Community Service

KeyBank volunteers help with yard work at Devon Oaks

May 24, 2011, marked the 21st anniversary of KeyBank’s annual “Neighbors Make a Difference Day.” Managers and staff from area KeyBank offices met at Devon Oaks, Eliza Jennings Senior Care Network’s assisted living community in Westlake. The volunteers spent the day weeding, pruning, planting flowers and beautifying the garden areas.

As Devon Oaks and other not-for-profit providers of aging services deal with funding and budget cuts, organizations benefits from involvement of volunteers because the resources of the organization are multiplied through their work. Additional benefits include potential board members that might come from program volunteers. The tasks that volunteers perform and the duties they carry out are several and varied. 

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:16 PM, 06.14.2011

Bay Village Historical Society honors Laura Petto with scholarship

Laura Petto is the recipient of this year’s $500 scholarship awarded by the Bay Village Historical Society.

The scholarship is awarded to the Bay High senior who has an overarching interest in local history, as determined by teachers at Bay High.

Petto, the daughter of Peter and Anna, will be attending Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, where she will pursue a double major in government/legal studies and mathematics.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:08 PM, 06.01.2011

Bay senior honored in D.C. for community service

Bay High School senior Joseph Melenick was one of two Ohio students recently honored with the Prudential Spirit of Community Award and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. Each year for the past 16 years, Prudential Financial and the National Association of Secondary School Principals have awarded the top two student volunteers from each state and the District of Columbia with a $1,000 award and a free trip to the nation's capital.

While in Washington, Joe met with Sen. Sherrod Brown, who congratulated him for raising $50,000 for Crohn's disease research.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:12 PM, 06.01.2011

And the bronze award goes to...

Westlake Girl Scout Troop 71047 concluded their Bronze Award project with a May 15 dedication ceremony at Bradley Road Nature Park. The scouts – Gabriela Kosakowski, Kara McNeilly, Kelley Moutoux, Melanie Rence, Vanessa Richards, Emily Steigerwald, Holly Tomkalski and Adrienne Wentling, under the guidance of leaders Linda Tomkalski and Roberta Rence – identified all of the animal inhabitants at the Nature Park as a service to the community. The city’s sign shop printed their research onto signs installed in an information display at the park.

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Volume 3, Issue 11, Posted 3:08 PM, 06.01.2011

Local Blue Star Mothers support troops and each other

In honor of Mother’s Day, I’d like to introduce our group of military moms to those in the community who may not be familiar with us. We are the Blue Star Mothers of America and our chapter is called the Ohio Buckeye Chapter #26.  

BSMA is a tax-exempt organization that has been around since 1942. We meet on the fourth Monday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at the American Legion Hall (Clifton Post 421) located at 22001 Brookpark Rd., Fairview Park.  

Our organization participates in many activities to support our troops and support each other, which includes letter writing and care packages to our soldiers, family socials, speakers, knitting and sewing projects and community fundraisers.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:43 PM, 05.03.2011

Compeer receives award from NAMI Greater Cleveland

Compeer staff members Jody Bell, Program Peer Support Specialist, and Denise Ayres, Compeer Coordinator, were honored to be the recipients of the Eugene Brudno Memorial Award of NAMI Greater Cleveland on April 13. The honor was one of seven awards presented by Michael Baskin, Executive Director of NAMI Greater Cleveland, in recognition of outstanding achievements by individuals and organizations for their work with or on behalf of mental health consumers. 

The Eugene Brudno Memorial Award is given to recognize “the provider or organization that has demonstrated innovative work with peers and/ or families.” Eugene Brudno was one of the founders of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) in Cleveland. Eugene Brudno and his wife, Irene, dedicated themselves, for many years, to make sure there were quality services for individuals in recovery from mental illness. Their daughter had been diagnosed with mental illness and they worked to help a countless number of individuals and families. NAMI Greater Cleveland established this award to honor Eugene Brudno.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:41 PM, 05.03.2011

Westerly School carnival benefits Bay animal kennel

Each year, the student council and teacher advisors select a recipient for the funds raised at the school carnival. This year, the $300 donation went to the Bay Village Animal Kennel.
Westerly teacher and student council advisor Kirsten Thomas explained in a letter to Animal Control Officer Diana Fife that the students chose the kennel because of its importance to the school’s custodian, John Glasmire.

