Alan F. Dutka, author of “Cleveland Calamities: A History of Storm, Fire and Pestilence,” will address the Bay Village Historical Society on Nov. 16. Dutka will share talks on Cleveland’s greatest blizzards, most destructive tornadoes, nastiest storms and worst floods. Learn about a pseudo tidal wave that pounded the Lake Erie shore from Bay Village to the Pennsylvania border, and the phantom ice age that caused scientists to predict that glaciers would soon return to Northeast Ohio. Hear about a river that burned, mayflies that swarmed downtown by the millions, credible UFO sightings and a June blizzard that raged in the city. Dutka will explore the intriguing stories of the famous and lesser-known Cleveland area disasters.
As this year comes to a close and a new year is on the horizon, most of us will be visiting with family and friends. Do not overlook the opportunity to ask the older generation for family stories that will be lost to the ages, when they pass away. Too many of us regret not asking more of grandmother, grandfather, mom, dad, aunts and uncles, when we had the chance.
If you cannot visit in person this season, consider sending cards with a nice, handwritten note. Tell them you are interested in learning more about their lives. Perhaps, they will respond in kind. How nice to have a “hard copy” from a loved one that will not need an electronic device to view.
The Bay Village Garden club is pleased to again offer fun workshops to help people make fresh arrangements to decorate their homes or give as gifts. This is the 35th year for "Greening" and it continues to be a very popular event for the community. The club will provide all the materials and instructions to make it easy for anyone to create a beautiful holiday arrangement.
This year we have three new designs: a joyful wreath, a round centerpiece with lantern and a mini-boxwood tree topped with a plaid ribbon. Each arrangement is priced at $35.
The Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) invites the Westlake community to attend a social “fun”draiser featuring the OSU vs. Michigan football game. The event will be held at Panini’s Bar & Grill, 23800 Detroit Ave., on Nov. 25 with doors opening at 11:00 a.m.
The cost of $25 per person includes food, soda, coffee and two well drinks or draft beers. Happy hour prices for additional cocktails will be honored for the duration of the game. Game squares will also be available for purchase at the cost of $20 per square.
Westlake United Methodist Church will host a free community Trunk or Treat Event on Sunday, Oct. 29, from 4-6 p.m. This is the sixth year that the church has opened their grounds (and the trunks of their cars!) to families for a safe and fun trick-or-treating experience.
Besides passing out candy from the trunks that are decorated in a variety of kid pleasing character favorites to traditional Halloween themes, families can walk through the friendly forest (weather permitting) or up their scare factor a bit in the Haunted Hallway, sponsored by the church youth group.
Live music by piano man Rich Gallo as well as games and food make for a simple and fun fall tradition not to be missed.
The Community Yard Sale in Bay Village to benefit hurricane victims was a huge success, raising over $10,000 for the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.
“This community is just amazing,” said Annie Nock, event coordinator. “We hatched this idea, got the Bay Village Foundation and community volunteers on board, obtained City Council approval, and started spreading the word in a matter of just a couple of weeks. We received hundreds of wonderful items for the sale, and a large group of rummage sale shoppers turned out.”
Volunteers accepted donations for the sale at the Bayway Cabin a few days before the sale. Volunteers were on hand to help donors unload their cars, and items were immediately priced and organized by theme, including such areas as glassware, furniture, sporting goods, books, toys and electronics. The sale was held on Oct. 6 and 7.
An addiction to opioids (which includes pills and heroin) can strike any family.
To protect your family, do you know:
- The warning signs of addiction?
- How to minimize the risk of addiction?
- What to do and what not to do?
- Where to go for help?
For answers to these questions, please join us on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at St. Ladislas Church 2345 Bassett Road, Westlake.
Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Friday, Oct. 27, at 6 p.m. for its annual Halloween Celebration & Hayrides.
Meet the Center’s animal ambassadors as you trick-or-treat through the Wildlife Gardens, then hop on a hayride to admire the autumnal colors of Huntington Reservation. Grab some dinner, make a Halloween craft to take home, enjoy a family-friendly show in Schuele Planetarium and relax by the crackling fireplace at this non-scary celebration. Don’t forget to wear your costume!
Does your child create imaginative, original visual artwork? Does he have an eye for photography? Has she written her own songs or fantastic stories? The Bay Village PTA Reflections program is a chance for our art-loving students to shine.
What is Reflections? It is PTA’s nationally acclaimed student cultural arts program, recognizing children for their creativity. Students from preschool through grade 12 may participate and explore the arts based on the 2017-2018 theme: "Within Reach." Students of all abilities are invited to submit an art piece in the categories of: dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts.
The Bay Village Holiday Homes Tour and Holiday Shop are back on Saturday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Tour, which is put on by the Bay Village Early Childhood PTA (BVECPTA), features six charming Bay Village homes beautifully decorated for the holidays by local florists and designers.
