Community Events

Upcoming events at the Dwyer Senior Center

GOLF CLINIC               

New! Clinics will cover golf swing fundamentals, short game techniques, putting and course management. Four classes, 10:00-11:30 a.m., beginning Wednesday, July 15. Instructor is Paula Slivinsky, PGA. Meet at Dwyer. Instruction will be held in the field across the street near the softball field. Cost $60. Limit 6.

LUNCH AND LEARNS

Friday, July 17, 12:30 p.m. Topic: Cardiac Concerns. This presentation will provide an overview as well as the signs and symptoms of heart disease and heart failure, common cardiac concerns in the community, an explanation of when to call a physician versus when to call 911. Also it will discuss how cardiac concerns can impact people in the home (falls, confusion, etc.). Call 440-835-6565 to register.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.07.2015

Project Pedal participants shrug off the gloomy weather, have a great ride

The early morning of Saturday, June 13, may have begun with a monsoon, but that didn’t put the brakes on the second annual Project Pedal. Despite the weather, almost 200 bike riders rolled in to the Bay Middle School parking lot bright and early at 8 a.m. to ride in their choice of five routes throughout Bay Village and surrounding communities. The participants rode individually and in teams to raise money and awareness for Village Project.

Heather Ransom, the daughter of a Village Project client, was on hand to encourage the riders and thank them for participating in the fundraiser. Also there to give the riders a formal send-off was Bay High junior Katherine Finley who sang the national anthem before the riders crossed under the colorful balloon arch to begin their rides.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.07.2015

Rain stays away as Special Olympians play

The sixth annual Westlake Special Olympics was held on Saturday, June 13. The event, a joint effort between the Westlake Kiwanis Club and Westlake City Schools, was a big success. This year's event saw a total of 42 athletes ranging in age from 8 years to 69 years of age competing in various events.

The event began with Geoff Palmer, Westlake Superintendent and also a Westlake Kiwanian, carrying the Olympic Torch leading the Special Olympic competitors in a parade around the Westlake High School track. The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club then sang the national anthem to begin the competition.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.07.2015

Bay Days set for July 1-4

Bay Village's 63rd annual Independence Day celebration, Bay Days, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, will take place Wednesday, July 1, through Saturday, July 4 – all at Cahoon Park.

Booths and rides will be open from noon to 10:30 p.m. daily. From noon to 4 p.m. each day, thrill-seekers can enjoy all the rides for the flat rate of $18 with a ride wristband.

“The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village, along with the City of Bay Village, has once again lined up a spectacular Independence Day celebration for young and old alike at this year’s Bay Days celebration," says Rhonda Schneider of the Kiwanis Club. "Come on out and enjoy the rides, help local civic organizations raise money at their booths, and of course, take your entire family to the incredible fireworks presentation on Saturday, July 4.”



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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:36 AM, 06.16.2015

Destination Bay! 2015 snapshots

Bay Village was alive with activities on Saturday, June 13, as seven community groups and organizations hosted the Destination Bay! community fest. This first-year collaboration brought together events for all ages in the heart of the city.

Eric Eakin and Denny Wendell visited the various venues and snapped photos of the fun happenings. Have photos that you've taken of Destination Bay? Send your photos to staff@wbvobserver.com to be added to this gallery.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:27 AM, 06.16.2015

New location for July 4 Bay Days race

The 41st running of the Bay Days 5-mile race and 1-mile kids fun run will be held at 8:30 a.m. on July 4. With the planned construction at Bay High School this summer, the start and finish for the race will be in Cahoon Park, adjacent to the Kiwanis Bay Days Festival, providing a great opportunity to tie more closely with all the family activities at Bay Days.  

An exciting new course through central Bay Village has been set up. The first 500 registrants will receive a free custom-designed tech shirt. Awards will be given for overall, age group and team event winners.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:35 AM, 06.16.2015

Father proud of daughter at Relay for Life

We took part in the Westshore Relay for Life on May 30. Our daughter Jennifer just finished 6-1/2 months of chemotherapy for colon cancer. She’s been such a strong lady. When she found out she had cancer and was going to have chemo, she didn’t complain or feel sorry for herself, she just said, “Well now I can walk in the Relay for Life.” She not only walked the Survivors Lap, she led it carrying the banner.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 10:14 AM, 06.02.2015

Summer arrives in Westlake with ice cream

You know summer has arrived when the Westlake Historical Society hosts their annual ice cream social. The society invites you to an old-fashioned ice cream social on Friday, June 5, 6-8:30 p.m. It will be held on the lawn of the historic Clague House Museum, 1371 Clague Road.

