Community Events

A little geography can be big help in genealogy

The dawn of the 21st century ushered in a new “information era” of research capabilities. Personal computers and search engines allowed for anyone to easily mine mountains of electronic data from the most relevant sources, for a particular subject, at any hour of the day without leaving home. Traditional research practices of physically visiting various repositories became “so yesterday.” 

This is particularly evident in the area of genealogical and family history research, where the need to visit local libraries, historical societies and county courthouses has been reduced greatly. Popular genealogical search engines and databases, such as FamilySearch, Fold3 and HeritageQuest, can be freely accessed electronically from anywhere, using a library account and pin number.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.03.2016

Project Pedal is ready to roll on June 18

School is almost out and summer is on its way, and that means it is time once again for Project Pedal. This multi-route bike ride offers beautiful early summer scenery, healthy exercise and an enjoyable experience to share with family and friends of all ages. Best of all, riders will be having fun while helping to raise funds to continue the mission of Village Project. Project Pedal begins at 9 a.m. and all rides are concluded by 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 18. All routes begin and end at Bay Middle School at 27725 Wolf Road.

There are five routes to choose from:

  • Pea Pod Pedal (100 yards) is for two- and three-year-olds on trikes and big wheels. Registration fee: $10.
  • Sprout Route (400 yards) is for children six years and under on two-wheelers, with or without training wheels. Registration fee: $15.
  • Cucumber Course (6 miles) is for all ages. The route travels primarily side streets with a rest stop at Village Project headquarters. Parental supervision is suggested for young riders. Registration fee: $25.
  • Kale Trail (15 miles) is for intermediate riders of all ages. The route travels through Bay Village. Rest stops will be at Village Project, Reese Park and Bradley Park. Sidewalks are available throughout the ride. Parental supervision is suggested for young riders. Registration fee: $30.
  • Artichoke Adventure (35 miles) is for more experienced riders of all ages. The route travels through Bay Village, Avon Lake and Westlake. Rest stops will be at Village Project, Reese Park and Bradley Park in Bay Village. Much of the ride will take place on well-traveled roads such as Lake, Bradley, Walker and Hilliard. Registration fee: $40.
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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:54 AM, 05.03.2016

Two earn Bay Village Historical Society scholarships

Bay High seniors Rachel Zvara and Jocelyn Joseph have been selected to receive $1,000 scholarships from the Bay Village Historical Society.

Rachel has lived in Bay Village her whole life. She is the daughter of Jennifer, and granddaughter of Janet Zvara, former Bay Village citizen of the year and longtime curator of the Rose Hill Museum.

Jocelyn has lived in Bay Village for 18 years and is the daughter of Jeanne; she also lives with, and cares for, her grandmother.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.03.2016

Great Closet Clean-Out to support Bay athletics

The Bay Rockets Association is again conducting its clothing collection drive, The Great Clean-Out, April 29 (3-7 p.m.), April 30 (3-7 p.m.), and May 1 (3-7 p.m). All funds raised will benefit both Bay Rockets Athletics and Easter Seals Northern Ohio. Bay Rocket Athletics relies on fundraising to ensure that Bay Village Schools can maintain athletic teams from 7th to 12th grades. Easter Seals Northern Ohio uses these funds to support over 15,000 people with disabilities. The clothing drive is an innovative way for these organizations to raise funds without having to sell anything.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.19.2016

Raffles aid Bay Days fireworks fund

A limited number of tickets for two different raffle prizes are now available to aid the 2016 Bay Days Fireworks Fund.

One half of the Fourth of July fireworks celebration is now privately funded, so volunteers are working to raise money to make sure the celebration goes off with a bang.

The first raffle is for a Cavs package, which includes tickets to 10 select games of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2016/2017 season, plus membership in the Wine and Gold United, which confers numerous other benefits outside Cavaliers tickets, such as discounts on Monsters and Gladiators tickets and events. Tickets are in Sec. 227, Row 13, Seats 17 and 18, on the aisle and re-sellable. The winner will also receive a “swag bag” of Cavaliers merchandise.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.19.2016

Village Bicycle gears up for second annual History Mystery Ride

Do you like a good mystery? Here’s your chance to visit some historical mystery sites in Bay Village and learn about some strange phenomenon such as the Mystery Wave, Dover Center Gun Battle and the Sheppard Murder. Come support the Village Bicycle Cooperative’s second History Mystery Ride ("Hi My") which will be held on Saturday, May 7, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Participants will meet at Village Bicycle Cooperative, located at 303 Cahoon Road. 

