Readers' Opinions

Ohio guys sticking together

Growing up in South Euclid, our three sons, Jeff, Mike and Rick, came to appreciate the proximity of what was then the Mayfield Country Club. When the time came for them to seek part-time jobs, they found them at MCC as caddies, bus boys, ground crew and waiters. Our daughter, Michelle, preferred office work elsewhere.

The boys appreciated the money they earned but they appreciated even more the opportunity they had to play golf at the club during off hours, becoming very good at the game over time.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:02 AM, 05.30.2012

One Senior's Opinion: Reflecting on beauty of nature

The beauty of the Blue Ridge Mountains is a source of joy in my life. When I need to clear my mind, I close my eyes and picture the tall pines, a soft breeze and a view that takes my breath away. I think of gentle spring rains whose diamond-like drops dance on my skin. Yes, I love this place.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:25 AM, 05.01.2012

One Senior's Opinion: Trying to kick the 'ax habit' and enjoy life's moments

I've come to the conclusion that life is ever changing. One minute you can be on top of the world, the next moment life can bring you down to your knees. I am a little suspicious when my life goes too smoothly. I guess I'm waiting for the proverbial ax to fall. I would definitely like to kick the "ax habit" but it seems so ingrained, a part of who I am. I am trying to accept the good things in my life and rejoice in them.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:43 AM, 04.03.2012

A thank you to those who make Bay special

I love living in Bay Village. I love it for so many reasons. If you have lived other places and now live in Bay Village, you probably love it, too.  

Bay Village is a great place for many reasons. I feel very safe living here. I know my neighbors and cherish them. I think it's truly beautiful during all the seasons. I think a drive down Lake Road can be relaxing with occasional views of the the lake in between the houses. I love our charming coffee shops and the patrons that say hello when you walk in. I think the beach is a fun place to ride your bike for ice cream or clear your head if you have things on your mind. 

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:22 PM, 01.10.2012

A lifetime of achievement

Barb Bartlome, currently the Director of Community Relations at the Gardens at Westlake, has spent a good portion of her career on top of the marketing and sales world in the Greater Cleveland area. Barb is known throughout the community for her dedication, tireless efforts and attention to detail in everything she does. She has made many colleagues and close friends throughout the years and to this day continues to add her expertise to the long-term-care field. She not only guides the Gardens at Westlake in marketing and sales but also in the enhancement of activity programming through her vast resources throughout the area.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:46 PM, 12.13.2011

One Senior's Opinion: Slow down and enjoy the season

The room was filled with the scent of pine. A whimsical wonderland surrounded the bottom of the tree. Tiny trains flew around silver tracks. A stable stood next to the trunk, empty. Perfectly positioned lights shone on the empty wooden barn. Ornaments, sparkling garlands of gold and silver plus tinsel decorated the eight-foot spruce which stood in the corner of my childhood home. The mantle was decorated with greenery and two large stockings hung, waiting to be filled.

These days before Christmas are busy days filled with anticipation and wonder, busy with all the pre-holiday preparations. I sometimes feel overwhelmed. I wish I could go back to the room with the eight-foot tree and just settle in for a little while. I would look into an ornament and laugh at the lopsided view of the room it presented. My snow globe beckoned me to enter its wintry wonderland.

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Volume 3, Issue 24, Posted 3:29 PM, 11.29.2011

When did owning a pet become so expensive?

When we were kids, our mom would take us down to the Animal Protective League and we would pick out a dog. It came with shots, records and if I remember correctly, we were out the door for about $25 (no, I am not that old). If the dog needed a husband or wife, we would go back down to the Animal Protective League and pick out another dog. It was very simple and very affordable. 

Today, I can’t seem to get out of the vet’s office under $350. It doesn’t matter what the dog needs or how I preface the conversation by saying "please don’t do any expensive procedures without speaking with me first," the bill is always $350. They will administer ten different things that add up to $350 instead of one procedure. It’s a good trick. It used to be $250 and I thought that was a lot. All I asked for is a heads up on the costs prior to receiving the bill so that I could digest it a bit.

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Volume 3, Issue 24, Posted 3:30 PM, 11.29.2011

Memories of St. Nicholas Day

My research into my family history shows that all of my great-grandparents came to America from Germany between 1840 and 1866.

