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Bay Village Schools selects next superintendent

Mrs. Jodie Hausmann will be the next superintendent of Bay Village Schools.

The Bay Village Board of Education has hired Jodie Hausmann, superintendent of Perkins Local School District in Sandusky, Ohio, to replace the district’s current superintendent, Clint Keener, when his retirement becomes effective Aug. 1.

Hausmann has served as superintendent at Perkins since 2015, where she led a strategic planning process engaging more than 100 of the district’s stakeholders. She collaborated with community members for passage of an operating levy and permanent improvement renewal levy after a long district history of failed ballot issues. Under her instructional leadership, grade-level Value Added scores for the district moved from failing to straight A’s in one year, earning the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum Award for two years.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.06.2018

Beloved artist and Westlake native son passes away

This sculpture by Westlake native Harold Balazs was installed in 2005 at the corner of Hilliard and Dover Center roads.

Celebrated artist and sculptor Harold Balazs passed away on Dec. 30, 2017, in Mead, Washington. He was 89 years old.

Harold was born in Dover (now Westlake) in 1928 and graduated from Dover High School in 1946. While in school he participated in basketball, hockey, volleyball, football, track, and student council. He was president of student council during his senior year.

Harold started art lessons at the Cleveland Museum of Art at the age of 12, and continued them for several years after. He was encouraged in this by his mother, who worked as a telephone operator. His father’s work in sheet metal fabrication and air conditioning repair provided young Harold the opportunity to become familiar with materials he would later use in his art.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:25 AM, 03.06.2018

WPD Community Police Academy starts March 21

The Westlake Police Department is bringing back its hands-on course about police procedures. The deadline to apply for the Community Police Academy is March 14.

The Westlake Police Department’s Community Police Academy, an 11-week police discovery program, will be held on Wednesdays, March 21-May 30, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The free course covers police procedures and provides hands-on instruction from department personnel, including patrol and traffic operations, SWAT, self-defense and firearms training, crime scene processing, and more.

The application deadline is Wednesday, March 14. Preference is given to applicants who live or work in Westlake but is open to all. The brochure/application and more details are available at

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 03.06.2018

Bay schools, city work together to prevent school violence

The recent school shooting incident in Parkland, Florida, which took the lives of 17 innocent students and teachers causes us all to reflect on what our city and schools are doing to prevent and respond to such tragedies. It is a natural reaction for parents to be concerned about the safety of their children in the schools during such tragic incidents.  

The Bay Schools have Emergency Management Plans in place for each school building in the district. Safety plans are required by the Ohio Revised Code section 3313.536. These plans were promulgated and reviewed by school administrators; the police and fire departments; parent, teacher and non-teacher employee representatives and others. Within this comprehensive operations plan are procedures for active shooter incidents.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:22 AM, 03.06.2018

Westlake Easter Egg Hunt set for March 24

The Westlake Town Criers announce the 2018 Westlake City Easter Egg Hunt and Candy Scramble will again be held at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., on Saturday, March 24.

There will be two candy scrambles: the first at 1:00 p.m. for those ages 4 through 6, and the second at 1:30 p.m. for those ages 7 through 10. At these times the children will scramble for wrapped candy and also for special eggs redeemable for stuffed animals.

For children age 3 and under, there is a non-competitive Easter egg hunt where the child simply hunts for eggs that are redeemed for candy and prizes.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.06.2018

BAYarts granted $100k for Playhouse from state budget

In an exciting show of confidence in the efforts of BAYarts to provide community engagement and restore the historical Huntington Playhouse for sustained use, BAYarts was allocated $100,000 from the state capital budget for the renovation.

State lawmakers announced their plan last Monday to spend more than $2.6 billion on capital improvements throughout Ohio for roads, bridges, parks, art and sport facilities and other initiatives. In addition, $20 million has been allocated for new scientific projects designed to fight opioid addiction, a rising concern in northeast Ohio.

“I’m excited to see funds proposed for Huntington Playhouse in the Capital Budget," said State Representative David Greenspan, a supporter of the project. “BAYarts has been working tirelessly to rehabilitate the facility and is an organization that provides excellent programming for Bay Village and the surrounding communities.”

