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Trip to Canadian 'sister city' honors famed Westlake native

Eric Hansen of the Westlake Historical Society visits with a few of conservationist Jack Miner's favorite subjects on a recent trip to Kingsville for a celebration of Miner’s 150th birthday. Miner was born in Westlake. Photo by Joe Vermeulen

In 2012, Kingsville, Ontario, became a Sister City with Westlake through the common legacy of one John Thomas Miner, better known as Jack Miner. Born in 1865 near the present-day intersection of Dover Center Road and Westown Blvd., Jack moved with his family to Kingsville when he was 13. His early roots instilled in him a love of nature and wildlife and he studied migratory birds until his death in 1944, becoming known as the Father of Conservation. The August premiere of “An Evening with Jack Miner” at the Clague Playhouse generated an invitation for me to reprise the role at Jack’s migratory bird sanctuary in Kingsville.

On Oct. 16, with passport in hand, I crossed the border to not only attend but participate in the 46th Annual Migration Festival. This year’s festival was a little different as its theme included the 150th birthday of Jack. The festival celebrates Kingsville’s place in history as the home of the man who changed the migration routes of the fowls of the air. I arrived Friday afternoon in time to attend the festival’s opening ceremonies with a wine and cheese reception that was held in Kingsville’s Carnegie Visitors Center. Jack himself (or a very convincing American re-enactor) made an appearance and read from his autobiography, "Wild Goose Jack," setting a celebratory tone for the remainder of the weekend.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:21 AM, 11.17.2015

Bay Village students honor, learn from veterans

Marine Captain Mike Petro (Bay High Class of 2006) with his parents, John and Helen Petro. Mrs. Petro is a Bay High teacher.

Bay Village Schools students, from kindergarten to seniors in high school, continued the district's fine tradition of honoring our veterans on Veterans Day.

Normandy Elementary students brought in their veteran dads, moms, aunts, uncles, grandfathers and grandmothers for a ceremony and parade honoring them all. This followed weeks of activities where students in kindergarten through second grade learned about the tremendous service and sacrifice of our military heroes.

Students in third and fourth grade at Westerly Elementary brought in photos and stories about their family veterans to create a “Wall of Stars” honoring the fight for freedom.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:08 AM, 11.17.2015

Westlake High School to present 'Anything Goes'

The Westlake High School cast of "Anything Goes," from left: Cass Penegor, Justin Godfrey, Anna Renkel, Anna Parchem, Alex Lathem, Jacob Kraft, Emma Beekman and Alex Kuhn.

Westlake High School’s Center Stage Players have put on amazing musicals every other year that typically incorporate a children’s chorus from Westlake’s grade schools, which was exemplified in last year’s wonderfully successful production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat." This year, Westlake aims for a more classic musical with their production of "Anything Goes."

The age-old tale of boy-meets-girl takes place on an ocean liner, the S.S. American, bound from New York to London in the 1930s. Billy Crocker (played by Alex Lathem) is a stowaway in love with heiress Hope Harcourt (Anna Renkel), who is engaged to Lord Evelyn Oakleigh (Justin Godfrey). Evangelist-turned-nightclub-singer Reno Sweeney (Anna Parchem), Public Enemy #13 Moonface Martin (Jacob Kraft) and Bonnie Letour (Emma Beekman) aid Billy in his quest to win Hope. Throw in Hope’s meddlesome mother (Cass Penegor), Billy’s bull-dog of a boss (Alex Kuhn), and a dozen of Cole Porter’s greatest hits and you’ve got a rambunctious musical comedy for the ages.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:16 AM, 11.17.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: How Bay High School sports teams became the Rockets

Parkview High School is pictured shortly after it was built in 1922. The building was replaced by Bay Middle School in 2003.

In 1920, the Bay Village Board of Education was facing a real need for a larger school that offered grades one through 12. The Red Brick School on Lake Road already had two additions and was overcrowded. After eighth grade, the Bay Village students went to school in Dover (now Westlake), Rocky River and Lakewood to finish their 12-year education. The Bay Village Board of Education paid for their tuition.

