All veterans and their families are invited to a picnic hosted by theAmerican Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Vietnam Veterans Association on Saturday, Aug. 25, from 2 to 6 p.m. at the American Legion Lodge, 695 Cahoon Road. Food will be provided for all vets and family for free. Wash will be provided and there will be raffles and games. All organizations will provide information if interested in joining one of the veterans groups.
Over 1,000 students enroll each year in orchestra, jazz, band, choral and Rockette programs from fourth to 12th grades. Bay Village Schools’ music program has been named one of the "Best 100 Music Communities in America" since 2003!
Bay Music Boosters is a volunteer, nonprofit organization established to support and promote the Bay Village public schools’ fine music education program. This year, Bay Music Boosters is having their Door-to-Door Membership Drive on Monday, Aug. 13, from 5-8 p.m.
Again this fall, Case Western Reserve University's Department of Continuing Education is sponsoring a class in Bay Village. These courses are great in that there are no exams, no papers, no credits, hence no stress – just interesting. An opportunity to meet like-minded people, participate in stimulating discussions, and be led by a seasoned professional. And, may I add, ofttimes fun!
The fall session's topic is Winston and Clementine Churchill, two people whose lives had a great impact on the United States and indeed our country yet today. Two new biographies present fresh, contemporary perspectives on Winston and his wife, Clementine, who was indispensable to his life and important to Great Britain.
The Bay Village Historical Society will host the third session in its series of summer porch talks on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2 p.m., at the Osborn Learning Center in Bay Village.
Don and Stephanie Ross will share family memories in, “Remembering Dr. Donal Ross … Bay Village Doctor.” The Ross family has volumes of photos, news articles, awards and activities logged throughout the years.
Admission to the porch talk is free and open to the public. Those attending are asked to bring their own lawn chair. Reuben Osborn Learning Center is located in Cahoon Memorial Park. Phone 440-871-7338 for information.
Find deals and steals while supporting Meals On Wheels
The Bay Village Community Services Department is hosting a fundraiser for Bay Village Meals On Wheels recipients on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Save the date and start putting items aside you’d like to sell or items you would like to donate as you begin your summer cleaning.
We are now taking registrations for table space ($15). Volunteers will be needed to help price and sell for the Community Services Department table, bake for the bake sale, and work in the kitchen. Come, shop and bring your friends! Everyone can do their part to help.
The second annual Howl at the Moon Dog Walk on June 28 was a huge success. This event hosted by the Westlake Recreation Center collected supplies and monetary donations benefitting local animal shelters. This year the recipients were the Westlake Animal Shelter, Cuyahoga County Animal Shelter and City Dogs Cleveland. Many local vendors attended the event donating their time and gift baskets for the raffle. And the best part of the evening, the dogs brought their families out for a night of fun and frolicking.
Joining in the fun this year were several local vendors who serve our furry friends and their families. Each vendor donated a gift basket that was raffled off with toys and delicious treats. The dogs and their families loved playing on the agility course. For pets and people on the go, a local pet services company and mobile groomer shared information on services to pamper our furry friends while saving time for busy families. Great tips for keeping our pets safe and healthy during the warm summer months were provided by a Westlake animal hospital.
A Jewish experience is something every Jewish child deserves and should be provided of. A Jewish experience that incorporates fun and games is real treat!
This summer, Chabad of the West Side launched "Camp Gan Israel" – a branch of the largest network of Jewish camps around the world – right here in Westlake. It was a stellar opportunity to teach and engage, imparting meaningful Jewish values to last a lifetime. And of course, a whole load of fun!
Believe it or not, the bewitching season of Halloween is just around the corner. At least that is how the members of the Cleveland Haunt Club see it. With that idea in mind they will be hosting the Club’s third annual Haunted Garage Sale and Hearse Cruise on Saturday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Bay Village Community House located at 303 Cahoon Road.
Yes, Halloween is looming for all of the Halloween fanatics and many a home haunter and professional haunter are cleaning out their attics, garages and basements of previous years' decorations to make room for this year’s Halloween extravaganzas. For the community this is a great opportunity to pick up some amazing spooky decorations, costumes, props, music and so much more at great prices.
WestShore Lions Dennis Clough and Nan Baker, and 13 patriotic youngsters, participate in the national "Ringing of the Bell" ceremony in recognition of the original 13 colonies on July 4 at Clague Park.
In past years the ceremony was held at Peterson Pool but due to the renovation, the ceremony was held in the park.
Another year and another Bay Days has come and gone. Aided by the Bay High School Key Club, the Bay Village Kiwanis Club transformed hundreds of pounds of spuds into delicious curly fries for the event. The generous donation of potatoes by Bay’s own Jerry Fritz helped make the fundraising event a huge success.
