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BHS students volunteer at Homeless Stand Down event

The students pictured are (from left to right) First Row: Christina Randazzo, Megan Huntington, Abby Christel, Grace Mansuetto, Nicole Desmond, Lauren Hyland, Matt Best and Claire Reid. Second Row: Megan Guinter, Amanda Cusimano, Lilly Clark, Molly Harkness, Connor Flynn, Garrett Butler and Ben Kendall.  Top Row: Luke Fortunato and Will Huntington.

Cleveland winters can be tough, but can you imagine what they would be like without a warm place to call home or clothes to keep you comfortable in the frigid temperatures? This is the reality for the homeless in Cleveland this winter. In an effort to help, some students from Bay High School volunteered at the Homeless Stand Down event on Jan. 23 at Public Hall.

The Homeless Stand Down event is run by an organization called Hands On Northeast Ohio that connects volunteers to opportunities near them. The Bay High School Student Council has been participating in the Homeless Stand Down event for many years. At the event, the student volunteers either helped in the kids area or in the distribution center. The volunteers in the kids area watched the children while their parents were picking out clothing for the whole family with the help of those students in the distribution area. Through this experience the volunteers gained insight into the magnitude of homelessness here in Cleveland.

Molly Harkness, a junior at Bay High School said, “It was an eye-opening experience. You get to meet many interesting people who you wouldn’t likely see in Bay Village. And I had tons of fun!”

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.02.2016

Guiding Eyes pups keep retired WPD officer busy

Raleigh, a service dog in training, at an Indians game last May.

Guiding Eyes for the Blind is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise puppies with a purpose. That purpose is to help people with vision impairments lead an active life not limited by their lack of vision.

When I retired from the Westlake Police Department in 2014, many people asked what I would do next. I had no idea and started out just enjoying my time off. While I was still working, my wife and I were always involved with rescue groups. We have had 32 foster dogs, mostly Golden Retrievers rescued by Golden Retrievers in Need (GRIN). Upon my retirement from the police department we began looking into other ways to help, not only the animals but people as well. We had looked into the Guiding Eyes organization previously but with both of us working it didn’t seem like the right time. Once I retired time was not a problem.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.02.2016

A new place called home

Pragya Jha and her son, Shantanu, enjoy the holiday decorations at Crocker Park shortly after moving to Westlake from Mumbai, India.

We human beings have always heard from our parents and grandparents that a home is a place that's familiar. Home is filled with our old memories and things. We also believe that house of brick and stone will be called home by us only when it has warmth and cozy feelings of familiarity.

I also used to believe that until now. Two months ago, when I was living in India, I felt home was my flat in Mumbai. Then we planned to move to the United States. I was very skeptical about the change. I am not a person who likes changes a lot so such a big change like this started bothering me every day.

I used to lie awake every night worrying about how I would ever manage everything. But when I looked at my son, who has special needs, my fears subsided momentarily as I had heard that Ohio is great for special needs kids. Still, the feeling of nervousness was there always.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.02.2016

Rotary club to host annual speech competition

The annual Rotary Speech Competition is open to all high school students who attend school in the cities of Westlake or Bay Village, or are home schooled in either city.

The theme of the 4- to 7-minute-long speech is to solve an ethical problem using the principles of the Rotary’s 4-Way Test, and should be from the speaker’s personal experience or knowledge.

The registration deadline is March 4 and the competition will take place on Tuesday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westlake School District’s Parkside Building at 24525 Hilliard Blvd. The first-place winner will receive $150 and move on to the District Competition on April 2. The second- and third-place winners will receive $125 and $100, respectively.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.02.2016

Jason Nolde named to Westlake Porter Public Library board

Westlake's Jason Nolde has been named to the Westlake Porter Public Library board of trustees.

The Westlake Porter Public Library board of trustees has appointed Jason Nolde to serve a term from 2016-2022.

A Westlake resident, Nolde is a partner and architect at Richard Fleischman & Partners Architects. He is also a member of the board of the American Institute of Architects Cleveland Chapter, and served as its Director of Development in 2015. Nolde received both Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Architecture degrees from Kent State University.