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:32 AM, 03.06.2018

Church embraces plastic reduction; Earth Hour 2018

The Church of England this year asked people to give up single-use plastics for Lent. It is remarkable that their entire Lent program was focused on an environmental issue. This request came at a perfect time after the plastics ban China has issued (China is no long accepting plastic recyclables from around the world) and England is seeing a back-up of recyclables, just as the United States is. Additionally, the European Union announced in December targets for waste reduction for member nations, with a focus on plastics.

The Church of England created a calendar for a plastics-free Lent, with each day providing tips about reducing everyday plastics or Bible verses that are environmentally themed. You can find the calendar at In it are suggestions such as bringing your own water bottle and shopping bags, as well as requesting restaurant take-out (or as they say, “takeaways”) to be packed in a container you bring.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:26 AM, 03.06.2018

'Wow Factor' comes to Westlake Porter Public Library

A sampling of some of the clothing on display at the Western Reserve Historical Society. The exhibit is the topic of a March 22 program at Porter Library. Photo courtesy Western Reserve Historical Society

Westlake Porter Public Library will welcome a speaker from the Western Reserve Historical Society to discuss their exhibit, "Wow Factor: 150 Years of Collecting Bold Clothes," on Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m. The exhibit showcases 15 decades of fashionable, inspiring Clevelanders and their style. The presentation will highlight WRHS’s outstanding collection of show-stopping clothing and accessories made by Cleveland designers as well as international designers such as Christian Dior and Carolina Herrera.

"Wow Factor" tells the stories of inspiring Clevelanders who are immigrants, scholars, artists, athletes, philanthropists and CEOs. The exhibit includes over 100 garments, accessories, pieces of jewelry and works of art. The objects represent the quality and history of the costume and textile collection, which encompasses over 40,000 objects – some never before on view.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:34 AM, 03.06.2018

Jenniffer Omaitz has 'Constructions' at BAYarts

Jenniffer Omaitz brings together ideas of architecture, geometry, painterly abstraction and site specificity to the current collection of work on display at BAYarts. 

Through a thoughtful blending of paintings, assemblage and site-specific installation, artist Jenniffer Omaitz tackles chaos and form in her new exhibition, "Constructions." This is the first time she has displayed her 2D and 3D work together, and with it, she has overlapped weighty themes of architecture, boundaries, movement and geometry.

Juxtaposed against a cleaner sense of order, is what Omaitz refers to as a presentation of "harnessed and frozen chaos." This is shaped by her interest in states of change as they relate to the architectural trends, the environment and politics.

Large architectural elements in the ceiling of the BAYarts Sullivan Family Gallery were the catalyst for the main installation that Omaitz has created. "When I initially saw the space, the ceiling was one of the most distinguishing features about the site," she explained.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 AM, 03.06.2018

Bay High Technical Department awarded top high school honor

Bay High technology instructors Ron Rutt, left, and Luke Kieffer.

In recognition of Bay High's extraordinary Technical Department program, the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA) is awarding technology teachers Luke Kieffer and Ron Rutt its Program Excellence Award at its annual conference in Atlanta, Georgia, this April.

The Program Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to technology and engineering education programs at the elementary, middle and high school levels. Bay High was the Ohio high school winner this year.

Applications of technology are expanding into every nook and cranny of education and work. Students in Bay High's Technology Department have a wide choice of skills and concepts to explore, such as engineering, construction, architecture, wood and metal working, energy systems, alternative energy, computer-aided drafting, solid modeling, and video production.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:31 AM, 03.06.2018

OMG! What happened to my family memories?

Last week I was invited back to present “OMG! What Happened to My Family Memories!” at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. Preparation entailed reviewing my slide deck from five years ago and it was a trip down memory lane. It feels funny using that phrase since it was “only” five years ago – a testament to how internet years are akin to dog years!

