Community Service

An 11-year-old's birthday wish to show kindness to others

“Let’s do random acts of kindness for my birthday party this year!” said, Jules, our eleven-year-old daughter, who immediately began to jot down ideas. I could hardly contain my pride!

So, on an October Saturday in Bay, we filled the neighbor’s van with Jules and her friends – Halle, Anna, Lilly, Kate, Kayla, Steffi and Grace – and set off on our journey. First stop: deliver pizza and muffins to Bay's police and fire stations (the girls even got a sneak peek of the new fire truck!).

Next, bring homemade vases with uplifting notes to The Village Project, a group that provides meals to area cancer patients (the girls were able to put their hand prints on the new facility’s wall, thanks to Executive Director, Barb Harrell). Now, off to pass out roses to residents at Westlake Village nursing home (lots of multi-generational smiles at that stop!).

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.12.2013

Compeer shares fun and games with Westlake seniors

Dorothy’s face lit up with a big smile when she realized she had won the game taught by her Compeer friend, Holly. Dorothy is a member of the Residents’ Club at the Gardens of Westlake senior living facility on Detroit Road. 

“Compeer Together Volunteers,” a supported volunteering group of Compeer at Far West Center, visited the Residents’ Club one recent evening and brought along some games to share with seniors. All members of the Residents’ Club gave Compeer volunteers a warm welcome, and like Dorothy, happily engaged in conversation and games. When our social evening ended all agreed that we would meet again in December.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:11 AM, 11.12.2013

Village Project quilt squares: community and memory

Have you lost a loved one? Has someone you know lost a family member? Are you a member of a group in our community?

The Village Project is currently creating six-inch quilt squares to honor and memorialize loved ones, as well as show support for the VP. These squares will help raise funds, ensuring that the VP can continue reaching out to families affected by cancer.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:15 AM, 11.12.2013

Bay Village Community Services Department makes independent living easier

The Bay Village Department of Community Services recognizes that many residents wish to remain in their homes as long as they possibly can. Our goal is to provide programs and services to help make this possible! We provide many services as part of "SMILE: Services Making Independent Living Easier."

Are your children worried about you living alone? Utilizing these services can give you and them peace of mind! The city offers transportation to medical appointments, shopping and errands. Meals on Wheels are available for those who are unable to shop or prepare meals for themselves. A Community Care Monitor checks on your well being each day and a lock box is available which allows emergency services to gain access to your home easily in the event you need assistance.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.29.2013

Bay group looking for 'Neighborhood Ambassadors' to help in an emergency

If you are someone (like myself), who believes that a little preparedness goes a long way, and that the citizens of Bay Village deserve some protection, then let’s talk about a concept that I helped create about a year ago, during a time when the City had just got done reeling from the aftermath of a hurricane that came all the way to Bay Village: the Neighborhood Ambassador Program.

I am a longtime resident of Bay, and have been part of the Auxiliary Police Department for the last 12 years. Last year, I created a group called BayComm, which acts as a network of radio communications amongst residents of the Westshore area, should traditional communications go down. Volunteer membership is growing, as more and more residents realize that there is safety in numbers, and that our infrastructure is aging.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.29.2013

PALs in the community

I am a junior at Bay High School and I am working on earning my Girl Scout Gold Award. The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can receive, and the goal of the award is to create a service project that will have a lasting impact on her community.

For my project, I wanted to pick an issue that is close to my heart. Since my freshman year, I have been involved in PAL, or “Pupil Assisted Learning.” The PAL program buddies typical teens with a peer that has a disability. Since I have joined, PAL has been my favorite club. I love spending time with these students and getting to know them.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.29.2013

Heritage Run raises funds for Bay projects

In its fourth year, the Village Foundation Heritage Run was held on Saturday, Oct. 19. More than 300 participants came out on a mild, cloudy day to run or walk the streets of Bay Village while raising money for the foundation. Mayor Debbie Sutherland rang the bell to kick off the race and she was on hand to give the awards at the end.

