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Westshore mayors recognized by state auditor

Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland and Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough were among the Westshore leaders recognized Jan. 9 by state Auditor Dave Yost for their efforts to make the most of taxpayer dollars. Awarded to the Westshore Council of Governments, a collaborative body that includes the cities of Bay, Westlake, Rocky River, Fairview Park, North Olmsted and Lakewood, the auditor’s Taxpayer Hero Award recognizes governments that “maximize services for taxpayers while spending less.”

The Westshore COG, formed in 1971, works to increase efficiency by sharing services including SWAT, central dispatch centers, cooperative purchasing, wastewater treatment and a municipal court system. Yost also noted the volunteer Westshore Regional CERT team, which assists first responders during emergencies, for recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy.

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:44 AM, 01.22.2013

Generous salon staff and clients give to Youth Challenge

If you visited Rometrics Salon-Spa of Westlake this past December, you had a chance to support Youth Challenge. Between sales of raffle tickets and angels, $1,000 was raised to help the kids of YC. Youth Challenge is a Westlake-based nonprofit that provides sports and recreational activities to children with physical disabilities and their teen volunteer partners.

Sherry Young and Jane Kozey of Rometrics attended a recent YC program to present the donation. “We're grateful for the generosity of our Westlake neighbors – both the staff of Rometrics and their clients,” said Ken Kasler, YC Chief of Operations and Program Oversight. “Everyone at YC appreciates their fundraising efforts.”

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Volume 5, Issue 2, Posted 11:50 AM, 01.22.2013

Bay varsity wrestling team takes 4th place in holiday tournament

Congratulations to the Bay High varsity wrestling team as they placed 4th in the 16-team Lorain Holiday Invitational Tournament. This two-day tournament featured some of the best and most competitive wresting teams in Northeast Ohio. Nine of Bay's varsity wrestlers finished in the top six in their weight class. Congratulations Bay High varsity wrestling team.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:20 AM, 01.08.2013

From shelter to stardom

The Westlake Historical Society is happy to announce our Cutest Pet for 2013: Toby, a 65-pound, eight-year-old, mixed breed, part Airedale and part something else. Toby was a shelter puppy adopted from Cleveland's APL by the Howard family of Westlake. This year's competition was very stiff, and even included a gecko. Toby seemed to exhibit a special quality that won over our panel of judges.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:20 AM, 01.08.2013

Westlake Garden Club installs officers for 2013

The private room at Houlihan’s Restaurant in Westlake had a festive air on Dec. 20, as the Westlake Garden Club celebrated the holidays with a luncheon and installation of officers for 2013. The new board consists of: Regina McCarthy, President; Bill Hock, 1st Vice President; Jean Smith, 2nd Vice President; Marie McCarthy, Treasurer; Sally Knurek and Marge Emblom, Recording Secretary; and Claire Evangelista, Corresponding Secretary. 

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:30 AM, 01.08.2013

Two Westlake veterinarians achieve high-level certification

Westlake Animal Hospital is extremely proud and excited to announce that Dr. David Love has recently been re-certified (for the fourth time) as a diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners, and Dr. Michael Nappier has been certified for the first time. They are two of only 900 diplomates nationwide.

The testing required to achieve this honor is a long and difficult process of additional studies and examination but the result is to become a board certified specialist recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association. This accomplishment takes a minimum of three years to complete and each certification is good for ten years.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:12 AM, 01.08.2013

Bay Village author pens Hallmark movie

Michael Heaton, the Plain Dealer's Minister of Culture, author, speaker and Bay Village resident, once said that he used to live in the shadow of his dad: much loved sportswriter Chuck Heaton. Then it was his little sister, Patricia Heaton, who became well-known for her television roles.

But now he can celebrate the attention he is getting for his television movie "The Christmas Heart" replaying during the month of December on The Hallmark Channel. The film was truly a family affair: when Hallmark approached Patricia's production company Four Boys Films for ideas, she remembered the script her brother had written. Hallmark fell all over it, the theme was perfect for their holiday lineup of family-friendly movies.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:54 AM, 12.11.2012

The search is on for the next Northern Ohio Rose

The Northern Ohio Rose Centre is accepting applications for its third annual “Northern Ohio Rose Selection Celebration” during which the 2013 Northern Ohio Rose will be chosen. Contestants will need to be available for three days full of preliminary judging, judging and other related events that are being planned from April 19-21, 2013.