Back in 2012, photos and videos taken with digital cameras were mostly copied to one’s computer. The computer became the primary target to be backed up to an external hard drive for contingency planning. Backing up files is like ordering “double prints” when developing 35mm film rolls (remember those?), tucking away one copy in a safe place.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:23 AM, 03.06.2018

The Sylvanus and Mary Crocker House, 29242 Detroit Road, circa 1853

This painting depicts the Crocker family property at the northwest corner of Detroit and Bassett roads. Photo courtesy The Nordgren Family

The Westlake Crockers were descendants of families who first settled Massachusetts in the 1600s. Jedediah Crocker was a Revolutionary War veteran who purchased large tracts of land in Euclid and Dover townships. His holdings included Original Lot (O.L.) 52 – the land where Crocker Park, The Promenade and the Atrium Office Building are now located – and O.L. 63, which includes the land northwest of Bassett and Detroit roads where the subject home is located.

“Pioneers of Westlake, Ohio: Settlers in 1820 and Their Families” by Jeanne Workman has a wealth of information about the Crocker family, as does research prepared by the current owners of the subject house. Jedediah and his wife, Sarah, were founding members of what later became Dover Congregational Church. Their oldest son, Noah, with wife, Betsey, and three children were among the very first pioneers in Westlake, immigrating to Dover in 1811.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:36 AM, 03.06.2018

Picking a PCP for the squeamish

At every annual checkup, in front of the vet’s office, my 70-pound shepherd mutt, Rosie, hams a scene for the Oscars. Collapsing dramatically on the concrete. I tug; she wails. I pull; she howls like she’d glimpsed an afterlife without liver bits, belly scratches, squirrels.

But I’m her. I hate going to doctors. Last year, I got my blood pressure almost down – there they went lowering the cutoff again.

Having the right primary care physician helps. How do you begin?

Within insurance network

Recommendations from your neighbors, yoga instructor or dentist are good starts. But don’t start with an out-of-network provider, not unless you absolutely need a second opinion from an expert – the only one of two in the U.S. who can explain why your family has odd-numbered toes.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:34 AM, 03.06.2018

BVECPTA to hold annual Spring Kids Resale on March 24

Looking to update your little one’s wardrobe without breaking the bank? Swing by the Bay Village Early Childhood PTA's annual Spring Kids Resale on Saturday, March 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be held in the school gym at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. 

The sale will feature gently used baby and children’s clothing (sizes newborn to 14/16), baby items, toys and games, books, and large items such as strollers, cribs, high chairs, bouncers and more.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:25 AM, 03.06.2018

Dover Center Road, Bay Village, circa 1920

Picture of Dover Center Road, looking south to the Nickel Plate tracks, in the 1920s.

Thanks to John Peterson, the Bay Village Historical Society is in the possession of a picture of Dover Center Road in the 1920s. This is the only picture I know of, and it tells a story. It reminds me of a friendly street with all the trees.

The two Blaha/Peterson buildings are on the left. Bill Blaha, John’s granddad, built the two-story brick building in 1926 after running the Edwards Foods grocery store in the old Cahoon Store since 1914. In 1926, Marie Blaha, Bill’s daughter, opened a beauty parlor in the clapboard building Bill had built next door for his meat market. Behind the beauty parlor was the first building Bill built on his new property. It was a double-bay auto garage. Out by the curb on Dover Center was a Standard Oil gas pump.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:31 AM, 03.06.2018

Westlake Porter Public Library's March calendar of events

Wednesdays, March 7 and 14 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, March 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, March 7 and 14 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Weekly hang-out for 5th and 6th graders ONLY!

Wednesdays, March 7 and 14 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, March 8 and 15 (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, March 7 (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, March 8 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, March 8 (2-3 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month, a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk to be read prior to the meeting. Please register.

Thursdays, March 8 and 15 (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.

Friday, March 9 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, March 10 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – For families and their children (up to age 6) who are struggling in an area of development. Siblings (up to age 6) are welcome to attend. Learn how to use music to improve your child’s motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. Each session is 30 minutes. Register at or by phone: 440-250-5563. 

Friday, March 9 (3:30-4:15 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – We’ll investigate the science of clouds and weather. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take home project. Ages 4-7. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:36 AM, 03.06.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library


  • Mondays and 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

Wednesday, March 7 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: Towers – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program building the tallest structures we can using only uncooked spaghetti and marshmallows. Registration required.   

Thursday, March 15 (4 p.m.) American Girl: Addy – Learn about the times and cultures represented by the dolls. Feel free to bring your doll to the program if you have one. Registration required.  

