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History and hurricane relief earn annual Bay Village honors

Bay Village’s 2018 Citizen of the Year, Cathy Flament. Photo by Tara Wendell

When Eric and Cynthia Eakin accepted their award for Citizens of the Year in 2015, Eric mused: “There are residents, and then there are citizens.” It’s worth repeating years later because it rings true. Green card status aside, residents are the inhabitants of a place that make it a city; citizens are those that make it a community. And Bay Village is a city full of citizens.

Each year, the Bay Village Community Council is tasked with sorting through the nominations of individuals whose peers have felt are worthy of recognition. The judges, a committee of BVCC members that serve as representatives of the city’s civic organizations, do not take the award lightly.

Each candidate is examined on the merits of their service to the community, without monetary reward, to find the one that best exemplifies the definition of Citizen of the Year.

This year, the honor goes to Catherine Burke Flament, whose commitment to preserving the history of Bay Village will be appreciated for generations to come. Cathy is serving her second term as president of the Bay Village Historical Society, after two years as vice president. During this time, her nominator said, membership in the organization has grown and programming has improved.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:19 AM, 02.06.2018

Patricia Heaton kicks off Playhouse fundraising

Bay Village native Patricia Heaton donated $50,000 to BAYarts for renovations to the Playhouse. Heaton is pictured with Dick Feagler during a 2010 fundraiser on the BAYarts campus. Photo by Denny Wendell

A generous donation by actress Patricia Heaton ("Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Middle") and her husband, David Hunt ("The Dead Pool," "24"), has been made to BAYarts in the amount of $50,000 to jumpstart the Playhouse renovation fundraising. Heaton hopes the seed money she donated will inspire other donors to follow suit to make the project a reality. In a letter accompanying her pledge, she wrote, "I was thrilled to hear that the Playhouse will get a second act thanks to the efforts of the BAYarts community and Cleveland Metroparks."

Heaton, who grew up in Bay Village, has a personal connection with the Playhouse. "The Playhouse has always held a special place in my heart as I took summer acting classes there and performed in the choruses of 'Bells Are Ringing' and 'Showboat' when I was 14; I also watched my sister perform in 'Bye Bye Birdie' and high school friends in 'Brigadoon.'"

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:20 AM, 02.06.2018

Well-traveled performer stops at Porter Library for 'Rising Star' recital

Michelle Pauker, seen in the role of Hermia in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream," will be at Porter Library on Feb. 20.

For the sixth year, "Catch a Rising Star: Baldwin Wallace Music Theater in Recital" will be sponsored by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council. This free program, which showcases the musical talents of Michelle Pauker, takes place on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Pauker’s program is an inviting mix of show tunes, including "Phantom of the Opera," "West Side Story" and "The Light in the Piazza," sprinkled with contemporary classics including the Beatles’ "Let It Be." Beth Burrier, BW associate professor and music director, will provide piano accompaniment for Pauker.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.06.2018

Bay Village switch provides easier access to municipal code

Clerk of Council Joan Kemper and former Councilman Paul Vincent look over a leather-bound copy of the city code which will be housed at the library. Photo by Tara Wendell

As with most things, technology improves the way we function. Unfortunately, a lot of technological improvements just make for more annoying distractions. For the City of Bay Village, they found an improvement that can actually improve focus on the task at hand. 

On Dec. 1, 2017, through the work of City Council and their revered clerk, Joan Kemper, Bay Village began utilizing the online municipal code service by Municode. Prior to, Bay Village held their municipal code online, but its function was lacking in search ability and usefulness.

With the Municode platform, Bay Village employees, members of Council, and residents can search ordinances quickly and efficiently while also drawing from more than 3,200 other municipalities that are hosted by Municode. If you’re wondering which farm animals are permitted in Bay Village (sorry, none) and compare it to what Maui County, Hawaii, allows – now you can!

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:20 AM, 02.06.2018

Westlake students win art, writing awards

Liv Adkins won a Gold Key for her digital art, “Gutten og Trollen.” She also won a Gold Key in writing for her humor piece, “Religion.”