The 2013 Northern Ohio Rose becomes the “Ohio Rose” when she travels to Portlaoise, County Laois, Ireland, in May 2013 to compete in the Rose of Tralee International Festival’s Regional Festival. Her trip is furnished by Westlake World Partners Co., the non-profit organization that hosts the Northern Ohio Rose Centre.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:43 AM, 12.11.2012

Youth Challenge honors volunteers

For the past five years, Westlake resident Jim Dwyer has logged 1,051 hours and over 36,000 miles traversing Northeast Ohio in a van named "Freedom." Dwyer is a volunteer driver for Youth Challenge and Freedom is one of the Westlake nonprofit’s lift-equipped vans. Dwyer was recognized as the 2012 Youth Challenge Volunteer of the Year at the annual Holiday Show and Volunteer Recognition on Dec. 8 at Magnificat High School’s Performing Arts Center.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:42 AM, 12.11.2012

2013 board leadership named for Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

The board of directors of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village is pleased to announce newly elected members and appointments of executive officers. Joining the board of directors are Douglas Schosser, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Key Corporate Bank and resident of Avon; Todd Rosenberg, senior manager of federal tax at KPMG LLP and resident of Avon Lake; Jeffrey M. Whitesell, attorney at Tucker Ellis and resident of Westlake; and William P. Watkins, group head of business development, Harris Williams & Co. (subsidiary of PNC) and resident of Bay Village.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:41 AM, 12.11.2012

Students excel on Young Astronaut Day

Westlake students attending the Birchwood School in Cleveland met with success in the annual Young Astronaut Day at the NASA John H. Glenn Research Center on Nov. 3. The fifth- and sixth-graders, from left, Olivia Savona, Megan Stewart, Farah Sayed and Christopher Haddad, competed in challenges designed to stimulate an interest in engineering and aeronautics. Participants were divided into teams of 10-12, and the Westlakers' teams were among the top three finishers in their assigned challenges.

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Volume 4, Issue 25, Posted 10:44 AM, 12.11.2012

Westlake Town Criers name Mr. and Mrs. Westlake 2013

Lysa Stanton and Dave Pfister were recognized as Mr. & Mrs. Westlake 2013 by Mayor Dennis Clough during the Nov. 17 tree lighting ceremony at Crocker Park. The award is presented annually to a Westlake couple who best exemplifies the service-oriented goals of the Westlake Town Criers. Stanton, president of the Westlake Historical Society, and Pfister, a member of the board, were honored for their efforts during the city’s 2011 bicentennial year, as well as countless volunteer hours with other civic organizations.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 11:29 AM, 11.27.2012

Fontbonne Home residents enjoy community life

Oct. 21 was the 31st annual brunch at Wagner’s Country Inn for the benefit of Fontbonne Home, a group home in Bay Village for developmentally disabled adults. We saw a new generation of benefactors in the 155 guests who attended.

What was different this year? The menu changed, but so did the people. The Women’s Committee had organized the brunch for many years and are now retired. The task fell to board members, parents and volunteers. It was an awakening for sure, and the joy of a lifetime. 

We raised $10,000 to purchase a van to transport the residents to their jobs and activities. It was the first year we asked for individual and corporate sponsors. Their kindness helped in more ways than they know. The residents, known fondly as “the gang,” lived up to their reputation by talking about their daily lives. Everyone enjoyed hearing how they have improved over the years!

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:35 AM, 11.27.2012

When Hurricane Sandy struck Bay Village

During the wind and rain caused by Hurricane Sandy, over 225,000 Cleveland area residents lost power, including my family and I in Bay Village. When the power went out on Monday night, my little brother and sister scurried around the house trying to find candles and flashlights. After the house had a warm glow, our mom read us poems and we all told funny stories like we would at a campfire.

The next day we slept in because there was no school. We all bundled up and went outside to look around. There were branches and trees down everywhere. Down at the beach there was a huge pine that was lying in the middle of the parking lot, pulled up by its roots. It was so windy that I thought I might blow away.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:14 AM, 11.13.2012

When the power goes out

I guess you don’t realize how important the power is until it’s gone. I kept finding myself trying to turn the lights on or watch TV. When the power is off, you find yourself doing things you wouldn’t do if the power was on, like washing the dishes or doing something active instead of playing a video game or watching YouTube.

