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Bay playground project nearing completion of first phase

Play in Bay is a feather in the cap of all Bay Village residents. After 20 years, the work of many is not forgotten. One cannot pass this structure without remembering how much time and heart went into it.

For those new to Bay, volunteers built the playground in 1995. Bay Village Kiwanis played a major role in financing, building and scheduling. Volunteer Connie Deiken said she learned to use power tools that she never expected to use in her lifetime. Kim Campbell said the work was difficult and despite going home tired, they built a camaraderie among the group that remains today.

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

Bay Kiwanis Club installs new members

At the October meeting the Bay Village Kiwanis Club installed three new members. Conducting the installation was club president, George MacDonald. The club was founded in 1950 and has 42 members. The club is noted as the sponsor of Bay Days, semi-annual pancake breakfasts and the annual Christmas Tree sales.

Each year the club awards over $16,000 in college scholarships to Bay High graduating seniors. All Bay High students that maintain a 3.6 grade point average are recognized at their annual Academic Achievement Night held at Bay High School. More information on the club is available on their Facebook page, Bay Village Kiwanis.

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Volume 7, Issue 20, Posted 10:04 AM, 10.20.2015

Cleveland Miniaturia Society holds Alice-themed show on Oct. 10

Something really cool is happening on Saturday, Oct. 10! Cleveland Miniaturia Society is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll's  "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." For a century and a half this much loved children's book has delighted us. We have fallen down the rabbit hole with Alice, taken tea with her and the Mad Hatter, been maddened by the Cheshire Cat, and had to convince the Queen of Hearts we didn't steal her tarts! 

Join CMS down the rabbit hole, at the Don Umerley Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the club's 44th annual show, where members will exhibit their favorite Alice characters, in miniature!

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Volume 7, Issue 19, Posted 8:58 AM, 10.06.2015

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center suggests eyes to the sky on Sept. 27

A total lunar eclipse will be observable in the night sky on Sunday, Sept. 27. No special equipment, telescopes or eye protection are required to enjoy the phenomena. Simply step outdoors and turn your eyes to the sky! Spectators can expect to see the full, white moon gradually turning red.

A lunar eclipse occurs when the moon travels through Earth’s shadow in space. The Earth’s shadow is actually not black, as some may expect, but red. This is the result of the planet’s atmosphere acting as a prism and reflecting the red color onto the moon.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:04 AM, 09.15.2015

Bay Alumni Foundation announces 2015 HOF inductees

The Bay Alumni Foundation is honored to announce the 2015 inductees for the Bay High School Distinguished Alumni / Educator Hall of Fame. The Bay High HOF has recognized exemplary lifetime contributions to male and female participants as far back as 1931 and currently has over 65 members. A full list of prior inductees can be viewed at www.bayalumni.com.

“The 2015 inductees – both alumni and educators – are individuals who have dedicated their time and talent to a highly diverse set of organizations, activities and occupations – all of them being highly accomplished and dedicated to excellence in many unique areas," said Lee Rohlke, president Bay High Alumni Foundation. "Their commitment to Bay High School, the city of Bay Village, fellow classmates, co-workers, many civic and volunteer organizations was, and is, phenomenal and greatly appreciated.”

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:10 AM, 09.15.2015

Mystery writer Les Roberts will sign new book in Westlake

Mystery writer Les Roberts will meet and greet fans and autograph copies of his new book, "The Ashtabula Hat Trick," on Saturday Oct. 3, from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers; 198 Crocker Park Blvd. in Westlake. The event is free and open to the public.

"The Ashtabula Hat Trick" is No. 18 in the series featuring Milan Jacovich (pronounced MY-lan YOCK-ovich), the Slovenian-American private investigator from Cleveland.

When Milan's beau – and Cleveland homicide detective – Tobe Blaine is tasked to investigate the first-ever murder in nearby Queenstown, Ohio, the two pack their bags for a trip to rural Ashtabula County. After another affluent citizen turns up dead, they discover that this small town has big secrets.

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Volume 7, Issue 18, Posted 9:00 AM, 09.15.2015

From hero to victim

Bay teen's bike stolen while rescuing dog

My name is Dillon. You may remember me from my previous articles about saving Peanut the dog three years ago. Incredibly, I am back now with another dog story.

