Community Service

Help clean up Bay Village's waterways

Now in its tenth year, the Bay Village Waterways Clean-up Day, sponsored by The Bay Village Foundation and Bay High Project Earth Club, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24. All are welcome to meet at the Bay Middle School cafeteria to sign in before 11 a.m. Volunteers of all ages will go out in groups to clean up Bay's waterways and surrounding areas. Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian or bring signed permission slip.

The city provides trash bags and gloves for use in picking up debris along Cahoon Creek, Columbia Park, Bay Boat Club, and other portions of the Lake Erie waterfront. Under the guidance of Bridgit McFarland of Bay High School and The Bay Village Foundation chair, Mike Romanchek, the group will work for approximately two hours and finish up back at the middle school where the student trustees of The Bay Village Foundation – Chris Eifert, Katherine Finley, Jack Lee and Maggie Williams – will plan and deliver the lunch, funded by the Bay Village Foundation, for the hungry crowd. Afterwards, city workers will pick up the bagged debris at the middle school.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:52 AM, 09.20.2016

Bay Village Holiday Caring & Sharing program helps residents at the holidays

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.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:47 AM, 09.20.2016

Westlake Girl Scout 'making sense' of sensory processing issues

Westlake High School junior Allie Routhier ran a booth on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Celebrate Westlake's annual run, walk, and fun dash to raise awareness for children with Sensory Processing Issues (SPI). By speaking with Sarah Rintamaki, Executive Director of Connecting for Kids, Allie identified the need to promote the advantages of early identification and treatment for children who are affected in the region. 

Through generous family and neighbor donations and extensive babysitting and pet care over the summer, Allie raised funds to write, illustrate, and publish 165 copies of a 22-page children's book, "Making Sense of It," that tells the story of two bunnies working through sensory processing issues together. American Greetings and the parishioners at both St. Bernadette's and St. Ladislas' churches in Westlake donated new stuffed animals to her cause.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:10 AM, 09.07.2016

Box tops for Westlake schools

Westlake residents can support their schools by clipping the “Box Tops for Education” special coupons found on hundreds of participating products, from soup to cereal, Ziploc and Hefty bags, to Green Giant and Nature Valley products and many more. A complete list of participating products can be found online at boxtops4education.com.

“I feel this is a great way to support our Westlake schools,” said Margaret Schulz, who has been collecting Box Tops coupons for years from friends and civic contacts, including her fellow Westlake Garden Club members.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:05 AM, 09.07.2016

Village Project receives gifts of new kitchen and office equipment

They say that good things come in small packages, but occasionally, good things also come in VERY BIG packages. Although the task of dealing with big things can be daunting, having the help of many good people is the best gift of all.

Village Project recently announced it is proceeding forward with its plans for doubling the number of cooking days each week from two to four. In the past month, kitchen renovations have been made that will facilitate the ability to cook larger portions more easily and efficiently. All of the equipment, furniture and labor were donated, and Village Project is most grateful to the many good people involved.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.16.2016

Cross-country cyclists ride through Bay Village

Twenty-eight cyclists and 10 crew members participating in the Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek cruised through the streets of Bay Village on Aug. 4, on their ride from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

The ride is part of The Ability Experience, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities.

After riding an average of 75 miles a day, you won't find team members napping in preparation for the next day's ride. They will be dancing at a friendship visit with a local disability support group, participating in a game of wheelchair basketball, performing puppet shows to educate children on the abilities of people with disabilities, and learning life lessons that will impact them for the rest of their lives. On stops for cycling events, grants are given to local organizations that serve people with disabilities in order to provide new equipment or upgrades to their facilities.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.16.2016

Bay Village Girl Scout starts intergenerational cooking program

Elizabeth Holup, a Girl Scout Cadette from Bay Village, earned her Silver Award – one of the highest Girl Scout achievement awards – by starting a cooking program at West Park Evangelical Friends Church.

