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Kiwanian honored for service to Westlake

Russ Milan receives the Hixson Award from Bob Clancy. Photo by Victor Rutkoski

The Westlake Kiwanis presented Russ Milan with the George F. Hixson Award, named for Kiwanis' first president. The award is given to members as a way of recognizing those who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis' history of service and generosity. Russ has been a member of the Westlake Kiwanis since April 3, 1991. Among his many accomplishments are being Westlake Kiwanis president twice and also serving as treasurer.

Russ started the Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club in 2004 and has served as the Division 14 Aktion Club advisor. Russ started the Westlake Kiwanis Special Olympics and has served as its chairman since its inception seven years ago. In addition, Russ is instrumental in running the Westlake Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade and Service.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.21.2016

Bay resident participates in Transplant Games of America

Nathan Hart of Bay Village displays his Transplant Games medals. He won bronze in cycling and basketball, silver in golf, and received a gold medal for participation.

After five wonderful and fun-filled days, the Transplant Games of America held in Cleveland are over. Nathan Hart, who will be a sixth-grader in the fall at the Bay Middle School, represented Team Ohio well by coming home with three medals!

The Transplant Games of America were held June 10-15. This was Nathan's first time participating in the Transplant Games and he was very excited to be on Team Ohio! He participated in the family walk, 1K cycling, golf singles, basketball and volleyball. He had a blast meeting other transplant recipients and many living donors and donor families from all over the country.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.21.2016

Bay Legion retires 800 flags

American Legion Post #385 Commander Stan Zeager inspects a portion of the 800 flags the Post retired on Flag Day. Photo by Jim Potter

American Legion Post #385 in Westlake retires flags twice a year, Flag Day and Veterans Day. On June 14 this year, the Post retired more than 800 flags, many of which came from local cemeteries plus those provided by residents.

Flags are retired using full military honors, which begins with an inspection by the Sergeant at Arms, the Second Vice Commander and the First Vice Commander. Each inspection includes a description of how the flags were used: to mark the graves of those who died in defense of their country or those flags flown over buildings or homes. After the Commander determines that the flags have served their appropriate purpose, he will ask the Post Chaplain to offer a prayer over the flags then release the flags for retirement by fire. Taps and the national anthem are played as all in attendance salute the flags.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:36 AM, 06.21.2016

Cavs raffle helps fund Bay Days fireworks fund

Time is running out to purchase raffle tickets to help fund the Bay Days fireworks show.

Raffle tickets to win two great seats to 10 Cleveland Cavaliers games during the 2016/2017 season will be sold until July 4, when the winner will be drawn at noon at Bay Days. (The other prize offered to help the Bay Days fireworks show, a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club, was won Memorial Day by Ken Thompson.)

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:35 AM, 06.21.2016

Bay Village residents encouraged to share ideas for city

The City of Bay Village is seeking resident input on the formation of a new master plan to guide future growth and development. A “public visioning” meeting will be held Tuesday, June 28, 7 p.m., at the Dwyer Center. Residents will have an opportunity to meet the advisory team from the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, and voice their suggestions on an array of subjects including city infrastructure, housing, recreation, sustainability, transportation and economic development.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.21.2016

Tracing the history of former Westlake sanitarium

The former Cedarcrest Sanitarium on Detroit Road in Westlake was once the home of W.H. Becker, as pictured in "Beautiful Homes of Cleveland," published in 1917. The Atrium office building now sits on the site.

On a recent visit to the Special Collections area of the Main Branch of the Cleveland Public Library I re-acquainted myself with a book I had first discovered as a 14-year-old boy. It is called “Beautiful Homes of Cleveland” and was published by The Cleveland Topics Company in 1917. The focus of the book is a selection of substantial homes built within the city of Cleveland and inner ring of suburbs from about 1890 to 1915.

The book also includes one home in today’s Bay Village, the Lawrence Mansion, which is now part of Cashelmara, and one home in today’s Westlake. The home in Westlake is listed as the “Home of Mr. W.H. Becker, West Dover, Ohio.” It is odd that it is included in the book since it is not very architecturally noteworthy and in today’s terminology we would call it “re-muddled.” I was not initially familiar with the home and proceeded to do some research on it.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:35 AM, 06.21.2016

BHS senior to plant butterfly garden in Walker Road Park

In recent years the monarch butterfly population has rapidly declined. To help with this pressing issue, Laura Curry, an incoming senior at Bay High School, is planting a butterfly garden at Walker Road Park this September. The garden will be 20 feet by 10 feet and near the pond at Walker Park. Laura will be planting many milkweed and nectar plants to aide monarch butterflies on their migration to Canada. The milkweed plants are for the butterflies to lay their eggs on and the nectar plants provide nourishment for the butterflies.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.21.2016

Doing my job

“How was class today?” I asked the boy.

