Community Service

Westlake Bay Village Rotary involved in the community and beyond

Each year the Westlake Bay Village Rotary Club hosts a speech contest for high school students in Westlake and Bay Village based on the Rotary Four-Way Test. The Four-Way Test of “the things we think, say or do” is used by Rotarians world-wide as a moral code for personal and business relationships. The four questions asked are: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 

First place in the speech contest went to Annette Hanson from Westlake and came with a $200 prize. Thomas Hanson, also from Westlake, placed second and garnered $100. Bay Village students Masha Waiss and Jonathan Ackley placed third and fourth, respectively, with prizes of $75 and $25. All prize money was donated by Kevin Walker of JMO Wealth Management in Westlake.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:03 AM, 06.05.2018

Kiwanis provides shirts for Westlake marching band

The Westlake Kiwanis purchased polo shirts for the Westlake Marching Band. The polo shirts are for the band to wear during hot weather events. Kiwanis had become concerned when they observed in their last few Memorial Day parades the band appearing to be uncomfortable in their heavy band uniforms.

It was decided to raise funds to purchase the band polo shirts to wear on hot weather occasions. Westlake Kiwanis President Suzanne Rusnak and past President Rick Grane presented the shirts to the band on April 27.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.15.2018

Kiwanis members clean Huntington Beach

The Division 14 Kiwanis Clubs gathered at Huntington Beach in Bay Village on May 5 to take part in "Adopt a Beach," a program sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Clubs taking part were the Bay Village Kiwanis, the Bay Village Key Club, Westlake Kiwanis, Westlake Aktion Club and Rocky River Kiwanis. The participants who gathered for the event were directed by Camille Licate from Kids for Positive Change.

It was a beautiful Saturday for picking up trash on the beach. There were many pounds of trash picked up, mainly plastic which isn’t biodegradable. Plenty of plastic straws, cigar tips, plastic bottles, bottle caps, etc. were plucked from the shoreline. There were over 50 Kiwanis affiliated participants who showed up thanks to the work of Division 14 Lt. Governor Grergj Haxhiu.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.15.2018

Anna Evans earns Bay Village Historical Society scholarship

Anna Evans has been selected to receive the Bay Village Historical Society’s scholarship for 2018.

Evans is the daughter of Karyn and Tim Evans, both teachers.

Evans was awarded the Academic Excellence Award all four years of her high-school career. She was nominated for Buckeye Girls State her junior year and attended the Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars at The Ohio State University prior to her senior year. (SLIYS promotes foreign language study, including Spanish, Korean, French, Turkish, Chinese and additional foreign language, in all aspects by cultivating a deeper appreciation of language similarities and differences.)

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:11 AM, 05.01.2018

Westlake Kiwanis awards George F. Hixson Fellowship

The Westlake Kiwanis presented Rick Grane with the George F. Hixson Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis' rich history of generosity. Rick is one of only six Westlake Kiwanians to receive this award since it was established in 1983.

Rick has been a Westlake resident since 1983 and a Westlake Kiwanian since 2008. Rick is generous in both his time and money. He is tireless in his commitment to family, community and Kiwanis.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.01.2018

Westlake Girl Scout finishes Gold Award project

Westlake Girl Scout Katie Cirincione, who is a 16-year-old junior at Westlake High School, recently completed her Gold Award project. She is an Ambassador Girl Scout and this is her 10th year in Girl Scouts. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts and can be earned by scouts in grades 9-12. Less than 6 percent of eligible scouts complete the award, which requires a girl to complete an 80-hour project that makes a lasting impact on her community.