In researching what to do for her Silver Award project, Elizabeth decided to start something that had never been done at her church before, a cooking club. Eventually called West Park Chefs, Elizabeth was able to start the club with close to 30 members who would meet once a month where they split into inter-generational groups to make a meal and eat together, while making new friends. After the success of the first meeting, she was able to continue the program for three months making meatball subs, chicken noodle soup and hand pies.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:08 AM, 08.02.2016

Lost Safety, Lost Home, Lost Dignity

Lecturer to present the plight of the refugee

Ahh, home. Dorothy said "There's no place like home" in "The Wizard of Oz," "Home Sweet Home" was a cross-stitch boon in the '80s and the dictionary defines home as "the place where one lives permanently."

And then there are the refugees who have no home. They were forced to leave their home country out of fear of persecution, armed conflict and violations of human rights. They didn't leave their home because they chose to – they fled for their lives. Most left their homes with the clothes on their backs and few, if any, possessions. They may have originally thought it would be a short time until things returned to normal but then they recognized they cannot return home because of continued conflict and wars. The refugee stories are ones of desperation with all seeking safety, freedom and the chance to reclaim futures for themselves and their families.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:49 AM, 07.19.2016

Bay Village Scouts help flood victims while camping in West Virginia

Six area Boy Scouts and their adult guides recently enjoyed a whitewater and zip-line trip to West Virginia. To help victims of recent flooding, the Scouts collected and delivered donations of food and household products along with over $200 in contributions to the Red Cross. 

The group spent the middle of their trip rafting the New River and zip-lining the countryside near Fayetteville. With activities complete, they ventured to Richwood to assist in cleanup of neighborhoods affected by the disaster. Many lessons were learned on the trip!

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:48 AM, 07.19.2016

DAR sets Guinness World Record for patriotism

Members of Bay Village's Martha Devotion Huntington chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution participated as the National Society DAR set an official Guinness World Record title in patriotism for "Most Letters to Military Personnel Collected in One Month."

The goal of 10,000 letters to active-duty service members was exceeded with a total of 100,904 letters. Individuals could write only one letter each but could solicit participation in the community. All letters were handwritten, stamped and delivered in person to DAR Headquarters in Washington, D.C., during the group's Continental Congress annual meeting, this year celebrating DAR's 125th anniversary.

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Volume 8, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.19.2016

Kiwanian honored for service to Westlake

The Westlake Kiwanis presented Russ Milan with the George F. Hixson Award, named for Kiwanis' first president. The award is given to members as a way of recognizing those who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis' history of service and generosity. Russ has been a member of the Westlake Kiwanis since April 3, 1991. Among his many accomplishments are being Westlake Kiwanis president twice and also serving as treasurer.

Russ started the Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club in 2004 and has served as the Division 14 Aktion Club advisor. Russ started the Westlake Kiwanis Special Olympics and has served as its chairman since its inception seven years ago. In addition, Russ is instrumental in running the Westlake Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade and Service.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:32 AM, 06.21.2016

St. Paul School ice cream social and duct-taping ceremony

On May 20, the students at St. Paul Lutheran School in Westlake received an ice cream treat from Mitchell's Ice Cream, as they watched Principal Dale Lehrke, get duct-taped to a wall.

This celebration rewarded the school body for their outstanding response to the National Junior Honor Society's (NJHS) Book Drive Fundraiser. During the school year, the Junior National Honor Society members challenged the school to collect 1,300 books for students at The Village Prep School. The NJHS students asked Principal Lehrke for an extra challenge. He offered to be duct-taped to the wall if they doubled the number of books. The students responded by exceeding the challenge with a total number of books collected over 3,000!