No doubt, as with all emigrants, they brought certain home country traditions with them. However, by the time my immediate family was formed and I was being raised along with an older brother and younger sister three generations later in the 1940s, all but two German or European practices were long gone. One of these was pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day so the New Year would be a good one, and another was St. Nicholas Day (der Nikolaustag).

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Volume 3, Issue 24, Posted 3:27 PM, 11.29.2011

Thankful for Thanksgiving

I’ve written short pieces on most of our national holidays this year. I don’t know how many, if any have been read, but even if none, my experiences in refreshing my recollections about each of these special days has more than made my efforts worthwhile – reminding me of why we have them.

National holidays mark those events or people in our nation’s history that helped to make our country great – yes, still great, even in these challenging times. They also serve to bring us together as one people, putting aside various differences for at least a day, to honor and celebrate our common legacy of great deeds and courageous leaders.

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Volume 3, Issue 23, Posted 4:17 PM, 11.16.2011

Music Lessons, Part 2: Accessibility to Music

The bridge I crossed by taking lessons from Chuck Smolko at Westgate Music took me from music enthusiast to music maker. This transition unlocked a reservoir of potential that was asking for my attention and commitment. Through lessons my teacher made accessible, a world that intrigued me more than anything else! As result, my guitar playing has improved and also become more interesting and challenging as I progress. But perhaps one of the greatest gifts of music lessons has been learning how to collaborate with other musicians.

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Volume 3, Issue 23, Posted 4:55 PM, 11.25.2011

Tales of a Fourth-Grade Something: Friend Trouble

Have you ever had trouble with friends before? Has a friend ever been mad at you and you didn’t know why? Have you ever been caught in the middle of two friends who don’t always get along? Lately, I’ve been having a lot of friend problems, and I’ve been talking to my parents about them. It started me thinking about what makes a good friend and that’s what I thought I would write about this week.

There are a lot of things I look for in a friend. One of them is that a friend should always stand up for you if someone is bullying you. (Oh, and by the way, I’m not going to write about all the qualities like nice and sharing. I think some things are obvious). No matter what, a friend should always try to defend and help you out when someone is bullying you.

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Volume 3, Issue 22, Posted 11:30 AM, 11.01.2011

Music Lessons, Part 1: One-half hour a week

Is a one half-hour per week commitment too much to make, if that’s what it takes to open the window of your creative potential? And by passing through the entryway you discover a beautiful aspect of your life you didn’t know was waiting on the other side? Having maintained that commitment in order to explore my own musical capabilities I can tell you it is well worth the dedication.

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Volume 3, Issue 22, Posted 8:26 PM, 11.02.2011

Sit, stay, fetch! Are we dogs?

I remember being promised independence and freedom, I remember being promised to be treated more like a grown-up rather than a child, I remember being promised an enjoyable time at Bay Middle School and I’m sure every other sixth-grade student can recall the same.

The reality is that liberty of the students has been taken down to zero. We now have to sit in our homeroom tables at lunchtime, or face a loss of BEP points (Best Effort Points). But the question that has been buzzing in my head for a while now is: What did we do?

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Volume 3, Issue 21, Posted 4:57 PM, 10.18.2011

The trials of growing a beard

It may seem to anyone who has never grown a beard that doing so requires all the intelligence of a water buffalo. I would have thought so too until I accepted the challenge of the Westlake Bicentennial Beard Growing Contest in August. Beards, it seems, are far more complicated than one might imagine.

After learning of the contest, I scratched the short hair on my chin – part of my summer goatee – and decided to enter, especially since there were several categories, including one for “Worst Beard.” Grow baby grow, no more shaving for me (at least if my wife, Elaine, approved.)

With a little wining and dining Elaine approved – if I didn’t try to play Santa for Christmas. No problem, I would shave almost immediately after the contest ends on Nov. 9.

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Volume 3, Issue 21, Posted 4:58 PM, 10.18.2011

Pet owners offer kennel solution to Bay officials

This letter was read to the Bay Village City Council at their regular meeting Oct. 3 by representatives from Friends of Bay Village Kennel.

