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Kiwanis place 'Pinwheels For Prevention' along Hilliard

Westlake Aktion Club members, from left in blue shirts, Lynn Gomez, Michael Sigmund and Chad Di Lillo, places pinwheel in holes Kiwanian Alan Hendricks has just drilled. Looking on is fellow Kiwanian Bob Clancy. Photo by Victor Rutkoski

The Westlake Kiwanis is partnering with Providence House in their annual Pinwheels For Prevention event. On May 16, Planting Day in the city of Westlake, the Westlake Kiwanis Family placed pinwheels in the 111 tree boxes along Hilliard Boulevard from Westlake City Hall to the Rocky River border. These pinwheels represent abused children of Cuyahoga County. 

Why Pinwheels for Prevention? For two decades, market research consistently has shown that the public views child abuse and neglect as a serious problem. As a national organization whose mission is "to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation's children," Kiwanis' emphasis is to transform that awareness into action. We now have that opportunity through the pinwheel, which reminds us of childlike notions and stands for the chance at the healthy, happy and full lives all children deserve.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.19.2015

Improving economy, budget cuts help Bay Village sail on

Mayor Debbie Sutherland addresses the West Shore Chamber of Commerce on May 12. Photo by Denny Wendell

As a rising tide lifts all boats, the waves of economic progress appear to be reaching Bay Village’s symbolic sailboat. In her May 12 State of the City address to the West Shore Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Deborah Sutherland stressed a continued emphasis on cutting costs and taking advantage of available resources, but does see hope on the horizon.

While overall revenues are still down, property and income tax collections in 2014 were up more than 3 percent over the previous year, an indicator to Sutherland that municipalities are catching up to the rebounding economy. Coupled with cost-saving measures that have reduced general fund expenses, the city is back to bringing in more money than it outlays, but is still working to overcome the loss of estate tax revenue.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:56 AM, 05.19.2015

Record year for Destination Imagination at Bay Village Schools

State DI winners and Bay High students (l-r): Jessica Perri, Olivia Risch and Jessica Bohannon from Team Superman's Cake Shoes. Photo by Holly Risch

Three Bay Village Schools teams will compete at the Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, May 20-23. Their outstanding performances at DI's Ohio state tournament in Mount Vernon advanced the teams from Westerly Elementary, Bay Middle School and Bay High School to the international level. These three teams will be competing against teams from 45 states and 14 countries at the Global Finals. Over 16,000 attendees are anticipated to participate in this event, the world's largest celebration of creativity.

In all, 20 teams from the Bay Village Schools competed in this year's DI competition, beginning at the regional tournament held at Beachwood High School. This is a record number of teams sent by the district to this competition requiring innovative and creative problem solving, using skills from both the arts and sciences.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.19.2015

Relay for Life of Westshore gearing up for May 30 event

With less than two weeks to go until the Relay for Life of Westshore, we are really stepping up our game. Our committee and teams are in full force to help make this the best event yet.  

Please join us Saturday, May 30, at the Westlake High School stadium from noon until 11 p.m. for games, bounce house, food, DJ and our main event, The Princess and Pirate Party. Join Anna, Elsa and Jake the Neverland Pirate as we have an ice cream social, crafts and photos with the princesses or pirate. The donation is $10 per child and is bound to be a Fairy Tale good time. The party will start at 1:30 p.m. and end at 3 p.m. Come anytime during that time to enjoy the fun.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.19.2015

Sally Price, Her Story

Sally Price, pictured in the Baycrafters circulating gallery in the 1960s, has made an indelible impact on Bay Village over her many years of service to the community. Photo courtesy Julia Shutt

His-story? Why not her-story? Just for today we will call it herstory, the story of much lauded historian of Bay Village, Sally Price.

I first learned of Ms. Price through the book she wrote with Virginia Peterson, "Images of America: Bay Village." 

“Thanks to Ginnie and Sally we have a wonderful history of Bay Village," says fellow Bay Village Historical Society member, Evelyn Allen. “Sally provided a unique and personal perspective of life here since 1810. The photographs she provided and the captions she helped write give us all a precious history of our town.”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:54 AM, 05.19.2015

Westlake athlete kicks it up a notch

Lauren Acker, No. 86, grew up playing soccer in Westlake. Today she is the kicker and wide receiver for the Cleveland Fusion women's football team. Photo by Carol Maat

Growing up in Westlake, Lauren Acker was well-recognized for her achievements on the soccer field. But today she is making a name for herself in a different sport – tackle football.