In celebration of Mother's Day, all moms will receive a special gift!

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:42 AM, 04.19.2016

Historical society yard sale means spring is here

Spring has arrived and the flowers are blooming – that means the Westlake Historical Society Spring Yard Sale will soon be here. The Society's board and its members invite you to our sale on the Clague House Museum lawn, Saturday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There will be a pre-sale on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. for members and friends of the Society. Coffee and donuts will be available the morning of the sale. A 50/50 raffle, fresh popped popcorn, and cold drinks will be available in the afternoon.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.19.2016

Bay Village Community Council meets to share events

The Bay Village Community Council, an assembly of representatives from many of the city’s civic groups and nonprofit organizations, met on April 14 to share news and notes. Outgoing Council officers – co-presidents Darin Snyder and Lou Popp, secretary Jessica Breslin and treasurer Therese Koomar – were thanked for their year of service. New officers were elected and will begin their terms at the May 18 meeting: Tara Wendell, president; Jessica Breslin, vice president; Mary Kay Wilson, secretary; and Therese Koomar, treasurer.

BAYarts reported a successful spring and the continued popularity of its varied programming. Registration for summer programming began April 12 and within hours many of the programs were nearly full! The Ryel Ceramics studio continues to strengthen the reach and impact of the BAYarts campus-providing accessibility and functionality for all those who wish to participate. Summer camps, workshops and the summer concert series details are all available at bayarts.net. Save the date for Moondance 2016 on Sept. 10!

The Bay Village American Legion Post #385 has recently selected two Bay High Junior girls to attend the Buckeye Girls State at Mount Union College. Funding for this project was partially provided by the Bay Kiwanis Club. Additionally, two Bay High junior boys were selected to attend Buckeye Boys State in June at Bowling Green State University. Both Buckeye Girls and Boys programs teach the students how state, county and city governments work. The one-week programs allow the students to run for government positions and if elected, learn just what is required to serve in that position. The students will report on their experiences at future Legion and Kiwanis meetings. The Legion Post is reaching out to relatives of active duty military personnel. Those parents or spouses of full-time service members can obtain a Blue Service Star for their home by contacting Americanism Chairman, Jim Potter, at 440-899-9343.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.19.2016

Westlake Kiwanis Hear Earth Day Coalition Speaker

The Westlake Kiwanis hosted a program on Earth Day at a recent meeting. Their guest speaker was Scott Sanders, executive director of Earth Day Coalition. 

Scott spoke on the upcoming EarthFest 2016, Sunday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds. This is the Ohio's largest environmental education event and the longest-running Earth Day celebration in the nation.

Scott encourage all to come out and celebrate the Year of Clean Transportation with all-day entertainment, eco-activities, biodiesel-powered amusement park rides, music on four stages, urban farm animals, petting zoos, Jungle Bob with his animal friends, pony rides, local food trucks, micro-brewers and vintners.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:38 AM, 04.15.2016

Partnership provides strategies to help your child shine

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will partner with Dr. Meghan Barlow to host "Understanding the Preschooler’s Perspective" on Monday, April 25. This free, informational gathering is open to the public and will address strategies to help your child shine.

Dr. Barlow, Center staff and parents will explore normal milestones and reasonable expectations for children who are of preschool age. Specifically, they’ll examine how play can be used to teach skills and manage behavior, explore strategies for keeping children engaged and occupied, develop tips to ease anxiety and provide helpful resources.

This highly successful series was created in 2015 through the partnership of Dr. Barlow and the Center’s preschool coordinator, Teece Lester. “We have amazing students in our programs,” notes Lester. “We want to work with these children and their families to help provide more tools and resources, allowing everyone to thrive.”