Looking at the crowd, Mayor Sutherland observed, “It is great to see so many runners of all ages come out for a good cause!” The participants ranged in age from one to 80 years old. 

While everyone had fun, none had more fun than the group calling themselves “Team Bride.” Bride-to-be Nikki Smith, of Elyria,  used the occasion as a bachelorette party celebrating her upcoming wedding on Nov. 9 to Brian Kensik.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:11 AM, 10.29.2013

Kiwanis donates iPads for Westlake classes

The Westlake Aktion Club and the Westlake Kiwanis recently donated iPads for use by the special education classes at Dover Elementary School and Basset Elementary School. The Kiwanis mission is saving the world one child and one community at a time. The Aktion Club is made up of individuals with disabilities age 18 and over and felt the donation of the iPads would help serve their mission.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 10.15.2013

Village Project yard clean-up

The Village Project is pleased to announce their new location as well as a new fundraising event, a Yard Clean Up! The Village Project has been in their new home, 27378 West Oviatt in Bay Village, since Sept. 24. In order to involve volunteers, spread awareness and pay off renovation expenses they are hosting this fall affair.

Lawn mowing, mulching, weeding, leaf raking, as well as general yard work are the benefits provided. Volunteers will be serving locations in Bay Village, Avon Lake and Rocky River. This great event will occur on Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1 to 4 p.m. Donations will be accepted and suggested at $20 (donations in excess of $20 are tax deductible). Spots need to be reserved by Oct. 24.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:15 AM, 10.15.2013

Oct. 9 program offers help in aging lifestyle transition

In the city of Westlake, the Community Services Department is all about successful aging. Programs of education, culture, physical activity, health, trips and social enjoyment are all offered through Fifty Plus Programs. Age is valued and experience is applauded as the staff creates solutions that improve the quality of life for mature adults. Although the department agrees that aging is about perspective (yes, age really is just a number) it is also important to recognize the various stages that fill our years and anticipate that next step.

On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the City of Westlake Community Services Department will offer a very special program which will answer everyone’s questions as they look to a transition: How do I get from where I am today to where I want to be tomorrow? Designed for individuals and families who are considering a change in aging lifestyle for themselves or loved ones, this program addresses multiple needs.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:39 AM, 10.01.2013

Avoiding the flu

As we delight in the changing colors of leaves, mum plants of purple, yellow and orange, and Halloween candy, costumes and decorations, it is easy to forget that October means the beginning of flu season.

Each year more than 200,000 people are hospitalized for flu-related complications. Flu can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death. The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. It is not to be confused with stomach or intestinal distress.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:31 AM, 10.01.2013

Compeer match celebrates first year of friendship

Steve is 55 years young and has solid bowling skills and enjoys bike riding. He has many interests including sports, history, music and trying new dining experiences. Steve manages a mental illness which resulted in a loss of confidence for him along with depression and isolation from his community. In August 2012 Steve agreed to be matched with a new volunteer in the Compeer Program at Far West Center, Dr. Ron Arndt, for a Compeer Friendship Match.

The Compeer Program at Far West Center matches adult volunteers, one to one, with same-gender adults who are in recovery from mental illness. Dr. Ron’s role as a Compeer volunteer is to provide friendship and supportive encouragement to Steve and to plan opportunities for the two of them to socialize and enjoy community activities. Ron’s commitment, warmth and enthusiasm has truly brought Steve out of his shell and has given Steve many new reasons to smile.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:30 AM, 10.01.2013

Two sisters organize 'Empty Bowls by the Lake' to feed the hungry

Autumn is here – ideal soup weather – and two local women are making it their mission to feed needy families by serving up a smorgasbord of soups from area restaurants and supermarkets. If you’re looking for something delicious to do, save the date for Empty Bowls by the Lake, Saturday, Oct. 12, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bleser Park in Avon Lake. (Bleser Park is on Electric Blvd. just west of Avon Lake City Hall, 150 Avon-Belden Road.)  

