Community Service

Bethesda Childcare Center raises money for local animal rescues

During our summer camp and throughout the year at Bethesda Childcare Center in Bay Village, we do various community service projects for different causes. We do these projects to encourage the children to think about the world around them, while increasing self-confidence and providing a sense of purpose.

In the past, we have sold lemonade as part of Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, raised money to adopt an animal at the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, did a Trike-a-thon for St. Jude's, had a bake sale to support Multiple Sclerosis, and also do a Blessing Bag project in December.

On Friday, July 24, we had a car wash to raise money for Lucky Paws Cat Rescue and Golden Treasures, raising $750. Lucky Paws Cat Rescue is a small, foster home based, non-profit organization. They rescue animals from situations that are abusive, endangering, or neglectful. They provide foster care and medical care for the rescued animals and find them responsible pet owners to adopt and care for these animals.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.04.2020

Westlake Kiwanis and Town Criers join forces to help fire department

The Westlake Kiwanis and the Westlake Town Criers joined forces in donating to the Westlake Fire Department purchase smoke detectors. The donation of $250 each was to help the Westlake Fire Department provide smoke detectors for qualifying families.

To qualify, you must: live in the city of Westlake; own and live in your home; and live on a low income, are a senior citizen or are disabled. To request installation of smoke alarms in your home, call the Westlake Fire Prevention Division at 440-835-6422, Westlake Fire Department at 440-871-3441, or Community Services’ outreach coordinator at 440-899-3544.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.04.2020

Curbside food pickup is back in Westlake

Westlake residents in need of assistance with putting food on the table can once again register online for Curbside Food Pickup through the Westlake Food Pantry.

After a brief hiatus, the program restarted in July and will be offering pre-packaged food bags to residents the last Thursday of each month through at least September.

As with the program’s previous iteration in May and June, food will be distributed at Westlake Senior & Community Services Center to residents who register in advance via the city’s website: www.cityofwestlake.org/activities.

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Volume 12, Issue 15, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.04.2020

Bay Men's Club supports new athletic facility

A number of the past presidents of the Bay Men's Club recently donated $2,100 for the proposed Home of the Rockets facility at the high school. The donation by the past presidents came on top of another $1,000 donated by the club. Past presidents who donated were Dave Blevins, Thomas Brugh, Wayne Douglas, Eric Eakin, Chris Edelman, Pete Gierosky, Dominic Giovannazzo, Sean Riley, Rob Spies, John Stanton, Mike Thies and Pete Winzig.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 10:08 AM, 07.21.2020

Making a Difference: Lisa Lowrie, Cleveland Angels volunteer

Second in a series of articles that aims to inspire readers to take the risk to try something new, see the positive in life, and recognize that everyday people can make a difference by following their passions.

“I always admired people who do really big things in this world,” says Lisa Lowrie. “I’m not good at being that big-project person, but I like to do the small things that help the people doing the big things, so they keep going.”

Lisa’s “small things,” done with great passion, are actually “big things”!

Last fall, a friend introduced Lisa to Cleveland Angels, a non-profit organization whose mission is to work with children in the foster care system, as well as their caretakers, by offering consistent support through intentional giving, relationship building and mentorship. This mission piqued Lisa’s interest as she has a soft spot for people who foster and adopt children. At 18, Lisa was adopted.

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Volume 12, Issue 14, Posted 10:06 AM, 07.21.2020

Making a Difference: Jane Blackie, Bay Village LWV chair

First in a series of articles that aims to inspire readers to take the risk to try something new, see the positive in life, and recognize that everyday people can make a difference by following their passions.

During this pandemic, many of us have struggled to stay positive and motivated. Therefore, let us look to role models to inspire us. Jane Blackie, chair of the Bay Village Chapter of the League of Women Voters (LWV) is one who could serve as a role model for us all as she is one of those inspiring people making a difference during these unique times.