Saturday, March 17 (10 a.m.) Circuit Bugs – Learn about circuits by creating creepy crawlers using basic craft materials and electric circuits. Registration required. 

Tuesday, March 20 (6:30 p.m.) One School, One Book Family Night – Drop in for activities related to the Normandy and Westerly Elementary Schools One School, One Book selection. Registration required.  

Thursday, March 22 (4 p.m.) Meet Someone New – (Grades K-2) Meet someone new through a short biography, have a discussion and do activities based on the book. We will also talk about some of the biographies that are new to the library.


Wednesday, March 6 (3 p.m.) Teen Zone – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school – gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:34 AM, 03.06.2018

Annual Green & White Revue showcases Westlake talent

The emcees for this year's Green & White Revue are Hani Baltagi, Emily Huffman and Andrew Hom.

The Westlake High School PTSA proudly presents the 33rd Annual Green & White Revue on Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, at 7:00 p.m. at the Westlake High School Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The emcees for this year’s show are Hani Baltagi, Emily Huffman and Andrew Hom. 

The talent and variety show will feature talents of all kinds from Westlake Schools students ranging in age from kindergarten to high school. Some of this year’s acts include vocal, bands, guitar with original student compositions and the unusual. This is a one-of-a-kind show for the city of Westlake!

Admission for the show is $8 at the door with children 6 and under admitted for free. All proceeds to benefit the Westlake High School PTSA. For more information, email

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 03.06.2018

Can a senior center improve your health?

How important is social support as a person ages? This may seem like an easy question to answer. Most people would not choose isolation and loneliness versus spending time with friends and loved ones. However, can lack of social support really hinder a person’s overall quality of life?

In a word, yes.

Lack of social support is related to negative impacts on health and well-being, especially for seniors. Having a variety of positive social supports can contribute to psychological and physical wellness of the elderly. While the relationship between physical activity and vitality is well-documented, multiple recent studies have also revealed an increasingly stronger link between social interaction and mental and physical well-being for seniors.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:32 AM, 03.06.2018

Loneliness is the new chronic illness

Seniors learn how to use Skype during a recent digital literacy class taught by Tak Sato at the Westlake Senior & Community Services Center.

According to a report last year in Medical News Today, loneliness is a bigger killer than obesity. It is reported to have surpassed obesity and even smoking as a risk factor for premature death. A meta-analysis of research in this area from 1980-2014 finds that social isolation increases risk of death by 30-60 percent. Unfortunately, more and more people report being lonely. Since the 1980s the percentage of Americans who say they are lonely has doubled from 20 percent to 40 percent (according to the New York Times, 2016). For these reasons, loneliness is emerging as a new chronic illness.

Since many seniors live alone and/or have experienced many losses, they are an "at-risk" group for loneliness.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:32 AM, 03.06.2018

Its time for 'National Give Your Adult Daughter a Break Week'

Strolling through Heinen’s the other day I was surprised to find a 4-year-old girl roaming the store by herself. I peered around the corner behind me and saw that all was well; her mom and grandma were just an aisle behind her.

It’s a regular sight these days – the multi-generational shopping trip – and if there were a club for its practitioners the logo would be a mom face-planted near the dairy section, with Gumby arms stretched halfway up adjacent aisles by a toddler and a grandma.

These are perilous times for so-called sandwich moms, in large part because their own moms don’t understand what the big deal is. The Big Deal is that 1978 Mom and 2018 Mom are as similar as a Ford Country Squire and a Mitsubishi Outlander.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:32 AM, 03.06.2018

Fashion on display at Kent State University Museum

Entrance to the Kent State University Museum, located in Rockwell Hall. Photo by Rachel Polaniec

This month's Magic History Tour is the Kent State University Museum, located on the Kent State campus about an hour's drive via I-480 East. The information used in the article was sourced from "A Fine Endeavor: 25 Years of Fashionable Collecting," and the "Fringe Elements" exhibit brochure. Both are available at the Kent State Museum. The Museum is open Wednesday through Saturday to the public, and free parking is available to museum visitors. 