Over the past year, Friends of Bay Village Kennel (FOBVK) has worked to raise awareness about the status and operation of the Bay Village animal kennel. We found that many of our citizens were unaware of the kennel’s existence and that it was operated to provide safe harbor for escaped pets of Bay’s residents as well as to hold stray or abandoned animals until owners or adopters could be found. FOBVK has also worked to raise funds to help with the construction/maintenance/operation of an improved or new kennel.

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Volume 3, Issue 21, Posted 5:17 PM, 10.18.2011

SB 5 makes fair adjustments to save jobs

From the beginning of the 129th General Assembly, our goal in state government was to foster an economic environment in the State of Ohio conducive to job creation and to put in place ways that would help us climb out of our $8 billion deficit. I feel that we have made many positive steps toward achieving these goals, but I know that our job is not complete. One piece of legislation that would greatly benefit our state’s economy and the taxpayers that support it is Senate Bill 5, which will be on the ballot this November.

Senate Bill 5 introduces changes that our state needs in order to move forward through these challenging economic times. Our current collective bargaining system has gone mostly unchanged since its implementation in 1983. During that time, union demands have continued to expand, reaching the point where taxpayers simply can no longer sustain it.

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Volume 3, Issue 21, Posted 4:57 PM, 10.18.2011

Tales of a Fourth-Grade Something - Making Fall Plans

One day when I was helping my sister cross off the days on her calendar, I realized that the next day was going to be the first day of fall. I was so excited because fall is my favorite season (like my dad). Do you remember when I wrote a list of what I wanted to do at the beginning of the summer? I really enjoyed checking things of that list, so I decided to make one for the fall:

1. Carve a pumpkin by myself. I did it last year in Mrs. Fisher’s class, and I want to do it again.

2. Collect leaves and make placemats for my family using wax paper and an iron.

3. Drink hot apple cider (my dad makes the best).

4. Rake fall leaves to earn money to buy Christmas presents for my family.

5. Collect perfect acorns.

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Volume 3, Issue 20, Posted 3:50 PM, 10.04.2011

Voodoo engineering?

The City of Westlake’s engineer seems to have confused voodoo for engineering. He claims that Westlake’s sanitary sewer collection system problem is not with the City of Westlake, but instead is a result of the operation of  the Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant. Yet he has no evidence of this – or perhaps he does, he just has not shared it with the community. The City of Westlake has not contacted the RRWWTP management to notify them that they are causing our city a problem. Why not?  

He has not gathered any information to substantiate this claim. He has not analyzed any data from which to draw such a conclusion. Yet, this statement allows him to ignore any possibility that the problem may be in the city of Westlake sanitary sewer collection system. How is this possible? 

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Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 2:52 PM, 09.20.2011

Feeling 9/11 in Westlake

When the towers of the World Trade Center fell in New York on Sept. 11, 2001, they fell in Westlake. When the Pentagon burned in Washington, it burned in Westlake and when Flight 93 dove out of the sky into an open field in Shanksville, it crashed in Westlake, too.

My wife, Elaine, and I heard of a plane hitting a Trade Center Tower on our car radio just after we finished our walk at the Westlake Recreation Center, while driving to the temporary location of Porter Library. Driving home from there we heard of the second tower being hit and knew, as others did, we were being attacked. Soon after arriving home, and watching events on TV, we learned of the Pentagon crash and then, the missing flight boring into the ground in Pennsylvania.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:12 PM, 09.07.2011

First week of school full of ups and downs

What have you learned during your first week back to school? Have you enjoyed coming back? I have learned lots of things in the first week of school, but there have been some big bumps in the road for me.

In Miss McMaugh and Mrs. Robinson’s classes, we have a two-inch binder that has folders for all of our subjects, notebook paper, a weekly planner and a pencil case full of stuff we might need during our day. One day, I forgot my binder at home. I realized it when I was biking to school for morning safety patrol. I was worried and thought about biking back home to get it. But instead I decided to go to school because for safety patrol you have to be at school before the other kids arrive.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:15 PM, 09.07.2011

Animal advocates upset over treatment of strays

In an 8/26/11 response to public records requests, the warden of Cuyahoga County Shelter, Lesley DeSouza, reported: "There have been a total of five dogs brought in to the Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter from Bay Village since July 14th. Two were transferred to another agency for adoption from their agency, one was adopted from our Shelter, one is still at our Shelter available for adoption, and one was retrieved by the owner."

