Community Events

Antique dealers, artisans invited to 47th Cahoon in June

The Bay Village Historical Society invites antique dealers and fine craft artisans to participate in its 47th annual “Cahoon in June” event on June 18.

Held in Bay Village’s beautiful and historic Cahoon Memorial Park on the shores of Lake Erie, the show attracts a variety of quality antique and collectible dealers as well as crafters from Ohio and neighboring states. In addition to the exhibitors, this year’s show will feature a wide selection of interesting food, culinary artisans, live music and children’s activities.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.15.2016

Westshore Relay for Life expands to include more cities

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any bigger or better ...

Big changes and new additions are the subject of this year’s Relay. I am so excited! Our Relay is on Saturday, April 30, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. this year and will take place again inside at Westlake High School. We had great feedback last year from Survivors and guests that being inside was more intimate and the smaller track was better for some of our Survivors and participants. Selfishly, I loved the smaller venue because I was able to visit with everyone instead of running from one end of the field to the next. Also the weather indoors will be perfect no matter what Mother Nature decides!

We welcome the cities of Fairview and Rocky River to our Relay of Westshore. We are excited to have new teams and participants working together to make this event bigger and better.  Our Westshore event now includes Westlake, Bay Village, Avon, Avon Lake, Fairview and Rocky River. This makes a united force in finding a cure for this disease. I am looking forward to seeing where we can take this event.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:31 AM, 03.01.2016

Bay Village Kiwanis serve up spring pancake breakfast

Bay Village Kiwanians and Bay High Key Clubbers will hold their annual spring pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 20, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Bay Middle School Cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road. And due to popular demand, the Easter Bunny and the Fairytale Foundation Princesses will again make appearances this year!

The all-you-can-eat breakfast includes pancakes, syrup, link sausages, milk, juice and coffee for $6 per person presale, and $7 at the door. Children age six and under eat for free. Advance tickets are available from your favorite Kiwanian, or you can email baykiwanis@gmail.com or visit the organization’s Facebook page (Bay Village Kiwanis) for more information.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:33 AM, 03.01.2016

Fundraiser helps addiction recovery foundation

Since its inception the HUGS Foundation has served over 200 families, helping offset the costs of recovery from chemical dependence. On Feb. 20, supporters of the organization joined for a benefit at BAYarts, raising more than $10,000 – ensuring that more families in Northeast Ohio will be able to receive the help that they need.

“What a perfect evening!” said Dianne Vogt, executive director of the HUGS Foundation. “We couldn’t have asked for more. Surrounded by friends who came out to support our great cause, delicious food by Sweet Melissa’s, a great venue at BAYarts, and great weather! It is also our pleasure to honor Monica Robins for her efforts in bringing awareness to our communities about the heroin epidemic.”

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:30 AM, 03.01.2016

WestShore Lions Club seeks donations for school safety buckets

The WestShore Lions Club has been working since last fall to secure donations for its School Safety Buckets program. These five-gallon plastic buckets, filled with items to be used in an emergency, under the supervision of a teacher – will be distributed to every classroom in the cities of Westlake and North Olmsted.

Items are still needed to complete the 570 buckets:

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:32 AM, 03.01.2016

Friends of the Westside Catholic Center Shelter to hold charity event

The Friends of the West Side Catholic Center has been in existence for 28 years. The primary goal of this group is to support the Shelter at the West Side Catholic Center for women and their children in crisis. The Shelter is designed to be a protective setting where women who have experienced domestic violence or homelessness are taught skills which will enable them to become independent.

The 28th annual Benefit Extraordinaire for the West Side Catholic Center will be held on Sunday, March 6, at LaCentre in Westlake. Shopping begins at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at 12:30, and additional shopping. Tickets are $45 per person and all proceeds from the event directly benefit the Shelter.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:39 AM, 03.01.2016

Big Kid ReSale returns to Westlake

If you are like many people in this day and age, the thought of throwing away your children’s outgrown clothing or toys feels like throwing your hard-earned money out the window. That’s why children’s resale events have grown in popularity. This is a public sale where vendors sell gently used or even new children’s items for a fraction of the cost of buying them at retail. Until recently, there were no options for those savvy shoppers who wanted to buy or sell items for their older kids. That’s where Westlake’s Big Kid ReSale comes in.

