Community Service

Women's Board announces upcoming meeting topics

Are you looking for volunteer opportunities for 2016? Please come and join the Women's Board of the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center at our monthly meetings, held the first Wednesday of each month at the Center. Social time begins at noon with a 12:30 p.m. meeting time. On Wednesday, Jan. 6, we will be finalizing plans for our Fireside Party for members and guests to be held Saturday, Jan. 23.

Women's Board is a volunteer organization with a rich history. Begun in 1954, members have a diversity of skills, experiences and talents. We support the Center and its mission through service, leadership, community awareness and fundraising.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 10:00 AM, 01.05.2016

The gift of warmth

The Westshore Young Leaders' annual holiday celebration meeting took on new significance as the teens made no-sew fleece scarves for children living in the OhioGuidestone Residential Treatment Campus at the Berea Children's Home. The young leaders cut, frayed and placed beads on each scarf. A special touch was added with a “Made with love especially for YOU” sticker that was placed carefully for the recipient to see. 

The students felt excited to be able to make something to give to another teen during the holiday season. OhioGuidestone and the Westshore Young Leaders are looking to coordinate on future interactive projects in the upcoming year.

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Volume 8, Issue 1, Posted 9:59 AM, 01.05.2016

Aktion Club spreads holiday joy

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion decorated jelly and jam jars in December as one of their community projects. They were donated to Westlake Meals On Wheels, who distributed the decorated jars as gifts with meals being delivered during Christmas week.

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 1, Posted 10:11 AM, 01.05.2016

Kiwanis adapt toys for disabled just in time For Christmas

The Westlake Kiwanis held a RePlay for Kids project on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Westlake Porter Public Library. Twelve 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 the toys apart 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 a 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 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:38 AM, 12.15.2015

Community donates funds for new bike for dog rescuer

Four months ago, I rescued an abandoned little poodle in Cahoon Park in Bay Village, and in the process the bike that my grandfather passed down to me was stolen. However, from that experience I gained a best friend and I regret nothing.

After I found the dog, I wrote an article about it for the Observer and was interviewed for a television news story in the hopes of finding her owner. However, no one claimed her. After a time, we decided to keep her, and she is a great addition to our family.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.15.2015

Bay Village Foundation mails annual appeal

A letter has been sent to every family in Bay Village asking each household to make a donation this year, no matter how large or how small, to demonstrate support for the many projects being planned for the village. As we welcome our new president, Alan Paulus, we have a renewed energy to build the foundation into an endowment that matches and exceeds our dreams for The Bay Village Foundation.

A portion of every dollar contributed, as well as the interest earned on the money contributed and maintained in the endowment fund, is spent wholly in Bay Village for private, not-for-profit projects. The Bay Village Foundation was founded in 1995 and officially designated as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation.

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:40 AM, 12.15.2015

Kiwanis Aktion Club visits with Santa

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club held their December meeting at River's Edge in Cleveland. After their meeting and meal they decorated jelly jars to be distributed with meals by Meals on Wheels on Christmas. The Aktion Club was lucky enough to be visited by Santa Claus and his helpful elf, played by Westlake Kiwanian Rick Grane. The Aktion Club members visited with Santa and his elf, receiving special gifts while relating their Christmas wishes to Santa.

Kiwanis Aktion Club is a community service group for adult citizens who live with a disability. If you or someone you know is interested in joining Aktion Club please contact Vic Rutkoski at 216-410-3486 or

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Volume 7, Issue 24, Posted 9:37 AM, 12.15.2015

Nominations due for Bay Village citizen, project of the year

The Bay Village Community Council is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Bay Village Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 8, and selections will be announced by the Community Council soon afterwards.

Although nominations for Project of the Year are being accepted, this award is not intended to be an annual designation. Special projects will be considered based on community impact and the involvement of volunteers and organizations. Citizen of the year nominees, either individual or couple, must be Bay Village residents that have provided significant community service without monetary reward.

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.01.2015

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 Chris Edelman, Iggy Gannon, John Underation, Peter Gierosky, Dick Majewski, Dwight Clark, Mark Vinick, Doug Gertz, Steve Ernst, Dave Sanson, Dan Gallagher, Mike Shaffer and Eric Eakin.

“We are glad to help out any way we can,” BMC President Jon Lang said. “It’s a great opportunity to assist those who can use our help.”

