Boy Scout Troop 41 is celebrating 50 years of scouting as a chartered organization of Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church in Bay Village. Our 50th anniversary reunion picnic took place on Aug. 9 at the pavilion in Huntington Reservation. Current Scoutmaster Randy Risch welcomed nearly 150 scouts, alumni and family members to the celebration, including 10 out of 17 scoutmasters and more than 30 of the troop’s 141 Eagle Scouts. Activities included historical displays of Troop 41 memorabilia, video slideshows, a mock campsite and a monkey rope bridge assembled by the scouts.
The City of Westlake recently wrapped up its annual Corporate Challenge, a week of sports, games and contests pitting Westlake companies against one another, all in good fun. Now in its eighth year, the challenge is organized by the Westlake recreation department.
Alego Health, Applied Companies, Echo Health, Equity Trust, Q-Lab, Rae-Ann Suburban, Western Enterprises and the City of Westlake participated in the weeklong competition. Twenty-six different events including cupcake decorating, sand volleyball, golf, 5K relay, bowling and cardboard boat races were held at various venues throughout the city. The championship trophy went to Q-Lab, an international provider of material durability testing with corporate headquarters on Canterbury Road.
The Stickney Family Honeybee Exhibit has always been a popular one at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. A highlight is a hive framed in glass found inside the halls of the Center. Guests of all ages can get up close and peer into the heart of an active beehive. Regular visitors have watched this hive grow and strengthen over the past several years.
The exhibit also includes another hive located in the interior courtyard. With the help of beekeeper Scott Danniger, these hives have become extremely active and are thriving. Mr. Danniger anticipates that this is the first year honey will be able to be extracted from these outdoor hives. While the bees produced honey last year, it remained in the hives to strengthen and encourage the growth of the community.
Westlake was all abloom again this summer as gardeners across the city took to the soil in hopes of winning the annual planting contest. Westlake in Bloom, the community beautification program that began with planting day on May 17, concluded Aug. 13 with an awards ceremony at LaCentre.
More than 300 entrants competed in 23 categories, varying in scale from expansive business landscaping all the way down to residential window box gardens. As in years past, the judging panel included master gardeners, a past Bloom winner and a couple of amateur gardeners. Plaques were awarded for the top three finishers in each category, with the first-place winners receiving $25 gift certificates to one of Westlake’s four garden centers.
Evergreen Cemetery Fence Gardens
First Place: In Memory of Stanley and Dixie Dean
Second Place: The Eberling Family
Third Place: The Endress Family
Honorable Mention: The Coe, Barry, Ward and Hull Families
Hilliard Boulevard Flower Box
Best of the Boxes: Dover Congregational Church
First Place: King James Homeowners
Second Place: The Freeh Family
Third Place: Earth Laughs in Flowers (Barbara Munch)
Honorable Mention: Early Childhood P.T.A.
The 5th Bi-Annual Bay High Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Weekend will take place on Friday, Sept. 5, and Saturday, Sept. 6. The hall of fame event honors past Rocket athletes, coaches, teams and contributors who made their legacy while at Bay High School.
Friday night there will be a brief ceremony introducing the new class of inductees to the community during the Bay-Westlake football game. After the game there is an informal get together at the Bay Lodge on Bradley Road, lasting until midnight. Food and beverages will be served and everyone is welcome to attend – inductees, family, friends and interested members of the community.
“Cleveland’s Lighthouse History” is the topic of a presentation by author Janice Patterson at the Sept. 18 meeting of the Bay Village Historical Society.
Two century-old lighthouses still perform their nightly illumination of Cleveland’s harbor. They are noted by today’s boaters, but overlooked by many Cleveland-area residents. Patterson’s illustrated talk will describe some of the maritime activity these iconic structures have seen through the years and highlight the several other lighthouses and beacons that have guided ships in and out of Cleveland since 1830.
The Village Foundation is getting ready to celebrate 20 years of public service to the community of Bay Village and is changing its name in the process, from The Village Foundation to the Bay Village Foundation. The board of trustees of the foundation voted to modify its name to broaden the recognition that the foundation is THE Bay Village foundation.
Mariam Ghanem from Westlake and Connor Hazeldine from Bay Village have received Honors Program Fellowships from Cuyahoga Community College. The fellowship offers high-achieving students scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books as they work toward an associate degree.