I think it is kind of a blessing, because once the thing you rely on every day is gone, you need to find other things to do, things you never tried before – a new adventure.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:14 AM, 11.13.2012

Storm a wake-up call for BayComm, CB group ready if severe emergency hits

The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy was a harsh taste of reality. All but one member of BayComm, an all-volunteer Westshore CB radio group, were without power for up to six days. Working with the BVPD, I assisted with sitting on downed power lines until the power company got there, while another of our members had to deal with an oak tree splitting his garage in half. My mother is in the Knickerbocker and it was quite an ordeal for all of the residents there. The town was "lifeless," as if it had been severely injured, and it seemed like an alien world just to drive around town in the darkness.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.13.2012

One Senior's Opinion: Storm reminds us to care for each other even during good times

I can make no sense of the death and destruction following Hurricane Sandy which devastated the East Coast and found its way into Northern Ohio. I think I am spoiled. Being without lights, heat or telephone for two and a half days felt like the end of the world to me.

When television and the internet were up and working, I saw what real hardship looks like. Real hardship looks like dirty flood water everywhere, homes demolished, cars floating away, hunger, homelessness, fear, anger and despair. Compared to the losses suffered by those in the path of the storm, my problems seemed insignificant.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:17 AM, 11.13.2012

Caregiver's dedication recognized with award

Linda Burgess has always had a passion to care for others, and she has spent her life doing just that. She served as an Army medic in Saudi Arabia for two years, cared for her elderly parents and has worked as a home health aide, long-term caregiver and assisted-living nurse.

Since joining the staff at the Gardens at Westlake, Linda has become the most highly-respected caregiver at the senior living facility and has worked her way up from a night-shift caregiver to the adult enrichment coordinator in the new Memory Care Program. Launched in April, the program serves Gardens residents with mild cognitive impairment, and the supervisory position required Linda to complete five months of extensive training. In early November, Linda received her well-earned dementia practitioner certification. The residents under her care have shown improvement in socialization, verbalization, cognition and appetite.

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Volume 4, Issue 23, Posted 9:21 AM, 11.13.2012

Bay trash collection switches back to Tuesdays, bulk pick-up also changes

The City of Bay Village will be changing its “Refuse Collection Day” from Fridays to Tuesdays beginning in December. Residents will still have their trash and recyclables picked up on Friday, Nov. 30, with weekly collections changing to Tuesdays beginning Dec. 4.

A change in the trash collection day is always a difficult transition to make since many residents fall into a routine. We feel the change from Friday to Tuesday will allow the city to provide a more efficient collection by eliminating Saturday collections on holiday weeks, and to provide our Service Department succeeding work days to coordinate with the contractor regarding missed collections, as well as notifying residents to remove any refuse not picked up due to improper placement. Tuesday collections should also eliminate any need for residents to have trash or recyclable containers on the tree lawn over the weekend.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:35 PM, 10.30.2012

Author raising money for Amy Mihaljevic film

Local author James Renner has launched a fundraising campaign to raise money for a feature film based on the search for Amy Mihaljevic’s killer. Ten-year-old Amy was abducted from Bay Village on Oct. 27, 1989. Her body was later found in rural Ashland County. No one has ever been charged with her murder.

In 2006, Renner’s book, "Amy: My Search for Her Killer," took a new look at the case, revealing important new clues and suspects. Before he became a journalist, Renner worked in film, adapting a Stephen King story starring Harvey Pekar and Michael Stanley, which premiered at the 2005 Montreal Film Festival.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:43 PM, 10.30.2012

Community comes through to save 'Peanut,' the poodle found in Porter Creek

The morning started very early on Monday, Oct. 22, for Peanut's surgery at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in Copley Ohio. Terrified of the dark, she began biting at us in the car before we even left home, never having done that before. When we took her into the hospital, we were so nervous about her going under anesthesia. I could tell Peanut was, too. We kept praying she would be okay. When the nurse took Peanut for her surgery, we were all so happy to know that she wouldn't have any more troubles; whatever happened.      