For her project, Katie put together two “Language Library” carts. These carts each contain about 140 books in other languages. One cart went to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland to offer books to those who may already know other languages. The other cart is in the cafe of the Westlake Porter Public Library in order to give those learning another language a resource to practice with, as well as to inspire cultural and lingual diversity. The public is encouraged to utilize the resources on the carts to help better their linguistic abilities.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.17.2018

Bay Village DAR helps veterans celebrate Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day

March 29 is designated as the official day of remembrance and celebration for all veterans who served in Vietnam. It’s a day of thankfulness for those who returned home and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution has furnished Easter and Christmas dinners for three years to the current residents of the Fulton House. This house is a haven for homeless veterans that furnishes not only a shelter but outpatient health services, counseling and Bible studies to 13 men, and seven more in a smaller home adjacent to Fulton House.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:34 AM, 04.03.2018

Bay Village Eagle Scouts recognized

Over 300 Eagle Scouts from the Lake Erie Council, Boy Scouts of America, attended the Eagle Scout Class of 2017 Recognition Dinner on March 18 at the downtown Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Scouts met with career mentors and were recognized for their accomplishments by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Several of the Eagle Scouts from Bay Village are pictured here.

Visit to learn more about Scouting programs in our area.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:34 AM, 04.03.2018

Honoring Vietnam veterans

Thursday, March 29, is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.

Vietnam veterans have not been recognized as have previous war veterans. This story has been told many times but it remains true, even today.

Much has been done to right this wrong but it is still good to remind everyone of the sacrifice of these men and women.

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Volume 10, Issue 6, Posted 10:10 AM, 03.20.2018

Mr. and Mrs. Westlake donate to Lions Club

It was a great surprise to have Mr. and Mrs. Westlake attend the monthly meeting of the Westlake/WestShore Lions Club on Feb. 1.
Craig and Nan Baker, selected by the Westlake Town Criers to be the 2017 Mr. & Mrs. Westlake, were given the authority to donate $500 of Town Criers funds to a worthy, charitable organization. The Bakers chose the School Safety Bucket program sponsored by the Westlake/West Shore Lions Club.
"It was such an honor for my husband and I to be chosen as the 2017 Mr. & Mrs. Westlake. We are proud to donate the Town Criers funds toward this worthy cause," Nan Baker said. 

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:36 AM, 02.20.2018

Westlake, Bay residents honored with awards from Connecting for Kids

Connecting for Kids will honor five individuals who have helped fulfill the organization’s mission to provide education and support to families with concerns about their child at its annual fundraiser on Feb. 23. Among the five honorees are two from Bay Village and Westlake:

  • Educator/Professional of the Year: Natalie Tesar of Bay Village.
  • Board Member of the Year: Kim Riley of Westlake

Educator/Professional of the Year: Natalie Tesar

As a second-grade teacher and Building Advisory Team member at Eastview Elementary School in Avon Lake, Natalie Tesar has quickly proven to be one of the building’s strongest educators and leaders. She has excelled in the classroom and in all roles presented to her. This devotion and hard work is the reason her students perform so well. She is student-centered, plans instruction to meet her students’ individual needs and uses technology to engage and empower her students.

Tesar always goes above and beyond for her students. She provides them with materials they need for class, shows them that she cares, and finds the positives in every student she has. Tesar displays all the professional and personal traits that make her a quality educator. She is professional, caring, builds strong relationships with others, and remains calm under stressful circumstances.

Board Member of the Year: Kim Riley

Kim Riley’s dedication to the mission of Connecting for Kids is exemplified in her multiple accomplishments on the board of directors. She helped to develop the internal organizational structure needed for growth.

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Volume 10, Issue 4, Posted 9:44 AM, 02.20.2018

Bay Village civic groups are planning big fun for spring

The Bay Village Community Council met on Jan. 24 to discuss their groups' exciting spring events. They also announced the 2018 winners for Bay Village Citizen of the Year, Cathy Flament, and the Bay Village Project of the Year, the Community Wide Yard Sale to benefit hurricane relief. Planning is underway for the Award Reception.

Bay Athletic Boosters Association is looking for major donors to help with construction costs of phase II of the athletic field renovation which includes new locker rooms, restrooms and a new, efficient concession stand. Their Snoball Run is Feb. 17. Registration information is available at

Bay Village Community Theater continues its "All the World's a Stage[d Reading] Series with performances of Robert Anderson's "I'm Herbert" and "Footsteps of Doves." The performances will be held on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at O'Neill Healthcare and on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Bay Village Community House. Both are free and open to the public. 

