Community Service

Food drive for Bay Food Ministry at Huntington Playhouse

The Metro-West Kiwanis Club with the help of Huntington Playhouse will hold a food drive to benefit the Bay Food Ministry on Sunday, Nov. 25, at the 2 p.m. matinee performance of “The Winter Wonderettes.”

Huntington Playhouse will discount their full-priced tickets for every five non-perishable food items brought in that day. The theatre will deduct increments of $5 off the price of an adult ticket, up to $20. So if five items are brought in, $5 is deducted from the full priced adult ticket. If 10 items are brought in, $10 is deducted and the discount continues at the 15 and 20 item levels as well. No other discounts apply.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.13.2012

Robert Kess recognized as West Shore Chamberís 'bright star'

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce’s Bright Star for 2012 was recognized on Oct. 25 at the semi-annual Chamber Leadership meeting and annual Bright Star Awards presentation of the Northern Ohio Area Chambers of Commerce (NOACC) at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland.

Over 50 chambers of commerce across northern Ohio nominated a person from their chamber as their “Bright Star,” to recognize the chamber member who has “made a significant impact on the chamber and their community through membership, sponsorship, economic development, operations and education.”  Each Bright Star is an active chamber member for no less than two years and is likely to be an unsung hero or a dedicated behind-the-scenes volunteer.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:24 AM, 11.13.2012

Village Bicycle Cooperative finishes first season of operation

Village Bicycle Cooperative's first summer of operation was a success largely due to all of the amazing people that volunteered time to repair bicycles, instruct residents and participate in community outreach events. We were also able to progress so rapidly because of the generosity of a few residents and all of the people that donated bicycles and accessories. Also, big thanks go to the Green Team, the Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation, Fairview Cycles and Goodman Group; without the assistance from these organizations we wouldn't have been able to offer any open shop hours.

Some highlights from this summer include offering our first series of classes called the Basics of Maintenance where eight Bay residents were able to learn about maintaining their bicycles. We were able to donate two bicycles to Westlake Relay for Life, many residents were able to purchase safe bicycles for under $100, and we were able to collaborate with Bike Lakewood, The Beck Center, and Mahall's to offer a Ready to Ride Event allowing locals to stop up and have their bicycles checked for safety and have minor repairs made by the six mechanics on hand. We hope to offer more of these types of services both in Bay Village and to other local communities as well.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:33 PM, 10.30.2012

Meet Compeer and Club West at Porter Library on Nov. 5

The Compeer and Club West programs connect adults to their communities. Compeer has an adult mentoring program in which our volunteer mentors encourage adult members to get out and join in community activities. Club West is peer support that assists adults in their path to recovery from the symptoms of mental illness. The majority of our members were involved in various activities, including college studies, employment, technical training and faith groups, prior to onset of a brain chemical imbalance. Compeer and Club West strive to help our members reconnect to these activities and to discover more! 

We are inviting you to come discover our Compeer and Club West Programs on Monday, Nov. 5, 6:00 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library. Please come and meet us! There are no papers to fill out or questions for you to answer. We will be there being social, having fun and dare I say “having a party” at the library.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:31 PM, 10.30.2012

Give gifts for 'Yanks' through Bay Village American Legion

Members of the Bay Village American Legion, Post #385, have joined with hundreds of other American Legion Posts in Ohio to help make this Christmas memorable for hospitalized veterans. They are doing it by collecting funds for the annual American Legion of Ohio “Gifts for The Yanks Who Gave” program.

This is the 65th consecutive year the Ohio American Legion is pooling funds from Posts for gifts and activities benefiting veterans in Ohio’s state hospitals, VA medical centers, outpatient clinics and the Ohio Veterans Homes in Sandusky and Georgetown. The program’s name is the same as the one initiated by comedian Eddie Cantor during World War II.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:36 PM, 10.30.2012

War of 1812 history remembered

Gerald Marisch received the Spirit of 1812 award from the United States Daughters of 1812, Peter Navarre chapter, for his efforts in preserving the history of the War of 1812 during this bicentennial year, including daily emails to chapter members and other interested individuals with historical facts about the War of 1812. Presenting the award were, from left, Marlene Wilkinson, Deborah Marisch, Jane Baran and Doris Gorgas.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:39 PM, 10.30.2012

BayComm emergency preparedness radio club up and running

I am happy to report that BayComm, a radio group started this year, is now active. We are still looking for additional members, however, to make it truly valuable to the community. The concept is to have a state-of-the-art, battery-operated CB radio on hand when the power goes out and other forms of communication go down. This will provide a link (or “lifeline”) to family members, and others in the community.