The League of Women Voters is a non-partisan organization, formed 100 years ago in conjunction with the suffrage movement.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.07.2020

Westlake Kiwanis, police partner on bike helmets for Safety Town

The Westlake Kiwanis and the Westlake Police Department partnered on providing bike helmets for children attending Safety Town.

The helmets were purchased jointly from the Ohio District Kiwanis Foundation as a fundraiser for the Foundation. The Kiwanis Foundation also provides funds to local clubs to help with projects dealing with children.

The police department and Safety Town will see to the distribution of these helmets.

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Volume 12, Issue 13, Posted 10:02 AM, 07.07.2020

Bay Village police chief Mark Spaetzel retires

If you know the Bay Village Chief of Police, Mark Spaetzel, then you know he is a thoughtful, caring and diligent father, police officer and chief. After 35 years with the Bay Village Police Department, Mark Spaetzel is retiring. Since we can't have what would be a large party of family and friends the least that should be done is to note a little about his life and achievements.

Born in 1963 in Lorain, Ohio, Mark's family has lived a long time in Avon Lake. Not only did he grow up in Avon Lake and go to school there, his grandmother was in the first class to graduate from Avon Lake High School. His father, Richard, and mom, Dorothy, are both still living in Avon Lake and very proud of their son. Police work is in the family: his grandfather, Ed, was part-time Avon Lake officer, while his brother Steve is a Lakewood police officer and a cousin is also a policeman.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 11:10 AM, 06.02.2020

Bay Men's Club and friends clean up on Memorial Day

It didn’t take long for the Bay Men’s Club to jump in and help a Bay Village family struggling with cancer. Damon Bower, a Bay High schooler, is currently undergoing chemotherapy treatments.
 
Volunteer organizer, past president of BMC and current Ward 4 City Councilman Peter Winzig led the effort. "A close friend of mine called and asked if I would reach out to some friends to help the Bower family with some much needed yard work", said Mr. Winzig. “I made a few calls, sent out an email request to other BMC past presidents, and asked current BMC President Matt Williams to do the same to our membership. In typical BMC fashion, positive 'count me in' support rolled in and the guys just kept showing up to help.”
 
On Memorial Day, the volunteer team of adults and kids descended up the Bower house, trimmed trees and bushes, cleaned and raked out the gardens, cut grass, edged the gardens and sidewalks and spruced up the entire yard.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:36 AM, 06.02.2020

Bay Men's Club awards scholarships

The Bay Men’s Club has awarded $1,500 scholarships to three very deserving Bay High students: Claire Blevins, Mason Hewko, and Jane Finley.

Scholarships are awarded based on need, character, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities.

Blevins enjoys art, photography, being outside, and hanging out with friends. She was on the varsity volleyball team her freshman and sophomore years, which got cut short after she was diagnosed with cancer in 2017. She was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, and after many rounds of chemo and hospitalizations she finished treatment in December 2019, only to sadly relapse in March. She is preparing for a bone marrow transplant in June, and plans to take classes at Cuyahoga Community College her first year while she finishes treatment, then transfer to another four-year college and major in nursing.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:47 AM, 06.02.2020

The Bay Village Legion remembers

The Bay Village American Legion Post #385 honored Memorial Day with their traditional 21-gun salute at Lakeside Cemetery.

Chaplain Ed Kus gave an opening prayer and Commander Stanley Zeager read the names of those 59 individuals who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms that we all enjoy.

Janice Blanton represented the Daughters of the American Revolution at the event.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:35 AM, 06.02.2020

Bay Village Kiwanis announces annual scholarship awards

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club has been sponsoring the annual Bay Village Academic Achievement Awards Night for over 50 years. The Awards Night is typically held in the Bay High School auditorium. This year, due to social distancing guidelines, the event was held online. The annual Kiwanis Awards Dinner honoring the recipients will tentatively be held later this summer.

