Community Service

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

Westlake Kiwanis present first community service award

The Westlake Kiwanis awarded the first ever William E. Sifritt Community Service Award to Alex Krystynak on Monday, May 18, at Westlake City Hall. Westlake Kiwanis President-elect George Christ presented the award to Alex who is a senior at Westlake High School. Mayor Dennis Clough also presented Alex with a proclamation declaring May 18, 2015, "Alex Krystynak Day" in the city of Westlake. 

Alex is the vice president of Key Club, Scout Weblo Pack 98 assistant leader, a member of the Cleveland Police Outreach Group, photographer for the Westlake High School newspaper, a member of the Westshore Emergency Response Team (CERT), Key Leader and a lifeguard at the Westlake Recreation Center.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:30 AM, 06.02.2015

Bay Kiwanians say thanks with yard work for family of lost Huntington Beach hero

Bay Village Kiwanians traveled to Medina recently for a spring yard clean-up work party at the home of Michelle Radke, whose husband, Peter, 42,  lost his life at Huntington Beach a year ago on Memorial Day, in a bid to rescue a drowning 13-year-old out-of-state girl, who was ultimately saved by other swimmers. Michelle is now raising children Hannah, Brynn, Owen and Isaac alone in their Medina home.

To quote from the Ohio Senate resolution honoring Mr. Radke, “Peter Radke’s family can, indeed, be proud of his legacy ... he selflessly swam to help a girl who was experiencing trouble while swimming in Lake Erie, and sadly, he did not return from the water. As demonstrated by this noble act, he gave generously of his time, abilities and enthusiasm far beyond what was required or expected and displayed exemplary humanitarian concerns.”

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.02.2015

Chamber names student achievement award winner

At the May 12 West Shore Chamber of Commerce meeting Aswin Bikkani was named the 2015 Student Achievement Award winner for his volunteer work at Cuyahoga Community College Westshore Campus.

The Student Achievement Award recognizes business members and the student employees or volunteers that show an exemplary work ethic. The award is presented by the Chamber’s Education Committee and sponsored by First Federal Lakewood which provided a $50 gift card to Aswin in recognition of the award.

Aswin was nominated by Westshore Campus President Terri Pope for his work with the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for Community College Students. He collaborated with a team to develop and implement a “Health for the Holiday” health and wellness fair for the campus and community.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:33 AM, 06.02.2015

Two local students recognized with Snider Family Scholarship

Two local students have been recognized for both their service to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and their future potential. Stacy Grossman and Emma Gutierrez were recently awarded the William and Shirley Snider Family Scholarship.

Applicants for the scholarship are required to have a strong academic record and have completed 100 hours of service at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center over a 12-month time period. They must have been accepted to an accredited college or university to pursue a degree in any course of study that would contribute to and further the mission of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.02.2015

Bay Legion to retire flags

As part of the 2015 Flag Day Ceremonies, the Bay Village American Legion Post #385 will retire old, torn or faded flags on Friday, June 12, at 6 p.m. The Post home at 695 Cahoon Road, Westlake, next to the White Oaks Restaurant, will be the location of the retirement.

Citizens can place their old flags in the red, white and blue box next to the front door of the Post home. The flags are retired using exacting military procedures. Each year the Post retires over 300 flags as part of their Flag Day and Veterans Day programs.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:24 AM, 06.02.2015

Kiwanis donate special bicycle for seniors

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club has donated a special three-wheeled bicycle to the Knickerbocker Apartments for use by its senior citizens. The bike was purchased from Century Cycles and will allow seniors to extend the distances they can travel from the apartments. Now the library, doctor's offices and local merchants are within riding distance for the seniors. This bicycle has a large basket that can carry groceries, books or a special pet. The bicycle project is part of the Kiwanis Community Services Program.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:25 AM, 06.02.2015

Help support 'Trials for Hope' at Cahoon in June

Have you noticed the billboards along our local highways depicting young children with the staggering statistic that one in five does not get enough to eat? Can that be true, here in the United States, in Ohio, in our community? Unfortunately it is the sad fact for thousands of children and adults. So many slip through the safety net and struggle every day to eat, attend to hygiene and other basic needs.