Sisters Laura Kirchner of Avon Lake and Linda Brown of Bay Village are behind the local effort. The event raises money to feed the region’s hungry while allowing participants to enjoy freshly baked bread and more than 20 soups. A $20 donation provides a hand-painted pottery bowl, unlimited soup and bread and live musical entertainment from local artists, including the Avon Electric Orchestra. Admission for children ages 6-12 is $5 (does not include a bowl). Children 5 and under are free. Disposable bowl liners are provided.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:44 AM, 10.01.2013

Addiction awareness community forum Sept. 28

Families Anonymous meets at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road in Westlake, every Sunday evening at 5:30 pm. As a result of ongoing support to families in the area caught in the chaos of addiction, Jeff Wilkins, along with a steering committee of concerned citizens, is offering a community forum. The forum, scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28, 1-4 p.m., will include resource speakers from various agencies and ministries in Westlake and the surrounding communities on the westside of Cuyahoga County. The forum will include a time for Q&A.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:42 AM, 09.04.2013

Hospice volunteer education series

Hospice of the Western Reserve is offering their free volunteer education series on three Saturdays in October and November. Volunteers interested in working with patients should attend all three sessions, while volunteering in non-patient areas and teen volunteering requires only attendance at the first class. The sessions will be hold on Oct. 26, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Nov. 2 and 9, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Hospice of the Western Reserve, 29101 Health Campus Drive, Westlake. RSVP is required, contact Mary McGowan at 800-707-8922.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:41 AM, 09.04.2013

Free disaster preparedness training with special invite to veterans

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 begins Saturday, Oct. 5, and is conducted by local safety professionals. The five consecutive Saturday morning classes will be held at St. John Medical Center and the City of Westlake Service Center from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. 

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:41 AM, 09.04.2013

Bay Village Kiwanis award over $11K in college scholarships

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club is pleased to announce its 2013 Academic Achievement Scholarship winners.The 52nd annual event was held on July 24 at a dinner in the recipients’ honor.

The awardees, all recent Bay High School graduates, include: Marissa Andreano, Jackson Brothers, Carter Cruse, Rannie Dong, Gail Foster, Ryan Grimm, Nicole Hoover, Taylor Nemetz, Ariana Ortiz, Katelyn Ramella, Megan See, Stephanie Sheppa, Adam Tepper, Ryan Voiers, Fran Zappalla and Kristen Zeuch.

A total of $11,500 in collage scholarships was awarded.

If you would like to learn more about Bay Village Kiwanis, we invite you to be our guest at a Member Social event on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 6:30-8 p.m. at Bay Lodge. Through Kiwanis membership, communities are improved, friendships are made, leadership skills are developed and business contacts are made.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:06 AM, 08.20.2013

Compeer Program thanks the WBV Observer for years of priceless support

The Compeer Program at Far West Center has shared our goals and successes with the community in articles published by the Westlake | Bay Village Observer newspaper beginning in 2010. Time sure does fly by for an active program like Compeer and we are fortunate to have 50 articles that have been promoted by the WBV Observer in print and online! Editor Tara Wendell and the WBV Observer staff continue to offer support to Compeer’s mission to empower adults managing mental illness and assist them in reconnecting with the social network of their communities. 

The opportunity to write for the residents of Westlake, Bay Village and surrounding cities and share our articles is truly priceless support. “Priceless” can refer to no fee for publication which is extremely beneficial to a nonprofit program like Compeer. What is truly meant is that the support the WBV Observer has offered to our Compeer Program from our first meeting in 2010 to the editor’s latest email is exceptional support and indeed “priceless” to us.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:53 AM, 08.20.2013

Boy Scouts mix it up for older adults

What does a mixture of Boy Scouts and older adults have in common? On Friday, Aug. 16, it was a good time at Westlake Center for Community Services.

Jesus Garcia, a senior at Westlake High School and a member of Westlake Troop 536, enlisted fellow Scouts, his leaders, family and friends to prepare a luncheon of salad, rigatoni and lemonade and added to the mix a short history of Oliver Hazard Perry (The War of 1812 – "Don't Give Up The Ship"), accordion music and specially prepared ice cream sundaes.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:58 AM, 08.20.2013

Public-private partnership aids Westshore preparedness

As promoted and supported by FEMA, public-private partnerships are a vital element in local and national emergency management. As the FEMA website says, all aspects of a community are needed to “effectively prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate against any disaster.”

