Nature & Environment

Experiencing the Bay Village Community Garden

As a new member of the Bay Village Community Garden, I was glad to meet friendly and helpful villagers this summer who shared seeds, garden advice, ideas, suggestions and camaraderie. The garden fee was very reasonable at $40 per plot. For that amount, I was given soil, compost, mulch, and water which was made available for each gardener.

I was so happy with my experience that I almost bought another space when the beds were reduced to $20 at mid-season! However, since I have a significant amount of work at my home perennial and annual flower beds, I decided to keep a single plot.

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Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 2:54 PM, 09.20.2011

Hayrides return to Science Center in October

Autumn at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is a special time with preschool and after school classes back in session and special events on tap to celebrate the season. Although Fall Session classes are already underway, families can still enroll in the few remaining preschool class spots while they last. There’s also still time to get in on one of the most popular autumn activities at the Center – Fall Family Hayride Nights – but you’ll need to pre-register soon!

The first of two Fall Family Hayride Nights takes place on Friday, Oct. 7, and begins with a full pizza and salad dinner. Participants also enjoy hay wagon rides around Huntington Reservation, kid-friendly seasonal crafts and hands-on activities, planetarium star shows and live animal encounters.

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Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 2:58 PM, 09.20.2011

Learn about beneficial rain gardens at free workshop

A rain garden is an attractive landscaped area planted with perennial native plants which don’t mind getting “wet feet.” Built in a bowl shape, a rain garden is designed to increase infiltration allowing rain and snowmelt to seep naturally into the ground. Benefits of rain gardens are multiple: they recharge groundwater supply, prevent water quality problems, provide habitat for birds and butterflies and are great-looking landscape features.

Amy Roskilly of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District and the Bay Village Green Team are partnering to sponsor a FREE rain garden workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6-7:30 p.m. at the Bay Community House, 303 Cahoon Rd. To register, call Amy at 216-524-6580, ext. 22, or email aroskilly@cuyahogaswcd.org.

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Volume 3, Issue 19, Posted 2:53 PM, 09.20.2011

Composting is a family affair

Learn how to compost at a free seminar Sept. 14 at the Bay Community House

Watch as your yard trimmings and kitchen waste change into a rich resource – plant clippings, carrot tops, apple cores and potato skins are transformed into a great soil material that can be used to fertilize your yard or garden within 90 days or less.

Bay Village resident Laura Crabb says that her family has been composting for over seven years. Laura actually got her introduction to composting at a young age when her father was an avid composter.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:19 PM, 09.07.2011

Habitat for Humanity drop-off Sept. 17 at BVPD

The Bay Village Green Team has arranged for another Habitat for Humanity drop-off at the Bay Village Police Department parking lot, 28000 Wolf Rd., on Saturday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Donate your usable items and provide direct benefits to our local economy. Your donations are sold to other area residents through the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and the proceeds support Habitat's mission to eliminate poverty housing through home construction and rehabilitation. The money is used to purchase building materials to make home ownership a dream for deserving families. 

The Greater Cleveland ReStore is one of the largest reuse and recycle centers in Cuyahoga County. Not only does your donated item get reused, thousands of tons of usable materials are diverted from the local landfill in Oberlin.

If you have large items, you can also arrange for home pick up by contacting Jerry Jarc at 440-823-4579 prior to Sept. 17.

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Volume 3, Issue 18, Posted 4:22 PM, 09.07.2011

A robot's 'life on Mars' the topic of free lecture

It’s been nearly 50 years since we got our first close-up look at our next-door neighbor, the planet Mars, courtesy of NASA’s Mariner 4 spacecraft.

Thanks to numerous Mars orbiters and landers, a wealth of glorious images of the Red Planet have made the 35-million-plus-mile journey back to Earth, eagerly awaited by scientists and laypeople alike who yearn for more than a birds-eye view of a truly alien world.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will explore NASA's robotic missions during “A Mars Odyssey,” a free lecture on Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m.

 

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 3:07 PM, 08.23.2011

Emerald Ash Borer creeps into Bay Village

The city of Bay Village, along with all cities in the 88 counties of Ohio, is currently under Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) quarantine. An EAB is a small, metallic looking, wood-boring beetle from Asia that is believed to have entered the United States in 2002 around the Detroit, Michigan/Windsor, Ontario border.