Bay Village Historical Society's Feb. 15 potluck dinner program will be “To Conserve and Preserve: Cleveland Metroparks History 101," presented by Judy MacKeigan. For details, contact

Bay Village Kiwanis Club will hold their spring pancake breakfast at Bay Middle School on Sunday, March 18. 

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 10:01 AM, 02.06.2018

DAR honors Girl Scout leader with community service award

Michelle Krieg, leader of Girl Scout Troop 70769 in Bay Village, is the recipient of a community service award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for her time and dedication to refurbishing flower beds adjacent to the Osborn House and Rose Hill Museum. Both are located in the northeast corner of Cahoon Memorial Park.

The beds had been neglected for many years. The Herb Guild, Bay Village Historical Society, Bay Village Garden Club and the DAR met to determine how extensive a restoration would be. The Girl Scout troop took on the effort of rejuvenating the gardens. This involved research, detailed measurements of the existing plots, replenishing the soil and careful selection of native plants to ensure survival in our Lake Erie climate.

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Volume 10, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.06.2018

Bay Village Scout earns Eagle rank

Maximillian X. Schell, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on Dec. 28, 2017. Max becomes the Troop's 155th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Cassia and Greg Schell of Bay Village.

For his Eagle service project, Max's team constructed a large SCUBA table and bench made of recycled plastic lumber. The table and bench are placed at the Whitestar Quarry in Gibsonburg, Ohio, where they are used by professional rescue and recreational divers. Visit for more information about Boy Scout Troop 41.

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Volume 10, Issue 2, Posted 9:21 AM, 01.23.2018

Westlake Meals on Wheels clients enjoy chef-prepared meals

A simple request to have a chef come and visit our program and work with our staff at Westlake Meals on Wheels has turned into a gift that keeps on giving! Christopher Hampton, Lakewood Country Club's general manager, embraced the concept of providing a guest chef and ran with the idea.  

Not only did Lakewood Country Club provide two guest chefs when chefs Geoffrey Gus and Geoffrey Sowl visited our Meals on Wheels facility and worked with our cooks, they also donated the food and prepared the meals!

On Dec. 20, Lakewood Country Club provided the 67 Meals on Wheels clients with a hot meal consisting of roasted turkey a la king, vegetable medley and cheddar mashed potatoes as well as a cold meal consisting of a trio salad platter of tuna, chicken and egg salad and mixed greens with a side of fresh fruit and finished off with a peppermint trifle.

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:37 AM, 01.09.2018

Rotary donation to help Meals on Wheels serve more clients

At their Dec. 13 meeting, Herb Hoppe of the Westlake Bay Village Rotary presented a check for $2,740 to Wendi Schwartz, executive director of Meals on Wheels. The money will be used to purchase a new commercial freezer for Westlake Meals on Wheels. This will allow for maximum meal preparation capacity of their current facility in Dover Congregational Church. 

“Meals on Wheels has been pushing the limits of our facility and wonderful staff and volunteers to increase the number of clients we can prepare meals for over the past year in order to keep up with the growing demand for our service," Ms. Schwartz noted. "Having the extra freezer storage will alleviate the frozen food storage limitations, allowing us to order food more cost effectively.”

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Volume 10, Issue 1, Posted 9:33 AM, 01.09.2018

New Westlake police dogs sworn in

The lastest additions to the Westlake police force were sworn in during a ceremony at Westlake City Hall on Monday, Dec. 11. This was a first for Mayor Dennis Clough because his new officers were canines. The new officers have two names – a formal name and a training name – and will be teamed with Westlake police officers.

