Bay Village Community Council meets to share events

The Bay Village Community Council, an assembly of representatives from many of the city’s civic groups and nonprofit organizations, met on April 14 to share news and notes. Outgoing Council officers – co-presidents Darin Snyder and Lou Popp, secretary Jessica Breslin and treasurer Therese Koomar – were thanked for their year of service. New officers were elected and will begin their terms at the May 18 meeting: Tara Wendell, president; Jessica Breslin, vice president; Mary Kay Wilson, secretary; and Therese Koomar, treasurer.

BAYarts reported a successful spring and the continued popularity of its varied programming. Registration for summer programming began April 12 and within hours many of the programs were nearly full! The Ryel Ceramics studio continues to strengthen the reach and impact of the BAYarts campus-providing accessibility and functionality for all those who wish to participate. Summer camps, workshops and the summer concert series details are all available at Save the date for Moondance 2016 on Sept. 10!

The Bay Village American Legion Post #385 has recently selected two Bay High Junior girls to attend the Buckeye Girls State at Mount Union College. Funding for this project was partially provided by the Bay Kiwanis Club. Additionally, two Bay High junior boys were selected to attend Buckeye Boys State in June at Bowling Green State University. Both Buckeye Girls and Boys programs teach the students how state, county and city governments work. The one-week programs allow the students to run for government positions and if elected, learn just what is required to serve in that position. The students will report on their experiences at future Legion and Kiwanis meetings. The Legion Post is reaching out to relatives of active duty military personnel. Those parents or spouses of full-time service members can obtain a Blue Service Star for their home by contacting Americanism Chairman, Jim Potter, at 440-899-9343.

The Bay Village Branch Library highlighted just a few of the many upcoming programs. Learn about organically grown produce on May 11, 7 p.m. Author Claudia Taller will discuss her book, "30 Perfect Days: Finding Abundance in Ordinary Life" on May 12, 7 p.m. On May 25, 7 p.m., author Vince McKee will recount the history of the Cavaliers and his experiences with the sports heroes he's written about. The library will celebrate Free Comic Book Day on May 7, 10 a.m.-noon, with superhero and comic book crafts, activities, prizes and gaming. A selection of free comics will be available.

The Bay Village Education Foundation reported a successful fundraiser this January. They look forward to continued outreach and support of programming.

The Bay Days Fireworks Fund is selling raffle tickets for a one-year membership to Freedom Boat Club and ticket pairs for 10 Cavs games! More information can be found at

The Bay Village Foundation reported refurbishing/expansion of Play in Bay continues to be their biggest focus this year.Projected costs are approximately $96,000. Funds are being raised from a variety of sources and efforts including a mailing to every household in Bay requesting financial support from residents; a series of articles in the Observer have helped to spread the facts/details/costs of the project; meetings with key stakeholders and gatherings at Play in Bay site. Grant applications from community 501c3 organizations were due in March and a large number of applications were received. The Grants Committee met and made decisions; winners will be announced at the annual Memorial Day celebration at the Walking Track, immediately following the parade and service at Cahoon Park. A special plaque will be placed on the walking track wall to honor the Foundation’s past president, Eileen Vernon, for her many years of service.

The Bay Village Garden Club will begin spring cleanup and planting as part of its ongoing civic beautification.The next BVGC meeting is April 25, 11:30 a.m., at the Community House. 

The Bay Village Green Team recently received tax-exempt status as a 501c3 non-profit organization. The BVGT is sponsoring several upcoming events. On Wednesday, May 4, 7 p.m., in the BVPD Community Room, there will be a free composting seminar that provides how-to instructions for creating your own natural fertilizer at home. Composting bins will be available for $50. On Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Habitat for Humanity trucks will be at the Bay Village Police Department parking lot. Residents may drop off indoor/outdoor household items – including furniture, building materials, tools and appliances – in usable condition. On Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., the BVGT will partner with BHS’s Project Earth club and the Bay Village Foundation for a spring waterways cleanup. Volunteers are welcome to help remove trash from the shoreline and creek beds. Information on these events can be found at

The Bay Village Historical Society is displaying two new exhibits on vintage fashions and antique dolls at Rose Hill Museum. The museum, located at the corner of Lake and Cahoon roads, is open on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., April through December, free of charge. Group tours for 10 or more can be arranged by appointment, for a small fee. Phone 440-871-7338. The 47th annual “Cahoon in June” fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event is June 18, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Cahoon Memorial Park.  Proceeds from this event support the Rose Hill Museum, the Reuben Osborn Learning Center and student scholarships. Community groups interested in participating free of charge with a table in the park should contact Cynthia Eakin at 216-213-0312.

The Bay Village Women's Club Foundation's "Honors for Scholars" luncheon will be held May 12 at the Cleveland Yachting Club in Rocky River. Social hour will begin at 11:30 a.m. and lunch will be served at 12:15. Everyone is welcome. Cost is $25 for members and $27 for guests. For questions please contact Nancy at 440-343-9785.

The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center reports that registration is open for an amazing season of summer camps. This year kids ages 1-18 can enjoy a variety of camps including Log Cabin Explorers, Science of Wizardry, Rocket Camp, Wildlife Rehabilitation Investigator Camp and more. More information and registration can be completed at The annual benefit, Nature’s Night Out, is scheduled for Aug. 27. If you see an animal you believe may need assistance, particularly a baby animal, please call the Center's expert staff at 440-471-8357 before intervening. They are happy to help!

The Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution will be honoring the service of all of veterans at the Bay Village Memorial Day Parade. They will carry a special flag honoring service and sacrifice of our Vietnam-era veterans and their families during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. 

The Village Bicycle Cooperative reports that gift certificates to Community Service Department's Christmas families were issued in January. Bikes can be chosen and refurbished by VBC for children as well as adults free of charge depending on interest and need. "Bike More & Drive Less" will be a class series to educate people about how to shift thinking and choose active transportation. Classes include Family Cruising 101, Adventure Biking 101, Errand Running 101, and Commuting 101. For more information, including shop hours and volunteer opportunities, see

Jessica Breslin

Jessica Breslin is the secretary of The Bay Village Community Council. 

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.19.2016