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Deer activity increases as breeding season begins

With deer breeding season underway, drivers in Westlake and Bay Village should be extra careful due to bucks’ erratic behavior. Photo by Denny Wendell

Fall means changing leaves, earlier nights and lots of activity for the local white-tailed deer. For them, fall is breeding season.

Male deer, or bucks, frequently live together in bachelor groups during the summer season. In early October, as they prepare for breeding, bucks can be found scraping the ground to mark their territory and rubbing their antlers on trees. Their necks will swell in size and grow very muscular allowing them to become a greater opponent to another buck and to better protect a doe. The bachelor groups will break up as levels of testosterone and aggression soar.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.06.2015

Bethesda’s long-time pastor retires after 38 years

Pastor Stylski at his final service on Sept. 27. 

Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church bid a fond farewell to its pastor of 38 years, the Rev. Dennis Stylski, who retired on Oct. 1. His final service on Sept. 27 was attended by more than 360 past and present parishioners and friends, including the Rev. Karl Bierman, Assistant to the Bishop of the Northeast Ohio Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

One week earlier, Pastor Stylski and Bishop Abraham Allende, Bishop of the Northeast Ohio Synod of the ELCA, celebrated the confirmation of four youth members. Also attending the service was a surprise visitor – the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton, presiding Bishop of the ELCA and its 10,000 churches in North America, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:53 AM, 10.06.2015

Judges to discuss JFK assassination, Warren Report

It will be 52 years this Nov. 22 since President John F. Kennedy was killed by an assassin’s bullets while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

That date also marks the beginning of an incalculable number of conspiracy theories as to who and what (organization) was responsible for the president’s tragic death. Such theories abound despite overwhelming evidence that a young man named Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, fired the shots that killed Kennedy.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:49 AM, 10.06.2015

Westlake to host 'Hidden in Plain Sight' awareness program on Oct. 20

The Oct. 20 parent awareness program uses a typical teenager's bedroom set to illustrate the hidden signals that a young person is involved in risky activity.

Looks can be deceiving.

That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township police departments. “Hidden in Plain Sight” is a preventative awareness program to support parents, caregivers and other responsible adults in keeping kids safe from violence, eating disorders, substance use and other risky behaviors.

The departments constructed the bedroom of the average teenager. Amid the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity are more than 150 items that could actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous or even illegal activity.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:56 AM, 10.06.2015

Donors recognized for contribution to outdoor fitness project

Bay Village Councilman Tom Henderson, far right, thanks the sponsors of the outdoor fitness equipment in Cahoon Park during the Oct. 5 City Council meeting. Pictured, from left, are: Al Paulus, Russ Bauknecht, Kelly O’Hara, Jeff Johnston, Rosie Johnston, David Price and Mandy Singh. Photo by Melissa Henderson

With installation scheduled to begin in the near future, representatives from local organizations and businesses received public recognition at the Oct. 5 Bay Village City Council meeting. Ward 4 Councilman Tom Henderson, chair of the Recreation and Park Improvements committee, was a strong supporter of the project since the initial proposal by Bay residents Barry Tyo and Clete Miller.

The $11,000 needed to purchase and install equipment for three outdoor fitness stations along the Cahoon Park walking trail was donated to the city by The Bay Village Foundation, Bay Village Kiwanis, Highland Consulting Associates, Arthur's Shoe Tree, Perfect Fit Health Club and O’Neill Healthcare. 

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 1:05 PM, 10.07.2015

Donate this month to cheer others during holidays

To increase the cheer in your own heart, be a cheerful giver. The need is all around you, but, the opportunity to give generously, and lift yourself and others up, is right here in Westlake at Unity Spiritual Center. An upcoming giving opportunity allows you to not only give to one, two or even three local shelters, but nine of them, and just in time for the most wonderful time of the year ... Christmas.