K-9 officer Ricker (Cash) will team with patrolman Dennis Funari, Echo (Dax) will team with patrolman Josh Frey, and Max (Timmy) will team with patrolman JP Toth. After the formal swearing-in of the new officers, a party was hosted by the Westlake Police Department and Westlake Kiwanis to thank all the donors to the Canine Fund.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 9:56 AM, 12.19.2017

Westlake Scout earns Eagle rank

Boy Scout Patrick Byrne of Troop 225 out of St. Bernadette's in Westlake earned his Eagle Scout rank on Sept. 11. He graduated from St. Christopher grade school in 2014 and is currently a senior at St. Edward High School. Patrick was a member of Pack 390 during his time at St. Chris, earning the Arrow of Light.

During his 10 years in Scouts, he served in many leadership positions, earned 32 merit badges, and is currently the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster of his troop.

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Volume 9, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.19.2017

Bay’s best sought for annual honor

The last six weeks of the year are an opportune time for reflection and appreciation. The holidays bring friends and family together and give us a reason to celebrate. This season of good cheer offers us a chance to look back on the year and acknowledge those who have influenced our lives.

It is no coincidence that the Bay Village Community Council has recently opened the nomination period for the annual Bay Village Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year awards, to recognize those who have made a difference in the community.

The Community Council will accept nominations until Monday, Jan. 22, and selections will be announced soon afterward.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:30 AM, 12.05.2017

Bay Men's Club members aid neighbors

Members of the Bay Men’s Club turned out on a recent Saturday morning to help their fellow citizens by raking leaves and cleaning the yards of a number of deserving residents, many of them seniors and disabled.

Participants included Dwight Clark, Pete Winzig, Sean Riley, Matt Mowchan with his two sons, Rob Spies, Matt Williams and Eric Eakin.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:30 AM, 12.05.2017

Village Bicycle Cooperative cranks up the holiday spirit

Village Bicycle Cooperative has been busy spreading holiday cheer by donating 29 bikes and two tricycles to the Salvation Army. That brings the yearly total of donated bikes to 53. These gifts were made possible by donations of bikes, volunteer time and monetary contributions to VBC's Fix-It-Forward program. These bikes help many disadvantaged families as their main source of transportation to jobs or school.

This was the sixth year of VBC participating in Cranksgiving, a food and personal hygiene drive to benefit disadvantaged and senior citizens sponsored by Bike Cleveland and Bike Lakewood. The participating bicyclists are given maps and then ride to four stores and purchase one or more suggested items. Everything purchased must be hauled by bicycle. Donated food is given to Lakewood Community Services Center. This year VBC raised over $300 in donations!

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 12.05.2017

BVPD, Kiwanis bike registration drive ends with raffle drawing

Dec. 1 marked the end of the Bay Village Kiwanis Club bicycle registration contest. A $100 gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods was awarded to the Deel Family of Bay Village for registering their bicycle at the Police Department. Their name was drawn from a list of names of those who registered their bicycle between September and Dec. 1. The winning name was selected by the Bay Village Kiwanis Club President Foster McMasters and Lt. Calvin Holliday of the Bay Village Police Department.

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club in cooperation with the Bay Village Police Department has been encouraging residents to register their bicycles. Registration ensures that bikes will be returned to their owners if lost or stolen and recovered by the police.

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Volume 9, Issue 23, Posted 10:31 AM, 12.05.2017

Westlake Meals on Wheels has a new ride thanks to Subaru

Subaru of America presented a wrapped and food-laden 2018 Outback to Westlake Meals on Wheels Nov. 16 at Ganley Westside Subaru. The Westlake organization is one of only 50 programs in the country to receive a vehicle, donated in celebration of Subaru’s 50th anniversary, and in keeping with its commitment to support local communities nationwide in partnership with Meals on Wheels America.

“Ganley Westside Subaru, where the Outback was delivered, generously donated cereal, peanut butter, soup and other shelf-stable foods to jump-start our new Stuff the Trunk effort to provide our clients and other area seniors with emergency preparedness kits – non-perishable food, blankets, flashlights and batteries – for days the local weather prevents meal deliveries,” said Wendi Schwartz, executive director of Westlake Meals on Wheels. “To build on Ganley’s donation, Westlake Meals on Wheels will hold a public Stuff the Trunk event, Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., at North Olmsted Community Park.”

