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Service project to simulate African water walk

Did you know that children in Africa walk miles each day just for water? Did you know the water they collect is dirty and can cause people to get sick and in some cases die? Our Destination Imagination team wants to help!

On Saturday, Nov. 12, starting at the Bay High School parking lot, we are doing a simulation on how it feels in Africa to walk and get water. Everyone is going to experience the kinds of dangers Africans face when they walk for water. Our Destination Imagination team will guide you around town for the simulation. Don’t worry we won’t make you walk as long as they do. We are going to walk about an hour, but it will truly feel like you are in Africa walking to get water.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.01.2016

BVHS offers century-home plaques

Bay Village resident Al Hilt recently purchased a century home plaque for his Lake Road home through the Bay Village Historical Society. The plaques, made of cast aluminum and colored black and gold, are 10 inches by 14 inches oval, and include the words "Bay Village Century Home" and the year of construction. The cost is $125, which includes a one-year membership in the society. For more information call 216-386-5997.

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Volume 8, Issue 21, Posted 10:08 AM, 11.01.2016

USDA notice for Parkside Preschool & Child Care Center

Parkside Preschool & Child Care Center at 23600 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, Ohio 44145 announces sponsorship of the USDA-funded Child and Adult Care Food Program. In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877- 8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202)690-7442; or (3) email: program.intake@usda.gov.
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.

The following Income Eligibility Guidelines for free and reduced price meals are effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 12:27 PM, 10.12.2016

Westlake Garden Club fundraiser a success

On Sept. 28, over 200 people gathered at Westwood Country Club to attend the Westlake Garden Club’s annual Fête des Fleurs fundraiser luncheon.

The rain held off and there was even some sunshine peeking through the clouds. The room was stunning with white linens, centerpieces of white hydrangeas with greenery and green beads forming an emerald necklace. The theme was celebrating Cleveland’s Emerald Necklace with Brian Zimmerman, CEO of the Cleveland Metroparks, as speaker.

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Volume 8, Issue 20, Posted 10:20 AM, 10.18.2016

Playground project reaches fundraising goal

“The generosity of Bay Village citizens cannot be matched," said Al Paulus in thanking the residents of Bay Village for their contributions to the Play in Bay project. The president of The Bay Village Foundation announced that the project's fundraising goal was met. Because of that generosity, the Foundation has now raised over $100,000 for the refurbishment of the playground. Phases 2 and 3 of the project will be completed in November. The Foundation plans a grand re-opening in the spring. 

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:02 AM, 10.04.2016

St. Paul Lutheran students celebrate new Buddy Bench

The students of St. Paul Lutheran School in Westlake took part in a special assembly to celebrate the school’s new Buddy Bench on Thursday, Sept. 29. Materials for the Buddy Bench were donated by Thrivent Financial and assembled by the St. Paul Cub Scouts Pack 279. All students attended Connecting for Kids' "Beyond the Bench" training program in their classrooms prior to the assembly, led by Dr. Meghan Barlow.

The purpose of the Buddy Bench is to foster friendships by providing children with a tool to identify those that want a peer to play with at recess and encourage those already engaged in play to invite others to join in the fun.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:00 AM, 10.04.2016

Westlake hospice receives rocking chairs to comfort families in need

A very special event was held in the Great Room of Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake recently. It was not just the dedication of 10 custom-built rocking chairs. It was also a family reunion, a celebration of life and love, and a way for a hospice family to say thank you. The rocking chairs were made especially for Hospice of the Western Reserve and its affiliate, Hospice of Medina County, so that babies and young children can be comforted, cuddled and rocked.  

The story behind this generous donation from the Strongsville-based Eleonore Rocks Foundation is truly inspiring. In November 2009, Rochelle and Dave Friedrich were expecting their third child. Sadly, Eleonore died only five days after she was born. In the family's own words: “While Eleonore was only with us for a short time, she left quite an impression and reminded us just how precious life is. Eleonore Grace rocked our lives in a way that words cannot fully express. We established this foundation to honor Eleonore's memory and to support other families enduring similar heartaches.”

