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A tree for the Clague House

The Westlake Historical Society partnered with genealogists from Westlake's Mormon Church and a local artist to produce a Clague family tree.

When the new Westlake Historical Society president, Lysa Stanton, walked into the Clague House five years ago she surveyed the many curated items in every room and on every wall. “Sophronia Clague covered the walls with photographs,” says Lysa, but there was one wall with a missing photo or painting.

Lysa turned to her husband, Dave Pfister, and asked, “Who will be there?” She knew immediately it should not be one person but a collage of the Clagues – a family tree. After four years of searching herself, she enlisted the aid of “the sisters” as she calls them, actually family historians from the local Mormon Church.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:39 AM, 04.21.2015

Fitness equipment coming to Cahoon Park walking trail

One of the three fitness stations soon to be installed along the Cahoon Park walking trail will feature equipment for chin-ups, push-ups and bench curls. As seen in this artist's rendering, orientation of the equipment was designed to minimize obstruction of the lake view.

The Cahoon Park walking trail on the north side of Lake Road serves as a memorial to past and present Bay Village residents. Here along the shores of Lake Erie lies a beautiful place for an outing, a place to remember our loved ones memorialized on bronze plaques, a quiet place to walk or meditate and, soon, to improve fitness of body and mind.

Last year, Bay Village residents Barry Tyo and Clete Miller proposed the idea of adding three outdoor fitness equipment stations along the T. Richard Martin Walking Trail in Cahoon Park. The intended target audience is adults seeking to improve their fitness by engaging in activities like step-ups, seated dips and other strength-building exercises while enjoying our beautiful lakefront park.

View a computer rendering with station sites and equipment diagrams.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.21.2015

Westlake Meals on Wheels celebrates 40 years of service

“Meals on Wheels” is a commonly used term for a variety of meal delivery programs nationwide. Although all such programs serve to address the epidemic of elderly malnutrition, each varies in the population served, types of meals provided, fees, delivery methods or sources of funding.

Westlake Meals on Wheels has been providing a vital service in the Westlake community since 1975 thanks to the generosity of a team of more than 60 weekly volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to those who find it difficult to shop for or prepare food on their own. Funding for Westlake Meals on Wheels comes from generous personal and corporate donations that subsidize the reasonable fees assessed to recipients. Westlake Meals on Wheels receives no federal, state or local government funding.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.21.2015

Police Chief Mark Spaetzel will address unsolved Amy Mihaljevic case

A 25-year-old unsolved murder case will be the topic of discussion when Bay Village Police Chief Mark A. Spaetzel speaks at the May 21 Bay Village Historical Society potluck dinner program at the Bay Community House.

Amy Mihaljevic, a 10-year-old Bay Village elementary school student, was kidnapped from the Bay Square Shopping Center in October 1989. Her body was found dumped in a field in remote Ashland County in February 1990. Chief Spaetzel will talk about the progress his department and the FBI have made in solving the still-active murder case.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.21.2015

Bay Village Century Homes: The Frank Sadler House, 317 Bassett Road

The Frank Sadler House on Bassett Road, built between 1900 and 1910, is one of Bay Village's century homes. Photo by William Krause

The Bay Village Historical Society is tentatively planning a tour of century homes on Bassett Road next fall. In preparation for the tour we are researching the history of the homes and hope to update the community with our findings from time to time here in the Westlake | Bay Village Observer.

The first home that we have researched is the Frank Sadler home at 317 Bassett Road. At one time it was the only home on the east side of Bassett in the area between Electric Boulevard and Lake Road. Frank Sadler was the son of William E. Sadler and Ann Eliza Lilly Sadler.

In 1876, William E. Sadler constructed a large Victorian home which still stands at 31065 Lake Road. William E. grew up in a Greek Revival home that his father William Sadler built that up until a few years ago stood at 29737 Lake Road, the southeast corner of Ruth and Lake roads.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.21.2015

WHS hosts first-ever Demon Football Lift-A-Thon

WHS football coach Jason Hall addresses the players during the April 19 Demon Lift-A-Thon fundraiser. Photo by Aimee Bielozer

The Westlake High School football team and coaches geared up for the start of the 2015 season with a first-ever lift-a-thon fundraiser on Sunday, April 19, in the weight room at WHS. 