Nolde brings the board experience in project management, scheduling, human resources and business finance. Having led a team that has built or renovated numerous libraries, he also offers a unique perspective on managing and adapting the library facility to meet changing needs.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.02.2016

Free, local resources for researching family history

The third season of “Finding Your Roots” is now airing on PBS every Tuesday at 8 p.m. With the help of professional researchers, Harvard professor Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. traces the lineage of three well-known celebrities. The ultimate goal of the program is to expose the viewing audience to the vast collection of research data available online at and to increase the number of subscribers. A one-year membership costs $99 to $199.

A more cost-efficient approach is near at hand. Westlake Porter Public Library, the Bay Village Branch Library, and other area libraries subscribe to the Library Edition of Library patrons can access this database edition from the library computers. A more complete edition is available to the public from the computers at the Westlake Family History Center at the Mormon LDS church at 25000 Westwood Road six days a week, Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and also Tuesday through Thursday evenings from 6-9 p.m. Call 440-777-1518 or email for more information.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.02.2016

Village Bicycle to host winter social Feb. 12

Having some mid-winter blahs? Well Village Bicycle Cooperative has a cure for that! Join us and Bike Cleveland for a winter social at the Village Bicycle Cooperative on Feb. 12, 6-8 p.m. We will have plenty of activities for children and adults to enjoy, including: 

  • "Fat bike" demos throughout Cahoon Park.
  • Macaroni and cheese bake-off. If you have a mouth-watering recipe, bring it in to share. There will be a prize awarded to the favorite! 
  • Fun bike craft for all ages.
  • Sledding at Rose Hill which is next to VBC and is lighted (bring your own sleds).
  • Pizza, hot cocoa and warm cider will be provided by Bike Cleveland.
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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.02.2016

BAYarts' latest exhibitions explore transformations

"Birth" by John Carlson

Artist Timothy Joyce doesn't believe in waste, and his method of using recycled materials was born out of a desire to show there's no aspect of human life that doesn't have some continued worth and message to express.

The components of the art vary in the exhibition "Facing Forward." Joyce says, "I use materials found in junk shops, painting over cheap reproduction pictures, house paint, spray paint, you name it." The purpose of this is rooted in renewal. "It pleases me to give what is discarded a new life. My single intent is to make the viewer feel what the expression of  the pictures contain. I don’t look away from all kinds of human life. Every single person on earth matters."

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.02.2016

Upon the loss of a leader

When I heard last year that Sally Irwin Price had fallen ill, I decided to write an article about her. I barely knew the woman personally; it was her reputation that I was familiar with. I knew she headed Baycrafters for more than three decades and co-authored a book about Bay Village history.

What I found out during the course of my research was the depth of Sally’s impact on the community. She was heavily involved in the efforts to preserve and relocate the Fuller House and the Caboose to the Baycrafters campus and the Reuben Osborn House to Cahoon Park. One of Sally’s best-known projects was the annual Renaissance Festival that brought large crowds to Bay Village every Labor Day weekend.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.02.2016

We care for cancer, how about you!

The Seven Doughnuts, a Bay Village Destination Imagination team, are collecting items for cancer care packages. 

Well do you? The Seven Doughnuts, a fifth-grade Destination Imagination team, is having a collection for children at Rainbow Babies And Children’s Hospital. The collection is going on now through Feb. 5 at all Bay Village Schools and the Bay Village Library. This team of fifth-graders is planning to make Cancer Care Packages, but we can’t do that without your help! These are some of the items we are looking to collect:

  • Fuzzy kids socks
  • Hats, ball caps and winter hats
  • Hard candies
  • Chapsticks
  • Lotions
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Small craft items
  • Small stuffed animals

Please do not forget, the things you donate have to be NEW items because there might be germs on old things. Thank you very much for your help!

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.02.2016

Huntington Playhouse Stories: In the Darkness

Mary Kahelin follows the script of "Proof" in the tech booth at Clague Playhouse. Photo by Patrick Meehan

Mary Kahelin dims the lights after Act 1, then slowly fades the sound of the siren as the darkness sets. Unseen in the tech booth at the Clague Playhouse, she listens for the cue that the actors performing the play "Proof" are ready to proceed. The stage manager, in a distant part of the theater, lets her know through a headset that the actors are ready. The theater brightens, this time looking like morning sunlight rather than the late evening illumination from the first act.

