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Westlake hosts Tree City USA awards banquet

Alan Siewert, a regional urban forester from the Ohio DNR, speaks at the Tree City USA awards banquet on May 10. Westlake hosted the event, celebrating its 25th year as a Tree City. Photo by Tara Wendell

The City of Westlake, along with the Westlake Tree Commission, hosted the 2016 Tree City USA Awards banquet at LaCentre on Tuesday, May 10. Northern Ohio Tree Cities from as close as Bay Village and as far away as Sandusky, Youngstown and Wadsworth attended the event. All in all, over 240 participants, the largest gathering ever for this event, enjoyed a wonderful breakfast and lunch and many outstanding speakers. Exhibitors from many nurseries, lawn care companies, The Holden Arboretum and Forest City Tree Preservation took time to display their products to those in attendance and many local businesses provided gifts and door prizes.

Westlake's Service Director Paul Quinn emceed the program, which opened with a greeting and welcome by Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, followed by remarks from Alan Siewert, a regional urban forester from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Beth Buchanan was there to promote the Tree Fund which finances research into tree development.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 11:05 AM, 05.17.2016

Foundation to honor 3 Bay residents in annual ceremony

The Bay Village Foundation will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony to dedicate permanent bronze plaques honoring James Potter, Richard Schier and Eileen Vernon. The program, now in its 21st year, takes place at Cahoon Park North, under the tent, at approximately 10:30 a.m., immediately following the city’s Memorial Day observance at the Cahoon Park Gazebo.

The Potter family honored Jim with the plaque on his 80th birthday this month, celebrating his tremendous commitment to Bay Village through his involvement in numerous community organizations. Richard Schier, a veteran and resident of Bay, remembered the Bay Village Foundation in his will and is being honored for his service to the country and to the community. Eileen Vernon, charter member and longtime president of the Foundation, is being honored by her colleagues for 21 years of service to the Foundation and to Bay Village.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay, Westlake Sea Scouts reach semifinals

Sea Scouts Adam Schordock, Khalid Hamil, Zak Hamil and Nick Maude with a graphic they created about preventing boat fires. Photo by Dawn Hamil

Our Sea Scout crew, named "Boats" and comprised of Adam Schordock (Westlake High School), Khalid Hamil (Bay Middle School), and Derek Reid, Nick Maude and our leader Zak Hamil (all from Bay High School) reached the semifinals of the Paradigm Challenge, a $250,000 international competition sponsored by the American Red Cross.

The scouts submitted a trifold brochure, titled “Don’t let this be Your Boat.” The competition sought innovative ideas from youth to prevent home fires and deaths. Since the scouts are at home on the water, they designed an infographic highlighting the main causes of boat fires. The graphic also gave suggestions for preventative maintenance that should be taken.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.17.2016

Westlake to host Family Safety and Wellness Fair

SJMC nurses Anne Gorski and Shana Outrich set up the tabletop "Operation" board game, designed to teach how different organs are affected by drugs. 

The community is invited to learn ways to increase personal safety and wellness at the Westlake Recreation Center on Saturday, May 21, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. as the City of Westlake and University Hospitals St. John Medical Center co-host a Family Safety and Wellness Fair. 

The day fittingly begins with a flag-raising ceremony at 9:45 a.m. in honor of Armed Forces Day. St. John Medical Center will present City Council President Michael Killeen with a commemorative framed flag which was flown at the U.S. Capitol on Earth Day this year.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.17.2016

Second 'History Mystery' bike ride a success

Village Bicycle Cooperative volunteers sign up riders and give directions for the History Mystery tour at the Community House in Cahoon Memorial Park. Photo by Denny Wendell

The second annual History Mystery Bike Tour on Saturday, May 7, was a success with over 90 participants including adults and children who were able to learn more about Bay Village’s rich history, sample food, dance and listen to great music provided by the Waylows.  

