Community Events

Family fun at hand in 3rd annual Bay Village Touch-a-Truck

On Saturday, Sept. 9, from noon to 3 p.m., the Bay Village Police Department is hosting the third annual Touch-a-Truck event. The free event will take place rain or shine at the combined safety campus of the Bay Village police and fire departments, 28000-28100 Wolf Road. This event is for kids of all ages.

The Bay Village Police Department, Fire Department, and Service Department will be present along with many other public safety service providers and community services organizations. Residents and their children will have the opportunity to meet their police officers, firefighters/paramedics, service department employees and others while exploring the wide range of vehicles.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:07 AM, 08.15.2017

Westlake Demons Football Backers host golf outing

The Westlake Demons Football Backers is hosting its first annual Golf Outing on Saturday, Aug. 26, at Bob-O-Link Golf Course in Avon. Check-in is at 1 p.m. with a shotgun start at 2 p.m. Cost to participate is $125 per golfer or $500 for a foursome. All golfers will enjoy a round a golf and golf cart on course games, steak dinner/drinks and an opportunity to win some great silent auction items!

Yearround, our Westlake Demons football team puts in a great deal of sweat and hard work in preparation for the fall season. As we speak, the boys are at the field for two-a-day practices getting ready for what is shaping up to be a fantastic season! They are there from 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., six days a week.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:17 AM, 08.15.2017

West Shore golfers fulfill scholarship needs

More than 120 golfers and volunteers enjoyed a picture-perfect weather day at Avon Oaks Country Club on Aug. 7 to support the annual charity golf outing hosted by the West Shore and Fairview Park chambers of commerce. This event, held every year to fund the college scholarships offered to a student graduating from Westlake, Bay and Fairview high schools, offers players an opportunity to golf at this exclusive club without being a member.

Many chamber members also chose to be hole sponsors and visit with the golfers throughout the day. A wide variety of games kept the play interesting and multiple prizes were awarded at the dinner afterwards, including a $1,000 cash grand prize.

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Volume 9, Issue 16, Posted 10:11 AM, 08.15.2017

Resilience and the art of blue corn tamales

Join us for an engaging, thought provoking, and delicious workshop on Saturday, Aug. 12, 9 a.m. to noon, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village.

“Resilience” is a common buzzword in contemporary language, but the concept existed in ancient civilizations. One example is the Hopi Tribe, a sovereign nation located in northeastern Arizona. For more than 2,000 years, the Hopi have lived in what is known as the Four Corners region, where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado meet. According to Hopi tradition, when people first emerged into this world from underground, each tribe was allowed to choose an ear of corn and, with it, a way of life. The Hopi took longer to choose and the choice left to them was a short ear of blue corn. The blue corn brought with it a long and difficult life, but it also meant that the Hopi would survive all hard times. In other words: resilience.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:30 AM, 08.01.2017

Nature's Night Out benefit to be held Aug. 26 at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

All are invited to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s annual benefit, Nature’s Night Out, on Saturday, Aug. 26, starting at 7 p.m.

“We are very excited to welcome everyone to this year’s benefit. It is our pinnacle event focusing on nature education for children,” says Catherine Timko, executive director at the Center. “Every aspect of the evening reflects our distinct mission.”

Enjoy a strolling dinner, an open bar featuring signature cocktails and locally brewed beer, a silent auction, raffles and live 1920s-style jazz provided by Dr. Tommy Scott. Explore the universe in Schuele Planetarium, try your hand at a science experiment and meet the Center’s animal ambassadors throughout the evening.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:29 AM, 08.01.2017

Library opponent speaks to Bay Dems

The proposed new library in Cahoon Park in Bay Village threatens water quality in Lake Erie and is a waste of beautiful land along the lakeshore, according to Frances Mentch, co-chair of the water committee of the local Sierra Club.

Mentch will speak at the Monday, Aug. 14, meeting of the Bay Village Democratic Club. The session starts at 7 p.m. at the Bay police station community room, 28000 Wolf Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 15, Posted 9:32 AM, 08.01.2017

Westlake Garden Club honored with state awards

The Westlake Garden Club was recently recognized by the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. and received several awards. The GCO represents 148 local clubs across the state. The Westlake Garden Club took second place for Outstanding Garden Club in the category for large clubs.