One need for the Westshore Regional CERT (WSC), underscored while supporting our responders during the devastating week of Super Storm Sandy, is generator power. In order to meet that need Cuyahoga County District 1 Council Representative Dave Greenspan’s Friends for the Community Foundation applied to Dominion East Ohio for a grant on behalf of the WSC. The goal of the foundation is to support, promote and enhance the quality of life, public safety initiatives, programs and services within the Westshore communities.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:04 AM, 08.20.2013

Elks Lodge gives grant to D.A.R.E. program

The Lakewood Elks #1350, as part of the national organization The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE), was established in Lakewood in 1918. We moved to Westlake 10 years ago and now proudly call the lodge on Center Ridge our permanent home. The Elks were established in 1868 by a group of men hoping to make a difference in their community.

More than 140 years later the impact that this organization has had extends to over one million men and women members and in excess of 2,000 communities across this great nation. The Elks National Foundation (ENF) is the charitable arm of our organization.

The mission of the ENF is to help Elks build stronger communities. We fulfill this pledge by investing in communities where Elks live and work. We provide tomorrow's leaders, our youth, with a healthy beginning; honor the Elks' pledge to never forget our veterans; help the state Elks associations accomplish their charitable objectives; and fund projects that improve the quality of life in local Elks communities.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:22 AM, 08.06.2013

Bay Village volunteer fair offers opportunity to give back

Twenty-four civic groups  were on hand at the first Bay Cares Volunteer Fair at the Bay Village Branch Library on Aug. 3. The event, a collaboration between the WBV Observer and Bay Library, allowed visitors to speak with representatives from the myriad non-profit organizations in Bay to find a match with their interests.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:19 AM, 08.06.2013

Cahoon Park gazebo gets garden upgrade

The Bay Village Garden Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to the beautification of Bay Village. Each summer our members plant and maintain the welcome signs, two gardens at City Hall, the planters of Dover Center, the Seascape on Lake Road and the garden surrounding the Gazebo in Cahoon Park. 

This summer the club sponsored the building of a stone wall surrounding the gazebo garden. For years there has been a drainage problem that caused the sidewalks to be muddy. The problem has been solved, sidewalks clean, and the area looks fantastic.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:26 AM, 08.06.2013

Compeer volunteering a good fit for college students, retirees

The Compeer Program at Far West Center offers a unique volunteering experience. All that is required in Compeer volunteering is four hours per month, conversation and friendship. Among our group of valuable volunteers are college students with challenging schedules and retirees that schedule around many family and social obligations. Compeer offers individual flexibility in planning volunteer time. Compeer also offers an enriching life experience for both students and seniors alike.

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Volume 5, Issue 16, Posted 9:21 AM, 08.06.2013

A new home for The Village Project

The Village Project is excited to announce the upcoming renovation of and move to its new home at 27378 West Oviatt Road in Bay Village. 

Over the past two and a half years, The Village Project, formerly known as The Village Food Project, has worked in harmony with individuals, businesses, civic organizations, schools, churches and the city to serve over 6,000 nutritious meals and provide extended care to over 55 families experiencing cancer in the cities of Bay Village and Avon Lake.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.23.2013

Westshore CERT launches new website

The vision of the Westshore Regional CERT (WSC) is to make our communities safer, stronger and better prepared to be both disaster resistant and disaster resilient. To further that vision and our mission, the WSC has launched a new website, www.westshorecert.org.

Originally and graciously hosted by the City of Westlake, the new site was created by and will be hosted by team member Michael Kinder and his company, M&K Kinder Design LLC. Much of the design and content was developed by a committee of team members over the last year.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:53 AM, 07.09.2013

Bay Men's Club awards scholarships

The Bay Men’s Club has awarded four $1,500 scholarships to four very deserving Bay High students: Rannie Dong, Elizabeth “Ellie” Faile, Max Langer and Bridget Schwert. The four and their families were honored recently at the club’s annual pig roast at the Bay Lodge.