A bond issue was passed, and a new two-story brick building, named Parkview School, was completed in 1922 on lands purchased from the Cahoon Park trustees just south of Cahoon Memorial Park (where Bay Middle School is now located). It served grades one through 12 and all students in Bay Village moved into the new school, closing Easterly at Columbia Road and the Red Brick School house. A third story was added in 1925.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.17.2015

Westlake Kiwanis to hold holiday poinsettia sale

The Kiwanis Club of Westlake will be selling locally grown poinsettia plants just in time for the holiday season. The 6.5-inch potted plants make a beautiful home decoration or gifts for friends, neighbors or co-workers. They brighten the holidays and last long after the tree is down and the decorations are put away. 

The cost is $10 per plant and funds help support the community projects of the club like holiday meals for the needy, scholarships for Lakeshore Day Camp, West Shore YMCA's Learn to Swim Program, Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, Key Club, Builders Club, and the Memorial Day Parade, to name a few.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:10 AM, 11.17.2015

Bay Village Green Team takes 1 step back, 3 steps forward

Mayor Debbie Sutherland presents a proclamation to retiring Bay Village Green Team member Brenda O’Reilly, recognizing her years of dedication to promoting sustainability in the city. Photo by Denny Wendell

The community of Bay Village lost one of its most active environmental champions recently when longtime resident Brenda O’Reilly moved out of the city. An inaugural member of the Bay Village Green Team, which Mayor Debbie Sutherland assembled in 2007, Brenda helped lead the group of volunteers during her tenure with the team.

She served as co-chair for several years, later joining the board of trustees, and spearheaded a number of sustainability initiatives and partnerships including zero-waste events, Habitat for Humanity collections, administration of county recycling grants and educational workshops. Among her many other activities, Brenda helped launch the community garden and was part of the working group that drafted the city’s sustainability master plan in 2012. Observer readers may also remember Brenda for her column on “green” topics or the many articles extolling her environmental activism.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 10:31 AM, 11.17.2015

Local group ramps up emergency communication for residents

You probably remember what life was like three years ago, during the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. You might also remember that a group called BayComm came into existence just six months prior, giving local residents the ability to communicate with each other via two-way radio, when power and other forms of communication were down. It was established on the premise that “communication” is the single most important thing to have during a disaster.

In an emergency, when police are talking with fire, and fire is talking with the service crew, who do residents have to talk with when phones, internet and power are out?

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:20 AM, 11.17.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we approach the holidays, stop by the Bay Village branch library to check out those items you may need for family get togethers or to while away the hours while traveling. The library is the place to go for your favorite holiday movies, music CDs, or audio books. And, don't forget to browse our cookbooks for some great entertaining and meal ideas for those family gatherings.

Note: The library will be closed from 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, through Thursday, Nov. 26, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Regular hours resume on Friday, Nov. 27.


Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required. Weekly storytimes will be on hiatus the last week of November and the month of December. Please join us for storytimes again in January.
    •    Monday, Nov. 23 (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
    •    Tuesdays, Nov. 17 and 24   (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
    •    Tuesdays, Nov. 17 and 24  (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
    •    Wednesdays, Nov. 18 and 25 (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
    •    Thursday, Nov. 19  (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
    •    Friday, Nov. 20  (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Nov. 19 (4 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Children in grades 3-4 are invited to join us to discuss a good book. Copies of the book will be available one month before the discussion. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program. Refreshments sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:21 AM, 11.17.2015

November events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Nov. 17 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day. Our themes each month will include quiet, possibly silly or strange stories, followed by shared songs, finger plays and other activities to help us get ready for bedtime. Ages 4-6; siblings welcome!

Tuesday, Nov. 17 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Assassination of JFK: One Researcher’s Theories About What Happened – Beverly Sadowski will put the JFK assassination into historical perspective while presenting her interpretation of available research on the subject. Please register.

Wednesdays, Nov. 18 and 25 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursday, Nov. 19 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Chris Staats will present "Unlocking the Keystone State: Key Resources and Repositories for Pennsylvania Research."

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Maker Club: Take Apart Toys – This club celebrates STEAM initiatives (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math). Bring in a toy you'd like to take apart to see how it works (make sure it's nothing valuable!). There will be screwdrivers, scissors, seam rippers and more for all "reverse elves." Please register.