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:06 AM, 10.04.2016

Westlake camp honors supporters

The Phil Bova Baseball Camp, which is held on the grounds of the Westlake Recreation Center and has become a summer tradition for many area families, recently celebrated its 43rd year of teaching the proper fundamentals of baseball – as well as the principles of discipline, dedication, responsibility and respect for others – to over 200 area boys and girls, ranging in age from 7 to 14 years old.

At the conclusion of the five-day camp this summer, an awards ceremony was held, where founder Phil Bova and director Jim Delvecchio introduced the staff of 36 coaches and counselors to parents, grandparents, families and friends, along with presenting individual awards to the campers and trophies to winners in each age group.

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Volume 8, Issue 19, Posted 9:04 AM, 10.04.2016

Westlake celebrates career of dedicated public servant

Have you noticed anything different lately around Westlake’s parks, golf course and recreation center? If not, you might want to check your spectacles and look again. A familiar presence disappeared when Mike Rump, a longtime public servant in the city of Westlake, retired as assistant director of the recreation department on Sept. 16.

Rump, a 51-year resident of Westlake, began his tenure with the city as a councilman in 1984, serving nearly 15 years. Shortly after the recreation center opened in 1998, Rump asked Mayor Dennis Clough for an appointment to work in the growing department.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 10:12 AM, 09.20.2016

Bay Village Scout earns Eagle rank

Maxwell Kunze, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on June 12. Max becomes the Troop's 148th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Todd and Kelly Kunze.

For his Eagle service project, Max's team repaired and painted the BAYarts Huntington House porch in memory of Sally Price. Visit troop41.wordpress.com for more information about Boy Scout Troop 41.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:48 AM, 09.20.2016

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Sept. 14, 2016

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Bobst's office prepares official minutes.

Present: Mayors Bobst (Rocky River), Patton (Fairview Park) and Kennedy (North Olmsted)

Absent: Mayors Clough (Westlake), Summers (Lakewood) and Sutherland (Bay Village)

Director of Regional Collaboration Ed Krause, Director of Public Safety & Justice Services Brandy Carney, and Director of Regional Corrections Ken Mills spoke about the value of consolidating police, fire and EMS dispatch services within and across city lines. Centralized dispatch, now the national standard, changes the dynamics of responding to and resolving crimes and emergencies. Rather than transferring calls among agencies, all required services are marshaled at once. County Councilman Dave Greenspan noted that decreased response times translate to lower homeowner's insurance.

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

WCOG mayors host FAA Metroplex project discussion

Satellite navigation is coming to Cleveland-Detroit airspace as part of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) NextGen Metroplex project. Most airplanes already navigate with GPS, but their routes are defined by land-based "navigation aids." Satellite navigation will free routes from these physical constraints and enable the FAA to draw new, more efficient highways in the sky. Benefits include fuel, personnel and time savings; increased safety, flexibility, capacity and reliability; and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.

Hopkins, Burke Lakefront, and Cuyahoga County airports are included in the project. Arrival flight paths are constrained by existing runways. Departure paths are more flexible, offering the opportunity for planes to get on route more quickly.

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Volume 8, Issue 18, Posted 9:40 AM, 09.20.2016

New teachers welcomed with luncheon

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce held its annual luncheon to welcome new educators and administrators to the Westlake and Bay Village city school districts. Pictured, from left, with district initial: Kelsy Wermer (B), Angie Schindler (W), Angela Wetula (W), Dana Bail (W), Kim Ray (B), Victoria Budzyn (B), Kara Donahoe (B), Laura Hall (B), Tara Obral (W), Angela Wetula (W), Nora Brady (W), Matt Krupa (W), Lisa Zollos (W), Katie Esarove (W), Erin Vanek (W) and Kim McFetridge (W).

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:02 AM, 09.07.2016

LWV to host candidate forum

The League of Women Voters will host a candidate forum for District 16 State Representative and District 24 State Senator on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. in Westlake Porter Public Library. The incumbents for both seats, Nan Baker and Tom Patton, have reached their term limits. State Representative candidates are Tommy Greene and Dave Greenspan. State Senator candidates are Matt Dolan and Emily Hagan. Candidates will give brief statements and answer audience questions.  