The EAB bores into ash trees with their larvae feeding on the living portion of the tree, directly beneath the bark. Feeding on this part of the tree reduces the tree’s exposure to essential food and water, causing mortality within a few short years. While the EAB has the ability to travel up to a half-mile in one flight, their spread of infestation has been helped along by man moving infected trees across counties.

Since its discovery in 2002, the EAB has rapidly spread. Quarantines have been implemented in an effort to slow the spread of the infestation.

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Volume 3, Issue 17, Posted 6:34 PM, 08.23.2011

Nature Center plans field trip to Observatory Park

Have you ever wondered what the night sky really looks like without the light pollution that blocks out the stars for those of us who live near Cleveland? You’re invited to come along and find out as Lake Erie Nature & Science Center joins in the Grand Opening festivities at Observatory Park in Geauga County. Come experience the universe like you've never seen it before!

Part of the Geauga Park District, Observatory Park is an area that has long been recognized by astronomers as one of the few regions left in Northeast Ohio that has not yet been affected by artificial light pollution. Provisionally certified as one of only five "Dark Sky Parks" in the U.S., guests at Observatory Park will be treated to a stunning view of exceptionally starry skies.

Observatory Park has planned a great day chock-full of fun, free activities for the whole family to celebrate their Grand Opening on Saturday, August 20. The festivities kick off at 4 p.m. and will include a family concert under the stars, a hot dog dinner, stargazing and more!

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:51 PM, 08.09.2011

Name your garden! BAYarts creates botanical destination

Thanks to the efforts of Cleveland Metroparks and Maple Leaf Landscaping, the Fuller House is not the only new attraction on the BAYarts campus. As a result of the Fuller restoration project, Cleveland Metroparks saw a need for updating the campus walkways, creating accessibility in an aesthetically inviting way.

The meandering paths that lead from Huntington Playhouse to BAYarts inspired new garden spaces. Kicked off by the Village Foundation with a "Welcome Garden," naming rights have been procured by various individuals and groups through donations. Working with landscape designer Julia Shutt of Maple Leaf, who have donated their services and labor, the owners' personal input is reflected in each garden.

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:45 PM, 08.09.2011

Owls in my backyard!

Did you know there are a lot of owls that live in Bay Village? I had an amazing experience with an owl family in my backyard. Last year for Mother's Day we got my mom an owl box. For a year just squirrels were living in it until one day we saw a feathery head peeking out. It was a screech owl!

We soon realized there were two babies, a mom and a dad. They stayed in the box for about five weeks and began to move out of the owl box to nearby branches. Around 8:30 p.m. every night the owls would start their "flying lessons."

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:46 PM, 08.09.2011

Our Great Lake Erie the theme of Nature Center's annual benefit

The staff at Bay Village's Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is finalizing preparations for the upcoming “Discover Our Great Lake” Annual Benefit & Auction. 

On Sept. 10 from 6:30-10:30 p.m., the Center will be hosting a laid-back Erie-inspired evening in support of their nonprofit mission to educate and inspire each of us to understand, appreciate and take responsibility for our natural universe!

Guests will be treated to seaworthy eats by Brennan’s Catering and Banquet Center, delectable drinks, waves of live music from Island Jeff, and a treasure trove of auction items and raffle prizes. Get ready to don your casual apparel (nautical outfits are encouraged!) and "Discover Our Great Lake" Erie.

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 2:56 PM, 08.09.2011

Collaborative effort underway to improve Huntington Beach water quality

On Wednesday, July 27, a public meeting was held at the Lake Erie Nature and Science Center to kick off a local project entitled, “A Holistic Watershed Approach to Health at Huntington Beach.” This project is part of the U.S. EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and is designed to improve recreational water quality at Huntington Beach by identifying potential pollution sources within the Porter Creek Watershed.

Nearly two dozen residents listened as Amy Roskilly, Conservation Education Coordinator for the Cuyahoga Soil & Water Conservation District, and I presented information about watersheds, sources of pollution and ways to minimize – or in some cases reverse – environmental damage.

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Volume 3, Issue 16, Posted 3:56 PM, 08.09.2011

Beautify your yard while reducing stormwater run-off

Did you know that many sources of water pollution can originate in our own backyards? When rainwater falls, it hits the hard surfaces all around us such as roofs, lawns, sidewalks and driveways, and runs into streams or storm sewers that drain directly to the lake. This means much of the fertilizer and pesticides along with litter, pet waste, and non-biodegradable cleaners can drain into our streams and lake with each rain event. Recent studies indicate that up to 70% of all lake and stream pollution comes from residential yards.