Wednesday, Nov. 18 (7-8:30 p.m.) Proposal Writing Basics – Learn the key components of a proposal to a foundation, from planning to writing to following up. Please register.

Thursday, Nov. 19 (12-1:30 p.m.) Small Busine$$ Lunch & Learn: Insurance & Retirement Plans – Learn if and why you need insurance for your business, what options you have, and what insurance is best. Find out about options for retirement programs for you and your employee(s). Please register.

Thursday, Nov. 19 (Combined Basic/Advanced Session: 6:30 p.m.) and Friday, Nov. 20 (Basics Session: 10 a.m. and Advanced Session: 11:30 a.m.) Connecting for Kids: Teach Me to Play – For children 3-6 years old who need help with communication and social skills. Join us for a play-based program designed to model and teach parents/caregivers strategies to improve their child’s social interactions, facilitate communication, and manage behavior in a positive way. Led by an early intervention specialist in behavior. To register:

Thursday, Nov. 19 (3:30-5 p.m.) Tabletop Gaming Group – Board games! Card games! RPGs! Stop by for an afternoon of playing tabletop games with other gamers! Grades 7-12.

Friday, Nov. 20 (10 a.m.-noon) Porter's Fiber Fanatics – A time for needlecrafters to share, solve problems, and show off.

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Volume 7, Issue 21, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.03.2015

Ohio's first ladies are topic of historical society program

“Glitz and Glamour in the White House,” a program on the history, jewelry and fashion of Ohio’s presidential first ladies, is the featured topic for the Nov. 19 Bay Village Historical Society meeting.

Guest speaker Dr. Mari Halkovich will offer her highly acclaimed presentation, giving attendees a glimpse of Ohio’s fashion influence in the White House. Guests can view photos of each of Ohio’s first ladies and of various pieces of jewelry from their personal collections. Display cases will feature antique jewelry and accessories from the speaker’s own collection and will include period items like hair combs, mourning jewelry, cameos, coral jewelry and handkerchief pins. Tabletop displays will also exhibit feathered fans, detachable lace collars and other vintage clothing, tiaras, and books about the first ladies.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:20 AM, 11.17.2015

This is only a test

As I was watching the Bengals administer a beat-down of the Browns on the telly (that’s what we call it across the pond) the other night, I thought now might be time for you – as a highly-motivated sports fan – to have your sports knowledge checked. I mean, you go to the doctor on a regular basis, right? You go to the dentist on a regular basis, right? So why should your “sports health” be any different?

This will be a word association quiz. I will provide you with a name or phrase, and you choose the word or phrase that best matches the item given. What could be easier (other than finding something better to do with your time)?

So stop arguing with me, and answer the questions. You’ll be a better sports fan for it.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:20 AM, 11.17.2015

Plus Fifty fitness and more in Westlake

The Westlake Walkers "visited" 10 countries as they strolled the Rec Department track. Photo by Jennifer Yoo

The Walkers of Westlake, a Plus Fifty group from the Westlake Center for Community Services recently completed 10 virtual walks around the world. The actual walks were 2 miles in length completed on the scenic track of the Westlake Recreation Department. The virtual walks took our seniors all over the world to such places as: Italy, Germany, China and Mexico, to name a few.

Each week the group received a treat from the featured country, as well as the next set of clues to help them determine their next destination. They also received a flag from the country they visited fastened to their "suitcase" so that they could track their own travels. The suitcases were part of the Center's bulletin board display. At the conclusion, our walkers returned to the good old USA for a breakfast provided by the Lutheran Home of Concord Reserve.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.17.2015

Save money by bringing your own modem

Does the prospect of saving upwards of $10 a month, or $120 a year, perk up your ears? If you subscribe to high-speed internet service, aka broadband internet, through a cable TV company, your first step to potential savings of similar amounts is to look for line item that says something like “modem lease” in your monthly invoice.

Broadband internet can be thought of as another utility line coming into your house (just like electricity, water or natural gas). Taking water as an example, imagine a “shutoff valve” at the point where the water main comes into the house.

