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Bay Village Kiwanis Club holds annual Christmas tree sale

The Wotsch family of Bay Village selects their Christmas tree from the Bay Village Kiwanis tree lot at Cahoon Memorial Park. Seven-month-old Nolan is held by his mother, Meghan, as 2-year-old Ahna inspects one of the trees with her dad, Jake. Photo by Denny Wendell

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Bay Village Kiwanis Club has set up its annual Christmas tree sale at the Cahoon Park Gazebo area with three Christmas tree varietals, including Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs and Colorado Spruces. Tree sizes range from 6-10 feet tall. Prices range from $40-140, depending on size and type. Cash or checks are accepted. Delivery is available within Bay Village for a donation, and outside city limits for a $10 fee.

Tree sale dates are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Dec. 17, or until sold out.

Tree sale hours are:

  • Fridays, 4-7 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Sundays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

“Many folks buy a Christmas tree, so why not buy your tree locally and help fund the many worthy projects and programs that the Bay Village Kiwanis Club supports,” says Rhonda Schneider of the Kiwanis Club of Bay Village.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 10:28 AM, 11.29.2016

Westlake Council of PTAs awards 21 scholarships

Westlake Council of PTAs (Westlake Council) and its member PTAs are proud to announce 21 recent Westlake High School graduates as recipients of their 2016 PTA scholarships. Each recipient exhibited academic success, as well as community and/or school involvement through participation in athletics, music, clubs, service and employment. Each student received a $1,000 award from the respective PTA unit, totaling $21,000 in scholarships awarded. 

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:40 AM, 11.29.2016

Holiday happenings at Clague Museum

Santa Paws returns to the Clague House Museum for pet photos on Sunday, Dec. 10, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Photo courtesy Westlake Historical Society

The holiday season is upon us and the Westlake Historical Society continues to stay busy.

It is our pleasure to welcome visitors to The Clague House Museum throughout the year. Those wishing to set up an appointment to see the museum should call us at 216-848-0680. Our museum store has several stocking stuffers and hostess gifts for the holidays.

Many years ago members of the Westlake Historical Society began placing wreaths on the graves of founding and pioneer citizens of early Dover (now Westlake) buried in Evergreen and Maple Ridge cemeteries. Individuals, groups, families and  companies can sponsor a holiday wreath this year in memory of anyone buried in Westlake, not just a founder or pioneer.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:39 AM, 11.29.2016

Nominations open for Bay Village citizen, project of the year

Do you know of a Bay Village resident whose service to the community is worthy of recognition? Has a special project made a difference in the city? The Bay Village Community Council is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Bay Village Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 20, and selections will be announced by the Community Council soon afterwards.

Citizen of the year nominees, either individual or couple, must be Bay Village residents that have provided significant community service without monetary reward. Although nominations for Project of the Year are being accepted, this award is not intended to be an annual designation. Special projects will be considered based on community impact and the involvement of volunteers and organizations.

Nominations are accepted online (Link: Citizen of the Year | Project of the Year), or via a mail-in form (Download: Citizen of the Year | Project of the Year). Mail-in forms may also be picked up at City Hall or the Bay Village Branch Library.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.29.2016

Getting there for the holidays

I’d like to meet the person who said, “Getting there is half the fun,” to ask him if he ever traveled with children. It’s that time of year when families will be setting out to visit grandparents in some faraway place.

Our last car trip started out well, until from the back seat I heard, “I don’t feel good.”

My wife turned around to see what was wrong. “What’s that right beside you?”

“This?” asked the boy.

I heard the crumple of plastic. “Did you eat the whole bag of chips already?” my wife inquired. “That was supposed to be for everyone for the whole day. It’s not even nine o’clock yet. No wonder you’re sick.”

“Do I need to pull over?” I asked, realizing the only thing worse than having to stop before we got to the Indiana state line might be not stopping before we got to the Indiana state line. Our hotel reservations were in Nebraska. This was shaping up to be a long day.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:35 AM, 11.29.2016

Westlake Kiwanian recognized with proclamation

Bob Clancy was presented with a proclamation by State Rep. Nan Baker in honor of his many years of service to the Westlake community. Photo by Victor Rutkoski

Robert Clancy, a longtime Westlake Kiwanis member, was surprised with a special presentation at a recent Kiwanis meeting. State Representative Nan Baker presented Bob with a proclamation of recognition for his recent induction into the Dover/Westlake High School Alumni Association Distinguished Hall of Fame.