What can you do to help? According to Amy Roskilly from the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, there are actually a number of things that you can do to help reduce the run off of storm water from your property.

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:35 PM, 07.26.2011

Calling all Observers: Be on the lookout for Cedar Waxwings!

Have you ever seen a beautifully colored bird dining on a feast of berries? Then you are likely looking at a Cedar Waxwing, a type of bird typically found in wooded areas and near farms, orchards and suburban homes where berry trees and bushes are plentiful. They have a large head with a short neck and bill and are adorned with a variety of colors. Cedar Waxwings have brown heads that fade to gray on their wingtips, yellow bellies, a black face mask outlined in white and their namesake waxy red tips on the end of their wings.

“At this time of year, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center receives many calls asking about these birds because it is their peak nesting season,” said Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator Amy LeMonds. “Cedar Waxwings are unique because they are very social birds that tend to flock and dine together. Wherever one Cedar Waxwing can be found, there are bound to be more.”

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Volume 3, Issue 15, Posted 3:30 PM, 07.26.2011

You can make a difference at Huntington Beach!

Are you passionate about the health of Huntington Beach in Cleveland Metroparks and its usability for future generations? If so, be certain to attend the kick-off meeting for a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) grant project at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Wednesday, July 27, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Anyone interested in helping with the monitoring or prevention efforts of the GLRI should plan to attend.

The grant will be explained, an activity will be provided for children, and a preliminary survey to test your knowledge about watershed protection will be given. Additional information is available at the GLRI Website at http://www.greatlakesrestoration.us. At the kick-off meeting, Bay Village and Westlake residents will have a chance to win a free rain barrel for their home.

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 2:04 PM, 07.12.2011

Nesting season spells danger for determined, fearless and slow-moving turtles

Three midland painted turtles are in the care of the Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation staff at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center after sustaining shell injuries. All three were hit by cars while crossing the road.

“The repair on a turtle’s shell can take as long as a few years depending on the placement and depth of the crack,” says Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator Amy LeMonds. “We nursed a snapping turtle back to health for two years after it sustained a shell injury.” The Center expects to keep the currently injured turtles in rehabilitation until at least next year.

This is a very dangerous time of year for these turtles because it is their peak nesting season. From May to July, painted turtles will leave the safety of their pond, river or lake and travel to their nesting grounds to lay eggs. Turtles return to the same place to nest every year, even if it is miles away from their home or over dangerous terrain. Nothing will stop a turtle when it’s trying to reach its nesting grounds. These determined little fellows will fearlessly cross a busy street.

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Volume 3, Issue 14, Posted 2:03 PM, 07.12.2011

Sea Scouts devise way to turn hazardous waste into cash for marinas

To help clean up our waterfront, a group of 20 high school youth and adult leaders, members of Sea Scout Ship 41, are working with local marinas to improve their used oil recycling stations. The scouts are participating in the Waterfront Challenge, an international initiative sponsored by Interlux, a worldwide manufacturer of yacht paints, aimed at encouraging people to “make a difference” by improving the quality of their local waterfronts.

The scouts have found that marinas tend to locate their used oil recycling stations behind their maintenance sheds – out of sight, out of mind – but one improperly-disposed-of used oil filter could contaminate 62,000 gallons of drinking water. The EPA requires that a used oil filter be “hot” drained at engine operating temperature for a minimum of 12 hours before being disposed of as regular trash.

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:33 PM, 06.28.2011

Important information on Bay's new recycle and trash pick-up program

Each FRIDAY, the following items are picked up by 3 separate trucks:

  1. Green recycle container – for your recyclable materials (bottles, cans, plastics No. 1 and 2, paper, magazines, newspaper and cardboard).
  2. Blue trash container – all items than cannot be recycled, donated or composted (yard waste)
  3. Compostable yard waste (collected April 15-December 15) must be in brown compostable bags or in a trash container clearly marked “Yard Waste.” Approved "Yard Waste Only" stickers are available from the Bay Village Green Team for $1.50 and can be purchased at the Mayor’s Office in City Hall.

NOTE: The recycle and trash pick-up date is moved to SATURDAY when there is a holiday during the week. (For example, the pick-up for the week of July 3 will be moved to Saturday, July 9, due to the Fourth of July holiday.)

