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Scouts bring rakes, smiles to Knickerbocker cleanup

The third-grade girls of Bay Village Brownie Troop 70034 – along with some siblings – spent a recent afternoon raking, weeding and cleaning up the grounds of the Knickerbocker Apartments under the guidance of building superintendent Dan Hubbard (center).

Girl Scout Brownie Troop 70034 composed of third-grade girls from Westerly School in Bay Village arrived at the Knickerbocker Senior Apartments on April 11 to help clean up the debris on the lawn and flower beds which accumulated during this past winter.

This project is one of many projects throughout the year which help the girls earn their Community Service badge. Armed with their own rakes and garden gloves the girls, accompanied by their troop leader Amber Dent and several mothers, went right to work raking leaves, removing twigs and stones from around bushes and benches and even pulling some weeds.

The girls packed large bags to the brim and carried them to the dumpster. At times the bags were almost as tall as the girl who carried them. We were surprised to see three boys working alongside the girls. The boys each had a sister in the troop. The youngest boy, a kindergartener, took a bag back to the dumpster. He just wasn't quite tall enough to lift the bag to the top, so reporter and Knickerbocker resident Bruce Leigh hoisted the bag over the side and into the dumpster. Bruce, a former Boy Scout, reminds us that for scouts of any age it's all about teamwork.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:38 AM, 04.15.2014

Sixth annual Taste of Westlake is April 24

It’s time you whet your appetite, Westlake! The sixth annual Taste of Westlake is coming!

On Thursday, April 24, Citizens for Westlake Schools, a community action committee formed to promote and support the Excellence of Westlake Schools, will present the Taste of Westlake at Wagner’s of Westlake.

Each participating restaurant provides food for guests to try, from savory appetizer bites to delicious treats for dessert. The Taste of Westlake is an event to enjoy and mingle with fellow community members.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:19 AM, 04.15.2014

May 6 event aims to open dialogue on dangers of drug use

On Tuesday, May 6, 6:45 p.m. at Bay Middle School, parents and students alike will have the opportunity to learn and participate in discussions regarding adolescent drug use and what it means to families. The program, “LET’S TALK ABOUT IT,” is designed to encourage both parents and students to dialogue and also give them the tools on how to address drugs in the community and teen drug use.

Featured speakers Judge Donna Congeni Fitzsimmons from the Rocky River Municipal Court and Detective Kevin Krolkowski from the Bay Village Police Department will share with parents what they see on a daily basis and provide tips on what parents can do. Jennifer Tulli from Recovery Resources will also meet with students and hold an open discussion session.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:16 AM, 04.15.2014

Your place on the family tree

Betty Franklin, Family History Center consultant, assists Cami Carney while she and Sandy Graf explore their ancestry. Photo by Joyce Able Schroth

In the popular television series "Who Do You Think You Are?" celebrities Trisha Yearwood, Kelly Clarkson and many others have explored their roots. For everyone who is ready to open the door to their own history or add to what has already been discovered, a special event is planned for Saturday, April 26, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Westlake Ohio Family History Center, 25000 Westwood Road.

"Family History from the Past into the Future" features thirteen 50-minute presentations from which to choose at this free event. Each presenter has significant expertise and many years of experience in family history research. For those curious about past generations – where and how they lived – answers may be found at this 11th Annual Family History Conference. Sessions include an introduction to genealogy, Family Tree and FamilySearch, land records and county research, writing your story, Scots in Ohio, researching Great Britain and the Czech Republic and using Google Earth.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:20 AM, 04.15.2014

Westlake superintendent stuns with resignation

Superintendent Dr. Daniel J. Keenan at Westlake High School during a January ceremony honoring him as the 2014 Ohio Superintendent of the Year.

After seven years of leading the Westlake City School District, Superintendent Dr. Daniel J. Keenan Jr. announced his resignation, effective July 31, 2014, to accept the position of executive director of the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation. Dr. Keenan made the announcement during the April 3 Board of Education meeting, surprising many in the room.