The organizer, Rebecca Krueger from Village Bicycle Cooperative, said, “The History Mystery ride showcased Village Bicycle Cooperative’s great resources and an ongoing commitment to the community.” She further added that because of VBC’s efforts Bay Village is becoming more bike friendly due to changes in the bike laws and the collaboration between law enforcement and the community.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 11:12 AM, 05.17.2016

Program shines a light on Cleveland history and Superman

Learn about “Truth, Justice and the Cleveland Way” as guest speaker Dennis Sutcliffe addresses the legend of Superman on Thursday, May 19.

The Bay Village Historical Society invites the community to join their members for an informal potluck dinner and an evening of Cleveland history.

Sutcliffe will talk about Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster, two kids from Glenville High School who created the world’s most enduring superhero. Meet the original Superman and learn how he was influenced by the boys’ lives in Cleveland.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.17.2016

Dinners, movies and opera under the stars

In response to the popularity of BAYarts' Thursday night Farm and Art market, foodies will be pleased to know that the newest addition to BAYarts' summer "stay-cation" lineup are Dinner in the Dark events, farm-to-table meals under the stars. Dinners will be served on the lawn on farm tables handmade by BAYarts' event planner extraordinaire Diana Brewer. Brewer upcycles donated wood doors, palettes, and windows to create all the furniture used at BAYarts events.

On Friday, Aug. 5, Ben Bebenroth's Spice Kitchen will be featured, complete with artisan drinks and live music by The Tim Joyce Band. On Thursday, Aug. 18, local girl Brittany Reilly's Leaf Farm to Table Catering will serve up a vegetarian/vegan dinner following the farm market.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.17.2016

Hear bass in a multitude of dimensions

Ann Gilbert with her carbon fiber bass, one of three she will showcase at Bass Extravaganza on May 24. Photo courtesy Ann Gilbert

Enjoy “Bass Extravaganza” on Tuesday, May 24, at 7 p.m. at Westlake Porter Public Library. Ann Gilbert, whose resume resembles a “Who’s Who” of bass studies, performance and teaching from the highest regarded classical levels to pop celebrities, will present a unique program that explores different ways in which the bass can soar.  

Gilbert urges all to come with open ears and minds as she serenades her audience on a carbon fiber bass, an upright electric Gel Bass and a modern Italian string bass. She will bring several friends, including two Suzuki bass students (5 and 7 years old), a jazz trio, and an all-carbon fiber instrument string quartet. 

Currently, Gilbert plays principal bass with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra, the Akron Symphony, Blue Water Chamber Orchestra and is a member of Firelands Symphony Orchestra. She also teaches Suzuki and traditional bass for the Cleveland Music School Settlement. Her résumé includes appointments as principal bass with the Symphonic Orchestra of the State of Mexico, assistant principal bass with the Oregon Symphony, and in the Symphonic Orchestra of Seville, Spain.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.17.2016

Students write about Immigration Trunk Day

Westerly third-graders Kate, Bea, Karis and Julia pose as Polish immigrants just off the ship.

My third-graders at Westerly School in Bay Village learn about immigrants during the period that Ellis Island was open. Students get a chance to compare life today with life in the past. Throughout this integrated unit, the students learn about immigrants from fiction and nonfiction texts as well as going on a virtual tour of Ellis Island. They learn to write letters and poems related to immigration.

As a culminating activity, the students participate in "trunk day." Each student is assigned a country and they learn about real immigrant families that settled in the Cleveland area. Each group has a chance to explore trunks or suitcases with artifacts, journals, logs and more. Here are two summary paragraphs written by two of my students.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.17.2016

Celebrate National Garden Week

The National Garden Clubs Inc. designates a week in June every year as National Garden Week. They ask local garden clubs to celebrate with activities that involve the community to learn more about gardening and making good choices.

This year the Westlake Garden Club will celebrate National Garden Week with the following activities:

  • Monday, June 6, 10:30 a.m. – Come to Dean’s Greenhouse, 3984 Porter Road, to learn how to plant a vegetable garden in a container and what vegetables work best. Bring a container to plant or purchase one there. A good selection of plants will be available.
  • Wednesday, June 8, 10:30 a.m. – It is never too early to get children involved in gardening. Bring your children to Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, to pick up a kit with everything needed to grow a plant from seed.
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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.17.2016

Tour shows water flow, from Lake Erie to tap

Inside the main pump building at the Crown Water Treatment Plant.