Also, MONTHLY, there is a special BULK TRASH PICK-UP:

The Bulk Trash Pick-Up each month allows you to put out additional trash such as used carpet or extra garbage bags that don’t fit into your trash container.

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:33 PM, 06.28.2011

Alternatives for removing animals living in places you don't want them

Do you have an animal living somewhere that you don’t want? Lake Erie Nature & Science Center receives countless calls every year about raccoons nesting in attics, skunks living under porches and other animals taking up residence in places where people don’t want them – in our own homes.

Recently, the Center received a call from a homeowner who had called a trapper to remove a mother and baby raccoon from their attic. However, two more babies remained in the attic, and rather than have the trapper come back for an additional fee, the couple removed the babies on their own and brought them in to the Center.

Unfortunately in Cuyahoga County, raccoons cannot be rehabilitated by professionals or released by trappers because of rabies laws and therefore must be euthanized. However, in most cases there are alternative options to hiring a trapper that can be more beneficial to homeowners and to the invasive animals in the long run.

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:26 PM, 06.28.2011

Skate park foundation starts to ‘pay it forward’

The Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation remains active in the community, despite the fact that its seven-year mission was completed with the opening of the park in October 2010. The organization, led by Lawrence Kuh, still has unfinished business. The BSBP Foundation’s second annual Rib Rockin’ Raffle fundraiser was held in May, raising more than $10,000 for various projects, including spectator seating and other park improvements.

But the group had other plans for a portion of those funds – sharing it with their friends. On June 14, members of the Bay Skate and Bike Park Foundation stopped by the monthly meeting of the Bay Village Green Team at the Community House with a check in hand.

Lawrence Kuh told the Green Team members that the $500 donation was “a way of saying thanks for all of your support.”

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Volume 3, Issue 13, Posted 6:34 PM, 06.28.2011

Nature's foster families give injured babies a second chance

For some wildlife, foster parenting comes naturally. That acceptance is a huge help for wildlife rehabbers working toward the goal of returning injured baby animals back into the wild.

Recently, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Program staff successfully released two young gosling patients into new “foster” families at Westlake’s Clague Park. Both babies had required rehab treatment for leg injuries.  

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:14 PM, 06.14.2011

Final update on Westerly's rain barrel project

Did you hear? The Rain Barrel Run Off project that Mrs. Fisher’s class did was a huge success! All the rain barrels were sold and soon lots of houses will be conserving water and helping the environment. 

If you see one, please take a moment and think about all the hard work that was put into it. The rain barrels will help reduce storm water, pollution and all kinds of other things.

If you bought a rain barrel then you know how beautiful and bright they are and how they fit nicely in your garden. The rain barrel water can be used for things such as washing cars or watering plants and flowers. Thank you for supporting our project and we hope you enjoy them.

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Volume 3, Issue 12, Posted 2:17 PM, 06.14.2011

Habitat for Humanity collection planned in Bay Village

Do you have things sitting around gathering dust? Bring your gently used household items to the Habitat for Humanity Donation Collection on Saturday, May 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Bay Village Police Department parking lot, 28000 Wolf Rd.

This is a great opportunity for you to donate your used items to a worthy cause. If you have a large item to donate, a pick up can be arranged by calling Jerry Jarc at 440-823-4579 in advance of May 21.

According to Habitat volunteer Jerry Jarc, this is the second Habitat for Humanity Donation Drop Off to be scheduled this spring in Bay. The first drop off in April was very successful, resulting in four large truckloads of great usable items being donated. The Habitat for Humanity drop off events are organized by the Bay Village Green Team.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 9:12 PM, 05.17.2011

Explore and investigate nature and science at summer camp

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is calling on kids of all ages to spend active time in the Great Outdoors this summer; hiking, beachcombing, interacting with live animals and launching rockets. Two of the Center’s summer camp offerings take a cue from television titles, but the action is far from the couch and remote control!

In NSI: Nature Scene Investigation, campers, ages 6-14, will collect evidence and perform experiments to solve some natural mysteries. “The ‘detectives’ in this camp will investigate science and nature using their powers of observation and a variety of tricks and tools,” said Education Director Darci Sanders. “We take care to group campers by age and to offer age appropriate experiences for each group,” she added.

