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Bay officials dedicate Ebert Field in Cahoon Park

Gary Ebert, right, was honored with a plaque dedicating a baseball field in his name, at the corner of Dover Center and Lake roads. He is pictured at the unveiling with his wife, Pamela, center, and children Amanda Liskovec, Brian Ebert and Carrie Bussewitz. Photo by Denny Wendell

There are only a handful of times in a city’s history when a resident is permanently and publicly recognized for their noteworthy and selfless contributions to that municipality.

One individual has played both leadership and supportive roles in the personal and professional elements of his life in Bay Village over many years. His involvement was always caring and passionate, whether as coach, father, board member, friend, community leader, councilman, law director, event planner, sponsor, mediator, philanthropist, volunteer, fundraiser, legal counsel and parish member, among other roles. Quite simply, he was, has been and continues to be a voice fully supportive of Bay Village.  

Longtime Bay Village resident Gary Ebert was recognized on Monday, June 24, for his contributions to our Bay Village youth baseball and city recreational programs; yet, this recognition was also representative of his decades of commitment to bettering our community as a whole.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 10:02 AM, 07.02.2019

Westlake Special Olympics returns after 2-year hiatus

Scott Goggin leads Special Olympians around track.

Westlake Kiwanis and Westlake Schools held their Special Olympics on Saturday June 8, at Westlake High School's Lou Duchez Stadium. There were 57 athletes registered from all over western Cuyahoga and eastern Lorain counties.  

Scott Goggin, Westlake Schools superintendent, led the athletes around the track carrying the Special Olympics torch to open the event. Members of the Westlake Aktion Club sang the national anthem. There were quite a few volunteers from Westlake Kiwanis, Westlake City School District and Knights of Columbus. This event marked the return of the Special Olympics after a two-year hiatus due to the upgrading of the Westlake High track.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:53 AM, 07.02.2019

Porter Library debuts 'non-traditional item' collection

A sampling of some of the new audiovisual items available in mid-July to borrow from Westlake Porter Public Library. Photo by Denny Wendell

Are you interested in trying out an instrument or karaoke machine or borrowing one for a special event? Would you like to digitize your memories in the comfort of your own home? Want to teach your kids musical rhythm? Starting in mid-July Westlake Porter Public Library will be able to help with their Non-Traditional Item collection.

Included in the collection are musical instruments such as ukuleles, banjos, a drum machine and a portable keyboard, equipment for converting slides, audio cassettes and 8mm/Super 8mm film to digital formats, a karaoke machine, Music Kits for kids, VCR and DVD recorders, and much more.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 10:02 AM, 07.02.2019

Every city should strive to be twins with Minneapolis

Target Field has composting and recycling bins for all fan-generated waste. Photo by Jennifer Hartzell

I had the pleasure of visiting a close friend of mine up in the Twin Cities (Minneapolis/St. Paul) in early June. Minneapolis is doing an outstanding job being a green city.  

While we were visiting, we went to see a Twins game at Target Field. To say I was impressed with Target Field is an understatement – the entire ballpark is waste-free! In fact, I could not locate a trash can!

What are they doing? Composting and recycling only. All of the bottles and cans go into the recycling can, and all food, cups, napkins, forks, etc. go into the compost can! These compost/recycling stations are everywhere inside of the park.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:58 AM, 07.02.2019

Westlake Historical Society’s 49th annual Antique, Vintage & Craft Show is July 14

The Westlake Historical Society will host our 49th annual Antique, Vintage & Craft Show on Sunday July 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is our major fundraiser of the year. This event helps to cover the society's regular operating expenses.

The  Clague House Museum is located at 1371 Clague Road. The event will include a variety of antique, vintage and craft vendors, a snack bar, and free guided tours of the historic Clague House Museum. The rain date for the event is July 21.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.02.2019

COFA deadline for art entries is July 12

"Child of the Snow," a pastel by Phyllis Barrett, won first place in the Amateur/Semi-Pro division in the 2018 COFA show. Photo by Bob Parry

Artists are invited to submit mail entries of their work for the 19th Annual Community of Fine Arts Show by July 12. Artists, over 18 years old, are classified under two divisions, Amateur/Semi-Professional and Seasoned/Professional.