Water in Bay Village and Westlake currently comes from the Cleveland Water Crown Treatment Plant located on Clague Road in Westlake. On Saturday, May 7, I took the public tour celebrating 160 years of Cleveland Water. About a dozen people were guided by Scott Naelitz, a plant supervisor. We passed the reservoir which holds 36 million gallons of clean drinking water. Crown pumps 41.5 million gallons per day into the Cleveland system which serves 420,000 homes and businesses in a 640-square-mile service area.

We turned into the spotless pump building and looked into the main pump area. Our clean, tasty water comes from Lake Erie through pumps as big as 2,250 horsepower! The water comes from the intake 3 miles out in Lake Erie. The intake pipe is 24 feet in diameter – big enough to drive through.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.17.2016

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, May 11, 2016

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

The meeting took place at Memorial Hall, Rocky River, with Mayor Pam Bobst presiding.

Present: Mayors Bobst (Rocky River), Summers (Lakewood), Sutherland (Bay Village), Patton (Fairview Park) and Kennedy (North Olmsted). Mayor Clough (Westlake) was absent. Also present were Mary Ellen Umerley, Chris McNulty, Jeff Capretto and Kevin Bednarski.

Two extensive reports were presented. Chris McNulty, Director of Political and Community Affairs for the Republican National Convention Arrangements Committee, briefed the mayors on his office’s responsibilities relating to the July 2016 Republican National Convention. Jeff Capretto, Special Agent in Charge, Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB), presented the 2015 annual report orally and in print.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.17.2016

Contracts approved for Bay Village Schools teachers and support staff

The Bay Village Board of Education approved new, three-year contracts with the district’s teachers and support staff members at its Monday, May 9, regular board meeting.

Both the Bay Teachers Association and the district’s OAPSE employees (including custodians, bus drivers, cafeteria workers, maintenance staff and school secretaries) agreed to salary increases of 2 percent for the first year of their new contracts, with increases of 1.75 percent for each of the following two years.

"Thanks to the collaborative relationships between our administration, our teachers and our support staff, we can continue to offer a high-quality education to our students while maintaining sound fiscal management for our community," said Amy Huntley, president of the school board. "This stability is so important. It lets our board plan ahead to offer the best programs in the most cost-efficient ways. I know I speak for our board in saying how proud we all are of our staff members and their dedication to our children and to our community."

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.17.2016

Dover UCC embraces Peace Village Day Camp

Dover Congregational United Church of Christ, located at 2239 Dover Center Road in Westlake, will host Peace Village Day Camp, July 11-14, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The Peace Village Day Camp focuses on the spiritual practice of peace present in all faith traditions.

Peace Village, which started in the UCC 20 years ago in the Pacific Northwest, teaches children peaceful practices through fun, outdoor adventure, classes, music and interfaith stories.

“The four components to the program – Peace Within Self, Peace and the Planet, Peace and our Culture, Peace with Others – have a strong theological base,” said Cynthia Stuart, co-director of Peace Village. “As Christians, we follow Jesus’ model that both embraced children and taught peace. But the idea of peace is evident in all faith traditions. We can learn from each tradition’s peace emphasis.”

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:46 AM, 05.17.2016

BVPD celebrates 10 years in 'new' station

Mayor Debbie Sutherland and Ruth Popovich (not pictured) visited the Bay Village police station on May 6. Standing, from left: Lt. Calvin Holliday, officer Michael Bourque, Sgt. Elliot Silva and Chief Mark Spaetzel. Photo by Tara Wendell

The Bay Village Police Department is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its station house this month. In honor of the milestone, the department held an informal ceremony on May 6, welcoming Mayor Debbie Sutherland and Ruth Popovich, the city’s assistant finance director, for a trip down memory lane.

“We’re here because Ruth remembered that this month was our 10th anniversary,” said Chief Mark Spaetzel.

The finance department was heavily involved in the process, monitoring costs as the city dealt with legal and environmental issues that affected construction.