Often choices have to be made between paying for utilities, food or personal care items. These neighbors of ours include  the homeless, seniors on fixed incomes, children trapped in dysfunctional families, and others who just are trying to scrape by day by day.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.02.2015

Kiwanis place 'Pinwheels For Prevention' along Hilliard

The Westlake Kiwanis is partnering with Providence House in their annual Pinwheels For Prevention event. On May 16, Planting Day in the city of Westlake, the Westlake Kiwanis Family placed pinwheels in the 111 tree boxes along Hilliard Boulevard from Westlake City Hall to the Rocky River border. These pinwheels represent abused children of Cuyahoga County. 

Why Pinwheels for Prevention? For two decades, market research consistently has shown that the public views child abuse and neglect as a serious problem. As a national organization whose mission is "to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children," Kiwanis' emphasis is to transform that awareness into action. We now have that opportunity through the pinwheel, which reminds us of childlike notions and stands for the chance at the healthy, happy and full lives all children deserve.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.19.2015

Bay Days fireworks fund offers Cavs tickets, boat club membership

The Bay Days fireworks fundraising group, local citizens tasked with raising funds for the Bay Days fireworks celebration, which is now privately funded, is offering two great raffle prizes: a pair of excellent seats to 10 Cleveland Cavaliers games next season, or a year-long membership in the Freedom Boat Club, which offers unlimited use of powerboats docked in the Rocky River and at more than 75 other locations nationwide.

The group is also accepting monetary donations so that the Bay Days fourth of July celebration will not be a dud.

The Cavaliers package includes a great pair of tickets to 10 games next season, plus a "swag bag" of Cavaliers goodies, like a T-shirt, notebook, water bottle and more. The package is valued at more than $800. The deadline to purchase tickets is July 4.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.19.2015

A home filled with love in Bay Village

Family is everything. Especially to the residents and staff of Fontbonne Home in Bay Village. Begun in 1982 as a “home away from home” for individuals with developmental disabilities, it is currently home to five residents who have been together as a family for most of those 30-plus years. The residence was founded by Sister Genevieve Lane, CSJ, Ph.D., who is now retired.

The residents work together in perfect harmony, sharing chores, cooking and cleaning duties and – just like all siblings – occasionally quibbling. A result of their combined effort is a prominently displayed sign in the living room that tells their story: “Together we make a family.”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.19.2015

Bay Kiwanis gifts trash enclosure to Village Project

Village Project executive director Barb Harrell was recently asked what gift she would like from the Kiwanis this year. She replied she did not want a check this year from the group, but would like them to provide an enclosure for their trash barrels. The Village Project has been keeping the trash barrels inside the building and on the hot summer days, the odor can get overwhelming.

The Kiwanis group assigned retired architect Gordon Taylor to sketch out a design that would enclose the four trash and recycling containers. Next, engineer Foster McMasters gave dimensions and estimated materials needed for construction. The materials were purchased and construction began. With assistance of Kiwanis member Allen Waddle and Foster’s son, James, the enclosure was built over four weekends.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.19.2015

Flags offered to Bay residents

Seldom in history have so many given so much for human rights and freedom represented by a piece of cloth.

During the War for Independence, patriots sacrificed their fortunes, their homes, their sons and daughters and even their own lives for a country yet to be formed and represented by a flag.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.19.2015

Kiwanis groups enjoy Planting Day in Westlake

The Weslake Kiwanis Aktion Club planted their Hilliard Boulevard flower box in blue and yellow – their club colors – as part of the Westlake in Bloom competition. The design was suggested by club member Laura Santamaria. The Aktion Club hopes you stop by to see their display on Hilliard, just off of Dover Center Road.