“We are proud of all [his] work and dedication” to the kennel, Thomas wrote to Fife. “To honor his hard work and your good cause, we have donated the money. Thank you for all you do for the animals.”

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:22 PM, 04.19.2011

Compeer will come to you!

Our dynamic Compeer Program at Far West Center is looking for many adult volunteers to offer friendship to adults recovering from mental illness. Compeer would love to receive more volunteers from our own hometown of Westlake! Also, it would be great to have some Bay Village volunteers sign on board, especially for our second Garden Club season at the Bay Village Community Garden.  Westlake and Bay Village bowlers are invited to be a friend to someone in need of more confidence, and enjoy bowling twice a month with us!

In Compeer, the focus is on friendship and activity, not illness and therapy. At Far West Center we have other exceptional behavioral health services that address illness and treatment needs. Compeer members are adults at a stage of their personal recovery in which it is most beneficial for them to get back out into the community. Members and volunteers go through an application process. Compeer one-to-one friendship matches are done using the selection criteria of the volunteer. Compeer has found that by having the volunteer participate in the match process, matches are more successful.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:33 PM, 04.19.2011

Village Food Project update

We’re off and running! And doing well, thanks to an amazing group of 150 volunteers who willingly share their time and talents with us. Because of our team, The Village Food Project (VFP) is living its mission of coming together as a community of all ages, to love neighbors who are experiencing a cancer crisis by providing nourishing meal deliveries.

After only eight weeks of operation, the VFP kitchen, manned by over 36 teen volunteers and 24 adult supervisors, has served over 375 delicious and nutritious meals. The food is excellent and a true blessing.

One client who receives meals had this to share: "That was five-star, quality food. You have no idea how that meal helped us. I had an extra couple of quality hours to spend with my wife last night since I did not have to deal with cooking, and then cleaning the kitchen."

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:19 PM, 04.05.2011

Heart disease and women

Bay's Dwyer Center will host St. John's Medical Center's Deborah Recko, RN-BC, who will give a presentation on heart disease. It is the No. 1 killer of females – approximately 484,000 women will die of a heart attack or other cardiovascular disease this year. Heart attack symptoms are different in women and men. Attend this informative discussion to learn how to prevent and treat heart disease. RSVP to 835-6565.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:21 PM, 04.05.2011

Bay Kiwanis present juvenile transport equipment to EMS

With Bay Village Kiwanis Club Community Service Chairman Jim Potter (right) assisting, Fire Department Captain Thomas Boatwright explains to Kiwanians how four new juvenile emergency transport backboards will help the city’s EMS squads in immobilizing children with possible injury to get them safely to medical care. The Kiwanis Club bought the $600 set as part of a state-wide effort by Kiwanians to survey the child transport needs of EMS organizations and help fill any gaps in equipment.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:12 PM, 04.05.2011

Westlake Kiwanis honored

The Westlake Kiwanis Club has been named a 2009-2010 Distinguished Club by the Ohio District Kiwanis. There are 251 Kiwanis Clubs in Ohio, of which only 51 have obtained Distinguished Status.

Westlake's longest-serving Kiwanis member, Bill Sifritt, accepted the award from Past Divison 14 Lt. Gov. Bob Williams. Lt. Gov. Williams also presented Bonnie Smith with a pin recoginizing her as Distinguished Club President for 2009-2010 and Jeff Elwell with a pin recognizing him as Distinguished Club Secretary for 2009-2010.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 10:01 AM, 03.22.2011

Flood relief donations being accepted

Recent flooding across northern Ohio has left many families in need of basic household goods. Prince of Peace Lutheran Church located at 28455 Center Ridge Road in Westlake is a collection site for furniture and appliances. Donated items will be distributed to families in need through Lutheran Disaster Response of Ohio.

