Nature & Environment

'Alive with Learning for All' campaign gets boost from Bay Kiwanis

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center received a $2,000 contribution to the Center’s “Alive with Learning for All” campaign from the Bay Kiwanis Club in June.

The campaign will be used to fund renovation of the Center’s educational program areas and build the endowment. Bay Kiwanis decided to direct their gift to the planetarium, which will be transformed with a new digital projection system for full dome learning experiences.

“Bay Kiwanis’ gift will allow us to utilize astounding advances in digital technology in our space and space science programs,” said Executive Director Catherine Timko. “Our Planetarium staff members are understandably excited about the capabilities of the systems we have reviewed.”

Bay Kiwanis President-elect Rhonda Schneider and Community Services Committee Chairman Jim Potter chose to support the Planetarium because of its impact on members of the community.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:55 AM, 07.09.2013

Baby bird's first rainstorm

A few weeks ago I was taking a walk. About halfway through the walk my dad told me to look below me and I found a wet, shaking baby bird. I wanted to help the bird but I didn't know how so I continued on my walk hoping when I got back its parents would find it.

Sadly, when I got back the bird was still there. After a while of watching, it a man that worked next door gave me and my  dad a box to scoop the bird into. We pushed the bird in then took it to a sunny spot. The bird sat in the box for a long time.

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

The Concrete Chronicles, part VII: Climbing

With the railing boxes complete, it was time to turn the spotlight on the walls ... the barren, barren walls. Also made of concrete or brick, they were in need of some TLC, ASAP. Last year I took advantage of a clearance sale at Petitti's and got a great deal on two black metal planters. They have the option of using on a railing or a wall, and I used one for the stage left railing already. I planted it with snapdragons, ivy, celosia (cockcomb) and a little ground cover plant whose name I forgot but it was just so cute I had to have it (there's more than one reason to buy a plant).

The other I decided to mount on the stage right wall, with the intention of growing climbing nasturtium up it. Said wall is cement, so I used a masonry drill bit, which are available at hardware stores. I find it easiest to make a smaller starter hole and then increase the size of the drill bit until I have the proper hole circumference, as it does take longer to drill through cement than wood!

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:48 AM, 07.09.2013

The Concrete Chronicles, part VI: Crucible

This past week, my mom came over to visit and I took the opportunity to show off my garden. I highly recommend you show yours off as often as possible, preferably with someone who knows a thing or two about gardening.

I was proudly giving the tour, displaying my box of herbs, my box of lavender, talking about my plans for the rose box, and happily gesturing around while prattling about other ideas. My mom was still looking at the herb box, obviously admiring how quickly they were growing, especially the peppermint.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:43 AM, 06.25.2013

Green Team initiatives focus on quality of life

The Bay Village Green Team was established in fall 2007, when Mayor Debbie Sutherland invited several local experts to present sustainability ideas to a group of Bay residents, and from that the Green Team was formed. The Bay Village Green Team is recognized as being one of the most active community green teams in Cuyahoga County.

On May 20, members of the Green Team were invited to share details about their mission, past accomplishments and upcoming projects with Bay Village City Council. We appreciate the City's support and thought others in the community may be interested in hearing about the group.

The Green Team’s mission is to "improve the quality of life by decreasing our city’s environmental footprint. Our vision is for Bay Village to become a model sustainable community for current and future residents.”

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 11:19 AM, 06.11.2013

Earth's helpers

The Earth is the place we live, but not all people take care of it. I was thinking of this one day and decided that kids could help fix this problem and not just adults.

So I created an organization to help the Earth. We are called the Lake Erie Green Team. Our goal is to do our part to keep the Earth clean.

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

The Concrete Chronicles, part V: Cultivate

Having amassed a rather large selection of pots and baskets and the like for my balcony garden, I was FINALLY ready to fill them with plants. My idea was to begin with my three railing boxes – set to hold a selection of herbs, lavender, and one rose bush, respectively – then grow climbing nasturtium up one wall and finish with an abundance of pansies.

I excitedly shared my plans with my mother, an avid and experienced gardener herself, only to have her reply, “Pansies are cold weather flowers. The only ones currently in stores aren't looking so well anymore." Alas, it was so! I had believed them to be hardy in both hot and cold, but I was mistaken.

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Volume 5, Issue 12, Posted 10:51 AM, 06.11.2013

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center names new wildlife director

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center has announced that Amy LeMonds is the nonprofit organization’s new Director of Wildlife.