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:52 AM, 06.07.2016

KeyBank workers help at Bay Village museum

Nearly 6,000 KeyBank employees across the country gave back to their local communities recently for Key’s annual "Neighbors Make The Difference Day," including these four hard-working folks who helped clean and mulch the flower beds around Bay Village's Rose Hill Museum and the Reuben Osborn Learning Center. "These volunteers gave us a lot of sweat equity that afternoon, and we, and anyone who drives by these two facilities, really appreciates it," said Bay Village Historical Society President Cathy Flament.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:50 AM, 06.07.2016

Bay Men's Club awards scholarships

The Bay Men's Club (BMC), one of the city's oldest and largest civic organizations, recently awarded three $1,000 scholarships to deserving Bay High seniors. Annamarie McGuire, Alysse Nowak and Hannah Goebel were honored for their academic achievements, civic involvement and extracurricular activities. McGuire plans to study forensics at the University of West Virginia. Nowak will attend Ohio University and study chemistry, and Goebel will study biology at The Ohio State University.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:46 AM, 06.07.2016

Bay, Westlake Sea Scouts reach semifinals

Our Sea Scout crew, named "Boats" and comprised of Adam Schordock (Westlake High School), Khalid Hamil (Bay Middle School), and Derek Reid, Nick Maude and our leader Zak Hamil (all from Bay High School) reached the semifinals of the Paradigm Challenge, a $250,000 international competition sponsored by the American Red Cross.

The scouts submitted a trifold brochure, titled “Don’t let this be Your Boat.” The competition sought innovative ideas from youth to prevent home fires and deaths. Since the scouts are at home on the water, they designed an infographic highlighting the main causes of boat fires. The graphic also gave suggestions for preventative maintenance that should be taken.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.17.2016

Kiwanis adapt toys for children with disabilities

The Westlake Kiwanis held a RePlay for Kids project on Tuesday, May 10, at Westlake Porter Public Library. Eight members and three guests volunteered their time to work on the toys.

They adapted the toys so they can be used by children with disabilities. It involves taking apart the toys and installing switches which can be used to make the toys operate in various ways, such as blowing into a tube or touching with the side of a head. They managed to complete 30 toys which is the most they have ever done. As usual, Natalie Wardega, director of operations for RePlay for Kids, led the group.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay High students donate quilts to Village Project

Beauty, creativity, warmth and comfort are special gifts to share. And that is just what students from classes taught by Bay High School family and consumer science teacher Bridgit McFarland recently did.

On May 3, Mrs. McFarland and a group of students from her “Fashion Runway” and “On Your Own” classes gathered in the Bay High auditorium to present over 70 lap quilts to Barb Harrell, executive director of Village Project. The student-made quilts will be distributed to VP clients who are undergoing chemotherapy and in need of some comfort.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.17.2016

Celebrate memory of loved ones while helping hospice

Residents of Bay Village, Westlake and surrounding West Shore communities are invited to walk in memory of their loved ones while "paying it forward" to help other patients and families. Registration is now open for Hospice of the Western Reserve's 2016 Walk to Remember, sponsored by FirstMerit Bank. Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Leon Bibb of WEWS-TV, Channel 5, is this year’s master of ceremonies.  

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.17.2016

Westlake police honor local company

The Westlake Police Department recently honored the Scott Fetzer Company for their partnership in the Westlake PD’s 2015 Adopt-a-Family program. Dispatcher Jeannie Ross and Scott Fetzer’s events coordinator, Mary Leonard, worked tirelessly to assist the Murillo family, whose father, Jose, suffered a life-altering work related injury in March 2015. In the spirit of Christmas, on Dec. 22, 2015, the Murillo family was surprised with clothing, toys, various family memberships, and recreational/educational equipment to assist during Jose’s extensive recovery.

To honor their contribution, Ross, along with WPD Chief Kevin Bielozer and auxiliary officer Rick Grane, presented Leonard, President/CEO Bob McBride, and Chairman Ken Semelsberger with a plaque recognizing Scott Fetzer’s collaboration in supporting the local community. Great appreciation was expressed to all who participated in the ongoing coalition to assist those in need who live and work in Westlake.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay Village VFW Post seeking new members

The Bay Village VFW Post is looking for new members – male or female – and a "new generation" to carry on our veterans and community service. Post meetings are held the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. in the Community Room at the Bay Village Police Department, 28000 Wolf Road. Meetings last about an hour and we usually have refreshments afterwards.

