Latest News

BAYarts updates community on former playhouse

BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton, board President Mary Conway Sullivan and board VP and manager of the project Peter Winzig discuss plans during the organization’s town hall meeting on renovation of the former Huntington Playhouse. Photo by Denny Wendell

About 30 people attended an informational town hall meeting at BAYarts on May 9 to learn about progress and plans for the former Huntington Playhouse. Executive Director Nancy Heaton, board President Mary Conway Sullivan and board VP and manager of the project, Peter Winzig (all residents of Bay Village) talked about the history and future of the cultural arts campus. The meeting was held in the lobby of the playhouse and guests were able to peak into the old theater and stage, and see the work that needs to be done in order to reopen the doors.

Heaton introduced the discussion with a brief history of the arts organization, now in its 70th year. BAYarts and the former playhouse organizations are affiliates of Cleveland Metroparks, which means they have a collaborative relationship for construction projects and the footprint of the park.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.15.2018

Forum addresses children's safety in schools

School, health and safety officials from Westlake and Avon Lake shared information about measures being taken to keep children safe in school.

The 912 Project Westlake hosted a Children's Safety in Schools speakers' forum on Saturday, May 5, as part of their objective to inform citizens about issues of community concern. Allen Porter, Westlake resident and member of the 912 Project moderated the forum that included: Bob Scott, Avon Lake superintendent; Scott Goggin, Westlake superintendent; Dr. Kathleen Kern, executive director of the Lorain County Board of Mental Health; Capt. Duane Streator, Avon Lake Police chief; Capt. Kevin Bielozer, Westlake Police chief; Kendra Yurgionas, Westlake Police patrolman; and Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka.

From Columbine, Colorado, to Parkland, Florida, we have experienced frightening scenes of school shootings for the last decade. What are the educators, safety officers, and mental health experts in our communities of Avon Lake and Westlake doing to protect our children from a school intruder’s harm?

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:34 AM, 05.15.2018

The home front: I remember WWII

A train car loaded with bed frames and other metal items, donated by those on the home front to help the war effort in WWII.

If you were alive during World War II, you were caught up in the atmosphere. It was a time you never forgot.

I was just a little girl. I do not remember Pearl Harbor being attacked. My first remembrance is a voice coming from the orange dial on our console radio. Gabriel Heatter is saying, “Good evening, everyone. There’s good news tonight.” His trademark sign-on was followed by the bad news. He scared me to death. The newspapers had maps with red and blue lines showing how far we had advanced or retreated.

Each neighborhood had an air raid warden and helpers. Ours were my dad, Larry Carman, Ralph Wieland, Harold Inwood and Art Hook. The top guy was known as the chief block head. We would practice blackouts by pulling down the shades while the dads patrolled the neighborhood with flashlights, looking for anything out of place. Spooky times for a little kid.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:28 AM, 05.15.2018

Kiwanis provides shirts for Westlake marching band

Westlake Kiwanian Rick Grane, WHS marching band director Hillary Patriok and Kiwanis President Suzanne Rusnak are pictured with band officers Julia Alward, Rachel Zinram, Rachel Kaiser, Allie Routhier, Matt Wallenhorst, Matt Eppele, Gabe Leonard and Connor Mahon.

The Westlake Kiwanis purchased polo shirts for the Westlake Marching Band. The polo shirts are for the band to wear during hot weather events. Kiwanis had become concerned when they observed in their last few Memorial Day parades the band appearing to be uncomfortable in their heavy band uniforms.

It was decided to raise funds to purchase the band polo shirts to wear on hot weather occasions. Westlake Kiwanis President Suzanne Rusnak and past President Rick Grane presented the shirts to the band on April 27.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.15.2018

Summer reading kick-off party at Porter!

Celebrate summer reading on Thursday, May 31, at our kick-off party! Stop by between 4-7 p.m. to register for the Summer Reading program and grab a sign-up prize. Plus we'll have food, rock painting, giveaways (while supplies last), activities and live music from the Paulo Costa Trio! Summer Reading runs June 1 to Aug. 1 and we look forward to seeing you at all our programs over the summer!

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.15.2018

Join Bay Village Schools in honoring retiring superintendent Clint Keener

Retiring Bay Village Schools Superintendent Clint Keener.