“Amy’s proven wildlife rehabilitation expertise and clear vision for the Center’s wildlife program point to an exciting future for our visitors, partners, programs and animals,” said Catherine Timko, Executive Director. “In a national search Amy stood out for the breadth of her hands-on wildlife experience, demonstrated leadership skills and credentials in her field.”

A Bay High School graduate, LeMonds earned a biology degree from Baldwin Wallace University and gained valuable experience at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and Crossroads Animal Hospital before joining the Center as a wildlife rehabilitation specialist in 2005.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.29.2013

The Concrete Chronicles, part IV: Canvass

When I first decided to undertake the little conundrum that was my drab, barren balcony, I thought it would be fairly straightforward: Figure out what I like, find plants that I like, plant the plants where I like, and boom! garden I like. While it took a considerably longer time than I initially anticipated, I finally felt it was time to select my plants and get planting.

It was then I encountered perhaps the biggest challenge so far: There are about a bazillion plants out there, and most of them will die mere moments after I put them in the ground. Disappointed, but by no means discouraged, I took a step back to assess the situation.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.29.2013

Bay Village Green Team's garden show promotes sustainability

With weather warming up, it's time for gardeners to enjoy the season. To get gardeners primed for their planting, the Bay Village Green Team hosted a sustainable gardening event at the Bay Community Garden, located on the corner of Wolf and Forestview roads, on May 18. 

The Spring Green Garden Show, a family-friendly event promoting organic gardening and other green home and yard ideas, had displays from local organizations and businesses focusing on organic lawn and garden care, sustainable landscape design and organic gardening products.

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Volume 5, Issue 11, Posted 7:09 PM, 05.20.2013

Parkside students illustrate the importance of trees

The first annual Arbor Day poster contest was held April 26 at Parkside Intermediate School with 95 fifth-graders submitting outstanding posters to be entered in the contest. Each poster included artwork and a paragraph of 150 words or less explaining "why trees are important to the City of Westlake."

The contest was sponsored by the Westlake Tree Commission in conjunction with Westlake's 22nd consecutive annual designation as a Tree City USA. The students illustrated on their posters the many ways trees are important and why trees should be preserved and protected in their city. The posters were then judged by myself and fellow Tree Commission members Margie Rossander, John Walz and Diane Morris as well as Stan Barnard, urban forestry manager for the City of Westlake, and Paul Quinn III, Westlake's service director.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:16 AM, 04.30.2013

Spring Green Garden Show coming to Bay on May 18

The Bay Village Green Team is hosting sustainable gardening event at the Bay Community Garden, located on the corner of Wolf and Forestview roads, on May 18, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Spring Green Garden Show is a free, family-friendly event promoting organic gardening and other green ideas for your home. Visitors will have a chance to experience the beauty of the community garden and meet the Bay Village Green Team volunteers.

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Volume 5, Issue 9, Posted 10:16 AM, 04.30.2013

Bay residents can celebrate Arbor Day with a free tree

The Bay Village Green Team has obtained 10 Eastern Redbud (Tennessee Pink variety) trees to plant for Bay residents. The trees are approximately three feet tall and will be provided to the first 10 Bay residents who contact Dan Krieg at 440-808-0429. The trees are free, although donations are appreciated. Any donations will be used to purchase more trees for future plantings. And, Bay Village Green Team volunteers will plant the tree for you free of charge!

Last year, residents and city leaders graciously volunteered their yards and Green Team members were able to plant over 30 seedling trees. This year, the Eastern Redbuds that are available will grow into a flowering yard feature that aids in beautifying our neighborhoods, improving the diversity of our woodlands and controlling storm water runoff. These trees are expected to leaf out over this summer. Brotzman's Nursery in Madison, Ohio, sourced the affordable Eastern Redbuds this year and offered them at cost ($16/tree) to the Green Team.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 11:11 AM, 04.16.2013

Habitat for Humanity donation drop-off at BVPD May 4

The Bay Village Green Team has arranged a local drop-off for Habitat for Humanity on Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Bay Village Police Department parking lot, 28000 Wolf Road. You can donate any usable household items, both indoor and outdoor items. Just about anything from your home is accepted as long as it is in good, workable condition.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:43 AM, 04.16.2013

The concrete chronicles, part II: Composition

Four weeks ago, flush with excitement and ready for anything, I sallied forth into garden centers and drove by nurseries, eager to begin the transformation of my concrete balcony slab into an urban oasis. Tragically, the early springtime weather – being the horrid, disobliging thing it is – thwarted my plans: There were no plants to be had and no work could be done. I couldn't even console myself with painting flower pots due to the cold. What to do? I immersed myself in the idea of my perfect garden.