“We tracked every dime that went into this building,” Popovich recalled. “All the change orders and everything; it’s hard to walk in here and not think of the contractors, and the lawsuit and the ground remediation.”

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 11:06 AM, 05.17.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

As we head into Memorial Day weekend, we start thinking summer fun! The Bay Village branch library has a variety of activities to keep your children busy during the upcoming summer months. Besides our weekly in-library storytimes, we'll also be hosting a storytime at the Bay Village pool on Monday and Tuesday afternoons starting June 13 at 2 p.m. Our popular Book Buddies program starts back up on June 22 and we have some fun STEM programs – Project Bridge and Light Up Your Summer.

Also, children and adults can sign up for Cuyahoga County Public Library's summer reading program, "Get in the Game: Read." Keep track of your reading and you'll have a chance to win prizes. Pre-registration has started. CCPL is also hosting a variety of  camps for children of all ages this summer. Visit cuyahogalibrary.org for more information on what is being offered.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes start back up on May 31. Also, starting on June 6, join us at the Bay Village pool for poolside storytimes. The poolside storytimes will be held on Monday and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. We hope to see you there this summer!

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.17.2016

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, May 18 and 25 (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, May 18 and 25 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, May 19 and 26 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and 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.

Wednesday, May 18 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Tom Neel, OGS Library Director, will speak about "Genealogical Research in Kentucky."

Thursday, May 19 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Human Resource Management – From the feasibility of starting a business through marketing, financial management, human resource management and the legal issues of operating a business. We will discuss the next steps needed to move forward with your plans. Bring your lunch; coffee is provided. Please register.

Thursday, May 19 (Combined Session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, May 20 (Basic Session: 9:30 a.m. and Advanced Session: 11 a.m.) Connecting for Kids Teach Me to Play – For children 3-6 years old who need help with communication and social skills. Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach families strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. Led by an early intervention specialist in behavior. To register:connectingforkids.org/handsontraining.

Friday, May 20 (4-4:45 p.m.) Fun Science Friday – Explore the wonders of our world in a curious, caring and creative setting. Investigate the life cycle of butterflies and bees, along with their important job of pollination. Discoveries will be made through hands-on experiments, active participation and a simple take-home project. Ages 4-6.

Saturday, May 21 (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.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.03.2016

Bay student is Honorable Finalist in Library of Congress contest

Bay Middle School fifth-grader Annabella Mayer with her parents, David and Jacquelyn Mayer, and her brother, David. Photo by Anne Hurtuk

Bay Middle School fifth-grader Annabella Mayer was recognized as an Ohio Level 1 Honorable Finalist in the Library of Congress' Letters About Literature 2016 Contest.

Students entering the contest write letters to the author of a book that has made a difference in their lives. Annabella wrote her letter to author Jerry Spinelli about his book, "Stargirl."

Annabella explained that Mr. Spinelli's book helped her realize that she didn't need to fit in with the crowd. "I, like everyone, am not perfect. I don’t always fit in," she wrote.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay Village police officers promoted

Lt. Mark Palmer and Sgt. Eric Tuisku. Photo by Mark Spaetzel

Two Bay Village police officers were promoted during a ceremony administered by Mayor Debbie Sutherland at City Hall prior to the May 10 City Council meeting.

Lt. Mark Palmer has been with the Bay Village Police Department since August 2010. He was promoted to lieutenant in charge of the Patrol Division. He is a drug recognition expert, is a member of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau’s Crisis Negotiation Team and was a field training officer. Lt. Palmer is married and has two children.

Sgt. Eric Tuisku has been with the Bay Village Police Department since October 2009. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in charge of the afternoon shift. Sgt Tuisku is a member of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau’s SWAT team. He has also served as a field training officer and a bike patrol officer.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 11:10 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay Village City Hall green parking lot improvements project

The Bay Village City Hall parking lot has been renovated to better manage storm water runoff, including a 3,600-square-foot bio-retention swale. Photo by Tara Wendell

In spring of 2016, the City of Bay Village completed renovations to the existing City Hall parking lot. The project was intended to reduce rain water run‐off and reduce pollutants such as salt, oils, suspended solids and metals from entering into the storm sewer system that impact aquatic life in Cahoon Creek and Lake Erie, while educating the residents and visitors to Bay Village about viable, sustainable storm water management alternatives.