The club also took received first-place awards in the categories of website (westlakegardenclub.org), National Garden Week and in the Trees-mature category for donating a tree to be planted on city land to celebrate  Arbor Day every year since 1963. The club also received an Honorable Mention for the quality of its club newsletter.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.18.2017

BAYarts outdoor movie: 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'

The third and final outdoor movie at BAYarts this summer is "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." It focuses on Harry Potter's third year of school at Hogwarts, and introduces the character of Sirius Black. The movie coincides with the Harry Potter Camp week that takes place for young students each summer.

The Farm + Art Market on Thursday, Aug. 3, will start at 5 p.m. as usual, and when it gets dark around 7 p.m., the outdoor movie will begin. Concessions will be available, and people are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:58 AM, 07.18.2017

Local chambers join forces for scholarship funds

The West Shore and Fairview Park chambers of commerce will host their Scholarship Golf Outing on Monday, Aug. 7. This annual event supports a $1,500 scholarship given out each year to a deserving senior at Westlake High, Bay High and Fairview High School. Funds are raised through sponsorships, foursomes and raffles for a variety of prizes. This year's outing will once again be held at Avon Oaks Country Club in Avon with an 11:00 a.m. shotgun start.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.18.2017

Writers group offers support, connection

Writers INK, a nearly decade-old writers resource group, is here for writers looking for support. Times change, publishing becomes more difficult, and finding a kindred spirit in the writing world is near to impossible. In the face of these challenges, INK members focus our time and energy on amassing the knowledge needed to increase and enhance our members’ skills.

This journey begins with blackboard sessions. These new sessions feature various authors' quotes, ideas and statements. Facilitated by long-time chair and founding member, Cheryl Childers, the group studies, discusses, and then incorporates relevant portions into their own writing processes.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.18.2017

WestShore Lions participate in bell-ringing ceremony

The WestShore Lions Club joined institutions across the country at 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July in simultaneously ringing a bell 13 times at Peterson Pool in Clague Park. The bell was rung one time for each of the original 13 colonies of the United States.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough and WestShore Lions Club Interim President David Sacco assisted children that lined up to call out each colony's name as the bell was rung: Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

In 1963, an act of Congress officially authorized the Let Freedom Ring National Bell Ringing Ceremony. This patriotic act says it is "fitting" and "appropriate" to ring bells in honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.18.2017

Hope for families caught in crossfire of heroin epidemic

In 1973 Families Anonymous was launched in Southern California. Today there is a great need for it in Northeast Ohio. The need has to do with parents and other family members who are caught in the web of insanity in the heroin epidemic. Trying to make sense of a senseless disease is impossible. Many mothers and fathers endeavor to help their adult children in a variety of ways, only to experience continued insanity in the midst of their painful efforts.

Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you may be doing your best to help only to discover more pain and deeper misery. There is hope, however, in not trying to face this tough challenge alone. I encourage you to participate in the Families Anonymous group which meets at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road, each Sunday at 5:30 p.m. What you will find is a deep connection with others who are dealing seriously with substance abuse issues in their family, whether it be heroin, alcohol or other drugs.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.18.2017

Westlake Historical Society hosts 47th annual Antique, Vintage, & Craft Show

The Westlake Historical Society will host the 47th annual Antique, Vintage & Craft Show on Sunday, July 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the grounds of the historic Clague House Museum located at 1371 Clague Road. The antique show is a summer tradition in Westlake, and is one of the longest running antique shows in the Cleveland area.

The requested $3 donation per person for admission to the show has not changed in several years. The proceeds from this annual fundraiser help to cover the society's utility and insurance costs, as well as artifact acquisition and restoration costs.

The show features over 50 antique, vintage and craft dealers, a plant sale, free tours (beginning at noon) of the historic Clague House Museum, a silent auction, 50/50 raffle, snack bar and door prizes.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 10:20 AM, 07.05.2017

Herb Guild hosts master gardener for talk on Chelsea Flower Show

The next meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will take place on Wednesday, July 12, at Westlake Porter Public Library. After the usual business meeting at 10 a.m., there will be a guest speaker.  This month, Sandra Welches, a Master Gardener, will present on the Chelsea Flower Show. The flower show is sponsored by the Royal Horticultural Society and takes place on the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea near London, England. The world-famous garden show takes place every May and is host to beautiful gardens, entertainment, food and gardening education. The public is welcome to come and hear this once-in-a-lifetime presentation, which takes place at 12:30 pm.