When you subscribe to high-speed internet service from a cable TV operator, your modem is akin to that shutoff valve. In an ode to former Vice President Al Gore who coined the term “information superhighway,” aka the internet, a modem is your on-ramp to the internet.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:07 AM, 11.17.2015

Workshop teaches spiritual laws of prosperity

What is it that keeps us all from being wealthy? Do we have to win the lottery to have a million-dollar bank account? Do we need a rich, old uncle who likes us best? Or, do we just have to work hard and save our pennies, keeping our noses to the grindstone?

What is the real definition of prosperity? Is it a large bank account? Is it the health of our family? The love of our friends? Is "more" better? Puzzling questions on a topic that concerns all of us, a topic that tumbles marriages apart, causes governments to be corrupt and crumble, and crimes to be committed.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:17 AM, 11.17.2015

Giving thanks for a computer game

“The kids want to pool their money to buy a computer game,” my wife informed me. “They’ve been very helpful lately.”

“Pool their money?” I thought to myself. “That means they will … share.”

Sharing does not come naturally to the human species. It comes even less naturally to siblings. Some will blame it on evolution. Others blame it on the fallen nature. I’ll blame it on both. Sharing holds a strong enough aversion for siblings that two sources are better than one.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:17 AM, 11.17.2015

Who were the Westons of Westlake? As family name fades away, donation keeps legacy alive

Doris Weston, one of the last surviving members of the influential Weston family of Dover/Westlake, is pictured at the 2005 dedication of an Ohio Historical Marker at the Lilly-Weston house. In the background is Alice Ladanyi, also a Weston descendant, who donated the historical home to the city in 2000.

Part five of a five-part series.

In parts 3 and 4 of this series, we introduced you to the oldest two sons of George and Rhoda Weston, Asa L. and Arthur E. Weston. In this article we will introduce you to their youngest son, Frank, who received the southern portion of their 100-acre farm on Columbia Road in the late 1800s. George, Rhoda and their sons had earlier occupied, and Frank was born in, the currently city owned Lilly-Weston house at 27946 Center Ridge Road, next to the Westlake Recreation Center.

Based on a 1920s plat book it appears that Frank built a home, most likely at 2535 Columbia Road. While it no longer stands, in the 1930s it appears to have been split into two units, with the lower unit occupied by his grown son Wells Weston and his family in 1940, as per the U.S. Census that year. The same 1940 Census shows that the Weston name was still strong on Columbia Road with May E. Weston, her brother George I. Weston and his wife, Mida, and three adult children occupying 2283 Columbia (still standing), which was built by their father Asa L.; Burton Weston and his wife occupying 2363 Columbia (still standing), which was built by his father Arthur E.; Burton’s brother Charles M. Weston, his wife, Esther, and children (including Doris) occupying the house Charles built next door at 2391 Columbia (destroyed). It is no wonder that May, Charles and Doris loved and felt connected to Dover/Westlake – their neighbors and their family were one and the same!

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:24 AM, 11.17.2015

Christmas cheer comes to Cahoon Park on Dec. 6

Santa Claus will ride through the streets of Bay Village aboard a fire truck on Dec. 6, arriving at the Community House about 3 p.m.

The Bay Village Historical Society and the Bay Village Kiwanis are asking Bay residents to join them in celebrating an old-fashioned community Christmas on Sunday, Dec. 6, 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A kickoff to the holiday season, the event will include a children’s gingerbread house contest at Rose Hill Museum, the reading of holiday stories, caroling and crafts for kids in the Bay Village Community House, the Kiwanis Christmas tree sale, a visit by Santa Claus and the lighting of the community tree in the Cahoon Memorial Park gazebo. Residents can help to “Light up Bay Village” by placing luminaries in their yards that evening.

Bay Village community groups are invited to participate by decorating a holiday wreath, to be displayed in the gazebo. Tables in the Community House are available for the sale of Christmas ornaments and merchandise. Any civic or school groups interested in taking part in the festivities or selling holiday merchandise should contact Cynthia Eakin at or 216-213-0312, or Rhonda Schneider at or 216-225-6538.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:05 AM, 11.17.2015

WHS Academic Challenge team begins season with wins

Westlake High School’s Academic Challenge Team

Westlake High School’s Academic Challenge Team began the competition season with top finishes in the first tournament, held Oct. 31 at South Range High School in Mahoning County.