This project was supported and financed in part through a grant from the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency (OEPA) under the provisions of the Surface Water Improvement Fund (SWIF). The City received $120,000 to be used toward these improvements as part of the SWIF Grant.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 3:46 PM, 05.17.2016

Singer Karen Drucker performing at Unity

Unity welcomes singer/songwriter Karen Drucker for a concert on Saturday, May 21, at 7 p.m. at Unity Spiritual Center. Unity is located at 23855 Detroit in Westlake. Cost is $25 with free coffee and desserts following the concert.  

Growing up in California, Karen's life was changed when, in her youth, the famous songwriter Carole King moved onto her street and Karen became the babysitter for Carole's two small children. Karen was thrilled when Carole let her borrow her piano during Carole's home remodel. With King as her role model and mentor, Karen Drucker began a long and meaningful career in music as she created song after song of positive affirmations, healing and self empowerment.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:46 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay Women's Club awards scholarships

Bay Village Women's Club scholarship recipients, from left: Evan Harms, Annamarie McGuire, Matthew Szekely, Moira Meehan, Jocelyn Joseph, Alysse Nowak, Rachel Zvara, Rachel Hamilton, Katelyn Laskowski. Photo by Eileen Cernea

The Bay Village Women’s Club Foundation is awarding $22,500 in scholarships of $2,500 each to nine outstanding Bay High School seniors. The Club recognized the students and their families May 12 during a luncheon at the Cleveland Yachting Club. The Bay High School String Quintet provided entertainment.

This year’s scholarship recipients are as follows, with their school and major:

  • Rachel Hamilton, Case Western Reserve University, cognitive science and neurology
  • Evan Harms, Kent State University, multimedia journalism
  • Jocelyn Joseph, Baldwin Wallace University, psychology and pre-medicine
  • Katelyn Laskowski, Cuyahoga Community College, criminology
  • Annamarie McGuire, West Virginia University, forensic science
  • Moira Meehan, Ohio Wesleyan University, biology and fine arts
  • Alysse Nowak, Ohio University, chemistry and pre-medicine
  • Matthew Szekely, Kent State University, music education
  • Rachel Zvara, Cleveland State University, undecided
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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.17.2016

Sugar Glider

Gliding though the air,
Tree to tree so gracefully,
The sugar glider.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay Legion seeks families of active military personnel

Photo by Linda Potter

The Bay Village American Legion is seeking families with active military members. These families are eligible to receive a Blue Star Service Banner to display in the window of their home to signify that they are a Blue Star Family. The Blue Star Service Banner is a reminder that war touches every neighborhood.

The Blue Star Banner was designed and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Captain Robert L. Queissner of the 5th Ohio Infantry who had two sons serving on the front line. The flag quickly became the unofficial symbol of a child in service. In 1967, the Department of Defense authorized the service flag with an act of Congress.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.17.2016

WHS student named Jefferson Scholar

Bradley Katcher

Westlake High School senior Bradley Katcher was named a Jefferson Scholar for the University of Virginia.

The Jefferson Scholars Foundation award is intended to cover the entire cost of attendance for four years at the University of Virginia, plus coverage of the supplemental enrichment experiences. Those opportunities include Team Challenge Program, Institute for Leadership and Citizenship, foreign travel studies, Alumni Connections Program, career counseling, public service fellows, and enrichment dinners and receptions.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.17.2016

Far West Center, Clague Playhouse partner for play, paintings

Far West Center and the Clague Playhouse formed a unique partnership this month when original art works from the "AHH! Art Helps and Heals" program at Far West Center are displayed during the Playhouse’s performance of "Panache." The play runs through May 29.

