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Bay Village revises city dog ordinances

The Bay Village City Council has completed a revision of the Chapter 505 "Animal and Fowl" ordinances, which includes the ordinances governing dogs in Bay Village. To establish a more effective remedy to prevent serious dog attacks, the Bay Village City Council has added the category of “nuisance dog” to the existing categories of “vicious dog” and “dangerous dog.”

A “vicious dog” is a dog which, without provocation, has killed or caused serious injury to any person. A “dangerous dog” is a dog which, without provocation, caused injury, other than killing or serious injury, to any person, or killed another dog, cat or other domestic animal while off the premises of the owner.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:27 AM, 07.03.2018

Antique, Vintage and Craft Show is July 15

A shopper browses the wares at a previous Antique, Vintage and Craft Show. This year's show will be July 15. Photo by Denny Wendell

The Westlake Historical Society will be hosting the annual Antique, Vintage and Craft Show at the Clague House Museum, 1371 Clague Road, on Sunday, July 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date will be July 22.

This is our largest fundraiser of the year, which supports the Clague Museum’s utility costs, insurance, refreshments and our many programs.

The show will have 25 crafters and about 30 antique dealers. We will have two animal rescue groups (cats and dogs), food booths and refreshments. The museum will be open all day after 10 a.m. We will also have a silent auction with quality items, including a night’s stay at a Crocker Park hotel.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:20 AM, 07.03.2018

Confused about recycling? You're not alone

Despite the “recycle numbers” on the bottom, plastic cups are not recyclable. Photo by Tara Wendell

It seems that most people have good intentions when it comes to recycling, which is wonderful. However, “hopeful recycling” – which means putting an item in your recycling bin and hoping that it will be recycled – can sabotage all of your efforts. One item can contaminate your whole bin, so it is important to learn what you can, and cannot, throw into your recycling bin in Cuyahoga County.

Luckily for us, we have a fabulous resource called the Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District. Their website,, offers a lot of information about what should be placed into your recycling.

The site even has a “What do I do with?” tool that allows you to enter in an item that you are not sure what to do with, for example “Styrofoam.” When you enter in  "Styrofoam," a couple of choices pop up: “Styrofoam blocks” and “Styrofoam containers.” I chose “containers.” The site then tells you how to deal with this kind of waste.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:21 AM, 07.03.2018

Bring it on! Senior walking challenge for the West Shore

Spearheaded by UH St. John Medical Center, seven area senior centers are forming walking teams for the hospital's six-week-long "Bring it On! Senior Walking and Wellness Challenge." Competing senior centers include: Westlake, Bay Village, Lakewood, North Olmsted, North Ridgeville, Rocky River and Avon.

This friendly challenge offers great motivation to start that walking program you have been promising to do. If you are already physically active, this is a great way to stay motivated and maybe "up your game," to shed those unwanted, stubborn pounds. If you aren't fit, it is a great way to start moving.

While this is a team challenge, it is also really a personal challenge. All fitness levels are welcome. If, at the end of the program, you have increased your average number of steps per day, then you are a winner.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:26 AM, 07.03.2018

Combating escalating drug prices

Alex, 18, is home from college. He’s studying to be a respiratory therapist. For his summer job, he bikes 16 miles from Avon to North Olmsted and back, leaving at 5:10 a.m. every morning. He’s affable, athletic and “not unique.” Most remarkable, he’s been a diabetic since age 4 – and managed to keep nearly perfect glucose control.

Alex’s body makes no insulin. For every meal and activity, he calculates his carb and insulin needs. He thinks nothing of it. But in the past few years, a problem has crept up on him, and eight million other insulin-dependent diabetics in the U.S.

From 2002 to 2013, the price of insulin tripled (a vial of insulin went from $231 to $736). Who knows why. A survey shows almost half of diabetics skip needed medical care because they can’t afford it.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:26 AM, 07.03.2018

BAYarts Concert Series boasts rocking sounds

The Portersharks masterfully play Irish tunes and are a fan-favorite at the BAYarts concert series. Photo courtesy The Portersharks

The popular free concert series at BAYarts has already begun and will wind through into the end of August, bringing a mix of new and familiar acts.

New this year are Maura Rogers & the Bellows, who played on July 1, and Moustache Yourself, a gypsy jazz band, playing on July 8.

