and Erma’s Restaurant, 30105 Detroit Road.

Bring this coupon when you come in for lunch, dinner or carry-out and Max and Erma’s will donate 20 percent of your bill to the DAR to support patriotic, educational and historic preservation projects. Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter supports U.S. military veterans, especially those at Fulton House.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:23 AM, 07.21.2015

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Saturday, Aug. 1 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 with an adult caregiver. No registration required.

Saturday, Aug. 1 (2-3 p.m.) Sensation Stations – Drop in for sensory fun! Engage your child's senses by scooping, pouring and sorting a variety of materials. No registration required.

Saturday, Aug. 1 (4-5 p.m.) Full STEAM Ahead – Each session will explore a different aspect of STEAM learning. Grades 3 and 4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Sunday, Aug. 2 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Grace – Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. We will follow a recipe to make a treat and create a Paris-themed craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins July 26.

Aug. 3-29 – Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Annual Juried Art Show

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.21.2015

Herb Guild scholarship luncheon is waiting-list only

The Herb Guild's 31st annual scholarship luncheon will be held on Aug. 5 at Avon Oaks Country Club. The Herb Guild will utilize the entire building with events, sales and tastings, as well as lunch. Every year the Herb Guild, which meets at Porter Library, gives away two scholarships to students pursuing college degrees in the natural sciences or the culinary arts.

This year’s winners are Natasha Daniels from Twinsburg and Megan Urig from Elyria. Natasha will be attending Johnson and Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina, and Megan will be attending OSU’s Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster. Both girls will receive their scholarship money at the August luncheon.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.21.2015

Love is winning

On June 26, the United States Supreme Court narrowly ruled (5-4) to legalize gay marriage in all 50 states. This is something that I was sure that I would see in my lifetime, but not quite this soon...

That said, I feel that the decision is long overdue.

Over the past few years, this issue has been hotly debated; both sides have been very strong in their opinion on the matter. However, the one side of the argument that states that two men or two women joined in matrimony does not constitute a family is old, tired and, frankly, outdated.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.21.2015

The simple pleasures of summer

It's raining again. So far this has been a soggy summer. I'm lucky I live in an apartment and don't have to worry about flooded basements. It's no fun. I've been there.

Every sunny dry day is cherished. One especially nice outing this summer was accompanying my family to watch a young eagle getting ready to leave its nest. I find birding an enjoyable hobby. It's perfect for senior citizens unless the birds are located in a faraway, swampy area. Bring me to the birds and I am happy.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.21.2015

West Side arts rely on CAC funding

Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) is the public funder of arts and culture organizations in Cuyahoga County. Established by voters in 2007, CAC has awarded more than 300 cultural organizations over $125 million in grants helping make events like Parade the Circle, the lighting of Playhouse Square and Ingenuity Festival possible. In Bay Village and Westlake, it has been the largest funder of many organizations including BAYarts, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, Clague Playhouse, Westlake Chinese School and Youth Challenge.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:26 AM, 07.21.2015

Following the rules

The one thing that most structures have in common is doors and windows. Which side you are on makes a huge difference in safety. The fire alarm in our building was ringing and the light was flashing brightly in all of the hallways. The firemen were on the way, smoke was in the hallway, and some of the ladies told me someone was still in the apartment.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:25 AM, 07.21.2015