New WHS head football coach Jason Hall and his coaching staff, assisted by the new Westlake Football Backers, organized this event to showcase the work the team has been putting in all winter and early spring. 

“We want to motivate our student athletes to become bigger, stronger, faster and less susceptible to injury though strength training, stretching and agility work,” said Coach Hall.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:32 AM, 04.21.2015

Avoid chemicals when spring cleaning

Participant Cathi Lehn makes a cleaning solution free of harmful chemicals at a recent Green Cleaning Workshop. A similar event is scheduled for April 29 at the Bay Village Branch Library. Photo by Amy Roskilly

With warmer weather moving in, now is the time to start thinking about spring cleaning – inside and out, all year round. That's why the Bay Village Green Team will be hosting a Green Cleaning Workshop on Wednesday, April 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bay Village Branch Library.

The workshop is free to attend and participants will have the opportunity to make two green cleaners to take home for a $10 fee. This workshop is intended for anyone interested in learning how to replace toxic cleaning and landscaping products with safe alternatives that you can make from everyday household ingredients. Reducing toxins and other harsh chemicals at home and in the yard helps to protect yourself, your family, your pets and our local watersheds from harmful chemicals.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 AM, 04.21.2015

Experience Charles Holt at Unity

Charles Holt

Actor, author and singer Charles Holt comes to Unity Spiritual Center of Westlake as our guest speaker on Sunday, May 3, for our 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

In true theatrical style, his Sunday service is entitled, "On with the Show ... THIS is IT." Later that same afternoon, from 1-3:30 p.m., "Beyond Forgiveness" is a compelling workshop facilitated by Charles, with book signing. This workshop utilizes the idea of seven powers, such as the power of compassion, the power of release, and the power of you. It takes great courage to forgive, and to stop playing the blame/shame game, but this workshop will show you it's possible.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.21.2015

Westlake Center room dedicated in honor of former director

Joyce Able Schroth proudly holds her grandson, Zane Bradley Schroth, at the dedication of the room named in her honor. Photo by Jennifer Yoo.

On Wednesday, April 8, the Westlake Center for Community Services unveiled the Joyce Able Schroth Room. The dedication of this room was something that the Community Services staff planned in honor of the now retired director for her 15 years of leadership. 

Mayor Dennis Clough, members of the Community Services Advisory Board, Community Services staff and other city staff were on hand with Joyce, her husband Tom, son and daughter-in-law Michael and Catherine, and grandson Zane to witness the unveiling and celebrate the dedication of this room.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.21.2015

Summer youth boating class registration ends April 24

Safe Boating Class students motor out to the lake.

Registration for the Bay Village Spirit of America Safe Boating Program ends on April 24. Students in grades six through eight are eligible to participate in this hands-on boating program in May and June. The cost is $20.

The program will involve students taking the Ohio Boating Education Class on Saturdays, May 9 and 16, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., at the Bay Community House. This mandatory course will teach all aspects of boating and will qualify students for a certificate required by Ohio law to operate a power boat over 10 horsepower. Bay Middle School and Westlake school students in band or choir can make up the May 16 session due to scheduling conflicts.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.21.2015

The emperor’s new clothes

I’m sure that at one time or another, everyone has received the email in which some dude (maybe even a prince) named Rakeesh has inherited countless millions (or perhaps, no doubt due to inflation, countless billions) of dollars. The problem is, our beloved Rakeesh can’t collect because he has visa problems, or he lost his visa, or who knows, maybe he simply forgot to pay his Visa bill.

But that part’s not really important. The point is that poor Rakeesh – all by his lonesome – can’t get his grubby little paws on the money. (Feel free to shed a sympathetic tear at your discretion; I’m welling up as we speak).

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.21.2015

IRS instructions for kitchen duty

Whose night is it to clean the kitchen? It’s a question we ask every night. One night my son does this chore. The next night it's my daughter's turn. You might think this would make the answer simple, but the reality looks more like the IRS instructions for the tax return you just completed. The process can be described as follows.

