Community Events

Play in Bay upgrade project more than halfway to campaign goal

The Bay Village community built the Play in Bay playground in 1995 and now we want to preserve it for at least another 20 years. The fundraising drive to refurbish and enhance Play in Bay that began last September is off to a great start!

"Over 300 families have responded and we have already achieved over 60 percent of the campaign goal," reported board President Al Paulus. "We believe we can raise the additional funds and complete the project before the summer is over.”

Bay Village Foundation board members are busy contacting those that may not have had the chance to contribute. If you wish to contribute, please send a check to The Bay Village Foundation, P.O. Box 40122, Bay Village, OH 44140 indicating your desire for the funds to be for the Play in Bay project. Or contribute on our website: thebayvillagefoundation.org.

The Kiwanis Club, who was instrumental in the original building of the playground, is planning to make a donation to be announced soon. Trustees Sarah Urbancic and Mindy Stroh have organized a Family Winterfest at Play in Bay and nearby Kiddie Kollege on Saturday, Feb. 6, from 3-5 p.m. to raise funds. For a suggested donation of $20 per family, there will be cookies and hot chocolate, games and raffle prizes.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 10:19 AM, 01.19.2016

'Next Stop, Freedom!' spotlights Great Lakes history

NOTE: This article has been edited to include the correct date of the event. It will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Bette Lou Higgins, artistic director of Eden Valley Enterprises, will present a program entitled “Next Stop, Freedom!” at the Feb. 18 meeting of the Bay Village Historical Society.

Eden Valley Enterprises has been creating historical programs since 1977. EVE has developed more than 40 original shows, and more than half spotlight Ohio and Great Lakes history. The company has produced special programs for a number of local organizations including the Lorain County Metroparks, The Steamship William G. Mather, Roscoe Village, The Great Lakes Historical Society and the Western Reserve Historical Society.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:56 AM, 01.19.2016

Chance to win Cavs tickets

The winner of the North Coast Health Cavs Raffle will spend an evening watching LeBron, Kyrie, Kevin and company pound the boards against the Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday, March 16, courtesy of First Federal Lakewood.

Take a chance to win this four-pack of Cavs VIP tickets while supporting North Coast Health, a free and charitable clinic that has provided health care services for the uninsured and underinsured in western Cleveland for 30 years.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:58 AM, 01.19.2016

Holiday fun for all at the 3rd annual Cahoon Christmas

The third annual Cahoon Christmas kicked off at Bay Village’s Cahoon Memorial Park with Santa Claus arriving in a fire truck, accompanied by a police escort. After riding through the city’s streets, waving to excited kids of all ages, Santa made his grand appearance to a packed gathering at the Community House.

The annual event, sponsored by the Bay Village Kiwanis Club and the Bay Village Historical Society, included lots of fun provided by many of the city’s civic  groups.

Festivities included Christmas carols sung by the Bay High Choraleers and the Citizens for Bay Village Community Theater, a children’s gingerbread house contest at Rose Hill Museum, and crafts for kids at booths by the Women’s Club, Bay Village Library and the Garden Club.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 11:15 AM, 12.15.2015

Book group looks at socioeconomic inequality

The winter session of the Case Off-Campus Studies program in Westlake will study Charles Dickens’ "Little Dorrit," a novel that looks at socioeconomic issues, some of which we are still addressing here and now. The leader-teacher for this course is Cheryl Wires.

Charles Dickens unleashed the full powers of his socioeconomic conscience and storytelling imagination in writing "Little Dorrit." We will examine these mighty forces in this book discussion course. They make "Little Dorrit" a must-read classic, especially since it is overshadowed by Dickens’ more popularized works.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 10:00 AM, 01.05.2016

What do we really know about the law?

"Living the Law," the winter course being offered in Bay Village through the Association for Continuing Education of Case Western Reserve University, will begin Monday, Jan. 11, from 10- 11:30 a.m. Our instructor is Barbara Greenberg, a practicing Cleveland attorney, and we meet at Bay United Methodist church, on the corner of Bassett and Lake roads. 