The waiting we had to endure was incredible. I have never felt tension that strong except when I lost my little brother Teddy when I was seven. We went to a Christian bookstore. Going there helped us a lot with our worries. Finally it was time to pick her up.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:31 PM, 10.30.2012

Golf outing raises $20,000 for Youth Challenge

Seventy-two golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at Youth Challenge's ninth annual Scott & Julie Mawaka Charitable Foundation Golf Outing on Sept. 24 at the Shaker Heights Country Club. 

Major sponsorships were provided by Fleet Response, Enterprise Rent-A-Car and Fran and Ron Mawaka. Additional monetary and in-kind donations were made by local and national organizations, friends, and families.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:39 PM, 10.30.2012

Youth Challenge Halloween bash a blast

Katniss Everdeen from "The Hunger Games," a Cleveland police officer and even Elmo all made appearances at the fourth annual Halloween Party at the Westlake headquarters of Youth Challenge on Friday, Oct. 26. Over 80 YC participants and volunteers showed off their creative costumes while enjoying the fabulous festivities. 

The event was hosted by Smart Business, whose staff members transformed the YC offices into an awesome haunted house and were on hand for games, crafts, dancing, pumpkin decorating, trick-or-treating and costume contests.

“We're grateful to the Smart Business staff for the incredible energy and outstanding effort put forth to make the Halloween Party a huge success,” says Ken Kasler, YC Chief of Operations and Program Oversight. “The kids look forward to this party all year.”

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:31 PM, 10.30.2012

Bay block becomes 'Nightmare on Elmwood'

Scary happenings are occurring on the 500 block of Elmwood Road in Bay Village this time of year! The neighbors on this stretch of road between between Osborn and East Oviatt have caught the Halloween bug and are going all out to decorate their yards for the occasion.

Start your spooky journey at the Dead Dropp Saloon and meet your host and hostess, Ray and Karen Kent. Ray started the day after Halloween last year designing this year's theme: a scary ghost town saloon equipped with bar and bartender ready to serve you. If you're arrested for your ghoulish activities, you'll be escorted right next door to the jail! If you don't behave there, it's on to the ghost town cemetery! Here's a tip: If you need a fast getaway, Bandito Ray will guide you to the haunted stagecoach and eight-foot ghost draft horse.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 11:03 AM, 10.16.2012

Westlake residents honored by Cleveland Christian Home

Cleveland Christian Home recently honored Westlake residents Bob Fortney and Ingrid Bowman for their longstanding commitment to help bring hope and healing to children, youth and families struggling with mental illness, abuse and neglect.

Fortney, who received an Invest in Children Award, has been involved with the Cleveland Christian Home for two decades.  He first learned about CCH when he heard friends discussing the agency’s annual golf outing. As Fortney recalls, “it sounded like it was a worthwhile cause to become a part of.”

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 10.16.2012

Westshore citizens support Operation Medicine Cabinet

On behalf of the Westshore Council of Governments/Westshore Enforcement Bureau Narcotics Task Force we wish to thank the citizens of our six western suburbs (Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake) for making the National Prescription Drug Takeback on Sept. 29 a successful event.

In addition to the 252 pounds of medications collected on that day, another 517 pounds were collected from the permanent drop boxes located in the six western suburban police department lobbies since May 1, 2012.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 9:52 AM, 10.16.2012

Bay Scouts gearing up for weekend campout

The All-Bay Scout Campout will be held Oct. 26-28 at Firelands Scout Reservation. One of the many fun activities will be a boat ride in the safety trailer pictured. The trailer will be manned by fully qualified Bay Sea Scouts to ensure a safe journey. For details on the campout, email David.Madigan@sbcglobal.com or RKuper@khkinc.com.

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Volume 4, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 10.16.2012

Westlake 'sister cities' celebrate fourth anniversary

The “Sister Cities” relationship between the city of Westlake and the town of Tralee, Ireland, has officially celebrated its fourth anniversary. In 2009, Mayor Dennis Clough and Council President Michael Killeen, together with Brett Luengo, Director of Westlake World Partners Co., established the partnership with Tralee in County Kerry. That year, Mayor Clough, Planning Director Bob Parry and Luengo traveled to Tralee demonstrating Westlake’s commitment to helping both municipalities learn about serving citizens in troubled economic times.