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:50 AM, 11.21.2017

All aboard! 'Choo Choo Chow Chow' event raises funds for children's hospitals

From newsboys' collection cups in Pennsylvania, to offices in eight states, the "Choo Choo Chow Chow" keeps chugging along, collecting donations for local children's hospitals. The "Choo Choo Chow Chow" is actually a wooden toy train, and the name of annual charity event to raise funds for children's hospitals through the Howard Hanna Children’s Free Care Fund Foundation.

Each Howard Hanna office decides how to raise funds, like holding a potluck or other eating event, and the money raised stays local. Here in Northeast Ohio, donations go to UH Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, the Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital, and Akron and Toledo's children's hospitals.

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Volume 9, Issue 22, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.21.2017

Volunteers needed for CARE for AIDS hunger project

Families in Bay Village and the surrounding communities will have a chance to be part of an incredible program that is helping parents with HIV/AIDS to live healthy lives, raise and support their children, and be a part of their community. We need 600 volunteers to pack 100,000 meals for the clients of CARE for AIDS in Nairobi, Kenya.

The CARE for AIDS Hunger Project will take place at Bay High School on Saturday, Nov. 18. There are two shifts: noon-1:30 p.m. and 1:30-3:00 p.m. All ages are invited to help.

Volunteers will package foods such as rice, beans and lentils. The boxes will be loaded into trucks run by Feeding Children Everywhere, a partner organization, who will ship the pallets of food to Kenya.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.07.2017

Eagle Scout project creates path from Westlake Rec Center to Lilly Weston House

On Labor Day and Sept. 16, members of Boy Scout Troop 664 worked together on the Eagle Scout project of Noah Furin. The project consisted of the planning and construction of a segment of the Heritage Loop Trail behind the Lilly Weston House on Center Ridge Road in Westlake. This was a collaborative effort through the Westlake Historical Society, in particular the Lilly Weston Committee, headed by Will Krause, and the City of Westlake.

The trail connects the walking path of the Recreation Center to the driveway of the historic Lilly Weston House. The Boy Scouts spread the concrete gravel along the length of the path using wheelbarrows, shovels and rakes. With the installation of this trail, the Lilly Weston House can be more accessible to the people of Westlake. Also, it effectively creates a loop in the walking trail at the Rec Center for convenience.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.07.2017

American Legion collecting flags for proper retirement

Is it time to replace that old, torn or faded flag? If your answer is yes, then your timing could not be better.

Many stores are featuring American flags as part of their Veterans Day sales.The Bay Village American Legion is collecting old flags and will be retiring them at their regular meeting on Friday, Nov. 10. The flags are retired using nationally approved procedures with dignity and tradition.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.07.2017

BayComm calls out to residents

It's been a couple of years since BayComm has written an article, but the group created five years ago to provide emergency communications to residents is still alive and well. We cover the West Shore suburbs, and we are still looking to expand our network of members, to be able to relay critical information to ourselves and others, should power and communications go down for an extended period of time.

Our membership has grown a bit over the years, but to truly have a network of communications, we still need to shoot for at least 50 families, across the six local suburbs. We've learned a lot about who we are and what our goals are. Some residents join this volunteer group to be assured that they will be able to use their non-licensed two-way radios to reach others, in a time when communications is critical.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 10:01 AM, 11.07.2017

Register your bicycle and win $100

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club would like to remind residents to register their bicycles with the Bay Village Police before Dec. 1 for a chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Dick's Sporting Goods. The task is simple, just bring your bicycle to the Bay Village police station, 28000 Wolf Road, and complete the registration form. A permanent label will be affixed to your bicycle. This will insure that if your bicycle is found it can be returned to you. There is no charge for the registration.