Three Westlake High School students earned Gold Key Art Awards in the 2018 Scholastic Art + Writing Exhibition – Cuyahoga County Region and will move on to national competition in New York.

Liv Adkins earned a Gold Key for her digital art “Gutten og Trollen,” Jamie DeMeza for her photograph “The broken 4th” and Jamie Novak for her painting “RTA.” Gold Key awards demonstrate the highest levels of achievement in originality, personal voice and technical skill. Gold Key art is forwarded to New York for national judging.

Liv Adkins also won a Gold Key Writing Award for her humor piece “Religion,” which was also an American Voices Medal nominee, the highest regional honor. Liv’s piece is one of five works from the region selected “Best in Show” that exemplify originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal voice or vision. A panel of jurors in New York City will select one writer from each region to receive a national Medal.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.06.2018

Cleveland Metroparks are the focus of historical society program

“To Conserve and Preserve: Cleveland Metroparks History 101," presented by Judy MacKeigan, is the topic for the Feb. 15 Bay Village Historical Society potluck dinner program.

MacKeigan will relate the entertaining history of the beginnings and growth of the Cleveland Metroparks from its inception in the early 1900s to its current status as the much-loved “Emerald Necklace” of Northeast Ohio. Cleveland Metroparks is an extensive system of nature preserves that generally follow rivers and creeks through the region. The park spans more than 21,500 acres and provides walking, bicycling and horse trails, picnic areas, nature centers, golf courses and fishing spots.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:02 AM, 02.06.2018

Recycling, recycling everywhere with no place to go

Unfortunately, there is a huge recycling problem in the United States and the world: We have recycling piling and piling up because China has put a ban on buying the world’s plastic and mixed paper recycling.

You probably didn’t know that up until Jan. 1, 2018, China had been purchasing over half of the world’s plastic and paper recycling to process in China. That has all come to a screeching halt, as six months ago they announced a ban on any imported solid waste that had more than a 0.5 percent contamination rate. A 0.5 percent rate is extremely high and pretty much an unattainable standard. Currently, the U.S. achieves a 1.5 percent contamination rate, and would most likely be able to lower it to under 1 percent, but not to 0.5. 

China decided to ban the solid waste coming into the country with higher contamination rates because of the pollution the contamination was causing China. They have committed to “protect China’s environmental interests and people’s health” and focus on recycling their own solid waste, so they have closed the door on the rest of the world.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.06.2018

Bay Village Police to host Community Police Academy

Members of last year's Community Police Academy are shown how the Westshore Enforcement Bureau bomb robot operates. 

Chief Mark Spaetzel and the Bay Village Police Department are hosting the 2018 Community Police Academy beginning on March 1. This is a free program. Residents and those employed in Bay Village will be given first consideration for enrollment. Applicants must be at least 21 years old and be able to pass a background check.

The Community Police Academy is a 12-week program designed to give the public a working knowledge of the Bay Village Police Department. The program will be held for 12 consecutive Thursday nights starting on March 1 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Each session will cover separate areas of the Department's operations. In addition, this program will include the opportunity to take a ride-along with on-duty police.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.06.2018

Cooley house is one of Westlake's oldest structures

The Asher Cooley house on Dover Center Road was built in the early 1830s. Photo by William Krause

The 2.3-acre property at 2871 Dover Center Road, which was the subject of this column in the last issue, will change families for only the third time since it was settled. The lot, currently for sale for $295,000, has been owned by just two families in the last 200 years – the Cooleys and the Powers.

According to the book “You’ve Come a Long Way, Westlake” by William Robishaw, Asher Cooley was a farmer in Massachusetts, and in 1815 visited Dover Township, where he selected 44 acres, which he obtained as a Connecticut Land Grant.