In 2011, Tralee’s Mayor, Grace O’Donnell, and County Kerry Tourism Officer, John Griffin, came to Westlake in order to celebrate the Westlake Bicentennial. This year Luengo, and Westlake Councilman Michael O’Donnell and his family traveled to Tralee at their own expense, to continue the tradition. While in Tralee, Westlake’s delegation met with the new Mayor Johnnie Wall and town council and Kerry County officials to discuss tourism, energy conservation and business development.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:23 AM, 10.02.2012

Get ready to vote: registration deadline is Oct. 9

Voters in all of Cuyahoga County’s municipalities will cast ballots for President, U.S. Senate and members of Congress, Ohio Senate and the Ohio House of Representatives, County Prosecutor and County Council members, judicial candidates, State Board of Education seats, as well as local and state issues.

It is important for voters to be prepared to cast their ballots. The voter registration deadline is Oct. 9. Voters who have moved or changed their name since they last voted need to complete and return a new Voter Registration Card. After a voter has registered, they will receive a postcard that lists their ward, precinct and voting location.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:14 AM, 10.02.2012

Westlake neighbors stage a theatrical end to summer

While most families spend their final summer evening going out for ice cream or taking one final dip in the pool, one Westlake neighborhood found a new way to celebrate the end of the summer this year. On Aug. 15, nearly 30 people traveled to a Westlake home to attend the one and only performance of "Astrius," an original drama written by Emily and Adam Schordock. The show’s cast of eight children provided an unforgettable experience with their original production and brought the summer to a more-than-satisfactory close.

The production was staged by the Westlake Mini Playhouse Theatre, which began nearly 10 years ago with Emily and Adam, along with their older brother Scott, writing small one-acts in their home’s basement. Over time, the productions became more and more elaborate going from a simple script to shows consisting of make up, dry ice, sound effects and elaborate lighting. This small theatre became a wonderful way for the siblings to bond.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 10:01 AM, 09.18.2012

Browns support Youth Challenge

The Browns may have lost against Philadelphia, but the kids from Youth Challenge were the winners at the team’s home opener on Sept. 9. For the seventh year, the Cleveland Browns Foundation donated a suite, 50 tickets and a chance to be on the field for pre-game festivities to Youth Challenge. 

Besides getting an up-close view of the team warming up, the kids also got to meet former Browns stars and the game's honorary co-captains, Bernie Kosar and Webster Slaughter.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 9:57 AM, 09.18.2012

Mihaljevic case to be explored in-depth on crime TV show

The 1989 kidnapping and murder of 10-year-old Bay Village resident Amy Mihaljevic will be featured on the local crime-solving television program, "Crime Stoppers Case Files." The special Oct. 6 episode will be dedicated solely to Amy's case.

Viewers will hear from lead detective Lt. Mark Spaetzel, who will describe the crime as it's re-enacted. Amy's father, Mark Mihaljevic, will also be featured, giving what many consider his most comprehensive interview since Amy's body was discovered 23 years ago. Mark discusses the hours after the disappearance, learning of Amy's death and the devastating effects on his family, including his divorce from wife Margaret and her subsequent death after years of despair.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 10:03 AM, 09.18.2012

Gardens at Westlake resident wins big at downtown casino

On a recent, sunny afternoon, residents from the Gardens at Westlake senior living facility departed on one of their many planned outings for the month, but the first-time trip to the Horseshoe Casino in Cleveland proved to be beyond anyone’s expectation.

Once the group arrived at the casino everyone went to the various areas they wanted, so they were not all in the same location at one time. After enjoying the afternoon there they had lunch and then boarded the bus to return to the Gardens.

On the bus, the activity director chatted with the residents, asking if anyone won any money. Several said they won small amounts but it came as a shock when resident Kay Rehor quietly announced she had won $5,400 and waved her check in the air for all to see.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 9:59 AM, 09.18.2012

In a league of her own

Some of the most interesting stories are those that are unexpected. Such is the case with Audrey Daniels, a fellow Bay Village resident, whom I met in my Five Seasons water exercise class. As our group chatted over lunch after a recent class, Audrey, 85, shared something that had us all leaning forward in our seats, eager to hear more: her name is in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y.

