Mr. and Mrs. Westlake: Couple recognized for 3 decades of service

Fred and Barbara Hammond were awarded the title of Mr. and Mrs. Westlake by the Town Criers on Nov. 22 at Crocker Park. Pictured, from left: Fred Hammond, Mayor Dennis Clough, Barbara Hammond and Westlake Town Criers President Dave Turner. Also pictured are the Hammonds' grandchildren.

The Westlake Town Criers are proud to announce that Fred and Barbara Hammond have been selected as Mr. and Mrs. Westlake. Mayor Dennis Clough introduced the couple as this year’s honorees during the Nov. 22 tree lighting ceremony at Crocker Park. The Westlake Town Criers have been giving out the annual award for many years, to couples who have provided outstanding service to the citizens and youth of Westlake.

Since moving to Westlake more than 30 years ago, the Hammonds have been actively involved in the community. Their children attended Westlake Schools where Barbara volunteered in activities such as P.T.A., and both were involved in the Demon’s Club. Fred and Barbara are active at St. Ladislas Catholic Church.

In addition both are involved in the St. Vincent DePaul organization, helping needy families. They are facilitators providing clothing, household goods and even financial help. Often, they can be found at St. Ignatius Church serving food and distributing clothing Barbara collected. Fred is well known at local grocery stores, where he picks up donated baked goods to be distributed to the working poor in the Lorain Avenue/West 117th Street neighborhood. Both Fred and Barbara are Eucharistic ministers, spending many years taking communion to local nursing homes.

It is residents like the Hammonds, who donate so much of their time to others, that make the city of Westlake such a wonderful place to live.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.25.2014