Three years later, the then 31-year-old Asher Cooley loaded his wife and five children, and what possessions they could carry, into an oxcart. They traveled through the wilderness to settle on their property in Dover Township, arriving on Oct. 19, 1818, after a journey of 5-and-a-half weeks. Asher’s was only the fifth family to take up residence in the township.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.06.2018

Bay Village Schools approves 2018-19 school calendar, earlier start

Bay Village Schools 2018-19 approved school calendar.

The Bay Village Board of Education approved its 2018-19 school calendar on Monday, Jan. 22. About 50 parents and teachers attended the board meeting, some offering support of the plan and some parents expressing disappointment that the Aug. 20 start to the school year was too early.

“This calendar was developed in close consultation with our educators and will increase instructional time before testing at all grade levels,” said Superintendent Clint Keener. “However, the Ohio end-of-course tests at the high school level have become especially high-stakes. Starting with the class of 2018, the tests can determine whether students qualify for graduation.”

Bay High School operates on a 90-minute block schedule, with entire courses completed in one semester. The schedule allows students more time to study subjects in depth without interruption, and it allows them to take more courses overall. Faculty wanted the first semester to end before the December winter break so that students could take their tests without being away from instruction for that extended time. However, more instructional days before the break were then required.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.06.2018

Herb Guild welcomes new members with Valentine Tea

The Herb Guild Garden Club will start off the year by having its first meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 14. After the usual business meeting at 10 a.m., the club will welcome new members with a Valentine Tea and desserts. Following the tea will be a series of "make and take" workshops: a lemongrass room spray and an air freshener; Boursin cheese spread; herb butters; and herb mustard. Charge for guests is $7. Please note, only tea and dessert will be served at this meeting. Members and guests are asked to bring a sack lunch for this first meeting only.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.06.2018

NOURISH, a benefit to sustain and grow Village Project, to be held March 3

Guests at last year's NOURISH event enjoyed food, entertainment, camaraderie and chances to win, win, win raffle prizes.

Nourishing ourselves and our loved ones is very important to most of us. Nourishing our neighbors experiencing a cancer crisis has been the mission of Village Project for more than seven years. During that time over 25,000 meals and sustaining services have been delivered to more than 250 families in Bay Village, Westlake, Avon, Avon Lake and Rocky River.

Since its inception in September 2010, Village Project has experienced a growth of 600 percent. It currently boasts over 600 volunteers, from ages 2 to 90, who serve through cooking, gardening, shopping, delivery, yard care, client relations and more. This tremendous growth necessitated the organization to move its base of operations from a church basement to its own headquarters building in 2013. Facility expansion plans are now in progress to support continued development and enable more clients to be served.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.06.2018

Get ready for the Oscars at Porter Library

Hollywood's big night is approaching! Have you ever wondered why some films get snubbed while others garner dozens of nominations? On Monday, Feb. 26, Sam Allard, film critic for Cleveland Scene, will take us through this year's nominees in both the main categories (Best Picture/Director/Actress/etc.) and technical awards. He will also answer your questions about the year in film. 

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.06.2018

Is surgery the answer to obesity?

Tens of millions of Americans qualify for weight-reduction surgery, yet less than 1 percent pursue this option yearly. Shows like “My 600-lb Life” both promote and stigmatize bariatric surgery as a desperate measure for the desperately obese. I think differently. If you’ve dieted, exercised, divorced your carb crutch and still struggle with weight, diabetes, sleep apnea, back and knee pain – then surgery might help.

The criteria for bariatric surgery are simple: BMI of 40 and over, or 35 with at least one weight-related medical condition. If you’re 5’4” and weigh over 235 pounds, or over 205 lbs with diabetes, you’d qualify.

Currently your two best surgical options are gastric bypass and gastric sleeve. Adjustable gastric band, popular a few years ago, is disappearing because of unsatisfactory weight loss. Five-year data show both procedures have comparable weight loss, maintenance and complication rates. Gastric sleeve is easier surgically, but it’s irreversible and may worsen reflux, a major reason for reoperation.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.06.2018

Spend Presidents Day at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

The Women's Board invites you and your family to celebrate Presidents Day, Feb. 19, at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. The Center will have a special selection of star shows and animal encounters to engage the whole family. Spend the day meeting the Center's resident animals at Critter Encounters and traveling to space in their wide variety of planetarium shows. Don't forget to browse the indoor and outdoor exhibits!