Monday evening, Aug. 3, I read a post on a Facebook page that a lost dog was running past the Bayway Cabin, (Kiddie Kollege), and fell 50-feet down a nearby cliff! After reading this, I got on my bike to try and find her. I was going to look where she was last seen by the cabin and walk up the creek from there, but the Lord was pulling me in a different direction. 

I ended up at the bottom of the Cahoon Park sledding hill. Because I was in such a rush, I got off my bike and threw it behind a large bush. I leaped over the creek, and was going to continue alongside it, but again, God led me to hike up the other side of the cliff. At the top, I turned to my left, and within an instant, I saw the dog.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 12:08 PM, 08.14.2015

St John Medical Center ownership transfers to UH

The Sisters of Charity Health System (SCHS) and University Hospitals (UH) have signed an agreement to transfer sole ownership of St. John Medical Center in Westlake to UH. The announcement follows a five-year agreement under which UH was the managing member of their co-ownership of the hospital. The agreement is expected to be finalized within 60 days, subject to regulatory review.

St. John Medical Center is a 204-bed, full-service, nonprofit, acute care hospital providing comprehensive health care to residents of western Cuyahoga and eastern Lorain counties. The medical center, which has been co-owned by UH and SCHS since 1999, is a leading provider of Catholic health care.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:44 AM, 09.01.2015

Clague Playhouse embarks on jewelry search

The Annual Jewelry Heist, now in its sixth year, has become a popular fundraiser for Clague Playhouse. It begins with reaching its hand out to the community for costume jewelry. Last season, during its Christmas-show sale, it earned more than $4,000. 

Imagine the bulk of trinkets, necklaces, bracelets, pearls, semi-precious jewels and artisan ware that were needed to reach that level of success. Theater patrons have shown their support with donations, and when visiting the theater they marvel at the variety and prices available to them. Fun begins in the lobby before the production, during intermission and after the show.

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Volume 7, Issue 17, Posted 8:48 AM, 09.01.2015

New Westlake Jewish center to host High Holiday services in September

The local Jewish population has a new place to congregate with the opening of a Jewish center in Westlake, serving the western suburbs of Cleveland. “Chabad of the West Side” is now in operation, featuring Jewish education for adults and children, and Jewish cultural and social events.

“We are ecstatic about this new milestone,” says Rabbi Mendel Jacobs, who will be directing the center along with his wife, Devorah.

After their marriage in 2014, the couple has taken up this post offered to them by the regional directors of Chabad’s global Jewish outreach movement in Northeast Ohio, Rabbi Leibel and Devorah Alevsky.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:40 AM, 08.18.2015

Herb Guild awards scholarships

The Herb Guild Garden Club’s 31st annual scholarship luncheon took place on Aug. 5 at the Avon Oaks Country Club. Two scholarship recipients were each given a $2,000 scholarship. This year’s recipients are Megan Urig, a graduate of Midview High School in Grafton, and Natasha Daniels, a graduate of the Cuyahoga Valley Career Center.

Megan will be attending The Ohio State University’s Agricultural College where she will be studying agricultural and animal science. Natasha is attending Johnson and Wales University in North Carolina where she is studying culinary management. Natasha was not present at the luncheon, as she has already started the school year.

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Volume 7, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.18.2015

Turtle thanks Kiwanians for remodeled home

While a thrilled 5-year-old camper looks on, Amy LeMonds, director of wildlife at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, introduces an Eastern Box Turtle to its newly expanded indoor-outdoor habitat at the Bay Village center’s Sam Engler Turtle Exhibit.

Bay Village Kiwanis Club members expended 100 hours to add outdoor recreation facilities for the turtle collection. Also pictured are Kiwanis work crew chief Foster McMasters and President Kelly Applegate Baon.

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Volume 7, Issue 15, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.04.2015

Bay Sea Scout achieves highest rank

Congratulations to 2015 Bay High graduate, Nathan Cullinan, on receiving the Quartermaster Award, the highest rank in Sea Scouts. The award was presented to Nate after he sat through a Board of Review composed of four scout leaders with over a hundred years’ experience. Nate was quizzed on his leadership skills and the lessons learned during his tenure in Sea Scouts. The board was particularly challenging as it was chaired by Mark Bobal, a retired U.S. Coast Guard Commander. 