No one likes to think about what life would be like if this were to occur, and extend for a month or more, but the reality could very well happen. Being prepared, mentally and physically, is what could save your life. This group is for the benefit of all residents of Bay and the Westshore suburbs, and it requires little or no experience to become an active member.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:03 AM, 10.16.2012

Bay Community Service Saturdays!

If you are a senior citizen, or are disabled or ill and need help around your house, Bay Family Services has a free opportunity for you! On Saturday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. a group of students will be assisting Bay residents in need. They can do yard cleanup, light household chores, or even just spend some time visiting with you. Please contact Jamie Mahnic at 440-617-7416 or to sign up or inquire further. More dates will be announced in the future. We look forward to serving you!

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 9:57 AM, 10.16.2012

Volunteering a great way to help others and improve your resume

Volunteer work is very valuable. Ask any organization that enlists volunteers and they will tell you  “volunteers make it possible to run our world!" In our Compeer Program at Far West Center and in all Compeer programs throughout the U.S., Canada and Australia, volunteers help transform peoples’ lives by offering friendship and supportive communication. Did you know that not only is volunteering good for the community and your self-esteem, but it is also a great addition to your resume? 

An article titled “Put Volunteer Work on Your Resume” by Susan J. Ellis, featured at, states “one way to capture the interest of an employer is to show that you are an involved citizen – someone who works to make the community a better place to live. In other words, make sure your volunteer work appears on your resume.”

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:25 AM, 10.02.2012

Huntington Playhouse director receives Kiwanis honor

The Metro-West Kiwanis Club named Tom Meyrose, managing director of Huntington Playhouse, as their Kiwanian of the year.  The award was given at the club’s officer induction on Sept. 22. Meyrose, a life member of the club, was honored for his work on service projects this past year.

Courtney Kronk was inducted as club president and talked about his plans for the coming year which include a food drive for the Bay Food Ministry with the help of Huntington Playhouse. On Sunday, Nov. 25, Huntington Playhouse will offer discounted tickets to “The Winter Wonderettes” when non-perishable food items are brought in to the theatre for the Bay Food Ministry.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:19 AM, 10.02.2012

Time to furnish some love

Fall is here again and if you feel the urge to clean out the garage or closets over weekend, consider donating your gently-used furniture and household goods to the Cleveland Furniture Bank.

The Cleveland Furniture Bank is a local non-profit organization which helps thousands of Northeast Ohioans establish a more stable living environment by providing them with basic home furnishings such as a bed, couch and dinette.

Referrals include such situations as: victims of domestic violence fleeing an abusive situation; victims of disasters such as fires, floods and tornadoes; former foster children who’ve reached adulthood; and returning veterans.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:28 AM, 10.02.2012

Fall CERT classes begin Oct. 6

Last year, I informed my husband that I felt it was necessary for us to both sign up and attend the local CERT training. No, it is not a breath mint, CERT stands for Community Emergency Response Team. I explained that it was training that all citizens could benefit from.  

Tricia Granfors, the Westshore CERT coordinator, and I reviewed the program and I asked how to sign up. My husband Dave and I completed the application, then waited for the classes to begin.

Five consecutive Saturday mornings may sound like a lot, but the training was great and the time spent actually flew by. Each week various topics were covered from first aid to fire safety. The speakers were both informative and knowledgable and the demonstrations interesting and fun. Once we completed the classes, we were given the opportunity to join the all-volunteeer Westshore CERT team.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 10:01 AM, 09.18.2012

Cleveland MetroParks' Nature Tracks coming to Dwyer Center

Cleveland MetroParks' Nature Tracks mobile classroom will be presenting "Year of the Pollinator" at Bay's Dwyer Senior Center on Friday, Sept. 7, at 1 p.m. Nature Tracks, designed to expand visitors' knowledge of nature, utilizes SMARTboard technology to foster an understanding and appreciation for our natural environment.  