Dr. Keenan joined the Westlake Schools on Aug. 1, 2007. His tenure was punctuated by significant progress in the Westlake City School District. His tenure has been a collaborative one with the Westlake community. He sought input and direction from the community on major issues through a variety of committees and has been applauded for being a dedicated educator and manager.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:26 AM, 04.15.2014

Remembering the Taylor House, Part 2

The Taylor House featured an elaborate veranda, constructed of what was believed to be Berea sandstone, which mirrored the style of buildings found on the Baldwin University campus. The university owned the Westlake home at the end of the 19th century.

Part 2 of a two-part series on the historic Taylor House, which was located at 28989 Center Ridge Road, across the street from the St. John Medical Center, until its demolition earlier this year. Visit wbvobserver.com to read the first installment in this series.

After John Taylor, the original owner of the home, died childless in 1850, it appears that the home went to sheriff’s sale and was purchased by his brother-in-law, Chester Dean. The Deans owned the property until 1853, when it was sold to the McCarteys who owned it until 1857.

A branch of the large Lilly family owned it from 1866 until 1892. It was then purchased by Baldwin University of Berea, Ohio. The Glendenning family owned it the longest – from 1902 until 1965 – then the Thibo family from 1965 until 2000.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:22 AM, 04.15.2014

Lincoln as commander In chief

Attend a discussion of leadership during war in a democracy as we examine President Abraham Lincoln's role as commander in chief. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 16, 6:30-8:30 p.m., in the Dover Room of Westlake Porter Public Library. Anyone interested in the Civil War or Abraham Lincoln will be welcome. There is no charge. The event is sponsored by the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:21 AM, 04.15.2014

Bay Village and other school districts distribute state tests on paper for final year

Bay Village Schools administrative assistant Mary Jane Hull sorts state tests for transport to individual schools. This is the final year that Ohio Achievement Tests will be taken with paper and pencil.

Every spring since the early 1990s, when the Ohio Department of Education began mandating statewide proficiency testing, the Bay Village City School District has accepted many dozens of cartons containing printed test booklets and bubble answer sheets. The tests had to be counted out, secured, and delivered to teachers and students exactly when needed.

Once the tests were taken, the process would begin again in reverse. Districts, teachers, parents and students could wait as long as 2-3 months to learn their individual test results. This spring, Bay Village and most other Ohio districts are accepting all those cartons for the final time.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:19 AM, 04.15.2014

So, what else is taxing?

The newsstand appearance of this edition on “tax day” should find Westshore residents who filed early sighing in relief. You can tell who they are. They’re the ones smiling and jauntily going about their normal routines.

Conversely, notice who calls off sick to work on tax day and then watch for their cars stacked in the long post-office queues when reported on the late-evening news.

Many refund checks have likely been spent by now, meaning it’s a long haul until the next IRS windfall, provided that the tax gods smile down on their subjects the next time around.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:19 AM, 04.15.2014

Bay Village Historical Society hosts annual Victorian Tea

Spring has sprung, and with it comes the annual Bay Village Historical Society Victorian Tea on April 26, 2 p.m., at the Dwyer Memorial Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane in Bay Village.

Highlights of the spring tea include a drawing for an American Girl doll and a fun create-your-own hat contest. Carol Major will be selling clothes for 18-inch dolls.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:18 AM, 04.15.2014

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

It looks like the nice weather is finally getting here – at least for now! Be sure to make time in your schedule for a library visit to find the perfect book to read or listen to during your day. Stop in to check out books you’ll need for those spring activities from gardening to cleaning to home improvement. Students: Spring Break is coming up but don’t take a vacation from reading. Come and browse the shelves to find the perfect book or magazine to read for fun. And speaking of fun, join us for the following programs for all ages! There will be dancing, a super hero day, and even a dog will stop by for a visit with his author friend. Please join us!

ADULT DEPARTMENT

Wednesday, April 30 (7 p.m.) LOW MAINTENANCE GARDENING – Do you want to have a beautiful garden, yet might not have the time to spend on it? Join us as the Master Gardeners give us tips and tricks for a low maintenance approach to gardening. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Branch Library.