Through the support of area residents attending the event and the volunteer efforts of the Key Club, Bay Kiwanis will be able to continue their mission of changing the world, one child and one community at a time.
The Westlake Historical Society will be hosting the annual Antique, Vintage and Craft Show at the Clague House Museum, 1371 Clague Road, on Sunday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date will be July 22.
This is our largest fundraiser of the year, which supports the Clague Museum’s utility costs, insurance, refreshments and our many programs.
The show will have 25 crafters and about 30 antique dealers. We will have two animal rescue groups (cats and dogs), food booths and refreshments. The museum will be open all day after 10 a.m. We will also have a silent auction with quality items, including a night’s stay at a Crocker Park hotel.
Tickets are now available for the Westlake Garden Club’s biennial fundraiser luncheon, Fête des Fleurs. The luncheon will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Westwood Country Club. We are very excited to have Jill Koski, CEO of Holden Forests and Gardens (Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Gardens) as speaker at the luncheon.
Jill assumed the role of president and CEO during a period of growth for the organization with all-time highs in attendance and membership.
“Public gardens and arboreta are more important than ever to connect people to the world around them and positively impact the economy, health and wellness, and of course, the environment,” said Koski.
“History Meets Design” will be the topic of an outing at the Harvest View Garden in Bay Village on Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. The event is part of the Porch Talk series sponsored by the Bay Village Historical Society.
Hosts Julia and Byron Shutt, owners of Maple Leaf Landscaping, will host a tour and talk about how the historic Sadler Homestead lot became their garden. After purchasing the lot from the landowner after the Sadler home was demolished, the Shutts envisioned developing the land into a lovely garden and wildlife haven.
Tour admission is free. The address is 29737 Lake Road. Parking is available on Florence and Ruth streets. Attendees are urged to bring a lawn chair.
The Westlake Women’s Club is holding Summer Porch Socials to promote new membership and discuss the upcoming year. Bonefish Grill’s patio in Crocker Park will be the site of the next get together, on Thursday, July 12.
The Westlake Women’s Club is open to women of all ages in the Westlake area and participates in various service projects such as the Over 90s luncheon, Adopt an Adult, and fundraising through the annual Basket of Treasures to provide scholarships to Westlake students and grants to local nonprofit organizations. There are also monthly meetings with fun and informative programs.
Come join us for a drink and appetizers at 7:00 p.m. and check it out!
The July meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be Wednesday, July 11, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting will start at 10 a.m., followed by a presentation by our club members on gardening. If you have any gardening questions, this is the meeting to attend! Our resident experts have had years of experience with herbs, flowers and vegetables.
Jazz is a musical style where you spontaneously riff upon a theme. For the 44th time, the Bay Days 5-Mile Run will be held on July 4 with a mix of traditions and variations. One thematic tradition is that for the sixth year in a row, the Bay Days Kids Run and 5-Mile Open will be graced with the Bay Community Band playing Dixieland jazz while for the 11th year in a row the band’s trumpeter, Dave Patzwahl, will be calling runners to the start line and playing "The Star-Spangled Banner."
As it has for most of its 44 editions, the 5-mile race will start in front of Bay High School at 8:30 a.m. and head west on Wolf Road. Five minutes later the Kids Run will begin in the same spot and direction.
The Herb Guild will hold its 34th annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility, 25777 Detroit Road in Westlake. This year, the theme is "Under the Tuscan Sun."
The events include raffle baskets, a silent auction, a tasting table with herbal products for sale, and a craft boutique featuring garden gifts and baked goods. Credit cards will be accepted at the event.
Attention Westlake gardeners: There is still time to enter the 2018 Westlake in Bloom Competition but you have to act fast! The deadline for entering is Friday, June 29, at 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at Cahoon Nursery, Dean’s Greenhouse, Gale’s Westlake Garden Center, Porter Library, and at Westlake City Hall, Recreation Center, and Community Services Department. You can also download an entry form at www.cityofwestlake.org/Westlake-in-Bloom.
Properties will be judged on July 9, 10 and 11 and awards will be presented at a ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6:30 p.m. at La Centre Banquet and Conference Center. Pick up an entry form today and make sure to get it to City Hall by the deadline date.
Applications are being accepted for the 2018 Westlake in Bloom gardening competition! We hope that you will consider celebrating the beautiful gardens and landscapes of Westlake by entering your home or business in this annual competition. Westlake in Bloom is our chance to say thank you to the individuals who help beautify our city.