Cash awards in eight categories for both divisions are offered by this juried art show, which is presented by the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council at Porter Public Library from July 29 through Aug. 31.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.02.2019

Bay Maritime Explorer Club receives prestigious Army Values Award

From left: Dr. Matt Willis, Director, Office of Deputy Assistant Secretary of Army; Sarah Knox; Boden McDougal; John Willison, Deputy to Commanding General, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command; Gwynn Miller; Richard Gash; and Sgt. Maj. David Snipes, Command Sergeant Major. 

Congratulations to the Microfiber Fighters, who were chosen as the eCyberMission National Finalists along with 20 other finalist teams in the 2019 U.S. Army-sponsored competition. We were selected from 5,097 teams to attend a week-long National Judging and Educational Event (NJEE) in Washington, D.C. 

Activities included hands-on STEM workshops led by Army scientists and engineers, a special session hosted by the National Inventors Hall of Fame, a visit to Capitol Hill and Congressional Library, and a tour of the National Mall. In our visit to Congress we met with Senator Rob Portman’s legislative correspondent, Sam Hattrup, who stated: “The health and well-being of Lake Erie is one of Senator Portman’s top priorities; the senator would be interested in the research of Microfiber Fighters.”

After a ride on the Senate train to the other side of Congress we met with Congresswoman Joyce Beatty who was also very interested to hear of our project to prevent microfibers entering out into lakes from washing machines.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.02.2019

Tito’s streak with Tribe one of team’s best

Sometimes I’m accused of being too hard on Cleveland teams. It’s either, "The Indians don’t deserve your criticism," or "The Cavs don’t deserve your criticism," or "The Browns don’t deserve your criticism." Wait. Come to think of it, I’ve never heard that last comment. Sorry, Jimmy, I got carried away.

Anyway, while listening to the Tribe games on the radio during recent seasons, Indians announcer Tom Hamilton has talked of how the Indians haven’t had a losing season since Terry “Tito” Francona has been manager, starting in the 2013 season.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.02.2019

BAYarts market opens at last

Kids try out a goat yoga session.

The Cleveland area experienced a rainy June, and it was this very thing which impacted the first two BAYarts Farm & Art Markets. Despite holding out hope, Pam Mills (who manages the market and is the BAYarts Creative Programming Director) had to cancel them on account of downpouring rain. But the market now will continue on with a full slate of summer activities and market staples every Thursday from 5-8 p.m. on the BAYarts campus at 28795 Lake Road.

Summer event schedule:  

  • July 11: Hoodoo BBQ, Feels Like OM goat yoga, health & wellness
  • July 18: Yappy Hour, Cupcake Wars (kids decorating table & adult contest)
  • July 25: Hoodoo BBQ (music)
  • Aug. 1: Backyard Famliy Fun Night, Movie Under the Stars (Harry Potter)
  • Aug. 8: Hoodoo BBQ (music), pie contest, Feels Like OM goat yoga
  • Aug. 15: Yappy Hour, cooking demo by Buttercream & Olive Oil
  • Aug. 22: Hoodoo BBQ (music), Yappy Hour
  • Sept. 5: Chili cook-off
  • Sept. 12: Last market

To participate in goat yoga, go to as you must register in advance. There will also be petting times available. To participate in the pie/cupcake/chili events please contact Pam Mills at

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:55 AM, 07.02.2019

Fourth of July revisited

Lawrence family children dressed in period clothes as Indians and early settlers for a Fourth of July parade and pageant.

About 10 years ago I mailed flyers to Bay High alums asking them to return the flyer completed to become part of Bay’s history. I called it the Neighborhood Project and separated the information I received into east-end and west-end neighborhoods. I received some wonderful stories about life and neighbors living in Bay Village in the 1930s, '40s  and '50s. I wish I had 100 more.

Interestingly, the most often mentioned favorite memory was the 4th of July. While sorting through a pile of my dad’s papers in the attic, I found a roster of the events of the day and the people responsible for them for the July 4th celebration in 1944 which happened to be on a Tuesday that year. We only celebrated for one day back then, unlike the four days that make up the Bay Days celebration today. Enjoy the following memories.