Last time, we (hopefully) figured out what we liked and the kind of garden best suited to our personal tastes. I decided on the classic English garden, I found when designing a garden along a specific genre (in this case, English), a good place to start is with the question "What makes an English garden an English garden?" Thus armed, and with a rudimentary idea (an English garden has clipped hedges and rose bushes, and ... tea tables? I was a little hazy on the details), I gathered some books on the subject and got to researching.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:42 AM, 04.16.2013

Wet, wild and out-of-this-world summer camps at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

There’s an entire universe of fun for families at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center this summer. From sunny versions of our popular year-round programs to new themed day camps and family/group activities, there are opportunities for all ages to learn or try something new!

Wet programs, like "Beach Bash!" and "A River Runs Through Us" send campers to Huntington Beach or nearby Porter Creek in the morning to learn about the properties of water. Then they spend the afternoon creating water-themed pottery, art or sculpture at our neighbor and partner-in-fun BAYarts.

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Volume 5, Issue 8, Posted 10:41 AM, 04.16.2013

Nature center staffer achieves important milestone

Alexis Schierman of Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village is the second rehabilitator at the Center and in the state of Ohio to earn a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator distinction from the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. Schierman joined the nonprofit Center in 2012, working with Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation Amy LeMonds, who earned the certification in 2011.

“The fact that Alexis chose to work toward this certification within her first year in the profession speaks volumes about her dedication and her promise in the years to come,” said LeMonds. “She is an ideal example of the high standard of excellence Lake Erie Nature & Science Center strives to provide to our community, as the recent renovation of our onsite Wildlife Rehabilitation facility will attest.” In 2012, the nonprofit center completed a campaign to create more space for animal examination and care, greater storage and access to technology and improved lighting and ventilation.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:57 AM, 03.05.2013

The concrete chronicles, part I: Conundrum

With spring less than a month away, I recently looked out my window, and eagerly searched for any signs of the upcoming change in season. But alas! My eyes fell instead upon my balcony, in all of its sorry state: three brown plants in pots, the rest of the plants most likely dead.

Upon this viewing, I came across a common conundrum: Many of us have a sad spot in our yards that can't be fixed with a handful of grass seed flung during a commercial break. Either the grass just won't grow, or it can't be planted at all. My issue is the latter, for my balcony is one large concrete slab. So this year, I decided to do something about it, and create an urban garden.

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Volume 5, Issue 5, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.05.2013

Tri-C Westshore building earns LEED Gold

The Cuyahoga Community College Westshore Campus Health Careers and Sciences building has earned the College its second LEED Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council.

Tri-C is the first community college in Ohio to earn three LEED certifications. The Eastern Campus Health Careers and Technology building earned Gold, the second-highest level of distinction for sustainable design, in July. The Brunswick University Center earned Silver in June.

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Volume 5, Issue 1, Posted 9:31 AM, 01.08.2013

Bald eagle makes its home at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

[UPDATE: The bald eagle is being treated for a leg injury and its recovery and rehabilitation will likely keep it off public exhibit until spring 2013.]

The newest resident in the Wildlife Garden at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center in Bay Village is a rehabilitated adult bald eagle (Haliaeetus Leucocephalus) acquired from the Wildlife Center of Virginia.

Director of Wildlife Dave Wolf drove to Virginia to assure the safe transfer and journey of the eagle, which was determined to be non-releasable after several attempts at rehabilitation. Although a pronounced wing droop limits the eagle’s ability to sustain flight, it is otherwise healthy and successfully settling into its year-round, outdoor enclosure because its feather covering and internal physiology is perfectly adapted to endure Ohio’s summer heat and winter cold.

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

Bay landscape designer enlightens Girl Scouts with gardening tips

Have you ever seen a beautiful garden and thought, ”I wish that was in my backyard”? If you said yes, it’s easy to start your own garden. My Junior Girl Scout troop had a special visitor that taught us about gardening.

You might have seen her HUGE garden while driving down Lake Road in Bay Village. This amazing gardener is Julia Shutt. Julia started in advertising but her love of gardening made her switch careers. She is now a well-known landscape designer for Maple Leaf Landscaping Inc.

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Volume 4, Issue 24, Posted 10:32 AM, 11.27.2012

Beyond the landfill: Recycling reduces pollution, saves energy, creates jobs

Nov. 15 is the 15th annual “America Recycles Day.” The day, founded in 1997, was the idea of the non-profit group Keep America Beautiful to encourage people to dump less trash in landfills.

