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Town Criers crown Mr. and Mrs. Westlake

Cris and Tery Kennedy, the newly named Mr. and Mrs. Westlake, pose for a photo at Westlake City Hall on Dec. 3 with their children, Erin and Tom. Photo by Ashlee Novak

After a several year hiatus, on Sunday, Dec. 3, the announcement of Mr. and Mrs. Westlake made its return to Westlake City Hall. Mayor Dennis Clough announced the 2018 Mr. and Mrs. Westlake as the rotunda’s holiday lights were fired up up for the first time this season. 

This year’s winners are Cristina and Tery Kennedy.

The Kennedys are active members of the community with heavy involvement in the Westlake City Schools. They are members of various Westlake P.T.A. organizations, Citizens for Westlake Schools, and the Westlake City Schools Strategic Planning Committee.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:31 AM, 12.05.2017

Santa Claus comes to Bay Village

Children welcome Santa Claus to Bay Village at Cahoon Memorial Park on Dec. 3.

Santa Claus arrived at the Bay Village Community House after touring the city in a fire truck on Dec. 3. The Cahoon Christmas event, sponsored by Bay Kiwanis and the Bay Village Historical Society, featured kids crafts, civic groups selling baked goods and gifts, Christmas carols sung by the Bay High Choraleers, and the lighting of the city’s tree. The Bay Village Community Theater performed  “A Christmas Carol” later in the day. Photos by Larry Bennet.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:30 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay’s best sought for annual honor

The last six weeks of the year are an opportune time for reflection and appreciation. The holidays bring friends and family together and give us a reason to celebrate. This season of good cheer offers us a chance to look back on the year and acknowledge those who have influenced our lives.

It is no coincidence that the Bay Village Community Council has recently opened the nomination period for the annual Bay Village Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year awards, to recognize those who have made a difference in the community.

The Community Council will accept nominations until Monday, Jan. 22, and selections will be announced soon afterward.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:30 AM, 12.05.2017

Corgi selected as Westlake's Cutest Pet for 2018

Harry has been selected as the Cutest Pet in Westlake for 2018 in a contest hosted by the historical society.

The Westlake Historical Society would like to congratulate the Nutter family and their corgi, “Harry.” He has been selected as Westlake's cutest pet for 2018 by a panel of judges including celebrity judge Tiffani Tucker from Channel 19 news.

“Harry was born on Thanksgiving Day 2009," the Nutter family wrote. "He is a great fan of all food, is a super nosy and friendly guy that loves to go for walks. He loves to check out the neighborhood and say hello to everyone. Harry loves to play in the snow, as well as inside with his toys. He especially enjoys his squeaky tennis balls and platypus. When Harry is tired, he is a fan of curling up on a blanket or pillow on the couch. He hates loud noises and the hiccups make him crazy; both send him straight into the bathtub to take cover until he decides it's safe.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:32 AM, 12.05.2017

Memorial garden to honor late watercolorist

Bob Moyer was a teacher, mentor and artist at BAYarts. He will be memorialized with a garden on the arts campus.

To honor the recently passed teacher, mentor and artist, BAYarts is putting together a memorial garden to be called the Bob Moyer Watercolor Garden.

Moyer loved the BAYarts campus which lent inspiration to much of his own work in later life, so a garden is planned. What better way than to remember Moyer than with a garden on the campus that gave him so much inspiration and where he inspired so many for over 30 years?

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 12.05.2017

Limnology of Porter Creek by Bay Village Explorer Club 360

Explorer Club 360 members Alison Hartzell, Norah Hamil and Erin Vanderkarr on the bank of Porter Creek.

Porter Creek’s ecosystem this winter is going to come under the scrutiny of three teams of Explorer Club 360 and Sea Scout youth as they study the creek’s health. The limnology – a study of the biological, chemical and physical features of a body of fresh water – will be comprised of components that include visual assessments, a macroinvertebrate biotic index and a chemical analysis at various locations along the creek’s course. The study is pending a $25 permit from the Ohio Department of Natural Recourses, Department of Wildlife that will allow the gathering of water samples and invertebrate.