Returning favorites include Bay Village locals Lazy Ted and the Big Hurry, Moko Bovo from Seattle, the Portersharks and B Side Jazz. Also returning this year is the Cleveland Opera Theater, who will be performing from the Great American Songbook.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.03.2018

Tickets on sale for Westlake Garden Club fall luncheon

Tickets are now available for the Westlake Garden Club’s biennial fundraiser luncheon, Fête des Fleurs. The luncheon will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at Westwood Country Club. We are very excited to have Jill Koski, CEO of Holden Forests and Gardens (Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Gardens) as speaker at the luncheon.

Jill assumed the role of president and CEO during a period of growth for the organization with all-time highs in attendance and membership.

“Public gardens and arboreta are more important than ever to connect people to the world around them and positively impact the economy, health and wellness, and of course, the environment,” said Koski.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:26 AM, 07.03.2018

Upcoming programs at Bay branch library

Painted rocks are fun to hide in the community as unexpected tokens of cheer to an unsuspecting finder. Families are invited to join us in this fun activity on Saturday, July 14, from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bay Village branch library. Supplies will be provided so you can paint your own rock and hide it. Bring your creativity and get ready to spread some cheer!


Pool Storytime: Join us at the Bay pool every Monday and Tuesday at 2 p.m. as one of our children's librarians hosts storytime during the rest break.

Weekly Storytimes: 

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Saturday, July 7 (2 p.m.) Harry Potter Anniversary Party – Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Boy Who Lived with crafts, games, trivia and more.

Saturday, July 14 (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.) Rock Painting – Families can drop by as we paint rocks together to hide and spread cheer in the community. We'll provide all the supplies. 

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.03.2018

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, July 3 (6-8 p.m.) Happy Birthday, America! – Join us in the Youth Services Department as we get ready to celebrate July 4th with a variety of red, white and blue crafts!

Wednesday, July 4 – Independence Day: Library Closed

Thursday, July 5 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursdays, July 5 and 12 (2-3:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts – Bring out your creativity every Thursday throughout the summer! Drop-in for a new craft each week. Grades 7-12.

Thursdays, July 5 and 12 (4-5 p.m.) Code Club! – Learn how to build an app, design a video game, and change the world through code! Grades 3-4. Registration begins one week before each session.

Thursdays, July 5 and 12 (6:30-8 p.m.) and Wednesdays, July 11 and 18 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with one of the reading therapy dogs! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Friday, July 6 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ the Library! – There are big changes brewing in Gotham, and if LEGO Batman wants to save the city from The Joker’s hostile takeover, he may have to drop the lone vigilante thing, try to work with others, and maybe, just maybe, learn to lighten up. Rated PG. Registration begins one week before each session.

Friday, July 6 (3:30-4:30 p.m.) Got Science? – Join us for a fun afternoon as we explore beach activities and experiments. Grades 1 and 2. Please register.

Saturday, July 7 (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) Researching Your Roots – This class is an intro to as well as other online resources that can be used to research your family. Bring the names and dates of relatives that you do know. This class will allow time for individual research during class. Please register.

Saturday, July 7 (4-5:30 p.m.) STEAMMaker Lab – This month’s topic: Rockets! Make and test various rockets. Grades 3-5. Please register.

Sunday, July 8 (2-3 p.m.) American Girl Doll Club Picnic – We’ll enjoy a light picnic with our dolls before engaging in outdoor picnic games and activities on the side lawn. Ages 6-11. Please register.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.03.2018

Porch talks continue with 'History Meets Design'

The Bay Village Historical Society continues its Porch Talk series with "History Meets Design" at the Harvest View Garden on July 15 at 2 p.m.

“History Meets Design” will be the topic of an outing at the Harvest View Garden in Bay Village on Sunday, July 15, at 2 p.m. The event is part of the Porch Talk series sponsored by the Bay Village Historical Society.

Hosts Julia and Byron Shutt, owners of Maple Leaf Landscaping, will host a tour and talk about how the historic Sadler Homestead lot became their garden. After purchasing the lot from the landowner after the Sadler home was demolished, the Shutts envisioned developing the land into a lovely garden and wildlife haven.

Tour admission is free. The address is 29737 Lake Road. Parking is available on Florence and Ruth streets. Attendees are urged to bring a lawn chair.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.03.2018

The Mitchell/Shie House, 24102 Center Ridge Road

An oil painting of Mitchell/Shie house, now part of the Westlake Historical Society collection. Photo by Will Krause

This circa 1882 house sits on approximately 3.5 acres on Center Ridge Road. The property is divided into three parcels. The house is on an approximately 100-foot-wide, one-acre parcel, flanked on the west by an approximately 50-foot-wide, 0.2-acre parcel and on the east by an approximately 80-foot-wide, 2.3-acre parcel that widens out behind the house, extending nearly 600 feet back from Center Ridge and includes a barn. The house and property are for sale for $349,900.