The other agency, according to DeSouza’s report, was the Geauga County Pound.

These facts contradict Mayor Sutherland’s "Stray Dog Report" as appeared in the Aug. 23 issue of the Observer in which she stated four dogs had been sent to the Cuyahoga County Shelter, three were adopted out "to loving homes," and one was "happily" reunited with her family.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:09 PM, 09.07.2011

Labor Day history and memories

Labor Day dates back to a Tuesday, September 5, 1882, with a celebration of labor by the Central Labor Union in New York City. After it was held again in 1883, the day was moved to Monday in 1884. By 1894, the day was adopted by a number of states and on June 28 of that year Congress passed a law making the first Monday in September a national holiday. It may well be our first Monday holiday, followed later by some other holidays being moved to Mondays.

What a bittersweet day it is. A three-day weekend holiday, it also marks the end of summer life (without another holiday in sight for months). Has it really been three months since we celebrated the beginning of summer on Memorial Day? Yes, always the fastest three months of the year.

 

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.23.2011

An end and a beginning

Did you do all the things you wanted to do this summer? I did most of the things I wanted to do but not all of them. I hope to still do them before school starts, but if I don’t I could do them this fall.

As I reflect over my summer, the biggest change for me was my dog, BuggZ, dying and then getting a new puppy. Hagrid, our new dog, is an indolent puppy. He doesn’t like to go on walks and we have to work really hard to get him to go. Our neighbors and friends think it’s hilarious that he won’t walk. People say they have never seen a puppy so lazy! I hope Hagrid will become more active as the weather changes.

 

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 2:59 PM, 08.23.2011

Weekend trip endures as lasting memory of special colleague

Nearly every day since the loss of Ruth Purdy Leslie last April, Ruth comes to mind. Some days, it is more than once. Her image is also accompanied with disbelief that I can no longer call her up, see her at an art show, or talk with her about art.

Ruth was a colleague of mine in the Art Department of the Bay Village City School District. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity to work with her in the same school. I had the pleasure of having her children in art class. I also was honored to have her as a dear friend. 

My first acquaintance with Ruth was as a parent of one of my art students. I knew her as the volunteer coordinator of guest artists at what was formerly Baycrafters (now BAYarts). She was a dedicated volunteer with the Bay Education Foundation and was a member of numerous school committees. I am sure Ruth contributed to a great many other organizations of which I am not aware.

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 6:36 PM, 08.23.2011

Surviving state budget cuts

The General Assembly recently passed, and the Governor signed, a new two-year operating budget for the State of Ohio that closed an $8 billion funding gap. Municipal leaders across the state recognize that this balanced budget was no small task given the current economic environment. We appreciate the willingness of the Governor and his top staff to meet and talk with us regarding the fiscal challenges faced by local governments. 

The fact remains, however, that the House version that was passed will catastrophically affect revenues that municipalities count on to provide services to our residents. For Bay Village, the state's 2012-13 budget slashes $11,613 in personal property tax, $374,720 in local government funding, and an additional average of nearly $500,000 when the estate tax is repealed in 2013.

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:48 PM, 08.09.2011

How to beat the heat

Are you having a hot, hot summer? Are you having trouble cooling off in the sun? There are lots of ways to cool off in Bay Village! Here are some of of my favorite ideas to stay cool.

Being hot is not a problem if you're at the Bay Village city pool or at Lake Erie. The Bay pool is a fun way to beat the heat because there are lots of friends to play with and lots of things to do. You can go down the slides, go off the diving boards or just swim around.

If you are a mom in Bay, you can bring a book to read when your kids are having fun swimming. You can also have fun swimming in Lake Erie. I love Huntington Park! If you didn't come to swim, you can pick up sea glass or watch the waves come into shore.

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:39 PM, 07.26.2011

Losing a best friend

Have you ever experienced someone you loved dying? I have, and it definitely wasn’t a part of my summer plans. A couple of weeks ago, my dog, BuggZ, died. He was a Newfoundland retriever mix and was over 13 years old.

My parents got BuggZ when they lived in Washington, D.C. He was eight weeks old. They were at a dog park, and BuggZ came to my dad and plopped down on his foot. He was a foster dog and his foster mom (not a dog) said they should keep him. That night, he slept in a crate and cried the whole time.