Our focus will be the U.S. Constitution, specifically the Bill of Rights. We will look at Supreme Court cases involving the various amendments, the decisions rendered in each case and how they have affected our lives and laws.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 10:02 AM, 01.05.2016

The challenges of researching slave genealogy

Have you ever wondered about the unique challenges of doing genealogical research for African-American slave families? The typical vital records of birth, marriage and death which can be found for the colonial and antebellum free American population, is lacking for African-American slave families. Finding the records of the slaveholder is critical to successful research.  

Dr. Deborah Abbott, a nationally recognized speaker and a past president of the African-American Genealogical Society of Cleveland, will share her knowledge of how to research an African-American ancestor’s journey, from slavery to freedom, at the Jan. 20 meeting of the Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 10:00 AM, 01.05.2016

BVEF to hold annual fundraiser Jan. 31

The Bay Village Education Foundation is ready to set the stage for the finest fundraising event year for the Bay schools. Each year, the foundation hosts their “Creating Opportunities” event at Arrabiata’s Italian Restaurant in Bay Village to assist in the funding of annual grant awards to many teachers that are searching for the means to give wings to their various meaningful, innovative or creative classroom ideas.

Funds raised at this event are also often dedicated to helping to support other separate special grants, such as those that inspire leadership, studying abroad and special education support. Therefore, this tremendous night encompasses the idea of “Creating Opportunities” on several different levels for all students of the Bay Village City School District as a whole or individually.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 9:57 AM, 01.05.2016

Love and Logic parenting class starts Jan. 27

The Bay Village Council of PTAs and Westlake Council of PTAs are sponsoring Love and Logic, an entertaining parenting program that is designed to give practical skills that can be used immediately with preschool through teenage children. 

This six-session class will be held on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m., starting Jan. 27 through March 2 in the Lee Burneson Middle School media center, 2260 Dover Center Road in Westlake. The cost for the class is $75 per participant. Childcare for ages 3-12 will be provided at no cost by Westlake City Schools’ Project LINK from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Dover Elementary, 2300 Dover Center Road (next door to LBMS); advance reservation required.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 9:59 AM, 01.05.2016

Charity event to benefit North Coast Health

Art comes in many different forms, and at "Rx:Create! 2016," you’ll have the opportunity to win a unique piece of local art – and support health care in our community. Last year’s event was a huge success and we’re hoping you’ll break out of the winter blues and join us for a laid back evening of art appreciation!

This year's event will take place on Friday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Vosh, 1414 Riverside Drive, Lakewood. The evening will feature raffles and auctions of unique art, jewelry, sculpture, furniture, photography, textiles and more created by northeast Ohio artists and designers. Proceeds from Rx:Create! make possible the life-saving health care North Coast Health is able to provide to our neighbors in need. 

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 9:58 AM, 01.05.2016

Village Bicycle Cooperative shines for the holidays

On Sunday, Dec. 6, Village Bicycle Cooperative participated in the Cahoon Christmas program. Adults and children were able to make a free up-cycled sun catcher with paint, beads and various sized used bike sprockets. The creativity and fun was obvious as the participants showed off their unique designs of the sun catchers. Ann Riley, parent of Doug and Ella, commented, ”It was the best project. Something I will keep and use.” The community was able to also tour the co-op and purchase bikes or shirts from VBC. 

The first up-cycling workshop was held on Nov. 21 when 20 Cub Scouts from Pack 729 were able to make a sun catcher and also recycled two bikes. They were also treated to a tour of the facility where they learned about how bikes are refurbished and finished the day with donuts and cider.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:41 AM, 12.15.2015

Power of More ends the year at Dave & Buster's

More than 250 chamber members celebrated the holiday season at Dave & Buster's in Westlake for the final Power of More event of the year. Many raffles and prizes were given out throughout the evening as well as a $1,000 check to one lucky golfer from the summer's five chamber golf outings. John Allensworth from Montrose Auto Group announced he will be once again giving away a new Kia Optima lease for next year's Power of More grand prize drawing. Guests enjoyed a wonderful buffet from Dave & Busters as well as a video montage of photos from the year's past events. The newest Power of More sponsors were also introduced: Ray's Auto and Truck in Avon, Panera Bread, Bass Ohio Realty and Burntwood Tavern.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:39 AM, 12.15.2015

Bay Village Kiwanis Club holds annual tree sale

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Bay Village Kiwanis Club set up its annual Christmas tree sale at the Cahoon Park Gazebo area and began selling trees on Nov. 28.