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 9:33 AM, 07.05.2017

Westlake Girl Scouts recognize award winners

As service unit director for the Westlake Service Unit of the Girl Scouts, I am pleased to announce the following recipients of the Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

Gold Award Recipients (Girl Scouts' Highest Award)
Allie Routhier (also Young Woman of Distinction Award Nominee), Troop 70989; and Carolyn Bedell, Independent Juliette

Troop 71047 Ambassadors
Leader: Linda Tomkalski
Girls: Holly Tomkalski and Vanessa Richards (also a 10 Year Award Recipient)

Troop 70285 Ambassadors
Leader: Elizabeth Altman
Girls: Rachel Altman and Nina Wilkinson

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Volume 9, Issue 13, Posted 9:31 AM, 07.05.2017

Don't miss out on the 2017 Westlake in Bloom competition

Attention Westlake gardeners, there is still time to enter the 2017 Westlake in Bloom competition! The deadline for entering is Friday, June 30, at 5 p.m. Entry forms are available at Cahoon Nursery, Dean’s Greenhouse, Gale’s Westlake Garden Center, Westlake Porter Public 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 in July and awards presented at a ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 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 June 30.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:23 AM, 06.20.2017

Volunteers needed to help 'green' Bay Days

Bay Days is an amazing four-day festival that has entertained, fed and inspired Bay Village for years. It is a great tradition. However, the downside of any festival is the waste produced, and the Bay Village Green Team is working to help reduce waste during Bay Days.

The Green Team has partnered with Bay Village Kiwanis for the last several years to increase recycling and composting at the event, thus reducing the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Last year the city's service department provided a 20-cubic-yard dumpster for recycling and 30 cubic yards for trash. This is a marked improvement from five years ago, when the capacity ratio was 8 cubic yards for recycling and 60 cubic yards for trash. Kiwanis also filled a 95-gallon composting tote last year with potato scraps from their popular curly fries booth.

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Volume 9, Issue 12, Posted 9:20 AM, 06.20.2017

Make Bay Village your destination on June 17

Do you want arts, crafts, antiques, music, bicycling, great food and family-style fun? Then, “Destination Bay” is the answer.

Once again, a number of Bay Village organizations are teaming up to provide a unique community experience under the umbrella of Destination Bay. This full day of family friendly events takes place on Saturday, June 17, all around the city.

Free shuttle transportation to all Destination Bay locations will be available, courtesy of O’Neill Healthcare.

This year, visitors to any of the Destination Bay locations will have a chance to win prizes! Pick up a Walgreens “Passport to Fitness” at one of the venues and have it stamped as you travel between the events.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:40 AM, 06.06.2017

Car cruise brings slice of Americana to Westlake

Bob Myers has a love of cars and people. He’s bringing these two things together as his dream to host a car cruise comes to fruition with “Cruisin’ Westlake” on Wednesday, June 21, from 5:30-8 p.m. at Westlake United Methodist Church.

A car cruise is a social event. It’s laid back and fun. There is no judging. All makes and models of cars are welcome along with spectators that come for the summer fun. Cruisin’ Westlake is a free event with live '50s & '60s music, a food truck, games, prizes and popcorn all in a great location.

In fact, the location is what inspired Bob. One Sunday morning he pulled into his church’s newly completed parking lot expansion and was admiring the landscaping when it hit him – this would make a great car cruise venue!

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:08 AM, 06.06.2017

Bay Village residents, organizations honored on Memorial Day

The Bay Village Foundation honored local residents and organizations during their annual Memorial Day observance in Cahoon Park on May 29. Jon Loufman, emcee and Channel 19 weatherman delivered a picture perfect day, while singers Emma Russell and Maggie Williams and the Bay High String Quintet delivered perfect performances for the celebration that has become a beloved tradition in the city.

This year the Foundation honored Bay Village residents Herman and Joyce Bredenbeck, Edward (Ned) Matthews, Robert Thomas and the Hawthorne family with permanent bronze plaques to be installed at the T. Richard Martin Cahoon Memorial Bridge. Honorees, past and present, have demonstrated a love for their families, friends and for the Bay community.

Herman "Herm" Bredenbeck and his wife Joy moved to Bay Village in 1959 and have been active in Bay United Methodist Church throughout the years. Herm was President of Advance Manufacturing and Joy worked as a Patient Education Coordinator at Lakewood Hospital.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:36 AM, 06.06.2017

Danube-Schwabians of Eastern Europe

Last month, Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society hosted Barb Popovich and Marcia Benko, co-presidents of the Cleveland Chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. These ladies shared their knowledge of this unique ethnic group who came to the United States from Eastern Europe. Many settled here in the Greater Cleveland area.