The proclamation cited Bob’s many achievements since graduating from Westlake in 1965. Among the impressive credentials were serving as a Westlake police officer for 38 years, where he assisted with Safety Town and also served as a community service officer. He continues to serve as Westlake High School Kiwanis Key Club advisor.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:40 AM, 11.29.2016

African water walk raises funds for well

The Bay Village fifth-gade Destination Imagination team wear buckets to simulate how Africans collect water during their Nov. 12 fundraiser. The team was joined by by Makorobondo "Dee" Salukombo (center, back row) and his family.

On Saturday, Nov. 12, a fifth-grade Bay Village Destination Imagination team held a walk to simulate how far women and children in Africa have to walk to get water. Participants walked 3.5 miles around Bay Village. The walk was to raise money and awareness.

All the people on the walk got to hear a story from a man named Makorobondo "Dee" Salukombo and his family, who would retrieve water in Africa. He also showed us pictures. It ended up being a very nice day for a walk, with temperatures in the mid 40s. Over 100 people came out and walked. Our team raised $1,035, enough to build a well in close proximity to an African village.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:37 AM, 11.29.2016

Musical memories at Bay High School

Bay High School music teacher Curt Crews in front of his Singing Christmas Tree. 

The first musical memory I have is playing the wood blocks in Mrs. Marie Ranny’s kindergarten class at Parkview School. I remember many pleasant moments singing in school. I always enjoyed music, especially the high school choir. 

When I was growing up in the 1940s, Miss Mabie was our music teacher at Parkview School. (The portables on the west end of Parkview School were my home for the second and third grades.) She would come into the classroom with her pitch pipe, and we would pass the music books around and sing in our seats. I remember the books were green with a picture of the world on the cover. I remember because while in Miss Lineberry’s third-grade classroom during music, a classmate threw up all over “the world.”

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:36 AM, 11.29.2016

December events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Thursdays, Dec. 1 and 8 (6:30-8 p.m.) and Wednesday, Dec. 7 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 2 (9:30 OR 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Dec. 3 (9:30, 10:30 OR 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids: Music Therapy & More –This program is designed for children ages 1-6 who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a program designed to model and teach families how to use music to improve their child’s skills. Led by a board-certified music therapist. Each session is 30 minutes. Register at or by phone, 440-250-5563.

Friday, Dec. 2 (10:30-11:15 a.m.) Paint Your Story – Westlake’s Over the Moon ceramics studio will host this special preschool program. We’ll share a story about Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons, and then we’ll decorate a groovy ceramic button to take home! Ages 3-5. Please register.

Friday, Dec. 2 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday: Evergreen Trees – Join Mrs. K as we explore the wonders of the world. This month we’ll observe pine cones of all sizes while learning about evergreen trees! Ages 4-6. Please register.

Saturday, Dec. 3 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Pokemon Fun! – Bring your cards and accessories for a fun morning of Pokemon-themed play, prizes and crafts! Ages 6- 12.

Saturday, Dec. 3 (3-3:45 p.m.) Gingerbread Fun! – Create your own gingerbread house with us! Just bring your sweet imagination, and we’ll supply all the necessary parts and pieces! Ages 7-10. Please register.

Sunday, Dec. 4 (2-3:30 p.m.) Boredom Busters! – Are you bored? Drop by the Storytime Room and join in the fun! We will have different activities available each month. All ages welcome! Children under age 9 must be accompanied by an adult.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:38 AM, 11.29.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

For over 35 years Neil Zurcher has been sharing his One Tank Trip ideas on TV, radio, and in print. His choices have been compiled in a series of books and, on Thursday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m., he will join us at the Bay Village branch library to present his favorites featured in his newest book, "The Best of One Tank Trips." Please join us and get a signed copy for yourself or to give to your favorite traveler this holiday season.


Storytimes are on hiatus for the month of December. Please join us again in January. Meanwhile, check out our seasonal and children's programs for this month.

Saturday, Dec. 3 (2 p.m.) All Aboard the Polar Express – Join us for a craft, hot cocoa and cookies and a special screening of "The Polar Express." Feel free to wear your pajamas and bring a blanket and pillow or sleeping bag. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

Sunday, Dec. 4 to Thursday, Dec. 22 (all day) Make and Take Craft – Drop in to make a seasonal craft.

Tuesday, Dec. 6 (7 p.m.) Hour of Code – Grades 3 & 4: Celebrate Computer Science Education Week by coding your own game.

Thursday, Dec. 8 (10 a.m.) Coding to Kindergarten – Ages 3-5 with a caregiver: Learn the basics behind coding including problem solving, sequencing and patterning through stories and activity stations.

Friday, Dec. 9 (10 a.m.) Tots Dance – For ages birth-5 years with a caregiver. Join us for a rocking good time as we share books, rhymes and dance!