Bay Village community members, along with staff and students of the Bay Village Schools, are invited to attend a community reception honoring retiring Superintendent Clint Keener on Thursday, May 17, 3:30-6:30 p.m. at Bay Lodge, 492 Bradley Road. Keener retires from 14 years of service to the Bay Village City School District and from 41 years of service to public education.

A lineup of notable Bay Village school and community leaders are scheduled to make brief remarks periodically throughout the reception, including school board members, school staff representatives, Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar and others who have worked closely with Keener.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.15.2018

Clague Playhouse barn sale returns June 9

Spring Cleaning time is here! Please remember to save all of your no longer wanted, gently used household items for Clague Playhouse's Annual Barn Sale. Our version of a rummage sale will be held Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

We will accept donations of tables, lamps, decor items, small appliances, lawn and garden equipment, furniture, pictures, kitchen and bath items, toys and games, books, crafts and sports equipment.  Please, no clothes.You may drop off items at the theater Wednesday, May 30, through Saturday, June 2, from 1-6 p.m.; and Wednesday, June 6, through Friday, June 8, from 1-8 p.m. Clague Playhouse is located at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.15.2018

'Old Hurst Home' at 2004 Dover Center Road dates to 1854

This circa 1854 home on Dover Center Road once belonged to James D. Hurst and his wife, Lydia. Photo by William Krause

Hurst has been a fairly common name in Dover which makes it difficult to research. It has been hard to determine if they represent one or multiple families who settled in the geographic area that now encompasses Bay Village, Westlake and Avon.  

Multiple sources state that three or four brothers named Hurst emigrated directly from England to Dover Township and Avon in the early 19th century to take up sheep farming. Both Josiah and Thomas Hurst’s homes are featured in an 1874 atlas of Cuyahoga County. Thomas Hurst’s circa 1838 brick home, which still exists on the north side of Detroit Road, west of Bradley, is marked with an Ohio Historical Marker. Josiah N. Hurst’s home was located west of Thomas’s home and while the house is gone, one of his barns pictured in the 1874 drawing still exists, painted white, at 31450 Detroit Road.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.15.2018

Bay Village waterways clean-up set for May 19

The Bay Village Waterways Clean-up Day, sponsored by The Bay Village Foundation, Bay High Project Earth Club, the Bay Village Green Team and the Scouts, will be held on Saturday, May 19. All are welcome! Volunteers should meet at the Bay Middle School cafeteria to sign in before 11:00 a.m. Participants of all ages will go out in groups to clean up Bay's waterways and the surrounding areas. Children should be accompanied by a parent/guardian or they should bring a signed permission slip.

The city will provide trash bags and gloves for use in picking up the debris along Cahoon Creek, Columbia Park, Bay Boat Club, and other portions of the Lake Erie waterfront. The groups work for more than two hours and finish up back at the middle school, where The Bay Village Foundation will provide lunch for the volunteers.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.15.2018

BAYarts festival celebrates the outdoors

Visitors enjoy last year's Get Out! festival. Photo by Mike Marinis photography

The Get Out festival on the BAYarts campus on Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will celebrate the art of the outdoors. Body, soul and art are all included. The festival day will include food, drink, live music by Michelle Gaw (from noon to 2 p.m.) and plenty of vendors and activities.
BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton feels the festival title is perfect. "We wanted to convey the upbeat attitude that goes along with Spring when everything is waking up and it's time to get out of the house and embrace the sun again. ... It's all about getting out and getting going."
Some of the cool festival vendors will include beach glass crafts, fishing apparel, bicycle merchandise, drones, standup paddle boards, reiki, hand-crafted ironworks, a food truck, local craft beer and ice cream.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.15.2018

New uses for the old Pill

The Pill, oral contraceptive pill, is the most important innovation of the 20th century. (I’m a woman, sue me.)

Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, pushed relentlessly and heroically for its discovery and legalization. In 1910, Sanger, a nurse in New York City, witnessed the burden of unwanted pregnancies on women and families and the horror of self-induced abortions. (Her own mother had 18 pregnancies in 22 years and died young.) Birth control, she thought, would allow a woman to be “the absolute mistress of her own body," improving her well being and social equality.