Line 1: What did we have for supper? If Dad grilled burgers and microwaved a package of frozen broccoli, proceed to Line 4 and check “my night.” All you have to do is put the dishes in the dishwasher, the condiments in the refrigerator, and wipe down the counters. This should take five minutes, and tomorrow night you’re off the hook.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:34 AM, 04.21.2015

Rose Hill Museum exhibit highlights 'Downton Abbey'

Rose Hill Museum has reopened for the season with the exhibit, “Downton Abbey: Part 1,” based on the British period drama television series. The current exhibit features accessories from the museum’s permanent collection that might be featured on the show including hats, gloves, purses, shoes and jewelry.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.21.2015

Yard sale marks spring's arrival

Signs of spring have arrived in Westlake. The days are slowly warming and spring flowers are blooming. If you look closely you will see the new buds on the trees. The feel of spring is in the air! With the start of a new baseball season I am optimistic or hopeful that the Cleveland Indians will do well this year. Hope does "spring" eternal.

Spring also means that it is time for the Westlake Historical Society's spring yard sale. This yearly sale is looked forward to by many. The bargains are plentiful, but the sale also means winter is out of here.

The sale will take place on the lawn of the Clague House Museum on Saturday, April 25, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The rain date will be the following Saturday.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.21.2015

Enjoy a day 'under the stars' April 25 at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Guests of all ages will enjoy Family Astronomy Day at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on April 25. Photo credit: Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Families are invited to explore constellations, the sky’s connect-the-dots, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Family Astronomy Day. On Saturday, April 25, guests will enjoy a planetarium show created especially for this event as well as several hands-on activities throughout the Center.

“We love our Family Astronomy Days,” says Catherine Timko, the Center’s executive director. “They give parents, grandparents and children of all ages a wonderful opportunity to learn and explore together.”

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.21.2015

Cancer Car Smash will raise money for Village Project

Have you ever wanted to beat the living daylights out of a car? Would you like to do something to help your neighbors who are experiencing cancer? Village Project is offering an opportunity to accomplish both of these goals at its Cancer Car Smash on Saturday, May 2. Not only will participants at this event get a chance to release their aggressions on a jalopy, they will also be helping to raise funds for Village Project.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.21.2015

Bay Bike To School Challenge kicks off with April 30 bicycle fair

Students bicycle to Bay Middle School.

Get your bicycle ready to roll at the Bay Village Bicycle Fair on Thursday, April 30, 6-7:30 p.m., at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. Residents are invited to bring their bicycles for a free safety inspection and have the chance to win a bicycle helmet, get a free bike license, learn about the benefits of bicycling, and kick off National Bike Month in May. It is free and open to the public.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:35 AM, 04.24.2015

New gardens sprouting up at BAYarts

There are other art centers and there are other parks. But there is no other art center that is located in Cleveland Metroparks or one that is surrounded by a botanical paradise right here on the west side. BAYarts gardens are designed by artist and Bay Village landscape designer Julia Shutt, who sees the campus as an artist would see a canvas, having many elements that connect to create one harmonious flow. With her partner, Byron, their company Maple Leaf Landscaping is responsible for all the heavy lifting, installation and seasonal maintenance, while BAYarts volunteers lovingly keep everything in check.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.21.2015

Demons tennis team overcomes court plague

The Westlake High School men's tennis team went undefeated in their first four matches of the season. Photo by Saumil Jhaveri

It seemed all the "elements" for a special Westlake men’s tennis season had aligned. Newly constructed courts, the return of a top player, an experienced, senior-laden lineup with a track record of success on-court and in the classroom, and a schedule of challenging opponents.

However problems with the newly reconstructed high school courts forced the Demons men’s tennis team to return to the home courts of the last few seasons at the Westlake Rec Center. The first match of the spring on March 31 welcomed the netters back with bitter cold.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.21.2015

Friends of Bay Village Library spring book sale

The spring used book sale at the Bay Village branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will run from Saturday, April 25, through Tuesday, April 28, during regular library hours. The sale closes Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Friends of Bay Village Library.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.21.2015

MetroHealth to merge offices into new Crocker Park location

The MetroHealth System is continuing its expansion into the western part of Cuyahoga County with a new location in Crocker Park. The Westlake Health Center will be located in an office space above Brio, located at 38 Main Street, Suite 300. MetroHealth’s established offices in Westlake, located at 24700 Center Ridge Road and 25200 Center Ridge Road, will merge into the new location.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:39 AM, 04.21.2015

The meditative art of Zentangle

A Zentangle-inspired design by BAYarts instructor Melissa Moon.