Entry forms are available at Westlake City Hall, Community Services Center, Recreation Center, Porter Library, Cahoon Nursery, Dean’s Greenhouse, Gale’s Westlake Garden Center and online at www.cityofwestlake.org.
Visit with a descendant of our pioneer ancestors at this summer’s first porch talk sponsored by the Bay Village Historical Society.
The event will take place on Sunday, June 10, 2 p.m., at the Osborn Learning Center in Cahoon Memorial Park.
Our first Northeast Ohio settlers paved the way for our life here. The story of each homesteader tells how they settled the region.
Demon pride was alive and kicking at the Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) sold-out Demon Derby "Night at the Races" on April 27. The event, held at St. Demetrios Church Cultural Center, included dinner, drinks, sideboards, horse races and raffle packages with all proceeds benefiting WDAB and our mission to support all Demons athletics.
“WDAB is a thriving organization with an energized group of families with students as young as fifth grade participating in our efforts and attending the Demon Derby. We are thrilled to have such tremendous support for our athletic programs and thank everyone who attended and donated to our second annual Night at the Races,” stated Gina Redinger, WDAB president.
The Bay Village Community Council met on May 16 to discuss their groups' exciting summer events. Here are some highlights.
Bay Village Educational Foundation is hosting its 18th annual Tri-Bay Golf Outing, taking place Friday, June 22, at Sweetbriar Golf Course in Avon Lake. Proceeds from the event benefit the Bay Alumni Foundation, Bay Village Education Foundation and the Bay Rockets Foundation. Sign up today to play, or for sponsorship at tribaygolf.com.
Bay Village Green Team is again partnering with the Cleveland Indians to promote recycling at Progressive Field. During Friday and Saturday home games, volunteers will pass through the aisles during inning breaks to collect recyclables from fans. For more information or to volunteer, visit bayvillagegreenteam.org. The Team is also organizing monthly creek cleanups throughout the summer. The next one will be Sperry Creek on Thursday, June 28, 7 p.m. Meet at Reese Park. The next Green Team meeting is Tuesday, June 19, 6:30 p.m., at the Bay Village Library. See more activities at bayvillagegreenteam.org.
Bay Village Historical Society's 49th annual “Cahoon in June” fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event is June 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Cahoon Memorial Park as part of Destination Bay. Rose Hill Museum is 200 years old this year there will be a birthday cake-cutting ceremony in the gazebo at noon. Local historian Kay Laughlin will give a brief history of the Cahoon family homestead. The Museum, the Reuben Osborn Learning Center and the Cahoon log cabin will be open. Visit bayhistorical.com for more information.
Bay Village Kiwanis Club sponsored the Bay High School Academic Achievement Day on May 29. On June 12, they will host the outgoing and incoming Bay Schools superintendents at their meeting. Bay Days starts on Saturday, June 30 and runs through Wednesday, July 4 (closed Sunday). All the favorites will return, including rides, car show, bike/trike and wagon parade and entertainment. Fireworks will be on July 4. Kiwanis and the Bay Fire Department collect aluminum cans to raise money for burn victims. Donations should be bagged and taken to the Fire Department. Visit bayvillagekiwanis.com for more information.
Spend a fun day in Cahoon Memorial Park with family and friends at the 49th annual “Cahoon in June” fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event on Saturday, June 16, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Again this year, the Bay Village Historical Society is partnering with other community organizations on “Destination Bay.” Transportation will run between venues.
Dover Congregational United Church of Christ will once again host a community-wide interfaith peace camp for children entering grades two to 12. Peace Village Day Camp will run July 16-19 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. On the last afternoon, July 19, families are invited to the closing celebration at 3 p.m.
The peace education day camp was developed by First Congregational Church of Mount Vernon, Ohio, in collaboration with Peace Village Inc. The purpose is to teach and expose children to peaceful practices through fun, outdoor adventures, classes, music and interfaith stories of peace and fellowship.
St. Paul Lutheran Church and School will host a free Vacation Bible School from 9 a.m. to noon, June 18-22. The theme for this year's VBS is "Shipwrecked – Rescued By Jesus."
"We'll offer a wide array of activities for children in a fun, welcoming atmosphere," said David Nelson, director of Family and Youth Ministry.
Are you having trouble finding records for a particular ancestor? Have you located him or her in a census, but were unable to find that ancestor in the subsequent census records? How can this roadblock be overcome?
The key to locating that elusive ancestor may be using the “Cluster Genealogy” research method. Our ancestors did not live in isolation. They lived and traveled in a group of family, friends and/or neighbors.