Mary now follows along in the script because her cues will come from the actors' dialogue rather than the stage manager. Her clothing is dark and the color melts into the walls of the room behind the window where she sits. The only illumination is from the computer screens and a pair of tiny flexible desk lights that shine on the pages she watches. The dialogue from the actors on stage comes through a tiny speaker mounted over the window that allows a view of the stage.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.02.2016

February events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Feb. 2 (7-7:30 p.m.) Bedtime Stories – Put on your pajamas and join Mrs. K as we unwind at the end of the day with quiet stories, songs, finger plays and other bedtime activities. Ages 4-6; siblings welcome!

Wednesday, Feb. 3 (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, Feb. 3 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Drop-in session for genealogy help.

Wednesdays, Feb. 3 and 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Feb. 4 and 11 (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! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 4 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Used Library Furniture Sale – Also being sold are miscellaneous other items. All items will be sold as-is and all sales will be final. Payment may be made by cash, check or credit card. Call 440-871-2600 for further information.

Thursday, Feb. 4 (9:30 a.m.-8 p.m.), Friday, February 5 (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.), Saturday, February 6 (9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Half-Price Sale) and Sunday, February 7 (1:15-4 p.m., $2 Bag Sale) Friends' Annual Book Sale – Stop by for bargain books and more!

Thursday, Feb. 4 (6-8 p.m.) Harry Potter Book Night – Celebrate the magic and wonder of the 2nd annual Harry Potter Book Night at Westlake Porter Public Library. Enjoy games, crafts, contests and other wizarding activities.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.02.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Laura Ingalls Wilder captured our hearts through her "Little House" books and the adaptation on television, join us as we commemorate her birthday at the Bay Village branch library on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. We'll celebrate with crafts, snacks and hands-on activities. We'll also read excerpts from her books and learn about her life and times in Walnut Grove. Come help celebrate one of America's beloved pioneer girls.


Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays, books and stories together. No registration is required.

  • 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)
  • Thursdays (6:45 p.m.) Sensory Storytime – Geared for children who are developmentally at the preschool level and specifically designed for children with special needs and their families. The program incorporates a schedule board, double visuals and sensory opportunities for participants as well as socialization time following the program.
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Wednesday, Feb. 10 (7:00 p.m.) It's Electric – Join us as we explore static electricity with simple hands-on experiments. For grades K-2. Registration required.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:58 AM, 02.02.2016

Multi-talented rising star to perform in Westlake

Mike Cefalo, center, starred as Cosmo Brown in “Singin’ in the Rain.” Cefalo will perform at Porter Library on Feb. 16.

For a fourth year the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring “Catch a Rising Star: Baldwin Wallace Music Theater in Recital.” On Tuesday, Feb. 16, BW Music Theatre major Mike Cefalo presents a musical program that showcases his innate talents, his polished skills and a love for his art form. Cefalo will perform at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

Jazz standards and music of the '40s and '50s have a special appeal to Cefalo. He enjoys performing songs made famous by Frank Sinatra, Frankie Valli and other “amazing artists” of that era. But all aspects of theater, singing, acting and dancing, specifically tap dancing, are to his liking. “Performing for me is just as much about telling a story as it is to entertain anyone and everyone,” he said.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.02.2016

February brings love to Clague House Museum

Valentine's Day dates back to Roman times, however it wasn't until 1840 that Richard Cadbury designed and illustrated the first decorative Valentine candy boxes. Please join the Westlake Historical Society on Feb. 13 to learn more about the history of Valentine's Day as we celebrate with our annual old-fashioned Valentine's Day party.

The Clague family home, located at 1371 Clague Road, will be your destination to enjoy an afternoon of crafts, sweet treats and museum tours. There is no charge for the event, but donations are gratefully accepted. Members of the historical society will conduct guided tours of the museum.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.02.2016

Kade Waffen earns Eagle Scout Rank

Kade Waffen, Eagle Scout, Bay Village Troop 41

Kade Waffen, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout Rank on Jan. 11. Kade becomes the Troop's 145th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Chad and Nicole Waffen.