This past March, Lauren was contacted with a tryout offer from the Cleveland Fusion, a women’s full-tackle football team. The Fusion is one of 40 teams in the country that make up the Women’s Football Alliance (WFA) league, one of the largest in the history of women’s football. 

Lauren, who has played sports for as long as she can remember, thought it would be a great experience. She played basketball and soccer in elementary and middle school; when she entered high school, she decided to devote her time solely to soccer.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.19.2015

Animal law expert to speak in Bay Village on May 26

Animal law expert Jeffrey Holland

Animal law expert Jeffrey Holland will speak on Tuesday, May 26, 7-9 p.m., at Bay Middle School, 27725 Wolf Road, on Ohio law, especially with regard to animal neglect and animal cruelty. The meeting is free and open to the public. Questions from the audience are encouraged, and Mr. Holland has the experience to address all of your animal law concerns.

Mr. Holland is a partner in the law firm of Holland & Muirden with offices in Sharon Center and Fairlawn. He has prosecuted numerous animal cruelty cases and represented county humane societies in 42 of Ohio’s 88 counties. He has provided various legal services to all kinds of non-profit animal welfare organizations.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.19.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Memorial Day Parade, 1936

Major Troyan leads the Memorial Day Parade east along Lake Road from the Red Brick School House (Stop #30) to Lakeside Cemetery in 1936. Once the graves were marked in the cemetery, Dr. Earl Ross began flying over the cemetery and dropping rose petals.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.19.2015

Snippets of Bay Village History: Two of Bay High School's Finest, William Barschow and Timothy Ptacek

Tim Ptacek had this picture taken while serving in Vietnam and sent it home to his family. He was killed in action in 1969.

This Memorial Day during Bay Village’s ceremonies in Cahoon Memorial Park, the Bay Village American Legion will read the roll of those men and women from Bay Village who have given their lives to keep our country free. On that honor roll are two of Bay High School’s finest who served in the Vietnam War.

William Marcus Barschow was the valedictorian of the Class of 1955. He was president of the National Honor Society, played football and was in the class play. Bill, known as Barsh, was liked and respected. He lived with his mom, dad and sister, Anne, in a house they built on the corner of Bradley and Lake roads.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.19.2015

Porter Library recognizes outstanding volunteers

Westlake Porter Public Library volunteer Patsy Spisak received the 2015 Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award from the library.

Westlake Porter Public Library named Patsy Spisak the 2015 Myrna Chelko Volunteer Award recipient and Karen Alfred the Thomas A. Fox Distinguished Trustee Award recipient at the annual Volunteer Recognition Reception on April 21. The Library’s 122 other volunteers were also honored at the event.

The Myrna Chelko Award is given annually to the library volunteer who exhibits the spirit of volunteerism and service to the library embodied by the late Myrna Chelko. Spisak was selected to receive the award in recognition of her 15 years as volunteer, during which she has staffed the Reception Desk with a sunny smile and a cheerful greeting.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.19.2015

Bay Days fireworks fund offers Cavs tickets, boat club membership

The Bay Days fireworks fundraising committee is offering a chance to win a pair of tickets to 10 Cleveland Cavaliers games next season, in addition to this "swag bag" of Cavaliers goodies.

The Bay Days fireworks fundraising group, local citizens tasked with raising funds for the Bay Days fireworks celebration, which is now privately funded, is offering two great raffle prizes: a pair of excellent seats to 10 Cleveland Cavaliers games next season, or a year-long membership in the Freedom Boat Club, which offers unlimited use of powerboats docked in the Rocky River and at more than 75 other locations nationwide.

The group is also accepting monetary donations so that the Bay Days fourth of July celebration will not be a dud.

The Cavaliers package includes a great pair of tickets to 10 games next season, plus a "swag bag" of Cavaliers goodies, like a T-shirt, notebook, water bottle and more. The package is valued at more than $800. The deadline to purchase tickets is July 4.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:51 AM, 05.19.2015

A home filled with love in Bay Village

The residents of Fontbonne Home – clockwise from top left: Joan, Ted, Kelly, Marcia and Pat – have lived together for many years in a supportive environment and are active members of the Bay Village community.