Mr. Bobal, who presently serves as the Passenger Vessel Safety Specialist for the 9th Coast Guard District stated that, "Nate was ready for all the questions we could send his way." The nautical questions which Mr. Bobal asked stemmed from his service on board the Arctic Icebreaker, CGC Westwind and over 30 years in the Marine Safety Inspection field.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 9:20 AM, 07.21.2015

Westlake firefighters honored with two awards

The Westlake Fire Department received two awards at the July 2 Westlake City Council meeting.

The first, presented by the American Heart Association, was the organization’s Mission Lifeline Silver Award, which recognized the Westlake Fire Department’s high standard of cardiac care and transport of patients suffering from a STEMI, a severe heart attack that requires urgent treatment to prevent death. Of the 1,400 agencies in the state that provide emergency services, only 51 received the award.

The second award was a recognition from St. John Medical Center for excellent care of cardiovascular patients for the year 2014.

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Volume 7, Issue 14, Posted 10:17 AM, 07.07.2015

Bay Village Foundation plans anniversary gift to residents

In celebration of its 20th year, The Bay Village Foundation voted last month to approve two major projects. Trustees voted to make an anniversary gift to the families of Bay Village by refurbishing and adding new features to the Play in Bay playground in Cahoon Memorial Park.

Twenty years ago, Bay Village city council set up a private fund to help two groups of volunteers that were raising funds for the Play in Bay playground and for the expansion of the Bay Way Cabin. Council President T. Richard Martin suggested that a separate fund be set up to act as a private account to hold the incoming funds during the drives. The new fund was called The Future of Bay.

Both groups succeeded in their goals and both facilities are in heavy use. Rather than close the fund, then-Mayor Tom Jelepis, law director Gary Ebert and then-Councilman Wayne Reese elected to keep the fund and to apply for non-profit status. Over the years it became The Bay Village Foundation.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 10:19 AM, 07.07.2015

Bay Days fireworks committee wraps fundraising year with donation, prizes

There were fireworks at this year's Bay Days celebration thanks to corporate sponsor Sunnyside Auto Group, Assistant to the Mayor Sue Kohl who spearheaded the sale of Bay Village-branded items, the Freedom Boat Club and the many individuals who donated money or purchased raffle tickets to support the cause.

Eric Eakin, chairperson of the Bay Days Fireworks Fund, presented a check during the June 29 City Council meeting to Mayor Deborah Sutherland to help pay for the fireworks display.

"The Bay Days fireworks display is now mostly privately funded, so our committee works hard to make sure that we all can enjoy a grand fireworks display on our nation's birthday," Eakin said. "After all, what would Bay Days be without fireworks? That's right: a dud."

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 10:31 AM, 07.07.2015

Lunch with a food critic

Are you curious about a new restaurant that recently opened? Or maybe you want to know about new trends on the dining scene in Cleveland. 

Join the Westlake Garden Club on Wednesday, Sept. 23, and get the answers from the food critic. The garden club’s annual fundraiser luncheon is being held at Westwood Country Club with guest speaker Joe Crea, food and restaurant editor for The Plain Dealer. Joe is a tenacious, evocative and empathetic interviewer, drawing introspective and unexpected perspective from interviewees. Plan to be entertained and enlightened as Joe shares his knowledge and experiences with us.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.07.2015

Celebrating a Bay Village historianís birthday

Sally Price celebrated her birthday with friends and family during a summer cookout at Normandy Manor in Rocky River with gifts from family and members of the community.

Sally, a knowledgeable keeper of the history of Bay Village, also headed Baycrafters and was the organization’s guiding force for several decades and had an office in the red caboose on the arts campus.

Nancy Heaton of BAYarts provided a birthday gift of a painting of the caboose, and the Observer presented a framed copy of an article about Sally that recently ran in the newspaper.

Her daughters fondly remembered the caboose from their youth, “We used to play inside there when mom used it as her office,” said Vicki Lubin-Price.

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Volume 7, Issue 13, Posted 9:55 AM, 06.16.2015

Having a field day with amateur radio

Over the weekend of June 27-28, if one should happen to stumble upon a group of people in a park, or other public space, gathered around an array of radio gear connected to wires hanging from trees or strange-looking antennae, don’t be alarmed. This probably won’t be a group of folks trying to help E.T. phone home; it will most likely be a collection of amateur radio operators participating in the annual American Radio Relay League Field Day contest.