After four successful sales since 2012, the fifth annual Big Kid ReSale is set for Saturday, March 12, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Westlake High School, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The sale will feature more than 70 vendors selling clothing sizes 5T to Juniors and gear appropriate for kids elementary age through high school. In addition to clothing and shoes, shoppers will find everything from sports equipment, toys and games to books, music equipment, computer stuff and furniture.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 10:08 AM, 02.16.2016

Westlake facility wins Bay Village soup cook-off

The winner of the Bay Village senior center's eighth annual Soup Cook-off fundraiser was Brookdale Westlake Village, with a delicious pumpkin, apple and bacon soup. Towne Center Community Campus took second and third place with their wonderful lobster bisque and potato soup, respectively.

Over 200 people enjoyed the soups of 10 different senior facilities, including Brighton Gardens, Devon Oaks, the Knickerbocker Apartments, Independence Village, Normandy Care Center, Our House, Village of the Falls and St. Mary of the Woods. 

The real winner was the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center, as this event raised $1,200 to support programming at the center.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.16.2016

Rotary club to host annual speech competition

The annual Rotary Speech Competition is open to all high school students who attend school in the cities of Westlake or Bay Village, or are home schooled in either city.

The theme of the 4- to 7-minute-long speech is to solve an ethical problem using the principles of the Rotary’s 4-Way Test, and should be from the speaker’s personal experience or knowledge.

The registration deadline is March 4 and the competition will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westlake School District’s Parkside Building at 24525 Hilliard Blvd. The first-place winner will receive $150 and move on to the District Competition on April 2. The second- and third-place winners will receive $125 and $100, respectively.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.02.2016

Free, local resources for researching family history

The third season of “Finding Your Roots” is now airing on PBS every Tuesday at 8 p.m. With the help of professional researchers, Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. traces the lineage of three well-known celebrities. The ultimate goal of the program is to expose the viewing audience to the vast collection of research data available online at Ancestry.com and to increase the number of Ancestry.com subscribers. A one-year membership costs $99 to $199.

A more cost-efficient approach is near at hand. Westlake Porter Public Library, the Bay Village Branch Library, and other area libraries subscribe to the Library Edition of Ancestry.com. Library patrons can access this database edition from the library computers. A more complete edition is available to the public from the computers at the Westlake Family History Center at the Mormon LDS church at 25000 Westwood Road six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and also Tuesday through Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. Call 440-777-1518 or email westlakefhc@gmail.com for more information.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.02.2016

Village Bicycle to host winter social Feb. 12

Having some mid-winter blahs? Well Village Bicycle Cooperative has a cure for that! Join us and Bike Cleveland for a winter social at the Village Bicycle Cooperative on Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. We will have plenty of activities for children and adults to enjoy, including: 

  • "Fat bike" demos throughout Cahoon Park.
  • Macaroni and cheese bake-off. If you have a mouth-watering recipe, bring it in to share. There will be a prize awarded to the favorite! 
  • Fun bike craft for all ages.
  • Sledding at Rose Hill which is next to VBC and is lighted (bring your own sleds).
  • Pizza, hot cocoa and warm cider will be provided by Bike Cleveland.
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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.02.2016

Village Project plans nourishing fundraiser

The Merriam-Webster simple definition of nourish reads: 1. To provide (someone or something) with food and other things that are needed to live, be healthy, etc.; 2. To cause (something) to develop or grow stronger.

Nourishing ourselves and our loved ones is a goal that is important to most of us. Nourishing our neighbors experiencing a cancer crisis has been the mission of Village Project for the past five years. During that time over 12,000 meals and sustaining services have been delivered to more than 100 families in the western suburbs, including Bay Village and Westlake.

NOURISH is a special fundraising event being held this month to benefit Village Project so that it will be able to continue to serve local cancer patients and their families. You are invited to join the party to experience an evening of food, fun, entertainment, fellowship and giving. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 6-9 p.m. at Hyland Headquarters Building 1 located at 28500 Clemens Road in Westlake.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.02.2016

Women's Club offers Bay Village-themed items

The Bay Village Women's Club Foundation announces it has a new landmark building available, the Huntington Water Tower by Cat's Meow. It is being sold for $15. Other buildings sell for $10 each.