Family is everything. Especially to the residents and staff of Fontbonne Home in Bay Village. Begun in 1982 as a “home away from home” for individuals with developmental disabilities, it is currently home to five residents who have been together as a family for most of those 30-plus years. The residence was founded by Sister Genevieve Lane, CSJ, Ph.D., who is now retired.

The residents work together in perfect harmony, sharing chores, cooking and cleaning duties and – just like all siblings – occasionally quibbling. A result of their combined effort is a prominently displayed sign in the living room that tells their story: “Together we make a family.”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.19.2015

Learn about our great lake during Lake Erie Day

Guests to Lake Erie Day will enjoy activities and opportunities to learn more about our great lake with Lake Erie Nature & Science Center and Ohio Sea Grant.

As you live and work and play along the shores of Lake Erie, you may find yourself with questions about this great resource. How are invasive species spread? What makes a harmful algal bloom? Why is Lake Erie called the “Walleye Capital of the World”? What are the fishing opportunities available in this region?

Join us on May 23 for Lake Erie Day, where visitors to Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will have a chance to ask the experts your questions and learn more about topics related to this great lake.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.19.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we head into Memorial Day weekend and our thoughts turn to summer fun, we'd like to invite you to join us for two exciting programs we'll be hosting in the community during the summer months.

  • Join friends, neighbors and library staff for a monthly book discussion on the BAYarts campus. Held on the porch of the Fuller House on Fridays from 10-11 a.m., the discussion will include the following books: June 12, "Euphoria" by Lily King; July 10, "Us" by David Nicholls; and Aug. 7, "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer
  • Cooling off at the pool? Splash in for some quick storytime fun at the 2 p.m. rest period! Monday and Tuesday afternoons from June 8 to Aug. 18, presented by the Children’s staff.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT 

Thursday, May 21 (4 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Children in grades 3-4 are invited to enjoy cookies as we discuss a good book. Copies of the book will be available one month before the discussion.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.19.2015

May events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, May 5 (7-8 p.m.) Cinco de Mayo – Hola! Let's celebrate Cinco de Mayo together with stories, songs and a pinata! Ages 3-5. Please register.

Tuesday, May 5 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee & Chat We will laugh and discuss an article or book related to parenting children who struggle. The group discussion is facilitated by a professional. Free child care is available, but registration is required at connectingforkids.org or call 440-250-5563. Tonight’s Topic: Single Parenting a Child with Special Needs.

Wednesdays, May 6 and 13 (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 at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, May 6 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Wednesday, May 6 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Drop-in session for genealogy help provided by the members of the Cuyahoga West Chapter.

Wednesday, May 6 (3-5 p.m.) Mother's Day Carry-Out Craft – Need a Mother's Day gift? Stop by the Youth Services Department to make a craft that every mom will be sure to love!

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:30 AM, 05.05.2015

Bay Kiwanis gifts trash enclosure to Village Project

Kiwanians Jim Potter and Foster McMasters construct an enclosure for the trash containers at the Village Project facility. Photo by Jeff Harrell

Village Project executive director Barb Harrell was recently asked what gift she would like from the Kiwanis this year. She replied she did not want a check this year from the group, but would like them to provide an enclosure for their trash barrels. The Village Project has been keeping the trash barrels inside the building and on the hot summer days, the odor can get overwhelming.

The Kiwanis group assigned retired architect Gordon Taylor to sketch out a design that would enclose the four trash and recycling containers. Next, engineer Foster McMasters gave dimensions and estimated materials needed for construction. The materials were purchased and construction began. With assistance of Kiwanis member Allen Waddle and Foster’s son, James, the enclosure was built over four weekends.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:48 AM, 05.19.2015

Buddy Benches at Normandy Elementary promote recess friendships

Members of Normandy Elementary's Students of Character Club demonstrate how to use Buddy Benches at school assembly. Photo by Amy Bartley

Students at Normandy Elementary School in Bay Village care about the feelings of all their fellow students. That is why members of the school's Students of Character Club (SOCC), a leadership group promoting good character traits and positive behaviors, figured out a way to help children who were feeling left out and lonely at recess.

The club of first- and second-grade children has been working all year to bring Buddy Benches to their school. The polished wood benches with colorful handprints painted on the backs have now been installed on the school playground. If a child is feeling lonely or doesn't have a friend to play with at recess, he or she can sit on a Buddy Bench. This is a signal to others on the playground to reach out and include that student in their recess fun.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.19.2015

What to do when school is done

As the school days start to wind down there is one major question on every parent’s mind. "Oh no, what am I going to do with them for the whole summer?" Yes, parents, that golden time has arrived. After your child sleeps in the first morning, then gets up, brushes the sleep from their eyes and promptly yells out: "I’m bored, there is nothing to do!"