This cheerful, caring, organization that lifts up so many is in its 31st year, and is appropriately named "The Tour of Good Cheer." It was started by Dick Clough – a guy with a soft heart, a lover of Cleveland, lots of friends, a warm heart for Cleveland's women, men and children – who blended all these ingredients together and debunks the idea that Christmas is about getting.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:57 AM, 10.06.2015

Westerly Elementary named a National Blue Ribbon School

Westerly Elementary School students pose for a photo in front of their National Blue Ribbon School. Photo by Karen Derby

Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village has been named a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. It is one of only 285 public and 50 private schools receiving the honor this year. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement on Sept. 29.

Westerly Elementary is honored as an Exemplary High Performing School for being among Ohio’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance is also at the highest levels.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:53 AM, 10.06.2015

A broken promise

When we got married, my wife and I made a couple promises in addition to the vows we took in the church. One was that we would never do home improvement projects ourselves. We firmly committed to hire experts to do everything except the routine maintenance. We both felt fully competent to change lightbulbs and filters in the furnace. Beyond that, it was time to call in people who knew what they were doing.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:59 AM, 10.06.2015

Who were the Westons of Westlake? A generation devoted to education

This photograph of May E. Weston was taken to commemorate her 1918 graduation from the Ohio University. Photo courtesy William Robishaw Collection, Westlake Porter Public Library.

Part three of a five-part series.

In part 2 of this series in the Sept. 1 issue, we introduced you to the three sons of George and Rhoda Weston who all had farmland cut from their parents' 100-acre farm on Columbia Road in the late 1800s and early 1900s. George and Rhoda had earlier occupied the Lilly-Weston house at 27946 Center Ridge, next to the Westlake Recreation Center.

The initial division of land on Columbia had Asa L. receiving the northerly portion, on which he built a home in 1883 which still survives at 2283 Columbia Rd. Another trace left on his land is a street named Weston Avenue which now serves as the entrance driveway into Cuyahoga Community College’s Corporate College. This is very fitting because a number of Weston descendants served the community as teachers or in other capacities which supported education in Dover, Westlake and the Greater Cleveland area.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 9:00 AM, 10.06.2015

Bay Historical Society presents 'An Evening at Downton Abbey'

The Bay Village Historical Society will present “An Evening at Downton Abbey” on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Lakewood Country Club in Westlake. Downton Abbey has become one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world. The evening will take us back to the Yorkshire country estate of the Crawley family and their service staff during late Edwardian England of the First World War and early 1920s. Attire for the evening is period dress, if desired. 

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:56 AM, 10.06.2015

St. Barnabas offers meditative prayer walk Oct. 14

The labyrinth at St. Barnabas Church will be part of the prayer and meditation service at 7 p.m. on Oct. 14. Photo by Denny Wendell

Christian life is a pilgrimage or journey with God. It is a journey in which we grow closer in relationship with God, and with others. Walking the labyrinth is a way to pray with the body and invite the divine in conversation with the heart and soul. By walking the labyrinth we are fully engaging our minds, bodies and spirits simultaneously in contemplative prayer upon the movement along a defined path toward the center, and back again. We don’t know where the path will take us. We cannot see the twists and turns the future holds for us but the path always brings us to the center, God.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.06.2015

U.S. Women's Soccer star Kelley O'Hara visits Normandy Elementary

U.S. Women's Soccer star Kelley O'Hara greets students at Normandy Elementary School. Photo by Julie Holland

U.S. Olympic Team and World Cup Soccer Champ, Kelley O'Hara, arrived at Normandy Elementary School in Bay Village to throngs of students chanting "U.S.A., U.S.A.!"

She was at the school on Sept. 25 to present $5,000 from the nonprofit group Be a Learning Hero in recognition of Normandy’s parent and community collaboration on their One School One Book program.