Both community nonprofits discovered common ground and a chance to combine their talents in the performing and the visual arts. A meeting between the Playhouse’s board president, Rich Lynch, and Far West Center’s mental health recovery coordinator, Denise Ayres, led to this one-of-a-kind project.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.17.2016

Balls and Strikes

The difference between a ball and a strike is whatever the umpire says it is. I now know this firsthand.

The boy’s little league team was scrimmaging with another team, so there was no official umpire. Our coach asked one of his assistants if he would umpire. “I don’t think I can,” he said. “My son is on the mound.”

I saw the coach’s eyes shift towards me. I looked at the ground. “Maybe he won’t notice me sitting here,” I hoped.

“Can you call balls and strikes?” he queried.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.17.2016

Time to plan your summer fun

As the school days start to wind down there is one major question on every parent’s mind: "What am I going to do with them for the whole summer?" Yes, parents, that golden time has arrived. After your child sleeps in the first morning, then gets up, brushes the sleep from their eyes and promptly yells out: "I’m bored, there is nothing to do!"

Don’t worry, the Westlake Recreation Department has you covered. We offer activities for almost every age group. Daily programs, weekly camps, swimming lessons, sport-specific camps and much more. The best part is, you can register right now for these camps and have the whole summer planned out even before they run out of school on the last day.

Summer Day Camp (ages 6-12)

Running weekly from June 6-Aug. 12, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Weekly field trips. Before and After Care available.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay Highs Alana Bernys adds National Merit Finalist to list of honors

Alana Bernys, Bay High graduating senior.

Bay High senior Alana Bernys has been named a National Merit Finalist. She is among less than one percent of U.S. graduating seniors who qualified for the distinction based on scores of the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) college entrance exam taken during their junior year.

Alana has previously been recognized for earning a top score of 36 on the ACT college entrance exam. She was also named a Presidential Scholar candidate earlier this year. She plans to pursue a double major in biochemistry and art history when she enters Darmouth College this fall to prepare for a career as a medical researcher in the field of genetics.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:46 AM, 05.17.2016

The ultimate two-party system

Ever wonder what it’s like being the guy who writes the “Sporting Views”? Actually, and this is a little more to the point, ever wonder what the wife of the guy who writes the “Sporting Views” thinks about all this?

I’ll bet there are a few of you out there who are curious, and if there are at least a few of you, I won’t have to worry about my readership numbers taking a hit as a result of me choosing this topic.

First, perhaps a little history about my wife: Patti and I met 46 years ago in the field behind St. Bernadette church in Westlake. Ironically, we would be married at the same church seven years later (much to the chagrin of her parents). 

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.17.2016

Westlake Historical Society hosts community art show

The Clague House is turning 140 years old this year and, as a part of our yearlong celebration, the Westlake Historical Society is honoring Sophronia Clague’s love for artistic expression by holding an Ice Cream Social and non-juried Community Art Show beginning on June 10.

All Westlake residents or members of the Westlake Historical Society are invited to submit up to two items for display and/or sale. We ask that all submissions be ready for hanging and suitable for public display to families in a museum.

The show is open to all types of art including drawings, paintings and photographs. Each submission must be your original work.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.17.2016

Kiwanis adapt toys for children with disabilities

Bonnie Smith, Natalie Wardega, Kevin Walker and Hal Paul adapting toys. Photo by Victor Rutkoski

The Westlake Kiwanis held a RePlay for Kids project on Tuesday, May 10, at Westlake Porter Public Library. Eight members and three guests volunteered their time to work on the toys.

They adapted the toys so they can be used by children with disabilities. It involves taking apart the toys and installing switches which can be used to make the toys operate in various ways, such as blowing into a tube or touching with the side of a head. They managed to complete 30 toys which is the most they have ever done. As usual, Natalie Wardega, director of operations for RePlay for Kids, led the group.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay High students donate quilts to Village Project

Bay High students created more than 70 quilts for Village Project clients.

Beauty, creativity, warmth and comfort are special gifts to share. And that is just what students from classes taught by Bay High School family and consumer science teacher Bridgit McFarland recently did.