“I hate you,” he growled.

This was a fair comment. I knew I was poking the bear when I asked. This was not just any class. This was summer school. Although it is not a punishment, many children view summer school as a violation of the Eighth Amendment which states that no “cruel or unusual” punishments shall be inflicted. The boy is most certainly of the opinion that summer school is a cruel and unusual punishment.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.21.2016

More plastic in the ocean than fish

More than half of the world’s plastic ends up in the ecosystem, as exemplified by this snapshot from Wendy Park in Cleveland. Photo by Patrick McGannon

Yes, you read that headline correctly. By the year 2050, it is estimated that there will be more waste plastic (by weight) in the ocean than fish. Worldwide, every minute of every day, one refuse truck’s worth of waste plastic is dumped into the sea. This is arguably the No. 1 environmental catastrophe facing our world today for many reasons.

The oceans are made up of five gyres. A gyre is network of currents that creates slow, rotating whirlpools. Plastics that end up in the ocean become caught in the gyres, creating what are known as “garbage patches.” You may have heard of the “Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” which is estimated to be approximately twice the size of the continental U.S. However, not all garbage patches are visible to the eye. Water and sunlight break down plastic in the ocean into tiny particles. Make no mistake – the plastic never goes away, it just gets smaller and smaller.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:55 AM, 06.21.2016

Bay Village Schools conducting community survey

The Bay Village City School District is conducting a survey of its residents to collect opinions on how the schools are managing academic offerings, finances and other district responsibilities.

“We engage with our residents in many ways, whether through formal groups and meetings, or just through consistent responses to phone calls and emails,” said Amy Huntley, president of the Bay Village Board of Education. “This random sample and survey is one way to reach out to people we seldom hear from.”

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.21.2016

BAYarts Girls Camp continues local homespun theme

BAYarts Girls Camp participants rustle up some fun as they learn to square dance. Photo courtesy Lori Kubiak Photography

BAYarts has been embracing a local, farm-to-table theme across all departments. This included the annual Girls Camp having a "down on the farm" theme this year. Along with their art and sewing projects, the girls were taught to square dance. The dancing was a highlight they all took to with high energy. 

Other ways this farm theme have been utilized include the Potter's Kitchen gallery ceramics exhibition, the weekly Farm and Art Market, free concert series, and the upcoming (brand new) Dinners in the Dark.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:33 AM, 06.21.2016

Westlake hosts seventh annual Special Olympics

New Westlake Superintendent Scott Goggins carries the Olympic torch.

The Westlake Kiwanis and Westlake Schools staged their seventh annual Special Olympics on Saturday, June 4, at the Westlake High School Lou Duchez Field. The excitement began when incoming Westlake Superintendent Scott Goggins led the Special Olympians around the Westlake High School track carrying the Olympic Torch. The Rocky River Adult Center Choir and the Westlake Aktion Club sang the national anthem to get the competition started.

Athletes ran, jumped, walked and threw their way to gold, silver and bronze medals. There were 67 competitors and all were winners. It was hard to tell who enjoyed the competition more – the athletes or the volunteers. Everyone came away with smiles on their faces.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.21.2016

First performance by Bay Village Community Theater a hit

Dave Hopkins and Jenny Erbs perform in Bay Village Community Theater's first staged reading. Photo by Denny Wendell

There were smiles all around after the performance of George Bernard Shaw's “Overruled” as part of the “All the World's A Stage[d Reading]” series, by the Bay Village Community Theater.

Director John Hnat oversaw Huntington playhouse alumni Neil Donnelly, Margaret Hnat, Jenny Erbs and Dave Hopkins in the production.

The “All the World's A Stage[d Reading]” series will be performed at Mojo's Coffee & More, 600 Dover Center Road, at 6 p.m. on the second Sunday of each month. The performances are free.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.21.2016

Go for a run this July Fourth

Last year's 1-mile kids run winners Justin Rink and Brigitta Hugziger.

