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Glenview Child Care and Learning Center turns 35

Three generations of Glenview directors celebrated the school's 35th birthday. Pictured, from left, are current director Dody Chadwick, first director Carol Ball and Barb Manning, director from 1998-2008, after working there as a teacher from the center's beginning in 1982. (Carol is fighting lymphoma and chose not to wear her hat for this photo in support of Bay High's "No One Fights Alone" campaign.)

Bay Village's Glenview Child Care and Learning Center recently celebrated 35 years of service.

Since 1982, the year-round program has operated in the former Glenview Elementary School building, providing infant and toddler daycare, a preschool program based on the Ohio State Early Learning Content Standards, and before-and-after care for school-aged children through grade 5. A summer program for preschool and elementary-aged students takes advantage of the wonderful amenities within walking distance of the Center, such as the Bay Village city pool and the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

The building also houses the district S.E.E.D. program, a special needs preschool for children aged 3 up to kindergarten who are experiencing developmental delays.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.21.2017

Westlake Meals on Wheels has a new ride thanks to Subaru

Meals on Wheels board members Ellen Cowher, left, and Sharon Kanareff, right, with Executive Director Wendi Schwartz, accept Ganley Westside Subaru’s Stuff the Trunk donation of non-perishable food.

Subaru of America presented a wrapped and food-laden 2018 Outback to Westlake Meals on Wheels Nov. 16 at Ganley Westside Subaru. The Westlake organization is one of only 50 programs in the country to receive a vehicle, donated in celebration of Subaru’s 50th anniversary, and in keeping with its commitment to support local communities nationwide in partnership with Meals on Wheels America.

“Ganley Westside Subaru, where the Outback was delivered, generously donated cereal, peanut butter, soup and other shelf-stable foods to jump-start our new Stuff the Trunk effort to provide our clients and other area seniors with emergency preparedness kits – non-perishable food, blankets, flashlights and batteries – for days the local weather prevents meal deliveries,” said Wendi Schwartz, executive director of Westlake Meals on Wheels. “To build on Ganley’s donation, Westlake Meals on Wheels will hold a public Stuff the Trunk event, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at North Olmsted Community Park.”

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:50 AM, 11.21.2017

Light up Bay Village for the holiday season

Once again this holiday season, the Christmas spirit will shine a little more brightly in Bay Village.

The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking Bay residents and children of all ages to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A kickoff to the holiday season, the event will include a children’s craft at Rose Hill Museum, the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts for kids in the Bay Village Community House, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo.

Residents can help to “Light up Bay Village” by placing luminaries in their yards that evening.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.21.2017

Westlake student helps City Mission through Socktober

Dover fourth-grader Ryan Hill has collected more than 4,000 pairs of socks in the last two years to donate to The City Mission.

A chance meeting with a homeless man on the streets of Columbus set in motion a plan by a Dover Elementary School fourth-grader to create Socktober.

Last fall, the Hill family took a trip to Columbus when Ryan noticed a homeless man on the street. They shared a few dollars with him and moved on, but a few rainy days later Ryan couldn’t shake his concern for the homeless. What do they do in bad weather?

Ryan and his mother, Jennifer Hill, searched Cleveland homeless shelters online and found The City Mission. When Hill explained that’s where the homeless can go in the rain and snow, Ryan’s next question was “How do we help them?”

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.21.2017

Bay Village Historical Society president honored

Bay Village Historical Society President Catherine Flament, shown leading a tour of Lakeside Cemetery, has been honored by the local DAR chapter. Photo by Denny Wendell

Historical Society President Catherine Flament was recognized for her effort and support in the rejuvenation of the flower beds surrounding the Osborn House and the entrance sign for Rose Hill Museum.

Bay Village's Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented Flament with a Community Service Award certificate and pin for her dedication and time directed toward the culmination of this project. This presentation was at the Nov. 17 meeting of the Historical Society.