The inaugural fellowship class features Ghanem, Hazeldine and 11 other area students who graduated high school with at least a 3.5 grade point average and stellar ACT/SAT test scores. By entering the scholarship program, they commit to being full-time students and earning a degree from Tri-C within two years.
"What's wrong with dandelions?" began a post I made to Facebook extolling the virtues of this miracle plant. They grow well in most soil types, are drought resistant, have lovely blooms, and are even edible. If I could create a hybrid that did as well as the dandelion, I would be rich.
All of that was intended to be to tongue-in-cheek, yet the photos of yards, white with dandelions gone to seed, explaining, "This is what's wrong with dandelions," let me know my humor had struck some raw nerves.
Technology is supposed to make our lives easier. The tools entrenched in the digital world, whether they are devices such as smartphones and tablets, or services like online banking and social networking, are supposed to empower you to get the job done faster and more efficiently so that you have more time for important things in your life in the real world.
An opportunity to view an outstanding collection of original art works, now on display at the Community of Fine Arts juried art show, is sufficient reason to plan a visit to Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.
In addition, a schedule of live demonstrations by artists entered in the show and a “Meet the Artists” reception on the show’s final day, Aug. 30, are further motivations provided by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council, sponsors of the CFA event.
The West Shore Chamber of Commerce held its annual end-of-summer luncheon focused on education and jobs. All of the new teachers in the Westlake and Bay Village school districts were the chamber’s invited guests on Aug. 12 at the Holiday Inn on Crocker Road.
The luncheon also featured a presentation of the Friend of Education Award, given to the chamber member who has made the biggest contribution to education in the past year. This year’s honoree was Jeremy Thompson from Amica Insurance, who accepted his award from Nancy Ralls, career development coordinator of the Westshore Career-Technical District.
My recent trip to South Dakota was meant to be for a motorcycle rally in Sturgis, but the actual experience was quite different.
I arrived in Sturgis on a Sunday and the first ride I took was through Spearfish Canyon. The best way for me to describe it is, the Cleveland Metroparks on steroids. Sheer cliff walls, a stream running alongside the road, a waterfall, viewpoints to pull onto and the long wide curves made for a relaxing ride. When I finished, I felt as if I had been to church and heard a really great homily.
On Saturday, Aug. 16, the Bay Village Branch Library held their Summer Reading Wrap Party. The families had lots of fun activities to participate in as a thank you for joining us this summer.
Creativity was abundant in the sidewalk chalk art and the fabric marker tie-dye projects that were made. Frozen treats and some fun library giveaways were a hit with all the participants. All the children started off the new school year with an "I Love Reading" pencil and a Cuyahoga County Public Library pen.
As we head into the Labor Day weekend, don't forget to stop by the Bay Village Branch Library to pick up those books, DVDs, or audio materials you may need over the long weekend. Beginning Saturday, Aug. 30, we will be closed for the holiday. Our regular hours will resume on Tuesday, Sept. 2. Of course, you can still access items in our digital collection during this time.
After a hiatus in August, our storytimes start back up in September. We also have some great after-school programs coming up. Our new Teen Zone will offer activities, games, art and more. See the listings below for dates and times.
We're excited to host professional skateboarder Doug Brown on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at 3:30 p.m. He will join us to share tips and tricks of the board – as well as give advice on how to enjoy life and make the most of it. You won't want to miss this event!
- Tuesday, Sept. 2 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler – Caregivers and children ages 19-35 months are invited to join us for rhymes, songs, fingerplays and stories.
Westlake Porter Public Library will give West Shore residents an opportunity to explore the “maker movement” at a Make Event at the library on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The maker movement is the technology-based extension of do-it-yourself pursuits that typically involves electronics, robotics and 3-D printing, as well as traditional activities such as metalworking, woodworking and other arts and crafts.
Wednesday, Aug. 20 (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, Aug. 20 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow! Read to Uncle Chow Chow! – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with Uncle Chow Chow, our reading dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 20 (7-8:30 p.m.) Introduction to Finding Funders – Learn how to use Foundation Directory Online, the database in which you can search to find funders for your nonprofit organization. Please register.