Members of the Women’s Board will be greeting visitors and selling hot chocolate, coffee and cookies. All proceeds will help fund the Center’s education programs, wildlife rehabilitation services and animal care.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.06.2018

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage

Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage. Photo by Rachel Polaniec

This month’s Magical History Tour is the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, an easy 30-minute drive on I-480 East to Beachwood. The information in this article was sourced from the museum's guidebook, available for purchase in the giftshop, and the exhibits themselves. 

Nestled at the base of a small hill sloping down from Richmond Road is the Maltz Museum of Jewish History, the single-story structure of glistening glass and golden Jerusalem limestone complementing the graceful domes of Temple-Tifereth Israel rising up from behind. Once inside, the understated lobby offers access to three brilliant exhibits: The Jewish Experience in Northeast Ohio – An American Story; The Temple-Tifereth Israel Gallery; and Jews and Medicine in America.  

Opened in October 2005, the museum tells the story of the Jewish immigrants who settled in Cleveland. What began as a tiny, marginalized community grew into a large, thriving one, whose impact was felt across the United States and around the world. Interestingly, while telling this story the museum discovered the stories of every group of immigrants, and so alongside that of the Jewish community, "the Museum relates another story as well – one of diversity, of understanding and of mutual respect for all the peoples and cultures that comprise the myriad threads of the American tapestry." As part of this understanding, the museum proudly sponsors an annual "Stop the Hate" campaign, empowering students to speak out and make a difference in the world. 

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.06.2018

Visit Tri-C Westshore on Presidents Day

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will host a visitation day for prospective students on Presidents Day (Monday, Feb. 19), with sessions starting at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The day provides an opportunity to discuss academic programs with faculty and counselors; learn more about enrollment, financial aid and scholarships; discover the variety of student services available; and explore the buildings.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.06.2018

WHS has 2 U.S. Presidential Scholars candidates

Two Westlake High School seniors were named U.S. Presidential Scholars candidates.

Ryan Karpuszka and Patrick Lee are among 110 students from Ohio to be recognized for this prestigious award. Each year, up to 161 students nationwide are named Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.06.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Bill Kelly, a former chair of the American Library Association's Notable Books Council and past member of the Carnegie Medal Jury, will join us at the Bay Village branch library on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m  to present the Best Books of 2017. 

CHILDREN
Mondays & 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 & ME STORYTIME – ages birth-18 months
Thursdays (10 a.m.) PRESCHOOL STORYTIME – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
Fridays (10 a.m.) FAMILY STORYTIME – for all ages

Wednesday, Feb. 7 (7 p.m.) MAD SCIENTISTS: UNDER PRESSURE – Join us for a hands-on science program where we try to support a book using only one piece of paper. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Wednesday, Feb. 14 (3:15 p.m.) SWEET SCIENCE VALENTINE'S DAY PARTY – Grades K-3: Sweet for science? This program lets you eat what you experiment with. Candy, cookies and other sugary confections will be used to fizz, bubble and pop your way to fun and learning. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Monday, Feb. 19 (2 p.m.) KIDS CARTOON – Grades 3-6: Join a guest artist in the graphic design field as you learn how to draw cartoons and comic strips and practice drawing your own! Registration required.

TEENS
Wednesdays, Feb. 7, 14, 21, 28 (3 p.m.) TEEN ZONE – Grades 5 & up: Chill with something fun to do after school: gaming, art, movies, technology and more!

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.06.2018

Westlake Porter Public Library's February calendar of events

Tuesday, Feb. 6 (6:30-8 p.m.) Connecting for Kids’ Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. Free, supervised children’s activities are available; adults and children must register separately. Topic: "How to Avoid Stress and Become a More Mindful Parent": Join Terri McNeely, MEd, BS, in this interactive session as she teaches caregivers ways to calm both themselves and their child. Attendees will also gain an understanding of mindfulness. For more information, visit connectingforkids.org/support. To register, call 440-250-5563.