Since the inception of the first pill, Enovid, in 1960, the Pill has come a long way.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.15.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Remember when Cleveland radio crackled with a nonstop audio parade of larger-than-life characters? Mike and Janice Olszewski, authors of "Cleveland Radio Tales," will be at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, June 4, at 7 p.m. to present stories from their book. Come relive the tales of some of the eccentric characters from Cleveland radio. These stories, mostly from the 1960s to 1990s, share on-air and off-air antics of radio hosts who performed in the nude, battled station owners (and sometimes brawled with each other), broke news stories, discovered new musical acts, and tried any stunt to draw listeners. Join us for a trip down memory lane!


Our weekly storytimes start back up on Monday, June 4. Please see the list below for storytime days and times.

  • 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, May 17 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Tenney – Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one.

Saturday, June 9 (10 a.m.) Summer Jam – Get ready for a rock 'n' reading experience! Make your own instruments with everyday materials while singing, dancing and shaking to rhymes, songs and stories. Registration required.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.15.2018

Porter parking lot will be closed May 27, 28

Westlake Porter Public Library’s parking lot will be closed for resealing and striping from 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 26, through 6 a.m. on Tuesday, May 29. There will be no access to the drive-up book drops while the parking lot is closed. The library will be closed on May 27 and 28 in observance of Memorial Day, making it an ideal time for performing the annual maintenance. The re-sealing and re-striping will be done weather permitting.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.15.2018

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, May 2 and 9 (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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, May 2 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, May 2 and 9 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Weekly hang-out for 5th and 6th graders ONLY! 

Wednesdays, May 2 and 9 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, May 3 and 10 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore the classics of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Thursday, May 3 (10-11:30 a.m.) Intro to Smartphones – Learn the basics of using smartphones, such as screen brightness, Wi-Fi settings, adding apps, and more. If bringing your device, bring all account passwords. Please register.

Thursdays, May 3 and 10 (4-5:15 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game and change the world through code. Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Thursday, May 3 (6:30-8 pm) Sensory Consult – Does your child hate “itchy” clothes? Is your child bothered by noises or have difficulty with busy environments? Are you concerned about your child’s frequent meltdowns and difficulty interacting with others? Does your child frequently spin, jump and crash his or her body into things? If so, come to our consult where you and your child will meet with a pediatric occupational therapist. Open to children ages 18 months-12 years. Register at or call 440-250-5563.

Friday, May 4 and Monday, May 14 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences are encouraged. This 30-minute storytime, followed by time for socialization, is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend, but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, May 4 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Join Mrs. K as we explore sand and seashells along with the creatures that call the beach home. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take home project. Ages 4-6. Please register.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:08 AM, 05.01.2018

Lake View Cemetery

"The Angel of Death Victorious," also known as the "Haserot Angel," is often sought-out by visitors to the Cemetery. She is located in Section 9, Lot 4.

Photograph by Rachel Polaniec

This month's Magical History Tour takes place at Lake View Cemetery, Cleveland's "Outdoor Museum," located about a half-hour drive east, bordering Cleveland's University Circle and Little Italy. Entrances are at Euclid Avenue in Cleveland, and at Mayfield and Kenilworth Roads in Cleveland Heights. Admittance is free, and complimentary on-site parking is available. See for visitation guidelines.      

From the hard lines and polished surfaces of Cleveland's East Side rises a rural oasis of gentle hills and swaying greenery, a place of peace and repose, a sanctum from the roar of the city streets below. While the inadvertent visitor might be taken by surprise, Lake View Cemetery has been this way since its founding in 1869, being designed after the grand garden cemeteries of France and Victorian England.

Originally developed five miles from the city in bucolic arboreal surroundings, today the cemetery's 285 acres encompasses tracts of Cleveland, East Cleveland and Cleveland Heights. The expansive grounds host two small lakes, wildlife and a variety of exceptional horticulture: over 750 labeled trees, four of which are Moses Cleaveland trees – trees that were growing when Cleaveland first surveyed the area in 1796. 