Thursday, Aug. 21 (11 a.m.-noon) SNAP Art Day – Use art materials and your imagination to create a masterpiece. This program is for adults with developmental disabilities (and their caregivers, if needed). Please call Rebecca Shook at 440-250-5471 to register or with questions.
Thursday, Aug. 21 (2-3 p.m.) Trick Your Locker – You'll have the coolest locker in school when you trick it out with these fun – and useful! – crafts. Grades 5-7. Registration begins Aug. 14.
Friday, Aug. 22 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.
Friday, Aug. 22 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime – Join us for a storytime for children with special needs and their parents/caregivers. The program includes interactive stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities, followed by 30 minutes of play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Please call with questions or to register.
Friday, Aug. 22 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library! – Join us for Friday afternoon flicks! Based on availability; movie titles may change without notice. In accordance with library policy, children who are under age nine must be accompanied by an adult. Registration begins one week before each session. This week's movie: While on a world tour the Muppets fund themselves wrapped into a European jewel-heist caper headed by a Kermit look-alike and his dastardly sidekick. (Rated PG)
Now that LeBron James has decided to come “home” to play some hoops, I know many Cleveland sports fans have become downright giddy at the prospect of not one, but multiple NBA championships. And if the rumored acquisition of the highly talented Kevin Love also comes to pass, the prospects of a championship parade down East 9th Street certainly increase. However this being, you know, Cleveland and all, it’s only good sense to consider possibilities of other scenarios which also might happen.
Sometimes important things get away from us – like our faith. Have you been too busy, unable to answer questions about your faith, or looking for an opportunity to explore your Catholic faith? If so, "Awakening Faith" may be just right for you.
This six-session series included topics such as: "Spirituality, What's the Buzz?", "Can I Accept God's Mercy?", "Can the Mass Make My Life Meaningful?", and "The Church and Me." You can learn and ask questions ... all in a friendly and confidential setting with other Catholics.
As part of a two-class series entitled "Science Fun!", Bay Village Library children's staff member Peg Tomek challenged 13 students in grades 4-6 to build marble loop-de-loop roller coasters using a marble, insulation tubing, tape, boxes and a chair along with their own creativity.
The groups of happy engineers had such a "scream" building and testing their coasters. Each team earned points for building specific components and completing challenges.
The community is invited as The Westlake Historical Society will honor astronaut and Westlake native Robert Overmyer on Saturday, Aug. 23, at noon with an Ohio Historical Marker placed in Clague Memorial Park by the Clague pond gazebo. There will be a reception following the dedication in Clague Cabin.
I had a technological problem recently which took two months to resolve. My telephone and internet service decided I did not have an account with them. Even though the bills were paid on time, my landline was turned off.
After numerous calls to my service provider on my son's cell phone I finally got through to a customer service rep. I was offered a chance to sign up with the phone service for the second time and receive a phone which worked from the internet. I signed on.
The Herb Guild Garden Club held their 30th annual scholarship luncheon on Aug. 6 celebrating "The Magical World of Herbs." The beautiful table decorations mirrored this magical theme of herbs, as did the boutique shop with its array of delicious herbal dips, mixes, vinegars and herbal bakery items.
Wagner's of Westlake put on its best appearance while luncheon guests, scholarship honorees and their family members, Herb Guild members, and guest fashion show models were all dressed in their lovely summer attire, with some guests arriving in style in a limousine. The main hall, the podium and entrance table decorations, and guests' lovely attire were reminiscent of a beautiful Monet painting.
Every year the Kiwanis clubs of Bay Village and Westlake hold a joint meeting of their members to highlight each club's past year's accomplishments and to plan for upcoming projects. The annual interclub meeting is also a friendly competition to see which organization can have the highest percentage of membership in attendance.
Since 1984, the winner is awarded a specially designed plaque with a gold-colored, nickel-plated railroad spike representing the Nickel Plate Railroad which divided the two townships at the turn of the century. The runner-up also receives a railroad spike, albeit a rusty one, on a plaque that states "There's always next year."
A didjeridoo –"What's that?" you might ask. A didjeridoo is much more than a fun word to say. It is classified as an Australian Aboriginal wind instrument, more similar to a trumpet than a flute. Its shape takes the look of a long wooden tube, and most measure from three to 10 feet long. No two sound exactly alike. The longer the tube, the lower the pitch or tone. It has been said that both the player and the listener can experience a powerful trance from the sounds it produces.