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:13 AM, 09.07.2016

Westlake Kiwanis win Golden Spike

The Kiwanis Clubs of Westlake and Bay Village held their annual interclub meeting at Bay Lodge on Aug. 21. The evening concluded with the awarding of the Golden Spike to the club with the highest percentage of membership attendance.

Westlake won this year’s friendly competition. The trophy is actually a nickel-plated railroad spike, in reference to the Nickel Plate Railroad which divided the two townships at the turn of the century.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:22 AM, 09.07.2016

Westlake services to usher in Jewish New Year

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the Jewish High Holidays marking the start of a new year, are to be celebrated this October.

The Chabad center in Westlake, a religious organization serving the spiritual needs of the Jewish community in Cleveland's western suburbs is also celebrating: It's been one full year since we opened here in Westlake.

The response of the locals has been just wonderful; holiday programs, educational programs, and social events have attracted large crowds throughout the year, and the staff at Chabad are preparing for another exciting year to come.

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

Draw the lines, make the rules

Democrats do it. Republicans do it. Independents would do it if they could, but they seldom get the chance. In 1812, when Massachusetts Governor Gerry redrew state senate districts to benefit his party, one Boston-area district was dubbed a salamander. Since 2011, our Northwest Ohio district has been called "the snake by the lake." Either way, it's called gerrymandering.

If you're interested in politics, come to the Westshore Unitarian Universalist Church, 20401 Hilliard Blvd. in Rocky River, on Friday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. David Daley, editor of Salon magazine and author of "Ratf**ked: The True Story Behind the Secret Plan to Steal America's Democracy," will explain what was different about the latest gerrymander, and what it will take to draw new lines in Ohio and other states.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:12 AM, 09.07.2016

Does your vote really count?

In Ohio, we have three safeguards to ensure accurate vote counts: VVPAT, EAP, and a "Noah's Ark" system.

VVPAT: Every Ohio ballot must have a Voter Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT). Ohioans vote on either a paper ballot or an electronic screen that produces a paper record. Either way, you can check your vote on paper, and officials can hand-count votes in audits and recounts.

EAP: Before every general election, each county Board of Elections must prepare an Election Administration Plan (EAP) detailing everything from personnel to facilities, supplies and security. EAPs are available for public review.

Noah's Ark: Ohio requires that all election aspects be administered by teams of two whose members come from different parties, making ours one of the most secure systems in the nation.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:13 AM, 09.07.2016

Creative drone program allows hospice patients to 'fly back in time'

A walk along the beach to capture a spectacular Lake Erie sunset, a visit to a much-loved family vacation destination … Hospice of the Western Reserve has found a way to allow patients and families at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake and other locations to re-live memories like these in real time through a program called "A Flight to Remember."

The innovative program – the first of its kind in the United States – is offered in partnership with Aerial Anthropology, a Cleveland-based provider of aerial videography and photography. It allows hospice patients to experience a live, bird’s-eye view of a place that is meaningful to them using drone technology. The experience is offered at no cost to patients and families cared for by Hospice of the Western Reserve and its affiliate, Hospice of Medina County.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 11:12 AM, 09.07.2016

Bay Kiwanis Club hosts Buckeye Boys and Girls

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club hosted the Bay High School delegates to the Buckeye Boys and Girls State programs at a dinner in August to honor their selection and participation in this annual event. For over 40 years this opportunity to spend a week with hundreds of other Ohio students learning first-hand how local and state government works has been made possible with underwriting and involvement of the Kiwanis and the American Legion Post #385. 

The Boys State is held at Bowling Green State University, and the Girls State is located at Mount Union College. Each delegate can run for office, be appointed to a government office or report on the legislation on activities of the city, county or state government.

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 10:58 AM, 09.07.2016

Bay Village resident organizes cancer benefit in honor of wife

Bay Village resident Greg Gogul was married only 10 months to his 28-year-old wife when they discovered she had stage 3 ovarian cancer. The next few months were filled with doctor appointments, chemotherapy and many hospital visits. After a seven-month struggle, Jess Boskocevic Gogul died. 

Within weeks of her death Gogul decided to do something in her honor and Sept. 17’s inaugural Run for Jess/girlpARTs fest in Cahoon Memorial Park in Bay Village is it. "Neither my wife nor myself knew anything about this silent killer. The idea behind this run and arts festival is to create awareness of the disease which has subtle symptoms that many women need to know about. If I can save one life from ovarian cancer it will all be worth it."