For the 2019-2020 school year, the Bay Village Kiwanis Club has awarded 16 scholarships totaling $12,750, to the following students:

  • $250 Department Awards: Olivia Doland, Art; Thomas Ferrara, Business; Dominic Yontosh, Career Based Intervention; Elizabeth Holup, English; Caden Barker, Family & Consumer Sciences; Ben Anderson, Mathematics; Max Linn Shelton, Music; Audrey Ray, Science; Patricia Yuhas, Social Studies; Stephen Tepper, Technology; Juliana Reising, World Language
  • $2,000 Kiwanis Scholarship Awards: Olivia Doland, Noah Lowery, Edward Papp
  • $2,000 Kiwanis Key Club Scholarship Awards: Madison Florez, Shea Janos
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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:39 AM, 06.02.2020

A cut above

Part of a series of articles highlighting local employees going above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic.

Heroes wear many uniforms ... and this one wears jeans and a baseball cap!

I’d been wanting to buy a glass top for my pedestal table for five years. The stay-at-home mandate created time to research this purchase. I grabbed my phone and typed in “glass tops” in Google Maps, and a list appeared.

First listing: permanently closed. Sad. Second listing: within five minutes, I knew this was NOT the person I wanted to do business with as he made selecting a glass top as complicated as rocket science.

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Volume 12, Issue 11, Posted 10:38 AM, 06.02.2020

Westlake Food Pantry flips script on curbside pickup

While many of us are supporting local restaurants by taking advantage of their curbside pickup services, the Westlake Food Pantry has flipped the script and is using the curbside pickup concept to benefit locals in need.

The Senior and Community Services Department’s new Friday Curbside Pickup program, supported by a $1,000 grant from the Community West Foundation, offers residents facing economic struggles related to the coronavirus pandemic a new, safe and discreet avenue to utilize the city’s Food Pantry. Friends and family members of residents who are struggling but unable to pickup food items themselves also are encouraged to register to use the program.

It’s a concept that has gained traction in other parts of the country and the Community Services staff in Westlake hopes it can become the norm in Northeast Ohio. Similar events have been organized in the area but not necessarily with plans to run long-term. In Westlake, the Community Services Department intends to continue to keep the program going as long as the demand is there.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:42 AM, 05.19.2020

Bay Chapter LWV awards scholarships

The Bay Village Chapter of the League of Women Voters is pleased to announce the Bay High School recipients of the 2020 Good Citizen Scholar Awards: Ellie LaMotte and John Kilbane. These students will be awarded $1,000 each for their college expenses and were selected by the Bay High staff to whom we are grateful.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of women suffrage, the 100th anniversary of the League of Women Voters, and the 73rd anniversary of the Bay Village Chapter. As a grassroots organization with nationwide influence, the League firmly believes that each of us can make a difference by demonstrating character, scholarship and leadership.  Our scholarship winners embody that sentiment.

This memorial scholarship honors two eminent Bay League members: Maxine M. McQuate, a champion of student involvement in government, and George Serb, community historian and peerless citizen activist.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:56 AM, 05.19.2020

Spreading a second round of sunshine to Westlake seniors

The incredibly positive response from recipients of the “100 Bags of Sunshine” initiative in March inspired the Westlake Department for Senior and Community Services to launch a second round with the help of donations from many new sponsors.

As with the first event, staff worked to identify 100 Westlake seniors that could benefit from a spirit lift during this challenging time.

Each bag included homemade cookies, greeting cards, heart-shaped stress balls, multiple puzzle books, adult coloring books, colored pencils, granola snacks, miscellaneous chocolates, pens, pill containers, tea bags and (of course) toilet paper. This time, the note that came with the toilet paper rolls read “You’ve been Tea-p’d!”

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:42 AM, 05.19.2020

Heroes wear many uniforms ...

Part of a series of articles highlighting local employees going above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic.

... and Dan Kozar wears three! A realtor’s sports jacket, a local grocer’s shirt, and an online shopper’s T-shirt!

Young people have been affected by the coronavirus, too. Many of them have had their career aspirations put on hold. Dan Kozar is no exception.

