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Honoring the service of WWII women vets

Rita Davidson, Mary Lou Gruber and Lila Corrigan were among the 350,000 U.S. women who served in World War II.

In celebration of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, here is a profile of three local women who served during World War II. By war’s end, more than 350,000 women served in uniform.

Call to Duty

Rita Davidson, working in an office in Pittsburgh, joined the Marine Corps Women’s Reserves (MCWR) in April 1943. Her father was a former Marine. Boot camp was at the Navy’s Hunter College in the Bronx. Rita was in the last graduating class of Women Marines at Hunter College, before Camp Lejeune opened to women.

Mary Lou Gruber left her job at Ohio Bell in Cleveland in January 1944 and joined the MCWR. Her father and uncle were Marines in World War I. Boot camp was at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Asked whether she wanted to be stationed on the East or the West Coast, the Clevelander naturally answered the East Coast. She was promptly sent to San Francisco. Her first assignment was to keep in line on the troop train to the West Coast the two dozen women Marines traveling among hundreds of male service men.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:34 AM, 10.28.2014

Bay Village City Hall turns 100

This photo of the Bay Village City Hall, taken in the 1950s, shows retail stores across Wolf Road, including Avellone's pharmacy.

One hundred years ago, in 1914, the Village of Bay was a young, growing town, having broken away from the township of Dover in 1901. At the turn of the century, a group of residents who lived north of the Nickel Plate Railroad tracks wished to secede from Dover after disagreements over the spending of tax revenues. The petitioners scheduled an election and voted themselves out of Dover and into a new community, called the Hamlet of Bay until being incorporated in 1903 as the Village of Bay.

THE VILLAGE GROWS
At the end of the 1800s, this farming community of North Dover was also a playground for the affluent. The Lake Shore Electric Railway’s interurban cars brought city folk away from the steamy city and to the cool retreat of summer cottages and the Dover Bay Country Club. Wealthy men, like John Huntington and Washington Lawrence, purchased large swaths of property and built lakefront homes.

By the early part of the 20th century, the community was undergoing a transformation. The interurban railway that brought vacationers to Bay also made daily downtown commuting a possibility. Families began buying parcels of land and the summer retreat evolved into a year-round residence.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:34 AM, 10.28.2014

Learn about Westlake's improvements to watersheds and wetlands

Westlake was awarded a grant from the Ohio EPA to retrofit the Columbia Creek basin, above, and the Cahoon Creek basin to improve water quality.

The recent yucky, soupy, green glop in Lake Erie near Toledo caused by large blooms of toxin‑carrying algae that contaminated potable water certainly is a wake‑up call. Our watersheds, our rivers, streams and wetlands need protection before it’s too late.

How is the City of Westlake improving storm water runoff, urban runoff and nonpoint source pollution before it reaches Lake Erie? Are you familiar with the Cahoon and Columbia Creek Wetland Restoration Project or the Southbridge Retention Basin? What are White Amur fish and what do they do? And most importantly, what can we do to help?

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:37 AM, 10.28.2014

Deer in the limelight Nov. 5 and 17

UPDATE: Geoff Westerfield's discussion at the Bay Village City Council meeting has been changed to Nov. 17, as reflected below.

Urban deer are an emotional issue. Whether you want to cull the herd, save Bambi, or find a middle ground, you will want to attend two upcoming Bay Village meetings. Both are open to the public, and both feature Geoff Westerfield, Assistant Wildlife Management Supervisor for the Ohio Division of Wildlife and an expert on damage caused by deer.

On Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Bay Village Branch Library, Mr. Westerfield will speak at the Bay Chapter League of Women Voters' meeting regarding the types of problems deer present for urban communities, factors to consider when managing deer, and techniques available to residents within the City's current parameters.

On Monday, Nov. 17, at 8 p.m. in City Hall, Bay Village City Council will host Mr. Westerfield to discuss the state's role in helping cities assess and manage deer populations. This has become a hot topic since neighboring Avon Lake passed legislation allowing culling of deer by archery under certain conditions.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:39 AM, 10.28.2014

Red Hot Chili Steppers complete marathon

The Red Hot Chili Steppers walking group earned certificates of achievement for completing a six-month marathon.

The Red Hot Chili Steppers was the moniker for this year's Westlake Walkers, an over-50 walking group organized by the Westlake Center for Community Services. The group walks the equivalent of a marathon over a six-month period, meeting twice a month at different park locations. Each walk is two miles. The season kicks off with a motivational breakfast and ends with a celebratory brunch where members also earn their certificates of achievement. 