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:31 PM, 07.26.2011

One Senior's Opinion: Dwyer Center won't face cuts

Good news for Bay seniors! There will be no lay-offs of Dwyer Center personnel. Everyone's job is safe. Now it's our turn.

What can we do to support this wonderful facility that serves our seniors so well? With this tough economy, budget cuts are rampant. Let's give the Dwyer Center a helping hand. Donations of paper products, such as plates, napkins, paper towels, Styrofoam cups, coffee, sugar, and creamer are always welcome and much needed.

The Center provides gently used medical equipment such as walkers canes, wheelchairs, portable commodes and bath/shower chairs for seniors who need them in a hurry, such as after surgery. There is no time limit on returns and absolutely no cost. Because the need is so great the Center has to replenish their supply of medical equipment. You can help by donating equipment no longer needed.

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:31 PM, 07.26.2011

Merchants should keep the cold air inside on hot days

While the local news media is urging us to conserve energy usage during this recent extreme heat wave, 16 Crocker Park merchants continued their corporate policy of opening their front doors to the street at mid-afternoon, on Tuesday, July 19.  In my opinion, this is an outrageous waste of electricity and may be short-sighted on their part.

By cooling the outdoors, these businesses increase the possibility of us experiencing rolling blackouts or even a widespread power outage. Recall what it was like to be without power for several days in the August 2003 heat wave that knocked out our electrical power grid. We couldn’t pump gasoline into our cars, the electronic cash/credit registers were silenced and we were without running water. We couldn’t even cool off by taking a bath or shower.

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:35 PM, 07.26.2011

Supporting Ohio’s small businesses

Take a walk down any commercial street throughout Ohio, and you will find its storefronts occupied by small businesses and local companies. Nearly half of all Ohioans work for small businesses, and they create over 70 percent of jobs in the state. The fate of Ohio’s economy rests on the sustainability of these homegrown enterprises, and it is paramount that our state government encourage their growth in any way possible.

Through my experience as a small business owner for more than 30 years, I understand how profound an impact that state law can have on entrepreneurial success. I have taken this knowledge and applied it to my work as chairwoman of the House Economic and Small Business Development Committee, ensuring that we pass legislation that will help, and not hurt, our friends in the private sector.

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:25 PM, 07.26.2011

Tales of a Fourth Grade Something: Part II: Tradition and Change

Have you ever had a family tradition that you count on and then suddenly one year it changes? That’s what happened to me this 4th of July, and I’m going to tell you all about it.

One tradition that didn’t change was my family went to Blossom Music Center to see the Cleveland Orchestra play and watch fireworks the night before the 4th. Sometimes we go with friends and family and sometimes just us. This year we went with family and friends on July 3rd and it was spectacular.

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 2:07 PM, 07.12.2011

Be nice to Cleveland's visitors

Recently, I have attended several meetings and luncheons that talked about all the wonderful things that are happening in Cleveland. "Positively Cleveland" is in full force and is gearing up for great things. We have a Convention Center, a Casino and a Medical Mart all promising to bring people to our town, create jobs and excitement.  

It is estimated that two billion dollars is going to be spent to make these things happen. Greater Clevelanders are chomping at the bit for some kind of a revitalization especially after the county corruptions scandal. We are tired of people coming into our town with big promises and sucking it dry of resources, finances and dreams. 

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 2:08 PM, 07.12.2011

The birth of America: July 4, 1776

Our forefathers, in attempting the redress of many oppressive actions by the Kingdom of Britain in the mid-1700s, were just seeking the full free democratic rights of other Englishmen under King George.

However, the British considered the American territories as just colonies to be used and exploited in whatever way best suited the kingdom’s interests. This attitude ensured that armed conflict was inevitable. It came the morning of April 19, 1775.

British soldiers, sent to these shores to keep the colonists in line, advanced on Americans, first in a meadow in Lexington and then later near a bridge in Concord, Mass. – shots were fired and later immortalized in a poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson which begins with these words: “Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled, Here once the embattled farmers stood, And fired the shot heard round the world.”

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:47 PM, 06.28.2011

Remembering the old days on the Fourth of July

Tuesday, July 4, 1944, in Bay Village
 
It was hard to fall asleep the night before the Fourth of July just thinking about all the goodies that were going to be piled high under the big tree across from the Community House the next day. Checking it out was one of the wonderful parts of the day.

