Happy Birthday, Observer

I have read community newspapers from Florida, Pennsylvania and a few other places. In my opinion, the Westlake | Bay Village Observer is really nice to read. I enjoy short, to-the-point articles that give you local news and events. Another nice feature is the advertisers are folks that live or have their business in this area.

Chatting with one local business person I discovered he was from my old neighborhood. I had not seen him for many years. This particular business is a fast food restaurant close to where I live. As I was giving my order to the young cashier, I mentioned an old friend who had a small place on the near west side of Cleveland many years ago. When I mentioned my friend's first name the young man said, "That's my dad!" Then he said, "My dad is coming in the door right now."

I was really surprised. We greeted each other and the owner said he remembered seeing my name in the Observer. I noticed a stack of Observers sitting on a window sill. How cool was that? What a small world.

The Westlake | Bay Village Observer is a catalyst for reconnecting with old friends and meeting new ones. I'm glad I write for this paper. I enjoy being a volunteer writer reaching the people in my own community. Oh, and by the way, the Observer is free!

Bruce Leigh

Bay Village

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:00 AM, 08.20.2013