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:12 AM, 04.05.2016

Michael Heaton comes to Porter Library

The Westlake Porter Public Library is celebrating National Library Week with Cleveland’s own Minister of Culture, Michael Heaton. Heaton has been an award-winning popular culture columnist and reporter at the Plain Dealer since 1987. Heaton is the son of Chuck Heaton, sports writer for the Plain Dealer and brother of well-known actress Patricia Heaton. He will be talking about his favorite memories of being a journalist in Cleveland.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.05.2016

BVECPTA to hold Spring Kids’ Resale April 9

Stop by the Bay Village Early Childhood PTA's annual Spring Kids’ Resale on Saturday, April 9, from 8:00 a.m. to noon at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road. Admission is $5 from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and $1 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

The sale features gently used baby and children’s clothing (sizes newborn to 14/16), baby items, toys and games, books, and large items such as strollers, cribs, high chairs and outdoor play items. It's a great place for parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, neighbors and babysitters to pick up gently used items for children. Shoppers with strollers are welcome.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:13 AM, 04.05.2016

Rose Hill Museum reopens with an exhibit of vintage fashions

Vintage fashions from Rose Hill Museum’s extensive collection will be the highlight of a new exhibit when the museum reopens for the season on April 10. The elegant fashions date from 1818 to 1950.

“The fashions are fun for all to see up close and in a unique setting,” said Janet Zvara, museum director. “This exhibit is sure to evoke fond memories of times gone by.”

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.05.2016

Mayor Sutherland to speak on State of the City at chamber luncheon

Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland will be the guest speaker at the April 19 West Shore Chamber of Commerce luncheon to discuss the State of the City. Mayor Sutherland will give a presentation on all that is new and growing in Bay as well as answer questions from the guests.

The luncheon will be held at LaCentre, 25777 Detroit Road in Westlake, starting at 11:30 a.m. and running until 1:00 p.m. If you would like to attend this lunch, a reservation is required. The cost is $20 and can be paid to the West Shore Chamber. Call 440-777-3368 or email your reservation to contact@powerofmorechambers.org.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:03 AM, 04.05.2016

Gift Basket Galore & More fundraiser

Chapter AE of P.E.O. International welcomes you to attend Gift Basket Galore & More, a fundraiser to be held on Thursday, May 5, from 5-7 p.m. at UCC Dover Congregational Church 2239 Dover Center Road, Westlake. 

The event includes a silent auction of theme-filled Longaberger baskets, cash-and-carry gift items, plants, wreaths, baked goods and a raffle – something for everyone, gifts for many occasions (just in time for Mother’s Day). There will be light refreshments and it is free to attend. All those who come are eligible for our door prize drawing. Cash and checks will be accepted, and the bidding on the baskets will end at 6:15 p.m. We will also be raffling off a Crocker Park extravaganza weekend which includes a two night stay at the Hilton Double Tree with breakfast for two, restaurant gift certificates, Regal movie tickets, and more!

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:04 AM, 04.05.2016

Kids love pancakes

Kids love pancakes, Kiwanis serve kids, Kiwanis make pancakes, is it kismet?

The Westlake Kiwanis will hold their spring pancake breakfast  on Sunday, April 17. The breakfast will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Westlake High School cafeteria, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.

Breakfast includes all the pancakes you can eat! Plus sausage, orange juice, milk, coffee and tea. Tickets are $6. Children six and under eat for free.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.05.2016

Power of More Business Showcase brings consumers and businesses together

This year's Power of More Chamber Business Showcase will be feature over 70 businesses representing all six area chambers of commerce, including West Shore, North Coast, Fairview Park and North Olmsted. 

The show is hosted by the Fairview Park chamber and will be held in the Gemini Center on Thursday, April 21, from 2-6 p.m. This event brings 200-300 people each year to explore all the great local businesses we have in our community. Several local restaurants will be on hand to offer food samples and refreshments. The show is open to the public and free of charge.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:04 AM, 04.05.2016

Westlake Easter Egg Scramble set for March 19

Spring is in the air, Easter is fast approaching and both will be celebrated at the Westlake Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Westlake Town Criers.

This year the event will be held on Saturday, March 19, at the playground in front of the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd. This is a free event for children age 10 and younger.