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:40 AM, 10.28.2014

What's everyone crying about?

Nearing the end of a very un-storied career as quarterback of the Cleveland Browns, Tim Couch broke down during his post-game press conference and shed a few tears after Browns fans cheered – during a home game – the fact that he’d been injured. Only in Philadelphia – where the fans once booed Santa Claus – have fans been so vicious to one who was once so beloved.

Of course, once the news broke that Couch had cried during his post-game comments, the criticism from the fans grew exponentially. Personally, I never quite understood the negative backlash from the fans. I mean, over the last half-century of watching this football team, I’ve been driven to tears – often during the first quarter of many games – and nobody’s ever gotten on my case over it.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:36 AM, 10.28.2014

Halloween banter and malapropisms bear them or not!

Halloween may not be for everybody and this year's celebratory column may or may not add a few to the list! You decide!

Photo by Kathy Luengo

(Photo by Kathy Luengo)

If you’re picking up this issue and it’s already November, we know how busy you’ve been carving pumpkins, getting the kids’ costumes ready, decorating the yard, handing out candy, brewing spiced pumpkin coffee or savoring a seasonal pumpkin brew after arduous hours of raking leaves! So what if you’ve missed the “witching hour?” There’s always next year!

All you have to do is clip this article and tuck it away with in your stash of rubber masks, freaky wigs, hats, capes, and other Halloween duds – not to be confused with Milk Duds. It will be right there when you need it! Rest assured, what follows will be just as bad this time next year!

Heads up: you might hit a small snag if your predominant wardrobe style is gothic or boho chic, since your Halloween garb may overlap with your regular wear. In this case, it’s up to you to figure out where to keep this article!

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:38 AM, 10.28.2014

Flags to be retired Nov. 11

Post #385 Vice Commander Joe Cronin and Commander Stan Zeager demonstrate the use of flag receptacle box at the front door of the post. Photo by Jim Potter

American Legion Post #385 is planning for retirement of American flags as part of their Veterans Day celebration. Faded, torn or stained flags can be dropped off at the post home, 695 Cahoon Road, Westlake, located between the Whistlestop and White Oaks restaurants. Flags should be brought to the post prior to Nov. 11. All flags are retired using appropriate military procedures.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.28.2014

Dining Out

I took my son out to eat, and he actually enjoyed it.  I do not mean that I took him for a chicken nugget meal, or a double cheeseburger at his favorite fast food restaurant. We went to a restaurant with no drive-up window. It was a restaurant where you sit down, someone takes your order, then returns some time later with your meal.

When we arrived at the restaurant we were told it would be 20 minutes before they could seat us. For a moment I had a PTSD response. The last time we had to wait to be seated the whole family was out. There was bickering, and tears, and looks from other adults without children that said, "Why can't you control those children?" Granted, that was several years ago, but at that moment, it felt like yesterday.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:37 AM, 10.28.2014

Just like gas or electric, internet is another utility

As an Ohioan you probably know that Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, or PUCO for short, publishes a guideline, including an interactive website, where you can shop around for natural gas and/or electric energy suppliers.

Using the analogy of natural gas, electricity and water lines coming into your house, the internet is just another utility line coming into your house to enable you to access the digital world. Just like your electricity line connects to the public electricity grid to power your house, your internet (or often referred to as “broadband”) line connects to the internet – aka the cloud. Traditionally internet services were, and still are for the most part, provided through the same physical line as your cable TV or telephone – “cable internet” and “DSL” respectively.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:37 AM, 10.28.2014

Curl up with a whodunnit!

What do most people think of when they hear the word "library"? Reading, of course! 2014 is the year to "Reconnect with Reading 365" at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. To celebrate this initiative, the Bay Village Branch Library staff and customers will be sharing our suggestions from various genres each month here in the Observer.

I recently had a chance to sit down and chat about "whodunnits" with Friends of the Bay Village Library board members Linda Lamb and Liz Bailey who enjoy reading mysteries – both classic and new!

Linda Lamb’s favorite authors in this genre include Lisa Gardner, David Rosenfelt and James Patterson. Linda’s favorite of Rosenfelt’s offerings is the Andy Carpenter series. Linda finds it interesting to get to know the characters over the length of the series. She thinks the characters in this series are wonderful, full of humor and notes the books flow like a well-written TV script. After doing some research, she learned Rosenfelt does indeed have a background in writing for television!