The garden had been neglected and without a specific plan for many years. Flament received advice, financial support and the assistance of Girl Scout Troop 70769 in the total community effort of this project.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 11:52 AM, 11.21.2017

Community vendor event comes to Westlake for Hanukkah

Members of the committee organizing the community vendor event expect a great turnout for this first-of-its-kind occasion.

Chabad of the West Side, a local Jewish organization serving Cleveland's western suburbs, will be hosting a pre-Hanukkah holiday season vendors event on Dec. 3 at the Westlake Recreation Center.

The event will feature lots of local vendors offering their goods at great prices, including loads of gifts, toys, crafts and Judaica. Of course, lots of Hanukkah-themed decorations and crafts with a variety of menorahs will be available too! Kids will enjoy an afternoon of crafts and games, and adults will shop away.

"This is the first event of its kind in this area," said Devorah Jacobs, one of the event's organizers. "We're super excited about it. It's sure to be a blast!" 

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.21.2017

Exploring Lawnfield, home of President James A. Garfield

The Lawnfield House in Mentor was home to former President James A. Garfield and his wife, Lucretia. Photo by Rachel Polaniec

The Observer is pleased to introduce our newest columnist, Rachel Polaniec. Rachel grew up in Elyria and has lived in Westlake for the past 5 years. She has a passion for historic sites, studying living history museums as a student at Case Western Reserve University and participating in historic reenactments with her family. Her column will explore Northeast Ohio's rich history, touring sites that aren't too far from the Westlake/Bay Village area. Perhaps you'll be inspired to let the Magical History Tour take you away on a trip of your own.

When driving along U.S. Route 20 in Mentor, it is difficult to imagine the area without its usual bustle – the store fronts, the eateries, the people milling about; a veritable concrete jungle. But continuing along this road brings a reminder of a different time: Close to the street behind a white picket fence sits a tidy gray house with a burgundy roof and inviting front porch. This is Lawnfield, named such in 1880 by reporters who came to hear the Republican presidential candidate James A. Garfield campaign from his front porch.

Garfield’s successful front porch campaign was the first of its kind, and he was sworn into office March 4, 1881. His term was tragically cut short – after being shot by an assassin on July 2, Garfield died on Sept. 19, 1881, just 200 days after his inauguration.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.21.2017

Eyes to the sky this winter

Orion the Hunter constellation is defined by three stars crossing diagonally through a large rectangle.

Winter is known for its cold temperatures and snowy skies, but did you know winter happens to be one of the best times of the year to go stargazing? When winter skies are clear, they are crystal clear and hold some of the brightest stars in the night sky.

The Winter Solstice on Dec. 21 will mark the shortest period of daylight and the longest night of the year, as the sun will set at 5:01 p.m. Katy Downing, planetarium specialist at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, shares her favorite constellations to spot this winter.

Orion the Hunter

One of the most popular constellations, Orion the Hunter happens to be one of the easiest to find in the winter night sky. Look south in search of three stars crossing diagonally through a large rectangle. The three stars create Orion’s Belt, while the four stars of the rectangle represent Orion’s shoulders and knees. On a clear night, grab your binoculars and look for the Orion Nebula (a formation of gases and dust) within the constellation.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.21.2017

Ibuprofen in the age of opioids

My mom, age 84, and I don’t always have the easiest time. She doesn’t like me telling her what to do. I don’t like her dropping hints on how to raise kids. For sure, she missed the AARP memo on simplifying life after retirement.  

Months ago, in a freak accident mowing grass, Mom went airborne. I saw her in the ER, bruised and stitched. Two ribs and left elbow broken; left shoulder dislocated and broken.

Before I opened my mouth, she said, “Why the face? I’m not dead!”

Two month after her injury, she started painting her backyard fence. I asked how it went.

She said, “I hurt all over.”

“What pain med are you on?”

Her doctor prescribed piroxicam, a once-daily, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), which she took – as needed.