Thursday, Dec. 1 (3 p.m.) Write On! – Grades 5-8: Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:41 AM, 11.29.2016

Cutting Drug Costs, Part 2: Seeking out safe online options

Part two of a three-part series on ways to manage drug costs.

Writing this piece, on the problems and possibly a very effective solution to rising drug costs, has given me an epic, ethical headache.

The good news: Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported U.S. prosecutors are going after generic drug companies in “a sweeping criminal investigation into suspected price collusion.” They won’t name names, but I can easily guess three.

EpiPen, whose active ingredient epinephrine was isolated in 1901, went from $100 in 2007 to $609 in 2016. In 2013, a bottle of doxycycline, an antibiotic, went from $20 to $1,849 in seven months. About the same time, digoxin, a century-old heart medication derived from foxglove, went from 17 cents per pill to $1.18.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:38 AM, 11.29.2016

Enjoy shopping and the solstice

Kids love picking out special presents for the holidays. 

BAYarts and Lake Erie Nature & Science Center host Dec. 18 events

On Sunday, Dec. 18, families can spend a great day in the Huntington Reservation between two local organizations: BAYarts and Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Nestled in the woods and across from Lake Erie, the arts campus and nature center are a short walk from each other.

First, visit BAYarts between noon and 5 p.m. for their Kid's Shopping Day. Children will get a chance to walk around the festive Holiday Shop with a personal shopper (or their parents) to pick out gifts for people on their list. A free gift-wrapping station will be available for kids to decorate their gift bags with stamps and stickers. Then, take a photo in front of the red caboose and head into the cozy cafe for the hot chocolate bar and homemade bakery items.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:38 AM, 11.29.2016

Taking time to enjoy each holiday

We can hardly wait to get the Halloween candy off the counter before rushing in with Christmas candy and all that goes with it. This came home to me when on Halloween morning I went to the store to buy candy to hand out at the door that evening. Imagine my surprise when I was told there was none. They had a big weekend sale and it was all gone. The only candy on the shelf on Halloween day was for Christmas.

It seems everything is geared toward "what’s next." Hopping over one holiday, pouncing on the next. I thought of all the past holidays spent laughing and talking around the table. If I could do it over again, I would listen more and talk less, especially when my great-grandmother was at our table.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:39 AM, 11.29.2016

Creating a garden haven

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church's monthly workshop series on connecting with God continues in December with landscape artist Julia Shutt. On Saturday, Dec. 3, 10 a.m.-noon, learn to take a portion of your yard and make it a place to rest and observe nature. By creating a space to just be and not do, we also allow a connection with God and nature. It is through this divine connection that the creative power of the universe will bless us. Gardening is really learning how to co-create with love. A $10 donation is appreciated but not required.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:39 AM, 11.29.2016

BVCT ends staged readings with Christmas theme, announces March show

Bay Village Community Theater is ending its 2016 "All the World's A Stage[d Reading]" series on a holiday note. BVCT will be performing two readings that will bring audiences back to simpler times: Truman Capote's "A Christmas Memory" and Dylan Thomas' "A Child's Christmas in Wales."

We will be reading both pieces at Mojo's Coffee and More, 600 Dover Center Road, on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 5 p.m. Admission is free. We will also be reading at O'Neill Healthcare's Main Lounge, 605 Bradley Road. "A Christmas Memory" will be read on Saturday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m. "A Child's Christmas in Wales" will be read on Saturday, Dec. 17, at 2 p.m. Admission is also free and the general public is encouraged to attend the readings at O'Neill. Free tickets to all readings are available online at

We plan to continue the staged reading series in 2017; we will be announcing a partial list of performances by the end of the year.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:35 AM, 11.29.2016

WestShore Lions members learn about USO mission

Pictured, from left, are WestShore Lions representatives Linda and Kevin Barrett with Tanya Karabanovs, event/volunteer manager for the Northern Ohio USO.

The WestShore Lions Club, which represents the cities of Bay Village, Westlake and North Olmsted, welcomed Tanya Karabanovs at their Nov. 3 meeting to give a presentation on the status of the Northern USO.

The presentation took place as part of the night's meeting agenda and was opened to the public. Those in attendance learned that the mission of the USO is to strengthen America's military service members by keeping them connected to family, home and country, throughout their service to the nation.