Dong, first in her class of 196 students and a National Merit semifinalist, plans to study engineering at Cornell University. Faile, a four-year honor roll student, plans to study business at Miami University. Langer, a two-year National Honor Society member and four-year varsity wrestler, plans on studying pre-med at Notre Dame. Schwert, a National Honor Society member and four-year varsity swimmer, plans to study nursing at Ohio University.

“The accomplishments of these recipients, both academically and in other fields, is quite impressive,” Scholarship Committee Chairperson John Stanton said. “We are happy to provide this seed money for our leaders of tomorrow.”

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:42 AM, 06.25.2013

Hospice patients in Westlake receive new grand piano

Hospice of the Western Reserve’s volunteers were treated to a concert by the Rocky River Community Chorus at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake recently in gratitude for the successful culmination of the “Gift of Music” campaign, which raised more than $32,000 to purchase a new grand piano, two digital pianos and additional support for the music therapy program.

The campaign was conceived and led by volunteer Don Stark of West Park, who envisioned a grand piano as the “heart” of the new hospice house, which first opened its doors to patients last summer. More than 100 volunteers from all parts of the organization donated more than $21,000 to the campaign.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:50 AM, 06.11.2013

Bradley Bay awards nursing scholarships

Each spring, Bradley Bay Health Center awards four scholarships to local graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in healthcare. Each candidate is required to complete a scholarship application and write an essay.

The four recipients for 2013 are Diana Higgins from Bay High who plans to study nursing at Cleveland State University; Makenzie Smith from Westlake High School who plans to study nursing at Waynesburg University; Annie Wennerberg from Avon Lake High School who plans to study nursing at Case Western Reserve University; and Alexandria Zvosecz from Magnificat High School.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:46 AM, 06.11.2013

Kiwanis family plants boxes on Hilliard

The Weslake Kiwanis Aktion Club planted their Hilliard Boulevard flower box in blue and yellow – their club colors – as part of Westlake in Bloom. 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 Aktion Club also helped plant a box for the Burneson Builders Club and aided the Westlake Kiwanis planting their boxes on Hilliard near Clague Park.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.29.2013

Bay's Fly-A-Flag project continues

Bay Village’s Fly-A-Flag project is 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.

While the DAR does the "office work," American Legion and Kiwanis members install American flags, brackets and flag poles at ground-level locations chosen by the homeowner. The goal is to have about 50 donated flags flying around town by Flag Day, June 14.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:09 AM, 05.29.2013

Bay Men's Club erects American flags

Members of the Bay Men’s Club recently erected 25 American flags throughout the commercial district of the city, at no charge to the recipients.

Members of the club donated nearly $1,200 to purchase the flags and mounting hardware. The Bay Barber Shop also donated $100.

The flags were erected by Eric Eakin, Tom Nowak (of Master Krafters Home Improvement in Bay Village) and Garth Graham.

“We saw that Kiwanis and DAR were putting American flags on private residences for free, so we thought that we should do the same in the commercial district,” said Pete Winzig, who came up with the idea. “I think they look awesome.”

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:10 AM, 05.29.2013

KeyBank employees take a day to spiff up Bay

KeyBank employees, as part of the company’s “Neighbors Make A Difference Day,” recently volunteered their time and talents to spruce up the grounds of the Rose Hill Museum in Bay Village’s Cahoon Memorial Park.

The group, part of more than 7,500 KeyBank employees who partnered with local agencies and non-profits to make a difference in their communities, pulled weeds, spread mulch and generally helped to make the museum’s grounds look nice.

“We really appreciate the help that these KeyBank employees provide every year,” said Bay Village Historical Society President Cynthia Eakin. “Their sweat makes our museum, and our park and community, that much nicer.”