“The drug works, Mom,” I said. “But you’re doing it wrong.”

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:57 AM, 11.21.2017

Westlake basketball kicks off season with Midnight Madness

The Lady Demons gave the fans a preview of what fans can expect this season during inter-squad scrimmages.

The Westlake High School boys and girls basketball teams hosted their inaugural Midnight Madness event on Friday, Nov. 4.

In the spirit of many NCAA college teams who celebrate with a Midnight Madness on the first official day of practice, Westlake welcomed teams and fans to help kick-off the season on the first day that boys teams were officially permitted to practice in the Ohio High School Athletic Association.

Nearly 500 fans attended the first-ever event with the first 400 fans getting free Midnight Madness T-shirts at the door. Ahmaad Crump, the in-arena host of the Cleveland Cavaliers, revved up the crowd as the official emcee, and DJ OnePlus Two kept the energy high with tunes throughout the night for the excited crowd.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.21.2017

Easy ways to 'green' your holidays

This is a column that I wrote last year around this time, and I’m re-running it with a couple of updates. It’s information that I believe is important to remember this time of year.

It is estimated that between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, household waste increases 25 percent. I want to share some easy ways to reduce waste, and help make your holidays earth-friendly!

An easy step to take is to purchase local and/or organic foods when possible. Locally grown and raised food reduces the carbon dioxide emissions from shipping foods to you. Purchasing organic foods reduces the need for pesticides and toxic chemicals, and every time you do this, you “vote” for organic foods with your dollars. These chemicals, when used on conventionally grown items, are not only detrimental to your health, but they enter the soil, which eventually runs off into rivers and lakes. This time of year it is not as easy to find locally raised produce, but it’s still available. I have seen it at both Heinen’s and Whole Foods in recent weeks.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:57 AM, 11.21.2017

Bay Village teenage social clubs from the 1930s to the '50s

Mesama girls spent time at a cottage in Vermilion during the summer of 1948.

Not a lot was offered in the way of programs, athletic or social, for a teenager in Bay Village in the 1930-1950 time period. If you were a girl, you went to school and came home. You could have a job in a local store after school, babysit a neighbor’s child or help Mom at home. If you were lucky you had neighborhood friends to chat and laugh with after school. Boys had football, basketball, baseball or track; most just went home or to work. Nothing structured was offered from the high school or Bay Recreation Department for girls or boys back then.

The definition of a social club is: “where members go in order to meet each other and enjoy leisure activities.” Social clubs became popular with many of the teenage boys and girls at this time. The clubs met in members' homes after school and were supervised by a man or woman from the community.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.21.2017

Holiday happenings at the Clague House Museum

Santa Claus returns to the Clague House Museum on Sunday, Dec 3.

As usual, the historic Clague House Museum, 1371 Clague Road, will be very busy this holiday season. If you would like to participate or volunteer to assist with any of the following events, please call the Westlake Historical Society at 216-848-0680 or check our website,, for more details.

Pet Photos With Santa

The Historical Society is hosting the always popular Pet Photos with Santa Claus on Sunday, Dec. 3. Santa will be at the museum from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. We ask that you make a reservation to help keep things running smoothly during the event. The suggested donation is $10. Families are also welcome to pose for photos.

Teddy Bear Overnight

Children are invited to drop off their teddy bear at 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, to spend the night at the Clague House Museum. Check-out time for the teddy bears is is Saturday at 1 p.m. Children and their bears are invited to make a craft at our craft table and visit with Santa in the parlor. Although this event is free, reservations are required.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.21.2017

Bay Village civic groups planning big fun for the holidays

The Bay Village Community Council met on Nov. 15 to share news and notes about their upcoming activities. Here are some of the highlights. It's going to be a busy winter in Bay. 

The Council is accepting nominations for Bay Village Citizen of the Year and Bay Village Project of the Year. Nominations are open to the public and encouraged. Citizen of the Year nominees must be Bay Village residents who have provided significant service to the community without monetary reward. Project of the Year nominees are considered based on community impact and the involvement of volunteers and organizations. 