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Volume 8, Issue 17, Posted 10:58 AM, 09.07.2016

Sutherland moving on from public office, Bay Village

The longest chapter in Bay Village’s mayoral history will come to an abrupt conclusion on Oct. 1 when Mayor Deborah Sutherland leaves office 15 months before the end of her term. In an Aug. 9 press release and letter to residents, Sutherland stunned all but those closest to her in announcing her retirement.

“When I first took this job in 2000, I said that if the time ever came that I was required to manage minutia rather than drive big, transformative projects, it would be time for me to go,” the mayor wrote. “That time has come.”

Next in line to fill the vacancy is City Council President Paul Koomar. “The mayor’s retirement was a surprise to me and all members of council,” Koomar said. “We have been working very hard with the administration on large capital projects. That’s where our focus has been – moving in that direction.” Koomar plans to take some time to consider the position and discuss it with his family. Should he decline to serve as mayor, city ordinance provides that council is to appoint a successor by majority vote.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 10:04 AM, 08.16.2016

Troop 41 awards three Eagle Scouts

Three young men from Bay Village Troop 41 were honored at a ceremony held at Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church on Aug. 7. Nathaniel Hofford (Westlake), Kade Waffen (Bay Village), and Thomas Wetzel (Rocky River) have been working diligently for many years, and they just recently achieved their vision: to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest advancement rank in Scouting. There are many requirements that need to be fulfilled, such as earning 21 merit badges, or serving for six months at a position of responsibility within the troop. One of the more challenging requirements is completing a local service project.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:44 AM, 08.16.2016

Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters award scholarships

Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) is proud to announce four recent Westlake High School graduates who were awarded a WDAB Scholarship: Rebecca Essig, Jacob Kraft, Rebecca Prexta and William Reilly. Each recipient exhibited athletic prowess and leadership on and off the fields in their respective sports at Westlake High School and received a $500 scholarship from WDAB. 

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:48 AM, 08.16.2016

Rebecca Essig receives inaugural Jeffrey Owen Marriott scholarship

Rebecca Essig, a 2016 Westlake High School graduate, was awarded the first “Jeffrey Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship” at the Senior Awards Banquet Night earlier this year. The scholarship was established to celebrate the life and contributions of WHS 1992 alum, Jeffrey Marriott, who passed away suddenly in March 2015.

“We felt Rebecca exemplified Jeff’s character, principles, ambition and drive,” said Jeff Hammond, a friend and board member of the Jeffrey Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship. “Jeff was a scholar athlete at WHS and co-captained his football and basketball teams in 1992,” explained Hammond. “Rebecca demonstrated excellence and was a true leader on and off the fields at WHS. We felt she was a terrific recipient, mirroring Jeff’s caring, kind and considerate personality.”

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

Westlake launches curbside clothing and soft recyclables program

The City of Westlake is launching a new recycling program to collect textiles and soft recyclables for its more than 32,000 residents on Aug. 15. Solon-based Simple Recycling will manage curbside pickup of the acceptable items on residents’ regular rubbish and recycling collection day. 

“We are aware that many residents may already donate their used clothing to charities and we would encourage them to continue,” said Mayor Dennis Clough. “However, as much as 85 percent of unwanted clothing often ends up in a landfill. This program is another way that we can help reduce this negative impact on our environment with minimal effort and at no cost to residents or the City.”

Residents are being notified by postcard this week. A packet containing the bags, labels and a letter from the mayor will arrive in homes the following week. Additional supplies will be provided as needed for those households participating in the program.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:05 AM, 08.02.2016

Bay High students add color to Play in Bay

Several community members recently saw some examples of signage and graphics that made playgrounds more colorful and pleasing to the eye, and they brought these ideas to the attention of the Bay Village Foundation trustees, who are leading community efforts to refurbish Play in Bay. The Bay Village Foundation president, Al Paulus, contacted Bay High School and was put in touch with Applied Arts teacher, Tom Schemrich.