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:41 AM, 10.28.2014

Art historian focuses on Italian Renaissance

Italian Renaissance treasures include Michelangelo’s "Pieta."

Art historian Sean Crum will speak on “The High Renaissance in Italy: The Triumph of Classicism,” Wednesday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Crum brings vast knowledge and experience to offer substance and shape to the great artists whose names top the list of renowned talents of an incomparable era.

Enjoy the exploration of how the ancient ideal of perfection is realized in the works of Italian artists Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian and Raphael and Giorgione and Donato Bramante’s architecture.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:38 AM, 10.28.2014

Westlake Girl Scouts create wall art

Westlake Girl Scouts with their wall art, handcrafted as a gift to Our House Inc. Photo by John Little

On Oct. 13, Girl Scout Senior Troop 71047 and Cadette Troop 70289 presented a large wall art project to the Our House senior living facility in Westlake.

The wall art was created as a Community Service Project at a recent Service Unit Campout, attended by Girl Scouts and leaders from the entire Westlake area. Numerous 6-inch squares were created by the girls and leaders with glue, colorful beads, gems and trinkets. The squares were then assembled on a large wood base to create the stunning art piece.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.28.2014

Fly the flag for Veterans Day

Our American flag installed at ground level. Photo by Deb Marisch

Let's give thanks for the service of all our veterans: Fly the flag on Nov. 11!

If you are a Bay Village resident with limited funds or ability and need a flag, call 440-871-7680 or email deb@spfutures.com. The Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution, Bay Village Kiwanis and the Bay Village American Legion Post #385 will provide and install a 3-by-5-foot, made in the USA, American flag, pole and bracket at your home at no cost to you. 

Hurry! Veterans Day is almost here. Thanks you, vets!

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:38 AM, 10.28.2014

Sound expert coming to Westlake Nov. 16

The sound of a thousand crickets chirping their evening song. The incessant bark of a bossy chihuahua over your backyard fence as you stroll on the grass. The voice of Andrea Bocelli as he sings sweetly to you in a language you don't care if you understand. The howl of a distant wolf as you gaze up at an October full moon. Some sounds seem to sound good, others not so much. Some induce feelings of calm, others, like your alarm, impel you into action.

Some sounds are good for your body, mind, and soul to hear. Some sounds have the ability to amplify the healing process. What are these sounds, where do they come from, why do they work?

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:37 AM, 10.28.2014

Medicare open enrollment now through Dec. 7

Medicare Open Enrollment, the annual period for beneficiaries to review coverage and consider making changes for next year, began on Oct. 15 and runs through Dec. 7.

Who should be concerned with open enrollment? 

Once per year, everyone who is eligible and wants to enroll or already is enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan and/or a Medicare Advantage Plan/Medicare Part C can either enroll without penalty during this time or review their current plan to see if it is still the most advantageous based on their current situation.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:40 AM, 10.28.2014

Hoops time at the Westlake Rec

As the weather turns colder the sports simply go indoors. Basketball season is upon us. The Westlake Recreation Department is currently accepting registrations for its youth basketball leagues. These leagues are open to any child in grades 1-12 who lives in or goes to school in Westlake, or is a member of the Westlake Recreation Center. Leagues are as follows:

Girls: Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6 and 7-9.

Boys: Grades 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12.

All of the boys’ leagues are played in the Westlake Recreation Center.

The girls seventh-to-ninth graders will participate in the West Suburban Rec League. This league features other rec teams (non-travel) from cities including Middleburg Heights, North Olmsted, Fairview Park and Berea. Half of the games are here and the others are away. Each team will get at least 12 practices and 8 games during the season.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:37 AM, 10.28.2014

Budget talk at City Hall

Have you ever wondered how Bay Village decides when to buy a new ladder truck for the fire department? How many new police cruisers will we buy over the next five years? How much would reorganizing the police department save? What's next up for improvements to the pool or Play in Bay? Which of Bay's 47 miles of roadway will be resurfaced next summer? Is Community Services planning any new programs? Will any taxes or fees need to be raised to pay for it all?

It's all in the budget book. And that is available on the city's website, along with the most recent state audit and month-end financial report.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:39 AM, 10.28.2014

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Even though it is Halloween, you may already be thinking ahead to planning for the holidays. The library is a good place to start! Many new holiday "how-to" books are arriving weekly with crafts, recipes and ideas to make it easier to plan what you want to do in the next couple of months. There are many cookbooks that feature cookies, cakes and pies for all occasions in addition to the most recent healthy recipes that have been "made over" from the original, less healthy ones. Come see our large assortment and "test" the recipes out on your family to see what may become your new holiday traditional foods in years to come. 