The Project Pedal charitable bike ride to benefit Village Project will be held Saturday, June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event begins and ends at Cahoon Park. Routes include the Pea Pod Pedal for young preschoolers, the Sprout Route for children 6 years and under on two-wheelers, and for all ages – the Cucumber Course (six miles), Kale Trail (15 miles), and the Artichoke Adventure (30 miles).
The Village Bicycle Cooperative is offering free safety classes and bike checks. Open to all those registered for Project Pedal, you may attend one on Saturday, June 9, 8:30-10 a.m. or Wednesday, June 13, 6-7 p.m.
The Bay Village Waterways Clean-up Day, sponsored by The Bay Village Foundation, Bay High Project Earth Club, the Bay Village Green Team and the Scouts, will be held on Saturday, May 19. All are welcome! Volunteers should meet at the Bay Middle School cafeteria to sign in before 11:00 a.m. Participants of all ages will go out in groups to clean up Bay's waterways and the surrounding areas. Children should be accompanied by a parent/guardian or they should bring a signed permission slip.
The city will provide trash bags and gloves for use in picking up the debris along Cahoon Creek, Columbia Park, Bay Boat Club, and other portions of the Lake Erie waterfront. The groups work for more than two hours and finish up back at the middle school, where The Bay Village Foundation will provide lunch for the volunteers.
The Get Out festival on the BAYarts campus on Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., will celebrate the art of the outdoors. Body, soul and art are all included. The festival day will include food, drink, live music by Michelle Gaw (from noon to 2 p.m.) and plenty of vendors and activities.
BAYarts Executive Director Nancy Heaton feels the festival title is perfect. "We wanted to convey the upbeat attitude that goes along with Spring when everything is waking up and it's time to get out of the house and embrace the sun again. ... It's all about getting out and getting going."
Some of the cool festival vendors will include beach glass crafts, fishing apparel, bicycle merchandise, drones, standup paddle boards, reiki, hand-crafted ironworks, a food truck, local craft beer and ice cream.
It is that time of the year when we start to think about summer and look forward to the Memorial Day weekend. While many think of this as a “holiday” it is really a “remembrance” day. It is meant to remember all the men and women who have served our country and have passed away.
This year the Bay Village Memorial Day Parade will be on Monday, May 28. The parade’s timetable is as follows:
- 8:00 a.m. – Parade participants assemble in Huntington Beach parking lot on Lake Road
- 8:45 a.m. – Parade marches west on Lake Road to Lakeside Cemetery
- 9:00 a.m. – Ceremonies at Lakeside Cemetery
- 9:15 a.m. – Parade marches east on Lake Road to the Cahoon Park gazebo
- 9:45 a.m. – Ceremonies at Cahoon Park
The Bay Village Foundation will honor Russell D. Brill, Henry and Betty Laub, Gerald and Joyce Maurer, Wayne A. and Jeanne M. Reese and Jean and Julius Zajac, with permanent bronze memorial plaques to be installed at the T. Richard Martin Memorial Bridge in Cahoon Park on Monday, May 28. The program will take place at Cahoon Park North under the tent following the city’s Memorial Day observance at the gazebo. Friends of the families and the public are invited to attend the annual ceremony and view the plaques currently installed on the footbridge, along with the new memorials.
Bay High soloist Natalie Surdy will sing “The Water is Wide” as part of the dedication ceremony. Megan Evans (violin I), Abigail Cho (violin II), Christina Randazzo (viola), Emily Boggess (cello) and Lillian Graber (bass) of the Bay High Honors String Quartet, will also perform.
I’ll be speaking as Lincoln at Westlake Porter Public Library on Tuesday, May 22, at 7:00 p.m. Here is just a little about my talk.
If you were looking for someone to lead you in a war and received the following two resumes, which person would you feel is best for the job?
- Jefferson Davis, born into a well-to-do, distinguished military family with ancestors that fought in the Revolutionary War, a graduate of West Point, a lieutenant in the Indian Wars, later a colonel in the war with Mexico, a congressman, a senator and a secretary of war before being elected as the president of the Confederacy in 1861.
- Abraham Lincoln, born in a backwoods log cabin to parents eking out a living from the land, only intermittent elementary education schooling, failed shopkeeper, appointed “captain” by his squad in the Black Hawk War with no training and no action seen, a congressman and a lawyer before being elected president of the United States in 1860, taking office in 1861.
Are you looking for a great reason to gather your friends, family or co-workers of all ages and abilities together for a pleasant morning bike ride? Wouldn’t you love to enjoy each other’s company while stretching your muscles, feeling the fresh air in your lungs and taking in the sights and sounds of an early summer Saturday?