Over the years, Dan has supplemented his career dreams while working at a local grocery store. I’m sure I’m just one of many who have experienced his amazing “of service” attitude and infectious smile every time we shop.

But what we may not see is his perseverance and drive to achieve his dreams.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:46 AM, 05.19.2020

Donations sought for Senior and Community Services programs

The Westlake Department for Senior and Community Services is working tirelessly to offer virtual programs to keep residents connected and active while also continuing to provide vital social services to those in need.

These difficult times present unprecedented challenges in doing both but our residents can help by making small donations to support these programming efforts.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:42 AM, 05.19.2020

Westlake Community Services offers virtual programs

The Westlake Senior and Community Services Department is offering new virtual programs to keep residents engaged and to hopefully help them smile. The department is primarily using the Zoom format for the events for which meeting invitations are only emailed to those who are registered.

The department also offers the Senior Strong program, which utilizes a telephone conferencing format.

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Volume 12, Issue 10, Posted 10:41 AM, 05.19.2020

Serving the community

The first in a series of articles highlighting local employees going above and beyond during the coronavirus pandemic.

Heroes wear many uniforms ... and one of those uniforms is a green Cahoon Nursery shirt! Thanks to Jim, Connell and Alec for their outstanding service in this time of social distancing.

Small businesses represents 75% of our economy. Let us not forget all the employees that show up for work and work extremely hard to keep their small business employers afloat during these trying times.

My hubby and I ventured out to Cahoon Nursery for “essential” replacement trees. Not only did Alec respect social distancing, but he managed to answer every question and show us every option while keeping his distance.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.05.2020

Bay Village Scout earns Eagle rank

Hunter Darst, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on April 13. His Eagle service project team built a commemorative podium and binder display for deceased veterans of Bay Village. Hunter is a member of the St. Edward High School Class of 2020.  He plans to attend the University of Cincinnati to study computer engineering.

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Volume 12, Issue 9, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.05.2020

Good Friday is celebrated in a unique way in Westshore communities

Good Friday is one of the holiest days of the year for Catholics. Traditionally, The Passion is read and the Stations of the Cross are prayed at various churches on Good Friday. This year the typical observances would be put on hold because of the stay-at-home order from Governor Mike DeWine due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, 14 Bay Village, Westlake and Rocky River families created a way to commemorate the journey of Christ and join the community together, while still social distancing through the Driving Stations of the Cross.

The effort was led by Dr. Katie Bekeny-Kelly and her family of Bay Village. She started a text string on April 1, asking each family to volunteer to create some sort of display of the 14 Stations of the Cross for Friday, April 10. The goal was for families and community members to drive by each exhibit and use the Catholic All Year Stations of the Cross devotional to say prayers, read Bible verses, and meditate with the visual model of the path of Jesus.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 9:05 AM, 04.21.2020

Easter food distribution comes at critical time for local families

Every year around this time, the Westlake Senior and Community Services Department holds its Easter Food Distribution program through which residents in need can make an appointment to receive vital food supplies.

Each family was provided a ticket with a time indicating when to show up to claim their food and received a treasure trove of essentials to take home without having to leave their cars. Families received a free turkey, fresh produce, a flower and other essentials.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 9:04 AM, 04.21.2020

Community residents and Kiwanis support restaurants and Meals on Wheels

Neighbors are coming together in creative ways to support each other and community organizations during this uncertain time. Westlake Meals on Wheels (WMOW) is partnering with local restaurants and the program has received tremendous support.  Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough endorses the program and feels it can have a positive impact. “Si Senor & Subway are just two of the Westlake businesses that have stepped up to help. I encourage other businesses and volunteers to join us in this great program,” said the Mayor.