From its discharge into Lake Erie at Huntington Beach in Bay Village, the creek winds through residential, commercial and recreational properties in Westlake and Avon to its headwaters at the corner of Crocker and Hilliard roads.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:33 AM, 12.05.2017

Giant menorah to light up Crocker Park

Mayor Dennis Clough, left, and Rabbi Mendel Jacobs participated in last year's Hanukkah menorah lighting at Crocker Park. This year's event is Dec. 13.

For the third year in a row, locals of Cleveland's western suburbs will enjoy Hanukkah celebrated in style with a giant menorah lighting and grand Hanukkah party at Westlake's Crocker Park.

With crowds growing from year to year, a new venue will be hosting this year – the new Market Square at Crocker Park. Attendees will enjoy great music, traditional Hanukkah treats, and lots of games and crafts, including a moon bounce, air hockey and much more.

For more than 2,000 years, the menorah has symbolized the triumph of light over darkness and spirit of religious freedom towering over oppression. In recent years, giant menorahs have sprung up all over the United States and around the world, bringing the timeless message of light and freedom to people everywhere.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:33 AM, 12.05.2017

Herb Guild displays tree at Cleveland Botanical Garden

The Herb Guild's owl-themed tree is on display at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.

The Herb Guild Garden Club has entered a tree in the "Glow" display at the Cleveland Botanical Garden in University Circle. Every year area clubs are invited to decorate Christmas trees at the botanical garden to exhibit to the public during the holiday season. This year's Glow theme, decided by the botanical garden, is Woodland. The Herb Guild picked the sub-theme "Who's Hoo in the Woods" and decorated the tree with many types of owls, using various natural items. 

Visitors can see our tree, as well as other clubs' trees, from now until Dec. 31. The hours are Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sundays, noon-6 p.m. The botanical garden will also be open Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults; $12 for children ages 3-12. Tickets can be purchased online at cbgarden.org or by calling 216-721-1600, ext. 100.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 12.05.2017

Real or fake?

Yes, I’m wondering if you have real or fake ... Christmas trees. This is definitely a topic that causes a lot of confusion, and I get it. Some people think: I’m going to buy an artificial tree so I don’t have to keep cutting down a real one every year. However, this is not the answer, environmentally speaking. The most environmentally friendly way to have a Christmas tree is to buy a real one year after year.

There are many reasons why having a real tree is better for the environment. Most artificial trees are made from toxic, non-recyclable materials, so someday that tree will end up in a landfill. A study found that an artificial tree has three times more impact on climate change than a natural tree.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:34 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay Village classroom grants awarded

Grant recipients, left-to-right: seated, Brian Reynolds, Michael Clifford, Amanda McLin; standing, Martha Fisher, BVEF grants chair Ellie Bricmont, Kelsey Wermer, Laura Godfray, Kristyn Webber, Beth Shiry, Rob Grossman, Kiwanian Patrick Mosier, Colin Lackey and Tom Schemrich.

There is no shortage of problems facing our upcoming generations, and the approach to learning is becoming more and more problem-based for Bay Village Schools students. 

The Bay Village Education Foundation has awarded classroom grants totaling more than $18,000 that encourage development of skills to help students learn to solve problems of all kinds, whether the solutions address the environment, humans or robots. Another $2,000 in grants was provided by Bay Village Kiwanis in partnership with the Foundation.

“We were thrilled with the quality of grant applications we received,” said Ellie Bricmont, vice president and grants chair of the Bay Village Education Foundation. “We require a significant level of research and detail from our grant applicants. As usual, our teachers were impressive in their planning and creativity. They will provide our students experiences that make learning interesting and fun.”

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:34 AM, 12.05.2017

Westlake Schools staff honored with excellence awards

Judi Spitzer and LaVonne Szafranski were honored by their Westlake Schools peers at a recent school board meeting.

Two Westlake Schools staff members were honored by their peers with staff excellence awards at the Nov. 27 Board of Education meeting.