Don’t worry, the Westlake Recreation Department has you covered. We offer activities for almost every age group. Daily programs, weekly camps, swimming lessons, sport-specific camps and much more. The best part is that you can register right now for these camps and have the whole summer planned out even before they run out of school on the last day.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.19.2015

More than just a game

When it comes to great summertime fun, nothing beats a day down at the ballpark. So – not having had the opportunity to see the Indians in action “live” yet this season – I thought it would be nice if my wife and I took in an Indians game.

The weather was great on Mother’s Day, and being the big spender that I am, off we went. Actually, if you want to get technical, a guy at work won the pair of tickets in a raffle and didn’t want to go (“The Tribe stinks!”) so he unloaded the tix on me. But nobody else has to know that, right?

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:44 AM, 05.19.2015

Bay Village artists help create public art installation

Young artists help paint canvas as part of public art installation.

On May 12 budding artists at the Bay Village Library helped paint a canvas that will become part of a public art installation at Cuyahoga County Public Library's Parma-Snow Branch. The young painters worked with artist Augusto Bordelois in a style called action painting which began with some of the participants painting blindfolded.

Everyone helped make sure all the white space on the canvas was covered with different colors of paint. Once the entire canvas was covered, the group worked together to decide what they saw, a process similar to looking at clouds and seeing shapes. Once they discovered the outline of a horse, the artists focused on more detailed components to turn the painting into a unicorn and decorate the background.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:50 AM, 05.19.2015

Flags offered to Bay residents

Seldom in history have so many given so much for human rights and freedom represented by a piece of cloth.

During the War for Independence, patriots sacrificed their fortunes, their homes, their sons and daughters and even their own lives for a country yet to be formed and represented by a flag.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:43 AM, 05.19.2015

German genealogical research across the pond

More and more individuals have become excited about exploring their own personal history, as a result of watching the popular television programs “Finding Your Roots,” “Who Do You Think You Are?” and/or “Genealogical Road Show.”

Many will begin their research by first collecting data from family and friends, locally available U.S. public or church vital records, tombstone, cemetery and U.S. census records. But, the question most people will raise eventually is “How to I research my immigrant ancestor in his or her native land?”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.19.2015

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, May 13, 2015

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Sutherland’s office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Bay Village’s website.

Present: Mayors Sutherland (Bay Village), Bobst (Rocky River), Clough (Westlake), Kennedy (North Olmsted), Patton (Fairview Park) and Summers (Lakewood)

Also present: Fiscal Officer Renee Mahoney; Cuyahoga County Director of Regional Collaboration Ed Kraus; Karlton Laster, staff assistant, Department of Regional Collaboration.

Westshore Enforcement Bureau (WEB): March and April financials were received.

RTA: Public Square traffic issues under study; project on target. Completion of new Brookpark station projected for 2016, in time for the Republican National Convention.

NOACA: Deer issues a “hot topic” in some communities. Grant awards to be made in June for Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative (TLCI) program. Rocky River and Fairview Park jointly applied for a planning grant in this program.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.19.2015

Bay Village parade vehicles needed

The Bay Village American Legion wants to make sure that all veterans who wish to ride in the annual Memorial Day Parade have transportation. Anyone who has a convertible and is willing to drive a veteran in the parade should call Geoff at 440-835-4078.

The parade is scheduled for Monday, May 25, and will start at 8:45 a.m. from the Huntington Beach North parking lot and proceed west on Lake Road to the Lakeside Cemetery for a presentations by VFW Commander Fred Green and Reverend Dennis Stylski. The Bay High Band will provide patriotic music and the Brownies will lay flowers at the graves of the veterans buried there.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:42 AM, 05.19.2015

Somebody else's problem

I was introduced to the “Somebody Else’s Problem field” concept by Douglas Adams in his book, “Life, the Universe and Everything,” when I was in the eighth grade. At the time, I did not believe such a thing existed. My children, however, have provided irrefutable proof of the existence of this field.