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:33 AM, 05.15.2018

Mayor Dennis Clough proclaims May 19-25 as ‘National Safe Boating Week’

Mayor Dennis Clough, center, presents a proclamation to members of the North Coast Ohio Sail and Power Squadron, from left: Jack Salisbury, Elliott Manke, Louise Manke, Mary Glassco and Rev. Jon Paulus.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough recently presented several members of the North Coast Ohio Sail and Power Squadron with a special proclamation at Westlake City Hall. In addition, the mayor declared the week of May 19 to May 25 as National  Safe Boating Week to raise awareness about boating safety.

On average, 700 people die each year in boating-related accidents in the United States. Approximately 70 percent are fatalities caused by drowning, and the vast majority of these accidents are caused by human error or poor judgment and not by the boat, equipment or environmental factors.

A significant number of boaters who lose their lives by drowning each year would be alive today had they worn a life jacket.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.15.2018

Bay Village Memorial Day observance schedule

It is that time of the year when we start to think about summer and look forward to the Memorial Day weekend. While many think of this as a “holiday” it is really a “remembrance” day. It is meant to remember all the men and women who have served our country and have passed away.

This year the Bay Village Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 28. The parade’s timetable is as follows:

  • 8:00 a.m. – Parade participants assemble in Huntington Beach parking lot on Lake Road
  • 8:45 a.m. – Parade marches west on Lake Road to Lakeside Cemetery
  • 9:00 a.m. – Ceremonies at Lakeside Cemetery
  • 9:15 a.m. – Parade marches east on Lake Road to the Cahoon Park gazebo
  • 9:45 a.m. – Ceremonies at Cahoon Park
Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.15.2018

The Bay Village Foundation to honor residents with bronze plaques in annual Memorial Day observance

The Bay Village Foundation will honor Russell D. Brill, Henry and Betty Laub, Gerald and Joyce Maurer, Wayne A. and Jeanne M. Reese and Jean and Julius Zajac, with permanent bronze memorial plaques to be installed at the T. Richard Martin Memorial Bridge in Cahoon Park on Monday, May 28. The program will take place at Cahoon Park North under the tent following the city’s Memorial Day observance at the gazebo. Friends of the families and the public are invited to attend the annual ceremony and view the plaques currently installed on the footbridge, along with the new memorials.

Bay High soloist Natalie Surdy will sing “The Water is Wide” as part of the dedication ceremony. Megan Evans (violin I), Abigail Cho (violin II), Christina Randazzo (viola), Emily Boggess (cello) and Lillian Graber (bass) of the Bay High Honors String Quartet, will also perform.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.15.2018

Occupants of Tribe teepee can make one weepy

They start out by telling me, reassuringly, that it's a long season. Then they tell me there's still plenty of time.

Well, you can tell "them" for me that based on the quality of Indians baseball I've seen so far, it's already been a l-o-n-g season. And as far as that "still plenty of time" remark goes, I'd like to know: Still plenty of time for what? A lobotomy? In which case sharpen the scalpel and cue the anesthesiologist, because anything's better than this. I'm ready, doc.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:32 AM, 05.15.2018

Parkside Church celebrates 50th anniversary

Westlake Parkside Church of the Nazarene located at 23600 Hilliard Blvd. will celebrate its 50th anniversary at this location. Pastor Stephen Zirkle, former and current members, and special guests will be celebrating this anniversary during the morning worship service at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, followed by a fellowship luncheon.

The former Lakewood Church of the Nazarene (1932-1968) moved to this location in 1968 under the leadership of Reverend P.W. Kizzee, who pastored the church from 1961-1999. His pastorate was followed by Reverend Richard Gatlin (1999-2005) and Reverend Troy Durkovic (2005-2009). Pastor Stephen Zirkle is the current pastor since 2010.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.15.2018

Cleveland Miniaturia displays are featured at Rose Hill Museum

This antique German tin kitchen was furnished by Karen Hochradel with vintage miniatures.

Cleveland Miniaturia Society members are loaning miniature rooms and furniture as part of a special display at Rose Hill Museum in Bay Village.

The display will coincide with the 49th annual Cahoon in June event on Saturday, June 16, in Cahoon Memorial Park and with the 200th birthday celebration of Rose Hill Museum. The Cleveland Miniaturia Society will also be offering free appraisals of miniatures at Cahoon in June.