O'Hara visited classrooms and took questions from the students. One student asked her which foot she had used to kick the semi-final winning goal against Germany during the 2015 World Cup games. She thought a moment, then said, "My right foot!" The second-grader suggested she might have used her left foot to further confuse the goalkeeper, and O'Hara explained, "Well, that goalie was confused. The look on her face made me think she wasn't too happy about that goal!" Her team went on to beat Japan and win the World Cup.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:56 AM, 10.06.2015

It all started with a red light: The Bay Village Police Department enters the digital age

The Bay Village Police Department recently upgraded its communication system to the MARCS network, featuring digital technology. Photo by Mark Spaetzel

Part two of a two-part series.

In the first installment of this series in the Sept. 1 issue, I attempted to follow the path of the Bay Village Police Department's communication technology. In the mid-20th Century officers on patrol would respond to a call for service via a red light attached to the Community House; by 1959 they had adopted the use of two-way VHF radio. The department recently modernized its communication equipment to a high-tech digital radio network to accomplish the task.

In my previous article I mentioned that Bay Village Police Department Chief Mark A. Spaetzel had been kind enough to meet with me and provide any information he could relating to this story.

Chief Spaetzel confirmed my finding of his department’s long term utilization of the VHF radio frequency mentioned in my previous article, and also confirmed my personal observation that through the years on that frequency his department would periodically need to update its radio equipment in order to communicate effectively. Even so, operation on the VHF frequency had been prone to marginal coverage in some areas of Bay Village, and, overall the radio system had been showing its age.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 9:00 AM, 10.06.2015

Christian illusionist coming to Bay Village

Christian illusionist Brett A. Myers and his wife, Labrina, will entertain during a free show Oct. 17 at Bay Presbyterian Church. Photo courtesy

Westside Christian Academy will present Christian illusionist Brett A. Myers and his wife, Labrina, as part of the Westlake school's annual Family Strong Series. The event is free and the public is invited for a night of comedy, audience participation and sleight of hand for all ages.

This year’s event, themed ""Illusion & Truth," will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at Bay Presbyterian Church, 25415 Lake Road. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to consider bringing a non-perishable food or toiletry item to donate to the Bay Food Ministry.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:48 AM, 10.06.2015

The Ironwood Cafe brings culinary experience in fine cuisine to the table

One of Ironwood’s specialties is house-smoked BBQ pork over kettle chips with cheese sauce. Photo by Eric Eakin

It is not often that you find a neighborhood tavern rooted in fine cuisine. But that is the case with the Ironwood Café.

The owners of the Ironwood Café bring years of combined culinary experience to the table. In addition to the Ironwood Café in Westlake and the second location at Kamm’s Corners, the restaurant group also operates Southside and Press in Tremont, and Market and Wine Bar in Rocky River.

Joe Dubbs, Ironwood Café chef, part owner and operator, is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University. His passion is barbecue and that is evident from looking at his restaurants’ menus.”Our barbecue has come a long way,” Dubbs noted.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 10:24 AM, 10.06.2015

Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village to host 2 fall fundraisers

Supporting community and worldwide programs, the Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village has two upcoming events to help raise funds and awareness of the benefits of being a Rotarian.

On Oct. 14, the 20th annual Golf Outing & Clam Bake will be held at Legacy Golf Course in Avon Lake. Enjoy a day of lunch, golf and a clam bake. Even if you don’t golf, consider sponsoring a hole, a donation or join us at 6 p.m. for a great clam bake. All proceeds benefit local scholarships and charities. Please contact Gary DiLillo at or Jim Strunk at

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:57 AM, 10.06.2015

Sinners, not saints: An introduction to your ancestor's dark side

Those who have researched their family history for a considerable time will reluctantly admit that not all their ancestors were “saints.” Tucked among the law-abiding family members are a few “black sheep” who needed legal counsel. Some may have been involved in lesser crimes, while others went to prison. In either case, a trail of evidence lies within the court and prison records. Just how does one gain access to that information? Aren’t those records closed?