Westlake School Superintendent Dr. Scott Goggin also expressed support. “Including our local businesses is a great idea to not only provide for our senior citizens, but also support our local businesses.  This is a creative idea to build a win-win relationship,” said Dr. Goggin.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 9:01 AM, 04.21.2020

100 bags of sunshine

In mid-March, two weeks prior to Governor Mike DeWine's order, the West Shore senior centers proactively suspended all senior activities. That being said, we are all busier than ever creating physically distant avenues to serve the public, especially seniors, during this time of greater need. And, although we have all pared down our services, observing rules on essential versus nonessential employees, we are still open via phone and email, often handling inquiries on a case by case basis.

An obvious need is food. Thankfully we have been hearing that neighbors and families have been dedicated to helping their elder loved ones get the supplies they need and thus limiting unnecessary trips to the store. As for folks who do not have help, we are working with them on a case by case basis. In Westlake, we also operate a food pantry which is available to all Westlake residents in need (regardless of age).  Our food pantry requests have increased by over 25% in these first weeks as so many have faced a loss of income after being laid off.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.07.2020

Bay Village community supports seniors during pandemic

Bay Village is a community that comes together to support those who need help in times of need, and the COVID-19 crisis is definitely one of those times.

As seniors are particularly at risk with the coronavirus, several community programs have been created to help our seniors stay at home to reduce their risk:

  • More than 40 residents have stepped up to volunteer by shopping for groceries or prescriptions, or by making “checking in” phone calls to help with the loneliness that the quarantine brings. Bay Village Community Services is coordinating this effort. Anyone who needs help should call Community Services at 440-899-3442, and we will contact a volunteer to help fill your need.
  • All of the Bay Village churches are reaching out to their congregations to offer similar help. If you are a member of a church and are more comfortable calling them for help, they will be ready.
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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.07.2020

Westlake Kiwanis host program on Safety Town

Olivia Kostecke, director of Safety Town for Westlake, was the guest speaker at the Feb. 25 Westlake Kiwanis meeting. Olivia spoke on the history of Safety Town and their future plans.

Safety Town is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Safety Town is a two-week summer learning experience for children entering kindergarten and teaches youngsters street safety and introduces them to the police department as their friend. It was conceived by Westlake Mayor Alexander Roman and Service Director Lloyd Barnes and was opened on June 22, 1970.

The program began behind City Hall and continued there until 1990. In 1990, Safety Town was moved to a location behind Dover Elementary School during the construction of the new police station. It has since been returned to the City Hall complex.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.07.2020

Westlake Kiwanis thanks sponsors

In this time of global pandemic, most volunteer organizations are suffering through their fundraising efforts. The Westlake Kiwanis is no different as they had to cancel their Spring Pancake Breakfast scheduled for March 29. The spring and fall pancake breakfasts fund various projects such as the Westlake Community Holiday Food Drives for Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter. They also support Adopt-a-Family for Christmas, Safety Town and many other projects. We would like to thank companies and individuals, corporate sponsors, for their generous donations and placemats.

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Volume 12, Issue 7, Posted 9:46 AM, 04.07.2020

Foundation honors Bay residents through bronze plaque program

If you’ve ever walked along the lake in Cahoon Park, you may have noticed a small footbridge lined with bronze plaques. You may even recognize the names engraved on the plaques as some of the city’s finest citizens. Do you have a family member or friend that you wish to honor in this special way?

The Bay Village Foundation has been creating a beautiful place to remember loved ones for 18 years. The Foundation’s Bronze Plaque Program was established as a way for families and friends to give permanent recognition to Bay citizens in one central place. Donors that contribute $2,500 or more may request a plaque to honor the life and work of Bay Village residents, living or deceased. The plaques are engraved with personalized text and are installed on the T. Richard Martin Footbridge in Cahoon Memorial Park.

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Volume 12, Issue 5, Posted 10:06 AM, 03.03.2020

Aktion Club makes valentines for seniors

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club spent the afternoon of Sunday, Feb. 8, at the Michael's craft store in Westlake creating valentines to be delivered to local assisted living facilities. They were able to create 180 valentines which were delivered on Valentine's Day weekend.