Nomination forms are available at Hard copies are available at City Hall and the Bay Library.

American Legion Post #385 celebrated Veterans Day by retiring 274 full size and over 200 cemetery size American flags. Retirement was conducted using appropriate military procedures. The post conducts flag retirements on both Veterans Day and Flag Day.

 Bay Athletic Boosters Association announced that their 2018 Snoball Run will take place Saturday, Feb. 18.For details, go to

Bay Village Education Foundation trustees met in October to decide on this year’s grant recipients. Twenty-two grants were submitted by current Bay Village teachers, staff members, or students. The Foundation decided to disperse over $18,000 to the selected grants for activities or projects that directly benefit students enrolled in the Bay Village City Schools. Awards will be announced soon. Their annual fundraiser, Creating Opportunities, will be held at Arrabiata's Italian Restaurant on Sunday, Jan. 28, 5-8 p.m.  It will feature a dinner buffet, open bar, dessert, a silent auction and many fun raffles. Tickets are $60 each. They are accepting auction donations; contact Jacquie at For ticket or sponsor information, contact Kim at

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.21.2017

Clague Memorial Park, Part II: WPA funding turns farmland into park

Thanks to the passage of Westlake's Issue 53, Clague Cabin will be restored to an open pavilion as it was when built in the 1930s. Photo by William Krause

Second in a series of articles on the Clague family (and Clague Memorial Park).

Two weeks ago, Issue 53, a 25-year extension of an existing one-eighth of 1 percent income tax to fund recreational facilities, passed by a 2-to-1 margin. The extension will pay for $34.5 million in new and renovated recreational amenities throughout the existing city of Westlake park system. Included in these amenities is a new $7.4 million family aquatic center to replace Peterson Pool in Clague Memorial Park. All but the existing water slide tower will be demolished at the pool site. Ballfields and parking lots will be improved in the parts of Clague Park on both the east and west sides of Clague Road.

Westlake adopted a new Parks and Recreation Master Plan in 2015 which will guide these and other changes to Clague Park. Myself and James Bedell, Westlake’s planning director, served on the advisory committee gathered by the consultant to help in preparing the new plan. When Clague Park was discussed, possible plans to tear down Clague Cabin were mentioned. Jim and I convinced the consultant and committee that Clague Cabin is a Westlake landmark that deserves to be saved.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.21.2017

Unity activity uses cardboard squares to transform problems into solutions

Who would have thought that a piece of cardboard with a word or phrase written on it could mean so much? Turns out, at Unity Spiritual Center of Westlake, there is a great deal of meaning, insight, enlightenment and emotion poured into this cardboard experience, for both the observer and the participant. 

With strong encouragement from Rev. Joanne Rowden, usually 40 people participate in "Cardboard Testimonies," and this, the third year, could be more dynamic  than ever. The format is simple. On one side of the cardboard is written a problem the person is experiencing, on the other side is written the solution. Problem – solution, easy ... well, maybe not that easy.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.21.2017

Find some holiday bling at annual Jewelry Heist

Join us in the Clague Playhouse lobby before the performances of "Christmas at the Wiley Diner" where you will find a little glamour at our eighth annual Jewelry Heist fundraiser.

Are you looking for something unique or fun? Do you need a gift for a friend or family member? Browse hundreds of affordable necklaces, bracelets, scarves, rings, hand bags, hats and more. Friends of the theater have generously donated beautiful semi-precious jewelry, sterling silver, and hand-crafted objects. Purchases will not only support Clague Playhouse, but also help you start your holiday shopping!

The Jewelry Heist is open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. and Sundays from 1-4 p.m. through Sunday, Dec. 9. Clague Playhouse is located at 1371 Clague Road in Westlake.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.21.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

The Cuyahoga County Public Library's annual Great Book for Kids guide is back just in time for your holiday shopping. This year, we're selling a few select titles at our branches. Stop by the library to buy or check out a copy of one of these recommended reads.