The Excellence in Teaching award went to LaVonne Szafranski, a sixth-grade science teacher at Dover Intermediate School. The Excellence in Classified Service awards went to Judi Spitzer, a teacher assistant at Dover Elementary School.

Szafranski is described by her colleagues as a dedicated educator who always goes above and beyond for her students and teammates. She meets challenges or change with determination and the desire to be the best. She builds relationships with her students and is always communicating with families.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:32 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay Men's Club members aid neighbors

Members of the Bay Men’s Club turned out on a recent Saturday morning to help their fellow citizens by raking leaves and cleaning the yards of a number of deserving residents, many of them seniors and disabled.

Participants included Dwight Clark, Pete Winzig, Sean Riley, Matt Mowchan with his two sons, Rob Spies, Matt Williams and Eric Eakin.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:30 AM, 12.05.2017

When you are not the depressed one

First in a three-part series on depression.

Jo’s father was quiet, distant, worked hard and drank harder. After he stopped working, he drank less; instead, he sat in the living room and stared at a blank TV screen all day. One day, he lurched from the sofa, vigorously “beating bugs” off his arm, collapsed and died.

So when her son told her that he was an alcoholic – at 21 – she didn’t believe him. He was sweet, outgoing and funny as hell. Their family, including his three older sisters, doted on him. Then calls started coming: from friends, EMS, police. Soon long sleeves, caps and sunglasses couldn’t cover the cuts and bruises from falling.

Today she realized both men had been severely depressed. Liquor simply worked better than Prozac.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:36 AM, 12.05.2017

New exhibits for children at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

A young visitor to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center tries out the new "What is Your Wingspan?" exhibit.

Among the many live animals, the make-your-own constellation display and the ever-popular log, children and families visiting Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will have even more to enjoy. Two new exhibits have been installed to encourage children and adults to learn about our native species overhead and underwater.

“What is Your Wingspan?” invites children to compare their own arm span with the wingspans of native birds such as blue jays, mallards, red-tailed hawks and eagles. Positioned at a young learner’s level, the exhibit creates a colorful hands-on learning experience and a fun photo opportunity.

“Native Fish of Lake Erie” highlights many of the species living in our Great Lake, along with their size, ecological region and other fun facts. The display was designed in collaboration with Ohio Sea Grant to encourage reading and conversation as young children explore the Center’s live animal exhibits with their families.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:33 AM, 12.05.2017

Village Bicycle Cooperative cranks up the holiday spirit

Village Bicycle Cooperative members participated in the annual Cranksgiving charity event to benefit disadvantaged and senior citizens.

Village Bicycle Cooperative has been busy spreading holiday cheer by donating 29 bikes and two tricycles to the Salvation Army. That brings the yearly total of donated bikes to 53. These gifts were made possible by donations of bikes, volunteer time and monetary contributions to VBC's Fix-It-Forward program. These bikes help many disadvantaged families as their main source of transportation to jobs or school.

This was the sixth year of VBC participating in Cranksgiving, a food and personal hygiene drive to benefit disadvantaged and senior citizens sponsored by Bike Cleveland and Bike Lakewood. The participating bicyclists are given maps and then ride to four stores and purchase one or more suggested items. Everything purchased must be hauled by bicycle. Donated food is given to Lakewood Community Services Center. This year VBC raised over $300 in donations!

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 12.05.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Books make wonderful and appreciated gifts. Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Great Books for Kids – an annual list of the best recent publications for kids of all ages – can give you some ideas on what titles to give to children and teenagers this holiday season.

Our library will be closed on Dec. 24, 25, 31, and Jan. 1 to celebrate the holidays. Our digital collection is always open, so don't forget to browse ebook, emagazine, movie and music selections.

CHILDREN

Friday, Dec. 8 (10 a.m.) Tots Dance – Join us for a rocking good time as we share books, rhymes and dance! 

Wednesday, Dec. 13 (7 p.m.) Mad Scientists: House of Cards – Join us for a hands-on science program where we will build a two-story house of cards and test its strength. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library. Registration required.