The club has had a dollhouse show for 47 years with exhibits, vendors, prizes and a raffle to benefit local charities. Its members have restored dollhouses for local institutions, taught classes at libraries, and exhibited at the Cuyahoga County Fair and at the Home and Garden Show.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:34 AM, 05.15.2018

St. Paul Lutheran School names new principal

Jeremy Louden is the new principal of St. Paul Lutheran School in Westlake.

Jeremy Louden has accepted the call to become the next principal of St. Paul Lutheran School in Westlake.

Louden is expected to begin his duties this summer.

“After just a few years in the classroom, Mr. Louden's superiors told him he was going to be an administrator some day. He continued teaching and added two Master's Degrees in Administration and is now primed to put all this preparation into his leadership of St. Paul Lutheran School,” said interim Principal Rev. Dr. David Buegler. “There is a verse in the Bible that says, 'For Such A Time As This...' I am thrilled to quote that verse to speak about our excitement in bringing Jeremy Louden from Texas to Ohio for such a time as this.”

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.15.2018

Bay Village Community Theater presents 'The Bear'

Russia’s well-known playwright Anton Chekhov may be most famous for his serious plays like “The Seagull,” but did you know that he also wrote hilarious one-act farces about life and love in Russia in the 1800s?

Bay Village Community Theater will perform Chekhov’s “The Bear: A Joke in One Act” as part of its “All the World’s a Stage[d Reading]” series. There will be two performances: Saturday, May 19 at 2 p.m. at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village, 605 Bradley Road; and Sunday, May 20 at 6 p.m. at Mojo’s Coffee and More, 600 Dover Center Road. The play features Tim Peebles, Michael Strama and Jessica Williams and is directed by Tim Jones.

Both performances are open to the public. Admission is free; donations for Bay Village Community Theater will be accepted at both performances.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.15.2018

WHS senior places 1st in U.S. Geography Olympiad

Westlake High School senior Kyle Yu earned the 2018 Varsity National Champion title at the United States Geography Olympiad (USGO) in Arlington, Virginia. It was Kyle’s third time at the USGO.

Kyle previously earned a perfect score on a written qualifying exam to participate in the USGO. That score also earned him a spot in the International Geography Bee World Championships in Berlin this July.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.15.2018

BMS seventh-graders ace national math competition

Bay Middle School seventh-grade Continental Math League team. Left-to-right, front row: James Chilton, Miya DeBolt, Norah Schlegel, Caitlyn Hartzell, Ella Tenerowicz, Josie Scholtz, Renee Duffy. Middle row: Jack Oster, PJ Sobczak, Logan Bennefeld, Jackson Schelzig, Nikolas Wassmer, Adam Tenerowicz, Joey Hinshaw, Iain Ray, Sheldon Coffman, math teacher Lauren Hill;. Back row: Ben Linson, Adriana Pirinelli, Anna Mayer, Adam Ward, Luke Nageotte, James Fowles, Ethan Jacobs, Frank Bird, Phoebe Sutherland. (Not pictured are Elise Kelley and Andy Mold.)

Bay Middle School’s seventh-grade Continental Math League (CML) team ranked first out of 92 schools from across the nation. The team scored a cumulative 180/180.

In addition, seventh-graders Frank Bird, Andy Mold and Jackson Schelzig were recognized as individual national leaders, each scoring a cumulative 36/36, in the CML program.

Participating students meet five times during the school year to individually tackle problem-solving and math challenges. Bay Middle School competed in the more difficult Pythagorean Division, reflecting above-average reading comprehension and analytical reasoning, as well as computational skills appropriate to the grade level.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.15.2018

Kiwanis members clean Huntington Beach

Westlake Aktion Club members collect trash from Huntington Beach.

The Division 14 Kiwanis Clubs gathered at Huntington Beach in Bay Village on May 5 to take part in "Adopt a Beach," a program sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Clubs taking part were the Bay Village Kiwanis, the Bay Village Key Club, Westlake Kiwanis, Westlake Aktion Club and Rocky River Kiwanis. The participants who gathered for the event were directed by Camille Licate from Kids for Positive Change.

