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Cahoon Christmas

Two-year-old Reece Van Almen gets a personal greeting from Santa Claus, who arrived at the Bay Village Community House after touring the city in a fire truck on Dec. 7.

The second annual Cahoon Christmas event at Cahoon Memorial Park on Dec. 7 ushered in the season for children of all ages with crafts, treats, Christmas carols and– of course! – Santa Claus. The festive afternoon included ornament crafts at the Bay Village Branch Library table and homemade baked goods and gifts from the Bay Village Women's Club, Village Project, Bay Village Historical Society and DAR. Devon Gess directed the Bay High Choraleers in a selection of Christmas songs that had the audience tapping their toes and clapping their hands.

Santa arrived in a Bay fire truck, and called in all of the kids around him for a "big Bay Village hug." He proceeded inside the Community House where Tom Meyrose read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and then took a seat in his red velvet chair to greet every child.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 10:06 AM, 12.09.2014

Westlake's young astronauts

NASA astronaut Stephanie Wilson helps LBMS seventh-graders Stephanie Randar and Lauren Paulson work on a balloon propulsion project during Young Astronaut Day. Photo courtesy NASA Glenn Research Center

Students from Westlake High School and Lee Burneson Middle School science classes spent the day recently as scientists and astronauts during NASA’s 22nd Annual Young Astronaut Day at the Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

Westlake’s 25 students from WHS Honors physical science classes and LBMS general science classes were among the more than 350 students from 27 Northeast Ohio schools who worked in teams on STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) activities demonstrating their logic and problem-solving skills through hands-on projects. Activities included Commander Missions of Rocket Balloon Propulsion, Laser Communications, Rover Entry Aero Drag and Rover Traction Robots.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:39 AM, 12.09.2014

Re-enactors bring Civil War stories to life

Major Don Van Wert, a re-enactor of the 105th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, discussed the regiment's actions in the Civil War during the Bay Village Historical Society's November potluck.

It was standing room only at the November potluck of the Bay Village Historical Society.

Upon entering the Community House, members were transported back to the Civil War in 1862. Lining the doorway were seven 105th Ohio Volunteer Infantry soldiers welcoming us to the potluck and program. The tables were festive with flowers of fall colors and small pictures of Ohio heroines. Thanksgiving dinner was set on a large table in front of the fireplace.

Draped across the wall as if hung on a clothes line were Tom Gorgas’s Civil War flags representing the Union and the Confederate troops. Civil War rifles were stacked in the corners of the room. The traveling Civil War trunk from the Lakewood Historical Society was on display along with memorabilia from Rose Hill and Tom Phillip’s Civil War rifle. Two authentic period quilts were shared by Sharon Morton depicting typical fabrics and designs used during this era.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:37 AM, 12.09.2014

So this is Christmas

My favorite Christmas song, narrowly edging out “The Little Drummer Boy,” is “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” written and performed by John Lennon.

I love those first words of the song – “So this is Christmas.” They speak to me, not of gifts, parties, trees and dinners, but of that magic moment when, sometime in the midst of that special day’s chaos, we feel the love and joy – ah, so this is Christmas!

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:35 AM, 12.09.2014

Bay Village Auxiliary Police commemorate 50 years of service

Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland greets auxiliary police Sgt. Don Landers during the Dec. 1 recognition ceremony at Bay Village City Hall. Photo by Denny Wendell

On Monday, Dec. 1, both a tribute and a celebration took place in the council chambers of Bay Village City Hall. On this evening, 18 of the 23 members of the Bay Village Auxiliary Police were recognized for their unit's service.