Tuesday, July 4, 1944, in Bay Village

It was hard to fall asleep the night before the 4th of July just thinking about all the goodies that were going to be piled high under the big tree across from the Community House the next day. Checking it out was one of the wonderful parts of the day.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.02.2019

Boom! Doggy storm phobia!

It's a really good thing my storm-phobic dog can't read Facebook. The "boom" postings would totally send her to the moon and back!

Are you fearful and reactive to thunderstorms? Sometimes we can unknowingly displace our personal fears of storms on our dogs. Dogs read humans' and other animals' body language. Odors can be given off that we do not smell but they do, causing them to react or respond. Some dogs are genetically predisposed to be extremely sensitive and their natural response to fear most times is to flee.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.02.2019

Bay Village chapter of the League of Women Voters wants you

Socialize and learn more about the nonpartisan League of Women Voters Bay Village Chapter at a backyard barbecue on Friday, July 19, from 6-8 p.m. Both women and men are invited.

If you’ve had enough of partisan squabbling and government impasse and would like to see positive changes in our democracy, then the Bay Village Chapter is the place for you.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.02.2019

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Wednesdays, July 3, 10 and 17 (9:30 & 10:15 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.

Wednesdays, July 3, 10 and 17 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 11 and 18 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by Youth Services to sign up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog. Registration begins Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, July 3 (6-8 p.m.) Happy Birthday America! – Stop by the Youth Services area to celebrate America’s birthday with red, white and blue crafts. While supplies last. All ages.

Wednesday, July 3 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Calling all horror film fans: Join us for another creepy classic from the vault ... if you dare! New members are always welcome, but children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Friday, July 5 (10-10:45 a.m.) Come Play With Me! – Open playtime with age-appropriate toys. For children ages 2-5 with a caring adult. Siblings welcome.

Fridays, July 5 and 12 (2-4 p.m.) Movies @ Your Library – Enjoy a feature-length newly released DVD or favorite family classic! Contact the Youth Services Department for specific titles.

Saturday, July 6 (10-11:30 a.m.) Beginning Coding for Adults – What is coding? Learn the basics of coding through self-paced online modules. An instructor will be on hand to help get you started and to facilitate lessons. Focus is on HTML and CSS. Please register.

Saturday, July 6 (2-3 p.m.) Brick Builders – Love those bricks? Bring your ideas and imagination! Lego and Duplo bricks provided. For ages 3-12.

Saturday, July 6 (3:30-4 p.m.) Family Storytime – An interactive family storytime featuring books, rhymes, songs, movement and a small craft. For families with children ages 2-6.

Sundays, July 7 and 14 (2:30-4 p.m.) American Sign Language Basics – If you ever wanted to learn ASL, now is your chance! Join us for 8 drop-in sessions on Sundays. Instructor June Pritchard will teach the basics of this visual, gestural language used most often by the hearing impaired. Ages 16 and up.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.02.2019

Upcoming programs at Bay Village branch library

Fifty years ago, Apollo 11 landed on the moon. In celebration of this anniversary, The Great lakes Science Center will join us at the Bay Village branch library to present, "Legacy of the Apollo: The Greatest Leap" on Saturday, July 6, at 2 p.m. Find out more about the early days of spaceflight, the tragedies, and the triumphs.

Our annual ice cream social is a great way to enjoy all the library has to offer while enjoying free Mitchell's ice cream. Join us on Monday, July 8, from 6-8 p.m. browse the library's collection, sign up for our summer reading program, talk to neighbors, enjoy balloon art, and cool down with a sweet treat.


Weekly Storytimes:

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m. and 11 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Tuesdays (2 p.m.) Poolside Storytime – Cooling off at the Bay Village pool? Splash over for stories with the Bay Village Library children’s staff during the 2 p.m. rest period. 