The Cleveland West Road Runners Club is proud to announce that the Bay Days 5-mile race and 1-mile kids run return once again to Bay High School. To the delight of longtime spectators, the July Fourth 5-mile race will run through the beautiful streets on the west side of Bay Village.

In contrast, the 1-mile kids run start and route is new. The 1-mile kids run will start on Wolf Road using the same starting line as the 5-mile run. Sharing the same start and finish line as the 5-mile enables the kids run to be chip timed as well. The 1-mile run will head west on Wolf, turn right onto Bassett, turn right again at the bike path next to the high school’s back driveway, and then loop to the main East entrance to finish on the Bay High stadium track.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:35 AM, 06.21.2016

Get ready for Bay Days!

Members of Bay Kiwanis and Bay High Key Club join forces at last year's Bay Days event to serve up the ever-popular homemade French fries.

Bay Village's 64th annual Independence Day celebration, Bay Days, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, will take place Thursday, June 30, through Saturday, July 2, and then again on Monday, July 4 – all at Cahoon Park. (The festivities will not take place on Sunday, July 3.)

Booths and rides will be open from noon to 10:30 p.m. daily. From noon to 4 p.m. each day, thrill-seekers can enjoy all the rides for the flat rate of $18 with a ride wristband.

“The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, along with the City of Bay Village, has once again lined up a spectacular Independence Day celebration for young and old alike at this year’s Bay Days celebration," says Rhonda Schneider of the Kiwanis Club. "Come on out and enjoy the rides, help local civic organizations raise money at their booths, and of course, take your entire family to the incredible fireworks presentation on Monday, July 4.”



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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.21.2016

Bay congregation finds new home Avon Lake

Gene Sherman (left), rector of Christ Church Westshore, and The Right Reverend Ronald Jackson, bishop of the Anglican Diocese of the Great Lakes, shared in leading Christ Church's first worship service in the Calvary Baptist Church building in Avon Lake. Photo by Matt Litzler

Christ Church Westshore, an Anglican church most recently worshipping at Bay Middle School, has moved to Avon Lake, sharing the building with Calvary Baptist Church at 32607 Electric Boulevard. The first service sharing the building was on June 12.

For now, the two congregations of two different denominations will share the building, with Calvary Baptist services remaining at 9 and 10:45 a.m. in the Worship Center on Sundays and Christ Church Westshore services being held in the Fellowship Room at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Eventually, Calvary Baptist hopes to build a new church on land purchased several years ago by the congregation and located at Lear and Krebs roads in Avon Lake. Christ Church Westshore would then purchase the Electric Boulevard property.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.21.2016

June events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, June 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, June 8 and 15 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, June 9 and 16 (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, June 8 (noon-1:30 p.m.) Lunch & Learn Speaker Series – Guest speakers join Career Transition Center to present informative and timely topics for job seekers. Bring your lunch; learn and grow. Coffee provided. This month’s topic: "New Economy, New Rules of the Game."

Wednesday, June 8 (7-8:30 p.m.) Genealogy Basics, Too – Learn how to do advanced searches with Ancestry.com and get an introduction to other online resources. Includes hands-on research. Please register.

Thursday, June 9 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The June selection is "Skeleton Cupboard: The Making of a Clinical Psychologist" by Tanya Byron.

Friday, June 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science – Designed to teach fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and activities. This month: design and make your own kite! Grades 5-6. Please register.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:40 AM, 06.07.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

This year commemorates 75 years since H.A. Rey's classic tale "Curious George" was published. This curious monkey has been entertaining children through books and television ever since. To celebrate the 75th anniversary of this beloved classic, children ages 3-7 and their caregivers are invited to join us at the Bay Village branch library on Monday, June 27, at 6:45 p.m. for a Curious George celebration. We'll have stories, activity stations and fun!

On Wednesday, June 22, 6 p.m., join your friends, neighbors and library staff for a scoop of yummy Mitchell's ice cream at our annual ice cream social. Enjoy your tasty treat and the cool musical stylings of the Desmond and Molly band.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Join us at the Bay Village pool for poolside storytimes. The poolside storytimes will be held Mondays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. We hope to see you there this summer!