The good news is that recycling has increased in the USA – from around 8 percent of the total waste stream in 1960 to 17 percent in 1990 and about 33 percent currently, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. However, a lot more can be done, as most waste that goes to the landfill can be recycled, reused or composted.

So, why is it so important to recycle? What difference does it make anyway? According to a report issued by the Tellus Institute last year entitled "More Jobs, Less Pollution," not only would more robust recycling practices create jobs (nearly 1.5 million jobs by 2030), it would help to reduce pollution.

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Volume 4, Issue 22, Posted 7:37 PM, 10.30.2012

Can the Cardboard

Thanks to a grant from the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste Management District, the Bay Village Green Team has created stickers reminding residents to "Can the Cardboard." As part of the city's automated refuse collection, all recyclable materials, including cardboard, must be placed INSIDE the green cart  in order to avoid the landfill. Look for the sticker with the mayor's quarterly newsletter being sent out in the city's sewer and refuse statement on or around Oct. 1. Take the pledge and show your support to "Can the Cardboard" by sticking it on your green recycling container.

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Volume 4, Issue 20, Posted 10:27 AM, 10.02.2012

Experiencing the monarch butterfly migration

Our lives were touched by a monarch butterfly during this season’s migration. You may have noticed that the skies and trees were full of monarchs in early September. This was an especially big migration, and the sight was breathtaking. They came through northeastern Ohio on their annual migration path from Canada to Mexico, where they winter until the cycle begins again.

One little guy, who managed to lose part of his wings and one antenna, was carried home by my eight-year-old daughter. She refused to believe that he would die shortly of his injuries and lovingly placed him on a branch of a tree in our Bay Village backyard, which we had taken to calling the butterfly tree because of the hundreds of monarchs alighting and drinking nectar there. When I first saw him I winced at his state but told my daughter that it was very kind of her to give him such a nice place to recover.

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 10:02 AM, 09.18.2012

Bay's recycling rate jumps 10 percentage points in one year

According to a recent report by the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District, Bay Village's residential recycling rate was 57 percent in 2011, up from 47 percent in 2010!

In May 2011, Bay Village introduced a new recycle and compost program through Republic Services with expanded capabilities. In the year ended June 2012, Republic Services reported that landfill trash was down 37 percent, or 2,850 tons, when compared to the year ended June 2011.

Here are some of the highlights of the new program:

Bay now has what is known as “Single Stream Recycling” where all types of paper, bottles, cans and cardboard can be placed in one bin.

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Volume 4, Issue 18, Posted 11:01 AM, 09.05.2012

Sea Scout Interlux project applauded by Bay Village Green Team

On Tuesday, Aug. 14, the Bay Village Sea Scouts made a presentation to the Bay Village Green Team on their Interlux Waterfront Challenge project combating toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie. Sea Scout Jack Rodman explained that the sea scouts planted Blue Flag iris along the shoreline at the Spitzer Marina to help absorb phosphorus (a contributing cause in the growth of blue green algae) and nitrogen (a chemical that causes hypoxia). 

The Sea Scouts have also planted Blue Flag Iris along the creek at Bay Presbyterian Church; and Mayor Deborah Sutherland has given permission to plant Blue Flag Iris along the Cahoon Creek behind the Community House. Both creeks flow directly into Lake Erie.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:00 AM, 08.21.2012

One Senior's Opinion: Finding joy in simple beauty

I can't believe school is starting. This summer just flew by. If I really think about it, my life seems to have flown by. I'm a senior citizen...seems impossible but true.

I can still see my young self in Grandpa's backyard with a book, a blanket and a glass of lemonade, hanging out with the hydrangeas. Summer in Grandpa's back yard was a riot of color. It seemed that every flower imaginable grew there. He had iris, daisies, gladiolas, bleeding hearts, asters, violets, peonies, pansies, petunias and, of course, his beloved roses.

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

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center kicks off adult program season

In 2011, the nonprofit Lake Erie Nature & Science Center introduced “Second Nature,” a new monthly series of programs designed to engage the lifelong learner with a variety of science and nature-based topics presented by educators and leaders in their fields. This September, the Center is pleased to kick off its autumn season of adult programming with the debut of the second season of "Second Nature."