Founded on April 6, 1914, in Hartford Connecticut, the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has evolved to be the most prominent advocacy organization for the Amateur Radio Service in the United States. The ARRL organizes a wide range of educational and radio hobby related activities throughout the year, among them being a variety of over-the-air contests.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:29 AM, 06.16.2015

Bay Village middle schooler wins Love-A-Stray 5K

Love-A-Stray’s fourth annual Fur Fun 5K and Dog Walk attracted over 400 participants to the campus of Avon Lake High School on Sunday, April 26. The 5K stepped off at 9 a.m. with 339 runners and walkers, followed by a 1-mile dog walk at 11 a.m. that included 100 walkers and their four-legged companions.

According to volunteer race coordinator Andrea Sheetz, the event was a great success even though last year’s attendance was about 10 percent higher.

The Fur Fun event also included pet- and wellness-oriented vendors, two local rescue groups with adoptable pets, raffle baskets and a pre-event T-shirt contest. The dog walk participants received a nylon backpack filled with goodies for their four-legged friends.

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Volume 7, Issue 12, Posted 9:37 AM, 06.16.2015

Fireworks committee draws first raffle winner

The Bay Days fireworks fund committee awarded the first of two raffle prizes, a one-year membership in the Freedom Boat Club. The winner was longtime Bay Village resident Tom Dunn, who called himself “a sometimes boater, without a boat.” The winning ticket was drawn outside city hall on Memorial Day by 3-year-old Eliot Beal, who was in attendance with his mother, Claudia, and brother, Henry.

Raffle tickets are still available for the Cavaliers package, which includes a great pair of tickets to 10 games next season, plus a "swag bag" of Cavaliers goodies, like a T-shirt, notebook, water bottle and more. The package is valued at more than $800. The deadline to purchase tickets is July 4. All the details, plus a PayPal button for cash donations, can be found on the group's website, bayfireworks.org.

All money raised from raffle ticket sales and donations go directly to help fund the annual Bay Days fireworks spectacular on July 4.

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Volume 7, Issue 11, Posted 10:16 AM, 06.02.2015

Improving economy, budget cuts help Bay Village sail on

As a rising tide lifts all boats, the waves of economic progress appear to be reaching Bay Village’s symbolic sailboat. In her May 12 State of the City address to the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Deborah Sutherland stressed a continued emphasis on cutting costs and taking advantage of available resources, but does see hope on the horizon.

While overall revenues are still down, property and income tax collections in 2014 were up more than 3 percent over the previous year, an indicator to Sutherland that municipalities are catching up to the rebounding economy. Coupled with cost-saving measures that have reduced general fund expenses, the city is back to bringing in more money than it outlays, but is still working to overcome the loss of estate tax revenue.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.19.2015

Westlake athlete kicks it up a notch

Growing up in Westlake, Lauren Acker was well-recognized for her achievements on the soccer field. But today she is making a name for herself in a different sport – tackle football.

This past March, Lauren was contacted with a tryout offer from the Cleveland Fusion, a women’s full-tackle football team. The Fusion is one of 40 teams in the country that make up the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) league, one of the largest in the history of women’s football. 

Lauren, who has played sports for as long as she can remember, thought it would be a great experience. She played basketball and soccer in elementary and middle school; when she entered high school, she decided to devote her time solely to soccer.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.19.2015

Bay Village parade vehicles needed

The Bay Village American Legion wants to make sure that all veterans who wish to ride in the annual Memorial Day Parade have transportation. Anyone who has a convertible and is willing to drive a veteran in the parade should call Geoff at 440-835-4078.

The parade is scheduled for Monday, May 25, and will start at 8:45 a.m. from the Huntington Beach North parking lot and proceed west on Lake Road to the Lakeside Cemetery for a presentations by VFW Commander Fred Green and Reverend Dennis Stylski. The Bay High Band will provide patriotic music and the Brownies will lay flowers at the graves of the veterans buried there.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.19.2015

Proud to have served

Bay Village resident Art Zimmerman, an Army veteran, proudly displays a banner outside his home on Bruce Road to remind passersby of the true meaning of Memorial Day.

