Bay groups discuss coronavirus-altered plans
The Bay Village Community Council convened via Zoom on May 27, with representatives from many of the city’s civic and nonprofit organizations sharing news and notes from their groups. Here are excerpts from their reports:
American Legion Post #385 honored Memorial Day with their traditional 21-gun salute at Lakeside Cemetery. Chaplain Ed Kus gave an opening prayer and Commander Stanley Zeager read the names of those 59 individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we all enjoy. Janice Blanton represented the Daughters of the American Revolution at the event.
Bay Village Education Foundation awarded the Amy Mihaljevic Scholarship to Katherine Knight and Natalie Surdy. The scholarship was established in 1994, and is awarded to one or more college bound Bay High seniors who have been active in community affairs. The Annual Tri-Bay Golf Outing fundraiser has been cancelled for this year. The Fall 2020 grants cycle has been put on hold due to the uncertainty surrounding what the 2020-2021 school year will look like. The next meeting is scheduled for June 16, 7 p.m., via Zoom.
Bay Village Foundation awarded scholarships to three Bay High School seniors: Olivia Doland, Olivia Reed and Eddie Papp. The Foundation also awarded grants to seven local organizations: BAYarts, to be used toward new programming initiatives; the Bay Rockets Association, to be used toward the fieldhouse at Bay stadium; the Bay Village Historical Society, for their textile preservation project; the Cuyahoga County Public Library, for naming rights of a room at the new library; Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, to be used toward new programming initiatives; the Village Project, to be used for the purchase of generators; Youth Challenge, to be used toward new programming initiatives.
Bay Village Green Team hosted a cleanup of Cahoon Creek on May 16. Close to two dozen people showed up and collected 70 pounds of trash – mostly lightweight plastic – from the creek bed. The group will host monthly waterway cleanups around the city – June 18, 7 p.m., at Reese Park; July 15, 7 p.m., at Columbia Beach; and Aug. 18, 7 p.m., at Cahoon Park. The next quarterly meeting will be Wednesday, June 17, 6:30 p.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Bay Village League of Women Voters will meet via Zoom on June 6, 7 p.m. Email email@example.com for meeting details.
Bay Village PTA Council announced Safety Town has been cancelled this summer due to the Covid-19 virus global pandemic. The PTA is working on offering a digital alternative.
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center temporarily closed on March 13 following the directives from the State of Ohio. Programs and classes were cancelled, and wildlife intakes were halted. Throughout the closure, the wildlife staff continue to care for resident animals and respond to wildlife inquiries from the public 7 days a week. Other local wildlife rehabilitators and animal control officers continue to turn to the Center for its specialized resources and expert care. The Center is accepting the transfer of these injured animals and fostering abandoned goslings, caring for an injured Mallard and her ducklings, and rehabilitating a Great Horned Owl. Instructors are providing virtual education through the Center’s social media channels and website, such as behind-the-scenes videos of how we care for resident animals, tips on how to help preschoolers learn at home, what you can discover in the night sky, and fun and educational experiments. Visit lensc.org.
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women’s Board is considering some kind of an informal outdoor get together in July. The Board donated $2,000 to the Center in April to help with staff salaries and animal care, and has encouraged members to donate cash or items from the LENSC Wish List. Anyone interested in joining the Women’s Board can call Chris Hansen at 440-666-9941 for more information.
Village Bicycle Cooperative has reopened for bike sales and donations only. All transactions will occur outdoors, during Open Shop hours, on non-rainy days. For safety, no patrons will be allowed in the building. We will not be assisting with bike repairs until further notice. Bike sales will be by check only. All bikes will be displayed outdoors and VBC volunteers will be wearing masks. All bikes will be wiped down with sanitizing solution after each test ride. VBC is located on the lower level of the Community House at 303 Cahoon Road. Information and Open Shop hours are at villagebicycle.org.
Village Project is accepting new clients receiving active cancer treatment living in Avon, Avon Lake, Bay Village, Rocky River or Westlake. Those interested in receiving services can visit ourvillageproject.com or call the office at 440-348-9401. Project Shoppe is now open to shoppers with curbside meal pick-up available. Visit shoppe.ourvillageproject.com to view weekly meals, featured items, and store and curbside hours.
The next meeting of the Bay Village Community Council will be in September. All civic organizations in the city are encouraged to send a representative to share their group's news and events. For more information, email Tara Wendell at firstname.lastname@example.org.