The WHS Key Club planted their box in front of Westlake High School while the Kiwanis planted their boxes in front of Clague Park.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.19.2015

Silver Sneakers exercise programs now at Dwyer Center

Silver Sneakers classes are now available in Bay Village! Those seniors who have Silver Sneakers as part of their Medicare Advantage health plan may attend classes for free!

Currently offered are two yoga classes: Floor Yoga at 9 a.m. on Mondays, and Chair Yoga at 10:30 a.m. on Mondays; and Zumba Gold on Fridays at 9 a.m. Coming in June will be a strength and balance fitness class. Drop-ins are welcome.

If you have any questions, please call the Dwyer Center at 440-835-6565.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:25 AM, 05.05.2015

Apply for low-income support with Benefit Bank

Are you struggling to meet your monthly expenses? Are you unsure of what benefit programs might be available to help you? Representatives from MetroHealth Benefits Enrollment Center will be at the Dwyer Senior Center on Friday, May 15, to complete and submit applications to The Benefit Bank for seniors age 55 and older. 

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:26 AM, 05.05.2015

Westlake Meals on Wheels celebrates 40 years of service

“Meals on Wheels” is a commonly used term for a variety of meal delivery programs nationwide. Although all such programs serve to address the epidemic of elderly malnutrition, each varies in the population served, types of meals provided, fees, delivery methods or sources of funding.

Westlake Meals on Wheels has been providing a vital service in the Westlake community since 1975 thanks to the generosity of a team of more than 60 weekly volunteers who prepare and deliver meals to those who find it difficult to shop for or prepare food on their own. Funding for Westlake Meals on Wheels comes from generous personal and corporate donations that subsidize the reasonable fees assessed to recipients. Westlake Meals on Wheels receives no federal, state or local government funding.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:44 AM, 04.21.2015

Growing to Greatness

The Dwyer Memorial Senior Center stayed open late on Thursday, April 16, to host the monthly meeting of the Westshore Young Leaders Network. The WYLNetwork has been serving the six Westshore communities since 2010. The young leaders are dedicated to implementing strategies aimed at preventing and reducing youth substance use while encouraging healthy life choices.

The youth-led initiative was envisioned during a snowy January meeting. The young leaders wanted to bring “spring” to those visiting Dwyer Memorial Senior Center. Leslie Selig, Director of Community Services, eagerly accepted the partnership.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:35 AM, 04.21.2015

Bay's Fly-A-Flag project resumes

Bay Village’s Fly-A-Flag project is again underway. Three community groups – American Legion Post 385, Bay Kiwanis and Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter DAR – have joined together to supply FREE American flags to Bay residents with limited means or abilities who request them.

This year, the DAR especially recognizes 50 years since the Vietnam War. Flags are offered to Bay Village veterans of that war in heartfelt gratitude.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:57 AM, 04.07.2015

PGA tour event in Westlake seeks volunteers

Want to rub shoulders with some of the best golfers on the planet? Want to help ensure that a PGA-sponsored tour event that is coming to Westlake runs smoothly?

Then you should volunteer to help out at the upcoming Rust-Oleum Championship golf tournament, set for June 8-14 at the beautiful Lakewood Country Club in Westlake.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 10:01 AM, 04.07.2015

K-Kids help animals

The Westlake Kiwanis K-Kids from Dover Intermediate made pull toys for dogs waiting to be adopted at the Friendship Animal Protective League in Elyria. Old T-shirts donated by the Westlake Kiwanis were cut into strips and braided into toys.

K-Kids, a Westlake Kiwanis sponsored service club for elementary students, also organized a drive at the school to collect needed supplies and items for the animal shelter such as pet food, litter, toys and cleaning supplies.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:53 AM, 03.17.2015

Women's group donates $12,000 to Village Project

As Helen Keller famously said, “Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” Helen understood the value of teamwork and so does the group known as 100+ Women Who Care.