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:54 AM, 12.01.2015

Westlake Kiwanis end November busier than usual

The Westlake Kiwanis, always a busy organization, were busier than usual at the end of November. The Kiwanis and their Westlake Kiwanis Key Club raked and cleaned up 16 senior citizens' lawns. The Kiwanis also donated money for Thanksgiving Baskets for the less fortunate and helped distribute the baskets at the Westlake Community Center. They finished up the month delivering "Meals on Wheels" on Thanksgiving Day, giving the regular drivers a chance to be home with their families. All these projects were in addition to their usual sponsorship of Key Club, Builders Club, K-Kids and Aktion Club.

Please consider becoming a Westlake Kiwanian. If you would like to join an active volunteer group and give back to your community on many worthwhile projects, please contact George Christ at 440-871-3980 or

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Volume 7, Issue 23, Posted 9:53 AM, 12.01.2015

Westlake Kiwanis to hold holiday poinsettia sale

The Kiwanis Club of Westlake will be selling locally grown poinsettia plants just in time for the holiday season. The 6.5-inch potted plants make a beautiful home decoration or gifts for friends, neighbors or co-workers. They brighten the holidays and last long after the tree is down and the decorations are put away. 

The cost is $10 per plant and funds help support the community projects of the club like holiday meals for the needy, scholarships for Lakeshore Day Camp, West Shore YMCA's Learn to Swim Program, Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, Key Club, Builders Club, and the Memorial Day Parade, to name a few.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:10 AM, 11.17.2015

Local group ramps up emergency communication for residents

You probably remember what life was like three years ago, during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. You might also remember that a group called BayComm came into existence just six months prior, giving local residents the ability to communicate with each other via two-way radio, when power and other forms of communication were down. It was established on the premise that “communication” is the single most important thing to have during a disaster.

In an emergency, when police are talking with fire, and fire is talking with the service crew, who do residents have to talk with when phones, internet and power are out?

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:20 AM, 11.17.2015

Many hands make light work of Project Leaf

On Nov. 7, a picture-perfect fall day in Bay Village, 178 people contributed their time and energy to rake the yards of 55 homes in exchange for donations for Village Project. The exuberance of the volunteers combined with the generosity of the homeowners resulted in Village Project earning $2,500 in donations, which will help it continue its work of providing nourishing meals and extended care and service to local residents who are experiencing cancer. Much gratitude goes out to everyone involved in Project Leaf. 

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:17 AM, 11.17.2015

One child, one community at a time

When I was in my prime, women couldn’t belong to the 100-year-old Kiwanis  Club. In the mid-1980s, the organization changed and women were encouraged to join and to bring their spouses with them. Lately, it is becoming a husband-and-wife commitment. I recently spoke with Linda Potter, who is an active member of the Bay Village club with her husband, Jim. Linda said that husband-and-wife teams will be the future of Kiwanis.

Linda and Jim are the first couple to join the local group. She wants to encourage other couples to do the same. She loves to have the pleasure of giving back to the community by working side-by-side with Jim on a project. The Bay Village Kiwanis has 44 members, seven of which are women.

In my experience, no matter what community project is announced, the Kiwanis Club steps up to help. In 2014 alone they donated to the Bay Village Foundation Clock Repair fund, Cahoon Park exercise equipment and Play in Bay. They also sponsor scholarships and the Key Club at the high school.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:23 AM, 11.17.2015

Village Project garage gets a makeover

For over 10 years, Lowe’s has offered a volunteer program through their stores called Lowe’s Heroes. The program encourages employees in a location to team together, adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K–12 public school and make a difference.

The Village Project’s headquarters in Bay Village is the grateful recipient of a recent Lowe’s Heroes project carried out by a team of employees from the Lowe’s of Rocky River under the direction of store manager, Ryco Crawford.

The employees gave the garage at the headquarters building a sparkling new makeover, including repairing, painting and sealing the floor, painting the walls, installing new lighting, replacing shelving and supplying racks for tools and ladders.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:17 AM, 11.17.2015

BVFD serves up pizza with side of safety

Bay Village firefighters visited five Bay Village homes during the week of Oct. 4-10 to deliver pizzas and promote fire safety. The Bay Village Fire Department partnered with Westlake restaurant, Pizza By Robert, which provided the pizza orders for free to the first Bay Village customer each day.

Owner Rob Kess was delighted to be part of the effort. “We love our customers, and we love our firefighters,” said Kess, “and I am very proud to be a part of making our community a safer place to live.”

As part of National Fire Prevention Week, the program raises awareness about the need for smoke detectors, emergency exit plans for homes, and fire safety in general.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:03 AM, 11.03.2015

Village Bicycle program donates the gift of transportation to those in need

On a bright, crisp October day, Village Bicycle Cooperative donated 28 refurbished bicycles with new locks and lights to the Salvation Army on West 125th Street and Lorain Road in Cleveland as part of VBC's Fix-It-Forward program. After talking with Captain J.R. Fritsch, corps officer at the Salvation Army,  I learned that many adults cannot afford bus passes and these bikes will provide the necessary transportation to their jobs, education, medical attention and other resources. For children, the bikes will provide them with exercise, transportation to school and other fun activities.  