You do not have to be a Bay resident to join, we support most of the West Shore communities (Rocky River, Westlake, Avon Lake). Also, our post does not have a facility, nor do we have an auxiliary. Unlike larger posts, we do not run a full-time food and beverage operation. However, your VFW Membership Card can get you access to any VFW Post in the county. If you are looking for a great opportunity to provide a positive impact to the community and can qualify for VFW membership, this is your chance!

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.03.2016

Town Criers aid kids

The Westlake Town Criers, an organization comprised of men dedicated to aid and assist worthy causes within the city, recently made a monetary donation to Connecting for Kids.

Connecting for Kids is a nonprofit with a mission of providing education and support for families with questions or concerns about their child.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.03.2016

Committee seeks donations for Bay Days fireworks

Donations are being solicited to help pay for the Bay Days fireworks celebration.

The Bay Days fireworks display costs $11,000, with the city paying half. The other $5,500 must be raised privately. 

Many Bay Village civic organizations count on the revenues they raise at Bay Days to finance the scholarships they provide, to fund their civic-improvement programs and for other projects. Without the fireworks finale, Bay Days attendance would drop precipitously and so would the funding upon which these organizations rely.

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Volume 8, Issue 9, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.03.2016

Local youth spearhead project to help homeless men

The confirmation class at Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church chose a Lenten project to collect undergarments for the homeless men served by the 2100 Lakeside Men’s Shelter in Cleveland. The youth set out on an ambitious goal to collect  400 T-shirts, 400 undershorts and 400 pairs of socks during “Undies Sundays” throughout the Lenten season.

Thanks to their efforts and the generous support of the congregation, the class collected 429 T-shirts, 467 undershorts and 491 pairs of socks with a total value of almost $5,000. The youth personally delivered the undergarments to the Men’s Shelter on Saturday, April 9.

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Volume 8, Issue 8, Posted 9:45 AM, 04.19.2016

Group lights fuse on Bay Days fireworks fundraiser

The fuse has been lit on the 2016 Bay Days Fireworks Fund fundraising efforts.

One half of the Fourth of July fireworks celebration is now privately funded (the other half is covered by the city), so a group of volunteers has for the past three years worked to raise money for the annual celebration of freedom.

Raffle tickets are now on sale to help raise funds for the 2016 Bay Days fireworks celebration. There are two different raffle prizes: A Cleveland Cavaliers ticket package and a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:07 AM, 04.05.2016

Jewish Passover celebration in Westlake

The Chabad Jewish Center in Westlake is all ready for this spring’s Passover celebration. The center will be hosting two community Passover Seders, the traditional meal that marks the holiday since the Exodus of the Israelites from ancient Egypt some 3,328 years ago.

Passover is not only about celebrating the freedom of our ancestors. The holiday reminds us that we too can break free of our own self-imposed struggles and grow to be better human beings.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.05.2016

Bay soccer gear round-up

Ready to clean out your dresser drawers, closets and garage? Bay Village is hosting a soccer gear roundup from April 23 through May 8. Members of the Bay Soccer Club and Bay Presbyterian Church have joined forces to collect used soccer items to support the work of Ambassadors Football International, a 25-year-old international soccer ministry headquartered in Twinsburg, Ohio. Ambassadors missionaries will then distribute the gear to needy youths overseas.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.05.2016

Panel of experts to offer free advice on planning for life’s journey on April 17

Residents of Westlake, Bay Village and the surrounding West Shore communities are invited to a free community event, “Safe Passages: Life is a Journey. Are You Prepared?,” on Sunday, April 17, 1-2 p.m. at the Olmsted Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 5050 Porter Road, North Olmsted (registration opens at 12:30 p.m.). The event is secular, open to all faiths and to the community at large.

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Volume 8, Issue 7, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.05.2016

Westlake Kiwanis hosts Builders Club

At a recent meeting, the Westlake Kiwanis hosted one of their service leadership programs, the Lee Burneson Builders Club. Builders Club advisor Cassandra Persia, club president Lauren Havelka and vice president Vincent Corrado shared with Kiwanians some of the things the club has been doing.