Aktion Club is a Kiwanis Service Club for individuals living with disabilities 18 years of age or older. If you or someone you know meets this criteria and would like to join the club, contact Vic Rutkoski at 216-433-1759.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:03 AM, 02.18.2020

Bay High School Key Club holds pizza bake-off

The Bay High School Key Club, along with the Bay Village Kiwanis Club, would like to thank everyone for supporting our most recent fundraiser. Six local vendors provided the pizza with the Key Club membership providing the desserts in an all-you-can-eat extravaganza whose proceeds help us continue our work of supporting those in need throughout our community.

The six vendors – Buca di Beppo, Domino’s, Gina’s, Marco’s, Jet’s and Whole Foods Market – generously served up their finest pies to help us raise funds and have a little fun in determining the winners in various categories of pizza construction. Each of the vendors provided several different varieties of pizza so there was a lot of required eating for the public to vote for what they considered to be the best Pepperoni, Specialty, and People’s Choice Overall.

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Volume 12, Issue 4, Posted 10:06 AM, 02.18.2020

Village Bicycle Cooperative saddles up for Ohio veterans

The Village Bicycle Cooperative made a special donation of an adult tricycle to our armed services veterans at the independent living facility of the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky. VBC volunteers Bill Abbott and I loaded the trike on a crisp January morning and headed off on Route 2 to deliver the trike.

There we were greeted by Ashley Matus, OVH recreation coordinator. She told us that this adult tricycle will be "enlisted in service" for the OVH on-premise bicycle club. Adult trikes provide a bridge for those individuals with balance challenges. In these cases, three-wheel cycling transportation is a better and safer solution for recreational and exercise needs.(Cycling, by the way, is one of the best activities for supporting good cardiovascular health.)

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.04.2020

Kiwanis explores opportunities with Meals On Wheels

The Westlake Kiwanis invited Marie Patten-Blatter, Meals on Wheels' executive director, to speak at their Jan. 28 meeting and presented her with a check for the organization. Kiwanis currently delivers meals on the holidays to relieve the regular drivers and even have a member volunteering in the kitchen helping prepare the meals.

Marie said they are always looking for volunteers and funding. Visit their website, westlakemealsonwheels.org, to see all the ways you can help. This is their 45th year serving meals to the homebound. They currently serve the communities of Westlake, North Olmsted, Olmsted Township, Olmsted Falls and Bay Village, providing two meals a day, Monday through Friday, which costs $9 a day. They are currently serving between 63 and 80 people a day. Last year they served over 31,000 meals.

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Volume 12, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.04.2020

Register now to vote in Ohio's primary

It's time to register for Ohio's March 17 primary election! Remember: whenever you move, you must update your registration. If you're not sure whether your registration is current, check online at boe.cuyahogacounty.us or call 216-443-VOTE (8683).

If you are 17 years old but will turn 18 by General Election Day (Nov. 3), you are eligible to vote in the primary for candidates, but not on issues.

Many voters will have other plans on St. Patrick's Day, so the League of Women Voters encourages everyone to consider voting early. Vote-by-Mail ballot request forms are available at local libraries, as well as through the Board of Elections website and phone line.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.21.2020

Bay Kiwanis encourages support of Aluminum Cans for Burn Victims

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club would again like to encourage individuals and organizations in Bay Village and surrounding communities to join in efforts to aid burned children. When you have a party, fundraiser or event please set up a recycle bin specifically for aluminum cans and simply drop off at the Bay Village Fire Department.

In 2019 ACBC Ohio collected 55,000 pounds of aluminum cans earning $21,000 to assist child victims of burns and promote education. This non-profit is assisted by fire departments of 7 counties of northeast Ohio, including the BVFD. Everyone can help our firefighters be tops in this worthy cause by bringing your empty aluminum cans to the Can Corral, located on the east side of the fire department parking lot at 28100 Wolf Road.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.21.2020

Learning and giving at Bay Village Garden Club

Members of Bay Village Garden Club join together to increase their knowledge of gardening and to give of their time and efforts to share the beauty of nature with the community.