On the third Thursday of January, April, July and October of each year, more than 100 women from throughout the Cleveland metro area come together for precisely one hour at a hotel near the airport. Their mission is simple: to each contribute $100 to help make a meaningful difference for a deserving charity, non-profit or cause that serves the greater Cleveland area.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.17.2015

Plaque program honors Bay Village residents

Each Memorial Day, The Bay Village Foundation hosts a public ceremony honoring those who have been remembered by friends and family with the installation of a bronze plaque. The personalized text is engraved on a bronze plaque and installed on the T. Richard Martin Footbridge overlooking the lake in Cahoon Memorial Park.

The plaques are installed at the request of family, neighbors and friends at the contribution level of $2,500 or more. The Memorial Day Program is a beautiful outdoor service featuring the String Ensemble of Bay High School and soloist tenor Troy Ayers II. Mr. Ayers will sing Andrea Bocelli’s piece “Time To Say Goodbye.” Television personality Jon Loufman will once again serve as emcee for the event.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:47 AM, 03.17.2015

Brain health foundation to hold fundraiser

The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health, a nonprofit 501(c)(3), was set up by Dr. Charlie Farrell, MD, and his daughter Rev. Katie Norris of Westlake a few years ago to help other families caring for family members with dementia at home. In creating the foundation, their mission was to empower those affected by dementia through art care and community outreach to create a supportive community which helps people with dementia enjoy lives of meaning and purpose.

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Volume 7, Issue 5, Posted 9:44 AM, 03.03.2015

Emergency response training begins Feb. 28

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 the solution?

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, emergency medical considerations, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology and more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Teens and adults are welcome.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:15 AM, 02.17.2015

Westlake luncheon to benefit women's shelter

The Friends of the West Side Catholic Center has been in existence for 27 years. The primary goal of this group is to support the shelter at the West Side Catholic Center for women and their children in crisis. The shelter is designed to be a protective setting where women who have experienced domestic violence or homelessness are taught skills which will enable them to become independent.

The 27th Annual Benefit Extraordinaire for the West Side Catholic Center will be held on Sunday, March 8, at La Centre in Westlake. Shopping begins at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at 12:30, and additional shopping. Tickets are $45 per person and all proceeds from the event directly benefit the shelter.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:14 AM, 02.17.2015

Westerly students learn about economics while helping animals

Mrs. Thomas’ third-grade class at Westerly School in Bay Village recently made dog bones and collected items for the Cleveland Animal Protective League. We started a business to learn about economics.

We are all in the economy. We became producers by making the dog bones at school. Our market was the kids, teachers and staff at Westerly. Our price was $1.50 for two dog bones. The kids in our class specialized by making some posters, announcements and writing this article. This was our advertising. 

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.03.2015

Village Project announces plans to serve Westlake

Village Project has announced plans to serve Westlake, in addition to Bay Village, Avon Lake and Rocky River. According to Executive Director Barb Harrell, "The decision to expand was driven by frequent requests to assist Westlake families struggling with the often overwhelming cancer challenges. Thanks to our over 500 volunteers and generous donors, we are now able to offer much needed services to our Westlake neighbors."

The evolution of Village Project has been swift and steady. With a mission to provide nourishment and care to individuals and their families who have been touched by cancer, the Village Food Project (as it was originally named) began in February 2011 by cooking three nutritious and delicious meals a week for three Bay Village families in the basement of Bay Presbyterian Church.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.20.2015

Bay Men's Club seeks to raise money while dropping weight

Established in 1917 as an organization that promotes brotherhood, boy’s baseball, community and scholarship for Bay Village students, the Bay Men’s Club has embarked this winter on a mission to lose a half-ton of weight.

One thousand pounds may seem like a lot, but not for the men of BMC who hope to lose the weight while raising money to support their scholarship mission.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:57 AM, 01.20.2015

Four young men earn rank of Eagle Scout

On a cold January afternoon, Boy Scout Troop 41 from Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church in Bay Village honored Brian Meermans, Nico DiGiulio, Robert Finicle and John Hessler as they earned the elite rank of Eagle. 