Thursday, May 1 (7:30 p.m.) THURSDAY EVENING BOOK DISCUSSION – Join us as we explore the book "Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956" by Anne Applebaum.

TEEN DEPARTMENT

Saturday, May 3 (3:30 p.m.) G2P: OPEN PLAY FOR FREE COMIC BOOK DAY – For teens in grades 6-12. Stop in for your free comic book and compete with other teens at "Batman 2" or "Infinity Gauntlet."

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:18 AM, 04.15.2014

WPPL celebrates the way libraries change lives

Lives change at the library every day, whether it’s job hunters receiving education and assistance they need to find employment or parents of children with developmental challenges finding support and hope. Westlake Porter Public Library is celebrating that fact during National Library Week, April 13-19.           

Visitors to the library during that week will be treated to giveaways and have the opportunity to share how the library has changed their lives.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:17 AM, 04.15.2014

Westlake woman aids Bay Village fireworks fund

A Westlake woman has stepped up to help make sure that fireworks are displayed at Bay Days in Bay Village this Fourth of July.

Amy Ross is helping to raise money for the annual fireworks display, which is now privately funded, by donating the proceeds from the sale of Avon products she represents. The fundraiser runs through the end of May, Ross said.

“Please help us raise money for this great cause,” she said.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:20 AM, 04.15.2014

'A is for Arab' exhibit At Tri-C Westshore

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will host the traveling “A is for Arab: Stereotypes in U.S. Popular Culture” exhibition Monday, April 14 through Friday, April 18.

This powerful and compelling exhibit reveals and critiques the stereotypical portrayals of Arabs and Muslims in U.S. popular culture. It provides historical context about these images, which range from film stills to comic books to editorial cartoons. This traveling exhibition aims to educate and stimulate discussion about the impact of stereotypes on both individual perceptions and national policy.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:26 AM, 04.15.2014

Eagle Scout to have his day in Westlake

Westlake Scout Jesus Garcia recently acheived the Eagle rank. Photo by Dawn Wride.

Jesus Garcia, 18, will receive his Eagle Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 536, on April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Chapel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, located at 25000 Westwood Road in Westlake. The invitation to attend the presentation is extended to all who would like to congratulate Jesus for his achievement of achieving the Eagle rank.

That day will be declared Jesus Garcia Day in Westlake by Mayor Dennis Clough. Jesus will also receive a Proclamation of Achievement certificate from the Veterans of Foreign Wars. For his Eagle project, Jesus organized a luncheon at the Westlake Community Center where he gave a talk on the War of 1812. Members of his family then served lunch to the 50 people in attendance.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:09 AM, 04.15.2014

Time to prepare for warmer weather and outdoor pets

According to county records, there are currently 1,075 licensed dogs in Bay Village this year. From April 2013 until April 10, 2014, Bay Village police responded to 692 animal calls. That averages to 58 calls a month. 

Calls for assistance with animals will rise like the temperatures as our four-legged family members are now able to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and fresh smells. Bay Village police remind residents of the importance of contacting them at 440-871-1234 for any and all animal incidents. It is important and helpful to document this activity and to provide the correct guidance and/or interaction as needed and if available.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:23 AM, 04.15.2014

Bay Village Branch Library holding used book sale

The Friends of the Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will sponsor a used book sale from Saturday, April 26, through Tuesday, April 29, during regular library hours, with the exception of Tuesday when it closes at 7 p.m. The proceeds from this event are used to support various library activities.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:19 AM, 04.15.2014

Spring workshops at Unity of Westlake

Rev. Carole Mullins will lead a workshop on divine significance at Unity Spiritual Center on April 27.

As the crocuses yearn to reach toward the sun, and Spring sings and dances her merry song, we too yearn to come more fully alive, to leave the stifled, bleak air of winter behind.

So how do you feel more alive? What steps do you take to move forward into greater expression of who you are? How do you expand your identity and your creativity in this new spring of 2014? This moment has never been here before, it offers endless opportunities for expansion and greater living.