The program is in two parts and lasts about 1 1/2 hours. The first part of the presentation will be held in the Dwyer Center and the remainder will be held in the Nature Tracks mobile classroom. RSVP to 440-835-6565.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:56 AM, 09.05.2012

Are you ready for a 'zombie apocalypse'?

Chances are if you’re ready to battle zombies, you’re ready to handle any emergency or disaster. Community preparedness starts with you, whether it’s for the walking dead, an extended power outage or a severe winter storm.

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, basic injury assessment and medical treatment, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology and much more.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:49 AM, 09.05.2012

Medicare 101 presentation to be held Sept. 24

If you are eligible, about to become eligible or are already on Medicare but considering changing your carrier, join us for coffee, donuts and information with Cheryl Broadway of Broadway Benefits Consulting. She will discuss topics including eligibility, enrollment of Part A (Hospital Coverage), Part B (Outpatient Coverage), Part C (Medicare Advantage), Part D (Prescription Coverage), as well as answer your questions! 

If you are not able to attend or would like to discuss your individual needs, Cheryl is available on a one-on-one-basis. Call 440-835-6565 to hold your seat at the presentation on Monday, Sept. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Dwyer Senior Center, 300 Bryson Rd. in Bay Village.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:56 AM, 09.05.2012

Village Food Project celebration recognizes teen volunteers

On July 23, Barb Harrell and The Village Food Project took the opportunity to express their gratitude for the teenage volunteers who are the vital engine for this community service organization. On that evening, a Teen Appreciation Celebration was held at Bay Lanes where the teens had the opportunity to bowl, eat pizza and receive thanks from speakers, including several clients.

The teen volunteers of The Village Food Project help to lighten the load for local families with loved ones battling cancer by preparing organic, nutritious and delicious meals every Tuesday and Wednesday. These meals are then delivered to clients and their families by adult volunteers. The Village Food Project currently serves families in Bay Village and Avon Lake and has been in operation since January 2011.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:58 AM, 08.21.2012

Board of Elections looking for poll workers

The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections is seeking reliable and civic-minded people to serve as poll workers during the Nov. 6 General Presidential Election.

To help make the public aware of these job opportunities, poll worker applications will be available at over 100 locations throughout the county.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:00 AM, 08.21.2012

Westshore CERT honored with emergency planning award

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) was among several Northeast Ohio-area organizations taking top honors this year in the third annual Business Emergency Planning Professional Excellence Awards. The BEPPEs recognize organizations that have successfully mitigated a business disruption or proactively prepared to avoid or better respond to a potential disaster with effective business continuity planning. All Northeast Ohio businesses, nonprofits and government agencies were eligible to participate.

Stark Enterprises was also recognized for its leadership in hosting the Westshore Regional CERT’s mass-casualty-incident fullscale exercise at its Crocker Park facility. By working in realistic surroundings, participants were able to gain the necessary experience to react better to a real-life incident.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:57 AM, 08.21.2012

Local group aims to educate residents about benefits of CB radios during emergencies

After holding the emergency communications seminar on July 30, I realize that there are some “perceptions” that I need to adjust, so that residents understand just what it is I am trying to accomplish with this CB radio group, BayComm. First of all, I would like to thank those that did attend, but the attendance was very light.

After listening to some of the questions and concerns from residents, the one thing that comes to mind is that many people think of this as being strictly a “radio club,” and something that will take time and effort to participate in. I realize that the majority of people are not familiar with “citizens band radio” and therefore think “this probably isn’t for me.”

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:30 AM, 08.07.2012

Great Lakes Shipping lectures a success!

The Bay Village Dwyer Memorial Senior Center and the large audience who attended the Great Lakes Shipping lecture series wish to extend their warmest gratitude to Bay Village resident George Ryan for his interesting and informative presentation. 

A retired president of the Great Lakes Carriers' Association and board member of the Great Lakes Historical Society, Mr. Ryan's presentations brought a wealth of information and a unique glimpse into life on the Great Lakes when shipping was a vital part of our history and economy. 

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:10 AM, 07.24.2012

Students recognized for service to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Two of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center's dedicated student volunteers have been named as recipients of the William & Shirley Snider College Scholarship for 2012. Scott Hulver and McKenna Brabenec met the scholarship's eligibility requirements by not only reaching their academic goals but also by each giving over 100 hours of volunteer service to the nonprofit Center over the past 12 months.