Friday, Dec. 15 (10 a.m.) MakerSpace for Preschoolers – Foster your child's curiosity and creativity at our hands-on imaginative maker stations.

TEEN

Thursday, Dec. 7 (3 p.m.) Write On! – Join us for fun, quirky and challenging writing exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing. Registration required. 

Saturday, Dec. 9 (2 p.m.) Wonders of Weather with Jon Loufman – Grades 5-12: Have you ever wondered why the wind blows, how a storm forms or why the seasons change? Find out from Cleveland 19 News meteorologist Jon Loufman! It's a fun, hands-on, interactive, sky-high presentation. Get ready to boldly sojourn over the rainbow for a hitherto untaken atmosphere adventure. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library. Registration required.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:36 AM, 12.05.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's early December calendar of events

Saturday, Dec. 2 (9 a.m.-5 p.m.) and Sunday, Dec. 3 (1-4:30 p.m.) Portables’ Annual Holiday Open House – The Friends of the Library’s gift store offers jewelry and other accessories, home entertaining items, gifts for children, and much more. Stop in for your holiday shopping and get great deals!

Saturday, Dec. 2 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose On the Loose! – An interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with a caregiver.

Saturday, Dec. 2 (3-4:30 p.m.) Tween Code Club – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Registration begins one week before each session. Grades 5-8.

Saturday, Dec. 2 (3:30-5 p.m.) Winter Pottery – Quill Pottery Studio will bring everything you need to make some great clay medallions that you can wear around your neck and a holder to keep them in. Grades 6-9. Please register.

Saturday, Dec. 2 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab: The Science of Music – Make your own octave set of Boomwhackers! Grades 3-5. Registration begins Nov. 25.

Sunday, Dec. 3 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club: Grace – Grace loves to bake with friends and invent new recipes. We will follow a recipe to make a treat, and create a Paris-themed craft. Ages 6-11. Registration begins Nov. 26.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.21.2017

Westlake Porter Public Library's late-December calendar of events

Sunday, Dec. 17 (2-3 p.m.) Spa 2.0 – In our second Teen Spa program, we will make our own beauty products. We will be making lip gloss, make-up remover, a make-up brush cleaner and another lip scrub. There will also be an opportunity to apply a face mask during the program. Grades 7-12. Registration begins Dec. 10.

Monday, Dec. 18 (6:30-7:15 p.m.) Adapted Storytime – Children with varying learning styles and abilities learn in a safe, supportive environment where respect and appreciation for differences are encouraged. This 30-minute storytime, followed by time for socialization, is designed for children who may not be successful in a typical storytime experience. Content is geared toward ages 3-7, but all ages are welcome. Siblings may also attend, but must register separately. Registration begins one week before each session.

Monday, Dec. 18 (7-8 p.m.) Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body – Science is now able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Please register.

Tuesday, Dec. 19 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Anime Movie Club – Enjoy and discuss all your favorite anime movies from Studio Ghibli and beyond! Grades 7 to adult.

Wednesday, Dec. 20 (2-5 p.m.) Elf Academy – Santa is extra busy this year and needs your help. Join in our reindeer games and train to become a “Certified Elf” by completing several elf-ercises. Just drop in! While supplies last.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:36 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay Recreation dances, 1946-47

Students gather for a photo during a formal dance in the Community House in 1948.

I found a letter in some of my dad’s papers. It is a report by the chairman, my dad, J. Ross Rothaermel, of the Youth Dance Committee for the school year of 1946-47.

My folks volunteered to lead the Recreation Youth Dance Committee for the Bay Recreation Department in 1946. The recreation department offered dances in the Community House, for the high school students during the school year. Dances were held on Friday nights, often after a game. The high school students looked forward to the dances and they were well attended.

The year my dad and mom volunteered, Dad had the idea of including some of the high school students in the planning. “Afterall, the dances are held for the students and if they help plan them they can’t complain that we don’t run the dances to suit them,” he said. Dad formed the following committee for the year 1946-47: seniors Madelon Herdtner and Peter Wolf, juniors Charlotte Thompson and Tom Larson, sophomores Sally Irwin and Art Hook and freshmen Janet Smith and Roger Alexander.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:32 AM, 12.05.2017

Pictures are worth a thousand words

Has this happened to you? Your car is constantly making clunking noises but when you take it to the mechanic, the noise goes away and you can’t replicate it.