The house could be restored on its parcel and a second home could be constructed on the parcel with the barn. The barn may have been the location of Hickory Hill Stables, offering riding lessons and pony rides in years past. The parcels combined could accommodate up to three horses and other farm animals such as chickens as long as the owner meets other requirements in the city code such as distance of structures housing them from abutting residences.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:21 AM, 07.03.2018

Smartphones, tablets can accommodate you

I used to make my annual pilgrimage to the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) at the Cobo Center in Detroit every January. A self-proclaimed gearhead, although I confess I can’t turn a wrench, I loved spending the whole day at NAIAS and coming home with a trunkload of catalogs to keep me entertained through the long CLE winter.

However, just like the electronic gadgets we procure stopped coming with manuals, many car manufacturer booths started eliminating hard copy literature, instead pointing visitors to their websites. I haven’t been back to NAIAS since!

Most digital natives will instinctively do a Google search for an electronic – aka “PDF” – manual to find out something; digital immigrants, like yours truly, grew up consulting books, encyclopedias and manuals for knowledge.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:19 AM, 07.03.2018

Porter's annual ice cream social will be July 30

Save the date for the July 30 ice cream social! Sponsored by Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library. Photo by Katie Cirincione

Save the date for Monday, July 30, from 6-8 p.m. for the Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library's Annual Ice Cream Social! Mitchell's ice cream sundaes will be sold for $1, with the cost being subsidized by the Friends of WPPL. The Big Daddies Band will be back, along with facepainters and a cakewalk.

There will be a half-price used book sale in the Book Nook and a Sidewalk Sale at Portables Gift Shop, located inside the library lobby. Come for the ice cream and stay for the fun and entertainment! We look forward to seeing you.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:26 AM, 07.03.2018

Bay Men's Club supports local family in time of need

Pictured at the Bay Men's Club barbecue cookoff for Claire Blevins are, left to right, BMC past president Dominic Giovannazzo, Claire Blevins, BMC President Sean Riley, cookoff winner Jon Lang, organizer John Underation, and cookoff judge Cynthia Eakin. Photo by Eric Eakin

More than 200 people recently attended a barbecue rib cook-off at the Bay Lodge, sponsored by the Bay Men's Club, to raise money for Bay Village residents Dave, Andrea and Claire Blevins. Bay High junior Claire is currently battling leukemia.

Eight teams competed for the title of best ribs, with Jon Lang taking the grand prize awarded by a three-judge panel.

Guests enjoyed music provided by Strangers on the Street; bid on a wide variety of silent-auction items donated by local individuals and businesses; quickly sold out two different side boards, purchased Claire Blevins-designed T-shirts, and gave the Blevins family some much-needed support.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:23 AM, 07.03.2018

Marblehead Lighthouse

Marblehead Lighthouse began operating in 1822. Photo by Rachel Polaniec

This month's Magical History Tour takes us on a pleasant drive west via I-90/OH 2 to Marblehead Lighthouse, located at Marblehead State Park not too far from Kelley's Island, Put-In-Bay and Cedar Point. Hours are noon to 4 p.m., seven days a week, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, though the park grounds are open year-round. Entry to the museums are free; for those aged 5 and older wishing to climb the lighthouse tower there is a $3 (cash only) tour charge.  

On the edge of rocky Marblehead peninsula, jutting out into the gray waters of Lake Erie, a white lighthouse capped in red stands tall, the sunlight glinting off of its windows. Come nightfall, a brilliant green LED light will shine across the water, signaling vessels up to 11 nautical miles away, the same as every other night since its beginnings in 1822, though its methods of doing so have certainly changed. 

The oldest continuously operating lighthouse on the Great Lakes, construction of Marblehead Lighthouse was set in motion by the fifteenth United States Congress in 1819, who appropriated $5,000 for its construction. Built by William Kelly out of native limestone, the resulting lighthouse was 50 feet high, its base 25 feet in diameter with five-foot thick walls, narrowing to 12 feet at the top with walls two feet thick. 

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:25 AM, 07.03.2018

St. Paul pastor, interim principal moves on to next chapter

The Rev. Dr. David Buegler

The Rev. Dr. David Buegler has been part of St. Paul Lutheran Church and School for 30 years. Buegler, 72, had served as the interim principal of Westlake’s oldest independent preparatory school since January, following the resignation of former Principal Dale Lehrke.