Let your interests guide you into new endeavors. Like the daffodils – shine brightly, reach upward and sway with the wind as you express your greater self. Try a new class, take a workshop, find some new friends!

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:15 AM, 04.15.2014

My thoughts on Bay Middle School's BEP point system

Have you heard about the Bay Middle School’s Best Effort Point system that fifth- and sixth-grade teachers and students use? Well, if you haven’t, here’s a brief explanation. Every grading quarter each student starts out with 25 Best Effort Points or BEPs. Students can lose points for forgetting homework or materials, being disruptive or for other behavior problems in the classroom. 

The students who end the quarter with a certain number of points get to attend the Best Effort Party. The students that lose too many points don't get to go to the party. One example of a BEP party is at the end of the 2nd quarter, students went tobogganing.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:05 AM, 04.15.2014

Springtime is Rectime in Westlake

A young angler shows off his catch at last year's Fishing Derby.

Spring has sprung and there is plenty to do at the Westlake Recreation Center.

The 6th Annual Cardboard Boat Races will be held on Friday, May 2, 7-8:30 p.m. This program is open to anyone seven years of age and older. We offer three divisions: First Mate: ages 7-9; Skipper: ages 10-12; and Admiral: ages 13 and up. Complete rules and directions will be given out at registration. Deadline to register is April 28. Fee is $10 for Rec members, $20 for non-members (per boat).

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:17 AM, 04.15.2014

What makes a smart TV 'smart'?

My good friend is a geek but he doesn’t even own a smart TV, let alone a flat-screen TV, and his 12-year-old 55-inch rear projection TV doesn’t work anymore.

So the weekend after the Super Bowl we went shopping for a new TV and sure enough we were bombarded with sales pitches on smart TVs! We politely listened but my friend swiftly bee-lined to the loot that he already had his mind set on; obviously his wallet was much lighter and controlling his decision. (You can guess who ended up paying for dinner later.)

That night a light bulb in my head went off and illuminated the otherwise dark bedroom: why don’t I write about smart TV shopping in my future column? So here we are, first in the series of tips on buying different technology gadgets, where we’ll try to answer this question today: what makes a smart TV "smart"?

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:05 AM, 04.15.2014

Audience thrills to opera at its best in an informal setting

Twanuk Seo as Tonio and Kate Kostopoulus as Nedda from "Pagliacci."

The highs and lows of love and romance, as defined in ageless music, were served up in an extraordinary style by six talented voices to a large, receptive audience at Westlake Porter Public Library on April 1. The FYI: Opera program, narrated by David Bamberger, artistic director of the Cleveland Institute of Music, featured selections from CIM’s fully costumed spring production, "Opera Scenes."

The program opened with a scene from the "Marriage of Figaro." Soprano Jessica Hollick as Susanna and Alejandra Martinez, contralto, as Marcellina, rivals for Figaro, did justice to Mozart’s music and convincingly mirrored the feline behavior of two females fighting over a man.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:04 AM, 04.15.2014

Spring cleaning? Donate your used household items to Habitat for Humanity

Donation drop-off available Saturday, May 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at the Bay Village Police Department parking lot

The residents of Westlake and Bay Village ranked second and third among all area cities for the number of donations given to the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity in 2013. Many of those donations came from the local Habitat for Humanity donation drop-offs like the one planned for Saturday, May 3, at Bay Village Police Department parking lot, 28000 Wolf Road. Bay Village Green Team and Habitat for Humanity volunteers partner to provide this local donation drop-off on a semi-annual basis, usually scheduled in May and September.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.15.2014

Spinning syntax to renew the sin tax

Before we go any further in this conversation, let me make one thing perfectly clear: I enjoy reading and writing about the Browns, Indians and Cavs. There’s no question that if they all suddenly disappeared, there would be a psychological – as well as financial – impact on the area. No question, I would hate to see them leave.