If making gifts for Christmas is your thing, check out the new knitting, crocheting and sewing books that also include an assortment of holiday decorations to make. 

Too early to even THINK about the holidays? Come to the library to find something good to read. The librarians LOVE to talk about books so ask any of us to help you pick that particular book for you. We hope to see you at the library soon!

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books/stories together.

  • Mondays, Nov. 3 and 10; Tuesdays, Nov. 4 and 11 (9:30 a.m.) TODDLER STORYTIME – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:39 AM, 10.28.2014

Ask a pharmacist at Westlake Porter Public Library

Do you have questions about your medications and how they might interact with vitamins and supplements you’re taking? The come talk to a professional pharmacist from the Northern Ohio Academy of Pharmacy on Thursday, Oct. 30, from 7-8:45 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:42 AM, 10.28.2014

Look and feel your best through color

Find out the best wardrobe and beauty product colors for you at "Look & Feel Your Best Through Color" at Westlake Porter Public Library on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 1-2 p.m. Image expert Dawn Waldrop, author of "Best Impressions: How to Gain Professionalism, Promotion and Profit," will show attendees how the right colors enhance your natural coloring and boost your confidence, and how to determine what those colors are.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:35 AM, 10.28.2014

Does Bigfoot live in Ohio? Find out at Porter Library!

Is Bigfoot real or a hoax? Does Bigfoot live in Ohio? What does the evidence say? Ohio Bigfoot Association President Marc DeWerth will discuss these questions and the findings of Bigfoot hunters at “Buckeye Bigfoot,” on Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:36 AM, 10.28.2014

November events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Saturday, Nov. 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.

Saturday, Nov. 1 (1-2 p.m.) Look & Feel Your Best Through Color – Image expert and author Dawn Waldrop will teach you how to determine the best wardrobe and beauty product colors to enhance your natural coloring and boost your confidence. Her book, Best Impressions: How to Gain Professionalism, Promotion and Profit will be available for purchase. Please register.

Saturday, Nov. 1 (3-5 p.m.) Who-vian Haven (Dr. Who Club) – Who-vian Haven is a place for Who-vians to get together, watch episodes of Doctor Who, and talk about Doctor Who and all other Timey-Wimey things. Grades 9-12. Please register.

Sunday, Nov. 2 (2-3 p.m.) Recycled T-shirt Crafts – Want to hang on to that old T-shirt, but you don't wear it anymore? Upcycle it into something useful and hang on to the memories at the same time. Bring at least one T-shirt that you want to change into something new! Grades 5-7. Please register.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:36 AM, 10.28.2014

October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (10 a.m.-noon) Results-Oriented Resumes – In the current job market, competition is tough and employers are swamped with resumes. This workshop will teach you what catches employers’ attention and makes them want to call you.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (7-8 p.m.) College 101 – Patty Saddle of the College Planning Center will go over all the different factors that go into finding the best college fit. Open to both students and parents! Registration begins Oct. 5.

Tuesday, Oct. 14 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In October we’ll discuss "Meet Me at the Emotional Baggage Claim" by Lisa Scottoline.

Wednesday, Oct. 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 at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday 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.

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – "Researching WWI and WWII Military Records," with GeneaBlogger and former OGS trustee, Wally Huskonen

Wednesday, Oct. 15 (7-8:45 p.m.) Ethnic History of Cleveland – David A. Bernatowicz, M.A., of the Tri-C Speakers Bureau will provide a narrative history of the many ethnic groups that migrated to the Cleveland area from the early 19th to the 20th century.

Thursday, Oct. 16 (4-5 p.m.) Magic Tree House Book Club – Do you already love the "Magic Tree House" adventures or are you curious to find out what the fuss is all about? Join us for one of the "Magic Tree House" books, discussion and craft related to the book. Grades K-2. No registration required.

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Volume 6, Issue 20, Posted 9:59 AM, 09.30.2014

Students learn technology concepts through Techie Club

A Hyland volunteer works with Jordan Cleland and Daniel Xu during Techie Club.

Techie Club is a new partnership between the Westlake City Schools and Hyland Software designed to expose students to different technology concepts, to incite interest and encourage exploration.

The club includes hands-on, interactive lessons for third and fourth grade students. Topics include computer programming, web development, hardware, software, internet, digital and social media, technology careers and robotics.