Tuesday, July 9 (6 p.m.) Library for All: Adapted Adult Programs – Join us for fun, adapted programs featuring stories, art, music and more, specifically designed for adults with developmental disabilities and their caregivers. Adults (18+) of all abilities are welcome. Registration required; caregivers need not include themselves when registering.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.02.2019

Holy Moses! More Moses Cleaveland trees

A plaqued Moses Cleaveland black oak at 24919 Sunset Road, Bay Village. Photo by Denny Wendell

One of the benefits of all the recent rain is that the trees in Westlake and Bay Village, both young and old, have never looked so lush.

After my article “Moses Cleaveland Trees in Westlake” appeared in the June 4 edition of this publication the editor was notified of another plaqued Moses Cleaveland tree still extant in Bay Village. It is located in a fenced yard at 24919 Sunset near the southeast corner of Sunset and Forestview roads.

The plaque identifies it as a black oak plaqued in 1971 during Cleveland’s Super Sesquicentennial Anniversary (175 years). As the photograph shows, it is displaying the dieback of some of its branches that naturally occurs in trees of great age.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.02.2019

Don't get phished

You’ve probably heard about “phishing” – how the nefarious use digital world communications tools such as emails and text messages to try to con you into giving up Personally Identifiable Information (PII) or your login credentials to banking or online shopping websites.

If the impersonating nefarious actor is not outright asking you for your PII or website credentials, the message will probably contain a clickable link that leads you to a legitimate-looking but “fake” website that opens up in your browser. Due to increased sophistication, it has often become indiscernible from the real website, thereby increasing the risk of falling prey to the con.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.02.2019

Herb Guild Garden Club meeting

The July meeting of the Herb Guild Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, July 10, at Westlake Porter Public Library. The meeting will start at 10 a.m. Following lunch, guest speaker Pete Kamples will talk about solutions for senior citizens who want to remain in their home. His business, "One Call for Seniors," is located in Bay Village and offers help finding reliable people to take care of everyday problems like household chores and other things, such as plumbing, heating and lawn care. The service is free for those 50 and older.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.02.2019

Genealogical resources at Akron-Summit County Public Library

If you were disappointed when Jane Gramlich’s presentation “Resources and Services in the Special Collections Division, Akron-Summit County Public Library (ASCPL)” was cancelled in April, you will be happy to know that Jane has been rescheduled for the Wednesday, July 17, meeting of Cuyahoga West Chapter, Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS).

Jane, a librarian in Special Collections at the ASCPL and vice president of Cuyahoga Valley Chapter, OGS will cover the genealogical and local history resources available including books, periodicals, databases, archival collections and digital collections. She will also discuss the other services provided such as classes and programs, research assistance, lookups and copies, and their newsletter, Past Pursuits.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.02.2019

Discount programs available to Cleveland Water customers

At Cleveland Water, we work hard to provide safe, quality drinking water at a fair and reasonable rate. We know that’s not always enough though.

We also offer two assistance programs to assist income-eligible customers with the cost of their water bills.

Homestead Program

Our Homestead Program offers a lower fixed charge and consumption rate. For an average customer, this amounts to a 50% discount. To qualify, customers must meet the following criteria:

  • Be 65 years or older, or totally and permanently disabled;
  • Own and live at the property; and
  • Have a total household income of $33,500 or less.
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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.02.2019

Knights of Columbus to host golf outing

The St. Ladislas Knights of Columbus Council will host a golf outing at Bob-O-Link Golf Course in Avon on Sunday, July 21.

The Council will host a 9 and 18 hole best ball scramble that day. The 18 Hole Scramble is $99 with a 12:30 shotgun start and includes cart, lunch and steak dinner. The 9 Hole Scramble is $69 with a 2:30 shotgun start and includes cart and steak dinner. We are accepting foursome reservations at this time.

More information can be obtained by contacting Dan Barringer at 440-570-5294 or

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.02.2019

Bay resident named to Three Arches board

Ellen C. Ospelt

Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation based in Lakewood, announced the election of Ellen C. Ospelt  to its board of directors.

Ospelt, a resident of Bay Village, brings extensive experience as a professional health administrator and educator. She is Regional Care Coordinator for Paladina Health, working collaboratively with providers and care teams across Ohio to address the health management needs of patients.

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Volume 11, Issue 13, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.02.2019