The water tower and a large stone that passengers used in stepping out of their carriages are the only two features remaining from John Huntington's farm and can be seen at Huntington Park.

The Foundation also has other hometown-themed items available including afghans, Bay Traditions ll Cookbook, and Bay Village playing cards.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.02.2016

Kiwanis Clubs unite to celebrate anniversaries

The Westlake and Bay Village Kiwanis held a joint meeting Jan. 12 at Buca di Beppo to celebrate their 65th anniversaries. Both clubs were founded in 1950 so the party was a little late due to busy schedules by both clubs. Club presidents George Christ of the Westlake club and George MacDonald of Bay Village officiated over the meeting together, including cutting a 65th Anniversary cake.

The evening's guest speaker, local historian Mel Maurer, spoke of the history of the two cities which evolved from one, Dover Township. Dover Township was founded in 1810 by early settlers Joseph Cahoon and Asahel Porter. Then in 1901 Bay Village seceded from Dover Township due to squabbles over taxes and a railroad right-of-way. In 1940, after tiring of confusion with another town named Dover in Ohio, the village changed its name to Westlake.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 AM, 01.19.2016

Bay Village community groups report on upcoming events

The quarterly meeting of the Bay Village Community Council was held on Jan. 14 at the Bay Village Branch Library. A subcommittee composed of Wendy Hanna, George MacDonald, Darin Snyder and Tara Wendell selected the Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year, and representatives from Bay Village groups reported on past activities and future plans.

The Bay Village Women's Club and Foundation’s Annual Antique Show and Sale fundraiser will be on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 13 and 14, at Bay High School. Antique dolls will be featured and a bake sale will be held. For more information, contact Nancy at 440-334-7539. The new Huntington Water Tower by Cats Meow will be available for purchase for $15 along with other Bay Village memorabilia.

The Bay Village Historical Society will host Bette Lou Higgins, artistic director of Eden Valley Enterprises (EVE), for a program entitled, "Next Stop, Freedom!" at the Feb. 19 meeting. All are welcome to attend the Feb. 19 program and potluck dinner free of charge. Guests are asked to bring a side dish for 10 to share and their own place setting. Reservations can be made by phoning Doug Gertz at 440-554-6355 or Cathy Flament at 440-835-4472. Donations are accepted to help defray program costs. The potluck dinner is at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation at the Community House, 303 Cahoon Road. The annual antique and craft show and sale, "Cahoon in June," will take place June 18 in Cahoon Memorial Park. We will once again be part of "Destination Bay." Community groups are invited to participate with free booth space. To reserve a space, contact Cynthia Eakin at case915@aol.com or 216-213-0312.

Bay Village Kiwanis pancake breakfast will be held on March 20. Proceeds benefit the many scholarships awarded by the Kiwanis to local students.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:53 AM, 01.19.2016

Bay Senior Center soup cook-off is Jan. 29

What better way to stay warm in January than to sample 10 delicious, hot soups!

You can do just that on Friday, Jan. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Bay Village Senior Center's eighth annual soup cook-off! Tickets are $5 and must be purchased in advance. This event is a fundraiser for the Dwyer Senior Center, and is always a sell-out, so get your tickets now!

The Dwyer Center is located at 300 Bryson Lane. Call 440-899-3442 to purchase tickets.

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

Women's Club to host 47th annual Antiques Show and Sale

A display of dolls will highlight the 47th annual Antiques Show and Sale sponsored by the Bay Village Women's Club and Foundation on President's Weekend, Feb. 13 and 14, being held at Bay High School, 29230 Wolf Road.

Following the tradition of showcasing trains and quilts in the past, antique and vintage dolls will be featured in the 2016 show. Those created before 1930 are considered antique today. The dolls are classified according to their construction. Most pre-1930 dolls were bisque, papier mache, wood and wax. Also, composition dolls are becoming classified as antique.

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Volume 8, Issue 2, Posted 9:57 AM, 01.19.2016

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