Techie Club is comprised of up to 20 students and meets for an hour after school on Thursdays at Dover Elementary School throughout the school year. International Baccalaureate Coordinator Colleen Mudore is facilitating the program with the help of Hyland Software volunteers.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.28.2014

Rain doesn't dampen this year's Heritage Run

Runners brave the cool temperatures and light rain at the start of the annual Bay Village Heritage Run on Oct. 18. Photo by Tim Atkinson

The annual Bay Village Foundation Heritage 5K run/1-mile walk began under cloudy skies on Oct. 18 at Cahoon Memorial Park. More than 300 walkers and runners registered and the first 300 participants received a cool, dry-tech T-shirt. Funds collected from fees and the sponsorships of local businesses will support private, non-sectarian community projects. 

The event was chaired by trustees Tim Atkinson and Steve Lee. Board members were available at 7:30 a.m. to register walkers and runners and to distribute packets and some of the best goodie bags in Northeast Ohio.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:38 AM, 10.28.2014

Mr. Westlake's year comes to a close

Rick Grane finished out his term as Mr. Westlake at a dinner with family and friends, including his daughter, Laura (left), and former auxiliary police partner Marian Zietz.

The Westlake Town Criers held one last celebration of 2014's Mr. Westlake, Rick Grane, Oct. 20 at Mahle's restaurant. The dinner, which Grane repeatedly reminded guests was "not a roast," did include some good-natured teasing of the honoree, who has earned the respect of many in the city.

Grane volunteers as an auxiliary policeman, as a member of the Kiwanis, Elks and Westlake United Methodist Church, and at many cancer fundraisers held in the city. His wife, Susan, who succumbed to cancer in 2003, is his driving force.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 10:22 AM, 10.28.2014

Band Spooktacular Success!

Band members Marilyn Panco, Melissa Henderson, Tom Gorgas and Director Dave Hager greet the audience.

The second annual Bay Village Community Band Spooktacular was held on Oct. 22. The Middle School cafetorium was filled to capacity with ghosts, goblins, and their parents, who enjoyed a program of haunted musical favorites and theme songs from costumed heroes. Concert-goers were surprised by an appearance from the Energizer Bunny.

The Bay Village Community Band would like to thank Energizer, Giant Eagle, Seven Layers Bakeshoppe and Heinen’s for sponsoring the refreshments and giveaways.  Raffle and costume contest prizes were provided by Energizer, Village Bicycle Cooperative, Bay Lanes, Seven Layers Bakeshoppe, Beck Center for the Arts and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:35 AM, 10.28.2014

BAYarts offers marbleizing paper workshop

The art of marbleizing designs will be taught in Nov. 8 workshop at BAYarts.

Do you love the look of richly marbleized designs? This November, channel your inclination for an artistic outlet in a workshop taught by Peggy Wertheim on Saturday, Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., at BAYarts.

The art of marbleizing designs on paper and silk is a process that is simple and gratifying for artists of any level. Students will explore how paper and silk can be marbleized using traditional water baths, acrylic paints and powdered seaweed. They will be learning patterns such as Feather, Bird Wing and Chevron. Between 12-15 marbled paper silks will be created by all, which can then be utilized in holiday cards, scrapbooks, journals and any of your other ongoing, and future, projects.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:35 AM, 10.28.2014

Chocolate is a trick, not a treat, for dogs

Halloween is here and with it comes the start of the candy-filled holiday season. For the next several months there will be plenty of temptation and opportunities to succumb to giving chocolate to our pets. 

I am sure you have heard not to give pets chocolate, but do you really know why? As a baker of dog treats for my dogs and owner of a dog bakery, I had to learn the facts to educate my customers on the evils of chocolate and wonders of carob. So here is the truth about chocolate.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:40 AM, 10.28.2014

The perfect season for a trip to Amish country

A couple weeks ago, the residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments took a trip to Amish country. Fall in northern Ohio consists of beautiful leaves falling to the ground. You can't beat the colors of this season.

The bus pulled up to the front door to let the seniors board with no problem. A cheer went up when we left the driveway. The first stop was a huge hardware store carrying wood-burning stoves and all types of hand tools. One room was filled with hand-carved wood scenes of rivers flowing by old farm houses, trees in the front yard, farm animals and barns. I could not believe all the detail in the various depicted scenes.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:26 AM, 10.28.2014

WHS student earns perfect 36 on ACT

Cal Craven

Nicholas “Cal” Craven is the third Westlake High School student this year to earn a perfect 36 on the ACT.