Team A – Anna Craven, Justin Krantz, Alex Lathem, Patrick Lee and Kyle Yu – finished first out of 16 competing teams from 11 different schools. Team B – Nico DiGiullio, Ryan Karpuszka, Akhilesh Reddy, Jack Wu and Talia Zheng – took home a fourth-place finish. Team C – Akshya Dhinakaran, Ella Gray, Nate Gray, Esther Park and Albert Zhou – is comprised of all freshmen and won several matches.

Team advisors are John and Sandy Packis.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:06 AM, 11.17.2015

Winter programs at Bay Rec


Bouncing balls, tumble mats and more! Parent supervision required.

Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesday/Thursday, 11:15 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Community Gym. Fee: $2/child (non-resident: $4); 10-day pass: $15 (NR: $35).


Students will learn how to decorate fun cupcakes and/or cookies for the holidays! Students will bring home their decorated creation in a carrying case to share with the family. All supplies are included!

Christmas Cupcakes: Saturday, Dec. 5, 10:30 a.m.-noon. Location: Community House. Fee: $28/session (NR: $48).

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:18 AM, 11.17.2015

BAYarts Holiday Shop experience has expanded

Bellatrix Jewelry items are a new addition to BAYarts' annual Holiday Shop, opening Nov. 21.

BAYarts' annual Holiday Shop begins this month with a two-day open house on Nov 21 and 22 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The shop is then open through December.  

Familiar names represented include Freckle Face jewelry, Images in Bloom and Allie M. Designs. In addition, newer names that will be on display, such as Bellatrix Jewelry, Chart House Candles and Shabby Shore.   

"We are always so proud to put on our Holiday Shop," says BAYarts' artistic director Karen Petkovic. "It's a great way to bring the Westside community together in showcasing local artists and letting people discover amazing, personalized gifts. The first two days of the open house weekend are huge, so you don't want to miss that." 

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:08 AM, 11.17.2015

Huntington Playhouse Stories: On angels' wings

Tom Castro directs on the rehearsal stage at Huntington Playhouse for the 2005 production of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" as Thelma Carrigan watches. Photo by Patrick Meehan

Part three of a multi-part series reflecting on the history of Huntington Playhouse, which will close at the end of this year after nearly six decades as the home of community theater in Bay Village.

The director, Tom Castro, called three hours before curtain. "Can Moira be an angel tonight?" he anxiously asked my wife, Eileen.

Friday, Dec. 16, 2005, began the last weekend of "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever," the holiday show at Huntington Playhouse. My son Jack, who was 11 at the time, had been cast as Ollie Herdman, one of a family of "rotten" children that bully their way into a church Christmas pageant, but to the surprise of everyone, their disastrous interpretation of the Christmas story turns out to be quite touching.

This was Jack's second show at Huntington after my wife had seen him through the children's theater program there the previous summer. His sister Moira, who was four years younger, had actually been "acting" longer than her brother. She appeared as a mouse, two different lions and a frog at various times in a show that ran 24/7 from the time she was 3 until my wife had the brilliant idea to buy her a "school kid costume" so she wouldn't wear a tail to kindergarten.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:22 AM, 11.17.2015

Bronze memorial plaque makes unique gift

Each Memorial Day, The Bay Village Foundation hosts a well-attended public ceremony in Cahoon Park. The event honors friends and family with the installation of a beautiful bronze plaque. For some families in the past, this was their idea of a perfect gift for a loved one. 

Personalized text is engraved on a bronze plaque and is permanently installed on the T. Richard Martin Footbridge overlooking the lake in Cahoon Memorial Park.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:23 AM, 11.17.2015

Bay Legion launches annual 'Gifts for Yanks' project

Bay Legionnaire Doug Mangan displays the collection jars that will be placed in select businesses in Bay Village and Westlake. All contributions will be used for veterans programs in Ohio. Photo by Jim Potter

The Bay Village American Legion Post #385 has begun their annual collection of donations for the statewide program, “Gifts for Yanks.” This effort is part of a larger drive of the Ohio American Legion that for over 65 years has pooled funds from local posts to maximize the impact of local gifts providing activities and gifts for veterans in Ohio’s state hospitals, VA medical centers, outpatient clinics and the Ohio Veterans Homes in Sandusky and Georgetown. 