In 1964 the Civil Defense unit, which had existed since 1957, was disbanded. Someone, their name long ago forgotten, perhaps not even recorded, had the brilliant notion of forming the Bay Village Auxiliary Police Department. Yes, it has been 50 years and the unit is still going strong. The members contribute, without compensation, many hours to their fellow citizens and the police division. It takes a special, devoted type of person who will voluntarily step forward to handle jobs which are always challenging, infrequently exciting, often tedious, and rarely (but sometimes) dangerous.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.09.2014

Auditions for 'One Slight Hitch' at Clague Playhouse

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road in Westlake, will hold auditions on Dec. 9 and 10 for "One Slight Hitch." This smart, modern farce from comedian Lewis Black is a wild and oddly romantic trip down dysfunctional lane. Life is rolling along for Doc and Delia Coleman as they plan to throw their eldest daughter the plush wedding they never had – at which point her ex shows up.

Director Fred Gloor seeks actors to play three male characters (two in their early 30s and one 50s-60s) and four females (one age 16, two 20s-30s, one 50s-60s).

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:45 AM, 12.09.2014

Bay Village students share family traditions

The holiday season has arrived, a time for rejoicing, connecting with loved ones and creating memories that will last a lifetime. For the Observer's annual last-issue-of-the-year feature, Mrs. Martha Fisher of Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village asked her third-grade students to share favorite family traditions from this time of year.

My Lovely Christmas Eve
On Christmas Eve my family goes to my Aunt Debbie’s house. I see my cousins and we get matching pajamas. We eat snow ball cookies. They are cookies with walnuts. We eat brownies and sing songs in her music room and I play the piano. For dinner we have spinach quiche, grapes, and mac and cheese. The kids play house up in my cousin’s mom’s old room when she was a kid. Then we ride up and down the steps. The stairs go in circles and we slide on our bottoms down the stairs. Next we change into our matching PJs. Finally we open presents and we play with our new toys. All of us write letters to Santa and put them in my aunt’s special mailbox. We go home and I say,  “Hi,” to Jingle, my Elf on the Shelf, and go to bed dreaming about the wonderful day that is coming.
by Lulu V.

My Christmas Tradition
We cut down our tree each year. Our family has gone to Wilcox Tree Farm to cut down our Christmas tree every year since I was a baby. My parents make us a big breakfast before we leave. My dad gets his saw and we all pile in the car to go find the perfect tree. Our family rides on their tractor to take us out to the trees. If we are lucky there will be snow on the ground so my brother and I can have a snowball fight! Some years my brother finds a tree and some years I find a tree but we never leave without a tree. Sometimes we struggle to get it in the door and some years we have to cut the top because it is too tall. Once we finally get it in, our dad takes a nap and my brother, my mom and I put on ornaments and candy canes and lights! I like to eat the candy canes but I also like to see the ornaments I made and have got from the past. I do this every year and I LOVE IT!!
by Aaron B.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:32 AM, 12.09.2014

Westlake students share family traditions

The holiday season has arrived, a time for rejoicing, connecting with loved ones and creating memories that will last a lifetime. For the Observer's annual last-issue-of-the-year feature, Mrs. Pam DeAnna of Bassett Elementary School in Westlake asked her third-grade students to share favorite family traditions. Their varied responses recall special moments throughout the year, from Easter to the Fourth of July to Eid to Chanukah to Christmas.

My Family Tradition
My traditions are on Easter. On Easter, my family gets up and we find our baskets. We do the hot and cold clue game. When we eat pancakes and sausages, you can hear my family talking to one another. We open our baskets while we eat. After we are done eating, I open my toys and other stuff. In the afternoon, I eat my candy and sometimes I eat it in the morning, but just the pieces that spill out of my plastic Easter eggs. Of course, I do not go to school! Thank you for listening to my Easter traditions!
by Aubrie G.

Making Gingerbread Houses
After Thanksgiving four people including me, my cousin Devon, my sister Samantha, and my other cousin Kyra decorate some gingerbread houses. We use gumballs, icing and candy. I do it every year three days after Thanksgiving. It is fun doing it every year. I do two, my sister does two, and Devon does one. There are five gingerbread houses altogether. I make icing into icicles and Samantha makes a gummy gumball path. Yum! The gingerbread houses are not edible. I smell ginger and sugar! I hear talking and yelling. I love the taste of gum drops. I touch the icing and see sugar and candy on the gingerbread houses. I loved writing this story for you!
by Kaitlyn J.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:33 AM, 12.09.2014