I was lucky to be there and see VBC donate a bright blue Huffy bike to a very happy Joanne Helmich, a cafeteria worker at Salvation Army. To think that this program can impact an adult or a child’s life is impressive. Do you remember your first bike? I remember my joy at receiving my aunt’s bike when I was 13! That is when I learned to ride and I am thankful that she gave me the bike. It definitely opened up the neighborhood for more adventures!

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:11 AM, 11.03.2015

Bay Legion to celebrate Veterans Day with flag retirement

The Bay Village American Legion Post 385 will be retiring American flags on Friday, Nov. 13, prior to their monthly meeting as part of their Veterans Day celebration.

Citizens with old, faded or torn flags may bring them to the Post Home at 695 Cahoon Road, Westlake, just north of the White Oaks Restaurant. Flags can be placed in the red, white and blue box next to the door of the Post Home.

Flags will be retired with full military honors based on the U.S. Flag Code. The flags are unfolded and placed on a long table. They are first inspected by the 2nd Vice Commander, then by the 1st Vice commander. After these inspections, the Commander determines that the flags have served their intended purpose and can then be retired. He then relates the history and use of the U.S. flag.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:05 AM, 11.03.2015

Veterans to be honored at chamber luncheon

The Power of More chambers will offer a Veterans Day joint chamber luncheon on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the 100th Bomb Group Restaurant.  All chamber members who are veterans will receive a complimentary lunch as well as be part of an awards ceremony offered by the Hospice of the Western Reserve. 

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:07 AM, 11.03.2015

Project Leaf is back

Autumn is such a spectacular season in leafy Bay Village, and we’re certainly enjoying the peak of its glorious colors right now. But even as we enjoy the beauty, we can’t help but notice that those falling leaves are beginning to pile up in yards around town. Project Leaf to the rescue! For the third 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. 

Project Leaf will be held on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 1-5 p.m. for homes in Bay Village only. The rain date will be Nov. 8. Suggested donations are $40 and up, with donations in excess of $40 qualifying as tax deductible. Donations will be collected by volunteers when the raking has been completed. Sign up today for your yard to be included.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:08 AM, 10.20.2015

Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village to host 2 fall fundraisers

Supporting community and worldwide programs, the Rotary Club of Westlake-Bay Village has two upcoming events to help raise funds and awareness of the benefits of being a Rotarian.

On Oct. 14, the 20th annual Golf Outing & Clam Bake will be held at Legacy Golf Course in Avon Lake. Enjoy a day of lunch, golf and a clam bake. Even if you don’t golf, consider sponsoring a hole, a donation or join us at 6 p.m. for a great clam bake. All proceeds benefit local scholarships and charities. Please contact Gary DiLillo at or Jim Strunk at

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:57 AM, 10.06.2015

Holiday Caring and Sharing Program helps Bay Village families in need

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

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:49 AM, 10.06.2015

WECPTA to host preschool fair

Westlake Early Childhood PTA has taken the hassle out of preschool selection with its annual free Preschool Education Fair. You will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from preschools in surrounding communities including Westlake, Bay Village, Avon, Rocky River and North Olmsted. Attendees will be able to speak directly with the preschool staff and pick up information on area programs.  

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:52 AM, 10.06.2015

Bay Kiwanis donates flags for police station

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club donated two interior American flags to the Bay Village Police Department. One will be located in the lobby of the station and the other will be placed in the conference room. When the police station was built, flags were never included in the interior design. Chief Mark Spaetzel requested the flags during his recent visit to a Kiwanis Club meeting. The flags were purchased with proceeds from the annual Kiwanis Christmas Tree Sale.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:48 AM, 10.06.2015

New program to assist workers in making future plans

Career Transition Center (CTC) has been in the area for four years and is currently teaching classes at the Westlake, Euclid, Cleveland and Shaker Heights public libraries year-round. The newest program is being offered on the west side again. It is “2nd Stage Institute” which will be in addition to CTC’s basic classes and job clubs. This is a joint venture with Vision 21 Consulting’s Dave Clements and Rev. Charles Eduardos of Victorious Living System. It is a series of reasonably priced specialized classes and group coaching for workers in the Managerial, Professional, Technical and Upper Level Administrative fields to assist them in moving into their next stage of life. The students will learn specific techniques that will help them handle this transition.