But they won’t, at least anytime soon. Why? All three teams have team-friendly leases. Why? Let’s jump into the way-back machine and travel to the early '90s, when the Indians had been awful for the better part of four decades and were a legitimate threat to up and go elsewhere. Dick Jacobs, Tribe owner and a very shrewd businessman, leveraged that possibility into convincing the city of Cleveland to build them a new stadium with a favorable lease.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:04 AM, 04.15.2014

Equity Trust opens in Westlake

Equity Trust, a financial services company, opened their new Westlake headquarters to city officials, business leaders and the media on April 8. The company centralized its Elyria and Berea locations last December after completely renovating the former Cleveland Clinic building on Clemens Road.

The 72,000-square-foot facility is bright and modern with colorful art installations throughout and features an in-house masseuse, gym, yoga studio, coffee bar for its more than 400 employees.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:37 AM, 04.15.2014

Enjoy a fun day with Special Olympians

Megan Drops competes in the standing long jump.

The Westlake Kiwanis Family and the Westlake City Schools would like to invite anyone with special needs to take part in the fifth annual Special Olympics Competition at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 14, at the Westlake High School track, 27830 Hilliard Blvd. The event will start with a parade around the track with the Special Olympic torch.

The event is open to anyone ages 7 and older with special needs. Last year's event included contestants ranging in age from 7 to 80 years of age. There will be seven track events: 25-meter wheelchair race (independent), 50-meter wheelchair race (independent), 25-meter wheelchair race (assisted), 50-meter wheelchair race (assisted), 25-meter independent walk, 25-meter walk and 50-meter dash. The field events will include: softball throw, standing long jump and wheelchair softball throw. Participants may pick up to four events to participate in, two track and two field.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:14 AM, 04.15.2014

Spring events at Village Bicycle Cooperative

While this winter was miserable for biking, it allowed Village Bicycle Cooperative time to improve our organization's volunteer framework. We are 100 percent volunteer run and are looking for more people to help provide our services to those in need.

All Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. are dedicated to training volunteers! The Wednesday, April 16, session will focus on bike and helmet fitting, lubing and VBC's procedures for sales.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:15 AM, 04.15.2014

Bay High Key Club makes a difference!

The Bay High Key Club excels in service, leadership and award-winning at the annual Ohio District Leadership Conference.

The Bay High Key Club seems to get bigger and do more good work each and every year.

During this school year, its 94 members have completed more than 1,200 hours of service, and together with Bay Village Kiwanis and other school organizations, have donated more than $37,730 to local and worldwide efforts, including Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, March of Dimes, UNICEF, St. Baldrick's, The Eliminate Project (International Kiwanis project to eliminate maternal/ neonatal tetanus) and the local Fill This House for teens aging out of the foster care system. They have also collected numerous other items for various other charity drives such as Jared Boxes, Clean Your Closet, KIWI Kits, and Jeans for Teens.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.15.2014

Handbell musicians to perform at Westlake UMC

Three Rivers Ringers, Pittsburgh’s premier community handbell ensemble will perform at Westlake United Methodist Church on Saturday, May 3, at 7 p.m. Three Rivers Ringers will present "Shall We Dance?", a concert exploring the varied world of dance music. Transport yourself to Vienna and waltz along The Beautiful Blue Danube. Strike up the mariachi band and whirl to the Mexican Hat Dance. Swing in the 1940s jazz clubs with Duke Ellington and then hit today’s dance floor with Lady Gaga!

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.15.2014

Bay High junior wins state swimming championships, sets record

Trevor Lake was congratulated by Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland for his achievements at the state swimming meet held on Feb. 21. The Bay High junior was presented with a certificate of outstanding achievement by the mayor during the April 7 city council meeting.

Trevor captured the Division II State Swimming Championship at the C.T. Branin Natatorium in Canton, winning the 100-meter freestyle with a new state record of 45.21 seconds. He also won the 50 freestyle championship with a time of 20.93. His parents, Greg and Torrey, were on hand for the recognition at Bay city hall.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:35 AM, 04.15.2014

Kyle Yu advances to National Geographic Bee

Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-grader Kyle Yu, 13, defended his title at the state Geographic Bee on April 4 and will now represent Ohio again at the National Geographic Bee next month in Washington, D.C.