Less than one-tenth of 1 percent of all test takers earns a perfect score on the ACT. Among ACT-tested U.S. high school graduates in the Class of 2014, only 1,407 out of 1.85 million students earned a perfect 36 on the exam.

Cal, a WHS senior, is a National Merit Semifinalist, an AP Scholar, a top 10 finalist in the 2014 National High School Architecture Competition, a first-place district champion in the Math Equations Contest as a 7th and 8th grader, and a third-place winner of the MAA American Mathematics Competition in 2011. He also earned several awards in the Student Model Home Design Contest of Northeast Ohio, including Best Model and third-place overall design in 2014, and best presentation and third-place overall design in 2013.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.28.2014

Westshore drug-free coalition receives funding for strategic plan

The Westshore Young Leaders Network (WYLN), an emerging coalition in Cuyahoga County that serves six communities in the Westshore region of Northeast Ohio, received notification that they have been selected to be mentored by The Community Awareness and Prevention Association (CAPA) for the Coalition of Excellence - Mentoring Grant from the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:41 AM, 10.28.2014

Come dance with me!

Wally Bass dances with Helen Zamiska

O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay residents enjoyed an evening of music and dancing at the annual Stepping Out dance held at St. Ladislas Catholic Church in Westlake. Each year the church donates the use of their church hall and invites nursing home and assisted living residents from the local area to come together for an evening of fun. This year the residents sang and danced the night away to the musical renderings of the Johnny Pastirik Band.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:42 AM, 10.28.2014

BOE announces new drive-through ballot returns box

Pat McDonald, director of the Board of Elections

It is now easier than ever to return your Vote by Mail ballot for the Nov. 4 General Election if you prefer to drop it off at the Board of Elections. There is a new drive-through ballot drop box. The drop box makes voting more accessible and convenient when returning voted ballots. It eliminates the need to find a place to park and walk to the building in inclement weather.

“The secure drive-through ballot drop box allows voters to deposit ballots at their convenience, any time, day or night. The ballot drop box was designed specifically for ballots and is monitored 24/7 by video surveillance, as well as checked and cleared out several times a day,” said Pat McDonald, director of the Board of Elections.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:42 AM, 10.28.2014

Senior artists inspired by pros

Bradley Bay resident Carol Rodman admires artwork on display.

Residents of O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay Assisted Living were invited to submit their original artwork at the annual Northern Ohio Association of Activity Professionals art show, held at the 78th Street Studios in the Gordon Square area of Cleveland. The fine arts complex is known for its extensive artistic talent and has over 50 art studios. Bradley Bay residents have been honing their artistic talents in the use of watercolor over the past three months as part of the activities programming. Each artist received a participation ribbon and an art lesson from one of the resident artists of the Studio. Our senior artists came back inspired to expand on their artistic skills – we can’t wait to see what their creativity brings.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:42 AM, 10.28.2014

New Bay agency offers insurance, financial planning

On Oct. 1, 2014, my team and I launched the Brad Larson State Farm Agency at 654 Dover Center Road, in the Dover Commons of Bay Village, where the previous agent, who is now retired, had a 39-year history with the Bay Village community. 

We now have the honor of providing both existing and new clients the comprehensive insurance and financial solutions that will protect valuable personal and business assets, and provide guidance in meeting financial goals and dreams.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 9:25 AM, 10.28.2014

Bay Village T-shirts now available

Bay Village employees Curtis Krakowski of the Service Department and Casey Rogozinski of the Rec Department show off the new Bay Village T-shirts. Photo by Denny Wendell

The City of Bay Village is selling T-shirts in five different styles to benefit the Bay Days Fireworks Fund. Sue Kohl, assistant to the the mayor, worked with local graphic artist Christine Rinto on the design and colors for the soon-to-be-popular shirts. The cotton/polyester shirts, available at City Hall, cost $20 for long-sleeve and $15 for short-sleeve and are available in men’s and women’s sizes.

The men's/unisex crewneck styles are white short-sleeve, heather gray short-sleeve and white long-sleeve. The women's scoopneck shirts are heather blue short-sleeve and black long-sleeve; ladies sizes run small so consider sizing up.

Payment is by check or cash only. Purchases may be made at the City Hall receptionist desk Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. The shirts will also be available at BAYarts starting Nov. 1. Call 440-899-3416 for information and availability.

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Volume 6, Issue 22, Posted 6:31 PM, 10.15.2014