The Scholarship is named in part for Shirley Snider, a friend of Center founder Elberta Fleming. She worked closely with Elberta to create what is now Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. Shirley’s daughter and son-in-law, Sue and Mike Clark, continue to support the Center through their own volunteer service as well as funding this scholarship.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 9:55 AM, 06.26.2012

Westlake Eagle Scout project constructs rain barrel garden for elderly residents

Boy scouts from Westlake Troop 208 came together Saturday, June 2, to volunteer service hours for Seamus Dunphy’s Eagle Scout project. His Eagle project was constructing a raised rain barrel garden for the residents of the Emerald Village Assisted Living Community in North Olmsted.

The raised garden will give the elderly residents an opportunity to experience gardening once again. The garden is raised 36 inches off the ground and allows for wheelchair and walkers to fit underneath.

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Volume 4, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 06.26.2012

Kiwi Packs project exemplifies Bay Village community service in action

Bay Kiwanis, Community Services, Key Club partner to provide essentials for abused children

Kiwanis Kiwi Packs are an amazing community service project started by the Bay Village Kiwanis Club, teaming with members of the Bay High Key Club to provide essentials to foster children throughout Cuyahoga County.

The donated backpacks are filled with items that a child going into foster care can use.  Typically, you would find a soft blanket, toothbrush and toothpaste, hygiene supplies, underwear, coloring or activity book and crayons, and often small toys.

Children are removed from their parents’ homes if a social work investigation reveals that the children are at high risk for abuse and neglect and there is no other way to guarantee the child’s safety in the home. This requires an order from the court and enough evidence substantiating abuse. At this point the children have already suffered a great deal.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 11:32 AM, 06.12.2012

Bay Men's Club awards scholarships

The Bay Men’s Club recently awarded $6,000 in scholarships to four worthy Bay High graduates.

Chosen from among 19 applicants were Caroline Hall, Shannon Huckelberry, Jaimie Kerka and Kaitlyn McFeeley.

“Each recipient met our criteria of need, character, scholastic achievement and leadership,” BMC scholarship chairperson John Stanton said, “and we are pleased to be able to offer this seed money to their futures.”

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:51 AM, 06.12.2012

St. Raphael Youth Group learns from and helps WWII vet

Between Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day, the St. Raphael Youth Group helped a widowed World War II and Korean War veteran. His Bay Village lawns, trees and hedges needed a lot of hard work.

The teenagers voluntarily cut the three-foot-high grass, raked it into piles and bagged it. Others trimmed hedges with hand and power tools; others hauled fallen limbs to the street and then cut down many "volunteer" trees around the property.

The best part of it all was the chance for the youth to hear firsthand the stories of a 90-year-old who experienced the battles for freedom; the vet also had the chance to hear a few of the youths' stories and to "supervise" how he used to do that work.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:07 AM, 05.30.2012

Bay Village Waterways Cleanup has record turnout

Now in it sixth year, the Bay Village Waterways Clean-up on May 19 saw the best attendance ever. The weather was picture perfect for more than 100 adults and children that turned out to help clean up Bay waterways.

Mrs. Eryn Sutterlin, Bay High School teacher and sponsor of Project Earth Club, announced that the participants covered four areas of Bay Village including Cahoon Creek, Bay Boat Club, Columbia Park and the Lake Erie shoreline east of Porter Creek, where each group collected bottles, scrap metal, tires, plastic, Styrofoam and more.The city provided trash bags and gloves for use in picking up debris.

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.30.2012

Bradley Bay Health Center awards nursing scholarships

Each year John O’Neill, owner of Bradley Bay Health Center, awards a $500 nursing scholarship to graduating high school seniors who are pursing a career in nursing. The applicant must meet certain requirements including a written essay, and teacher recommendations.

This year’s recipients are Meghan Kevesdy, Bay High School; Kayla Smith, Westlake High School; Kelly Sfiligoj, Magnificat High School; and Casey Wilcox, Avon Lake High School.