Up on top were the two bicycles, one boy's and one girl's, for the winning raffle tickets. Underneath were all the rest of the goodies: basketballs, baseballs, footballs, bats, baseball mitts, roller skates, tennis rackets and balls, badminton sets, croquet sets, decorated wooden boxes, books, dolls, paper dolls and more. For Mom and Dad, there were clocks, radios, mixers, toasters, hand-crocheted towels, pillow cases, hot pads, aprons, dishes and glass sets. It was a smorgasbord of goodies to see, and it was all donated by area merchants.

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:38 PM, 06.28.2011

Proud of second place

Does it make you proud to win a soccer game? Does it make you even more proud to hear that your soccer team came in second place?

I'm on a team for Bay Village travel soccer. My team came in second place this season. In the first game that we played, we played against Ashland. We lost 6-2. Our team also played them in our last game and lost again. We won the rest of the games that we played!

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:45 PM, 06.28.2011

The future of the Bay Village kennel

Due to budget cuts, the Bay Village Animal Control Officer (ACO) will be eliminated July 15, 2011. Effective immediately, the kennel that served to protect and retain stray, abandoned and special situation animals is closed. The Bay Village police will not be picking up any animals, either.
 
This shocking and stunning announcement came a few days after the Friends of the Bay Village Kennel were asked to meet with Mayor Debbie Sutherland and Public Service Director Dan Galli on June 6, to discuss the building of a new kennel in Bay Village. It was discussed that the project would take approximately one year, during which time the kennel would remain open, and that outsourcing animal care and control was not being considered.

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:50 PM, 06.28.2011

Westlake needs to address sanitary sewer problems

In my opinion, there are four things the city of Westlake has failed to display toward solving the sanitary sewer system inadequacies: I have never received any communication from the city concerning my basement filling with sewage. I have never seen the mayor initiate any type of response to the sewer back up. I have never seen any type of plan to investigate or resolve the problem (for SIX years!). The city sewer system is clearly inadequate after 20+ years of neglect.

I have repeatedly asked the engineering department for proof of activity and proof of plan. I have visited the engineering department and mayor at City Hall and I repeatedly receive nothing in return – zero, nada. I send emails and make calls and receive the same.

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:37 PM, 06.28.2011

One Senior's Opinion: Walking the Relay, one step at a time

This Friday was the first time I have been able to participate in Bay Village's Relay for Life. Diagnosed in October, 2008, I have been struggling to define myself in relationship to the cancer which turned my life upside down. For some reason, I wasn't able to assemble in public with others like myself who were co-existing with this dreadful disease. 

My cancer was my private challenge. I was reluctant to share much about it except in the safety of my support groups. This year, I decided, it was time to step up with others and be counted as one who is surviving.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:20 PM, 06.01.2011

Mohican outdoor school turns 50

Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors was begun in 1961 to provide outdoor environmental education to school children. Over 250,000 students in grades 4-8 have attended this program in the last 50 years.

I am a former principal of Parkside School in Westlake which still sends students to Mohican. I was also a member of Mohican School's board of directors for 25 years and served as executive director from 2005 to 2010. 

I would like to reflect on the impact of this program on participants in helping to better understand and appreciate our natural surroundings. Students spend class time hiking through the woods learning about geology, water studies, trees, animals, plants, astronomy and flowers.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:13 PM, 06.01.2011

Spring means baseball and memories of seasons past

As a loyal Cleveland Indians fan, spring – in addition to the blooming of lilacs and the budding of trees – means baseball season. There is no sweeter sound than the crack of a bat as it sends a baseball over the fence at Progressive Field. Of course, the batter had better be an Indian's hitter.

My love of baseball goes back to the late forties when my grandmother would take me to afternoon games at Municipal Stadium. I loved the crowds, the peanuts, the popcorn, the players and the sense of excitement in the air. Those outings lasted through the 1956 season when I decided I was just too grown-up to go to ballgames with grandma. I saw Bob Feller, Bob Lemon, Bobby Avila, Minnie Minoso, Early Wynn, Luke Easter and Mike Garcia play.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:40 PM, 05.03.2011