Having lived in the digital world for decades I have encountered analogous situations, both as the instigator and as the person providing assistance, where tools such as computers, tablets and smartphones act up but, when needed, can’t replicate the issue. Also we often have a hard time explaining the error message on the screen to another person.

With the ubiquity of smartphones and tablets, we can of course take a picture of the error (or record that clunking noise) but what if you don’t have a smartphone or digital camera at your disposal? Or what if the error message is on the smartphone itself?

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:33 AM, 12.05.2017

Meet the Clagues, Part I

A commemorative Isle of Man stamp issued in 1975 honors 150 years of Manx settlement in America with a picture of the Clague Museum and Robert and Margaret Clague.

As mentioned in a previous article, the Clagues of Westlake may have been inspired by the Cahoons of Bay Village to donate their land and home for use as a public park and library. It seems to me that Ida Cahoon and her sisters may be better known to the residents of Bay than the Clagues are to Westlake residents. Hopefully this continuing series of articles will rectify that.

The Clagues were from the Isle of Man. Readers may be familiar with the Manx cat, a tailless breed which harkens from the same island. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, The Isle of Man is one of the British Isles, located in the Irish Sea, situated off the northwest coast of England. The island is only approximately 300 square miles in size (Cuyahoga County is larger, at approximately 450 square miles).

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:33 AM, 12.05.2017

Ho-Ho-Hopeless

I have a bit of a dilemma. The last two columns that I’ve written have pretty much been trash pieces about the Browns. That unto itself is not a problem since I rather enjoy regularly taking shots at those yokels. However, three similar articles in a row would make me appear either angry and/or vindictive, or egads: every writer’s worst nightmare, which is being accused of lacking in imagination.

We all know that if anyone exudes the Happy-Happy-Joy-Joy persona, it’s me. We also know that for me to write the previous sentence, I have to be pretty comfortable in the fabrication department. 

The problem lies in the fact that I can’t really write anything about the Indians, because those wounds haven’t healed yet (which probably makes me appear angry and/or vindictive, but let’s not go jumping to conclusions – it’s probably just coincidence), and the Cavs season is merely in its infancy, since they don’t start their real season (a.k.a. the NBA playoffs) until the Indians season is underway.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:31 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay Village Foundation calls for scholarship applicants

The Bay Village Foundation is pleased to announce that the application for the Foundation's scholarship is now available on the Bay High School page of bayvillageschools.com, under the Guidance tab listing local scholarships.

This $2,000 scholarship is available to all graduating high school seniors who live in Bay Village and is to be used toward tuition for students enrolling in a full-time college or trade school program. Scholarships may be awarded to multiple students.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 12.05.2017

Oh, Christmas Tree

Jensen Costa checks out the Porter Library Christmas tree, decorated by the Westslake Garden Club. Photo by Carolyn Steigman

As the last ornament was hung on the Christmas tree in the Westlake Porter Public Library by the Westlake Garden Club, it drew the attention of Jensen Costa, age 2, who admitted that he was looking forward to a visit from Santa. Jensen was at the library with his mom, Yoon Costa, of Westlake.

This year the tree's decorating theme is candy canes and sparkle. It was planned by garden club member Robert Pearl who was assisted by club members Margaret Schulz, Carolyn Steigman, Carol Lewellen and Kathy Bruening.

The tree is located in the lobby across from the gift shop and will remain up for the month of December.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:31 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay Village Schools launches new mobile app

New mobile app for Bay Village City Schools.

After unveiling an updated, mobile-responsive website this fall, the Bay Village City School District has launched a new mobile app geared to the needs of parents and students. Members of the public will find it useful, too.

“People who do not have children in our schools can receive important notifications, like those about school closings, through the mobile app,” said Clint Keener, superintendent of schools. “The app is a perfect companion to our new website and all the information it offers.”