 Congratulations to all the recipients as they pursue their nursing careers.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:46 AM, 05.15.2012

Tax-time volunteers sought now for next year

Last month, during her state of the city address at a meeting of Rocky River’s Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Pam Bobst gave special thanks to the many community organizations in Rocky River for their ability to provide valuable, and often free, resources and services to residents. I take a big interest in her special “thank you” to the AARP-sponsored Tax-Aide program in Rocky River. I have been part of that volunteer program since 1994.

The free AARP-sponsored federal and state tax preparation program exists in many Westshore cities: Bay Village, Westlake, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Lakewood, Rocky River and others. In the Westshore communities alone, we helped well over 5,000 residents with their 2011 federal and state tax preparation in just 77 short days! And, we even file your returns electronically for faster refunds.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:38 AM, 05.15.2012

Westlake Girl Scouts honored at annual recognition ceremony

On April 30, the Westlake Service Unit No. 706 held their annual Girl Scout Recognition Ceremony at Parkside Intermediate School. Forty Bronze Awards, one Silver Award and six Gold Awards were presented to Junior (grades 4-5), Cadette (grades 6-8), and Senior & Ambassador Girl Scouts (grades 9-12). These are the highest awards available to girls of their rank and require a minimum of 20, 50, and 80 hours of planning and service to complete.

Three troops earned Bronze Awards. Troop 434 made and provided new pet adoption kits through the Westlake Police Department and ran educational sea animal programs at local preschools. Troop 455 ran Mardi Gras programs (crafts, music, snacks and activities) for the elderly residents of Brighton Gardens. Troop 1144 ran two nursing home tea parties complete with food, tea, hats and music.  

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:07 AM, 05.15.2012

Project S.T.O.P.'s awareness and fundraising walk a first for Quicken Loans Arena

Project S.T.O.P. (Stop the Oppressive Predator) stepped closer to its goal of stopping child molestation with its successful “Look Out for Kids Awareness Walk,” which raised more than $3,000. The event, the first fund-raising walk to be held at Quicken Loans Arena, drew about 100 registered walkers, from young children to grandparents, all led by the Lee Burneson Middle School cheerleaders.

Money raised at the event, which was supported by the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, will be used for the final development and distribution of Project S.T.O.P.’s educational programs. Project S.T.O.P. is a venture by Reinventing the Cycle Inc., a 501(c)(3), tax-deductible organization.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:44 AM, 05.15.2012

School group visits Westlake for day of service

Christian Community School, an independent, evangelical Christian school that was founded in Westlake in 1994 before expanding to North Eaton, returned to its roots for a day of community service.

Every year, CCS hosts its May Workathon in which students, staff and parents volunteer service hours by forming work teams that go into the community and neighboring communities to witness about Jesus’ love while assisting with projects that clean-up, refurbish, complete yard work, assist the elderly and meet needs.

This year’s Workathon theme was Mission Possible as the school community in work teams went out on Friday, May 4, to make a difference and live their faith through service. An ice cream treat and assembly followed this outstanding day of volunteering.

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:39 AM, 05.15.2012

Aqua Girls brave weather for beach cleanup

It rained and rained on our beach cleanup day but that didn’t stop over 100 people coming to help us clean up the beach on April 28. We spent over an hour picking up the trash from the beach. 

We found so much trash and even two tires in the lake! We sorted our trash and tallied up what we collected and also weighed the trash. When I have those results, I will write them in my column for the Observer.

As we were leaving, our community partners told us it was their most successful beach clean up ever.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:06 AM, 05.01.2012

Westlake celebrates volunteers' service to community

Westlake took part in National Volunteer Week (April 15-21) by honoring local volunteers at a recognition reception held at City Hall on April 19. The ceremony paid tribute to over 50 volunteers for their service to the city of Westlake throughout the past year.

President Richard Nixon created the first National Volunteer Week in 1974 to recognize, inspire and encourage people of all ages to seek out creative ways to get involved in their communities. The Westlake honorees were among the 63 million people who volunteered this year throughout the nation that embodied the energy and power that citizens can bring to their communities.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:30 AM, 05.01.2012

Members sought for Westshore citizen CB/ham radio club

Remember the Northeast Blackout of 2003? No lights, refrigeration, gas pumps or computers, jammed cell phone lines – until the towers fail, along with weakening water pumps. In an extended power outage there would eventually be no way besides radio to communicate across town or across the region.