Items may be brought to the church and placed in the trailer located in the church's upper parking lot through April 2, 2011. For more information go to the church website at or call 440-871-5565.   If you would like to know of other ways you can help flood victims, contact LDR coordinator Mary Woodward at Lutheran Disaster Relief Ohio, 810 Main Street, Caldwell, OH 43724 or call 740-509-1132.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 9:51 AM, 03.22.2011

Wally makes the rounds at Lutheran Home

If you think you see fur flying in the halls of Westlake's Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve, it may be that a “volunteer” named Wally is making the rounds. Wally is a lanky, loving Golden Retriever who visits regularly with his owner, Laura Geuther, and her niece, Alexa Pohlkamp. Wally even has a “Volunteer” tag attached to his collar.

Bay residents Laura and Alexa receive a list of residents at the Lutheran Home who love dogs and look forward to Wally’s visits. It is difficult to stick to the assigned list, however, since many residents and staff members stop the group as they parade through the hallways, and ask to pet this extraordinarily friendly puppy.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 12:00 PM, 03.08.2011

Kiwanis Aktion Club delivers valentines

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club delivered valentines to the residents of The Gardens of Westlake on Feb. 12. The Aktion Club delivered Valentines which they took part in making at Pat Catan's of Westlake. A yearly event, Pat Catan's provides materials for the public to make valentines for delivery to local nursing homes and assisted living facilities.

The Aktion Club is a community service group for adults who are disabled. Delivering the valentines is one of their many community service projects.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 10:02 AM, 02.22.2011

Westerly fourth-graders create project for Bay's Relay For Life

Westerly School fourth-graders in Barbara Woodburn and MaryJo Mahall’s classroom have put their artistic talents to work. Under the guidance of art teacher Debbie Sanson, they have created beautiful note cards with the theme “Bay in Bloom.” The teachers are proud that last year’s class launched this idea using the theme of Bay’s Bicentennial and were able to donate over $300 to Relay For Life.

Packs of note cards will include four original student designs and will be sold for $5.00 beginning at the Westerly Carnival, March 11. They make a perfect hostess gift or to write a note to a special friend. Proceeds go to Bay’s Relay For Life campaign and the student artists know that they have a part in finding a cure for cancer.

Anyone interested in supporting these fourth-graders by purchasing cards may contact their teachers at 440-871-1322 or 440-871-4412.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.22.2011

Healthy eating program comes to Dwyer Center

What's Eating America is a course that focuses on helping participants establish their place in the world today as it applies to food and nutrition.

Jackie McNamara, Nutrition Therapy Practitioner and founder of Hungry for Health, is pleased to bring this program to the city of Bay Village and hopes to contribute to the health and wellness of our community. This six-week course begins March 17 at 10:45 a.m. at the Dwyer Center, 300 Bryson Lane. The cost is $55 per person and reservations should be confirmed by calling 835-6565.

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.22.2011

Community comes out in support of Village Food Project

The Village Food Project, an endeavor spearheaded by Executive Director Barb Harrell, held an informational meeting at Bay Presbyterian Church on Jan. 9. The evening included an overview of the project, as well as prayer, videos and performances by the Bay High Choraleers. The many attendees were also treated to a sampling of a few VFP dishes.

The project, which was born on Sept. 24, 2010, and modeled after a similar program in Sebastopol, Calif., will provide three meals per week to Bay families who are facing a cancer crisis. The meals will be offered for up to 12 weeks – an average cancer treatment duration – after which clients will be asked to provide a donation to continue in the program.

Students in 9th-12th grades who reside in Bay, with guidance from volunteer adult chefs, will prepare the meals on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons in the Bay Presbyterian kitchen. Trained adults will deliver a week’s worth of meals on Wednesday evenings. Adult volunteers are also needed for grocery shopping, fundraising, planting and harvesting produce, composting and administrative tasks.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 9:24 PM, 01.09.2011

High school volunteers secure nearly $1,000 for Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Two teen volunteers at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center single-handedly secured a nearly $1,000 corporate donation to support the Bay Village nonprofit. Vince DiGennaro and Sean Waitkus went into the board room to compete for funds under the Farmers Insurance Future Leaders Development Program.