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:55 AM, 10.06.2015

Step forward to give back at Bay Cares event Oct. 10

As the lazy days of summer come to an end, are you looking for activities to keep yourself busy? Maybe you spent some time around Bay Village enjoying all that the community has to offer and would like to become involved.

If so, the third annual Bay Cares Fall Fest can help you find the perfect fit. On Saturday, Oct. 10, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., representatives from many of Bay’s civic groups will set up tables at the Bay Village Branch Library, 502 Cahoon Road, to share information about their organizations and the volunteer opportunities they offer.

Whether it’s gardening, bicycling, history, art, public safety, democracy, veterans affairs, or providing assistance to those in need, there is a group of friendly folks in Bay Village just waiting for you to join them. Bring the whole family and enjoy free doughnuts and a performance by musicians from the Bay Village Community Band while the kids make fun fall crafts.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:11 AM, 09.15.2015

Rotary Club of Westlake/Bay Village needs you!

Did you know that 1.2 million people are Rotarians? This international organization works throughout the world to eradicate polio, provide clean drinking water to those in need and supply disaster relief.

Locally, the Rotary Club of Westlake /Bay Village provides college scholarships to high school seniors, volunteers to support nursing home and hospice residents, adopts families for the holidays and supports multiple charitable causes.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:52 AM, 09.01.2015

Westshore CERT class begins Oct. 3

Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires and outages, or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or solution?

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team is offering free classes on several disaster preparedness topics. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Teens are welcome. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. Team membership is not required to participate in the free training. Visit for more program and team information.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:52 AM, 09.01.2015

Bay Village firefighters raise funds for Village Project

Saturday, June 13, was a warm, and eventually sunny, day, and ended up being nearly perfect for the Bay Village Fire Department's annual open house. Part of the Destination Bay event, our open house drew more than 700 people to the fire station. Visitors had opportunities to check out the fire trucks, sign up for our ReadyNotify emergency communications system, and the ever-popular chance to shoot water from a real fire hose. Residents were also able to sample hot dogs (grilled by our very own firefighters), pizza, and frozen treats donated by local businesses, and were encouraged to make a donation to the Village Project.

A majority of the Bay Village firefighters (and even a few of their families) were on hand that day to help give tours, cook food, answer questions, and help kids “put out the fire.” They collected $296.42 that day, and were very excited to present this money on Aug. 13.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:51 AM, 09.01.2015

Bay Village turns out in support of young girl

As we've seen time and again, our amazing Bay Village community bands together when one of us is in need. That spirit was on full display Aug. 4 for “The Mile for Molly” fundraiser at Bradley Road Park. Hoping for a crowd of 50 people, we instead had nearly 400 walkers come out to enjoy the beautiful summer evening, walk the Mile for Molly, indulge in some pizza and win some great prizes! I could say that we were surprised by the turnout, but with a community like ours, what else should I expect?

We were blessed with the appearance of a special guest, Miss Molly herself! As per usual, Molly was the added sunshine to an already beautiful day. Her small but mighty 7-year-old self has been fighting Acute Lymphatic Leukemia since the end of June. The strength of her family, the doctors and staff at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, much anonymous assistance and many selfless people, including the organization Little Heroes, have helped immensely.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:37 AM, 08.18.2015

Bay Kiwanis donates megaphones to BVFD

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club has donated two super megaphones to the Bay Village Fire Department. The megaphones have a range of 800 yards. One will be used on the Bay rescue boat and the other will be used in the giant hook-and-ladder truck. Funds for the equipment came from proceeds of the annual Kiwanis Christmas Tree Sale.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.18.2015

Reflecting on the Bay Village Foundation

This past May I stepped down as president of the Bay Village Foundation after serving for 9 years. What will I do with the gift of time now available to me? Look no further, I found that there is a reservoir of information in my head, in my files and on my computer that I wish to share.

I had a box of files that came with the job so I began organizing them.The first thing that I came across caught my attention: a blue binder, with the beginning notes and minutes of how the foundation came to be. Here in these notes of 20 years ago, we see a fledgling organization called The Future of Bay. 

Back then Council President Dick Martin suggested a special fund to hold contributions for two groups that were raising funds that for Play in Bay and the addition to the Youth Center. As I looked at the notes of then-secretary, Bonnie Hunt, I saw how the vision of Dick Martin flowed through the work of Bonnie into the action of Gary Ebert, Tom Jelepis and Wayne Reese.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:38 AM, 08.18.2015

Princesses enchant for a good cause

An idea was born at the Bay Village Snoball Run this past February when two friends, Stephanie Jordan and Karry O'Brien, both seniors at Bay High School, dressed up as princesses for the event. 