Continuing in that vein, Cuyahoga West is hosting Astrid Julian, teacher of the German Language School at Lenau Park, North Olmsted, on Wednesday, June 21. Ms. Julian will inform us about another ethnic group of German-speaking people, who were recruited to populate areas of southeastern Europe. Eventually, many left Europe for the United States, with some making their homes in the Greater Cleveland area. Her presentation is titled, “History of the Danube-Schwabians: Where They Came From and Why.”

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 AM, 06.06.2017

Oom-Pah! Bay Village Senior Center to hold Polka Fest luncheon fundraiser

The Bay Village Dwyer Senior Center will be holding a Polka Fest luncheon and fundraiser on Friday, June 23, at 11:30 a.m.

In addition to a delicious barbequed brats and sauerkraut meal, we'll get your toes tapping to the sounds of the Polka Pirates! The Pirates are one of Cleveland’s finest dance bands and a crowd favorite, and play all styles of polkas and waltzes, standards, big band, country, Irish and even a little rock 'n' roll. Come and dance, sing, smile and enjoy – great food, great people, great fun, great band.

This event is a fundraiser for the Dwyer Senior Center. Cost is $5. Call 440-835-6565 to register.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:13 AM, 06.06.2017

St. Paul Lutheran offers free Vacation Bible School

St. Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Road in Westlake, will be holding a free Vacation Bible School from Monday, June 19, to Friday, June 23.  This program will be held from 9:00 a.m. to noon and is open to all children ages 3 through fifth grade.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:18 AM, 06.06.2017

Win this EZ Pedaler T500 unisex touring electric bike

For as little as $10, you can buy a raffle ticket and get the chance to win this amazing electric bike. It is an $1,800 value. 

The new T500 is built for comfort and power. With the new three-level power assist you have a virtual six speed with unmatched range and reliability.

To find out more specifications for this eBike and to purchase raffle tickets to win it, go to ourvillageproject.salsalabs.org/raffleticketsforebike/index.html.

All proceeds benefit Village Project in its mission to come together as a community of all ages to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to our neighbors experiencing cancer.

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:16 AM, 06.06.2017

Herb Guild's annual scholarship luncheon to be held Aug. 2

The Herb Guild will hold its 33rd annual Scholarship Luncheon on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at LaCentre Conference and Banquet Facility, 25777 Detroit Road. This year, the theme is "Sweet as Can Bee." 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. 

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Volume 9, Issue 11, Posted 10:18 AM, 06.06.2017

Project, Citizen of the Year honored at Play in Bay reopening

The Play in Bay playground renovation project came to an official close on May 13 with a grand reopening celebration. The Bay Village Foundation effort, which raised $100,000 in contributions large and small from more than 350 donors, was designated as the 2017 Project of the Year by the Bay Village Community Council.

A special ceremony during the celebration, emceed by Foundation board president Al Paulus and Community Council vice president Jessica Breslin, honored the project as well as Evelyn Allen, the 2017 Citizen of the Year. Evelyn was recognized for her 40 years of volunteerism with many organizations in the community.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay Village civic groups planning fun summer events

The Bay Village Community Council met on May 10 to share news and notes about their upcoming activities. Here are some of the highlights. It's going to be a busy summer in Bay!

Bay Village Community Theater has finalized their 2017 Staged Reading Series. On May 20 and 21 they will perform “The Twelve Pound Look” by JM Barrie. On July 15 and 16 they will present excerpts from “Inherit the Wind.” Saturday performances are held at 2 p.m. at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village and Sunday performances will be at Mojo’s Coffee at 6 p.m.

The Bay Village Education Foundation announced that the 14th annual Tri-Bay Golf Classic will be held, on Friday, July 14, at Sweet Briar in Avon Lake. Proceeds support the Bay Alumni Foundation, the Bay Village Education Foundation and the Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters. The tournament is open to the public. Visit tribaygolf.com for more information.