“It was a wonderful program and experience," said DiGennaro. “Although nerves got to us in the beginning, we were relaxed by the end of the presentation, thanks to hours of preparation.”

DiGennaro and Waitkus developed a 20-minute PowerPoint and video presentation to explain why the nonprofit charity of their choice should receive a donation. A panel of company leaders judged competing student pitches. The Farmers Insurance Future Leaders Program is aimed at fostering the development of student leadership, communication and negotiation skills; exposing students to a corporate environment and helping students raise money for charities they feel passionate about.

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 12:41 PM, 01.04.2011

'Tis the season to be generous

December is a month when local community service organizations are in over-drive serving holiday dinners and distributing toys and food. It’s that time of year when folks are not only looking for something special for Grandma and Uncle Joe, but in the spirit of the season are also handing out charitable donations.

As long-time ministry leaders in Northeast Ohio, the Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve in Westlake has once again come together to help people in need. The generosity of the Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve this holiday season has been two-fold.

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Volume 2, Issue 25, Posted 3:59 PM, 12.20.2010

Birthday bash banishes hunger in Bay

Sammy Brenneman from Bay Village celebrated his 9th birthday party with 24 friends. Sammy asked that they bring food items to be donated to Bay Village Community Services Department's Feed-A-Family Program for the holidays. The party guests brought 100 food items for donation!

The Community Services Department is accepting donations of non-perishable food, paper products, cleaning products and toiletries through December 18. Community Services is open Monday-Friday, 8:30-4:30 p.m. They are located next to the Bay Pool on Bryson Lane.

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Volume 2, Issue 24, Posted 11:33 AM, 11.22.2010

Donate to Westlake food drive Dec. 11-17

The Westlake Assistance Program, through Westlake Community Services, will offer food baskets to Westlake families in need this holiday season and would appreciate donations of non-perishable food items, household goods and toiletries. Please check expiration dates on food products. Volunteers are needed to sort donated food from the food drive. Call 440-899-3544 if you'd like to help.

Drop-off locations:
Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd.
Westlake Police Department, 27300 Hilliard Blvd.
Westlake Community Services, 29694 Center Ridge Rd.
Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd.

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Volume 2, Issue 24, Posted 5:35 PM, 11.28.2010

Bay's Community Services Dept. offers holiday helping opportunities

Last year Bay Middle School collected over 3,787 non-perishable food items for Bay Village Community Services Department’s Holiday Caring and Sharing Program. Other schools, organizations and individuals collected hats, mittens, scarves, paper products, cleaning products, personal care items, gift cards and cash donations for our emergency assistance programs.

In addition to Bay’s Holiday Caring and Sharing Program, the Community Services Department has an “Adopt-A-Family” program to help Bay families and individuals have a brighter holiday. Families may be “adopted” anonymously by contacting Bay’s Community Services Department. You may also donate to the “Adopt-A-Family” program by writing a check made payable to the City of Bay Village. If you or someone you know has had a difficult year, please contact Deborah Bock at 899-3409 to see what assistance is available.

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Volume 2, Issue 22, Posted 10:06 AM, 10.13.2010

Annual BHS Key Club food and coat drive set for Nov. 4

Bay residents are encouraged to take the time to fill a bag with non-perishable groceries and donate the food, along with coats your family no longer needs, on Thursday, Nov. 4. Simply put them on your porch at 5:30 p.m., turn the porch light on and Bay High School Key Club members will pick them up.

Students will stop at each lit home to collect these items for the annual drive. Food you donate to this annual event will be distributed through the Bay Hunger Center at Bay Presbyterian Church, and coats will be given to the Salvation Army. If your house is missed, please bring items to Bay Presbyterian Church, corner of Lake and Columbia roads, the next day.


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Volume 2, Issue 22, Posted 2:53 PM, 10.28.2010

Russell Real Estate Services raises $27,500 for charity

At the largest Make-A-Wish Foundation charity golf outing in Ohio, Russell Real Estate Services raised over $27,500 for the foundation – enough to grant 4 or 5 children's wishes. Russell is a Cleveland area-based company, with an office in Westlake.