On May 3, Mrs. McFarland and a group of students from her “Fashion Runway” and “On Your Own” classes gathered in the Bay High auditorium to present over 70 lap quilts to Barb Harrell, executive director of Village Project. The student-made quilts will be distributed to VP clients who are undergoing chemotherapy and in need of some comfort.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.17.2016

Tri-Cs first class of honors program graduates includes students from Westlake, Bay Village

Twenty-one months after signing academic commitment letters with Cuyahoga Community College, Mariam Ghanem of Westlake and Connor Hazeldine of Bay Village delivered on their penned promise.

Ghanem and Hazeldine will be among 11 members of Tri-C’s first Honors Program Fellowship class crossing the stage at the spring commencement on May 19. The group enrolled at Tri-C in August 2014 with scholarships designated for high-achieving high school graduates and covering tuition, fees and books.

Students accepted into the program pledged to earn a degree from the College within two years. Mission accomplished.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.17.2016

Celebrate memory of loved ones while helping hospice

Residents of Bay Village, Westlake and surrounding West Shore communities are invited to walk in memory of their loved ones while "paying it forward" to help other patients and families. Registration is now open for Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2016 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Bank. Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Leon Bibb of WEWS-TV, Channel 5, is this year’s master of ceremonies.  

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.17.2016

Options to ease seniors into digital literacy

In recent issues, we explored the probable consequences stemming from the currently low digital literacy rate among seniors. Although each senior’s personal situation and life challenges are different, such as the benign sounding, yet common mental health symptom of “loneliness” that afflicts many aging-in-place seniors, as well as physical health issues, becoming digitally literate empowers seniors to overcome many of their challenges and enjoy digital world benefits.

I continue to exclude younger generations out of this discussion, as they are mostly well in-tune with the utility of the digital world. But communication requires at least two parties, so the younger generation – such as the seniors' offspring and their grandchildren – play an integral role in promoting digital literacy for seniors.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.17.2016

Time running out to purchase Bay Days fireworks raffle tickets

Time is running out to purchase raffle tickets to help pay for the Bay Days fireworks this year.

Raffle tickets for a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club will only be sold until Memorial Day, when the winning ticket will be drawn.

The winning ticket for the 10-game Cleveland Cavaliers package will be drawn July 4.

One half of the Fourth of July fireworks celebration is now privately funded, so volunteers are working to raise money to make sure the celebration goes off with a bang.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.17.2016

Remembering my days as a talk-show host

When applying for positions in law and education, I would list my experiences, degrees, grades, skills and at the bottom, I had a one-line past experience: radio talk show host. To a person, the first thing I would be asked about in an interview was that radio show! 

How I got my own radio show is probably something they were wondering. I’m not exactly a conventional radio personality, although I suppose I’m somewhat conventional when it comes to small-town radio, which is what my show was broadcast on, not a major network. I have the kind of odd and uninteresting voice with a Pittsburgh accent that works out all right in life but would not work out on national radio.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:46 AM, 05.17.2016

Westlake police honor local company

Rick Grane presents a plaque to Bob McBride. Also pictured, left to right: Chief Kevin Bielozer, Jeannie Ross, Mary Leonard and Ken Semelsberger. Photo by Jeff Agoston

The Westlake Police Department recently honored the Scott Fetzer Company for their partnership in the Westlake PD’s 2015 Adopt-a-Family program. Dispatcher Jeannie Ross and Scott Fetzer’s events coordinator, Mary Leonard, worked tirelessly to assist the Murillo family, whose father, Jose, suffered a life-altering work related injury in March 2015. In the spirit of Christmas, on Dec. 22, 2015, the Murillo family was surprised with clothing, toys, various family memberships, and recreational/educational equipment to assist during Jose’s extensive recovery.

To honor their contribution, Ross, along with WPD Chief Kevin Bielozer and auxiliary officer Rick Grane, presented Leonard, President/CEO Bob McBride, and Chairman Ken Semelsberger with a plaque recognizing Scott Fetzer’s collaboration in supporting the local community. Great appreciation was expressed to all who participated in the ongoing coalition to assist those in need who live and work in Westlake.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.17.2016