Doodling takes on new meaning when it has purpose and a goal. And with courses in “mindfulness” and meditation popping up everywhere, meld the two and a new art form is created! The Zentangle art form is a registered trademark, that uses a specific technique and small tiles to create mosaics of line drawings, free form or planned.

BAYarts instructor Melissa Moon, who teaches  Zentangle-inspired courses at BAYarts, says, “the beauty of Zentangles is that even beginners produce stunning results. The technique itself is as challenging as you choose to make it."

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:41 AM, 04.21.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Hopefully our April showers will produce some beautiful May flowers. As you get ready to tend to your gardens, stop by the Bay Village Branch Library to check out our gardening books. Whether you're looking to plant a vegetable garden, need landscaping ideas, or want to find deer resistant plants and flowers, the library has a variety of books on these topics and more. 

And, if you're looking for green alternatives to toxic landscaping products, join us for the Green Cleaning Workshop for Inside and Out on Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. For more information on this and other programs, please see the list below.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required. Our storytimes will be on hiatus for the month of May. Please join us again in June.

  • Monday, April 27 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesday, April 28 (9:30 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.
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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.21.2015

April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, April 22 and 29 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, April 22 (2 p.m.) Wednesday Afternoon Book Discussion – The April selection is "The Tilted World" by Tom Franklin.

Wednesdays, April 22 and 29 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, April 23 and 30 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday 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, April 22 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Technical Analysis of World Financial Markets – Please join John Sawczak for a presentation about world financial markets. Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, April 22 (7-8 p.m.) Earth Day Celebration! – Celebrate Earth Day with a cool science experiment, an earth-friendly craft and an Earth Day-themed snack. Ages 8-12. Registration begins April 15.

Wednesday, April 22 (7-8:30 p.m.) Secrets of Effective Couponing – Learn how to maximize your savings online and in stores using coupons and other discounts. Please register.

Thursday, April 23 (4-5 p.m.) Magic Tree House Book Club – Do you already love the Magic Tree House Adventures or are you curious to find out what the fuss is all about? Join us for one of the Magic Tree House books, discussion and craft related to the book. Grades K-2. No registration required.

Thursday, April 23 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Westlake Historical Society – Eric Hansen will portray Jack Miner in honor of Jack's birthday.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.07.2015

Porter Library launches video game collection

Westlake Porter Public Library has a new offering for patrons – a video game collection. Games will be available for four platforms – Wii, Wii U, Xbox 360 and Xbox One – and will encompass all ratings.

The Library’s Collection Development Team made the decision to offer such a collection after seeing the success of a rotating collection the library borrowed from the Northeast Ohio Regional Library System and made available to library card holders. Wii and Xbox were selected as the platforms upon which to focus following a six-week customer survey conducted in-house and online in January through mid-February.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.21.2015

Great Lakes Theater troop visits Clague Playhouse

Great Lakes Theater actors, from left, James Alexander Rankin, Roderick Cardwell II and Arthur Chu, perform "The Great Globe Itself" at Clague Playhouse. Photo by Vic Evcic

On March 31, Clague Playhouse theatergoers were treated to a performance by members of the Great Lakes Theater. The last stop in GLT’s spring outreach tour of "The Great Globe Itself," featured actors Roderick S. Cardwell II, Arthur Chu and James Alexander Rankin enacting playwright David Hansen’s historical fiction on the connection of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre with Lake Erie. 

Shakespeare’s Globe burned down in 1613, and nearly 400 years later an idea of rebuilding it was birthed on the North Coast of Cleveland. It was the brain child of Shakespearean scholar Thomas Wood Sevens of Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh. In 1936, a replica of The Globe appeared at the Great Lakes Exposition surrounded by an array of “Coney Island” attractions. 