This is a great opportunity to meet other people in the community and members of the historical society. Families and friends can all enjoy the beautiful setting, guided tours of the museum, and some of the best ice cream and treats around.

Capt. Guy Turner of the Westlake Police Department will be our guest docent for the evening. He will lead guided tours of the Clague House Museum.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:27 AM, 06.02.2015

Bay Village groups plan summer activities

The Bay Village Community Council met Thursday, May 28, and new officers were present at the meeting. Lou Popp and Darin Snyder will serve as co-presidents, Therese Koomar as treasurer and Jessica Breslin as secretary for the 2015-2016 year. Community Council will meet next on Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at the Bay Village Branch Library. All community groups are welcome to send a representative. Annual dues of $20 per organization will be collected at this time.

The Bay Village Historical Society will hold the 46th annual "Cahoon in June" fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event on June 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Cahoon Memorial Park, as part of this year's Destination Bay, a day of fun in the heart of Bay Village. Also participating in the citywide event is BAYarts, which holds its Annual Art and Music Festival on the same day in nearby Huntington Park. The Village Project has also scheduled its "Project Pedal" fundraiser for June 13. The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will have planetarium programs that day and the Bay Village Fire Department plans an open house. Huntington Playhouse will be open for tours and refreshments and the Village Bicycle Cooperative will offer guidance in bike mechanics and learning about crafty upcycling projects. Transportation will run between venues all day.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:28 AM, 06.02.2015

The 46th annual 'Cahoon in June' event is June 13

The 46th annual “Cahoon in June” fine crafts, collectibles and antiques event is Saturday, June 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in Cahoon Memorial Park.

This year, the Bay Village Historical Society is partnering with BAYarts, which holds its Annual Art and Music Festival on the same day in nearby Huntington Park. The Village Project has also scheduled its “Project Pedal” fundraiser for June 13. The Lake Erie Nature and Science Center will have planetarium programs that day and the Bay Village Fire Department plans an open house. Huntington Playhouse will be open for tours and refreshments and the Village Bicycle Cooperative will offer guidance in bike mechanics and learning about crafty upcycling projects. Transportation will run between venues all day.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.02.2015

Registration is still open for Project Pedal

Become a part of Destination Bay on June 13

It is not too late to sign up for Project Pedal, Village Project’s one-day bike ride that offers food, music and multiple course options for ages two to 99.

Designed to bring people together to share an unforgettable experience with their friends, family and co-workers, the event also raises funds to provide healthy food and services for residents of Bay Village, Westlake, Avon Lake and Rocky River who are experiencing cancer. Each of the five rides begins at 8 a.m., and all will be concluded by 1 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:25 AM, 06.02.2015

Perfume the topic of June Herb Guild meeting

The Herb Guild Garden Club will meet on June 10 back at the Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting portion will begin at 10 a.m. This month’s speaker will be Ann Onusko, owner of Indigo Perfumery in Lakewood. Her program will begin around 12:30 and she will speak on the early days of perfume making. Ann has been studying the art of scent for many years and has a large flower garden that she uses in her creations.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.02.2015

Culture and lifestyle of Eastern European ancestors

With the fall of the Berlin Wall, U.S. families have been able to access more freely historical and genealogical information about their Eastern European ancestors. Organizations such as the Mormon Church have been busy filming vital record documents in these regions.

But data alone does not tell the entire story of a family. Questions remain as to how they made a living, what foods they ate and what customs they perpetuated, especially during some difficult and challenging times.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:26 AM, 06.02.2015

Local race benefits Westlake Historical Society

Runiversity is a company that started the  Rock 'N' Hops Brewery racing series. It helps to promote Cleveland's craft breweries and racing, while helping to also support local non-profit organizations.

Black Box Brewery, located at 24945 Detroit Road in Westlake, is the host for the inaugural Black Box 5K and 1-mile Cheer Walk, which will be held on June 5. The 1-mile Cheer Walk begins at 6 p.m. and the race begins at 6:15. Following the race, there will be food and live music as well as beer for the runners and community to enjoy.