Promptly at 1:00 pm, children ages 4 through 6 will take off on a scramble for wrapped candy and in search for special eggs that are redeemable for stuffed animals. A second scramble will be held at 1:30 p.m. for children ages 7 through 10. Simultaneously there is a non-competitive egg hunt for children age 3 and under.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.15.2016

NOURISH makes a healthy debut

More than 400 people attended the inaugural NOURISH event at the Hyland headquarters on February 27. The evening was planned to raise funds for Village Project.

Guests were treated to several different stations featuring delicious dishes prepared from Village Project recipes, as well as live, silent and Chinese auctions. In addition, guests were given Village Project “passports” allowing them to explore the many endeavors of the organization, which provides meals and sustaining services to families experiencing cancer in the western suburbs, including Bay Village and Westlake.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.15.2016

Are you fearful of speaking? Toastmasters can help!

Are you terrified of speaking in a group or one-on-one? Don't let your fears hold you back any longer. It's time to face your fears like the champion you know you are. Inside of you is a person who has a lot to say and the Toastmasters community needs to hear your ideas. Toastmasters is not only about speaking, it is about sharing from your heart and offering what others need to hear.                         

A Toastmasters club is a group of people who want to learn how to improve their speaking skills. Toastmasters will give you the skills and confidence you need to effectively express yourself in any situation. Whether you are a professional, student, stay-at-home parent or retiree, Toastmasters is the most efficient, enjoyable and affordable way of gaining great communication skills.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:07 AM, 03.15.2016

Something for everyone at the Dwyer Center in March!

It’s not too late to sign up for several upcoming activities at the Bay Village Dwyer Senior Center:

Wednesday, March 16 (12:30 p.m.) Leaving a Legacy, Matters of the Heart – Unlike legal wills that transfer material possessions, an ethical will bequeaths personal values, reflections, traditions, advice and memories to loved ones. Join us to learn more. RSVP, 835-6565.

Wednesday, March 16 (2 p.m.) 2016 Tour Preview: Fun-filled extended trips – Richard Urbas from Wendt Touring will provide highlights of two upcoming trips. Detailed flyers and registration forms are available from the Dwyer Center.

Tuesday, March 22 (10 a.m.) New! Creative Stirrings Readers’ Theatre & Arts – You are invited to attend a social gathering introducing “Creative Stirrings,” a new class beginning this spring at the Dwyer Center. Enjoy a warm beverage and light fare as we discuss the details of this Readers’ Theatre and Arts Group. Your input is welcome! We will consider the dramatic subjects and themes to be featured in class. Bring a friend! A class series will be offered April 4, 11, 18 and 25 from 3:30-5 p.m. Fee: $15 for Bay residents, $20 for non-residents. Registration open now.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:06 AM, 03.15.2016

Spring Fling to benefit WECPTA

Join the Westlake Early Childhood PTA (WECPTA) at Rue 254, 32025 Detroit Road, Avon, on Saturday, April 9, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. for an evening of fun and socializing! The Spring Fling is the WECPTA’s annual spring fundraising event. Tickets are $20/person, and include heavy appetizers and desserts. There will be a cash bar. Invite your friends for a great night out!

As always, we will have our renowned auction with incredible items for you to bid on and take home. This year our fundraiser will include a wine pull for $20. Wines will be sorted into reds and whites, valued between $10 and $50. Everyone's a winner!

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:06 AM, 03.15.2016

Lions Club collects eyeglasses, hearing aids

Since 1925, when the Lions Club pledged to help the blind and to work to eradicate preventable blindness at the urging of Helen Keller, they have lived up this promise in numerous ways. One such effort has been the collection of used eyeglasses. The Lions are most recognized by their eyeglass collection boxes that can be found in any town or community in such places as libraries, grocery stores, waiting rooms and so forth. If you have an old prescription sitting in a drawer or if you've lost a loved one and are unsure what to do with their glasses, the Lions Recycle for Sight Program has the answer.

The WestShore Lions Club is collecting your old eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids. Your donations will be cleaned and packaged to be utilized in missions going to third-world countries.     

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 9:59 AM, 03.15.2016

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