Bay Village civic groups planning a busy summer of events

The Bay Village Community Council held its quarterly meeting on May 18. Representatives from the city's many civic organizations shared news and notes about their activities. Following are some of the highlights.

American Legion Post 385 participated in an Eagle Scout Honor Court with St. Raphael Boy Scout Troop 159. The new Eagle Scouts are Andrew Arko, Adam Bator and Alan Clark. On June 10, the Legion will conduct a flag retirement ceremony. Old, torn and faded flags will be retired using official procedures as established by the American Legion headquarters. The retirement will take place at the Post Home, 695 Cahoon Road, Westlake. In early July the members will be remembering veterans recently buried at the St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery. Brass markers will be placed next to the grave of each veteran and a ceremony marking the event will be held.

The American Red Cross in Bay Village will be awarding a $1,500 scholarship to a senior at Bay High School for their commitment and service to the Red Cross Blood Services program for the 2015-16 school year. Bay United Methodist sponsored a first-time blood drive in February and collected 24 units of blood. The church will sponsor another drive on July 24. Regular blood drives are held at Bay Village Library and Bay Village Police Department. Upcoming drives are June 26 at the police station and July 7 at the library. Schedule an appointment to donate at or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

The Bay Village 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 Garden Club planted the Bay entrance signs, the gazebo and City Hall.

The Bay Village Green Team is hosting a Rain Barrel Workshop on Wednesday, June 8, 6:30 p.m., at the Bay Village Community House. This free workshop by the Cuyahoga County Soil & Water Conservation District will demonstrate how to harvest rainwater to use for watering lawns and gardens. A complete rain barrel system with diverter and spigot will be available for $60. Registration required; 216-524-6580, ext. 22, or

Bay Village Kiwanis Club donated $9,000 to Play in Bay. New officers have been elected for the 2016-2017 year beginning Oct. 1.  Allen Waddle will be the Club President next year. The Club gave out scholarships totaling $12,000. 

The Bay Village League of Women Voters will be working the Bay Days ticket booth again this year. It is the group’s largest fundraiser. Volunteers are needed to help in the booth, they will receive ride tickets or a wristband that can be used for family or friends if they wish. Email Claire Banasiak, chapter president, at if interested.

The Bay Village Library will also take part in Destination Bay at Cahoon in June on Saturday, June 18, 9-4 p.m. We will host Chip Richter for a fun-filled interactive family concert on the gazebo stage at 10 a.m. At 11 a.m., we will have stories and we will have baseball crafts and giveaways throughout the day. Our Annual Ice Cream Social will take place June 22, 6-8 p.m., featuring Mitchell’s Ice Cream and the musical stylings of The Desmond and Molly Band.

The Bay Village Women's Club Foundation awarded $22,500 in college scholarships to nine Bay High School seniors at their "Honors for Scholars" luncheon. The next club meeting will be on Thursday, June 9.  It is the annual potluck luncheon and pot planting event. The Club has for sale Bay Memorabilia: afghans, Cat's Meow wooden Huntington Towers, cookbooks with history of Bay, playing cards, etc. Contact Marilyn at 440-892-4344 or Nancy at 440-334-7539.  Cookbooks are available at Fragapanes Bakery and playing cards are available at Dwyer Senior Center. Contact Darin for the Cat's Meow collectibles, 440-871-4209, darsny5633@aol. Your purchase supports the Club's civic contributions to the community and scholarships for Bay High School seniors.

The Lake Erie Nature and Science Center's annual benefit, Nature’s Night Out, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 27, this year. We are raising funds from patrons and sponsors, seeking silent auction packages and adding volunteers to the Benefit Committee. If you are interested in supporting the event and the Center in any of these capacities, call 440-871-2900. Over 150 animals have been admitted to our wildlife rehabilitation program this year and we are now in our busiest season. If you see wildlife you believe needs assistance, call 440-471-8357 before intervening. More information about summer camps is available at The Center is pleased to be part of Destination Bay again this year and will offer all public planetarium shows at no cost on Saturday, June 18. 

The Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution honor the service of all veterans at the Bay Village Memorial Day Parade. They carried a special flag honoring service and sacrifice of Vietnam-era veterans and their families during the 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. They will also have a table at Cahoon in June.

VFW Post 9693 is seeking new membership or increased activity from current members in our community. For more information, contact Fred Green at or 440-899-7416.

The Village Project's  Project Pedal will be held on June 18 at Bay Middle School from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. It is part of Destination Bay. Our goal is to have 500 riders, and to raise $40,000. For more information or to register for Project Pedal, visit Due to the increase in the number of clients served, Village Project will double the number of cooking and delivery days. This should happen sometime over the summer.

The Bay Village Foundation hosted its annual Memorial Day ceremony to dedicate permanent bronze plaques honoring James Potter, Richard Schier and Eileen Vernon.

The next meeting of the Bay Village Community Council will be Wednesday, Sept. 7, 7 p.m., at the Bay Village Library. All Bay Village community groups are invited to send a representative to share news about their organizations and network with others.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:52 AM, 06.07.2016