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Volume 9, Issue 21, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.07.2017

Westlake teen receives community service award

The Westlake Kiwanis presented Jade Hawk with the William E. Sifritt Community Service Award recently at Westlake City Hall.

Jade is a very active volunteer and member of the Westlake community. As a four-year member of the Westlake High School's Key Club, Jade has taken charge of their many service projects such as Adopt-a-Family, Westlake in Bloom flower boxes, and Lutheran Home Arts and Crafts Days. She also helped organize group attendance to Cavs games.

Jade is a member of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra, playing concerts for inner city kids. She also plays in a chamber group for elementary school graduations and for the 1921 Society, Destination Cleveland meeting.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 10:00 AM, 10.17.2017

Project Leaf is back to aid Bay residents and help local cancer patients

Autumn is finally here, and the evidence is everywhere, delighting our senses. You can feel and smell the crispness creeping into the air. You can hear the marching band and cheering fans at Bay High football games. (Go Rockets!) You can taste the apple cider and cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in your favorite fall foods. Whether they’ve changed colors or not, leaves are beginning to fall. Before too long, our green Bay Village lawns will disappear under piles of autumn splendor. Uh oh … we have work to do.

Project Leaf to the rescue! For the fifth year in a row, Village Project is offering to rake leaves for local residents and make their fall season a little less back-breaking in exchange for donations to help the organization continue its work.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:51 AM, 10.17.2017

Bay Village Kiwanis installs new officers

The Bay Village Kiwanis 2017-2018 Installation dinner was held on Sept. 26 at Mahle’s Restaurant in Westlake. Division 14 Lt. Governor Matt Rawlings was in attendance for the installation of the new officers. 

The outgoing president, Alan Waddle, was the Master Of Ceremonies. Serving as president for the coming year is Foster McMasters with Rich Oldrieve as president-elect and Pat Mosier as vice president. Russ Bauknecht is the treasurer serving for another year, with Ed Colleran as the secretary. The 2017-2018 board of directors consists of Maynard Bauer, Jim Comienski, Clint Keener, Linda Potter, Gerald Stavlas and Gordon Taylor.

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Volume 9, Issue 20, Posted 9:51 AM, 10.17.2017

Bay Village Holiday Caring & Sharing Program seeks residents in need

The Bay Village Holiday Caring and Sharing Program was created to help Bay families in need at the holidays. Families with children under age 18 may qualify for our Adopt-a-Family program, and receive gifts for the children that may not otherwise be possible that year. In addition, a food pantry is also available to those Bay Village residents who qualify.

You can help by:

  • Contacting Bay Village Community Services if you are a family in financial need, or you know of a family who is experiencing financial hardships. All information is confidential.
  • Making a cash donation to Holiday Caring & Sharing. Funds are used to purchase grocery gift cards that are distributed throughout the year, as well as at the holidays.
  • Adopting a family. If you or your organization is interested in providing gifts for a family, contact Bay Village Community Services.
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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 10:10 AM, 10.03.2017

Westlake Kiwanis install new club officers

The Westlake Kiwanis held their new officer installation on Sept. 26. Robert Clancy, past Kiwanis Division 14 Lt. Governor, performed the installation ceremonies for the new officers.

Current President Rick Grane passed the gavel to incoming President Suzanne Rusnak for 2017-2018. Suzanne thanked the past officers for their service to the Westlake Kiwanis and community. Suzanne outlined her goals for the upcoming Kiwanis year and ended with a quote: "If you want to be a person that belongs to a service organization then you can't have a spirit that wants to do it alone."

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Volume 9, Issue 19, Posted 9:59 AM, 10.03.2017

Bay Village girl scout troop earns Bronze Award

In partnership with The Herb Guild and with the support of the Bay Village Historical Society, Bay Village Girl Scout Troop 70769 earned the Bronze Award for their garden project at the Osborne Learning Center and the base of the Rose Hill Museum sign. 