The Somebody Else’s Problem field is something like a magnetic field. It utilizes a person’s natural tendency to ignore things they don’t easily accept and makes those things go unnoticed. It sounds fanciful, but my children have given me as much confidence in this field now as I have in the field of gravity.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.19.2015

Internet Street Smarts Tip: Browsing secure websites

Growing up in Japan I really enjoyed being a Boy Scout. To this day there are skills I acquired during my scouting years that I still use. Although this is not one of those skills, learning how to encode messages so only my friends and I could decipher and read them made us giddy.

Throughout history, from military adaptation of the Enigma machine to send coded messages to the frontlines, to the current day application in the digital world, use of encryption continues to be critical in guarding secrets and protecting individual privacy.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:37 AM, 05.19.2015

Former mayor, wife to be honored in annual plaque ceremony

Former Bay Village Mayor Henry Reese and his wife, Helen, will be honored with a bronze plaque on the Cahoon Park walking trail.

Henry Reese and his wife, Helen, will be honored on May 25 at the Bay Village Foundation's annual Bronze Plaque Memorial Ceremony. Henry Reese was mayor of Bay Village from 1970-1978. Reese, a former Shell Oil executive, and his wife, Helen, were active in the Bay Village community for many years. Their sons, Wayne and Robert, and their families are remembering them.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.19.2015

Proud to have served

Bay Village resident Art Zimmerman. Photo by Joy Parrish

Bay Village resident Art Zimmerman, an Army veteran, proudly displays a banner outside his home on Bruce Road to remind passersby of the true meaning of Memorial Day.

“With all of the holiday activities – cookouts, parties, golf games, swimming – we often forget what Memorial Day is really about,” Art said. “Historically, the day was a time to remember those friends and relatives that contributed their lives to create a better America. This is my humble way of reminding everyone what the purpose of Memorial Day is all about.”

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:49 AM, 05.19.2015

Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade a Westlake tradition

Westlake Kiwanian Bob Clancy addresses the crowd during last year's Memorial Day services in Clague Park.

A continuing Westlake tradition, the Kiwanis Memorial Day Parade, takes place on Monday, May 25. Come out and line the parade route along Hilliard Boulevard and enjoy the parade, which starts at 10 a.m. in front of Westlake Christian Church and terminates in Clague Park at the Gazebo for the Memorial Day services.

Please come and honor those citizens of Westlake who gave their all in wars from the Civil War to Iraq and Afghanistan. We owe our freedom to these individuals who left their lives on battlefields around the world. In respect for this solemn occasion the Westlake Kiwanis requests that participants refrain from throwing candy during the parade.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:39 AM, 05.19.2015

Nan Baker announces candidacy for state senator

State Representative Nan Baker

State Representative Nan Baker announced on May 7 her candidacy for state senator representing the 24th House District. 

It has been an honor to serve as State Representative at the Ohio House since 2009. Most of my work has been focused on creating the environment to retain, create and bring jobs to Ohio. I have chaired the Economic Development Committee over the last several years. 

In this 131st General Assembly, the committee has evolved to the Economic and Workforce Development Committee as we have jobs to fill and we find our Ohioans needing the workforce skills to qualify for those jobs.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.19.2015

Place hand on heart to honor American flag

As a veteran of WWII, I am honored to proudly march in the Color Guard during the annual Memorial Day parade in Bay Village. On this special day, in which we honor our veterans, I thought I'd list the correct protocol for those observing the parade as the Color Guard carrying the American flag passes by.

Protocol for Honoring our American Flag

When the American flag is displayed with a Color Guard during a parade or other formal type ceremony, those observing this function should: stand at attention; remove their hats; and place their right hand over their heart (if wearing a hat, hold the hat over one's heart with the right hand). After the Color Guard passes or the ceremony finishes, one may return to the previous stature or position.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.19.2015

Historical Saddler house build date confirmed

Last month, I submitted a story about the Frank Saddler house at 317 Bassett Road in Bay Village. The most my fellow researchers and I could say at the time was that it was constructed between 1901 and 1909.