The Bay Village Historical Society's 48th annual “Cahoon in June” fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event is Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Cahoon Memorial Park. Again this year, the Historical Society is partnering with other community organizations on “Destination Bay.” Transportation will run between venues. Admission to Cahoon in June is free. There will be a Civil War re-enactment in the park, and a display of antique cars, and musical entertainment. Culinary artisans from the Cleveland Culinary Launch Kitchen will have a presence, selling their Northeast Ohio-made products. There will also be food concessions. Interested community groups are invited to set up tables free of charge. Contact Cynthia Eakin at 216-213-0312 to reserve a space.  Proceeds from this event support the Rose Hill Museum, the Reuben Osborn Learning Center and student scholarships. Membership in the Bay Village Historical Society is open to anyone in the community interested in keeping history alive. Families are welcome. Call 440-871-7338 for membership details.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.16.2017

Westlake in Bloom entry deadline is June 30

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 Westlake in Bloom! 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/588/Westlake-in-Bloom.

The deadline for entering is Friday, June 30, at 5 p.m., with judging in July. There is no fee and everyone who enters will receive an invitation to the Westlake in Bloom Reception and Awards Ceremony, on Wednesday, August 9, at LaCentre where the winners will be announced.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.16.2017

Memorial Day to be celebrated in Bay with annual parade

The Bay Village American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Viet Nam Veterans will celebrate Memorial Day with the annual parade on Lake Road on Monday, May 29. Starting from the Huntington Reservation parking lot at 8:45 a.m., the parade will travel west to Lakeside Cemetery, where Bay United Methodist pastor Rev. Jonathon McClerry will offer an opening prayer and deliver his Memorial Day Homily.

VFW Vice-Commander Jack Stewart will read the names of the veterans from the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, the Civil War, the Spanish-American War and World War I, buried at the cemetery and members of the Bluebirds will place flowers on the graves of the veterans. The Legion Rifle Squad will offer a 21-gun salute. Taps and "The Star Spangled Banner" will be played by the Bay High School band, under the direction of Mr. Darren Allen; following there will be a release of white doves. Rev. McClerry will then offer benediction and the parade will proceed east to the Gazebo.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.16.2017

Human trafficking is closer than you think

The first in a quarterly series of community talks called “Unity Responds by Listening, Asking Questions and Taking Action” at Unity Spiritual Center in Westlake was held on Human Trafficking May 11. The next one, to be held on Aug. 10 at 7:00 p.m., is on Body Positivity, which ties in to the low self-esteem felt by people who have been or are in the midst of being trafficked.

Even in affluent suburbs like Westlake and Bay Village, human trafficking is sometimes happening right in front of us without our awareness. Joan Clark, chair of the West Shore Allies Against Human Trafficking and Lois Krebs of Cleveland Swedenborg Chapel told the crowd at Unity that human trafficking is essentially modern-day slavery. In addition to providing ample evidence of the trafficking that is ongoing in Ohio and across the world, they outlined many things that individuals can do to help.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay Village Foundation plans active month

The Bay Village Foundation held their annual meeting on May 4 at Bay Village City Hall. Elected as officers for the 2017-2018 fiscal year were Al Paulus, president; Rich Veres, vice president; Maryann O’Reilly, secretary; and Steve Ruscher, treasurer. Evelyn Allen and Wayne Reese were elected as executive committee members at large. The Foundation also welcomed three new board members: Fr. Tim Gareau of St. Raphael Catholic Church, Dr. Thomas Kelly and Elizabeth Milli, while honoring three departing members: Ellie Bricmont, Tom Henderson and Steve Lee.

The Bay Village Foundation has two exciting events coming up:

  • A Waterways Clean-up Day on Saturday, May 27, chaired by Mike Romanchek and the Foundation’s student trustees, Chris Eifert, Katherine Finley, Jack Lee and Maggie Williams. All volunteers are welcome to meet at the Bay Middle School cafeteria to sign in before 11:00 a.m. The Foundation will provide lunch for the volunteers at the Middle School at 1:00 p.m.
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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.16.2017

Project Pedal returns to benefit Village Project on June 17

Are you looking for a great reason to gather your friends, family or co-workers of all ages and abilities 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, a very worthy local organization, in its mission to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to local families experiencing cancer.

The fourth annual Project Pedal charitable bike ride will be held on Saturday, June 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The event begins and ends at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.16.2017

Project Pedal offers a new sponsorship

The Village Project has announced a new, more affordable opportunity to sponsor its annual Project Pedal charitable bike ride: become a Personal Chef. For $100, your name or the name of your company or organization will be printed on a Project Pedal directional route sign. It will be displayed on June 17, the day of the event, to help mark the routes the riders will follow.