Therapy dog visits Dwyer Center

Therapy dog Tikka, with owner Christina Spaetzel, models the goggles she must wear to protect her eyes in a crisis situation. She also has boots to protect her paws. Photo by Ann Orin

The seniors at the Bay Village Dwyer Center were welcomed with tail wags and dog “smiles” when certified therapy dog Tikka visited the center on Dec. 1. Tikka’s owner, Christina Spaetzel, discussed the training, testing, and many requirements a dog and its owner must accomplish in order to become a certified Therapy and Crisis Response Dog. She also explained the comfort these animals provide for people who are ill, stressed and/or in crisis, whether working with victims or emergency response workers. 

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:45 AM, 12.09.2014

Test your sports IQ

One thing is for sure about Cleveland sports fans: they love their trivia. Because of that, every couple of years or so, I run an annual "Test your sports IQ" challenge. The great thing about this is: even if you’re not really into sports, anyone can play. Of course, you’ll probably embarrass yourself, but it’s not like I can stop you or anything. That being said, the correct answers will be revealed at the end of the quiz, and I – at no additional charge  – will assess your knowledge (or lack thereof) of Cleveland sports. Sound fun? You bet, Bucco. So, without further ado, let the games begin …

1. The Cavs’ trio of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are often referred to as:
A. The Big Three
C. The Three Amigos
D. The Three Stooges
E. The Four Horsemen
B. The Big Mistake

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:41 AM, 12.09.2014

Upcoming events at the Westlake Center for Community Services

The staff at the Westlake Center for Community Services are looking forward to fun programs in 2015. Photo by Alex Rodriguez

Ring in the New Year early on Wednesday, Dec. 31, starting at 10 a.m. with a Tropical Island theme! Tom Todd will entertain us Jimmy Buffet-style with island music as well as some classics. Lunch, served at 11:30 a.m., will also be tropical-themed. Cost is $7; RSVP and payment are required by Dec. 22. Don your favorite Hawaiian shirt and dust off that Parrot-Head hat and let's party! We will have door prizes and a non-alcoholic toast at noon to welcome 2015.

If one of your New Year's Resolutions is to try something new, come to our Newcomers Meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 7. If you aren't new to the Westlake Center for Community Services, then bring someone who is! This event is at 10 a.m. and is an informal introduction to our many opportunities, programs and services. Receive a tour of the facility and meet the staff. We hope that this will encourage you to make new friends and keep coming back! Light refreshments will be available. This free event is open to everyone 50 and older. Reservations are required by Jan. 5.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:43 AM, 12.09.2014

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

In this season of gift-giving and remembering friends and family with warm thoughts of holidays past and present, the Bay Village Branch Library would like to thank one and all for their support and patronage throughout the year. If you don't frequent the library on Cahoon Road or haven't visited us in awhile, please join us soon as there is much to offer you and your family besides books! The librarians are eager to help with reading recommendations for young and old; help you to use the library computers; show you where to find our helpful research databases or find a DVD for your family to watch. Please see the list below for programs you may enjoy. May you all have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! 

Please note that in celebration of the holidays the Bay Village Branch will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Thursday, Dec. 25, and reopen on Friday, Dec. 26, at 9 a.m. In addition, the library will be closed on Wednesday, Dec. 31, through Thursday, Jan. 1, and reopen on Friday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m. 

ALL AGES

Sunday, Dec. 21 (2 p.m.) RINGING IN THE SEASON – Sing along with the Garfield Memorial UMC Handbell Choir for a program of sacred and secular holiday songs, and history. No registration required.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:43 AM, 12.09.2014

Santa, then and now

The Santa Letter was a magical thing when I was a child. The rule that he had set at my house was you could ask Santa for one thing. That meant you had to be very careful to make sure it was the one thing you most wanted. No one would ask for a new coat, or a sweater. That was the kind of stuff your parents or grandparents would get you. That was the stuff you needed, not the stuff you wanted. The Santa Letter had to request that one toy that would make your life complete.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:36 AM, 12.09.2014