Wednesdays, Feb. 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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Feb. 7 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogy Society Help Session – Join the genealogy group for an informal walk-in help session.

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 14 (3:45-5 p.m.) Tween Scene – Weekly hang-out for 5th and 6th graders only!

Wednesdays, Feb. 7 and 14 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Feb. 8 and 15 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 7 (7-8:30 p.m.) Wonders of Weather – Have you ever wondered how a storm forms, or why the seasons change? Now you can find out from CBS-TV meteorologist Jon Loufman in a presentation for the whole family. Please register.

Thursday, Feb. 8 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Feb. 8 (2-3 p.m.) Great Decisions Discussion Program on World Affairs – Discuss critical global issues facing America today. At the beginning of each month, a copy of the article may be picked up at the Ask Us Desk. Please read the article prior to the meeting. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.06.2018

Eight looks great for the Westshore Young Leaders Network

The Westshore Young Leaders learn safety tips from the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

January 2018 is the eighth year the Westshore Young Leaders Network students have been serving the six western suburbs (Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake) as communities united together for healthy living. Established in 2010 through the support of the Westshore Council of Governments and the Westshore Enforcement Bureau, the group has grown its student and adult membership to foster young leaders who promote healthy, safe, drug-free and addiction-free lifestyle choices.

A snapshot of the recent months include the September Leadership Training Conference at the Westlake Recreation Center. Ninety middle and high school students spent the day fine-tuning their best asset – themselves – under the direction of the Effective Leadership Academy.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:02 AM, 02.06.2018

Bay Village Foundation announces project funding available

As we begin the back half of winter’s cold, wind and snow, and our thoughts of spring brighten the horizon, the trustees of the Bay Village Foundation want to remind organizations that the deadline for applications for its 2018 Community Grant Program is Feb. 28.

Grants available can be awarded up to $5,000. To qualify, projects and programs must be responsive to community needs and applications must be received by the Feb. 28 deadline.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:00 AM, 02.06.2018

Samuel Foster Osborn’s little corner of the world

The Samuel Osborn house, pictured in the 1880s, sat near the present-day corner of Cahoon and West Oakland.

Samuel Osborn, son of Nancy Ruple and Seldon Osborn, was given a gift of land on Cahoon Road by his grandfather, Reuben Osborn. His land ran down the west side of Cahoon Road just past the Cahoon vineyards (where the Bay Middle School is today) south to the Oviatt Mills and farm. Samuel farmed 76 acres at this site in Lot 85.

The two main roads in North Dover Township were Lake Road and Detroit Road. To the east off of Cahoon Road was the path that ran over Cahoon Creek by way of the Oviatt bridge by the Oviatt mills to Dover Center Road. (Today, Dover Commons and West Oviatt Road.)

Samuel Osborn married Mary Crocker, daughter of Sylvanus and Sarah Crocker, and built a house at 502 Cahoon Road. They had eight children: Clayton Seldon, Florence, Nettie Pearl, Nellie, Ray Sylvanus, Alice Minerva, Russell and Leverett Crocker. Mary Crocker Osborn was a school teacher. (Alice Minerva married the undertaker, Clifford Pease; Pease Funeral Home is now Jenkins Funeral Chapel.)

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.06.2018

5 rules to help our parents age successfully

I know we all want the best for our parents, and very often that starts with keeping them happy in the comfort and familiarity of the homes and neighborhoods that they love. Lately I’ve been thinking about just how to do it, and I’ve come up with Rules to Help Our Parents Age Successfully.

Rule 1: At All Costs, Be in Touch

Depending on how old your parents are, there are lots of good reasons to focus on presence as a core objective.

If they’re independent, recently retired and healthy, this is an ideal opportunity to share this wonderful time with them – no job, no mortgage, no responsibilities – possibly with your adorable kids around to bring them joy (and go home at night).