The Westlake Historical Society appreciates the opportunity to be the benefiting non-profit for the Black Box 5K and 1-mile Cheer Walk.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:23 AM, 06.02.2015

A surprise wedding celebration

Residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments threw a surprise wedding reception for Michael and Cindy Shobey.

Michael and Cindy met while residing at the Knickerbocker. They were recently married in a quiet ceremony attended only by a few family members. The happy couple were pleasantly surprised by their neighbors at the Knickerbocker with a small reception, cake and gifts. The couple danced for the crowd and enjoyed a great start to their new life together!

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:26 AM, 06.02.2015

Kiwanian observes and reports on Memorial Day events

The great thing about our hyperlocal newspaper is that citizens become involved in observing and reporting community events to which they have a connection.

Vic Rutkoski has been the voice of the Westlake Kiwanis, writing stories and taking photos of the group's activities throughout the community over the years. On Memorial Day, Vic walked Hilliard Boulevard, taking photos of the parade and the services at Clague Park.

Attached is a photo gallery of some of his observations during the event.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 2:12 PM, 05.28.2015

Bay Village ceremony and parade pay homage to our nation's veterans

Memorial Day events in Bay Village started with observances at Lakeside Cemetery which included speeches, the laying of flowers on graves, the playing of taps and "The Star Spangled Banner" by the Bay High Marching Band, and a 21-gun salute by the American Legion. The ceremony was followed by a parade down Lake Road to Cahoon Memorial Park. Here's the great photo coverage of the day's events.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:11 PM, 05.26.2015

Colorful coverage as Westlake honors veterans on Memorial Day

The weather was perfect for the May 25 Memorial Day events sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Westlake. Residents lined Hilliard Boulevard to view the parade and attend the commemorative services at Clague Park. The WBV Observer was there and provided the great coverage of this annual event honoring our nation's veterans.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:11 PM, 05.26.2015

Relay for Life of Westshore gearing up for May 30 event

With less than two weeks to go until the Relay for Life of Westshore, we are really stepping up our game. Our committee and teams are in full force to help make this the best event yet.  

Please join us Saturday, May 30, at the Westlake High School stadium from noon until 11 p.m. for games, bounce house, food, DJ and our main event, The Princess and Pirate Party. Join Anna, Elsa and Jake the Neverland Pirate as we have an ice cream social, crafts and photos with the princesses or pirate. The donation is $10 per child and is bound to be a Fairy Tale good time. The party will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 3 p.m. Come anytime during that time to enjoy the fun.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.19.2015

Learn about our great lake during Lake Erie Day

As you live and work and play along the shores of Lake Erie, you may find yourself with questions about this great resource. How are invasive species spread? What makes a harmful algal bloom? Why is Lake Erie called the “Walleye Capital of the World”? What are the fishing opportunities available in this region?

Join us on May 23 for Lake Erie Day, where visitors to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will have a chance to ask the experts your questions and learn more about topics related to this great lake.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.19.2015

German genealogical research across the pond

More and more individuals have become excited about exploring their own personal history, as a result of watching the popular television programs “Finding Your Roots,” “Who Do You Think You Are?” and/or “Genealogical Road Show.”

Many will begin their research by first collecting data from family and friends, locally available U.S. public or church vital records, tombstone, cemetery and U.S. census records. But, the question most people will raise eventually is “How to I research my immigrant ancestor in his or her native land?”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.19.2015

Former mayor, wife to be honored in annual plaque ceremony

Henry Reese and his wife, Helen, will be honored on May 25 at the Bay Village Foundation's annual Bronze Plaque Memorial Ceremony. Henry Reese was mayor of Bay Village from 1970-1978. Reese, a former Shell Oil executive, and his wife, Helen, were active in the Bay Village community for many years. Their sons, Wayne and Robert, and their families are remembering them.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.19.2015

Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade a Westlake tradition

A continuing Westlake tradition, the Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade, takes place on Monday, May 25. Come out and line the parade route along Hilliard Boulevard and enjoy the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. in front of Westlake Christian Church and terminates in Clague Park at the Gazebo for the Memorial Day services.