Audrey was a star pitcher in the short-lived All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, made famous by the 1992 film, “A League of Their Own.” Her tale began in 1944 when then-16-year-old Audrey Haine was playing in a women’s softball league in her hometown of Winnipeg, Canada.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:53 AM, 09.05.2012

Bay High graduate studies local squirrel population

A bushy-tailed squirrel scampers back and forth in a small wire cage below the towering trees of Baldwin Wallace University’s leafy north campus in Berea. Upon closer inspection, the young male bears a small, numbered red tag in his ear – evidence that it’s not the first time this particular Eastern Gray has been a part of the live trapping and tagging taking place around BW this summer.

As BW junior Carmen Rush, a Bay High School graduate, records the tag number on a detailed research form, Dr. Karen Munroe, assistant professor of biology at BW, gently herds this “repeat customer” from the live trap into a pointed canvas bag. The snug, dark wrap both calms the squirrel and provides a strategically placed Velcro opening for safely taking measurements and DNA samples, before the squirrel is released unharmed.

“We like to point to the ones who come back repeatedly for the peanut butter bait as confirmation that there’s very little disturbance to the animals during the five minutes or so we examine them,” says Munroe, who’s leading the bio-conservation research project looking into squirrel social behaviors and mating.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 10:49 AM, 09.05.2012

Mayor honors public speaking group with special proclamation

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough proclaimed Aug. 1 as Toastmasters International Day in the city, recognizing the role the public speaking and leadership group plays in the community.

As part of making the proclamation, Clough participated on that day in a meeting of one of three Toastmasters clubs that take place regularly at Westlake Porter Public Library. In attendance were members of each of the three clubs along with Toastmasters Northeast Ohio District Governor Deonna Moore and myself.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 9:53 AM, 08.21.2012

The Village Foundation names treasurer

Barbara A. Waddle has been elected to serve as treasurer of The Village Foundation. Ms. Waddle is a retired financial analyst of the Toledo and Twinsburg Chrysler Corporation plants. She replaces Laura Keck, whose resignation was accepted with regret this month. Ms. Keck took a position in Solon.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:01 AM, 08.21.2012

Lakewood Hospital's 'Starry Night' event shines

Lakewood Hospital Foundation, which raises fund exclusively for Lakewood Hospital, hosted the seventh annual "Starry Night" event on Aug. 3. Recognized as one of the West Side’s biggest and best street parties, the event boasted nearly 650 guests and raised more than $150,000. Net proceeds will directly benefit patients through the Lakewood Hospital Diabetes and Endocrine Center’s Diabetes Assistance Initiative and community education efforts.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 9:56 AM, 08.21.2012

Bloom winners enhance Westlake's beauty

Westlake held its annual beauty of nature celebration Aug. 2 at LaCentre, as the winners of Westlake in Bloom were recognized for their green-thumbed efforts. The friendly competition, now in its 11th year, encourages residents and businesses to help beautify the city by landscaping their properties and planting the Hilliard Boulevard flower boxes and Evergreen Cemetery fence gardens.

Eighty-five entrants in 23 categories vied for top honors, as judged by nine master gardeners and several city employees. Westlake’s four garden centers contributed gift certificates for first-place winners and discounts on plants for Bloom participants.

This year’s overall winner was Terence Poje of Strauss Drive, who took first place in the Residential Entire Yard Landscaping, Medium-Sized Lot category, as well as the Lu Walter “Best in Bloom” award. The judges noted the arbor of New Dawn roses and combination of evergreens, perennials and annuals, commenting that “every view is lovely while maintaining a secluded feel.”

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:42 AM, 08.07.2012

Herb Guild awards scholarships at annual luncheon

On August 1, the Herb Guild held its 28th annual Scholarship Luncheon with a theme of: "A Single Rose Can Be My Garden; a Single Friend My World." Three hundred guests were in attendance as three deserving high school graduates each received a $1,400 scholarship award toward their further academic education.

To be eligible for the Herb Guild scholarship, students must be pursuing studies in horticulture, ecology, environmental sciences or a related field. Each one of these bright students will be majoring in environmental studies.

Michael Jindra is a recent graduate of Padua Franciscan High School. He will be attending Ohio State University this fall and will be majoring in environmental engineering and minoring in entrepreneurship. This summer, one of his objectives was to introduce fair trade into local high schools. Michael said his long term goal would be “to make sustainable choices accessible to a broader population.”

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:43 AM, 08.07.2012