Further research of the tax records at the Cuyahoga County Archives has confirmed that construction of the house began in 1905 and was completed in 1906. As of the 1900 U.S. Census the Frank Saddler family resided in a rented home near the William Saddler II house, 30165 Lake Road.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:45 AM, 05.19.2015

Watercolor classes to begin June 15 at Dwyer Center

“Fun with Watercolor” will be held Mondays from 1-3 p.m. for six weeks beginning June 15. Stephen Sitar will lead you on a magical, creative and colorful journey. You’ll be amazed, happy and surprised at your results. Bay residents $32, non-residents $34.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:54 AM, 05.19.2015

Tri-Bay Classic golf outing returns June 12

The yearly Tri-Bay golf outing is set again at Sweetbriar Golf Course in Avon Lake this year for Friday, June 12. Always well attended, the gathering of Bay supporters and golf lovers join together each year for a specific cause; the fundraiser is dedicated to raising funds to assist the Bay Village Education Foundation, the Bay Alumni Foundation, and the Bay Rockets Athletic Boosters. 

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:41 AM, 05.19.2015

O'Neill Healthcare awards nursing scholarships to 4 local standouts

Scholarship recipients, from left, Mary Chudy, Maddie Voiers, Amelia Conroy and Samantha Neuman. Photo by Eve Wilhelmi

Each spring, O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village awards four scholarships to local graduating high school seniors who are planning to pursue a career in healthcare. Candidates are required to complete a scholarship application, submit academic letters of recommendation and write an essay about their reason for pursuing a healthcare career. 

The four recipients for 2015 are Maddie Voiers of Bay High School, who will be attending Ohio University; Amelia Conroy of Avon Lake High School, who will be attending the University of Cincinnati; Mary Chudy of Magnificat High School and Samantha Neumann of Westlake High School, who will both be attending The Ohio State University.

All of this year’s winners will be studying nursing. Congratulations and best wishes to these very talented young women!

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:52 AM, 05.19.2015

A celebration of nonagenarians and beyond

Beverly Nieberding accepts a proclamation from Mayor Clough during a 90-and-up birthday celebration at the Westlake Rec Center. Photo by Jennifer Yoo

The Westlake Women's Club recently joined forces with the Westlake Center for Community Services to honor our residents who are 90 years old and then some! The birthday celebration took place at the Westlake Recreation Center and it included brunch, birthday cake and a formal recognition of all honorees by Mayor Dennis Clough who presented them with proclamations. 

Papparazzi were plentiful as there were so many picture-worthy moments. About 100 guests enjoyed the event. Some were residents of our local assisted living facilities: Arden Courts, Devon Oaks, Our House and Brighton Gardens, along with one-third of the honorees who live independently. Pianist Jack Hogue provided entertainment. The oldest attendee was 103!

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.19.2015

Who were the Westons of Westlake?

Part one of a multi-part series.

First there was Deacon Asa Weston. He was born in 1793 in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, the hometown of a number of the original pioneers of Dover Township. He immigrated to Ohio in 1816 and settled in Euclid Township, east of Cleveland.

His first glimpse of Dover was when he was hired by a man who owned land near Toledo to deliver the taxes owed, in person. In order to save money, Deacon Asa walked from Euclid to Toledo and back.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:40 AM, 05.19.2015

Women's business social to be held June 3

All are invited to attend a Women’s Business Social sponsored by The Westlake Women’s Club and Palace Business Centres on Wednesday, June 3, 5:30-8 p.m. Come learn about the opportunities offered through the Westlake Women’s Club (formerly known as the Westlake Junior Women’s Club) and see what Palace Business Centre is doing to support area small businesses, all while connecting with women-owned businesses, shopping and enjoying a little pampering!

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:53 AM, 05.19.2015

Kiwanis groups enjoy Planting Day in Westlake

Westlake Key Club Members plant their box.

The Weslake Kiwanis Aktion Club planted their Hilliard Boulevard flower box in blue and yellow – their club colors – as part of the Westlake in Bloom competition. The design was suggested by club member Laura Santamaria. The Aktion Club hopes you stop by to see their display on Hilliard, just off of Dover Center Road.

The WHS Key Club planted their box in front of Westlake High School while the Kiwanis planted their boxes in front of Clague Park.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.19.2015

Life jacket event stresses safe boating practices

Bay Schools Safe Boating students and staff put on their life jackets May 16 at the Bay Boat Club to be part of "Ready, Set, Wear It!" Day. The goal of the event, part of a week of activities sponsored by the National Safe Boating Council, is to get the most people wearing their life jacket to break last year's record and to raise awareness that wearing life jackets saves lives.

Later that day, the students completed an Ohio Boating Education Class as part of the Bay Schools Boating Education program. The program follows the nationally recognized Spirit of America boating safety curriculum.

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Volume 7, Issue 10, Posted 9:36 AM, 05.19.2015