Please come and honor those citizens of Westlake who gave their all in wars from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan. We owe our freedom to these individuals who left their lives on battlefields around the world. In respect for this solemn occasion the Westlake Kiwanis requests that participants refrain from throwing candy during the parade.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.19.2015

Place hand on heart to honor American flag

As a veteran of WWII, I am honored to proudly march in the Color Guard during the annual Memorial Day parade in Bay Village. On this special day, in which we honor our veterans, I thought I'd list the correct protocol for those observing the parade as the Color Guard carrying the American flag passes by.

Protocol for Honoring our American Flag

When the American flag is displayed with a Color Guard during a parade or other formal type ceremony, those observing this function should: stand at attention; remove their hats; and place their right hand over their heart (if wearing a hat, hold the hat over one's heart with the right hand). After the Color Guard passes or the ceremony finishes, one may return to the previous stature or position.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.19.2015

Watercolor classes to begin June 15 at Dwyer Center

“Fun with Watercolor” will be held Mondays from 1-3 p.m. for six weeks beginning June 15. Stephen Sitar will lead you on a magical, creative and colorful journey. You’ll be amazed, happy and surprised at your results. Bay residents $32, non-residents $34.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:54 AM, 05.19.2015

Tri-Bay Classic golf outing returns June 12

The yearly Tri-Bay golf outing is set again at Sweetbriar Golf Course in Avon Lake this year for Friday, June 12. Always well attended, the gathering of Bay supporters and golf lovers join together each year for a specific cause; the fundraiser is dedicated to raising funds to assist the Bay Village Education Foundation, the Bay Alumni Foundation, and the Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters. 

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.19.2015

Women's business social to be held June 3

All are invited to attend a Women’s Business Social sponsored by The Westlake Women’s Club and Palace Business Centres on Wednesday, June 3, 5:30-8 p.m. Come learn about the opportunities offered through the Westlake Women’s Club (formerly known as the Westlake Junior Women’s Club) and see what Palace Business Centre is doing to support area small businesses, all while connecting with women-owned businesses, shopping and enjoying a little pampering!

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.19.2015

Life jacket event stresses safe boating practices

Bay Schools Safe Boating students and staff put on their life jackets May 16 at the Bay Boat Club to be part of "Ready, Set, Wear It!" Day. The goal of the event, part of a week of activities sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council, is to get the most people wearing their life jacket to break last year's record and to raise awareness that wearing life jackets saves lives.

Later that day, the students completed an Ohio Boating Education Class as part of the Bay Schools Boating Education program. The program follows the nationally recognized Spirit of America boating safety curriculum.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.19.2015

Walk to Remember benefits local hospice patients

West Shore residents, churches and community groups will have an opportunity to support local hospice patients and their families by participating in Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2015 "Walk to Remember." The event takes place Sunday, June 7, 7:30 a.m. to noon, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.; the walk begins at 9 a.m. Registration is $25 for adults, $10 for children and $60 for families and includes full-day admission to the Zoo and Rainforest, T-shirts, live musical entertainment from InCahootz, make-and-take crafts, face painting, healthy snacks and beverages and more. Registration is available online at hospicewr.org/walk, or by calling 216-383-3715.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:54 AM, 05.19.2015

Garden Club plants 52nd Arbor Day tree

Friday morning, April 24, the Westlake Garden Club planted its 52nd consecutive Arbor Day tree, this year at the Westlake Recreation Center’s children’s playground. As he has done throughout his tenure, Mayor Dennis Clough presided over our planting ceremony and presented us with an Arbor Day Proclamation, speaking to the history of Arbor Day and the importance of our Club to the community. 

We especially wish to thank Brian Corrigan and Cahoon Nursery for donating our beautiful Valley Forge Elm (Ulmus americana), a new disease-tolerant cultivar which, once established, can grow up a height and crown spread of 30 feet or more, with leaves turning golden yellow in autumn.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:19 AM, 05.05.2015

Herb Guild meeting to feature garden cleanup, mushroom expert

The May 13 meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held at the Rose Hill Herb Garden, which is located in Cahoon Park between Wolf Road and Lake Road in Bay Village. The herb garden is located near 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.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:28 AM, 05.05.2015

Great Closet Clean Out

The Bay Rockets Association and Easter Seals have teamed up to hold a second Great Closet Clean-Out, running Thursday, May 14, through Sunday, May 17, at Bay Middle School and Bay High School.