The Boy Scout Court of Honor included recognition from local political leaders including State Senator Tom Patton, State Representative Nan Baker, Bay Village City Councilman Paul Vincent, Rocky River Mayor Pamela Bobst and Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough.

The rank of Eagle Scout takes several years to earn and includes the completion of a major local service project. Only about 3 percent of the boys who become Boy Scouts finally earn the highest rank of Eagle.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:55 AM, 01.20.2015

Get to know the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women's Board

Are you familiar with the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women’s Board? Perhaps you have heard of us but are unaware of our history, which dates back to 1954. Let me share a bit of our heritage.

We trace our roots to the Center’s founder, Elberta “Bert” Fleming. This amazing young woman, with hopes and dreams of creating a museum to stimulate and encourage interest in nature and the environment among young and old, founded the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, then called Lake Erie Junior Museum. Her home and backyard were the “beginnings” which she funded by writing articles for local publications.

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Volume 7, Issue 2, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.20.2015

Need help with energy bills?

Dwyer Center is offering Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) counseling to residents on Jan. 26

Attention seniors and adults with disabilities: You may qualify for assistance with paying your gas and electric bills. Make an appointment to meet with a member of the Cuyahoga County Division of Senior and Adult Services on Monday, Jan. 26, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., at the Dwyer Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane, Bay Village.

You must pre-schedule to attend by calling 440-835-6565.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.06.2015

Cleveland Eye Center providing adaptive training

The Cleveland Sight Center will be holding a five-week training course at the Dwyer Senior Center for those who are age 55 or over, and have a documented eye impairment. An informational meeting on this program will be held Monday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m., at the Dwyer Center. 

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:51 AM, 01.06.2015

Elks deliver Christmas baskets to those in need

The Lakewood Elks Club #1350 has been located in Westlake for more than 12 years. Elks lodges invest in their communities through programs including drug awareness, scholarships, charity, and honoring our veterans. We have a long tradition of delivering Christmas baskets to families in our surrounding communities. 

Through fundraisers we hold at our Lodge, we use the proceeds to buy a full Christmas meal, presents, hats and gloves for families in the surrounding communities that have fallen on hard times. The volunteers of our Lodge purchased and wrapped a present for each child in the family and spent the weekend before Christmas packing these baskets. During Christmas week, they organized at our Lodge to deliver the baskets to the families' homes. Through the hard work of all of our volunteers, this year we were able to deliver baskets to almost 100 families.

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Volume 7, Issue 1, Posted 9:48 AM, 01.06.2015

Therapy dog visits Dwyer Center

The seniors at the Bay Village Dwyer Center were welcomed with tail wags and dog “smiles” when certified therapy dog Tikka visited the center on Dec. 1. Tikka’s owner, Christina Spaetzel, discussed the training, testing, and many requirements a dog and its owner must accomplish in order to become a certified Therapy and Crisis Response Dog. She also explained the comfort these animals provide for people who are ill, stressed and/or in crisis, whether working with victims or emergency response workers. 

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:45 AM, 12.09.2014

A family of givers in need

Bay Village residents Julie and Bob Hanhauser will be counting many blessings this Christmas season: 28 years of wedded bliss; large, loving, supportive extended families; a multitude of friends; their daughter, Alyson, a Kent State dean's list student who is beautiful inside and out. However, the challenges and hardships of recent years have overwhelmed them and even those who love them. 

All of his adult life, Bob has been struggling with serious, and now disabling, Crohn's disease, a condition which inflames and sometimes destroys portions of the colon. He and Julie lost their beloved 14-year-old son, Ian, eight years ago from a rare and fast-moving cancer. Before and after this tragic loss, Bob underwent five bowel surgeries. He is now unable to eat as he can no longer absorb the nutrients from food.

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Volume 6, Issue 25, Posted 9:45 AM, 12.09.2014