Interesting and informative programs are always on the calendar. We spent the fall learning how to create water-conserving rain gardens and, among other topics, how to grow herbs for teas and remedies.

This year, we’ll be visiting Monet’s Gardens of Giverny through a slide presentation by a local art historian. We’ll learn how to grow the modern perennial cutting garden with an OSU agriculture and natural resources educator. Then we'll find out about the plants that changed the world from a past vice president of horticulture at Cleveland Botanical Gardens. We’ll tour the historical English gardens through the insights of a third-generation nursery owner and we’ll take a field trip to Kingwood Gardens. Plus enjoy a workshop in container gardening. Finally, we’ll discover the new plants for 2020.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:49 AM, 01.21.2020

Bay Village Kiwanis completes another Christmas tree sale

The  Bay Village Kiwanis Club's 2019 Christmas tree fundraiser was a huge success! A record 300 Christmas trees were sold between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Many thanks to the Bay High School Key Club, their families and the Bay Village firefighters for sacrificing their weekends to help Bay Kiwanis unload the delivery truck, set up the trees, sell and load the trees onto customer vehicles. Bay Kiwanis could not have accomplished our goal without their support.

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Volume 12, Issue 2, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.21.2020

Soup sale supports Meals on Wheels program

Westlake Meals on Wheels is offering a way to warm your heart and satisfy your appetite, all while supporting the recently introduced "We Care About You" program.

During the first week of December, Meals on Wheels volunteers and community members delivered to recipients four bags of non-perishable food items and a bag of winter supplies and personal items collected and donated by area schools, fire departments, churches and the community at large. It was met with overwhelming appreciation from the recipients. 

“We received so many notes of thanks from our recipients for the items,” said Executive Director Marie Patten-Blatter. “Many of our recipients live alone, and the only person they will see is their Meals on Wheels driver. Our goal is to be able to provide a similar care package throughout the year. The mission of Meals on Wheels is not just delivering a meal, but serving our recipients in other ways as well."

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:35 AM, 01.07.2020

Deadline nears for annual Bay Village honors

Each year, the Bay Village Community Council honors a worthy Bay Village resident with the title of Citizen of the Year. The award recognizes an individual’s service and dedication to the community. Special projects are also considered for distinction based on community impact and the involvement of volunteers and organizations.

The deadline to nominate a citizen and/or project is Monday, Jan. 13. Forms are available at wbvobserver.com, City Hall, the Bay Village Branch Library, and from members of the Bay Village Community Council. Completed forms may be submitted via email to tara@wbvobserver.com or mailed to Bay Village Community Council, 350 Dover Center Road, Bay Village, OH 44140.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:33 AM, 01.07.2020

Village Bicycle Cooperative’s big holiday donation

Village Bicycle Cooperative, located in the Community House in Bay Village, donated the biggest single one-time donation of reconditioned bicycles in its 8-year history. On Dec. 18, five VBC volunteers braved the winter cold and loaded 40 bicycles on a truck for donation to the Salvation Army from the VBC secondary storage location at BAYarts. Beth Milli, of BAYarts, was there to greet and launch the volunteers on their journey. The VBC volunteers were Susan Schneider, Eric Evanoff, Bob Piccirilli, Bill Abbott and Dave Kett.

The Salvation Army bike donations will serve two important purposes. Some of the bikes are gifts for needy children, bringing them joy during the holiday season. The rest are adult bikes, given to adult Salvation Army clients, that will be to used as transportation to their newfound places of work. In all cases, the bicycles were donated to those in real need who cannot afford them. VBC also included 50 bicycle helmets, acquired through a state grant, and 50 heavy duty bike locks, thanks to assistance from Fairview Cycle. To cap off the day, VBC volunteers assisted in unloading a toy truck delivering gifts for the kids of Salvation Army.

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 10:36 AM, 01.07.2020