Kyle beat out about 100 other fourth- through-eighth graders for the state title, which he also claimed in 2013. The national finals will be held May 19-21 and the winner will be crowned the 26th National Geographic Bee champion.

Kyle said he studies atlases, likes geography and is ready for this year’s competition. Last year he made it to the tiebreaker round at the national level. He won the state Bee by identifying the Kara Sea as separating the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean and the Taymyr Peninsula.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:08 AM, 04.15.2014

Fifth-grader Ella Boyer contributes to book by national author

BMS fifth-grader Ella Boyer will have her precept published in a national author's book.

Bay Middle School fifth-grader Ella Boyer will be quoted in an upcoming book by children's author R. J. Palacio. Ella's class recently read the novel "Wonder," about a boy born with facial deformities who goes to school with other children for the first time in the fifth grade. He deals with many challenges, and one of the precepts, or sayings, from the book is, "You can't blend in when you were born to stand out."

The author asked readers, through her website, for help with her next book – "Do you have a WONDER-ful precept that you live by? I'm looking for some original precepts for a new book I'm working on! If you have a unique, or daring, or especially beautiful precept that you'd like to share with the world – this is your chance!"

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:11 AM, 04.15.2014

Spring yard sale helps local history

This photo of early Dover physician Dr. George C. Lathrop is among the Westlake Historical Society's items in need of restoration. The April 26-27 yard sale will help fund the society's efforts.

What does Dr. George Lathrop have to do with the upcoming yard sale put on by The Westlake Historical Society?

Dr. George Lathrop was born in 1876 and passed away in 1950. Lathrop served the local residents of Dover as a physician for many years, and lived and worked from his home and office located just east of Dover Center and Center Ridge roads. Although the doctor has been gone for almost 64 years, his photo lives on!

The society is charged with preserving and sharing Westlake's rich history. This includes the acquisition of new artifacts, as well as the upkeep of existing precious items.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:06 AM, 04.15.2014

April events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, April 15 (All Day) and Wednesday, April 16 (7-7:45 p.m.) Stuffed Animal Sleepover – Drop off your favorite stuffed animal by 8 p.m. on April 15 and leave it overnight for a sleepover! Register for our bedtime storytime on Wednesday, April 16; pick up your stuffed animal there and see what happened the night before! Ages 3-6.

Tuesday, April 15 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Plan Your Work/Work Your Plan – By setting up a routine and having a plan of action you will be building self-worth, which increases your productivity. This workshop will teach you how to set achievable goals and develop a daily and weekly action plan to assess yourself and be aware of your accomplishments and progress.

Tuesday, April 15 (7-8 p.m.) College 101 – Patty Saddle of the College Planning Center will discuss the factors that go into finding the best college fit, including navigating college visits and interviews, standard vs. early admission and more. Open to students and parents. Please register starting April 8.

Wednesday, April 16 (10:15-10:45 a.m. or 11-11:30 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Join us for a fun session of singing and dancing for children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Space is limited, so please arrive early enough to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, April 16 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow! Read to Uncle Chow Chow! – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with Uncle Chow Chow, our reading dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 16 (6:30-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society

Thursday, April 17 (7-7:45 p.m.) Knights and Princesses and Dragons, Oh My! We'll enjoy rhymes, songs and even a dance or two. Use your imagination to create a royal crown or a knight's shield to take home! Ages 4-7. Registration begins April 10.

Friday, April 18 (10:30-11:30 a.m.) Sensory Storytime Join us for a storytime for children with special needs and their parents/caregivers. The program includes interactive stories, rhymes, songs and movement activities, followed by 30 minutes of play. Content is geared to ages 3-7. Please call with questions or to register.

Saturday, April 19 (10:30-11 a.m.) Mother Goose on the Loose! – Join Mother Goose for this interactive storytime featuring simple books, rhymes, songs and movement. For ages birth-3 years old with adult caregiver. No registration.