The program collects monies throughout the community and forwards it to fund Christmas presents for veterans in hospitals and veterans homes. Additionally, the Bay Village Post uses some of the funds to provide prizes at the Wade Park Veterans Hospital when they conduct Friday Night Bingo Nights with the patients.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:08 AM, 11.17.2015

Mums, poinsettias…roses! Calling all 'Rose' hopefuls

In February the 2015 Ohio Rose “hopefuls” took time out for a game of chess at Crocker Park, or so it seems.  Perhaps the photo op caught them letting off some steam after a rigorous round of preliminary judging! Photo courtesy Ohio Rose Center.

Mums mark the fall season, poinsettias point to the Christmas holidays, and roses remind us of the upcoming selection of the 2016 Ohio Rose on Saturday, Feb. 13. The “Valentine’s Eve” event marks the sixth consecutive celebration of young women of Irish heritage hosted by the Ohio Rose Centre in affiliation with The Rose of Tralee International Festival, a longstanding Irish tradition held every August in Tralee, County Kerry. 

The annual festival showcases the finest and innermost qualities of young women of Ireland and Irish diaspora on a world stage. It culminates with the naming of that year’s “Rose of Tralee” who will serve as the festival’s ambassador via public appearances, media events, and participating in selected charitable initiatives during her tenure. Roses of Tralee radiate charm, wit, grace, intelligence and warmth.

Yet, there can be no Rose selection without Rose entrants.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:07 AM, 11.17.2015

A lesson from the stars

Stars, shining messengers of
Light, harbingers of safety
This cold, cold, night.

Allowing the Magi
So long ago a
Special sign,

Leading their way
To a humble stable
And a child so divine.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:07 AM, 11.17.2015

The Christmas Stocking

Tabby and Toby. Photo by Carol Janovsky

(a true story)

Toby was our black miniature poodle,
Tabby was our cat.
From day one animosity was ripe,
Though it never spilled over into a fight.

Tabby was our only pet for quite awhile;
Toby was given to us, fully grown, by a friend.
Both our pets really made us smile,
But neither one an inch would bend.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.17.2015

Chambers of commerce salute local veterans

John Reiss of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission spoke at the West Shore Chamber of Commerce's Veterans Day luncheon.

The 100th Bomb Group was host to a Veterans Day luncheon put on by the Power of More Chambers of Commerce on Nov. 11. All six chambers invited their member veterans and their families to be recognized and honored. Over 125 people enjoyed the meal and the great company. 

The keynote speaker was John Reiss, Executive Director of the Cuyahoga County Veterans Service Commission. Mr. Reiss joined the Army Reserves at age 17, completed ROTC training and served five years of active duty in both Kuwait and Iraq. He spoke on veterans benefits and services before introducing Maureen Shannon and George Cooper from the Hospice of the Western Reserve. They presented all 24 veterans, ranging from age 25 to 97, with a veteran pin during the emotional ceremony.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:10 AM, 11.17.2015

Many hands make light work of Project Leaf

On Nov. 7, a picture-perfect fall day in Bay Village, 178 people contributed their time and energy to rake the yards of 55 homes in exchange for donations for Village Project. The exuberance of the volunteers combined with the generosity of the homeowners resulted in Village Project earning $2,500 in donations, which will help it continue its work of providing nourishing meals and extended care and service to local residents who are experiencing cancer. Much gratitude goes out to everyone involved in Project Leaf. 

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:17 AM, 11.17.2015

One child, one community at a time

Kiwanis Pancake Breakfasts are a 50-year tradition. Preparing orange juice for the event at the Bay Middle School are Kiwanians Clint Keener (left) and Russ Bauknecht. Photo by Tom Johnson.