Ms. Persia was so excited about the group of Builders Club members she has. She says they are eager and excited to be part of Kiwanis and she has new students asking everyday if they can join. They currently have 26 members. She is especially proud of Lauren and Vincent, who are go-getters and born leaders.

Both Lauren and Vincent spoke about themselves and related some of the projects Builders Club has completed and plans for upcoming projects.

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Volume 8, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.15.2016

Big changes start with small differences

Third-graders at Dover Elementary recently were assigned a project which asked them to find ways to be a good citizen. The students were asked to identify a problem in the community, develop a solution and work for a month to implement their plan.

The results were amazing. It was fascinating to see how they worked to find a solution to the problems they identified. They didn’t point fingers or blame anyone for these problems but worked hard to implement a solution and make a change. They worked in so many ways: collecting food, clothes and blankets; a conscientization campaign about illness; recycling cans and glasses; helping people in the supermarket and a nursing home; selling things to raise money and donate for a good cause; and bringing cookies to the police station. Every single effort counted.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:38 AM, 03.01.2016

Success for The Seven Doughnuts!

On Feb. 12 The Seven Doughnuts team delivered 112 cancer care packages for children at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital! The Seven Doughnuts is a fifth-grade Destination Imagination Team from Bay Middle School. We exceeded our goal of 50 packages with your help!

We collected 120 pairs of socks, 100 hats (50 from Bay Village alumni), 120 coloring books, 110 crayon boxes, 120 crafts, 75 lotions, 70 stuffed animals, 205 chapsticks, 190 tissue packs and 50 bags of hard candies. We also received a large donation of Bonne Bell Lip Smackers.

We had 56 girl packages and 56 boy packages. Each care package had 10 items. We even had some leftover donations that we donated to the cancer floor. The used items we received we donated to Providence House.

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:35 AM, 03.01.2016

Aktion Club spreads love

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club spent the Satuday before Valentine's Day spreading love by delivering more than 150 valentines to residents of the Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve in Westlake. The group recieved many smiles and hugs when they delivered to the cards to the residents in their rooms.

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

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:29 AM, 03.01.2016

Far West Center offers mental health services for HIV/AIDS patients

Far West Center has received a Ryan White grant from the Cuyahoga County Board of Health to provide outpatient mental health services for eligible persons with HIV/AIDS living in Cuyahoga or Lorain counties. The psychological and emotional impact of HIV/AIDS can be overwhelming. Often, the diagnosis itself triggers a host of mental health problems that worsen symptoms of the illness itself.

Far West Center is an experienced provider of specialized mental health services, including the care of persons living with HIV/AIDS. Outpatient services include evaluation, counseling, psychiatric care, medication, case management, and recovery support sessions. Located on the St. John Medical Center campus, as well as in Amherst, Far West Center is able to provide these services conveniently “under one roof.”

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Volume 8, Issue 5, Posted 9:39 AM, 03.01.2016

AARP safe driving class March 9 at Dwyer Center

The AARP Smart Driver Course will be offered at the Bay Village Dwyer Memorial Senior Center on Wednesday, March 9, from noon to 4 p.m. This class covers defensive driving techniques and the normal changes in vision, hearing and reaction time associated with aging. 

The course also provides practical techniques for adjusting to these changes to ensure the driver’s own safety and that of others on the road. During the course, participants learn about current rules of the road and how to operate their vehicles more safely in today’s increasingly challenging driving environment. 

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.16.2016

Aktion Club delivers valentines

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club made valentines on Jan. 31 to deliver to a local nursing home on Valentine's Day. Pat Catan’s in Westlake provided a room and supplies for the valentine-making project.

Everyone had a great time and the turnout was great with 13 members, two advisors and 13 parents or caregivers. The valentines were delivered to the Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve in Westlake.