The Center is partnering with neighboring BAYarts for The Amazing Place Day Camp this year. “The Amazing Place is, of course, The Great Outdoors,” said Sanders. In the morning, campers ages 6-14 will encounter live animals and trek forest, field and stream in and around Lake Erie Nature & Science Center. After lunch they’ll work in the pottery studio, create sand sculptures on the beach and more with BAYarts. Like the NSI Camp, “teams” for the week will be organized by age. Registration for The Amazing Place takes place ONLY at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center.

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Volume 3, Issue 10, Posted 9:14 PM, 05.17.2011

Westlake Garden Club continues Arbor Day tradition

The Westlake Garden Club planted a tree in front of Westlake Porter Public Library on April 29 in celebration of Arbor Day. The group has planted trees around the city every year for over 20 years.

PICTURED: Westlake Garden Club members Ruth Bertrand, Margaret Schulz, Sally Knurek, Kathy Molnar and Maryann Brock, along with Porter Library Director Andrew Mangles and Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, listen as Stan Barnard, Westlake's Urban Forestry/Safety Manager, describes the species of tree the club planted.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:39 PM, 05.03.2011

Bay trash program to increase recycling, decrease long-term costs

The new program for removal of recycling and trash in Bay Village is expected to increase recycling by 30-50% or more by increasing the items to be recycled curbside and providing rewards to residents for recycling. And, the more that we recycle, the longer the current Oberlin Landfill will last, thereby delaying significant waste management cost increases. 

In April, each resident received two large containers from Allied Waste – one blue container for trash and one green container for recycling. Here is how it works:

Continue to recycle curbside: Newspaper, plastics labeled No. 1 and No. 2, glass bottles and jars and aluminum and steel cans. Containers should be rinsed, caps and neck rings removed from the bottles.

Added to curbside recycling: Mixed paper (magazines, catalogs, school papers, mail, construction paper, typing paper, pamphlets, shredded paper) and cardboard (corrugated cardboard, cereal boxes, tissue boxes, paper towel rolls).

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:49 PM, 05.03.2011

LENSC urges “hands off” approach to baby wildlife

A sure sign (or sound) of spring at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is the constant ringing of the phone with calls about baby wildlife. The Center's Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Program staff welcomes and encourages these calls and offers free advice in order to head off unnecessary human intervention by well-intentioned but uninformed “rescuers.” Some things to keep in mind about the wild babies you encounter in your backyard:

• Baby wildlife is rarely abandoned in nature. Wildlife mothers often leave their babies unattended for hours. Even if one parent has died, in many cases, the remaining parent can ably take care of the babies.

• Baby wild animals DO NOT need to be protected from the natural dangers in their lives. Cats and dogs, cars, streets and parking lots are all a natural part of the life of an urban/suburban wild animal. They NEED to grow up among these things in order to learn how to successfully co-exist with them.

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Volume 3, Issue 9, Posted 4:41 PM, 05.03.2011

Rain Barrels in Bay Village

Are you on the lookout for the Rain Barrel Run-Off posters and rain barrels? You should be! My third-grade class delivered them the week of April 18. The rain barrels were delivered to locations such as: True Value, City Hall, Key Bank, Dairy Queen, Bay Arts, PNC Bank, Huntington Bank, Bay Library, Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, Bay Board of Education and Java Bay.

We put posters in many other local businesses, too. Everyone in my class thanks all the businesses helping us with this project. We have written them letters and visited them, also.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:15 PM, 04.19.2011

Can attracting something wild be relaxing?

A question that's often asked at this time of year is, "How do I attract birds and butterflies?” This is a great question because the answer is, "Install plants and invite them!”

We live close to Lake Erie and that makes it is truly easy attract and view migrating birds and have them visit annually. I slice up oranges and stake them on driftwood or hang them on the branches of flowering shrubs like lilacs to attract Baltimore Orioles. This vibrant orange and black bird arrives in my neighborhood in late April through mid-May and feeds happily on my oranges.

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Volume 3, Issue 8, Posted 6:10 PM, 04.19.2011

Learn how to reduce storm water run-off on your property

Build a rain barrel to take home at a rain barrel workshop on Wed., April 27

There is no doubt that storm water run-off is increasing as development expands and the pervious surfaces (like meadows and forests) that soak up the water naturally are disappearing. There are things that a homeowner can do to reduce the storm water run-off on his/her property and utilize the rain water in a beneficial manner, including installing a rain barrel.