When I was in my prime, women couldn’t belong to the 100-year-old Kiwanis  Club. In the mid-1980s, the organization changed and women were encouraged to join and to bring their spouses with them. Lately, it is becoming a husband-and-wife commitment. I recently spoke with Linda Potter, who is an active member of the Bay Village club with her husband, Jim. Linda said that husband-and-wife teams will be the future of Kiwanis.

Linda and Jim are the first couple to join the local group. She wants to encourage other couples to do the same. She loves to have the pleasure of giving back to the community by working side-by-side with Jim on a project. The Bay Village Kiwanis has 44 members, seven of which are women.

In my experience, no matter what community project is announced, the Kiwanis Club steps up to help. In 2014 alone they donated to the Bay Village Foundation Clock Repair fund, Cahoon Park exercise equipment and Play in Bay. They also sponsor scholarships and the Key Club at the high school.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:23 AM, 11.17.2015

Bay Village veterans honored

A Color Guard honors veterans at O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village. Photo by Donna D'Amico

O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village honored 30 residents, all veterans, for their military service on Veterans Day. This distinguished group was comprised of men and women representing every branch of the armed forces and also included WWII veterans from the British and Hungarian armies. 

A Color Guard from the North Ridgeville VFW Post #9871 led the ceremony honoring our vets and O’Neill Healthcare Hospice was on hand to commemorate each veteran’s service with the presentation of a certificate and pinning ceremony. The color guard concluded the solemn ceremony with a 21-gun salute and a bugler playing taps.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.17.2015

Bay Library looking for volunteers

Do you have a background or interest in helping older students develop 21st century skills? The Bay Village Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library is excited to recruit volunteers to work with our STEAM program.

Our STEAM coordinators will work with a group of volunteers who are comfortable working in the areas of science, technology, engineering, art and/or math. The coordinators and volunteers will help out with teen programs – topics can range from LEGO robotics to coding to stop motion animation. Bay Village’s TEEN ZONE is especially looking for after-school volunteers to help with upcoming programs such as making simple Rube Goldberg machines, terrariums, circuits, sculptures and watercolor painting.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:23 AM, 11.17.2015

The article read around the world

This past May, I wrote an article for the Observer ("Pen pals for 70 years and counting") about my longtime pen pal, Annette, who lives in England. Since the article was printed, I have been surprised and pleased by the positive response I've received from friends and neighbors and some folks I didn't even know. Guess they recognized me from my picture in the article.

I wanted to share with you how that little article in the Observer took off. I sent two copies to Annette in England. Annette has a brother, Ron, four years her junior who was 9 years old when we began writing. When he was in his 20s he immigrated to Western Australia in the general area of Perth. He would occasionally ask Annette if we were still "at it." So I asked Annette to send Ron the second copy of my article.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:19 AM, 11.17.2015

Village Project garage gets a makeover

The Village Project garage is clean, bright and organized thanks to volunteers from a local home improvement store.

For over 10 years, Lowe’s has offered a volunteer program through their stores called Lowe’s Heroes. The program encourages employees in a location to team together, adopt a volunteer project with a local nonprofit organization or K–12 public school and make a difference.

The Village Project’s headquarters in Bay Village is the grateful recipient of a recent Lowe’s Heroes project carried out by a team of employees from the Lowe’s of Rocky River under the direction of store manager, Ryco Crawford.

The employees gave the garage at the headquarters building a sparkling new makeover, including repairing, painting and sealing the floor, painting the walls, installing new lighting, replacing shelving and supplying racks for tools and ladders.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:17 AM, 11.17.2015

Drunk-driver legislation passes house committee

Legislation sponsored by State Rep. Nan Baker to strengthen penalties on drunk drivers passed unanimously by the Ohio House Judiciary Committee on Nov. 2. The committee’s passage sends the bill to the House floor for a full chamber vote.

House Bill 300 would prevent drunk drivers from reclaiming their driver’s license immediately after their release from prison. The bill protects innocent people by keeping aggravated vehicular homicide offenders, those who cause the death of another as a result of driving while intoxicated, from behind the wheel.

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Volume 7, Issue 22, Posted 9:20 AM, 11.17.2015