Bring bags of used clothing, shoes or fabric items in ANY condition. Tax receipts are available during open hours. Raffle tickets will be given for each donated bag. Four $50 prizes will be awarded.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:22 AM, 05.05.2015

Village Bicycle Cooperative event cycles through Bay's history

More than 60 participants experienced Bay Village from a unique perspective on the History/Mystery Bike Tour sponsored by the Village Bicycle Cooperative on a chilly Saturday in April.

Cyclists of all ages met at the VBC Cahoon Road facility to pick up their map that took them to recognized historical points in Bay such as Lakeside Cemetery as well as those not as obviously historical such as Reese Park. There, riders learned about The Interurban Electric Train that connected early twentieth century Bay Village residents to Public Square in Cleveland.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:17 AM, 05.05.2015

Project Pedal rides again

Aren’t you just loving this steadily improving spring weather? It makes you want to get outside and soak in the freshness and beauty that surrounds us. In fact, we think it’s the perfect time of year for a bike ride. With that in mind, it’s our pleasure to announce that Project Pedal is back on Saturday, June 13!

This opportunity to enjoy the scenery and fresh air while getting great exercise is available for all ages. Best of all, riders will be having fun while helping to raise funds to continue the mission of Village Project. A change this year is that all routes begin and end at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. The event begins at 8 a.m., and all rides are concluded by 1 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:14 AM, 05.05.2015

Calling all Special Olympians

The Westlake Kiwanis Family and the Westlake City Schools would like to invite anyone with special needs to take part in the fifth annual Special Olympics competition at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 13, at the Westlake High School track, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The event will start with a parade around the track with the Special Olympics torch.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:14 AM, 05.05.2015

Generous guests support Youth Challenge

More than 350 guests “partied with a purpose” at the Youth Challenge "Gallery Gala" annual benefit and auction on April 18 at 78th Street Studios in Cleveland. Guests helped raise over $200,000 to fund adapted programs for children with physical disabilities. This support allows Youth Challenge to reach hundreds of children in the Greater Cleveland community, providing them with opportunities to play sports, make friends and embrace their own unique abilities.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:24 AM, 05.05.2015

Furthering women's education with gifts that moms love

Please plan to attend Chapter AE (P.E.O. International) "Furthering Women's Education" fundraiser. The event will be Thursday, May 7, from 5-7 p.m. It will be held at the Dover Congregational Church, 2239 Dover Center Road, Westlake. The event includes a silent auction of Longaberger baskets filled with various items (bidding will close at 6:15 p.m.), cash and carry gift items, plants, wreaths and baked goods. There will be light refreshments. There is no charge for the event. Cash and checks only will be accepted.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.05.2015

Bay Bike To School Challenge kicks off with April 30 bicycle fair

Get your bicycle ready to roll at the Bay Village Bicycle Fair on Thursday, April 30, 6-7:30 p.m., at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. Residents are invited to bring their bicycles for a free safety inspection and have the chance to win a bicycle helmet, get a free bike license, learn about the benefits of bicycling, and kick off National Bike Month in May. It is free and open to the public.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 11:35 AM, 04.24.2015

Police Chief Mark Spaetzel will address unsolved Amy Mihaljevic case

A 25-year-old unsolved murder case will be the topic of discussion when Bay Village Police Chief Mark A. Spaetzel speaks at the May 21 Bay Village Historical Society potluck dinner program at the Bay Community House.

Amy Mihaljevic, a 10-year-old Bay Village elementary school student, was kidnapped from the Bay Square Shopping Center in October 1989. Her body was found dumped in a field in remote Ashland County in February 1990. Chief Spaetzel will talk about the progress his department and the FBI have made in solving the still-active murder case.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.21.2015

Avoid chemicals when spring cleaning

With warmer weather moving in, now is the time to start thinking about spring cleaning – inside and out, all year round. That's why the Bay Village Green Team will be hosting a Green Cleaning Workshop on Wednesday, April 29, from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Bay Village Branch Library.

The workshop is free to attend and participants will have the opportunity to make two green cleaners to take home for a $10 fee. This workshop is intended for anyone interested in learning how to replace toxic cleaning and landscaping products with safe alternatives that you can make from everyday household ingredients. Reducing toxins and other harsh chemicals at home and in the yard helps to protect yourself, your family, your pets and our local watersheds from harmful chemicals.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:38 AM, 04.21.2015