On the Kent State University campus, at the bottom of a steep hill, sits Rockwell Hall. Built in the late 1920s as the first university library, Rockwell Hall was later converted into administrative use for the executive offices. Today the quintessential collegiate building hosts a "jewel in the crown" of the university: the Kent State University Museum. 

The Kent State University Museum began life as a collection of 4,000 dresses, over 1,000 antique furnishings, and 5,000 books belonging to two men – business partners Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman, whose line of women's ready-to-wear was highly popular throughout the 1960s and '70s. Both men were very fond of antiques and avidly collected for their homes. The resulting assortment of first-rate objects was eventually gifted to Kent State, as Jerry thought it should be accessible to students, and Dr. Brage Golding, president of the university, proposed creating a museum and adding a curriculum in fashion design and merchandising should they choose to locate the collection there. They did, and the Kent State University Museum officially opened in 1985.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:25 AM, 03.06.2018

Much ado about Wahoo a big boo-hoo

So now that we’ve all had a little time to digest the Tribe’s decision (due to major pressure from Major League Baseball) to “transition” Chief Wahoo (“transition” sounds much more palatable than “dump”), how do you feel about saying adios to the Chief?

I have to admit to being a little saddened, but probably not for the reasons you might think. I’m both saddened and puzzled by the Indians' decision, though not surprised. It’s just another notch in the belt for (misapplied, in my opinion) political correctness, right? Isn’t it the same “Happy Holidays” mentality that’s become the new (unrealistic) standard in our society as we move forward with the “everybody wins, nobody loses – ever” approach?

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:26 AM, 03.06.2018

'Silent Sky' continues Clague's 90th season

"Silent Sky" by Lauren Gunderson tells the story of real-life female astronomer Henrietta Leavitt and her co-workers at the Harvard Observatory in the early 20th century. She and the ladies of her department were “computers” for the male astronomers, doing important research, measurements and calculations for the men, but getting no credit for their work nor access to Harvard’s telescope, “The Great Refractor.” However, Henrietta and her contemporaries, Annie Cannon and Williamina Fleming, went on to gain access to the telescope and to make important discoveries of their own.

Showing some of the roots of feminism in the United States, the play is ideal for Women’s History Month. These ladies’ stories are similar to others throughout American history, including the “code girls” who deciphered enemy messages during World War II and the female NASA employees, also called “computers,” in the early space program (depicted in the award-winning film “Hidden Figures”). Annie Cannon also became a dedicated suffragette, marching for women’s voting rights.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:35 AM, 03.06.2018

Have breakfast with the Easter Bunny on March 18

The Easter Bunny will hop in to the Bay Village Kiwanis pancake breakfast on March 18.

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club and the Bay High School Key Club will hold their annual Pancake Breakfast with the Easter Bunny fundraiser in the Bay Middle School cafeteria on Sunday, March 18, from 8:00 a.m. until noon. Enjoy some fresh homemade pancakes and fun crafts for the children. Bring your camera and snap a few photos with the Easter Bunny and the Fairytale Foundation Princesses.

Pre-sale tickets can be obtained from Bay Village Kiwanis members for $6 each. Ticket prices at the door are $7. Children under 5 are free.

Working along with the Key Club, the Bay Village Kiwanis has spent more than 50 years providing support to the educational community through fundraisers such as the pancake breakfast.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:31 AM, 03.06.2018

VFW seeks local veterans

Feb. 28, 1991, was the official Cease Fire to the Gulf War. This year marked the 27th anniversary. There are not many tributes to this event, but the VFW wants to ensure that all those who served are not forgotten. Thank you for your brave and dedicated service to our country.
I want to ensure that if you are not a member, you are aware of the existence of our Post and may consider joining and serving the community and continue your unselfish service to our country. We meet the second Tuesday of the month, 7 p.m., at the Bay Village Police Station Community Room. Hope to see you there!

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:31 AM, 03.06.2018

Unravel 'Masterpiece' mysteries this spring in Westlake

Wilkie Collins is credited with writing the first modern English detective novel. "The Moonstone" will be part of a book discussion group in Westlake beginning later this month.

Case Western Reserve University's Off-Campus Studies program is offering you the opportunity to become a sleuth, with "The Moonstone: A Masterpiece Mystery," March 22-May 20, 10:00-11:30 a.m., at Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road. The leader-teacher is Cheryl Wires.