He also served the St. Paul flock as associate pastor for more than 20 years. For many there, he is St. Paul.

Buegler stepped down as the school’s interim principal on July 2 with the arrival of new administrator Jeremy Louden from Houston, Texas. For the fourth time, he’s giving retirement a try.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.03.2018

Janet Wade enhances fiber arts at BAYarts

"Stop the Words" by Janet Wade

There has been a resurgence of fiber-based classes in Bay Village the past two years. This is because Janet Wade has returned to BAYarts after living out of state for 20 years.

Wade began teaching at the arts center in 1980. "I taught at Baycrafters (now BAYarts) over a span of 15 years, from 1980 to 1995, and enjoyed it very much. Growing up in Bay Village, I took many classes at Baycrafters so it has always had a very special place in my heart and in my life."

In the late '90s her family moved to Missouri and stayed there for 20 years until moving back a few years ago. Now she is back as part of the BAYarts faculty.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:23 AM, 07.03.2018

Westlake Women’s Club porch socials

The Westlake Women’s Club is holding Summer Porch Socials to promote new membership and discuss the upcoming year. Bonefish Grill’s patio in Crocker Park will be the site of the next get together, on Thursday, July 12.

The Westlake Women’s Club is open to women of all ages in the Westlake area and participates in various service projects such as the Over 90s luncheon, Adopt an Adult, and fundraising through the annual Basket of Treasures to provide scholarships to Westlake students and grants to local nonprofit organizations. There are also monthly meetings with fun and informative programs.

Come join us for a drink and appetizers at 7:00 p.m. and check it out!

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.03.2018

Herb Guild meeting tackles gardening questions

The July meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be Wednesday, July 11, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting will start at 10 a.m., followed by a presentation by our club members on gardening. If you have any gardening questions, this is the meeting to attend! Our resident experts have had years of experience with herbs, flowers and vegetables. 

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:24 AM, 07.03.2018

July 14 is LEGO Day at the Library

Join us at Westlake Porter Public Library for "LEGOs at the Library" on Saturday, July 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Porter Room. Members from the Northeast Ohio LEGO Users Group (NEOLUG) return with more LEGO creations to get your creative juices flowing. Stop by and be inspired.   

This is a drop-in event for all ages, no registration required. Porter Library is located at 27333 Center Ridge Road. If you have any questions please call 440-871-2600 or visit us online at

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.03.2018

Who's running the zoo?

When I was in school we had a principal that had a presence. The sight of her made the hair on the back of your neck stand up! If you walked past her office and there was someone sitting in there, you knew he or she was doomed. It was many years ago; however, not that long ago. No one was walking 10 miles, uphill both ways, in rainstorms.

Recently, I have noticed some less-than-respectful behavior from our young people. For example, I watched 10 young men behave ridiculously at a coffee shop the other day. Business people, seniors and folks just wanting to enjoy a nice cup of coffee surrounded them. The boys were cracking plastic water bottles, clapping together (ridiculous) and screaming at each other. They knew where they were, so why did they think this was OK?

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:26 AM, 07.03.2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Westshore Montessori School graduates

2018 Westshore Montessori School graduates

Westshore Montessori School would like to congradulate its 52nd graduating class of kindergarteners. We wish them well in all of the future endeavors. 

Looking ahead, our students are very well equipped to take on the next part of their educational lives. They have a strong foundation, they have learned many priceless lessons, and most importantly they have learned that they can do it.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:22 AM, 07.03.2018

College Club West announces scholarship recipients

Scholarship committee with recipients, left to right: Marilyn Sledz, Amy Martin, Michelle Cappetto, Heidi Hubbard, Gerry Knapp, Pat McAndrew, Ann Adams and Paula Binder.

College Club West is pleased to announce its 2018 scholarship recipients. The club provides tuition grants for women age 25 and older. The four winners this year will each receive $3,000 tuition grant for the 2018-19 school year towards a bachelor’s degree or higher.

  • Michelle Cappetto of Strongsville is working towards a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy at Kent State University. 
  • Heidi Hubbard of South Euclid is attending Kent State University and working on a B.A. in psychology.
  • Amy Martin of Brunswick is attending Kent State University for a Master's in Library and Information Science. 
  • Bethany Thomas of Lakewood is working towards B.S. in biology from Baldwin Wallace University.
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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:23 AM, 07.03.2018