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:56 AM, 10.06.2015

'Drawing into Nature' unveiled at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Artist Danielle Cammuso found inspiration in the local wildlife at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

A new exhibit at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will draw visitors even closer to wildlife thanks to a local artist inspired by the Center’s living collection.

Danielle Cammuso, an artist working in soft pastels, has created “Drawing into Nature” which showcases the wildlife of the Center in Cammuso’s bold and beautiful style.

“We know that the Center has a powerful impact on those who are part of our community,” says Executive Director Catherine Timko. “Visitors often share stories about coming to our programs as children and how the Center has encouraged their educational path and career decisions. Danielle also found great inspiration in Lake Erie Nature & Science Center which she is now using to inspire others through passionate and vivid art. This exhibit is a celebration of her talent and ability to capture the fascinating qualities of wildlife.”

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:54 AM, 10.06.2015

St. Raphael students moved by faith

Eighth-grade students at St. Raphael School participated in Rock the Challenge.

If you live near St. Raphael School you may have wondered what all the activity, energy and music was about on Sept. 10. The St. Raphael School community participated in an all-day event focused on prayer, community, service, faith and inspired action by dedicating physical activity to a greater purpose.

The event is called Rock the Challenge and it was a day to remember for students, faculty, staff and the parish community. There were a number of outdoor activities taking place, including an obstacle course. The students and staff pushed themselves physically, all the while being motivated to continue by dedicating their physical activity to their own personal intention. Everyone was inspired and cheering as principle Anne Miller finished the day by running the course herself.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:58 AM, 10.06.2015

Actors bring early settlers' stories back to life

Re-enactors portray past Dover Township residents at the Lakeside Cemetery Tour on Sept. 27. From left: Joshua Jesty, Tom Gorgas, Doris Gorgas, Paul Flament, Jim Potter, Bill O’Malley, Joe Smith and Kaycee Craig. Not pictured: Ruth Ann Havasi. Photo by Denny Wendell

Early settlers visited Lakeside Cemetery on Sept. 27. It was a warm and sunny day, and the waters of Lake Erie were blue and calm. Returning to Bay Village were some of our Dover Township citizens buried in Lakeside Cemetery. All were portrayed by re-enactors dressed in costume.

Christopher Saddler, portrayed by Joe Smith, came to America in 1777 as a Hessian soldier and ended up fighting for the Colonial Army. Receiving a land grant for his army service in the state of New York, he farmed most of his life. However, at the convincing of his son, William, he left New York in 1814 at the young age of 58 and spent the remainder of his life as a fisherman in Dover Township.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.06.2015

Tour unique Bay Village homes on Nov. 8

The Bay Village Holiday Homes tour is back Sunday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring eight charming, unique Bay Village homes perfectly dressed for the holidays by local florists and designers. Enjoy culinary treats and live music along the way.

The Bay Village Early Childhood PTA (BVECPTA) is excited to once again be hosting this festive event. “My co-chair, Molly Kilbane, and I were overwhelmed with the positive feedback from the 2013 tour, we are thrilled to be organizing it again this year," said Jennifer Wamelink, co-chair of this year’s event. "We have eight beautiful homes, including one of the tour favorites from 2013. Come ready to start your holiday shopping! Our Holiday Shop at Homes Headquarters at BAYarts' Fuller House will be open to the public and will feature a variety of unique local vendors.”

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:55 AM, 10.06.2015

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center helps to understand the preschooler’s perspective

Dr. Meghan Barlow brings her experience and expertise in pediatric psychology to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Oct. 15.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center extends an invitation for "Understanding the Preschooler’s Perspective: Eating, Sleeping and Going Potty."

Teece Lester, preschool coordinator at the Center, says, “We were seeing so many parents throwing their hands up in frustration over these activities. They’re wondering why their preschooler won’t do these things how they want, or when they want, or where they want. It can be challenging for everyone involved and we wanted to provide some support.”