The library will be closing at 5:30 p.m on Wednesday, Nov. 22, for the Thanksgiving holiday. We will re-open at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24.


Storytimes will be on hiatus for the month of December. Please join us at a storytime below through the month of November.

  • 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

Monday, Dec. 4 (11 a.m.) Homeschool: Coaster Challenge – Grades 4-8: Build roller coasters and then test their limits. Can you meet the challenge?

Tuesday, Dec. 5 (7 p.m.) Hour of Code – Grades 3-4: Celebrate Computer Science Education Week by coding your own game. Registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.21.2017

November events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, Nov. 8 and 15 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, Nov. 8 and 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Nov. 9 and 16 (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.

Thursday, Nov. 9 (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. Please read the article prior to the meeting. Please register.

Thursdays, Nov. 9 and 16 (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, Nov. 9 (7-8 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The November selection is "The Scarlet Sisters" by Myra Macpherson.

Friday, Nov. 10 (9:30 and 10:30 a.m.) and Saturday, Nov. 11 (9:30, 10:30 and 11:30 a.m.) Music Therapy & More – For families and their children (ages 0-6 years) who are struggling in an area of development. Join us for a program designed to teach families how to use music to improve their child’s motor, communication and social skills as well as behavior. Each session is 30 minutes. Register at or by phone: 440-250-5563.  

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.07.2017

Former Bay auto parts store made lasting impression

A recent picture of the building at 27105 Knickerbocker Road which housed the Bay Village NAPA store for at least a portion of the 1970s and '80s.

In a past Westlake | Bay Village Observer recollection of the now-demolished Westlake Kmart, I mentioned automotive supplies being among the wide variety of products sold there. Indeed, in its original configuration the store stocked an impressive (for a discount department retailer) assortment of oils, fluids, cleaners, chemicals and parts employed in routine automobile maintenance.

As a recently licensed driver in the mid-70s doing his best to keep a more-than-10-year-old, hand-me-down 1965 Mustang on the road, I found myself in Kmart’s automotive department on a regular basis. Eventually, though, a Bay High School kid such as myself would have to visit an actual auto parts store to round up a more “hard core” item than could be purchased from Kmart.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 10:01 AM, 11.21.2017

Get ready for Christmas and help support your community

Bay Kiwanis is gearing up for the annual Christmas tree sale. Pictured at last year's sale are  James McMasters, Don Brasted , Foster McMasters, Jim Potter, Jim Comienski, Alan Waddle, Pat Mosier, Tom Mullee and Russ Bauknecht.

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club is conducting their annual Christmas tree sale from Friday, Nov. 24, until Saturday, Dec. 16. Bay Kiwanis has been selling Christmas trees since 2004. Tree sales are held near the gazebo in Cahoon Memorial Park. Hours are 4-7 p.m. on Fridays, and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Three types of trees are available: Douglas fir, Colorado spruce and Fraser fir, with sizes ranging from 6 feet to 10 feet.

Tree pricing is as follows:

  • 6- to 7-foot Douglas fir and Colorado spruce: $40 each
  • 6- to 7-foot Fraser fir: $60
  • 7- to 8-foot Fraser fir: $70
  • 9- to 10-foot Fraser fir: $130
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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.21.2017

Browns to be winners soon? Donít bet on it Ö

On the other hand, perhaps betting against the Browns is exactly what you should do. I heard a Vegas gambling expert on the radio the other day who said that if you had bet a grand every week against the Browns versus the spread – for the last two and a half years – you’d be up something like $20,000 right now.