Russell's 15th Annual Golf Outing, Dinner & Fundraiser at the Coppertop at Cherokee Hills Golf Course entertained 150 golfers, with breakfast, lunch at the turn and 18 holes of golf, followed by dinner, prizes and awards. Over 200 Russell agents, their affiliates and golfers ended their day of golf with a great dinner and a chance to bid on the many valuable prizes assembled on behalf of Make-A-Wish.

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Volume 2, Issue 20, Posted 2:10 PM, 10.04.2010 expands to Cleveland is thrilled to announce its expansion from its home office in Cincinnati to the Greater Cleveland area this month! UGIVE is a free website connecting high school students with area nonprofit organizations for meaningful volunteer opportunities. After just 2 years of existence, UGIVE has already generated over 75,000 service hours from 11,000 student volunteers!

The nonprofit has placed three of its AmeriCorps VISTA members in the area in order to better serve the communities of Northeast Ohio. Katie Brahaney, Kristina Mielke, and Molly Dull are working as’s Cleveland Youth Service Outreach Coordinators for the 2010-2011 school year. They will be contacting local charities and school districts to promote UGIVE as a tool to make volunteerism and community engagement more accessible to all high school students in Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties.

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Volume 2, Issue 20, Posted 3:35 PM, 09.14.2010

Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club wins Ohio top service award

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club won the Tom E. Crawford Award at the Ohio Aktion Club Convention in Ashley, Ohio, on August 28, 2010. This award is presented to the Ohio Aktion Club which performed the best service project each year. The Westlake Aktion Club prepared and served a meal at Ronald McDonald House in Cleveland along with donating more than a hundred pounds of ring tabs to Ronald McDonald House to aid with their free care fund. The club received a plaque along with a $100 check.

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Volume 2, Issue 18, Posted 12:15 PM, 09.01.2010

Bay artist donates portrait of special home

A Bay Village artist donated his talent recently to help brighten a very special home. Bill Mannion, a watercolor artist whose canvases have graced galleries and decorated fine residential and commercial spaces, created an original, vivid rendering of a house called Maggie’s Place, The Zechariah House. One of five Maggie’s Place houses throughout the U.S., the Parma home provides shelter and support for needy pregnant women and new moms.

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Volume 2, Issue 18, Posted 12:52 PM, 08.31.2010

Dwyer Center offers free Zumba demo class Sept. 8

Zumba….have you heard about it? Its hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves create a one-of-a-kind fitness program. The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat and having lots of fun doing it.

Our instructor, Sheri Lugo, has developed a program for the "in-between or silver adults" – a dance/exercise class that you will be able to do at your own pace, not too fast and not too slow. This is not your mother's or daughter's Zumba class!

We are having a free demo at the Dwyer Center (300 Bryson Lane – just off of Lake Road, west of Dover Center) on Wednesday, September 8, at 5:30 p.m. We hope you will join our Zumba Fitness Party! Wear exercise clothes and bring a friend. For more information, call 835-6565.

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Volume 2, Issue 17, Posted 10:54 AM, 08.19.2010

Bay High grads net $16,500 in Bay Kiwanis annual achievement awards

For the 49th year, the Bay Village Kiwanis Club has sent outstanding Bay High School seniors out into the world with money for school in their pockets.

On July 27, Kiwanians handed out $16,500 in academic achievement awards to 18 members of the class of 2010 in supper ceremonies at Bay Lodge. Students and parents applauded as Bay School Superintendent Clint Keener read their achievements as the students came to the podium one by one to receive their checks.

Department awards in technology, English, drama, music and business went to students whose teachers feel they are outstanding in their fields. They include Michael Washington, Sarah Chen, Jacob Faile, Erin Stevens, Rebecca Fyffe, Andy Meyer and Meredith Horrigan. An award for the most inspirational students went to Nicole Craft.