End the year with a relaxing read

What do most people think of when they hear the word "library"? Reading, of course! 2014 was the year to "Reconnect with Reading 365" at the Cuyahoga County Public Library. We have been so happy to share with you our favorites, as well as those of your neighbors from a variety of genres over the past year in this feature. During this season of holiday hustle and bustle, we would like to invite you to relax with a good book or gift one to someone special. Here are some new releases we thought we’d share that may fast become a new favorite to give as gifts or read for yourself on a frosty winter day.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.09.2014

WHS senior to speak at college commencement

Aswin Bikkani

Six months before receiving his high school diploma, a Westlake High School senior will receive two associate degrees and serve as commencement speaker for his college graduating class.

Aswin Bikkani, 17, was selected by the Cuyahoga Community College Joint Student Council – the college-wide student government body – to serve as the Dec. 17 commencement speaker. Aswin will graduate from Tri-C with Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for Fall 2014 with a 4.0 GPA. He was selected from a pool of candidates to serve as commencement speaker.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.09.2014

Christmas without a price tag

Christmas is an invitation for closed hearts to open, for darkness to merge with radiant light, for given gifts to last a lifetime and beyond, for the heart to become the superstar, for the child within to become the triumphant King.

Unity Spiritual Center of Westlake will celebrate this Christmas in a threefold way: preparing for Christ's sacred birth with four Sundays of Advent, celebrating the sacred birth on Christmas Eve with a 7 p.m. Candlelighting Service, and releasing the old while maintaining the spirit of the sacred birth with a Burning Bowl/White Stone Service on Sunday, Dec. 28.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:43 AM, 12.09.2014

Writing Controversy

Have you ever spoken out about something you wanted to change? Last spring I wrote an article about the points system used at Bay Middle School – the BEP system – because I thought it needed to change.

This was my first experience with a controversial article, and I wasn’t prepared for the responses. I received a lot of different feedback because of the different views of people at the middle school on the BEP system. I didn’t know how to react to this feedback, so I decided to take a break from writing for the Observer.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:42 AM, 12.09.2014

BAYarts announces scholarship for graduating seniors

The Ruth Purdy-Leslie Scholarship Fund at BAYarts was created in memory of the much-loved Bay Schools art teacher in 2011. Originally to aid students interested in taking BAYarts classes, the program was expanded to include scholarships for college-bound students.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:47 AM, 12.09.2014

'Tis the Season

The scent of pine, colorful holiday lights, a glowing yule log ... these are some of the reasons I love Christmas. A creche with the infant, Jesus, always has a prominent place in my home during this time. A tabletop artificial tree now replaces the tall live firs of the past. Some things do change. The base of my hutch is lined with cotton and covered with tiny lights. Angels hang from the knobs above. I'm searching for just the right empty wine bottle to hold a string of miniature lights. The bottle must be green.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:42 AM, 12.09.2014

Donation drive for Cleveland Family Promise

Westerly fourth-graders are organizing a donation drive for homeless families.

We are seven fourth-graders from Westerly Elementary School who are interested in helping homeless people from the Greater Cleveland Family Promise shelter that are moving to their new homes. We are doing a donation drive to collect supplies for bedrooms, bathrooms and kitchens. The supplies can be slightly worn, and they don’t have to be new. 

The donation box is at Bay Village Library, 502 Cahoon Road, and is next to the display case. The donation drive will be held from now until Sunday, Jan. 4. After Jan. 4, we will be delivering the supplies to two families’ new homes.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:42 AM, 12.09.2014

Keep the holidays happy and stress-free

Thanksgiving is over and now the fun begins. Just around the corner is Christmas and shopping, wrapping, baking, writing cards, entertaining, etc. – whew, I am tired already! Sometimes we push ourselves to the limit trying to create that perfect Currier and Ives or Dickens holiday. 