Wow. Losing hurts, but a few extra bucks would certainly help ease the pain, wouldn’t it? (This by no means an endorsement for gambling; I’m just making a painful point here). Personally, I could never do it – I feel stupid enough on the rare occasions I buy a Mega Millions ticket – but it puts in perspective just how pathetic this organization has been for the last couple of decades.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.21.2017

BVCT to raise spirits with staged reading of 'A Christmas Carol'

Bay Village Community Theater will be getting into the Christmas spirit with performances of a staged reading of "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens, adapted for the reading by Bay Village resident Preston Postle. Like the ghosts that visit Scrooge, there will be three performances of the production.

On Sunday, Dec. 3, after Santa has left the Community House and lit the Christmas tree in the Cahoon Park gazebo, BVCT will present the first show in the Community House at 6 p.m. What a fitting way to finish off the festivities of the fifth annual Cahoon Christmas!

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.21.2017

Chambers of commerce salute and thank veterans

Among those attending the Power of More Chamber's Veterans Day luncheon were, from left, Cuyahoga County Councilmember Nan Baker, Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, local veteran Jack Preston and Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons of Rocky River Municipal Court. Photo by Jerry Masek

Members who served in all branches of the United States military were honored at a Veterans Day luncheon hosted by the Fairview Park Chamber of Commerce, one of the seven chambers participating in the Power of More Chamber. Veterans received a complimentary champagne lunch from the 100th Bomb Group and a veteran flag pin from event co-host Hospice of the Western Reserve.

The guest speaker and lunch sponsor was Lisa Sebastian, president and owner of Ridge Cleaners, who honored all veterans for their service, including her husband John Sebastian, who served in the Air Force.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.21.2017

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Nov. 15, 2017

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Clough’s office prepares official minutes.

Present: Mayors Clough (Westlake), Koomar (Bay Village), Patton (Fairview Park), Summers (Lakewood), and Bobst (Rocky River); Fiscal Officer Renee Mahoney

Absent: Mayor Kennedy (North Olmsted)

Fiscal Officer’s Report: Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB) wages: 2% increase, beginning 2018. This is the going rate. Mayor Bobst said police get 2.5%.

WEB Budget: 1.08% increase due mostly to wages. Grants pay for 40% of operations. Cities pay the remainder based on population (90%) and home valuation (10%). Mayor Clough wondered how home valuations relate to services provided and suggested a formula based on population and services used. WEB provides a bomb squad, police officers, SWAT, and hazardous materials handling. Westlake has three drug dogs, Lakewood two, and Fairview Park one.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.21.2017

A squirrelly tale

Our backyard swimming pool remained open late this year, due to the beautiful fall weather we enjoyed. Louie, our resident Labrador, swims every day when the weather permits – and this fall the days were very conducive to his favorite pastime.

But last week was another story, and the setting for this tale. I looked outside on a cold day and saw a squirrel swimming in the pool. After he jumped out he lay on the deck, shivering from the cold water and exhaustion. My dad and I covered him with a towel for warmth. I called the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center for suggestions. They said to bring him to the Center, if possible.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:57 AM, 11.21.2017

Kiwanis K-9 fund receives a boost

Westlake Police Chief Kevin Bielozer, left, and auxiliary officer Rick Grane, right, accept a donation from ECHO Health chairman and CEO Bill Davis and assistant general counsel Katie Hoosenally (holding daughter Harper). Photo by Victor Rutkoski

The Westlake Kiwanis project to provide drug dogs for the Westlake Police Department K-9 fund received a major boost with a donation from ECHO Health Inc. Located in Westlake, ECHO Health is a leading innovator of healthcare payment solutions. Bill Davis, chairman and CEO, presented the Westlake Kiwanis Youth Foundation Canine Fund with a check for $11,000.