You can have this kind of fun and, at the same time, help to support Village Project in its mission to come together as a community to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to our neighbors experiencing cancer.
The fifth annual Project Pedal charitable bike ride will be held on Saturday, June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event begins and ends at a new location this year: Cahoon Memorial Park.
The City of Westlake and UH St. John Medical Center will host the third annual Community Safety and Wellness Fair at the Westlake Recreation Center on Saturday, May 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fair is free and open to the public.
“This is an opportunity for people of all ages to come together and learn ways to live a safer and healthier lifestyle,” said Mayor Dennis Clough, confident this will be a fun event for the entire family. “Safety doesn’t happen by accident.”
An Honor Guard featuring active service members, law enforcement and veterans will present the flag at 10:15 a.m. in observance of Armed Forces Day. Among the scheduled activities will be Touch-a-Truck with 22 vehicles, children’s inflatables and activities, more than 70 vendors, health and cancer screenings, visits by Chomps and Safety Pup, and the UH SJMC helicopter landing (weather permitting). New this year will be a free bicycle helmet distribution for children and free family first aid kits, both while supplies last.
BAYarts will host a town hall to update the community on progress and plans for the former Huntington Playhouse renovation. Executive Director Nancy Heaton, board member and project manager Peter Winzig and staff will be on hand to answer questions and talk about plans for the future of the cultural arts campus.
The most recent news around the Playhouse renovation has been being granted $100,000 from the Ohio state budget, and the Encore fundraiser event that took place on April 28.
The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 9, 6:30-8 p.m., on the BAYarts campus and is open to the public. Attendees must sign in at the door and present questions in advance.
I want to invite interested community members to reserve a seat at the Westlake Senior & Community Services Center on Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. to hear the poignant personal story of a local family affected by the opiate crisis, AND learn how each and every one of us can be part of the community solution.
The speaker is from Robby's Voice, a non-profit dedicated to saving lives by promoting awareness of drug addiction. The speaker also happens to be Robby's grandfather. Bob Brandt will share his real life experience along with education about the signs and progression of drug addiction. He will be joined by personnel from the West Shore Enforcement Bureau (WEB) and UH St. John Medical Center, who will provide a resource table and give us an update on our community's current quick response team to assist in getting people connected to the help they need.
It was one of those rare days when you hope your kids ask what you did at work that day.
Monday, April 23, was such a day for Duane Gibson and Jim Newton in the Building Services Department at Westlake Porter Public Library, when they worked with Charlie Brown, Lucy, Snoopy, SpongeBob, Bob the Minion, Batman, The Hulk – and they made Superman fly!
My exhibit of these characters (“My Guys”) that I’ve made over the years, which I usually show on my porch each October, could not have not been in better hands than the staff at Porter Library.
The May meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, May 9, at the Rose Hill herb garden, which is located in Cahoon Park in Bay Village. The Herb Garden is located by the Cahoon House in the park and has been the longest supported garden effort by the Herb Guild. Volunteer teams tend to the garden monthly, weeding and watering as needed.
The meeting will start at 10 a.m., followed by a vigorous workout in the garden to spruce it up after the long, hard winter. New members and guests are welcome. Attendees are asked to bring garden gloves and tools.
Did you know that the Cuyahoga County Archives have moved from the Robert Russell Rhodes House, a Victorian Italianate mansion on Franklin Avenue in the Ohio City neighborhood, to the old Halle Brothers warehouse at 3951 Perkins Avenue, near East 40th Street? During this transition period, the public has not been able to visit either facility. Hopefully, that will change by the fall of this year.
Looking back in time, it is hard to believe that the Cuyahoga County Archives were not established until the summer of 1975. Prior to that date, records were kept in several county buildings, under various conditions. Some very valuable records, dating as early as 1810, were inadvertently destroyed. With the opening of the Archives at the Russell Rhodes House, the public had wider access and documents were better maintained.
The Bay Village community is invited to attend a reception at the Community House on Saturday, April 29, 2 p.m., to celebrate the 2018 Citizen of the Year, Catherine Flament, and Project of the Year, the Community Yard Sale to benefit hurricane victims.
Mayor Paul Koomar and other elected officials will recognize the honorees in a brief ceremony, followed by refreshments and tours of the Rose Hill Museum and Osborn Learning Center. The event is free and open to all.
Flament was chosen for the award by the Bay Village Community Council for her work with the Bay Village Historical Society, Destination Bay, Girl Scouts and other community organizations. The Community Yard Sale, organized last October by Annie Nock, raised more than $10,000 for the victims of hurricanes that struck Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.