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:34 AM, 12.05.2017

Compassionate friends at Unity

What comes to mind, what song plays on your heart strings when you hear the word "loss"? Does your mind go blank? Or does a list of names of those you've lost rise up?

Have you lost a loved one, or know someone who has this year? Is the one you've lost a mother, daughter, child, brother, a dear friend, close cousin, husband, mentor, or beloved pet? Do tears still fall, and your heart still ache as you think of this beautiful one? Did they leave a crater in your soul that has left you feeling numb, or lonely or depressed?

No matter who you've lost, how they died, or when they passed, the combination of love and loss needs special care and compassion. Losing a loved one needs honoring the feelings you feel after experiencing the loss of someone you have cared for deeply with a true heart.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:34 AM, 12.05.2017

BVPD, Kiwanis bike registration drive ends with raffle drawing

Bay Kiwanis President Foster McMasters and BVPD Lt. Calvin Holliday draw the winning name from the bike registration raffle. Photo by Jim Potter

Dec. 1 marked the end of the Bay Village Kiwanis Club bicycle registration contest. A $100 gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods was awarded to the Deel Family of Bay Village for registering their bicycle at the Police Department. Their name was drawn from a list of names of those who registered their bicycle between September and Dec. 1. The winning name was selected by the Bay Village Kiwanis Club President Foster McMasters and Lt. Calvin Holliday of the Bay Village Police Department.

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club in cooperation with the Bay Village Police Department has been encouraging residents to register their bicycles. Registration ensures that bikes will be returned to their owners if lost or stolen and recovered by the police.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:31 AM, 12.05.2017

BAYarts Sullivan Gallery gets festive

Artwork by Dana Depew is seen in both on the walls and hanging from the ceiling of the Sullivan Gallery. The hot chocolate bar is complemented by old-fashioned sweets. 

Currently, the Sullivan Gallery is decorated with the bold rosy pinks, canary yellows and aquamarine of artwork by Cleveland local Dana Depew. Along with the handful of textile-based artwork are two light installations, which are, in a word, "funky."

Embellished with some additional decorations in silver, handmade furniture by Diana Brewer, and upcycled light fixtures by Robert Love, the artwork makes a fun atmosphere for the Fuller Cafe. During the holiday season, the coffee area features a hot chocolate bar and additional homemade bakery by Rosa's Peasant Cookies.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay Village Foundation bronze plaque makes a great holiday gift and remembrance

The holidays are a great time to step back from our busy lives, reflect on the past year and set goals for the future. It’s an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and celebrate long-standing traditions and also introduce new ones.

I was walking along the Cahoon Park trail enjoying the unseasonably warm weather and thinking about the upcoming holiday season. When I reached the T. Richard Martin footbridge, I stopped to read the names commemorated on the bronze plaques there. It occurred to me that this would be a wonderful way to celebrate family, while at the same time giving back to the community.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:34 AM, 12.05.2017

Bank donation supports Westlake school programs

Claire Brewer, Melissa Barth and Henyah Dardir hold a check for $5,000 presented by First National Bank employees.

First National Bank presented a $5,000 check to the Westlake City School District on Nov. 30 to support a college and career readiness software program, as well as the expansion of the high school Beekeeping Club project.

FNB opened a new Westlake branch in the Promenade this summer and approached the school district about giving back to the community. Discussions with school administrators led to a $5,000 donation to expand the Naviance program to include middle school students, and the creation of a pollination garden to compliment the Westlake High School apiary.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:32 AM, 12.05.2017

Taking time to make birthdays special

Residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments have been so fortunate in having our very own pianist, for many years now, who never forgets a birthday, and every single month makes sure that each person on the birthday list gets recognition. Frank Barkdoll has fought illness, been hospitalized many times, struggled with his illness, and by the grace of God just keeps on coming back to do his artistry on the piano, teach Bible study once a week, and show his courage to give others hope in recovery of their own problems!   

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:36 AM, 12.05.2017