"The six homes we chose for the Tour this year showcase the variety of homes that make up Bay," said Abby Kerns, a Homes Tour co-chair. "There is something for everyone to get inspired by, whether you are going to enjoy the holiday decorations or get ideas to re-do your home." Enjoy live holiday music and culinary delights as you make your way through the Tour.
During the first week of October, Bay Village residents will open their hearts to help victims of recent hurricanes hundreds of miles away in Texas, Florida and islands in the Caribbean.
The Bay Village Foundation is sponsoring a Community Yard Sale at Bayway Cabin on Friday, Oct. 6, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Residents have an opportunity to join in this citywide effort in two ways: donate items to be sold at the event or buy items donated by others. Sale proceeds are designated for American Red Cross Disaster Relief.
On Sept 16 , Bay Village's Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution joined with Hannah Luther Bosworth Chapter in Strongsville to host the Ohio Society DAR state regent Nancy Schirm Wright at the North Royalton Library. In attendance were 60 members of nine Northeast Ohio DAR chapters.
Following lunch, the state regent presented her program, "How Does Your Garden Grow?" Mrs. Wright spoke of the history of the many service programs and projects throughout the history of the DAR and the current missions of DAR to "sow the seeds of service, outreach and love."
The October meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 11, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The business meeting will start at 10 a.m. and the presentation will begin at 12:30 p.m.
October's presentation will be given by Jeff Griff from Lowe's Greenhouse and Gift Shop. Located in Chagrin Falls, Lowe's Greenhouse is not affiliated with Lowe's Home Improvement Store. They carry the usual variety of items you would find in a garden store, and in addition give a variety of fun workshops. At the presentation, Jeff will pick 10 plants and tell a story about each one. This is sure to be a fun and educational event. As always, guests are welcome to join.
Mark your calendar for Dec. 10. The Women's Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center invites you to join them at Clague Playhouse for a benefit performance of "Christmas at the Wiley Diner."
The 2:00 p.m. Sunday matinee will be preceded by a social at 1:15 p.m. featuring food and beverage. General admission tickets are $25 each and are available by calling 440-773-7743 or 440-670-6760. This benefit is a perfect time to invite a friend to share a holiday event or to purchase a ticket as a gift.
As towns and cities grew during the late 1800s, more urban land was needed for development. Often, the most attractive “open spaces” to develop were inhabited by the dead. Consequently, many urban cemeteries were relocated to the surrounding suburbs. But not all of the dead made the journey to a new cemetery.
Local author William G. Krejci tracked down more than 50 displaced cemeteries throughout the Greater Cleveland area. His most recent book, “Buried Beneath Cleveland: Lost Cemeteries of Cuyahoga County,” details his discoveries of Revolutionary War veterans, famous scientists and illustrious dignitaries buried beneath grocery stores, parking lots and gas stations.
Hedgehogs, bearded dragons and less-exotic household animals and their families are invited to the 13th Annual Blessing of the Pets on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. on the front lawn of St. Raphael Church in Bay Village.
Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Giveaways from Landmark and Hot Diggity Dog Pet Sitting will be distributed and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!
The Bay Village Waterways Clean-up Day sponsored by The Bay Village Foundation, Bay High Project Earth Club, Bay Village Green Team and the Scouts will be held on Saturday, Sept. 23. All are welcome to meet at the Bay Middle School cafeteria to sign in by 11:00 a.m. Volunteers of all ages will go out in groups to clean up Bay's waterways and surrounding areas. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian or bring a signed permission slip. Students, parents, scouts and other groups looking for service projects are welcome to participate.
The Bay Village Community Council met on Sept. 6 to share news and notes about their upcoming activities. It's going to be a busy fall in Bay; here are some of the highlights:
A Community-Wide Garage Sale to benefit hurricane victims is being planned for Oct. 6 and 7 at the Bay Way Cabin. The planners are looking for volunteers and donations. More details will be published soon. For more information, contact Annie Nock at 330-620-7931, email@example.com.
American Legion Post #385 recently recognized scouts Nikolas Hokky and Shawn Simko of Troop 151 at St. Raphael, who earned their Eagle Scout awards. In October, post members will attend Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church to congratulate Troop 41's Matthew Gantzer, Dennis Moore lll and Dennis Risch on becoming Eagle Scouts. The Legion presents a Good Citizenship Certificate to each boy and an American flag to their parents.
Bay Athletic Boosters will accept donations of used items at their "Great Closet Clean Out" Oct. 6-8 at the high school and middle school. For more information on Bay Boosters and sports go to bayathletics.org.
Bay Village Community Theater will present "The Dining Room" on Sept. 22, 23, 29, 30 and Oct. 1 at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church. Tickets are available at baytheater.yapsody.com. A joint fundraiser with Clague Playhouse will be held at the Oct. 21 performances of “Two Mediums at Large.” Tickets are $25; available at clagueplayhouse.org or 440-331-0403.