The Foundation trustees were excited by the prospect of Bay High students, many of whom played at Play in Bay when they were young, creating colorful signage for the renovation project. The Applied Arts students accepted the assignment, came up with the idea of putting colorful fish as signs naming a number of spots in the playground (e.g., Perch Porch, Walleye Walk, etc.) and immediately set to work creating the fish. Al Paulus, along with a few other Foundation trustees and students met with the Cahoon Park Trustees and with their approval added the signs to the playground. Students that worked on the project included: Lucy Aleksandrovic, Savannah Bingaman, Maddie Dieterich, Lauren Galloway, Kaylie Harden, Claire Mohney, Sarah O'Hare and Tallulah Swazey.

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Volume 8, Issue 13, Posted 9:28 AM, 07.06.2016

Bay resident participates in Transplant Games of America

After five wonderful and fun-filled days, the Transplant Games of America held in Cleveland are over. Nathan Hart, who will be a sixth-grader in the fall at the Bay Middle School, represented Team Ohio well by coming home with three medals!

The Transplant Games of America were held June 10-15. This was Nathan's first time participating in the Transplant Games and he was very excited to be on Team Ohio! He participated in the family walk, 1K cycling, golf singles, basketball and volleyball. He had a blast meeting other transplant recipients and many living donors and donor families from all over the country.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:31 AM, 06.21.2016

Bay Legion retires 800 flags

American Legion Post #385 in Westlake retires flags twice a year, Flag Day and Veterans Day. On June 14 this year, the Post retired more than 800 flags, many of which came from local cemeteries plus those provided by residents.

Flags are retired using full military honors, which begins with an inspection by the Sergeant at Arms, the Second Vice Commander and the First Vice Commander. Each inspection includes a description of how the flags were used: to mark the graves of those who died in defense of their country or those flags flown over buildings or homes. After the Commander determines that the flags have served their appropriate purpose, he will ask the Post Chaplain to offer a prayer over the flags then release the flags for retirement by fire. Taps and the national anthem are played as all in attendance salute the flags.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:36 AM, 06.21.2016

Bay Village residents encouraged to share ideas for city

The City of Bay Village is seeking resident input on the formation of a new master plan to guide future growth and development. A “public visioning” meeting will be held Tuesday, June 28, 7 p.m., at the Dwyer Center. Residents will have an opportunity to meet the advisory team from the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, and voice their suggestions on an array of subjects including city infrastructure, housing, recreation, sustainability, transportation and economic development.

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Volume 8, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.21.2016

Bay school guard retires after more than 34 years of service

School crossing guard Rose Quarick has retired after serving the city of Bay Village for nearly 35 years.

Rose was hired Sept. 14, 1981. When she was asked what she will remember from her many years of service, her reply was simple: “The kids.” Rose is one of the unsung heroes of our community whose work is vitally important in keeping our children safe. Rose has seen two generations of kids at her school crossing posts. Her smile will be missed by the many children she assisted every school year. 

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:43 AM, 06.07.2016

Library director moonlights as rock reveler

We all have day jobs, usually in a profession for which we were educated or trained. But most of us also have second lives, doing things we really enjoy and have a passion for. Such is the case for members of a local band, all of whom hail from Westlake, that rock out on the weekends around town. These Westlakers have careers as diverse as teacher, business executive and library director.

I stopped by Felix & Oscar’s Pub recently to check out this local band, The Screaming Armadillos (more about that name later), and to hear what their playlist included.

Expectations weren’t that high because these musicians are only weekenders and because we all have friends – of varying talents – that are in a band. But to my surprise, they were very talented instrumentalists with tight vocal harmonies and played a wide-ranging repertoire of songs by artists including REM, Queen, the Rolling Stones and Johnny Cash.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:41 AM, 06.07.2016

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Women’s Board members honored

The Women’s Board of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center enjoyed their annual spring luncheon at Cleveland Yacht Club on June 1, a perfect spring day for reminiscing with friends!

During social time, members and guests browsed through albums of pictures and news articles from past WB and Center events.

Two WB members, Mady Deter and Ellie Kirchner were honored for their 50-year membership with the Women’s Board and the Center.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.07.2016

Bay Village Foundation awards scholarships, grants

The Bay Village Foundation hosted its annual Memorial Day ceremony to dedicate permanent bronze plaques honoring James Potter, Richard Schier and Eileen Vernon, award scholarships to three Bay High seniors, and announce its 2016 grant recipients. The program, now in its 21st year, took place at Cahoon Park North and was emceed by Jon Loufman.