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:00 AM, 02.06.2018

Bay alumni bowling party results are in

Bay alumni compete for Rocket and Pin King titles.

The second annual Bay High alumni fundraising bowling tournament was held at Bay Lanes on Jan. 27. The event raised over $2,300 with the net proceeds going for scholarships that will be presented at the Kiwanis Academic Achievement night in May.

There were approximately 60 people at the event with 41 bowlers. The others were there as donors to cheer on their classes. Many were struck by fond bowling memories as they walked down the passageway to Bay Lanes.

It appears that the return bowlers did not practice much from last year as the average score of all bowlers was 106 this year, down from 133 last year. The scores ranged from 51 to 188. Not quite Bay High bowling team caliber, but everyone had fun.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.06.2018

Streaming 101

Through the cacophony of silverware, loud laughter, and good conversation at a senior center fundraiser luncheon, a lively discussion about Roku can be heard from the group sitting next to my wife. Call that motivation for today’s article!

In the good ol’ days, network TV programming from ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, and others were received over-the-air (aka “OTA”) with a roof-top antenna or rabbit ears. But did you know that even after the analog-to-digital transmission transition mandated by the Federal Communications Commission, you could have continued to receive OTA programming?

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.06.2018

Bay Village civic groups are planning big fun for spring

The Bay Village Community Council met on Jan. 24 to discuss their groups' exciting spring events. They also announced the 2018 winners for Bay Village Citizen of the Year, Cathy Flament, and the Bay Village Project of the Year, the Community Wide Yard Sale to benefit hurricane relief. Planning is underway for the Award Reception.

Bay Athletic Boosters Association is looking for major donors to help with construction costs of phase II of the athletic field renovation which includes new locker rooms, restrooms and a new, efficient concession stand. Their Snoball Run is Feb. 17. Registration information is available at hermescleveland.com/roadracing

Bay Village Community Theater continues its "All the World's a Stage[d Reading] Series with performances of Robert Anderson's "I'm Herbert" and "Footsteps of Doves." The performances will be held on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at O'Neill Healthcare and on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Bay Village Community House. Both are free and open to the public. 

Bay Village Historical Society's Feb. 15 potluck dinner program will be “To Conserve and Preserve: Cleveland Metroparks History 101," presented by Judy MacKeigan. For details, contact steveruscher884@gmail.com

Bay Village Kiwanis Club will hold their spring pancake breakfast at Bay Middle School on Sunday, March 18. 

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.06.2018

Clague House Museum is struck by Cupid's arrow

Valentine candy bouquet proceeds benefit the Westlake Historical Society scholarship fund.

The Westlake Historical Society is in the mood for love this month. The Clague House Museum is the place to be to celebrate your special valentine, with several romance-themed offerings.

Valentine's Day Party: Visit the Clague House Museum on Sunday, Feb. 11, 2-4 p.m., for an old-fashioned Valentine's Day party with the Westlake Historical Society. Shake off the winter chills and come inside the Clague family home, located at 1371 Clague Road. 

Enjoy an afternoon of crafts and making valentines, decorating cookies, and historic museum tours. There is no charge for the event, but donations are gratefully accepted. 

In addition to tours of the Clague Museum, get your Valentine's Day photo taken in the museum parlor. The society will also honor past presidents of the United States born in February with birthday cupcakes.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.06.2018

DAR honors Girl Scout leader with community service award

Michelle Krieg, leader of Girl Scout Troop 70769 in Bay Village, is the recipient of a community service award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for her time and dedication to refurbishing flower beds adjacent to the Osborn House and Rose Hill Museum. Both are located in the northeast corner of Cahoon Memorial Park.