For the first in the new season of programs, the Center welcomes Dr. Jeff Opperman of The Nature Conservancy’s Global Freshwater Program. In "From Burning Rivers to Living Rivers" on Thursday, Sept. 13, he will discuss the challenges and opportunities for global water sustainability. Calling upon knowledge and experiences gathered in his nearly 15-year history of working to protect rivers and lakes around the world, Dr. Opperman will address different facets of the global water crisis and some emerging solutions for attaining balanced use of water.

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Volume 4, Issue 17, Posted 10:03 AM, 08.21.2012

Sea Scouts battle HABs with native plants

This summer with its record number of 90-plus degree days, the Bay Village Sea Scouts have sought ways to minimize the toxic blue-green algae which cause Harmful Algae Blooms (HABs) to form in Lake Erie. If you are a boater or enjoy swimming in the lake, you have probably seen the dirty scum that appears on the surface of the water, particularly after a storm. Factors that contribute to HABs include: excess phosphorus from fertilizer, animal waste, warm temperatures and sunlight. 

One of the reasons that the HAB problem has escalated is because the severity of rainstorms has increased over the last few decades, according to a recently released report by Environment America Research and Policy Center. For example, on July 27, 2012, Bay Village had 1.2 inches of rain in just 15 minutes. With a light rain, fertilizer will soak into the ground, but with a heavy downpour, fertilizer is flushed off of lawns and eventually reaches Lake Erie in storm water runoff through the sewers and creeks.

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:28 AM, 08.07.2012

Pique your curiosity: Hitch a ride on NASA's latest mission to Mars

A little less than one year ago, Cleveland native and NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory engineer Wayne Zimmerman visited Lake Erie Nature & Science Center to present an insider’s view of NASA’s Mars Exploration Program. Zimmerman, who leads development of advanced robotic arms and instruments used in the program, talked about his contributions to NASA’s various expeditions to the red planet. He then screened a preview of what, at the time, was the forthcoming launch of Curiosity, the largest and most instrument-rich Mars Science Laboratory to date.

Curiosity, a mobile robotic exploration device, or rover (imagine a sophisticated Wall-E), has been charged with a mission to determine whether Mars, the planet most like Earth, contains evidence that it was ever a habitat for life. 

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:29 AM, 08.07.2012

Bay garden a fun experience for growers of all ages

Join the community garden. There is still more room in the garden and open plots are available in spring. At the garden there are people that you might know or meet plus some people are nice enough to share some of their crops. Last year, when I was seven, someone gave me a tomato. And this year I’m getting a ton of snap peas.

You can grow onions, broccoli, lettuce, collards, tomatoes, squash, flowers, herbs, blue corn, Brussels sprouts and more. Remember when I said blue corn? I only know one friend who is growing blue corn. Her name is Lily. Her corn is so big! Here are some other good ideas of stuff to grow: strawberries, snap peas and radishes. They grow very fast!

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Volume 4, Issue 16, Posted 10:24 AM, 08.07.2012

Sea Scouts tackle toxic algae bloom

Sea Scout Ship 41 of Bay Village has again taken up the Interlux Waterfront Challenge. Interlux is an international yacht paint company, a division of AkzoNobel Corporation with U.S. headquarters in Strongsville. 

This year Interlux is again offering grants of up to $20,000 for the best waterfront environmental project. The Sea Scouts have been studying the water quality of Lake Erie, in particular the toxic blue-green algae blooms. They have been looking into simple ways to help provide remedies.   

The Bay Village shoreline is a favorite spot for swimming and boating enthusiasts who believe the water safe since the Cuyahoga Dept. of Health tests Huntington Beach water quality daily. However there has been a 200 percent increase in days under advisory this year so far, over the average for the past four years.

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:18 AM, 07.24.2012

Upcoming programs at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Saturday, July 28 (3 p.m.) Meet an Animal – All ages are welcome to come along and be introduced to the world of venomous snakes. See live examples of Ohio’s three venomous snakes (yes, Ohio has venomous snakes!) and learn the facts and fallacies surrounding them. Tickets are $2/person and go on sale on the day of the show.

Sunday, July 29 (11 a.m., noon, or 1 p.m.) Sunday Under the Stars – An out-of-this-world experience the whole family can enjoy in the Walter R. Schuele Planetarium! Choose from three shows at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. Learn how the planetarium really is a “magical” place for the youngest stargazers and get a look at what’s going on in the sky tonight. Tickets are $2/person and go on sale on the day of the show. Programs repeat every Sunday.

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Volume 4, Issue 15, Posted 10:13 AM, 07.24.2012

What is that noise in my chimney?