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:53 AM, 10.06.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: The Wischmeyers of Dover Township

The Wischmeyer Hotel, pictured in the 1950s. It was no longer being used. The fire department burned it down in an exercise.

Regina and Henry Wischmeyer came from Germany and settled on the west side of Cleveland (Ohio City) in 1850. There they married and began raising a family. Henry Sr. had a dream of growing grapes on his own land as he had in Germany.

Regina followed Henry with his dream, and they purchased 50 acres of land along the south shore of Lake Erie in Dover Township. They planted two acres of the land in grapes, built a wine cellar and a hotel, while also farming, building a family house and raising their family.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:50 AM, 10.06.2015

'Meaningful games in September' a stretch

Ever since Terry Francona became manager of the Indians a few years back, the mantra of the Cleveland Indians has been to play “meaningful games in September.” Now, one would have to presume that the context of those words suggests that the Indians would be involved in a playoff race to some degree; correct?

Well, my friends, the true mantra of the Indians over the last three seasons has been to lull Tribe fans to sleep for the first two-thirds of the season, then – well after most have declared the team dead and buried – somehow manage to make themselves relevant come September … only to fall short of the playoffs.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:54 AM, 10.06.2015

Holiday Caring and Sharing Program helps Bay Village families in need

The Bay Village Holiday Caring and Sharing Program was created to help Bay families in need at the holidays. Families with children age 18 and younger may qualify for our Adopt a Family program, and receive gifts for the children that may not otherwise be possible that year. A holiday food pantry is also available to those Bay Village residents who qualify.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:49 AM, 10.06.2015

Community effort brings lost dog home

Martha Truchon's Chihuahua, Tess, is happy to be back in her Westlake home after four days on the run.

On Saturday, Sept. 19, I returned home to find Tess, our rescued Chihuahua, missing. I began calling the local police departments, and was told that she was just reported running along I-90 in Rocky River: our worst nightmare. My husband and I immediately drove to the location, but she was nowhere to be found. We hardly knew where to begin.

We hired an online company to create a lost dog flyer and send out a lost dog Amber Alert by telephone to residents in the area. Flyers would be mailed to all local animal hospitals and shelters. My husband and I walked the neighborhoods around our home in Westlake and put up flyers.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:43 AM, 10.06.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

October is National Book Month and what better place to spend your time than at the Bay Village Branch Library? Not only do we have a wide variety of books, DVDs, and CDs for you to browse, but we also host a variety of programs for all ages every month. Check out our upcoming programs below.


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

  • Mondays, Oct. 12 and 19 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20  (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 6, 13 and 20 (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14 and 21  (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22  (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays, Oct. 9, 16 and 23  (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Oct. 8 (7 p.m.) Egyptology – Discover the wonders of ancient Egypt and explore its history and culture. Decode and write messages using hieroglyphics and become a true Egyptologist.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:59 AM, 10.06.2015

October events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Oct. 6 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: LinkedIn for Job Search – People in almost all fields need to have a LinkedIn profile to be considered for an interview. Learn techniques to better utilize this growing social media tool to help you meet people who can assist your search, and find companies that are hiring and fit the requirements for your future position.

Tuesday, Oct. 6 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee & Chat – We will laugh and discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. This month’s topic is "Beyond Roughhousing: A Dad’s Role in Raising a Child Who Struggles." Free child care is available; register at or call 440-250-5563. 

Wednesdays, Oct. 7 and 14 (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, Oct. 7 and 14 (4-5:30 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.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Drop-in session for genealogy help provided by the members of the Cuyahoga West Chapter.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 (6:30-8 p.m.) Eliminating Paper Clutter – Professional organizer Kandy Walker-Sartori returns to help you round up your photos, along with personal and business files, and tame the mess with PC and online storage solutions. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) WPPL Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, Oct. 7 (6:30-7:30 p.m.) Magic Tree House Book Club – Do you already love the "Magic Tree House" books or are you curious to find out about them? Join us for an introduction to one of the books, discussion and a craft. For grades K-2. No registration.