The Bronze Award is the highest honor possible for a Junior Girl Scout.  Each member of the troop was also awarded a Certificate of Achievement from Mayor Paul Koomar, and the troop was honored at The Herb Guild's annual scholarship luncheon.

As part of The Herb Guild's efforts to educate young people about Ohio's native plants, the 14 members of the troop embarked on a six-month journey of research, planning, meetings with gardening experts and then actually planting, mulching and watering more than 50 plants of 10 different varieties, all native to Ohio.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:08 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay Village scouts build stand to help fight cancer

Thanks to the hard work of the St. Raphael Cub Scouts of Pack 159 in Bay Village, visitors to the Prayers from Maria sunflower field in Avon will be able to enjoy a cold drink while helping raise money to fight childhood brain cancer.

The “Field of Hope,” located at the southwest corner of Chester and Jaycox roads, was planted as a way to raise awareness for the Children’s Glioma Cancer Foundation, headed by Bay Village residents Ed and Megan McNamara. The McNamaras' daughter, Maria, fell victim to the aggressive form of cancer in 2007 when she was 7 years old and, since then, the McNamaras have devoted countless hours to raising money, and awareness, to fight the deadly disease.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:18 AM, 09.19.2017

Why not join the Bay Village Auxiliary Police?

Why not? That was the question I asked myself after reading an article published in the Observer a few years back. The article was written by Lt. Jeff Hartz of the Bay Village Auxiliary Police. He mentioned in the article what is involved and how much personal satisfaction he gets from helping out the community where he was raised. Although I didn’t grow up in Bay, I moved here in 2006 after marrying my wife, Pam, and I just fell in love with the city. It was a breath of fresh air after spending the last 20-plus years living on the west side of Cleveland.

After being in Bay for a few years, I wanted to do something to help my community. Inspired by what I read in Jeff’s article, I decided to fill out an application for the auxiliary. I had been working security part-time for the Indians and the Browns since the late 1980s and worked alongside Cleveland police officers. It was fun. Being part of the auxiliary could be something right up my alley.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:09 AM, 09.19.2017

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center honors volunteers of the year

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center recognized Colleen Bumba, D.V.M., and Justin Willard with volunteer-of-the-year awards at the organization’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on Aug. 17.

Each year, the Center celebrates its many volunteers who are vital in helping the Center to fulfill its mission to educate children, families and students and provide wildlife services. Volunteers help with animal care, docent education, family and youth programming, summer camps and more. The Center’s Volunteers of the Year are those extra special people who consistently demonstrate teamwork, reliability, responsibility and leadership within the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Volunteer Program.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:18 AM, 09.19.2017

Bay Kiwanis Club donates $25,000 to eliminate tetanus

Bay Village Kiwanis Club president Allen Waddle has announced that the service club’s long-term support of The Eliminate Project, a joint effort between UNICEF and Kiwanis International to eliminate worldwide maternal and neonatal tetanus (MNT), has passed the $25,000 mark this year with a donation of $6,600 from proceeds from fundraising events including the annual Kiwanis-sponsored Bay Days Car Show.

The Bay Village Kiwanis and its school leadership clubs, the Bay High School Key Club and Bay Middle School Builders Club, have raised and donated funds for the past four years and its total contribution now exceeds $49,000. Kiwanis International has raised over $110 million in cash and pledges for this campaign.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.19.2017

City honors Bay Men's Club with proclamation

The City of Bay Village has honored the Bay Men’s Club, the oldest continuously operating civic organization in the city, with a mayoral proclamation in honor of the club’s 100th anniversary. Mayor Paul Koomar, who is a Bay Men’s Club member, presented the proclamation to club members at the Sept. 11 city council meeting.

The men’s club was founded in the summer of 1917 when a handful of village men gathered on the steps of what is now the Rose Hill Museum in Cahoon Memorial Park to form a non-partisan organization whose purpose was, and is, to promote good fellowship.

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Volume 9, Issue 18, Posted 10:18 AM, 09.19.2017