As many of you know, with age comes wisdom. At some point in time, we realize there is no such thing as the “perfect” holiday. Someone or something always seems to pop up to spoil it. So how do we avoid ruining our holidays and keeping peace in the family? Good planning and letting go of those ideas of a picture-perfect day – and, keeping things simple.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:41 AM, 12.09.2014

A tree shines in Porter Library

For the third year now the Westlake Garden Club has decorated a holiday tree for the lobby of Westlake Porter Public Library. On Sunday, Nov. 30, the lobby was abuzz with garden club members, boxes and bags of ornaments, ladders and curious visitors to the library. 

The theme this year is A Child’s Christmas and is quite evident by the many, many toy-type ornaments. One of our members supplied many of the ornaments from her personal collection and committee members brought other ornaments to complete the tree. There was a period of concern when the middle section lights were not lit, but eventually that problem was solved and the ornaments went on.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:41 AM, 12.09.2014

BAYarts receives Cuyahoga Arts & Culture grant

Just in time for a happy Thanksgiving, Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (CAC) announced grants of more that $27 million to 196 cultural organizations in Cuyahoga County. The grant awards were approved by CAC’s board of trustees after an in-depth application process, a review by a panel of independent arts and culture experts from outside Northeast Ohio and finally the allocation of funds by CAC trustees. The awards were announced on Nov. 24 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the majority of the recipients in attendance.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.09.2014

Waiting for Santa

Daniel Barker, 8, meets Santa Claus as the jolly old elf rides through Bay Village on Dec. 7.

As part of Bay Village’s Christmas celebration last year, Santa Claus rode in a fire truck down Parkside Drive, where my daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Dave Barker, live. My eight-year-old grandson, Daniel, who is a true believer, waited outside for Santa to pass by. Santa stopped at the curb and called Daniel's name and Daniel was thrilled. He spoke about it all year long.

Thankfully, I read in the Nov. 25 issue of the Observer that Santa would be returning to Bay Village on Dec. 7, and his route would take him down Parkside again. I emailed Santa and he asked Daniel's name and address and said he had remembered his little face and it had touched him so he would definitely stop.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:34 AM, 12.09.2014

'Middlemarch' the topic of book discussion group

Please join our Case Western Reserve University group starting Jan. 12, 2015, as we welcome Bruce Ackerman as our leader to investigate the journey of nine characters from single status to marriage plus a 10th that never makes it. In "Middlemarch," author George Eliot paints in exquisite detail a canvas showing how each character seeks answers to major intellectual and emotional questions. However, many times the questions are asked in the wrong way.  Marriage sometimes creates more questions than it answers.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.09.2014

If it is too good to be true ...

A common ploy used by email spammers, this fraudulent letter was sent by airmail from England.

Coming home after meeting fellow WBVO columnist RJ Johnson (he pens the “Family Observations” column) over caffeine-infused geek talk, I made a beeline to my mailbox in front of the house as I was expecting a book for the long Thanksgiving weekend starting the following day.

Flipping through the stack of letters, I noticed an airmail addressed to me. It was posted through “Royal Mail” which I guessed was England’s equivalent of our United States Postal Service but who did I know in the UK? As they say, “curiosity killed the cat” and this cat, yours truly, couldn’t wait to find out ...

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:34 AM, 12.09.2014

Any reservations about resolutions?

Turning over a new leaf and staying the course throughout the year requires a high level of commitment and dedication. Kudos to area residents who have not only kept their 2014 New Year’s resolutions but are about to embark on those they set for 2015! 

Chances are, they’re way ahead of many of their neighbors who may still be coming to terms with this year’s leaves, either literally or figuratively!

Wayne and Garth (of "Wayne’s World" fame, not well-known country singers) may speak for area “non-resolvers” by inimitably proclaiming, “we’re not worthy, we’re not worthy,” in lauding those who merit praise for their accomplishments.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:34 AM, 12.09.2014

Westlake student's story published in national magazine

Neige DeAngelis

Neige DeAngelis, a Dover Intermediate School fifth-grade student, won a national story contest by Cricket magazine for her story about a temperamental, fire-breathing dragon named Mr. Feugo.