Kiwanis and Key Club awards went to Nate Campbell, Elizabeth DiFiore, Meredith Liedtke, Rachel Stone, MaryKate McHugh, Sarah Lipperman and Alexandra Puntel. The Ronald L. Dezember Memorial Music Award, named for a club founder, went to Katelyn Waddle.

A new honor this year, the Randy N. Stang Good Neighbor Award, was awarded to Andrew Brandt and Jessica Kuh. The award is named for the late Randy N. Stang, a beloved Kiwanian and community leader who exemplified the Kiwanis commitment to serving children. It was co-sponsored by the Bay Village Education Foundation and the Kiwanis Club.

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Volume 2, Issue 16, Posted 5:05 PM, 07.28.2010

The Compeer Program at Far West Center is looking for adult volunteers!

The Compeer Program at Far West Center in Westlake needs adult volunteers that can give one hour per week to offer friendship and encouragement to an adult in recovery from mental illness. The Compeer Program is a branch of Compeer Inc., an international nonprofit organization ( Compeer has been serving the Cuyahoga County community from Far West Center (, a nonprofit community mental health services agency, for almost twenty-one years.

Being a Compeer Volunteer is very rewarding and can easily fit into anyone's busy schedule. Compeer Volunteers are trained about issues regarding mental illness, isolation, and mental health services. Volunteers are matched one to one with a same gender adult who is in recovery from mental illness and is ready to get back out into his or her community.

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Volume 2, Issue 16, Posted 4:48 PM, 08.06.2010

Bicentennial flag donated to Bay's Dwyer Memorial Center

To honor the memory of her good friend and former boss, Judge Harry E. Pickering, Penny Dolski, a Bay resident and senior center volunteer donated a Bay Village Bicentennial Flag to the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center on Bryson Lane in Bay Village. Penny worked for Judge Pickering for more than ten years while he presided in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and as the Administrative Law Judge for Health and Human Services. Judge Pickering was a resident of Bay Village for over 50 years and a member of the Bay Village Historical Society.

If you or your group would like to become involved with the Bicentennial celebration, call The Bay Village Historical Society  - Carole Roske at 440-871-4797 or Dave Tadych at 440-835-1815. Bay's Bicentennial will be celebrated on October 10, 2010 or 10.10.10.

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Volume 2, Issue 16, Posted 3:09 PM, 08.04.2010

Bay volunteers rewarded with picnic lunch

The Bay Village Community Services Office offered its thanks and tribute to the volunteers who have given of their time and talents at the Dwyer Center. A patriotic picnic lunch on July 6 was hosted by Chef Jim from Avon Lake’s Towne Center, hot dogs provided by Hot Dog Heaven.

Entertainment was sponsored by Right At Home In Home Care and Assistance and featured Frank and Dean and More. Swooning was evident as these fellows delighted the audience with their amazing renditions of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin songs. So delighted were the audience, that many plan on listening to the duo sing on Monday nights at the Savannah Bar and Grille in Westlake.

The main focus of the day was, of course, the volunteers. Many found it difficult to sit still and be waited on since they are the ones who always take care of everyone else. It takes 25 volunteers a week just to run the Meals on Wheels Program that delivers meals to shut-ins residing in Bay.

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Volume 2, Issue 14, Posted 11:00 AM, 07.09.2010

KeyBank employees 'Make a Difference' at Rose Hill and the Osborn Learning Center

Since 1990, KeyBank has been committed to various communities and “Making the Difference” through an annual day of volunteer community service. Key employees contribute their time and talents to non-profit community organizations. 

Once again, a dozen Key volunteers brought their shovels and rakes to participate in the cleanup of the grounds around Rose Hill Museum and the Osborn Learning Center in Bay Village. This sprucing-up effort is invaluable to these sites as preparations begin for upcoming summer events. The Historical Society’s 41st annual Country Festival is scheduled for Saturday, June 19, 2010. Also, the Bay High School Class of 1965 will honor their classmate, Sgt. Kenton Henninger, with a ceremony in Cahoon Park on July 17. 