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Volume 8, Issue 4, Posted 9:28 AM, 02.16.2016

BHS students volunteer at Homeless Stand Down event

Cleveland winters can be tough, but can you imagine what they would be like without a warm place to call home or clothes to keep you comfortable in the frigid temperatures? This is the reality for the homeless in Cleveland this winter. In an effort to help, some students from Bay High School volunteered at the Homeless Stand Down event on Jan. 23 at Public Hall.

The Homeless Stand Down event is run by an organization called Hands On Northeast Ohio that connects volunteers to opportunities near them. The Bay High School Student Council has been participating in the Homeless Stand Down event for many years. At the event, the student volunteers either helped in the kids area or in the distribution center. The volunteers in the kids area watched the children while their parents were picking out clothing for the whole family with the help of those students in the distribution area. Through this experience the volunteers gained insight into the magnitude of homelessness here in Cleveland.

Molly Harkness, a junior at Bay High School said, “It was an eye-opening experience. You get to meet many interesting people who you wouldn’t likely see in Bay Village. And I had tons of fun!”

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.02.2016

Guiding Eyes pups keep retired WPD officer busy

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise puppies with a purpose. That purpose is to help people with vision impairments lead an active life not limited by their lack of vision.

When I retired from the Westlake Police Department in 2014, many people asked what I would do next. I had no idea and started out just enjoying my time off. While I was still working, my wife and I were always involved with rescue groups. We have had 32 foster dogs, mostly Golden Retrievers rescued by Golden Retrievers in Need (GRIN). Upon my retirement from the police department we began looking into other ways to help, not only the animals but people as well. We had looked into the Guiding Eyes organization previously but with both of us working it didn’t seem like the right time. Once I retired time was not a problem.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.02.2016

We care for cancer, how about you!

Well do you? The Seven Doughnuts, a fifth-grade Destination Imagination team, is having a collection for children at Rainbow Babies And Children’s Hospital. The collection is going on now through Feb. 5 at all Bay Village Schools and the Bay Village Library. This team of fifth-graders is planning to make Cancer Care Packages, but we can’t do that without your help! These are some of the items we are looking to collect:

  • Fuzzy kids socks
  • Hats, ball caps and winter hats
  • Hard candies
  • Chapsticks
  • Lotions
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Small craft items
  • Small stuffed animals

Please do not forget, the things you donate have to be NEW items because there might be germs on old things. Thank you very much for your help!

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.02.2016

Kade Waffen earns Eagle Scout Rank

Kade Waffen, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout Rank on Jan. 11. Kade becomes the Troop's 145th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Chad and Nicole Waffen.

For his Eagle service project, Kade's team installed benches and decorative coverings at The Village Project offices on West Oviatt Road. Visit troop41.wordpress.com for more information about Troop 41.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.02.2016

Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club goes to the dogs

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club's latest service project involved collecting items for a local animal shelter. The club has been collecting various items such as towels, blankets, dog food, dog toys, shampoo, paper towels, collars, pulls and various other dog-related items. They also are making dog pulls by braiding used T-shirts.

Everyone is excited about this project and hope to have it as a continuing service project, donating these items to local shelters and rescue groups. They delivered their first donation to the Lorain County Animal Shelter. Aktion Club is open to individuals with a disability 18 years of age and older.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.02.2016

Roll up your sleeves to stop hunger now!

After a season of overeating and feasting, it’s important to be reminded that one in every nine people on our planet still go to bed hungry each night. According to the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, hunger kills more people than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined. It’s also important to be reminded that we can do something about world hunger.

Stop Hunger Now is an organization whose mission is to end world hunger and they approach it by engaging local communities in packing individual, nutritionally dense, grain-based meals. Just 29 cents buys a meal! Meals are packed assembly-line fashion and 50 people spending two hours can pack 10,000 meals. These meals are shipped to the neediest places in the world with in-country partners in 71 countries. Volunteers at Stop Hunger Now events can engage in the effort to end hunger while participating in a fun, hands-on and rewarding experience for anyone of any age.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 9:52 AM, 01.05.2016