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 AM, 04.21.2015

Knickerbocker residents spring into action

Spring art project by Knickerbocker residents Josephine Alexander, Mary Veradi and Shirlee Mangan are bursting with color.

The long winter is behind us and the seniors at the Knickerbocker Residence in Bay Village are ready to break out. The courtyard has been decorated by longtime resident Chuck McKee and everyone is looking forward to the upcoming blooms.

The Knickerbocker seniors have gathered for an Indians Home Opener Dinner on Friday, April 10, and for an Easter celebration put on by the Bay Presbyterian congregation on April 12. Everyone was so appreciative of the wonderful meal that was presented.

Bay Village is just full of wonderful neighbors.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 AM, 04.21.2015

League of Women Voters urges passage of Westlake levy

The Westlake-North Olmsted Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland endorses Issue 5, a 1-mill levy for the Westlake City Schools. We urge Westlake voters to vote “YES” on May 5 (or by absentee ballot before that date) to protect their already-substantial investment in the schools and to assure that technology needs and building repairs are adequately funded. The issue should bring in about $1.3 million per year, with an annual cost to homeowners of $35 per $100,000 of valuation.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:37 AM, 04.21.2015

Issue 5 necessary for school, community success

Westlake City School District has a 1.0 mill Permanent Improvement Levy (PI), Issue 5, on the May 5 ballot. A PI Levy raises funds for capital usage only. PI monies will be spent on items such as:

  • Buildings & Furnishings – Fixed Equipment: roofs, windows, masonry, plumbing, electrical, furniture, security cameras, security and access systems, etc.
  • Site Development: asphalt, concrete, landscaping, drainage, field repairs and upkeep, security fencing, lighting.
  • Technology Improvements: computers, wireless access, switches, printers, projectors, servers, etc.
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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.21.2015

Internet Street Smarts Tip: Use 'real world' common sense

First in a series of short tips on internet safety.

Although the lines are blurring rapidly, we live in a duality of worlds. One is the "real world" that we are born into; another is the "digital world" that augments and increasingly affects the very fabric of our culture.

Growing up in Japan I didn’t go through a formal municipality-sponsored training like Safety Town yet I wouldn’t doubt that every culture introduces street smarts as part of early childhood education. I do recall the constant stream of reminders from my parents and teachers on topics such as not going with strangers.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:33 AM, 04.21.2015

Rae-Ann residents' video goes viral

A lighthearted music video featuring 90-something-year-olds doing a parody of  the iconic Beastie Boys hit song, “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party),” has been viewed nearly 2 million times since it was posted to YouTube March 30.

The video features residents and staff of The Belvedere of Westlake, and was filmed by the facility’s program coordinator, Stephanie Gumina.

“I posted a link to the video on my Facebook page on March 30 and when I went to bed that night, there were about 20 views,” says Gumina. “When I woke up the next morning, there were 800. The whole next day, we saw another 10,000 views, and another 10,000 views, and it just kept building. I really don’t know how it caught fire.”

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:36 AM, 04.21.2015

DROP what you’re doing…

… As long as it’s not holding your kid over a cheetah pit, or salvaging your smartphone for trade-in, as not to drop a bundle.

This WBVO exclusive recounts how late in the morning of April 14 an area resident was seen running toward the easternmost entryway of the Westlake Post Office. Midway across the main lane, her smartphone suddenly went airborne, landing smack on the pavement behind her. At first, the older lady appeared relieved to see the phone and its protective case intact.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:34 AM, 04.21.2015

Holly Lane named Hall of Fame School

The Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators announced that Holly Lane Elementary in Westlake has been selected as a 2015 Hall of Fame School. Principal Mimi Verdone and her staff will be presented with the award, including $1,000 to be used at the principal’s discretion. OAESA will recognize 10 winners of the Hall of Fame Award during an awards luncheon to be held June 12, in Columbus.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:35 AM, 04.21.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The first mail carrier in West Dover

Ernie Wuebker was the first rural mailman in West Dover Township.

Ernest Wuebker was born in 1884 and grew up near Akron. In 1897, at age 13, Ernie came to Dover Township to pick grapes for his Uncle Henry who lived in the old Heckerman house on the east side of Bradley Road, south of the tracks. Casper, Ernie's older brother, joined him and later purchased Uncle Henry’s property. The next year, Casper invited Ernie and his mom to move to Dover. Across the street lived Gus Fortlage.