According to Amy Roskilly of the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District, a rain barrel is a container used to collect and store rainwater that would otherwise be lost to run-off and likely diverted to a storm drain. Collected water may then be used to water lawns and gardens.

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:09 PM, 04.05.2011

Habitat for Humanity collection coming to Bay police dept. parking lot

Local Habitat for Humanity Drop Off Arranged by the Bay Village Green Team

Planning any Spring cleaning this year? Do you have any gently used household items that can be donated to a worthy cause? One such organization is Habitat for Humanity.  

 Two Habitat for Humanity Donation Drop Off dates have been arranged for your convenience at the Bay Village Police Department Parking Lot. 

The drop off dates and times are:

Saturday, April 16, and Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Bay Village Police Department Parking Lot, 28000 Wolf Road.

If you have large items, you can also arrange for home pick up by contacting Jerry Jarc at 440-823-4579 (prior to April 16 or May 21)

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Volume 3, Issue 7, Posted 3:17 PM, 04.05.2011

Use rain barrels to conserve water

Soon there will be bright and colorful signs advertising rain barrels around Bay Village. My classmates and I made them because my teacher, Mrs. Fisher, and everyone in my class (including me) is trying to help people in Bay learn about conserving water with rain barrels. 

Our Mission Statement is: To educate Bay citizens about conserving water by using rain barrels. We plan to sell rain barrels to businesses and citizens. So far we have around 12 rain barrels. We have painted them blues and greens and are going to put different designs to match your garden on them. 

The rain barrels and/or posters will be displayed at Huntington Bank, Heinen's, Georgio's, Dairy Queen, True Value Hardware, City Hall, Key Bank, PNC Bank, BAYarts, Bay Library, Lake Erie Nature and Science Center, and Java Bay. The students in my class wrote letters to those businesses requesting them to let us display posters and rain barrels. 

They sent us an email at our email address: rainbarrelrunoff@hotmail.com. Then, we went to their business to have them sign a contract. Most of them did and then it was a done deal. After we met with them and let them sign the contract, we wrote a thank you letter to them, thanking them for spending time with us.

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 9:59 AM, 03.22.2011

Color is the cure for the winter grays

By the time mid-March rolls around, we have cabin fever and some even suffer from seasonal affective disorder, caused by sunlight deprivation. We’re sick of gray, dreary landscapes.

I know of a cure lurking beneath those soggy leaves: Color! I like to design with lots of this and I know that bountiful color cures the blahs. Try spring-blooming rock garden perennials like Dianthus ‘Neon Star,’ Creeping Phlox ‘Emerald Cushion Pink’ and Violas.

These low maintenance flowers have electric hues and are semi-evergreen, which means a bit more winter color, too. In the heat of the summer they need little water. The local deer will stroll on by because they don’t like these cultivars. It’s a gardener’s cure that’ll help you get your mojo back!

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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 10:02 AM, 03.22.2011

Go green this spring!

Learn how to compost at a free seminar to be held April 13 at Bay Community House

Spring is a great time to start a compost pile. All you need is a sunny spot in the backyard and you’ll be able to create a compost pile using a mix of “brown” and “green” materials.

Backyard composting is a key to reducing the waste that goes to the landfill. When the organic matter such as kitchen and yard waste go to the landfill, the nutrients are not returned to the soil.

Through composting, you reuse valuable materials by returning the nutrients from the food you eat and the plant material in your yard back to the soil. According to the EPA, nearly 25% of all waste that goes to landfills is compostable.

What can be composted? The compost process adds 1-2 parts GREEN materials with 2-3 parts BROWN materials.

  • Green (organic) materials include: Plant clippings, vegetable scraps, fruit scraps, flowers, grass clippings, coffee grounds, tea bags
  • Brown (organic) materials include: Dead leaves, straw, sawdust, wood chips, shredded newspaper, dryer/vacuum lint, nut shells
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Volume 3, Issue 6, Posted 9:58 AM, 03.22.2011

Community garden in Bay Village ready to 'spring' into action

If you enjoy fresh produce, want to learn how to garden or want to help those in need, the Bay Village Community Garden has something for you. Community garden participants range from scout troops learning to grow vegetables and herbs to families who harvest the greens from their plot for the evening dinner table. And there are churches and community groups that use the plots to grow fresh produce for those in need.  