It was a beautiful Saturday for picking up trash on the beach. There were many pounds of trash picked up, mainly plastic which isn’t biodegradable. Plenty of plastic straws, cigar tips, plastic bottles, bottle caps, etc. were plucked from the shoreline. There were over 50 Kiwanis affiliated participants who showed up thanks to the work of Division 14 Lt. Governor Grergj Haxhiu.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.15.2018

President Lincoln speaks on leadership

Westlake resident Mel Maurer will bring his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln to Porter Library on Tuesday, May 22.

I’ll be speaking as Lincoln at Westlake Porter Public Library on Tuesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. Here is just a little about my talk.

If you were looking for someone to lead you in a war and received the following two resumes, which person would you feel is best for the job?

  • Jefferson Davis, born into a well-to-do, distinguished military family with ancestors that fought in the Revolutionary War, a graduate of West Point, a lieutenant in the Indian Wars, later a colonel in the war with Mexico, a congressman, a senator and a secretary of war before being elected as the president of the Confederacy in 1861.
  • Abraham Lincoln, born in a backwoods log cabin to parents eking out a living from the land, only intermittent elementary education schooling, failed shopkeeper, appointed “captain” by his squad in the Black Hawk War with no training and no action seen, a congressman and a lawyer before being elected president of the United States in 1860, taking office in 1861.
Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.15.2018

Village Project gearing up for Project Pedal

Are you looking for a great reason to gather your friends, family or co-workers of all ages and abilities together for a pleasant morning bike ride? Wouldn’t you love to enjoy each other’s company while stretching your muscles, feeling the fresh air in your lungs and taking in the sights and sounds of an early summer Saturday?

You can have this kind of fun and, at the same time, help to support Village Project in its mission to come together as a community to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to our neighbors experiencing cancer.

The fifth annual Project Pedal charitable bike ride will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event begins and ends at a new location this year: Cahoon Memorial Park.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:34 AM, 05.15.2018

Data analysis from recent digital literacy expo

Area seniors listen to a presentation by Tak Sato at the Living in the Digital World Senior Expo on May 10. Photo by Mely Sato

There are many reasons I love Cleveland, one of them being that the four seasons are similar to where I grew up. Yet even after living in CLE longer than I grew up in Japan, I still can’t tell how I should dress during our short spring season. I left home in a T-shirt the other day because it was 76 the day before. I should’ve consulted my digital mercury, aka my smartphone, as it was 46 degrees that day.

At least seniors enjoyed warm weather to attend our second annual Living in the Digital World Senior Expo on May 10.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:33 AM, 05.15.2018

Unity offers workshops to empower your life

Take a moment to breathe in deep, and just ... imagine. Take a journey away from your everyday "to do" list, and travel inside that marvelous gift of your own unique imagination. Did you imagine your life quantitatively in terms of less and more? Did you see yourself inside your imagination bubble with less stress? More money? Happy and healthier relationships?

If you turned these imaginings into goals, what might be holding you back from experiencing them as part of your reality? Is it a fear that these things could never come true for you? Are you living much of your life in a fearful state of mind? Some of our everyday self beliefs keep us in a limited shell of existence. Tapping into our imagination is much more than idle folly, it could be the way to your newfound freedom. As motivational speaker Les Brown said, "Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears." Do your dreams feel like they've drifted far far away?

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:32 AM, 05.15.2018

Free estate planning discussion at BAYarts

A special Friends Forever Luncheon is happening at noon on Friday, June 1, in the BAYarts Fuller House.

It will be facilitated by Brian R. Hassett, vice president and wealth strategist at PNC Ohio Trust Company. Estate planning will be discussed, along with the new tax reform laws and how they affect estate planning and charitable giving strategies. This free talk also includes a free lunch.

RSVP by May 25 to or 440-871-6543.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.15.2018

Arden Courts of Westlake employee chosen divisional 'Champion of Caring'

In her nearly eight years with Arden Courts of Westlake, Michele Dietrich is described as a team player like no other. She is upbeat, kind and compassionate, and a wonderful representative of the HCR ManorCare values.

While making residents’ rooms and the entire memory care center sparkle, she goes beyond with her versatility to assist residents with their meals, assist with programming, help with restocking and calm residents in need. Michele amazes with what she accomplishes and is the epitome of being helpful, caring and responsive in every way, every day.

Read Full Story
Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.15.2018