The beds had been neglected for many years. The Herb Guild, Bay Village Historical Society, Bay Village Garden Club and the DAR met to determine how extensive a restoration would be. The Girl Scout troop took on the effort of rejuvenating the gardens. This involved research, detailed measurements of the existing plots, replenishing the soil and careful selection of native plants to ensure survival in our Lake Erie climate.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.06.2018

Adults with aging parent drivers

Matt Gurwell, founder and CEO of Keeping Us Safe, will give a presentation at Westlake Porter Public Library on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 1:00 p.m. discussing many of the legal, ethical and emotional challenges faced by a family or professional caregiver when considering a loved one's retirement from driving. 

Find out practical, real-life solutions for older drivers and their families. Keeping Us Safe is a national organization with a mission to help keep older drivers safe. Gurwell started the organization after retiring from the Ohio State Highway Patrol. Please register by visiting westlakelibrary.org or calling 440-871-2600. 

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.06.2018

Rooted in peace

Who among us can truthfully make the statement, "I don't need any more peace in my life, I have enough"? Such an important possession, yet so little of it to go around. The message of peace comes on strong at Christmas time, blankets us in its stillness, then often melts like the snow. 

Some will tell us that inner peace is very possible, even as the world is in turmoil. This valuable prize of peace can bring along with it clarity, calm, confidence and carry us towards the path of successful living. Living life successfully is no easy task, so it seems we would wisely seek out peace wherever it is offered. Some find it in nature, as they trust the wind to blow through the trees, and surround them in fall's leaves.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.06.2018

DIS student's artwork selected for state exhibition

Dover Intermediate School fifth-grade art student Melaina Zupan had her Notan cut paper design project chosen for exhibition at the 38th Annual Young People’s Art Exhibition (YPAE) in Columbus.

Melaina’s piece is one of 130 student works from around the state chosen for the exhibition sponsored by the Ohio Art Education Association. Melaina will be recognized at the YPAE Recognition Ceremony on March 3 at the Rhodes State Office Tower. Student artwork will be on display Feb. 17 to March 16.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.06.2018

Hikes Before Homework

Take a nature break before settling in for homework!

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is excited to announce its new offering for students in grades 5-8, Hikes Before Homework. An education specialist will pick students up at Bay Middle School at dismissal for a brisk hike through Huntington Reservation to stretch their legs, fit in healthy exercise and clear their minds for the homework ahead. After the hike, students will head to the Center to start their homework in a quiet space.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.06.2018

Parade the Circle meeting at BAYarts

BAYarts has participated in Parade the Circle for years, creating artistic entries like the one pictured from a few years ago.

Join BAYarts staff for refreshments and an informational meeting to learn about getting involved in the Parade the Circle at the Cleveland Museum of Art. The meeting will be on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 3 p.m. in the Fuller House on the BAYarts campus.

This is the 29th year of Parade the Circle. BAYarts will join international, national and local artists, families, schools and other community groups for this spectacular parade experience of handmade masks, giant puppets, floats, music and celebration, creating their own entry over several workshops.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:00 AM, 02.06.2018

2 WHS seniors named Coca-Cola Scholars finalists

Westlake High School seniors Norah Wilson and Jack Wu are regional finalists in the Coca-Cola National Scholarship Contest.

Norah and Jack are among 250 Regional Finalists from 1,936 Semifinalists selected from more than 90,000 applicants from across the country to continue through the selection process. Only 150 will be named Coca-Cola Scholars in March and will receive a $20,000 scholarship.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.06.2018

Valentine's Dance to raise funds for parenting group

Parents Without Partners will host a "Shot Thru The Heart ... or Somewhere Else" Valentine's Dance & Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 10, at the American Legion Hall, 31972 Walker Road in Avon Lake. This event is open to those that already have a valentine, those in search of a valentine, those that like to dance and anyone else that enjoys supporting a good cause while having fun!

As the title suggests, Bon Jovi songs will be featured at this dance, in addition to the regular variety of dance music that will cover the 1960s to present day to include: classic rock, R&B, line dances, disco, slow dances and some country music. This hall has a large hardwood dance floor and will be tastefully decorated for the event. It will be a fun and safe atmosphere to enjoy yourself and your companions, and offer the opportunity to make some new friends.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.06.2018