Both Rose Hill Museum and the Osborn Learning Center will be open for tours after the Memorial Day Parade on May 31.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 11:24 AM, 05.25.2010

Giving back to the community

As the recipient of a great deal of support from others during his son’s battle with leukemia, Bay Village resident David Chudzinski and his family believe in giving back to the community.

Dave shares that commitment with the people who work at his local business in Westlake, where the whole staff puts that belief into action by getting involved with charitable organizations and events.

On a regular basis, the team at Peppi’s Pizza provides food for the local American Red Cross blood drives, feeding the doctors, nurses and blood donors, and sends each donor home with a coupon for free chicken wings.

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 10:12 PM, 05.27.2010

'Cleveland Idols' donate time and services to free clinic

The Cleveland Idols is a group of dentists/hygienists/auxiliaries who united their efforts at The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland to save masses of silent sufferers of the Cleveland community during the darkest hour after last year’s recession – a pool of 8,000 patients.

The Free Clinic-Dental Department, with its new director, Dr. S. Ridha (a Westlaker), opened the clinic’s potential to the providers helping more patients under the lines of: "A day of action worth months of hoping," "Live and let live" and "Will vs. wish," working a bigger dental safety net. In addition, the clinic will offer a wider range of dental services: full mouth x-ray, complete exam, cleaning, deep scaling, fillings, extractions, emergency care, referrals and more.

All of this is made possible because of the time and services donated (10,500 procedures in one year).

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Volume 2, Issue 11, Posted 2:50 PM, 05.27.2010

Bay Village Waterways Clean Up held May 15

Students work together to pull garlic mustard plants at the third annual Bay Village Waterways Clean Up on May 15. Over 50 volunteers from Bay High, the Project Earth club and the city's Green Team removed the invasive species, as well as items of clothing, tires, lawn furniture, golf balls and other trash from green spaces around the city. The event, coordinated by Bay High teacher Eryn Whistler, was hosted by Project Earth and The Village Foundation. The city provided trash bags and gloves, and picked up the full bags at the end of the day.

Click to see more pictures of the clean up.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 10:32 AM, 05.19.2010

Donate new flip-flops to Haitian earthquake victims

"Flip-Flops for Haiti," an idea conceived by Fairview Park's Josie Katzbach following a trip to help the people in Haiti, has grown into a community effort. 

Katzbach's goal is to collect 2,000 pairs of new flip-flops in a variety of sizes to provide for the men, women and children in the mountains of Haiti, many of whom have only hand-me-down shoes or are barefoot.

The students and staff at Dover Elementary School in Westlake are participating and have already donated 150 pairs of flip-flops to the cause.
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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 3:38 PM, 05.16.2010

Bay Village's Team Dori helps raise over $90,000 for UMDF

With every event and fundraiser, Bay Village’s Team Dori hopes they get one step closer to a cure for mitochondrial disease.

Named for and inspired by Dori Szelesta, a first grader at Normandy School in Bay Village who has mitochondrial disease, Team Dori recently joined her on a one-mile walk at the Wild For a Cure Walkathon for the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation (UMDF) on Saturday, May 8, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

In addition to providing love and support for a brave little girl, they helped Wild For a Cure Walkathon raise over $90,000 for UMDF and boost awareness about the frequently misunderstood and misdiagnosed disease.

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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 4:43 PM, 05.14.2010

Volunteer bakers seek active-duty soldiers from Ohio

Operation Baking Northern Ohio, a group of local bakers, mothers, families and others who bake once a month for Ohio servicemembers stationed overseas, is looking for soldiers to receive homemade care packages.

The bakers work independently or with a group of friends, baking in their home kitchens and packing and shipping the treats to soldiers selected by the Operation Baking coordinator. There are currently 120 volunteers baking for three soldiers per month. Many soldiers receive very few care packages, and the baked goods offer a taste of home and dose of support.

“It's boxes like this that keep our morale up during rough times which are frequent over here,” wrote Spc. Ryan Flynn, a soldier stationed in Afghanistan. “Thanks again for your support, it is people like you that give us a sweet reminder of why we fight.”
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Volume 2, Issue 10, Posted 11:48 AM, 05.13.2010