Thursdays, Oct. 8 and 15 (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 Thursday at 6 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:58 AM, 10.06.2015

Bay Village Recreation Dept. fall and winter programs are here!


Bouncing balls, tumble mats and more! Parent supervision required.

Sept. 28-May 27. Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. (times subject to change). Location: Community Gym. Fee: $2/child (non-resident: $4); 10-day pass: $15 (NR: $35). Resident children 14 months and under are free.


Improve your tots’ motor skills, counting and colors with fun games, obstacle courses, ladders, hula hoops and puffy tennis balls!

Session II: Thursdays, Oct. 29-Nov. 19, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Location: Community Gym. Fee: $40/session (NR: $60).

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:52 AM, 10.06.2015

October events at the Bay Village Senior Center

October is a busy month at the Bay Village Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane. To register or for more information, call 440-835-6565.

Tuesday, Oct. 13 (10 a.m.) Silver Sneakers CardioStrength Class – This class is for Baby Boomers and active, strong seniors. CardioStrength is an aerobics class that is safe and heart-healthy, but gentle on the joints.

Friday, Oct. 16 (12:30 p.m.) Grief Recovery for the Holidays – Discuss the difficulty and dread of grief during the holidays. Lunch provided. A 10- to 12-week grief support group will begin Oct. 23.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:49 AM, 10.06.2015

Happy as a clam!

Let’s hand it to Mother Nature: 2015’s transition from late summer into early fall afforded Westlakers and Bayites plenty of dazzling days with above-average temperatures and cool, crisp nights. What better conditions for walking in area parks, taking scenic bike rides, or exploring the locally grown bounty at area grocers and farmers’ markets!

When it comes to traditional autumn activities, clambakes bring a taste of the East Coast to the Westshore. For anyone thinking of hosting a clambake who is not sure where to start, rest easy. Local purveyors are prepared to provide all that’s needed! Otherwise, there’s no shortage of clambakes staged by local groups, restaurants, and homeowner associations. (If, however, you’re the one who will be picking up the tab, be ready to dish out some serious clams!)

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:51 AM, 10.06.2015

Bay Village seniors win health challenge

Members of the winning Bay Village Sole Mates are: (front row) Karen Hanbury, Marueen Overholser, Sheri Lugo, Connie Lupica, Barb Yeucho, Francoise Bryan, Barbara Spencer; (back row) Ed Hanbury, Pat Matyas, Hilary Kitchen and Kathe Buchholz. Photo by Paul Forthofer

The Bay Village Dwyer Center "Sole Mates" were the winners of the St. John Medical Center Walking Challenge, beating out the Avon and North Ridgeville senior centers.

Not only did the Bay Village seniors log the most steps during the six-week challenge, but also saw the greatest results in weight loss and cholesterol reduction, as well as most steps by an individual.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:50 AM, 10.06.2015

Kiwanis flipping over flapjacks

Westlake Kiwanian Bruce "Chip" Zyrkowski flips the flapjacks at a previous pancake breakfast.

The Westlake Kiwanis Club will hold its pancake breakfast Sunday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westlake High School cafeteria, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.

The breakfast includes all the pancakes you care to eat, plus sausage, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. The price is $6; children under 6 eat for free. Corporate sponsorships are available for $50 and include 10 breakfast tickets and advertisement of your business during the breakfast.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:49 AM, 10.06.2015

Clague Playhouse to host 'Two Mediums at Large'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, will host “Two Mediums at Large” on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 8 p.m. As Halloween approaches, come for an evening of “spirited” fun!