Wilkie Collins created the very first detective to appear in a novel-length mystery, Sergeant Cuff in "The Moonstone" (1868). Cuff is called to an English country house to investigate the disappearance of a sacred diamond. Charles Dickens began a rival tale with "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" (1870). Edwin is engaged to young, sheltered Rosa, but his devoted uncle, Jasper, loves her – in a mad, menacing manner. Both mysteries are built on dark secrets, double lives, and– how germane today – opium addictions. These classic mysteries are the subjects of intriguing "Masterpiece Theater" adaptations.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:35 AM, 03.06.2018

Bay Village Schools' keychain company celebrates 20th year

Fourth-grade teacher Barb Woodburn supervises a First-Fourth Keychain Company sales pitch. Photo by Karen Derby

Students at Normandy and Westerly Elementary Schools in Bay Village get a first-hand experience in how to succeed in business each year with the First-Fourth Keychain Company. The program pairs first-graders (in Diane Poretsky's class) with fourth-graders (in Barb Woodburn's class) in an enterprise that includes manufacturing and marketing keychains made of brightly-colored beads.

Started with a grant from the Bay Village Education Foundation in 1997 (written by Barb Woodburn and retired teacher Nancy Glinka), the program won the Economics America and Harvard Business School Club of NE Ohio Samuel H. Ellott award for Leadership in Economic Education in 2004.

Students acquire skills that include problem-solving, negotiation, compromise, persuasion and active listening. They account for the cost of raw materials as well as transportation for a field trip and travel between schools. They then determine if pricing will cover costs and a profit. The company has "payroll" that is paid in small school supplies.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 AM, 03.06.2018

Find Your Voice

I have no voice.
I speak in quiet whispers,
Desperate sighs.
I have been traumatized.

My cry is unheard.
Soundless murmurs,
Inaudible pleas.
Please listen.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:27 AM, 03.06.2018

Celebrate spring equinox with labyrinth walk

There are many things, I will call them circumstances, that keep us feeling, perhaps believing, that we are separate and very different from our fellow man. Some would point out the "generation gap," emphasizing age as a factor that makes us so different from other human beings.

For example, those that are so much younger than us, don't they just seem, well ... so darn young?! Then, there are those who would point out the color of skin, and isolate themselves away from those of a different race.

Would you talk to a homeless person, or judge their circumstances as too different from yours? At work, do you feel it is only worthwhile to converse with those who can help you get ahead?

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:26 AM, 03.06.2018

Westlake resident sweeps Toastmasters speech competition

Christian Giardini

Christian Giardini, a wealth management advisor with Giardini, Zavodny & Associates, won first place in the Westlake Toastmasters Club 497 evaluation contest and the international speech contest. The event was held at Westlake Porter Public Library.

Giardini joined Westlake Toastmasters 497 club in 2011. “It has helped me to become a more effective communicator and a dynamic leader,” he said.

The inspiration for his winning speech was his dog, Vader, who passed away at the age of 16. Giardini shared the many lessons he learned from his dog in a heartfelt and engaging way. 

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:34 AM, 03.06.2018

Annual safe boating camp on hold

The popular middle school boating program is on hold until a new sponsor can be located. Students shown learning safe boating skills.

Spirit of America, the annual safe boating program that had previously been sponsored by the Bay Village Schools, is in the process of finding a new sponsor. The program is currently delaying the application process until the new facilitating organization is confirmed.

The Bay Village Schools decided to end their sponsorship due to logistical reasons. Another change comes with the announcement that longtime coordinator George Christ has decided not to coordinate the program, however he will remain as an instructor and assistant to the new coordinator this year.

This has been a very popular summer program in the area since 1999. Hundreds of students have been certified by passing the Ohio Boating Education Course, which is required by law in order to operate a vessel with an engine over 10 horsepower, and on-the-water skills education. Students are provided experience in power boats, sail boats, personal water craft, canoes, kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and also a large boat like a U.S. Coast Guard vessel. The program is part of the nationally recognized Spirit of America Foundation (SOAF), with programs across America.

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Volume 10, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.06.2018