Neige’s story, “350 Words or Else!” chronicles the scene of Mr. Feugo, editor of “Dragonfly” magazine, being upset when readers sent in 10-page stories for publication. Neige’s story was published in the October 2014 issue of Cricket magazine.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:38 AM, 12.09.2014

Merry Kittymas To All

'Twas the night before Kittymas
When all through the house  
Not an creature was stirring,  
Not even the mouse. 

The kitties were snuggled  
And snuggly in their beds,  
While visions of homemade cat treats  
Danced in their heads.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.09.2014

Bay community groups ring in the season with holiday events

The members of the Bay Village Community Council met recently to discuss upcoming events in the city. The council is made up of representatives from various community organizations. The following is a summary of the November meeting discussion.

The Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library is hosting several holiday programs. Ring in the season with the Garfield Memorial UMC Handbell Choir on Dec. 21, 2 p.m. Children in kindergarten through second grade are invited to “Elf Training” on Dec. 13, 11 a.m. A “Make ‘n Take Snowman Craft” will be featured in the children’s storytime room on Dec. 15 through Dec. 20, during regular library hours. Phone 440-871-6392 for program registration or information.

The Bay Village Women’s Club 46th annual Antique Show is Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 at Bay High School. Interested dealers can contact Nancy Trainer at 440-334-7539 or visit www.baywomensclub.org. Bay Village afghans, cookbooks, miniature house and playing cards are available as holiday gifts. Purchases support the club’s many civic contributions and scholarships for Bay High seniors.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:46 AM, 12.09.2014

WHS students learn peaceful solutions

Zac Duffield, Jillian Eddy, Abigail Sperli, Paola Del Rincon Martinez, Lori Unger, Haleigh Harper and David Wanhainen

A group of Westlake High School students joined other area schools at the Beck Center for the Arts last month to learn how to create peaceful solutions through the arts.

The Peaceful Solutions program is a one-day workshop at the Beck Center in Lakewood that includes opportunities for students to write songs, play instruments, paint, mold with clay and learn how cultural arts can have a positive impact on their lives and society.

The WHS participants were Zac Duffield, Jillian Eddy, Abigail Sperli, Paola Del Rincon Martinez, Lori Unger, Haleigh Harper and David Wanhainen, Bayanne Farraj, Sydney Chatterton, Carolyn Bedell and Andrew Sperli.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.09.2014

Turkey bowling for charity

St. John Medical Center security manager James Kamholz helps Nick Schillero, 5, son of finance director Tony Schillero, knock down pins in the Dec. 3 Frozen Turkey Bowling event. Photo by Denny Wendell

Something unusual was on a roll at St. John Medical Center on Dec. 3 – turkeys. Frozen turkeys, to be exact. Employees from across the Westlake health campus braved the cold for a good cause in the hospital’s inaugural Frozen Turkey Bowling competition. For a small donation, staffers and their family members tried their hand at hurling 12-pound turkeys down a makeshift alley set up in the outdoor courtyard.

All of the money raised went to the SJMC Hope Fund, which offers assistance to employees experiencing a temporary hardship. Those who bowled a strike, knocking down all 10 regulation pins, were entered into a grand-prize drawing for a paid day off.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:31 AM, 12.09.2014

A family of givers in need

Julie, Bob and Alyson Hanhauser

Bay Village residents Julie and Bob Hanhauser will be counting many blessings this Christmas season: 28 years of wedded bliss; large, loving, supportive extended families; a multitude of friends; their daughter, Alyson, a Kent State dean's list student who is beautiful inside and out. However, the challenges and hardships of recent years have overwhelmed them and even those who love them. 

All of his adult life, Bob has been struggling with serious, and now disabling, Crohn's disease, a condition which inflames and sometimes destroys portions of the colon. He and Julie lost their beloved 14-year-old son, Ian, eight years ago from a rare and fast-moving cancer. Before and after this tragic loss, Bob underwent five bowel surgeries. He is now unable to eat as he can no longer absorb the nutrients from food.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:45 AM, 12.09.2014

A second sandstone Lilly House in Westlake?