Three Christmas tree varietals are available, including Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs and Colorado Spruces. Tree sizes range from 6-10 feet tall. Prices range from $40-$130, depending on size and type. Cash or check is accepted. Delivery is available for a donation.

The tree sale runs through Saturday, Dec. 19, or until sold out. Hours are: Fridays, 4-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 10:03 AM, 12.01.2015

Bay Village groups share winter plans

Representatives from many of Bay Village's civic groups and nonprofit organizations attended the Community Council meeting on Nov. 18 to share news, notes and events scheduled through January.

BAYarts presents its annual Holiday Shop for unique, handmade local gifts throughout the season: Mondays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (open until 8 p.m. on Thursdays); and Sundays, noon-5 p.m. Full winter program guides are available online at bayarts.net.

Bay Village American Legion Post #385 has begun their annual collection of donations for the statewide program "Gifts for Yanks." This effort is part of a larger drive of the Ohio American Legion that for over 65 years has pooled funds from local posts to maximize the impact of local gifts providing activities and gifts for veterans in Ohio’s State VA hospitals and other VA centers. Collection bottles have been placed in select businesses in Bay and Westlake.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:56 AM, 12.01.2015

Ohio's first ladies are topic of historical society program

“Glitz and Glamour in the White House,” a program on the history, jewelry and fashion of Ohio’s presidential first ladies, is the featured topic for the Nov. 19 Bay Village Historical Society meeting.

Guest speaker Dr. Mari Halkovich will offer her highly acclaimed presentation, giving attendees a glimpse of Ohio’s fashion influence in the White House. Guests can view photos of each of Ohio’s first ladies and of various pieces of jewelry from their personal collections. Display cases will feature antique jewelry and accessories from the speaker’s own collection and will include period items like hair combs, mourning jewelry, cameos, coral jewelry and handkerchief pins. Tabletop displays will also exhibit feathered fans, detachable lace collars and other vintage clothing, tiaras, and books about the first ladies.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:20 AM, 11.17.2015

Christmas cheer comes to Cahoon Park on Dec. 6

The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking Bay residents to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A kickoff to the holiday season, the event will include a children’s gingerbread house contest at Rose Hill Museum, the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts for kids in the Bay Village Community House, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo. Residents can help to “Light up Bay Village” by placing luminaries in their yards that evening.

Bay Village community groups are invited to participate by decorating a holiday wreath, to be displayed in the gazebo. Tables in the Community House are available for the sale of Christmas ornaments and merchandise. Any civic or school groups interested in taking part in the festivities or selling holiday merchandise should contact Cynthia Eakin at info@bayhistorical.com or 216-213-0312, or Rhonda Schneider at baykiwanis@gmail.com or 216-225-6538.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:05 AM, 11.17.2015

Mums, poinsettias…roses! Calling all 'Rose' hopefuls

Mums mark the fall season, poinsettias point to the Christmas holidays, and roses remind us of the upcoming selection of the 2016 Ohio Rose on Saturday, Feb. 13. The “Valentine’s Eve” event marks the sixth consecutive celebration of young women of Irish heritage hosted by the Ohio Rose Centre in affiliation with The Rose of Tralee International Festival, a longstanding Irish tradition held every August in Tralee, County Kerry. 

The annual festival showcases the finest and innermost qualities of young women of Ireland and Irish diaspora on a world stage. It culminates with the naming of that year’s “Rose of Tralee” who will serve as the festival’s ambassador via public appearances, media events, and participating in selected charitable initiatives during her tenure. Roses of Tralee radiate charm, wit, grace, intelligence and warmth.

Yet, there can be no Rose selection without Rose entrants.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:07 AM, 11.17.2015

Chambers of commerce salute local veterans

The 100th Bomb Group was host to a Veterans Day luncheon put on by the Power of More Chambers of Commerce on Nov. 11. All six chambers invited their member veterans and their families to be recognized and honored. Over 125 people enjoyed the meal and the great company. 

The keynote speaker was John Reiss, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission. Mr. Reiss joined the Army Reserves at age 17, completed ROTC training and served five years of active duty in both Kuwait and Iraq. He spoke on veterans benefits and services before introducing Maureen Shannon and George Cooper from the Hospice of the Western Reserve. They presented all 24 veterans, ranging from age 25 to 97, with a veteran pin during the emotional ceremony.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:10 AM, 11.17.2015

Light up Bay Village for the holiday season

This holiday season, the Christmas spirit will shine a little more brightly in Bay Village.