“With all of the holiday activities – cookouts, parties, golf games, swimming – we often forget what Memorial Day is really about,” Art said. “Historically, the day was a time to remember those friends and relatives that contributed their lives to create a better America. This is my humble way of reminding everyone what the purpose of Memorial Day is all about.”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.19.2015

O'Neill Healthcare awards nursing scholarships to 4 local standouts

Each spring, O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village awards four scholarships to local graduating high school seniors who are planning to pursue a career in healthcare. Candidates are required to complete a scholarship application, submit academic letters of recommendation and write an essay about their reason for pursuing a healthcare career. 

The four recipients for 2015 are Maddie Voiers of Bay High School, who will be attending Ohio University; Amelia Conroy of Avon Lake High School, who will be attending the University of Cincinnati; Mary Chudy of Magnificat High School and Samantha Neumann of Westlake High School, who will both be attending The Ohio State University.

All of this year’s winners will be studying nursing. Congratulations and best wishes to these very talented young women!

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.19.2015

Blue star banners for families of active military

Bay Village American Legion Post #385 is offering blue star service banners to parents or spouses of active duty military personnel. These banners can be displayed in the home to show that a family member is serving their country as a member of the military. For information on how to obtain a banner, call 440-899-9343.

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Volume 7, Issue 9, Posted 9:21 AM, 05.05.2015

Fitness equipment coming to Cahoon Park walking trail

The Cahoon Park walking trail on the north side of Lake Road serves as a memorial to past and present Bay Village residents. Here along the shores of Lake Erie lies a beautiful place for an outing, a place to remember our loved ones memorialized on bronze plaques, a quiet place to walk or meditate and, soon, to improve fitness of body and mind.

Last year, Bay Village residents Barry Tyo and Clete Miller proposed the idea of adding three outdoor fitness equipment stations along the T. Richard Martin Walking Trail in Cahoon Park. The intended target audience is adults seeking to improve their fitness by engaging in activities like step-ups, seated dips and other strength-building exercises while enjoying our beautiful lakefront park.

View a computer rendering with station sites and equipment diagrams.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:40 AM, 04.21.2015

Westlake Center room dedicated in honor of former director

On Wednesday, April 8, the Westlake Center for Community Services unveiled the Joyce Able Schroth Room. The dedication of this room was something that the Community Services staff planned in honor of the now retired director for her 15 years of leadership. 

Mayor Dennis Clough, members of the Community Services Advisory Board, Community Services staff and other city staff were on hand with Joyce, her husband Tom, son and daughter-in-law Michael and Catherine, and grandson Zane to witness the unveiling and celebrate the dedication of this room.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:43 AM, 04.21.2015

Bay Village hydrant flushing begins May 4

Our annual hydrant flushing will begin Monday, May 4, and will be completed, weather permitting, by early to mid-June. Each year we test and flush every hydrant in the city to ensure proper function, pressure and maintenance. 

As in past years, we will keep residents aware of our daily progress through the city, as we work from the east side of the city to the west side, by posting temporary signs. We also notify City Hall each morning of our work area for the day. Please note that hydrants are flushed between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

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Volume 7, Issue 8, Posted 9:32 AM, 04.21.2015

Father-daughter soap box team breaking stereotypes

Team Samoa is busting stereotypes and taking names. The team of five Junior Girl Scouts from Troop 70255 of Westlake are out to prove that Soap Box Derby Racing is not only a father-son activity.

The ambitious fourth-graders and their skillful fathers are racing in the 2015 Gravity Racing Challenge in Cleveland on April 25.

Breaking away from the stereotypical mother-daughter activities, the five young ladies are exposing themselves to new opportunities and challenges. The girls are proving that they can get their hands dirty and break a sweat just like the boys.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:59 AM, 04.07.2015

Home improvement the focus of Bay Village town hall meeting

The city of Bay Village will host a home improvement workshop for residents Monday, April 20, 7 p.m. at the Dwyer Memorial Center, Mayor Debbie Sutherland announced during the March 30 City Council meeting. The workshop, which takes the place of a traditional town hall meeting, will inform residents about resources to improve their homes.

