Community Service

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

Pennies pile up for patients

During Catholic Schools Week, Saint Bernadette School in Westlake collected "Pennies for Patients" as the CSW service project. This FUNraiser supports the ongoing work of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. 

The goal was simple: 250 pounds of pennies to equal approximately $500. The Saint Bernadette families showed what the school is capable of when reaching out to help others.

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 2:37 PM, 02.21.2012

Pulling together for Ronald McDonald House

We wish to thank all of you who have saved the pull tabs from aluminum cans for Ronald McDonald House. We wanted you to know how great the impact is from such a small effort. The results are astonishing!

Last year, Cleveland’s House made over $9,000. Considering it’s money earned from trash, how special is that?  

Here's how it works: The tabs collected are recycled and top dollar is paid to Ronald McDonald House by a very special recycling company. All you need to do is collect your tabs in a container in a convenient place like by the fridge. Then deliver them to any Ronald McDonald House. Mailing is not an option due to the cost. You can also drop them at one of the following Westlake locations:

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Volume 4, Issue 4, Posted 2:42 PM, 02.21.2012

Destination Imagination: Beach Clean Up

Do you remember my last article? It was about a fundraiser that my Destination Imagination team did to raise money for our community service project to clean up Huntington Beach. After that fundraiser, our team, The Aqua Girls, decided that we would like to meet with the Bay Village Green Team and the Bay Village City Council. 

Before we met with them, we wrote a presentation to say in front of them. We all wrote different things that we thought were important to tell them about Destination Imagination and our community service project. We are hoping that they will become community partners with us and support our project. If they agree to be community partners with us, we are hoping that they will have advice for us.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 11:03 AM, 02.07.2012

Rock-N-Bowl II fundraiser scores big for Village Food Project

Rock-N-Bowl II raised approximately $3,400 for the Village Food Project on Jan. 28 at Bay Lanes. In its two years, the Rock-N-Bowl event has raised nearly $7,000 towards this deserving cause. The Westshore community is blessed with caring, generous people.

Over 240 people gathered at Bay Lanes for an evening of music, dancing and bowling. Money was raised through admission prices. Additionally, Sunnyside Toyota of North Olmsted owner and Bay resident Kirt Frye generously presented a check for $2,500. Toyota Motor Sales USA matched Sunnyside's donation with a check for $2,500. In total, about $8,400 in proceeds were delivered to the Village Food Project for the evening.

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Volume 4, Issue 3, Posted 11:26 AM, 01.31.2012

Sew-a-thon volunteers needed

If sewing is your passion and you enjoy using your skills to give back to others, then please consider joining us!

Hospice of the Western Reserve and Birds of a Feather are hosting a sew-a-thon to create 200 lap blankets for patients with dementia. Made of special textured materials, these blankets are used to promote tactile stimulation.

The sew-a-thon takes place every Wednesday, Jan. 25-Feb. 29. Bring a friend and join us at Birds of a Feather, 25963 Detroit Rd. in Westlake.

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Volume 4, Issue 2, Posted 1:52 PM, 01.24.2012

Bay lymphoma survivor aims to help others facing medical challenges

It is with great excitement that I introduce to the community the Friends From The Start Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing information, services and resources to individuals and their loved ones facing extreme medical challenges. Our initial focus will be Bay Village, Westlake and surrounding suburbs, with an eye to expanding throughout the region as time progresses.

I'd like to explain why my wife, Bev, my family, some dear friends and I are establishing this foundation.

On Aug. 2, 2010, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In mid-2011, I was in the hospital for approximately a month for a bone marrow transplant. It has now been seven months since my transplant, and I am thankfully cancer free.

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:19 PM, 01.10.2012

Volunteering offers real health benefits

Happy New Year! Many of us have made a resolution to improve our health in 2012. We know how important a healthy diet and regular exercise are to our physical and mental well-being. Something that may come as new health information to you is how “volunteering” offers benefits to health!

Our Compeer volunteers are always telling us how much they enjoy the time they spend offering friendship to people that need it in order to recover from mental illness. Since these reports are so common I went and did a little online research to find the health benefits of being a volunteer. I found an article written by a chapter of the American Red Cross entitled, “Be Happy, Be Healthy: The Health Benefits of Volunteering.”

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Volume 4, Issue 1, Posted 12:37 PM, 01.10.2012

Hoops for Hunger gets bigger every year

In 2009, Rob Hendricks, an eighth-grader at Rocky River Middle School, wanted to find a way to get fellow classmates – and neighboring rival Bay Village – to help the less fortunate in their community. It was from this that Hoops for Hunger was born.

This student-led mission comes together every winter for three weeks to donate food and funds that benefits the Cleveland Foodbank’s Harvest for Hunger campaign.

The culmination of the three-week project is a boys basketball game between Bay Village and Rocky River high schools. In order to get some real exposure, Rob presented his idea to SportsTime Ohio who loved the idea and televises the game annually.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:54 PM, 12.13.2011

Creating an indoor winter wonderland at Lee Burneson Middle School

The students, faculty, parents and visitors to Lee Burneson Middle School on Dover Center Road know that something exciting is going on in the vivarium. The glass-enclosed room is being transformed into a winter wonderland by Don Bowman. 

Don is a familiar sight around the school because he goes there at least once a week to water and care for the plants in the vivarium. Don started planting flowers around the three trees on Dover Center Road in front of the Red Brick School in 2010. It was a problem getting water to the plants, so he asked if he could get water from the vivarium at Lee Burneson and in exchange, he would water the plants in the vivarium. Of course the school said yes, and Don has been at it since.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:51 PM, 12.13.2011

Seniors send bit of Christmas joy to troops overseas

The joys of Christmas are overshadowed by the intense heat, noise, exhaustion and anxiety experienced by our troops stationed in the Middle East. Separated from family and friends, our service personnel may find the holidays the loneliest time of their tour of duty. Surrounded by the unfamiliar, our troops must look for ways to adjust to a foreign lifestyle. How they must long for the comfort and certainty of home.

Thanks to the efforts of the West Shore Senior Center's Craft Club, thirty-six members of our armed forces will have their holiday season brightened by eighteen-inch Christmas trees decorated with handcrafted ornaments in shades of red, white and blue. A tiny dove sits on the top of on the tree, symbolizing the peace which our troops hope to achieve in these places so far from home.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:44 PM, 12.13.2011

Village Foundation announces fundraising drive

A letter has been sent to every family in Bay Village asking each household to make a donation this year, no matter how small, to demonstrate support for the many projects being planned for the village. As we mourn the loss of our founder, T. Richard (Dick) Martin, we have a renewed energy to build the foundation into an endowment that matches and exceeds Dick’s dreams for The Village Foundation.

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Volume 3, Issue 25, Posted 2:42 PM, 12.13.2011