We hope and pray this or a more serious scenario never occurs just like we hope not to be in a traffic accident. But we buy insurance for motor vehicle accidents anyway, don’t we? Should we not then establish communication insurance for our families, businesses, government assistance, and supply chains?

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:24 AM, 05.01.2012

Bay boating volunteer recognized

Hugh Arey was awarded a Letter of Commendation by the National Water Safety Congress on March 2 at the International Water Safety Summit in San Diego. This award was given in recognition of his “contributions to water related educational recreational activities.”

Hugh has been a Bay Village Spirit of America volunteer for 15 years. He is a lifelong sailor and is an excellent teacher in the on-the-water portion of the class. Hugh is an experienced power boating volunteer who teaches young boaters to respect the privilege of operating a powerboat. He lives in Berea and is involved in the Berea Power Squadron. He goes by the nickname of “Oz” as he is known by the over 100 students he has worked with over the years. Hugh at 80-plus years of age is one of the oldest volunteers in the program.

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Volume 4, Issue 8, Posted 11:11 AM, 04.17.2012

Bay Men's Club 'recycles' sporting goods

The Bay Men's Club recently "recycled" more than 175 pairs of athletic shoes and other sporting goods, and raised more than $500 for scholarships for worthy Bay High students.

The group, under the direction of Sean Riley and Kelly Brewer, collected gently used soccer and other shoes, baseball mitts and other athletic equipment and offered the items for a $5 donation. Equipment not sold was donated to a Lorain County youth association.

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Volume 4, Issue 7, Posted 10:36 AM, 04.03.2012

Bay Sea Scouts win Interlux Waterfront Challenge

Bay Village Sea Scout Ship 41 won the 2011 Interlux Waterfront Challenge for the Midwest Region with their marine oil recycling project. This is the second time the Sea Scouts have won the challenge, also taking the national prize in 2008 for their “flotsam scoop” beach clean-up project.

The Sea Scouts are accepting the challenge again in 2012 with a project to address the problem of algae blooms that were a major problem in the western basin of Lake Erie in 2011. Details of the Waterfront Challenge, open to any group interested in maintaining a clean nautical environment can be found at

The Sea Scouts will be using part of their $4,500 Waterfront Challenge award to take a field trip to the Ohio State University Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island where they will study the ecology of Lake Erie. The scouts will spend two hours on a Science Cruise measuring environmental conditions.

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:51 AM, 03.20.2012

Bay Men's Club seeks sporting goods

The Bay Men's Club will be holding a recycled sporting goods sale on Saturday, March 24, at Bay Middle School, and needs your donations. Items sought include soccer and baseball cleats, shin guards, baseball and softball mitts and similar equipment.  

Items can be donated at either Bay Lanes or True Value Hardware in the Bay Square Shopping Center. All will be cleaned and repurposed as a fundraiser for the club's scholarship program. Unsold items will be donated to area youth programs.

For more information call Sean Riley at 440-463-1254 or email       

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:47 AM, 03.20.2012

The Village Food Project seeks enthusiastic intern

Thanks to the generosity of two separate donors, The Village Food Project is hiring a part-time, paid summer intern. Serving as the assistant to the executive director, the intern will have a variety of responsibilities, including updating and maintenance of communication vehicles such as the VFP website and Facebook page, assisting in the kitchen and garden and providing support to a number of volunteer areas.

“The fact that the VFP gives high school students the opportunity to serve people living in their own community is phenomenal,” said one donor. “These kids feel empowered and encouraged and look forward to continuing to serve as they enter their college years. Providing a summer internship for a college student supports the emphasis that the VFP puts on investing in youth – what an incredible opportunity for a student!”

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Volume 4, Issue 6, Posted 11:53 AM, 03.20.2012

Kiwanis Club looking for Westlake Relay sponsors

The Kiwanis Club of Westlake has co-sponsored the Westlake Relays since 1975 and will sponsor the 47th Annual Westlake Relays to be held on May 5 at the Lou Duchez Field behind Westlake High School. Funds for supporting the track meet come from program ads from local businesses and organizations. 

This year the program will include a sponsor page of former and current Westlake track athletes, families and other interested people in order to help with rising costs. The funds will go toward awards the cost of electronic timing, officials and printing costs.

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Volume 4, Issue 5, Posted 1:27 PM, 03.06.2012