BAYarts has received a Cleveland Foundation grant for $25,000 to be used for technical upgrades. It is the third grant of this type that the foundation has awarded BAYarts in the course of their rapid growth.
The first grant was received in 2009 to replace antiquated phone systems, purchase computers and add security systems. In 2011, with the completion of the Fuller House renovation, a second grant made it possible to install a Sonos music system, phones and computers in the renovated building.
Westside Christian Academy in Westlake is pleased to announce that the 2014 Family Strong Series event will be “Revolutionary Parenting” with special guest speaker George Barna. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center of Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.
The event focuses on one of the greatest challenges to parenting in the 21st century. Parents recognize that increasingly they are competing for their children’s attention with many other voices in our culture. Those voices may not respect them or their values.
The Case Western Reserve University Off-Campus Studies program returns to Westlake this fall. This session's topic is "F. Scott Fitzgerald: His First Three Novels Revisited" and will be held Thursdays, Sept. 25 to Nov. 13, 10-11:30 a.m., at Westlake United Methodist Church, 27650 Center Ridge Road.
When artists Erin Schectman and Ron Caruso became joyfully engaged, they knew where they wanted their wedding to be. And so, on Aug. 16, the pair met each other atop an outside altar to say their vows on the verdant BAYarts campus.
The couple has long been a familiar, sunny fixture in the Northeast Ohio art world. Caruso is an accomplished photographer, and Schechtman is an artist who has taken part in many gallery shows at BAYarts. Additionally, two colorful murals from her Rust Belt Monster Collective grace the campus. Those art pieces that have captivated and intrigued the imagination of many visitors served as a perfect backdrop for the festive nuptials.
The Bay Alumni Foundation's usual meeting location is the Bay Village Police Department community room on the first Monday of each month at 7 p.m. President Mara McClain (class of ’89) twice a year takes our meetings on the road to a local restaurant for a mix of business and fine dining.
After the August meeting at the Ironwood Cafe was adjourned, great fun was had by all.
A new monthly program underway in our Assisted Living at O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay may lead us to discover the next Henri Matisse! Watercolorist Mary Lou Palermo has created a program, focused on the senior population, to help individuals develop their own unique painting style. Classes can be enjoyed by all Bradley Bay residents, regardless of their artistic ability.
The Avon Lake Women’s Chorus is looking for a few Westlake/Bay Village women who enjoy singing to join us as rehearsals begin Monday, Sept. 8, 9:30 a.m. at the Avon Lake United Church of Christ, 32801 Electric Blvd. No formal audition. Choral experience and ability to read music helpful. Bring a friend or make new ones. Call Irene at 440-937-8827 for more information.
Mary’s Food Friends, aka St. Paul Lutheran Thrivent Hunger Ministry Service Team, has organized a special supplemented Hunger Campaign for donations received through Sept. 15 to assist the Westlake Assistance Program.
This supplement is made possible by the Northwest Cuyahoga County Chapter of Thrivent Financial for Lutherans’ Care Abounds in Community Program and will really help fill the cupboards of Westlake Assistance.
North Coast Health’s signature annual fundraising gala, Celebration of Caring, will be held on Thursday, Aug. 28, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at LaCentre in Westlake.
The evening will feature a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, dinner and dessert, awards presentation, a live auction and raffles. Honorary chairs for the event are Chris and Sandy Haas. Event co-chairs are Wendy Kieding, Kathe Serbin, and Carol Sterba. The evening’s goal is to raise $150,000, more than 10 percent of NCH’s annual operating budget, to continue to provide life-saving health care to the medically underserved in our community.
One year ago, an innovative music program called “Hear My Song” was introduced at the Gardens at Westlake for members in its Residence Club, a transitional memory care program geared toward early to moderate Alzheimer’s Disease or other dementias. Dr. Cameron Camp, Ph.D., from the Applied Research for Dementia Association, developed “Hear My Song” to teach people with early to moderate forms of memory loss, known as Mild Cognitive Impairment, to play musical instruments. This type of music therapy is shown to enhance the ability to retain short-term memory.