With the increase of drugs and drug-related crimes, the need for more dogs is obvious. These dogs will be used not only by Westlake but other surrounding departments as needed.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.21.2017

WestShore Lions meeting to feature YC athletic coordinator

WestShore Lions Club will feature as part of their Dec. 7 meeting, a presentation from Youth Challenge athletic coordinator Mackenzie Vecchio. Ms. Vecchio will give a description of what Youth Challenge is and speak to their mission of bringing together young people with physical disabilities and teen volunteers, who inspire each other through adapted sports, recreation and social growth activies.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.21.2017

Students learn importance of respecting, thanking veterans

On Thursday, Nov. 9, St. Raphael School honored more than 30 U.S. military veterans in the community at a Veterans Day assembly. Principal Mrs. Ann Miller organized this assembly as a way to teach students the importance of honoring and respecting the brave men and women who served our country. An announcement was put into the St. Raphael Parish bulletin inviting veterans to attend the assembly, and veterans from all five branches of the military responded.

The students and guests stood in respectful silence as the veterans processed in behind a student color guard bearing the American flag. The assembly prayed, said the Pledge of Allegiance and sang the national anthem, accompanied by a student vocalist and the school band. Each veteran was announced by name, rank and military branch. The audience then listened to the anthems of each of the branches of the U.S. military and invited our veterans to stand when they heard their anthem being played. The students respectfully applauded each of the veterans.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.21.2017

Boy Scouts flourishing in Westlake

Members of Boy Scout Troop 225 attended the 2017 Seven Ranges Summer Camp.

Boy Scout Troop 225 is out of Westlake, located at St. Bernadette's School. The troop currently has 51 registered scouts, growing consistently every year due to impart from the feeder Pack 225. The scouting program is the most influential program any young boy could go through to become a man. The troop in the past year alone has had four scouts successfully complete their Eagle Scout rank – Austin Wilson, James Von Pless, Connor Hartup and Patrick Byrne.

All are welcome to stop by any meeting to consider joining. The meetings are every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in St. Bernadette's Dempsey Hall.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.21.2017

St. Raphael Parish hosting community pasta dinner

Father Tim Gareau and the Parish and Community Engagement (PACE) committee cordially invite you to enjoy the first in a series of gatherings celebrating our parish family and benefiting St. Raphael Parish.

Join us for a Community Pasta Dinner prepared by parishioners Liz and Dave Sfeir, owners of Well Done Catering, on Friday, Dec. 1, 5-7 p.m., in the Parish Activity Center. The cost is $16 (adults) and $10 (seniors and children ages 2-10). Lemonade, iced tea, coffee and water are included. Wine is available for purchase. Reserve your spot today by getting your tickets before and after weekend masses, or at the parish office next to the church at 525 Dover Center Road. Ticket payment and reservation is needed by Friday, Nov. 24. 

Contact the parish office, 440-871-1100, for more information. 

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.21.2017

BAYarts hosts murder mystery party Dec. 8

Fred Munkachy will be the emcee of the Dickens of a Holiday Party at BAYarts on Dec. 8.

The year is 1857, and a celebration is taking place to honor Miss Evangeline Steele on the occasion of her 21st birthday. The location is the Fuller House, located above rocky cliffs on Lake Erie. In attendance shall be noted alchemist Lyra Cross, nobleman Mr. Ivan Burnet, the gruff Mr. Morgan Bishop and the youthful widow Lady Araminta Steeles.

That is the setting to be staged on Friday, Dec. 8, at BAYarts, for the first ever Murder Mystery night, titled "A Dickens of a Holiday Party." It is a steampunk Victorian night, which will feature a hearty buffet of appetizers, jovial music, good company and a ghastly murder to solve.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.21.2017

All aboard! 'Choo Choo Chow Chow' event raises funds for children's hospitals

From newsboys' collection cups in Pennsylvania, to offices in eight states, the "Choo Choo Chow Chow" keeps chugging along, collecting donations for local children's hospitals. The "Choo Choo Chow Chow" is actually a wooden toy train, and the name of annual charity event to raise funds for children's hospitals through the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund Foundation.