The Bay Village Community Garden opened in May 2010 at the corner of Forestview and Wolf roads, and in no time, eighty plots were quickly in use. The garden was envisioned by Green Team member, Bob Shields, who has a master's degree in botany and has been involved in gardening since his scouting days. He expects that all 130 plots available will be rented out or put to use by service organizations this year.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 10:08 AM, 03.08.2011

Pelican patient journeys to St. Louis to continue rehab

An off-course, juvenile American White Pelican that was rehabbing at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center is now settled into the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, Mo., where the next phase of rehab for an injured wing is underway. The Bay Village Center's Wildlife Rehabilitation & Education Coordinator Amy LeMonds drove the bird to St. Louis to expedite and supervise the transfer. 

Unlike Northeast Ohio, St. Louis is a natural stomping ground for this species of bird. If the wing heals properly and the bird is releasable, which is the goal, the pelican could be integrated into the wild population along the Mississippi River.

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Volume 3, Issue 5, Posted 10:40 AM, 03.08.2011

Rare to Northeast Ohio, pelican receives treatment at LENSC

A beautiful American White Pelican, one of the largest birds in North America, is showing improvement in Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s Wildlife Education & Rehabilitation Program. This unusual patient, rarely seen in Northeast Ohio, was rescued from the Cuyahoga River on Jan. 19 with a left wing injury.

Center Wildlife Rehabilitation Coordinator Amy LeMonds says an X-ray and veterinary exam revealed no fracture to the wing, so the bird has been treated for soft tissue injury. LeMonds reports that the pelican is doing well after a month of rehabilitation that also included treatment for dehydration and intestinal parasites. In fact, the big bird has gained almost three pounds as it consumes nearly four pounds of fish each day!

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.22.2011

Annual seeds and the 'wow' factor

If you’re looking for something to make your garden a knockout this summer tries growing a few flowers from seed. I know that many gardeners shy away from this task because they don’t want to fuss with early potting and care. It takes forever and most gardeners want it now. Well take it from an impatient gardener—these babies grow fast!  

These are some of my favorites and I sow them directly into my garden beds: "Alaska" nasturtiums, "Violet Queen" cleome and "Heavenly Blue" morning glories. (They’re from tropical climates and don’t germinate until soil temperatures warm in late spring.)

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Volume 3, Issue 4, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.22.2011

Use RTA bus service to green your commute

 A Message from the Bay Village Green Team

Make a New Year’s resolution to save money and green your commute! Save wear and tear on your car, save on parking and rising gasoline costs, and do your part to reduce emissions in Northeast Ohio.

The RTA has several bus routes that go in to Downtown Cleveland on weekdays. The cost is $2.25 or $2.50 per ride – much cheaper than most downtown parking. And, you can get bus passes that reduce the cost even further. Following are the public transit routes in Bay and Westlake.

West Shore Flyer – Route 55F

The bus route goes through Bay Village – on either Lake, Wolf, or Osborn roads – within a few blocks of just about anyone that lives in the city. The route continues on Lake Rd. to Clifton Blvd., and on into Downtown Cleveland. Morning eastbound routes run between 6 and 8 a.m. Evening westbound routes run between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. 

If you live in Westlake, there are several routes that go between Crocker Park and downtown Cleveland. Or, you can catch the 55F at the Clague Road Park-N-Ride (at the intersection of Clague and Wolf roads).

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 4:09 PM, 01.03.2011

A Westsider's guide to recycling almost anything!

Happy New Year, Westlake and Bay residents! If your New Year's resolutions include clearing out clutter, making some extra bucks or becoming a more devoted recycler, then this reference guide is worth keeping!

We are very fortunate that we live in an area with so many convenient ways to recycle.

IF YOU WANT MONEY FOR YOUR EFFORTS:
1. Recycle Zone, 28820 Lorain Rd., North Olmsted. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sat., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Rather than ending up in a landfill, this drive-through recycling service puts items back in the production stream AND  pays you in the process. Accepted items: Car and marine batteries, aluminum, brass, copper, steel, computers and e-scrap, and junk cars. Visit www.recyclezoneusa.com or call 440-471-4652 for more information.

2. Consignment stores will take your clothing, shoes, accessories and sometimes household items and books, depending on the store. They then set a price and you get a portion of the profits, usually 40% of the selling price. Again, it varies by store. But we are spoiled for choice! Call for consignment hours and information about the type of clothes they currently are accepting. Here are some of the closest:

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Volume 3, Issue 1, Posted 6:40 PM, 01.04.2011