Sunday, April 20 – Easter: Library Closed

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Volume 6, Issue 7, Posted 9:11 AM, 04.01.2014

Imagine That

Westlake resident Amie Volle wrote this in 1993 at age 15, just before she was badly injured in an accident. She volunteers at the Knickerbocker two times a week, and the residents look forward to her visits. Many of the poem's themes are still relevant 20 years later.

Imagine that the air was clean,
the water fresh,
the grass so green.

Imagine that school was fun,
work was easy,
our job was done.

Imagine that there was peace,
a world without drugs,
the war would cease.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:15 AM, 04.15.2014

Area Lions to meet in Westlake

The Lions Clubs of the Northeastern Ohio district will be holding their annual district convention for the second consecutive year at the Westlake Holiday Inn, 1100 Crocker Road, on Saturday, April 26, and Sunday, April 27. The events begin each day at 9 a.m. Saturday's events include the business meeting followed by an awards and recognition luncheon featuring Lions International Director Stephen M. Glass from West Virginia. A display area will be in place in the hotel lobby showcasing many of the Lions supported community service efforts. The grand banquet will take place on Sunday.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:16 AM, 04.15.2014

Compeer recognizes volunteers during April

Dr. Ron Arndt, right, a Compeer volunteer and certfied dental coach, and Steve celebrate Steve's birthday at Dave and Buster's. 

Photo by Ron Arndt

April is National Volunteers Month. Organizations throughout the United States rely on volunteers in order to provide services and achieve missions. Without the dedication of volunteers many organizations that provide life-saving services would cease to exist. All of you can name some of these organizations and many of you have volunteered! For some organizations, volunteers serve as the “arms” that reach out into communities and bring help to people in need.

The Compeer Program at Far West Center has dedicated volunteers that change lives by reaching out to adults that have become isolated due to mental illness. People that manage the symptoms of mental illness become isolated from their peers. Some become anxious, depressed or discouraged and find it difficult to reconnect with the communities around them. Compeer volunteers offer the acceptance and encouragement these individuals need to take those first steps back into community life.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:16 AM, 04.15.2014

Safe boating program registration ends April 19

The registration deadline for the Bay Village Schools Boating Education program is Saturday, April 19. Students in grades six through eight are eligible to participate in the nationally recognized Spirit of America program. The registration fee is $10.

The Ohio Boating Education class is on May 3 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students must attend both days and pass an exam. Because of a conflict with Westlake's music program, students who must leave for an hour or so will be allowed to complete the class.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:18 AM, 04.15.2014

Fundraiser can help declutter your home for spring

Finally, the snow has melted, birds are singing, and bright, cheerful daffodils are peeking out of the ground. Sweet, sweet spring has sprung in the West Shore. Hallelujah!

Does your house still feel like it’s stuck in winter? Village Project has a solution that can make both your home and heart lighter for springtime. This local organization is seeking donations of toys, sports equipment, kitchenware, games and furniture to be sold at its Garage Sale on Saturday, May 10.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:09 AM, 04.15.2014

Maggie Williams to compete at state-level Power of the Pen

Eighth-grader Maggie Williams will compete at the state-level Power of the Pen competition at The College of Wooster in May.

Bay Middle School eighth-grader Maggie Williams will be traveling to The College of Wooster on May 23 to compete in the Power of the Pen State Tournament. Maggie will be one of only the top 20 percent of writers at all the Power of the Pen Regional competitions throughout Ohio to move on to the State Tournament.

Seven Bay Middle School students qualified at district tournaments to compete at the local regional tournament held at St. Joseph Academy in Cleveland on March 15, where 65 schools from six counties competed. Seventh-graders Maddie Bish, Maddey Clair, Jessica Eagleeye and Mason Smith; and eighth-graders Chloe Roberts and Jessica Rychel, as well as Maggie Williams, competed at that event. Helen Lanning, Bay Middle School language arts teacher, is the team's advisor.

Power of the Pen is a state writing competition meant to encourage creative writing. Students are given prompts and then use their skill and imagination to create written stories and essays that are judged anonymously.

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Volume 6, Issue 8, Posted 10:10 AM, 04.15.2014