Have you ever seen a live demonstration of mediumship? In a group setting, many spirits are able to “get through” – join us to participate in a gallery-style message event! Your guides, Susan Averre and Marjorie Rivera, are multi-faceted, Lily Dale-trained professionals.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:54 AM, 10.06.2015

BAYarts pop-culture trio shines this month

"Convoy" by Randy Crider, Ryan Finley and Jim Giar

A humorous, pop-culture-loving trio of artists present "Triple Lindy" at BAYarts this month. Randy Crider, Ryan Finley and Jim Giar are three popular teachers of cartooning and comics that BAYarts provides for young children and teens. They have joined up to present an art exhibition which features individual artwork as well as collaborations.

The three all find inspiration from their students. Crider explains, "Everything I am putting in this show was executed with the help and influence of my students. Over the past year, they've been a very powerful engine in choosing what to draw, and honing the hand drawn style that until this year I was too afraid to try."

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:51 AM, 10.06.2015

My email pet peeve

Let’s face it. Even with all the various communication tools the internet has given birth to, email is going to be around for a long time. After all, mankind has been writing letters for a long time and we still do even with the advent of email two dozen years ago.

The utility of writing letters remain the same, whether in the real world with pen and paper or in the digital world through email, which is to convey a message.

Personally, I still prefer certain kinds of messages, like cards and love notes, on paper rather than an email. The card my wife hands to me on Valentine's Day, or the Father’s Day card my son crafts, have an inexplicable power to stir up emotions that electronic communications can't match.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:42 AM, 10.06.2015

WHS achieves LEED Silver status

Westlake High School achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification identifies WHS as a showcase example of sustainable design. The WHS project earned LEED Silver certification by scoring 54 points from the key areas measured.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:47 AM, 10.06.2015

Westlake has 3 municipal issues on November ballot

In addition to the candidates for the Board of Education and the county and state issues, voters in the city of Westlake must decide on three municipal issues. Here is a brief explanation of the issues on the Westlake ballot for the Nov. 3 General Election.

Issue 116: This proposed charter amendment, if passed, will renew the existing 0.9 mill levy for five years to pay for salaries and other expenses of the Police and Fire departments of the City of Westlake.

Westlake voters first approved a tax levy to supplement police and fire personnel in 1966. This 0.9 mill levy was renewed in November 2011 for five years and thus is expiring. The levy proceeds are additional to expenditures made from the General Fund. In 2015, the City has used the levy funds to pay for seven police and seven fire personnel as well as related expenses. These levy monies cannot be used for capital equipment purchases. The total cost of safety forces makes up almost two-thirds of municipal budgets in Ohio’s cities. As Local Government Funds from the state have been cut, special-purpose levies (such as the one on Westlake’s ballot for decades) have been introduced in many communities in efforts to keep employment levels for police and firefighters at levels deemed necessary.

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Meet the Board of Education Candidates: Joe Kraft

Joe Kraft

My name is Joe Kraft and I am a candidate for Westlake School Board. My wife, Jacki, and I have been married over 22 years. We have lived in Westlake with our three sons since 1999. All three sons have been through Westlake City Schools, kindergarten through grade 12. What a wonderful experience for them and their parents! I want such an experience to continue for all. 

I have been encouraged by many including my pastor to bring about positive change. Now seems to be the right time as my sons grow older and my life experiences lead me in the direction of school board. Those experiences include that of a director at a private, national, financial firm. As fiduciary and financial advisor, I review the balance sheets and budgets of corporations, foundations and families. I can do the same for the schools.

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Meet the Board of Education Candidates: Robert Stoll

Robert Stoll

I am Dr. Robert Stoll and I am running for the Westlake School Board.

I believe that a school board must be responsive and receptive to parents, staff, students and the community at large, encouraging an open dialog. The board must take input from all groups and weigh all the facts before making a decision.

A Board member is a trustee of the community that elects him or her. That Trustee must be accessible and willing to collaborate with all members of the community; that includes all District staff. Anyone that comes before the board has the right to be heard, not just to speak. A school board member must build public understanding, support and participation.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:45 AM, 10.06.2015