The T. Richard Martin Scholarship winner was Evan O'Donnell, and Abigail Christel and Joe Auckley were awarded Bay Village Foundation scholarships.

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 10:29 AM, 06.07.2016

Is it time to change that flag?

Now that Memorial Day is over and Flag Day is upon us, it might be time to take a closer look at that outdoor flag of yours. Has it faded from the sun or become torn from the winter winds?

If either of these situations has attacked your flag it just might be time to purchase a new flag. Many local stores carry them in stock at competitive prices. Just be sure to buy one that was Made in America.

This brings us to the next step, what do you do with the old flag?

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:43 AM, 06.07.2016

Local students receive nursing scholarships

Each spring, O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village is honored to award four scholarships to local graduating high school seniors planning to pursue a career in nursing. Each candidate is required to complete a scholarship application and write an essay about why they want to pursue a career in the healthcare, have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and have at least one academic letter of recommendation. 

The four recipients for 2016 are Ellie Irvine from Bay High School, who plans to study nursing at the University of Kentucky; Hayley McIntyre from Westlake High who plans on studying nursing at Xavier; Hannah Lieb of Avon who attends Magnificat and plans to study nursing at the University of Mount Union; and Mary Quinn of Avon Lake High who plans to study nursing at the University of Mount Union. Congratulations to all of these very talented young women!

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Volume 8, Issue 11, Posted 9:44 AM, 06.07.2016

Foundation to honor 3 Bay residents in annual ceremony

The Bay Village Foundation will host its annual Memorial Day ceremony to dedicate permanent bronze plaques honoring James Potter, Richard Schier and Eileen Vernon. The program, now in its 21st year, takes place at Cahoon Park North, under the tent, at approximately 10:30 a.m., immediately following the city’s Memorial Day observance at the Cahoon Park Gazebo.

The Potter family honored Jim with the plaque on his 80th birthday this month, celebrating his tremendous commitment to Bay Village through his involvement in numerous community organizations. Richard Schier, a veteran and resident of Bay, remembered the Bay Village Foundation in his will and is being honored for his service to the country and to the community. Eileen Vernon, charter member and longtime president of the Foundation, is being honored by her colleagues for 21 years of service to the Foundation and to Bay Village.

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

BVPD celebrates 10 years in 'new' station

The Bay Village Police Department is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its station house this month. In honor of the milestone, the department held an informal ceremony on May 6, welcoming Mayor Debbie Sutherland and Ruth Popovich, the city’s assistant finance director, for a trip down memory lane.

“We’re here because Ruth remembered that this month was our 10th anniversary,” said Chief Mark Spaetzel.

The finance department was heavily involved in the process, monitoring costs as the city dealt with legal and environmental issues that affected construction.

“We tracked every dime that went into this building,” Popovich recalled. “All the change orders and everything; it’s hard to walk in here and not think of the contractors, and the lawsuit and the ground remediation.”

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 11:06 AM, 05.17.2016

Westlake welcomes 2 new firefighter/paramedics

Two new firefighter/paramedics joined the Westlake Fire Department last month. Mayor Dennis Clough administered the oath of office to Patrick Crawford on April 6 and Christopher Molnar on April 19.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 9:55 AM, 05.17.2016

Bay Village police officers promoted

Two Bay Village police officers were promoted during a ceremony administered by Mayor Debbie Sutherland at City Hall prior to the May 10 City Council meeting.

Lt. Mark Palmer has been with the Bay Village Police Department since August 2010. He was promoted to lieutenant in charge of the Patrol Division. He is a drug recognition expert, is a member of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau’s Crisis Negotiation Team and was a field training officer. Lt. Palmer is married and has two children.

Sgt. Eric Tuisku has been with the Bay Village Police Department since October 2009. He was promoted to patrol sergeant in charge of the afternoon shift. Sgt Tuisku is a member of the Westshore Enforcement Bureau’s SWAT team. He has also served as a field training officer and a bike patrol officer.

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Volume 8, Issue 10, Posted 11:10 AM, 05.17.2016