The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking Bay residents to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A kickoff to the holiday season, the event will include a children’s gingerbread house contest at Rose Hill Museum, the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts for kids in the Bay Village Community House, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo. Residents can help to “Light up Bay Village” by placing luminaries in their yards that evening. More event details are to follow.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.03.2015

Hands-on holiday arrangement workshop

Once again the Bay Village Garden Club will be presenting "Greening of Bay," a hands-on holiday workshop. This is your chance to impress your family and friends with a beautiful tree, wreath, centerpiece or outdoor arrangement that you can make yourself. Imagine being able to say, "I made that." The BVGC will provide all the fresh fragrant greens, accessories, ribbon and other items you need. Our expert demonstator will walk you through the project and club members will be available for one-on-one help.

"Greening" will take place at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road, on Wednesday, Dec. 2, and Thursday, Dec. 3. Please check the Garden Club website, bayvillagegardenclub.com, for registration information and pictures of samples of each arrangement and specific times for each workshop. The deadline to register is Nov. 30. You will need to bring clippers and garden gloves.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:12 AM, 11.03.2015

Flash back to the '80s and benefit the Westlake Early Childhood PTA

Join the Westlake Early Childhood PTA (WECPTA) at Time Warp Bar, 26261 Center Ridge Road, on Saturday, Nov. 14, at 8:30 p.m. for a whole lot of fun, including live music provided by That '80s Band, dancing, a food truck, raffles and more!

This casual get-together supports the WECPTA. There will be a $5 cover at the door (all proceeds go directly to WECPTA). Invite your friends for a great night out!

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.03.2015

Unlocking the Keystone State

Resources and repositories for Pennsylvania family history research

Pennsylvania can be a confusing, unfamiliar genealogical landscape, especially for those who have searched for vital records only in Ohio. A limited run of records, courts of confusing names, and lack of easy access to the documents can quickly frustrate someone new to Pennsylvania research.

Chris Staats, a professional genealogical researcher, presenter, and writer who has honed his research skills primarily in early Ohio, Pennsylvania and Delaware public records, will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 18 meeting of Cuyahoga West Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society, at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:14 AM, 11.03.2015

'Night at the Races' to fund BVHS scholarships

A Night at the Races will help raise scholarship funds for some deserving Bay High School seniors at the Bay Village PTA Council scholarship auction and dinner on Saturday, Nov. 14, 6-10 p.m. at the Copper Cup. All proceeds from the 28th annual fundraiser go toward scholarships for recipients who plan to pursue a post-secondary major focusing on education or protecting the welfare of children.

“A byproduct of the scholarship is that perhaps we can encourage students to take on careers that help future generations in a meaningful way,” says Julie Lowry, co-chair of the event, which is one of the larger fundraisers in Bay Village for a couple of reasons. The dynamic and rewarding night out supports local students; and the outcome produces generous scholarships that defray the cost of college education.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:09 AM, 11.03.2015

West Shore Chamber member among honorees of Chamber Bright Star 2015

The Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce held their annual recognition program at the end of October to celebrate their most outstanding members. Our West Shore Chamber honored member April Tracy, sales manager for Buca Di Beppo in Westlake. April was recognized for her outstanding service and volunteerism for the chamber along with her Power of More counterparts:

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:08 AM, 11.03.2015

Bay Lacrosse Club to host football watch party on Oct. 24

Bay Village Lacrosse Club will sponsor its annual “Football Watch Party” fundraiser featuring the Ohio State vs. Rutgers game on Saturday, Oct. 24, from 7:30-10:30 p.m. at the Copper Cup, 680 Dover Center Road in Westlake.

Event proceeds benefit BVLC to help fund the group’s capital equipment drive, support Bay Village boys’ and girls’ lacrosse programs and provide lacrosse scholarships to student athletes in need.

"We now have about 250 students participating in Bay Village lacrosse programs," said Charlie MacMillan, President of BVLC. "In the past five years, we have seen the development of girls’ varsity and JV teams at the high school, along with added teams for girls ages fifth-through eighth-grade. The boys’ program has expanded to include third- and fourth-graders. In addition, for the past three summers, BVLC also helped host skills camps for players, K-3."