“What we want to do is connect residents with options in terms of low-interest loans and professional guidance on how they can improve their properties, which we hope and believe will result in higher values for resale and higher tax values for the city and the community at large,” Bay Village City Council President Paul Koomar said during the Council session.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 1:38 PM, 04.07.2015

Bay Village law director speaks to Kiwanis

Bay Village Law Director Gary Ebert spoke to the Bay Village Kiwanis Club at their recent meeting about his 30 years experience as city law director. He discussed the Amy Mihaljevic abduction, the purchase of the Walker Road soccer fields, the early retirement of Mayor Jim Cowles and the reduction of train traffic through the city.

His comments included a number of subjects related to the city's history. Prior to serving as law director, he served as a city councilman.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:51 AM, 04.07.2015

Larry Lessig to speak on money in politics April 17

Harvard Law Professor and political activist Lawrence Lessig will give a lecture entitled “How Money (in Politics) Matters” on Friday, April 17, at 5 p.m. in the Moot Court Room of the Cleveland Marshall College of Law, 1801 Euclid Ave.

The one-hour lecture is being presented by the Cleveland Marshall College of Law with the co-sponsorship of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland. The lecture is free and open to the public, and one free CLE credit will be available. Refreshments will follow the lecture.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 9:54 AM, 04.07.2015

Cleveland Water's 2014 water quality report now available

Water quality is essential to all of us – and the quality of our water affects the quality of our lives. Cleveland Division of Water is committed to providing its customers safe, high-quality drinking water.

That is why the division maintains a rigorous quality control program and continues to invest substantial financial resources to improve our water treatment facilities and distribution system. Our water is constantly monitored and tested. The water produced and delivered by Cleveland Water far exceeds the most stringent water quality standards currently mandated by federal and state water regulations, and last year was no exception.

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

Volunteer effort helps dog in need

The power and the passion of the volunteers, our animal loving community and, in my personal opinion, the power of prayer made for a very happy day on the shores of Lake Erie in Bay Village this past Friday.

Volunteers from Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, Love A Stray Dog Division out of Avon Lake, the Francati family and Baepler families, along with a few others kept social media whirling about the little black Labrador retriever stuck out on the lake. A Bay Village resident opened her home to media for warmth and food as they too monitored the situation. The Bay police and fire departments logged over 100 calls each just on Friday.

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Volume 7, Issue 7, Posted 5:30 PM, 03.21.2015

Miss America Scholarship Pageant has ties to Westlake

On Feb. 28, the Miss Greater Cleveland Scholarship Pageant was held at Parma-Snow Library in front of an impressive crowd and with much fanfare. After almost a half-century of running this beloved program, Sylvia Jensen of North Royalton, along with her husband, Harvey, officially retired. Stepping in to carry on the tradition is new executive director, Charmae Cottom, who named Westlake resident Christine Tolaro Gruttadauria as producer.

Christine is a 1984 graduate of Westlake High School, where she was very active in the music and drama programs. All those involved are volunteers who work year-round to raise funds in order to provide college scholarship money to intelligent, talented and community-minded young women.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.17.2015

Bay Village clock to get needed repair

At the end of last year, The Bay Village Foundation launched an initiative to repair the City Hall clock, which had been inoperative for several years. The funds have been raised and work will soon commence to restore the clock to working order.

Quotes were obtained from two separate companies and The Verdin Company of Cincinnati was selected. Representatives of The Bay Village Foundation and the Bay Historical Society assisted with confirming the scope of the work to be completed.

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

Village Bicycle Cooperative welcomes volunteers

Do you know what truing is? Ever heard of a shadow board? Know how to inventory bikes?  

Neither did the seven volunteers from Great Lakes Brewing Company but by the end of an evening at Village Bicycle Cooperative, they did.

On Tuesday, March 10, employees from the Great Lakes Brewing Company visited the VBC shop in the Bay Village Community House to learn more about our homegrown organization. Lexi Lindway, GLBC community relations assistant, stated that the company has started an in-house volunteering program and what interested her about VBC was its sustainability policy and the impact biking has on the environment. 

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:52 AM, 03.17.2015

Vintage decoy collectors to join with antique and sporting art dealers at March show

Vintage duck decoy dealers from across the country will gather to buy, sell and display items from their collections on Friday and Saturday, March 20 and 21, at the Hilton DoubleTree, formerly the Westlake Holiday Inn, 1100 Crocker Road, as part of the Antique and American Folk Art Show. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 9:44 AM, 03.17.2015