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Volume 9, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.16.2017

Bay fundraiser is far out, man!

A fundraising event for the restoration of Bay Village’s Historic District in Cahoon Memorial Park, was held April 29 at Lakewood Country Club. The 1960s-themed party was the kick-off of a campaign to raise money for the much-needed restoration of the historic Community House.

Many of the attendees, dressed in ‘60s attire, dined and danced to music by the Mourning Glory band, participated in a best-dressed contest, bid on auction items donated by local businesses and sampled 1960s drinks.

Those wishing to contribute to the restoration project can contact event co-chairs Pamela Ebert at 440-871-3646 or Monica Thomas at 440-871-2522.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:51 AM, 05.02.2017

Community invited to playground re-opening celebration

The Bay Village Foundation will host a grand re-opening celebration for the Play in Bay playground on Saturday, May 13, from 3-5 p.m. The free community event will feature food, ice cream, face painting and a balloon artist for a fun-filled afternoon for the whole family.

At 3:30 p.m., the Bay Village Community Council will recognize the Foundation’s playground renovation as the Project of the Year, and Evelyn Allen as the Citizen of the Year. Mayor Paul Koomar will present proclamations to the honorees.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:29 AM, 05.02.2017

Westlake Garden Club celebrates Arbor Day

The Westlake Garden Club recently gifted its 54th tree to the city of Westlake. Since its inception in 1963 the club has planted a tree at various locations around the city to celebrate Arbor Day on April 28. The tree that was selected this year is a black gum tree, which was planted on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center near the playground.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough presented the club with a proclamation. “Trees have been an important part of the identity of Westlake from the start,” Clough said. “I have a great appreciation for trees because of their beauty … and because they create an environment that is beneficial and peaceful.”

Other city officials who were on hand for the event include Paul Quinn III, Westlake's director of Public Service, and Stan Barnard, the city's manager of Urban Forestry.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:21 AM, 05.02.2017

BAYarts Storytellers features Guiding Eyes dogs

Get ready for another new Storytellers installment, this one with the added bonus of: dogs.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind provides guide dogs to people with vision loss. In a heartwarming BAYarts Storytellers talk on Saturday, May 13, at 10:30 a.m., you will hear about how Brooks Almquist and her daughter Ava got into working with GEB, as well as speaker Gayle Papesh. Additionally, you will meet the guide dogs: Ambrie, Hoyt and Chance.

Brooks Almquist has been a part of the BAYarts community for a long time, both as a volunteer and as the shop artisan who creates her own handmade line of Toot Sweet Soap Shack lotions, scrubs, soaps and more.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.02.2017

Tracking Carpatho-Rusyn ancestors

Did your immigrant ancestor come from Eastern Europe? Perhaps he or she came from the Carpathian mountain region of southeastern Poland, northern Slovakia, and western Ukraine. One distinct ethnic group of immigrants that came to the U.S. from this region is the Carpatho-Rusyns. They populated specific towns and bore distinct surnames, by which they can be identified today.

Barbara Popovich, co-president of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society Cleveland Chapter, will speak at the Ohio Genealogical Society Cuyahoga West Chapter’s next meeting on Wednesday, May 17, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road. Barbara will share her knowledge of when and where the Carpatho-Rusyns immigrants settled and about the Rusyn cultural heritage that their descendants are preserving, here in Cleveland. Program begins at 7 p.m., with social time from 6:30-7. The general public is invited to attend, free of charge.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 9:59 AM, 05.02.2017

Learn the history of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad

Take a slideshow excursion aboard the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad (CVSR) as part of the Bay Village Historical Society’s May 18 meeting and potluck dinner.

A representative of CVSR will be at the Bay Village Community House to talk about the history of the railroad and the scenery and wildlife of the national park located between Independence and Akron. The railroad operates as a joint venture partner with the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and is a premier tourist attraction, receiving recognition from local, national and international media. The CVSR Polar Express has been reported in USA Today as one of the 10 best Christmas celebrations in the country’s national parks. The Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad is a Class III railroad operating a fleet of diesel-electric and steam-powered locomotives.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:01 AM, 05.02.2017

Herb Guild to prepare Rose Hill garden for spring

The Wednesday, May 10, meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held at the Rose Hill Herb Garden in Bay Village's Cahoon Park. 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. Members and volunteers are asked to bring garden gloves and tools.

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Volume 9, Issue 9, Posted 10:03 AM, 05.02.2017