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.20.2015

Trunk or Treat is boo-riffic family fun!

Friendly witches, trolls, pumpkins and ghosts will gather in the parking lot of Westlake United Methodist Church for the fourth annual Trunk or Treat event! Held Sunday, Oct. 25, from 4-6 p.m., the event features trick-or-treating through the church parking lot, a walk through the "haunted forest" path, photo booth, food, games, prizes and story time. Get your goblins dressed up for some safe and not so scary fun!

This is a rain-or-shine event with activities moved indoors if weather is inclement. Westlake United Methodist Church is located at 27650 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:07 AM, 10.20.2015

Magic show to raise funds for Far West Center

"Share the Magic!" will enchant children and adults while raising funds for a great cause on Saturday, Nov. 14, at Dave and Buster’s Showroom, 25735 First St. in Westlake. A social hour and tableside magic begin at 5 p.m. Dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by the show.

The evening will feature beverages and cocktails (cash bar), a buffet dinner, raffles and prizes, and a magic and comedy show. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Far West Center, a community mental health center providing mental health services for residents of western Cuyahoga County and Lorain County.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.20.2015

Judges to discuss JFK assassination, Warren Report

It will be 52 years this Nov. 22 since President John F. Kennedy was killed by an assassin’s bullets while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

That date also marks the beginning of an incalculable number of conspiracy theories as to who and what (organization) was responsible for the president’s tragic death. Such theories abound despite overwhelming evidence that a young man named Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone, fired the shots that killed Kennedy.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:49 AM, 10.06.2015

Westlake to host 'Hidden in Plain Sight' awareness program on Oct. 20

Looks can be deceiving.

That’s the message behind a unique traveling exhibit created by the Bath and Copley Township police departments. “Hidden in Plain Sight” is a preventative awareness program to support parents, caregivers and other responsible adults in keeping kids safe from violence, eating disorders, substance use and other risky behaviors.

The departments constructed the bedroom of the average teenager. Amid the clutter of clothing scattered on the floor, school supplies on a desk and personal care products on a vanity are more than 150 items that could actually be signals that a young person could be involved in risky, dangerous or even illegal activity.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:56 AM, 10.06.2015

Bay Historical Society presents 'An Evening at Downton Abbey'

The Bay Village Historical Society will present “An Evening at Downton Abbey” on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. at Lakewood Country Club in Westlake. Downton Abbey has become one of the most widely watched television dramas in the world. The evening will take us back to the Yorkshire country estate of the Crawley family and their service staff during late Edwardian England of the First World War and early 1920s. Attire for the evening is period dress, if desired. 

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:56 AM, 10.06.2015

Sinners, not saints: An introduction to your ancestor's dark side

Those who have researched their family history for a considerable time will reluctantly admit that not all their ancestors were “saints.” Tucked among the law-abiding family members are a few “black sheep” who needed legal counsel. Some may have been involved in lesser crimes, while others went to prison. In either case, a trail of evidence lies within the court and prison records. Just how does one gain access to that information? Aren’t those records closed?

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:56 AM, 10.06.2015

Perfect weather for participants at 25th annual Celebrate Westlake event

A mild temperature in the low 70s was ideal for hundreds of runners and walkers at St. John Medical Center’s annual Celebrate Westlake event on Sept. 5. The fundraising event for local charities featured a 5-Mile Run, a 5K Run & 5K Walk and a 1-Mile & 1/2-Mile Kids’ Fun Dash.

The day’s activities included booths at a health and fitness expo, free sport massages, health screenings and refreshments on the park-like campus of the hospital.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 4:18 PM, 09.18.2015

Actors bring early settlers' stories back to life

Early settlers visited Lakeside Cemetery on Sept. 27. It was a warm and sunny day, and the waters of Lake Erie were blue and calm. Returning to Bay Village were some of our Dover Township citizens buried in Lakeside Cemetery. All were portrayed by re-enactors dressed in costume.