Another group of Key Bank employees spent the day volunteering at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 10:07 AM, 05.29.2013

Two young men from Troop 225 earn rank of Eagle Scout

On a beautiful May afternoon, local Boy Scout Troop 225 from St. Bernadette's Catholic Church honored Jacob Paul Ogoneck and James Patrick Augustyn as they earned the elite rank of Eagle. The ceremony was held at the Westlake Recreation Center. 

The Boy Scout Court of Honor included recognition from local political leaders including State Representative Nan Baker and Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough. Communications from state and national leaders included Senator Sherrod Brown, Senator Rob Portman and a special letter from President Obama.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.29.2013

Rudge earns Bay Village Historical Society scholarship

Bay High School senior Elisabeth Rudge has been selected to receive the Bay Village Historical Society’s $1,000 scholarship for 2013.

Rudge, the daughter of Antoinette and Scott, will be attending Cleveland State University, where she will be majoring in business and marketing.

Rudge was active on the softball team and soccer team, participated in HUDDLE (a tutoring program where younger Bay Village students are taught leadership qualities), Rachel’s Challenge (an anti-bullying program) and the Key Club.

Rudge was selected by Bay High School Social Studies Department teachers for her love of history.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 10:20 AM, 05.14.2013

Village Bicycle Cooperative opens new work space in Bay Village Community House

The nonprofit Village Bicycle Cooperative kicked off the warm weather biking season with the opening of its new workshop space in the Bay Village Community House on Saturday, May 4.

The new space enables the nonprofit to provide a great new area for volunteers to repair and upgrade donated bicycles for resale at affordable prices. People are welcome to stop in to have their bicycles' safety checked, volunteer, obtain assistance with their own bicycle repairs or purchase bicycles.

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Volume 5, Issue 10, Posted 3:51 PM, 05.06.2013

Bay Men's Club to erect flags throughout city

The Bay Men’s Club has established a project to provide, erect and maintain American flags throughout the city’s business districts, at no cost to the recipients, and is seeking locations and donations for the project.

It is anticipated that some 36 flags would be erected at the city’s main shopping plazas, participating offices and stores, and anywhere else an American flag would be appropriate. They would be set out by Memorial Day and would remain flying through Labor Day, when club members will take them down and store them.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:40 AM, 04.16.2013

Seniors support the Village Project

March was indeed a very busy month around the West Shore, but not too busy for many good-hearted men and women to gather to celebrate the early spring holidays while benefiting an organization close to their hearts. Two local senior communities held events during the month that resulted not only in fun and fellowship for the residents, but also provided much-needed financial support and seasonal treats for the clients of the Village Project.

First up was a special St. Patrick’s Day party at Westlake Village which drew a crowd of approximately 75 people. The event featured much wearing o’ the green and singing of traditional Irish songs led by the activities coordinator, Lisa Harrington. Lucky leprechaun guests dined on potato pancakes and corned beef sandwiches and washed it down with green beer and green punch. And as Irish eyes were smiling, the generosity flowed from the residents and their guests.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:48 AM, 04.16.2013

Bay Brownie troop collecting used stuffed animals for kids in need

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 70278 would like to announce our Stuffed Animals For Emergencies donation drive. We will be collecting used stuffed animals, cleaning them up and delivering them to Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family Services.  

Children in crisis situations receive these stuffed animals when they come into the center for visitations or to receive services and the toys provide warmth and security. They get to keep the stuffed animals too, which is very special during a difficult time in their lives. We take some of our toys for granted and we just thought all kids should have their own lovable bear to make them feel better.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 11:10 AM, 04.02.2013

Village Food Project updates mission and name

For the past two years, The Village Food Project has brought nourishment and care to individuals and their families who have been touched by cancer. The response to this service has been remarkable, demonstrating an overwhelming opportunity to support those with cancer and a strong desire to come together as a community in service.

In order to continue growth, and clearly reflect its purpose, on Feb. 21 The Village Food Project reestablished and incorporated as the Village Project. The mission: “To come together as a community of all ages to provide nourishing meals and extended care and service to our neighbors experiencing cancer,” will be the driving force of this newly formed endeavor.

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Volume 5, Issue 7, Posted 10:48 AM, 04.02.2013