As the days become cooler and the leaves turn shades of red and yellow, we turn our thoughts to apple picking, pumpkin hunts and warm cider. The Westlake Recreation Center has many indoor and outdoor activities planned for children, adults and families. We are introducing some new programming for all ages and interests, including cooking classes, while bringing back the popular adult game of pickleball.
On Oct. 9, join Ms. Nisha as she offers cooking classes for children and adults. Children ages 3-5 years will be accompanied by an adult as they explore food through the alphabet. Can you think of a food that begins with the letter X? The Dinner Club teaches food prep and cooking from scratch for children ages 5-16 years. Dishes will include salads, casseroles and cookies. With our busy schedules we sometimes find it challenging to prepare meals as we juggle work, practice and homework. Ms. Nisha shares family recipes. With classes for the whole family, preparing dinner can become a wonderful bonding time with your family as you plan and prepare meals together.
Hear the first-hand account of an “Eyewitness to a President’s Assassination” on Thursday, Sept. 21, as the Bay Village Historical Society welcomes speaker Paul Landis, a former Secret Service agent.
Landis was in Dallas, Texas, on Nov. 22, 1963, and is one of only two surviving Secret Service agents who personally witnessed the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. A special agent from 1959 to 1964, his assignments included guarding former President Dwight Eisenhower’s grandchildren in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; Caroline and John Kennedy Jr. (the “Kiddie Detail”); and eventually guarding first lady Jacqueline Kennedy. Landis’ talk will include comparisons of the Secret Service then and now, and his personal experiences and memories of the tragic events of more than half a century ago in in Dallas. His story offers an insightful look at a monumental moment in American history.
The West Shore Indian Princesses and Indian Guides are dedicated to fostering relationships between fathers & sons and fathers & daughters in a friendly, fun environment. Our activities require participation by both father and child, giving you opportunities to share experiences, learn and grow together. This is not a program to drop your child off; dads participate in all activities.
Dads can register with their sons and daughters as young as kindergarten-age. Our organization serves the entire West Shore area, including Bay Village and Westlake. Tribes are organized with other dads from the same area and whose kids are in the same age range.
Filled with medical gibberish and handwritten by a profession famous for sloppy penmanship, a death certificate can be one of the most difficult historical documents to decipher. Mark Jamba, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, will attempt to shed some light on this obstacle when he presents “What Killed Grandma?” at the Wednesday, Sept. 20, meeting of the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.
LaCentre was the home again for this year's New Teacher Luncheon put on by the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. Eighteen new teachers in the Westlake and Bay Village school districts were invited by the chamber to be guests of honor at the August lunch. Andrew Mangels, Director of Westlake Porter Public Library, and the chamber's education committee provided gift bags for all the teachers with a variety of items donated by other chamber members.
Dan Weiss, recruitment manager at American Greetings was the keynote speaker for the event and Sweet Kiddles Flexible Childcare was the lunch sponsor. Bay Village Schools Superintendent Clint Keener introduced his new staff: Anna Stockfish, Jeffrey Linhart, Linda McWilliams, Theresa Flamos, Amanda McLin, Katherine Woos, Kyle Barberic and Miles Radosevic.
Also present was Scott Goggin, Superintendent of Westlake City Schools, to make introductions of their new educators and staff: Claudia Blaha, Sara Rothkegel, Hanna Schneider, Shelley Gedeon, Mallorie Haworth, Jennifer Agin, Mackenzie Hall, Amanda Musselman and Kevin Barre.
On Saturday, Aug. 26, walking through the parking lot of O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village was like taking a stroll down automobile memory lane. Two dozen vintage cars came to participate in the event, competing for "best in show" and "residents' choice."
Included among the 25 vehicles were a 1927 Model A and a 1929 fire truck which was the first fire truck in Olmsted Township. There was entertainment, food and lots of fun. Children aged 3 to 100 had a ball enjoying these beautiful vehicles. All proceeds from the event went to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Hundreds of runners, walkers and rollers (participants in wheelchairs) will be dressing as their favorite superheroes and helping raise money for young people with physical disabilities at the Youth Challenge Superhero Dash. The 32nd Annual Race Day, in memory of former trustee Dave Hardman, will take place Saturday, Sept. 16, at Lakewood Park, 14532 Lake Ave., in Lakewood.
The 5K run and 3-Person Relay kick off at 9:15 a.m. and the 1 Mile Walk/Roll starts at 10 a.m. Awards will go to the top three men and women overall and in each age group, as well as the challenged division. Achievement ribbons will go to all 1 Mile finishers. There will be fun for the whole family – superhero costume contest, face painting, Chinese and 50/50 raffles, and post-race refreshments.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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