Christopher Saddler, portrayed by Joe Smith, came to America in 1777 as a Hessian soldier and ended up fighting for the Colonial Army. Receiving a land grant for his army service in the state of New York, he farmed most of his life. However, at the convincing of his son, William, he left New York in 1814 at the young age of 58 and spent the remainder of his life as a fisherman in Dover Township.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.06.2015

Tour unique Bay Village homes on Nov. 8

The Bay Village Holiday Homes tour is back Sunday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., featuring eight charming, unique Bay Village homes perfectly dressed for the holidays by local florists and designers. Enjoy culinary treats and live music along the way.

The Bay Village Early Childhood PTA (BVECPTA) is excited to once again be hosting this festive event. “My co-chair, Molly Kilbane, and I were overwhelmed with the positive feedback from the 2013 tour, we are thrilled to be organizing it again this year," said Jennifer Wamelink, co-chair of this year’s event. "We have eight beautiful homes, including one of the tour favorites from 2013. Come ready to start your holiday shopping! Our Holiday Shop at Homes Headquarters at BAYarts' Fuller House will be open to the public and will feature a variety of unique local vendors.”

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:55 AM, 10.06.2015

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center helps to understand the preschooler’s perspective

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center extends an invitation for "Understanding the Preschooler’s Perspective: Eating, Sleeping and Going Potty."

Teece Lester, preschool coordinator at the Center, says, “We were seeing so many parents throwing their hands up in frustration over these activities. They’re wondering why their preschooler won’t do these things how they want, or when they want, or where they want. It can be challenging for everyone involved and we wanted to provide some support.”

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:53 AM, 10.06.2015

Kiwanis flipping over flapjacks

The Westlake Kiwanis Club will hold its pancake breakfast Sunday, Oct. 25, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Westlake High School cafeteria, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.

The breakfast includes all the pancakes you care to eat, plus sausage, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. The price is $6; children under 6 eat for free. Corporate sponsorships are available for $50 and include 10 breakfast tickets and advertisement of your business during the breakfast.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:49 AM, 10.06.2015

Lunch with food critic a big hit

Wednesday, Sept. 23, was a near perfect day with cooler temperatures but abundant sunshine as 200 people gathered at Westwood Country Club to “have lunch with a food critic.” And what a lunch it was! Comments made to luncheon committee members were that this was the Westlake Garden Club’s best luncheon in recent years. 

Emily Rose provided background piano music as guests arrived. Westlake Ward 1 Councilmember Lynda Appel said a few words before the key speaker, Joe Crea, was introduced. Joe is a very down-to-earth, likeable person and seemed to have the audience engaged with his first few words. He talked about his background and how he came to be the dining and restaurant editor for the Plain Dealer.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:43 AM, 10.06.2015

Congressman Renacci addresses West Shore Chamber

LaCentre was the host for a joint luncheon between the West Shore, Fairview Park and North Olmsted chambers of commerce on Sept. 15.  Two special events were the highlighted at this special lunch. Congressman Jim Renacci was the keynote speaker for this luncheon.  Prior to him taking his spot at the podium, he joined the ballroom in a loud rendition of "Happy Birthday" for 100-year-old Fairview Park resident, Fedora DiMattia, who seemed delighted by all the attention.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:50 AM, 10.06.2015

Explore early Dover Township at the Lakeside Cemetery tour

Learn about life in early Dover Township at a tour of Lakeside Cemetery on Sept. 27, planned in cooperation by the Bay Village Historical Society and Huntington Playhouse.

Tours will depart at regular intervals from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at both Huntington Playhouse and Lakeside Cemetery. Participants will get a brief history of Huntington Playhouse and a backstage tour. Actors will be at Lakeside Cemetery, where they will relate the intriguing stories of eight individuals buried in the cemetery. Those portrayed this year include William Aldrich, Nathan and Martha Bassett, Joseph Cahoon, Catherine Porter Foote, Laura Hassler, young Reuben Osborn and Christopher Saddler.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:10 AM, 09.15.2015

WECPTA to host annual Kiddie Kloset resale event

The Westlake Early Childhood PTA (WECPTA) will hold its fall Kiddie Kloset kids resale event on Saturday, Oct. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event will be held at Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Boulevard. 

As an incentive to shop the Kiddie Kloset early this year, everyone that pays for early bird admission between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Gymboree gift certificate. The winner will be drawn at 9:15 a.m. and must be present to win.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:11 AM, 09.15.2015