Additionally, that the USO of Northern Ohio is a congressionally chartered, private nonprofit organization. They rely on the donations of individuals, organizations and corporations to provide the funding needed to support service members through programs and events.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:40 AM, 11.29.2016

Pondering Dec. 7, 1941

The rat-a-tat-tat of the “Little Drummer Boy,” had that song been in existence as Christmas music played on radios in Pearl Harbor on Sunday morning, Dec. 7, 1941, would have been wiped out by the very real rat-a-tat-tat of machine guns on Japanese Zeros attacking the people, planes and ships at the U.S. naval base in Hawaii. The Empire of Japan had viciously declared war on America. (Germany and Italy declared war on us just days later.)

Just 17 days before that date which still lives in infamy, we had expressed our gratitude on Thanksgiving Day. (The last time it was celebrated on the third Thursday in November.) It would take four years, as sung in a 1943 chart-topping song, for “the lights to come on again all over the world.” The world would never be the same again. The shock for those of us not alive or of age at that time must have been like what we experienced as a nation with the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:35 AM, 11.29.2016

Browns successful at one thing this year: lowering the bar

After nearly two decades of horrific football (which equates to 140 years in dog years; no, make that “dawg” years) the Browns in 2016 decided that a new approach was necessary. I mean, after the seemingly annual replacement of head coaches and front office personnel bore little fruit, Jimmy Haslam and company finally decided to go in a different direction.

This year, they decided to go “cerebral.” In other words, since they couldn’t beat the opposition with the talent on the field, maybe they could beat ‘em at the brain game. You guessed it: we’re talking “analytics,” baby. 

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:36 AM, 11.29.2016

Deal of the day

Black Friday has been part of the fabric of our culture for a long time, marking the start of the Christmas shopping season. In recent years, Black Friday festivities have started earlier and, to the discontent of some, retail employees have to spend part of Thanksgiving Day at their jobs instead of with their families. So when a handful of retailers announced that they were not going to be open on Thanksgiving Day this year, it must have been a welcome news to many.

There may be other reasons why the tradition of lining up well before midnight on the eve of Black Friday, dressed to the nines (more like dressed with nine layers of clothing to stay warm), to snag that limited-stock doorbuster deal may have lost its allure for many consumers.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:35 AM, 11.29.2016

BAYarts Trunk Show set for Dec. 8

Necklace by Oceanne Jewelry

Have you been to the BAYarts Holiday Shop this year? It's a good time to look because new shop manager Linda Goik has brought in 30 new artists to join the fun. To visit the shop and enjoy a bonus of refreshments and friends, save the date for the annual Trunk Show that takes place on Thursday, Dec. 8, from 6-9 p.m.

What can you expect to see? Goik is excited to share the array of works, saying she loves to give a spotlight to new (and established) local businesses who could not afford their own storefront. Some of these new items include wood prints of Cleveland landmarks, hand-stamped bracelets and Ohio handbags.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:37 AM, 11.29.2016

Bay Village Foundation scholarship now available

The Bay Village Foundation is pleased to announce that the application for the Bay Village Foundation Scholarship is now available on the Foundation’s website at The application is also available on the Bay High website,, and can be found under the Guidance tab listing local scholarships.

This $2,000 scholarship is open to all graduating high school seniors who live in Bay Village and is to be used toward tuition for students enrolling in a full-time college or trade school program. Scholarships may be awarded to multiple students.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:34 AM, 11.29.2016

Oral surgery practice develops vacant land on Crocker Road

North Coast Jaw & Implant Center, the longtime practice of Dr. John Blakemore and Dr. William Blood, will move to Westlake after 39 years of practicing in North Olmsted. Dr. Raymond Plona joined the practice in 2013 and Dr. Gregory Plona joined in 2015.

“The practice has grown and we were in need of a larger space,” said Dr. Blood. “The new location will give us the opportunity to build a state-of-the-art facility, while focusing on providing the quality patient experience that our office strives for and that all of our patients deserve.”

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 9:42 AM, 11.29.2016

Westlake PTAs present 'Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age'

The Westlake Council of PTAs (Westlake Council) is hosting a special screening of the movie "Screenagers: Growing Up In The Digital Age" for the Westlake community on Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Westlake Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. Doors will open at 6 p.m., with the screening beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $3 and can be purchased online at

This is a family event, and parents and students (grades 5-12 recommended) are encouraged to watch the film together. A panel discussion and Q&A led by area psychologists will immediately follow the screening.

Are you watching kids scroll through life, with their rapid-fire thumbs and a six-second attention span? Physician and filmmaker Delaney Ruston saw this with her own kids and learned that the average kid spends 6.5 hours a day looking at screens. She wondered about the impact of all this time and about the friction occurring in homes and schools around negotiating screen time—friction she knew all too well.

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Volume 8, Issue 23, Posted 4:42 PM, 11.15.2016