"We got so much attention being dressed up as princesses that we thought, 'we could turn this into something'," Stephanie said.

And turn it into something they did. This past Fourth of July, The Fairytale Foundation (a non-profit organization) was launched when Stephanie and her friends Abbie Donovan, Lily Conover and Hannah Zacharias dressed up as princesses for a good cause. It wasn't accomplished without a little help though.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.21.2015

Rotary Club of Westlake/Bay Village awards scholarships

The Rotary Club of Westlake/Bay Village has had a long-standing tradition of supporting a graduating senior from each of the club’s high schools with a scholarship of $2,500. Participants are required to complete an application and write an essay pertaining to their plans for college and beyond. 

While the Rotary received many applications this year, two students stood out among the rest. Allison Rizea from Westlake High School and Laura Wilson from Bay High School were each awarded a scholarship. The awards were presented at the weekly Rotary breakfast meeting at the Westwood County Club.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.21.2015

West Shore Chamber lends a hand to Wigs for Kids

July 16 was folding day for West Shore Chamber of Commerce members, Wigs for Kids, in order to prepare for their Day at the Zoo. Many local business members as well as local volunteers spent some time sorting and folding shirts for the big event.

On July 25, you can head to the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo with hundreds of other people who will run, walk and get haircuts to benefit the Wigs for Kids program. If you are interested in starting a team or just spending the day at the Zoo in support, contact Sevasti Tsarnas at for more information.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:18 AM, 07.21.2015

New Silver Sneakers classes starting at Bay Senior Center in July

Silver Sneakers Strength and Balance and Tai Chi classes are now available in Bay Village at the Dwyer Senior Center! Those seniors who have Silver Sneakers as part of their Medicare Advantage health plan may attend classes for free! Drop-ins are also welcome.

The Strength and Balance classes will be offered Tuesday mornings at 9 a.m. beginning July 7, and Thursdays beginning July 9 at 1 p.m. This class allows participants to have fun and move to music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement and activities for daily living. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles and a ball are provided for resistance. A chair is available if needed for seated or standing support. Instructor is Sheri Lugo, our excellent and long-time Zumba instructor.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.07.2015

Groups join forces to sponsor benefit performance

The Bay Village Garden Club and the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women's Board are pleased to co-sponsor a benefit performance of "The Producers" by Mel Brooks. This is a musical about a down-on-his luck Broadway producer and his mild-mannered accountant that come up with a scheme to produce the most notorious flop in history, thereby bilking their backers out of millions of dollars. Only one thing goes awry: the show is a smash hit! At the core of the insanely funny adventure is a poignant emotional journey of two very different men who become friends.      

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:55 AM, 07.07.2015

Bay Men's Club awards scholarships

The Bay Men's Club recently awarded four $1,000 scholarships to four very deserving Bay High seniors.

The oldest civic organization in the city, the Bay Men's Club holds a variety of fundraisers to raise the moneys for these scholarships.

The recipeints are Molly Klonk, Piotr Kotowski, Andrea Bliscek and Lily Pattyn. Klonk plans to major in art history at the University of Dayton; Kotowski plans to major in accounting at Miami University; Bliscek plans to study music and psychology at Cleveland State University; and Pattyn plans to study middle childhood education at Baldwin Wallace University.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.07.2015

Flag Day and what it means

Flag Day is a special day on which we honor the American flag, and it is held on every June 14. A little background on Flag Day is that on June 14, 1777, the United States switched the flag from the Grand Union flag to the first American flag. This flag had 13 stars to show the 13 colonies and red and white stripes. When more states were added, they had to adjust the flag. Now our flag has 50 stars for the 50 states and 13 red and white stripes to show the original 13 colonies.

Flag Day is not a public holiday except for a few states where it is legal holiday. Every government building and public buildings fly the American flag for this day to show their love for our country. The flag is called Old Glory or the Star-Spangled Banner from the fight of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.16.2015

Last call for Cavs raffle tickets

Time is running out to purchase a raffle ticket that might win you a pair of great seats to 10 Cleveland Cavaliers games next season, plus a "swag bag" of Cavs merchandise.

The tickets are being offered by the Bay Days Fireworks Fund, the citizen group tasked with raising funds for the Bay Days Fourth of July fireworks extravaganza.

Tickets are only $25 each or five for $100.

All who purchase raffle tickets are also entered into a separate drawing for a VIP Bay Days package, which includes reserved seating for the fireworks display, complimentary parking, ride tickets, Bay Kiwanis curly fries, a Bay Village T-shirt and more.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:34 AM, 06.16.2015