At that time, the acreage around the railroad crossing and Lear/Nagel Road was called West Dover. Shortly after Ernie arrived, the West Dover Post Office was moved from Dieterich’s store north of the tracks on the east side of Bradley Road (where Bay Commons is today) to the southwest side of the tracks in Gus Fortlage’s place.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:34 AM, 04.21.2015

Garden club plans bus trip to Holden Arboretum

See rhododendrons in bloom this June on a trip to the Holden Arboretum with the Westlake Garden Club. Photo courtesy Holden Arboretum

The Westlake Garden Club is offering a chance to tour the fabulous Holden Arboretum on Tuesday, June 9. The rhododendron will be in bloom, as well as other late spring, early summer perennials. The bus will depart West Bay Plaza, located at Detroit and Crocker roads, at 8:45 a.m. sharp, rain or shine.

You will choose from among three types of guided tours — a short or long walk or ride on a tram (handicapped). We will lunch at Gamekeeper’s Taverne in Chagrin Falls, followed by free time to explore the town. Heading home, we will stop at Lowe’s Greenhouse (not the big box store), returning to Westlake approximately 4:15 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:33 AM, 04.21.2015

It really does take a village

We are all in this together. At first The Bay Village Foundation was serving the community by offering grants and scholarships. Now there is an additional new role to be played. That of a fiduciary.

For 20 years, The Bay Village Foundation (TBVF) has been raising capital to develop a fund that would allow annual distribution of the interest for projects that improve the community. Over the years, TBVF received proposals from Bay groups and distributed the interest earned on its capital for many projects.  

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.21.2015

Tri-C student-athlete from Westlake named pitcher of the week

Tom Keaney

Cuyahoga Community College baseball player Tom Keaney has been named Pitcher of the Week by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference for his performance April 6-12.

Keaney pitched Tri-C to a 1-0 victory over Owens Community College on Saturday, April 11. He held Owens to just one hit over six innings while striking out four. On the season, Keaney is 3-2 with 23 strikeouts in 31 innings.

The second-year player from Westlake is a graduate of Westlake High School.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:39 AM, 04.21.2015

Engage in and enjoy Compeer Day at Porter Library

Come join us at the seventh annual Compeer Day at Westlake Porter Public Library on Sunday, May 17, from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Compeer Day at WPPL is an open invitation to learn about library resources, Compeer volunteering at Far West Center, and facts about mental health. The event will be held in the Porter Room and is free for all to attend. 

Compeer Day has been held each May, Mental Health Awareness Month, beginning in 2008. It is an open house event for our surrounding community. You are invited to come and engage in activities, socialize and meet staff, members and volunteers.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:33 AM, 04.21.2015

'Welcome to Medicare' presentation April 29 at Dwyer Center

Many people who join Medicare have questions and concerns about their new, different type of health insurance. In addition, important deadlines exist for certain new benefits.

If you are a new or soon-to-be Medicare beneficiary, come  to the Bay Village Dwyer Center, 300 Bryson Lane, on Wednesday, April 29, at 12:30 p.m. for a presentation by the Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information Program (OSHIIP). Information will be presented about Medicare benefits, supplemental insurance policies, Medicare Advantage plans and prescription drug coverage.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:32 AM, 04.21.2015

Growing to Greatness

Members of the Westshore Young Leaders and visitors to the Dwyer Center shared an evening of intergenerational fun, with games, food and planting vegetable seed tray gardens.

The Dwyer Memorial Senior Center stayed open late on Thursday, April 16, to host the monthly meeting of the Westshore Young Leaders Network. The WYLNetwork has been serving the six Westshore communities since 2010. The young leaders are dedicated to implementing strategies aimed at preventing and reducing youth substance use while encouraging healthy life choices.

The youth-led initiative was envisioned during a snowy January meeting. The young leaders wanted to bring “spring” to those visiting Dwyer Memorial Senior Center. Leslie Selig, Director of Community Services, eagerly accepted the partnership.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:35 AM, 04.21.2015