The 19th-century home at 30419 Center Ridge Road in Westlake features finely tooled sandstone on all four sides.

The stone building on a knoll on the south side of the street at 30419 Center Ridge Road (just west of Green’s Garage) was placed on the Ohio Historic Inventory by the Cuyahoga County Regional Planning Commission in 1987. Some of the things that made it significant to them was its rock-faced ashlar sandstone construction, its low hipped roof and cornice line which they noted may have been inspired by Greek Revival and its hipped-roof, double-pen form, which they observe is more of a Southern Folk Victorian style.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:36 AM, 12.09.2014

Bay resident named to national campaign finance study committee

Bay Village resident Susan Murnane is among 10 nationally recognized scholars and legal experts to be selected for a League of Women Voters committee on money in politics.

Are corporations people? Is money speech? Should there be limits on how much I can contribute to a candidate? On how much you can give to an interest group? Is the need to fund campaigns diverting our public servants' attention from good government?

To answer these questions and more, Susan Murnane, Bay League of Women Voters (LWV) Chapter and LWV-Greater Cleveland board member, has been named to the national League of Women Voters' Money in Politics Committee. This committee is charged with considering "the rights of individuals and organizations, under the First Amendment, to express their political views through independent expenditures and the finance of election campaign activities."

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:35 AM, 12.09.2014

Jingle Bell Rock: Two nights of music to benefit Village Project

‘Twas the night after Christmas … and it’s time to throw off your ‘kerchief or cap and get out of the house to enjoy some rock 'n' roll.

Spending time with family and friends during the holidays can be merry and bright and jingly and jolly, but let’s face it, all that preparation for the big day can leave you very stressed out. What better way to let your hair down after the Christmas rush, than a night out (or two) at a local watering hole to listen to some live rock 'n' roll for a good cause.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:35 AM, 12.09.2014

Westlake headlines peer prevention seminar

Fifty-eight Westlake High School students were part of a SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) seminar held Dec. 2 at Quicken Loans Arena to generate peer prevention ideas to take back to their schools.

About 400 SADD members from Northeast Ohio high schools attended. Nine WHS SADD and Leadership Challenge students presented a peer prevention program – pHarmingEffects – that teaches students about the dangers of using prescription medications not prescribed for them. Students used PowerPoint, videos and skits during their presentation, which they previously presented in the high school’s sophomore health classes.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:38 AM, 12.09.2014

Christian leader gives best practices of revolutionary parenting

For parents at Westside Christian Academy's recent Family Strong Series event, Dr. George Barna gave them the bottom line within the first few minutes of his presentation.

He first laid out the crises faced by youth today in terms of morality, relationships, physical health and spirituality. He then stated the research which formed the basis of his book, "Revolutionary Parenting: Raising Your Kids to Become Spiritual Champions," indicated that “who you become depends on what happens in your heart and mind by age 13.”

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:36 AM, 12.09.2014

Compeer celebrates 25 years of compassion and friendship

Compeer Match Nancy and Amanda have been friends since 2010.

The Compeer Program at Far West Center is celebrating its 25th year of offering compassion, friendship and ending isolation for individuals managing recovery from mental illness. In 1989 Far West Center began the Compeer Program which is an affiliate of the international organization Compeer Inc. headquartered in Rochester, New York. Compeer at Far West Center is one of over 60 Compeer affiliates throughout 11 states, Australia and Canada.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:36 AM, 12.09.2014

Youth Challenge honors top teen volunteers

The Youth Challenge Dance and Drama program will kick off the season with a Holiday Show on Dec. 14 at Magnificat High School’s Performing Arts Center. The event will also include a Volunteer Recognition to honor the year’s top teen volunteers.

Youth Challenge offers free, year-round programs to over 160 participants throughout the Greater Cleveland area. The participants are children with such disabilities as muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and hearing or vision impairments. Transportation to and from programs is also provided at no charge.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:44 AM, 12.09.2014