Have you heard chirping noises in your chimney and wondered what it was? Chances are you have probably heard the chattering of Chimney Swifts, a unique species of bird that nest only in chimneys. Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation staff receives many calls about these birds at this time of year as it is their primary nesting season.

Sometimes called “flying cigars,” Chimney Swifts are small, dark-colored birds with long pointed wings and stiff tails. The only swifts commonly found in eastern North America, they have a cylindrical body and tend to be similar in appearance to swallows. Just like bats, swifts are aerial foragers whose diets consist primarily of flying insects.

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Volume 4, Issue 14, Posted 12:46 PM, 07.10.2012

Time is running out to enter Westlake in Bloom

By now your gardens should be thriving, so what are you waiting for? Make the decision now to enter the Westlake in Bloom awards program. The deadline for entries to be received is Monday, June 25, at 5 p.m. 

Westlake residents and business owners can download entry forms from the city’s website at and mail to Westlake in Bloom, City of Westlake, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., Westlake, OH 44145, or drop off at the reception desk at Westlake City Hall. Entry forms are also available at any of these Westlake garden centers: Cahoon Nursery, Dean’s Greenhouse, Gale’s Westlake Garden Center or Plant Crafters.

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Volume 4, Issue 12, Posted 9:46 AM, 06.12.2012

Bay Skate and Bike Park event goes 'near zero waste'

If you happened to be around Bay Lodge on Saturday, May 26, an enjoyable family event was underway. It was the very popular annual Rib Burn-off sponsored by the Bay Skate and Bike Park (BSBP) to raise money for their foundation, and this year saw a record turnout of over 200 people. The sound of music from Hypnotic Dog was gently floating through the air while youngsters competed at corn hole and twelve rib teams cooked ribs, each with a unique recipe, to the delight of the crowd and the judges.

This year there was a new twist – compost containers were set up in two recycle stations to capture the paper plates and food leftovers once the dinner was over.

According to Lawrence Kuh, executive director of the Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation, being “near zero waste” is an important part of this event. “I am excited and honored to be part of this. We want to do what we can to make this community great and have the smallest carbon footprint in the process.”

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Volume 4, Issue 11, Posted 9:57 AM, 05.30.2012

Yard waste decals available

Approved "Yard Waste Only" trash can decals are available at Bay Village City Hall for $2 each. The proceeds fund Bay Village Green Team projects like the Share the Road bicycle signs. Get yours today!

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Volume 4, Issue 10, Posted 11:45 AM, 05.15.2012

Green Team holds inaugural Arbor Day celebration

The Bay Village Green Team celebrated Arbor Day and our Tree City USA status on Saturday, April 28, by planting over a dozen Eastern Redbud and other indigenous trees in Bay. Residents and city leaders graciously volunteered their yards for a group of Green Team members to plant a seedling tree, that granted, appears to be a twig now, but will grow into a flowering yard feature that aids in beautifying our neighborhoods, improving the diversity of our woodlands and controlling storm water runoff. 

Residents including Jerrie, Dan, Warren, Mike, Christine and Pat, along with all the council members (Scott, Clete, Karen, Dave, Dwight, Paul and Mike) and Mayor Sutherland, helped to support this initiative by allowing the Green Team to plant a seedling tree in their yard, or volunteering a neighbor that was wanting a new tree.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.01.2012

Westlake Garden Club celebrates Arbor Day

The Westlake Garden Club planted a Concolor Fir at the Founders’ Walk at Clague Park on April 27 in celebration of Arbor Day. For the past two decades, the garden club has planted a tree somewhere in Westlake every year on Arbor Day. 

Club member Kathy Molner coordinated the event for over 20 years and, this year, turned the reins over to Kathie Carnall. Kathie worked with the Westlake Service Department and Cahoon Nursery, who donated the tree, to determine the location and type of tree to plant.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:10 AM, 05.01.2012

Learn how to recycle rainwater and kitchen scraps at free seminars

The Bay Village Green Team's popular Green Your Life series continues in May with seminars on the topics of creating a rain garden and composting. Both events will be in the Bay Community House at 303 Cahoon Rd. They are free and open to the public.

The rain garden seminar will be held Wednesday, May 9, 6:30-8 p.m. Amy Roskilly from the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District will discuss the proper techniques for building a beautiful rain garden in your yard. A rain garden is a lovely addition to your landscaping and can feature a selection of vibrant native plants of varying sizes, colors and bloom time to provide for beautiful flowers all season.

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Volume 4, Issue 9, Posted 10:17 AM, 05.01.2012