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:36 AM, 06.21.2016

Tribe getting it done, but taking different path

The wonderful – and frustrating – thing about sports is that whenever you examine a team, you have a plethora of statistics to help you measure a player’s value in a particular sport. The more time an athlete has in the sport, the easier to project his stats for an upcoming season.

It was based upon those stats I predicted a World Series trip for the Cleveland Indians this year and – the recent sweep of the Tribe by the K.C. Royals notwithstanding – the Indians have performed like a playoff team most of the year. But there have been some surprises, as well as disappointments, this season. Let’s take a look at the Tribe so far.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.21.2016

Finding the best fit: tablet or computer

Last week a friend asked me whether she should get a Mac or Windows computer. She is embracing the digital world for the first time.

As my dear readers know, I advocate “Power of One” devices, such as tablets and smartphones, over traditional computers when the person’s needs are basic. The intuitiveness of these devices can help take down the intimidation barrier that often accompanies traditional computers.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.21.2016

Ortenzi will direct 'Trifles'

Lisa Ortenzi will direct Susan Glaspell's one-act play, "Trifles," for The Bay Village Community Theater's "All the World's A Stage[d Reading]" series.

Lisa Ortenzi, Great Lakes Theater's director of educational programming, will oversee the second offering in Bay Village Community Theater's "All the World's A Stage[d Reading]" series.

Susan Glaspell's one-act play, "Trifles," will be performed Sunday, July 10, at Mojo's on Dover Center Road. Loosely based on a 1916 murder, this "whydunit" is a suspenseful mystery that pits two farm women against the male sheriff and prosecutor as they all investigate the scene. Will justice be served? And whose version of justice will prevail?

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:37 AM, 06.21.2016

Looking for a leader

In this year of important elections, it is wise for voters to look to men and women of the past who exhibited integrity and strength – special men and women who helped guide people and countries through difficult times.

June 24 is the feast day of one such man, John the Baptist. John was a cousin to Jesus of Nazareth and yet John, despite this important relationship, remained humble and kind. He lived a different lifestyle wearing plain clothes and eating plain food, teaching and baptizing – constantly helping others find peace and contentment.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.21.2016

One thank you isn't enough

The only way to say thank you, in my view, is to keep on doing the things one is being thanked for – so that is what I plan to do. Let me explain. Last year, I stepped down as president of The Bay Village Foundation. At the first meeting under the direction of our new president, Al Paulus, I was absolutely stunned into silence when I was presented with a bronze plaque commemorating my 19 years of work in helping to build the Foundation. I am rarely at a loss for words, as my friends know, but this time I truly couldn’t express my surprise and gratitude.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.21.2016

Plenty to do at Unity Westlake

Unity of Westlake always has something new to learn, a familiar concept to get a deeper understanding of, a night of family fun, or a way to help yourself or others. From senior lunches to yoga to anger management groups, the offerings are a veritable smorgasbord of education, spirituality and fun.

The cost - sometimes free, sometimes a heartfelt love offering, but always reasonable. Ongoing classes and workshops below are open to all.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:33 AM, 06.21.2016

College Club West awards scholarships

College Club West scholarship recipients, from left: Silvia Laboy, Ramona Jasmine Smith, Markisha Monique Robinson, Julie Brown, Sharie Nicole Bailey and Katherine Ann Pollard.

College Club West recently awarded $2,500 scholarships to six extraordinary young women: Silvia Laboy (who will attend Baldwin Wallace University), Ramona Jasmine Smith (BWU), Markisha Monique Robinson (Cleveland State University), Julie Brown (Kent State University), Sharie Nicole Bailey (CSU), and Katherine Ann Pollard (CSU).

The club awards scholarships every year to women 25 years or older residing in Cuyahoga, Lorain, and Medina counties who are presently enrolled in a degree-granting college program. CCW has been awarding these scholarships since 1972. The awards are based on educational goals, financial need and academic record.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:36 AM, 06.21.2016

Hand-blessing ceremony honors nurses

Dr. Rev. Marcettes Cunningham leads a "Blessing of the Hands" at O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village.

Each year, the second week of June is set aside to acknowledge the contributions made by those individuals who have chosen to make the nursing assistant profession their life’s work. These dedicated and compassionate individuals are, quite literally, the heart and soul, not to mention the “hands” of the facility.

In celebration of Nursing Assistants week, O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village held a “Blessing of the Hands” ceremony.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.21.2016