Each Howard Hanna office decides how to raise funds, like holding a potluck or other eating event, and the money raised stays local. Here in Northeast Ohio, donations go to UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, and Akron and Toledo's children's hospitals.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.21.2017

Rae-Ann facilities named to US News best list

Two Rae-Ann skilled nursing facilities in Westlake – Rae-Ann Suburban and Rae-Ann Westlake, as well as a third Rae-Ann facility in Geneva – have been named to the prestigious 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Nursing Homes” by U.S. News & World Report.

This is the seventh time Rae-Ann Suburban has received this honor, and the third time for Rae-Ann Westlake.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.21.2017

Teen volunteers awarded for service

Accepting the Youth Group in Philanthropy Award on the Volunteer Committee's behalf were Saint Joseph Academy students Grace DeGidio, left, the group's longest standing member, and Mariam Tadross, one of the group's co-presidents. Photo by Sarah Perez-Stable

The Youth Challenge Volunteer Committee has been named the recipient of the Youth Group in Philanthropy Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Greater Cleveland Chapter. The committee, comprised of teen volunteers, received the award at a luncheon on Nov. 3, National Philanthropy Day.

Youth Challenge provides adapted sports and recreational opportunities to young people with physical disabilities. Trained teen volunteers are paired one-on-one with participants to play sports, make friends and have fun. YC serves children throughout Northeast Ohio and has offices in Westlake and Shaker Heights. All programs and transportation are free for participant families.

Established in 2009, the Volunteer Committee is comprised of young leaders who have given 25 or more hours of service to YC. Teen volunteers apply to be on the committee and are chosen by current members based on their leadership skills and commitment to Youth Challenge.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.21.2017

Cabbage rolls and jazz make for special evening at the Knickerbocker

If you happened to be one of the fortunate visitors last week who came to sample Miss Lydia's cabbage rolls and mashed potatoes, you left the Knickerbocker wishing you could take the whole kettle home with you! She is a straw boss in the kitchen, and informed activities director Cheryl, and all the wonderful volunteers, that she wanted it "her way or no way"! However the result was perfection.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 10:00 AM, 11.21.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's early December calendar of events

Saturday, Dec. 2 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 3 (1-4:30 p.m.) Portables’ Annual Holiday Open House – The Friends of the Library’s gift store offers jewelry and other accessories, home entertaining items, gifts for children, and much more. Stop in for your holiday shopping and get great deals!

Saturday, Dec. 2 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose On the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with a caregiver.

Saturday, Dec. 2 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Code Club – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Registration begins one week before each session. Grades 5-8.

Saturday, Dec. 2 (3:30-5 p.m.) Winter Pottery – Quill Pottery Studio will bring everything you need to make some great clay medallions that you can wear around your neck and a holder to keep them in. Grades 6-9. Please register.

Saturday, Dec. 2 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab: The Science of Music – Make your own octave set of Boomwhackers! Grades 3-5. Registration begins Nov. 25.

Sunday, Dec. 3 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Grace – Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. We will follow a recipe to make a treat, and create a Paris-themed craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins Nov. 26.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.21.2017

BAYarts bids farewell to programming director

Erin Stack with her student, Eva Maile, at their student exhibit at SPACES.

Erin Stack, BAYarts' programming director, has stepped down from her position after a tenure of impressive work.

A graduate of The Art Academy of Cincinnati and Cleveland State, Stack has a fine arts degree with a specialty in arts education. An award-winning art educator for grades K-8, she came to BAYarts with a wealth of experience and loyal following. As program director, Stack created the model for BAYarts' successful art education curriculum, developing diverse and challenging programs and outreach for students pre-K through adult.

She leaves an enduring legacy of robust programs, with standouts such as: Art Academy, Mini Mosaics Preschool Program, campART, Fairy Garden Day (which fills up within mere hours), Girls Camp (ditto), Art Club, and a kids' Holiday Workshop Series. The latest implementation, a series of one-time workshops at night for adults, Date Nights, has also been wildly successful.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 10:53 AM, 11.07.2017