For his Eagle service project, Kade's team installed benches and decorative coverings at The Village Project offices on West Oviatt Road. Visit for more information about Troop 41.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.02.2016

Cavs championship no longer a sure thing

It wasn’t all that long ago the city of Cleveland was celebrating the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers. With the roster improvements GM David Griffin made after LeBron returned, it wasn’t a question of "if" the Cavs would win a world championship – it was more a question of when, and how many?

Last season, the Cavs were granted a mulligan when Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love were derailed during the playoffs with season-ending injuries. Most fans – including this one – were impressed by the Cavs taking Golden State to six games before the Warriors won the NBA Championship. The prevailing opinion was along the lines of, “If we came to within two victories of a championship without two of our big three, we’ll be unstoppable when healthy.”

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.02.2016

The luxurious anxiety of choosing a career

“Find a job doing what you love to do.” That sounds like great advice. If you love to do something, and you can get paid for doing it, it’s hard to see a downside.

The girl will be going off to college next year and has some anxiety about a career choice. A couple years ago, my wife and I tried to talk her into going to school to study forestry. “Then you can get a job as a park ranger, or something like that,” we explained. “You love hiking and being in nature.”

Actually, it's my wife and I who love the outdoors. The girl doesn’t mind it, but the truth is she prefers city life to vast expanses of wilderness. So, yeah, we were projecting our ideas onto her a little, or maybe a lot.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.02.2016

Small, simple actions can have large impact

A plastic bag floats down the Cuyahoga River toward Lake Erie. Plastic is broken down by sunlight and waves into small particles that absorb toxins and can be mistaken for food by fish. Photo by Patrick McGannon

Everyone can take part in a beach clean-up every single day. A single human can have a huge impact on the health of our beautiful Lake Erie by picking up litter anywhere, anytime. Litter on our streets, in our yards, and in our parks easily ends up in the lake by getting into the storm sewer grates on the street, or getting blown directly into the lake or a tributary river or stream. 

In 2012, Dr. Sherri “Sam” Mason, a professor at SUNY Fredonia, led the first ever Great Lakes plastic pollution survey. What she found was that Lake Erie contained twice the amount of plastic pollution than was previously found in the most contaminated ocean sample. Lake Erie was also found to have 56 times more plastic pollution than any other Great Lake! There are a few theories on why this is, including the fact that Erie has the most populated shoreline of the Great Lakes and that three Great Lakes (Superior, Huron and Michigan) all flow into Erie, contributing more plastic pollution.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.02.2016

Sustainability forum to focus on single-use plastics

A plastic bag floats in Lake Erie near downtown Cleveland. Photo by Patrick McGannon

The Fairview Park Green Team is pleased to announce it will host Cuyahoga Councilwoman Sunny Simon and the Alliance for the Great Lakes’ Hyle Lowry in an upcoming sustainability forum on single-use plastic bags. These bags create unnecessary waste, pollution in our waterways and on land, deplete our natural resources, harm wildlife, and jeopardize human health and food supplies.

Sunny Simon has served on Cuyahoga County Council since 2011. As Chair of the Education, Environment and Sustainability Committee, Ms. Simon is working toward making the Cuyahoga County government a leader in promoting environmentally sustainable practices for the long-term growth of the region. During the forum, Councilwoman Simon will speak about how the imposition of a fee on single-use plastic and paper bags countywide will impact the environment, consumers and retail businesses.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.02.2016

Montessori students explore the solar system

Westshore Montessori kindergarten students complete a project about the solar system.

The kindergarten students at Westshore Montessori in Westlake recently completed a science activity in brain building with STEM. The students naturally have many questions and were taught to ask beyond the "why" question, but ask a "what" question too. "What" questions focus on what is happening, what are you noticing and what are you doing.

Those answers were right in front of the students recently when we explored the solar system. The planets Mercury, Venus, Mars, and Jupiter are in an ellipitical alignment and can be see in the very early morning until Feb. 20. The students were able to make observations and apply problem solving by using variety of materials to create their understanding of the planets in our solar system.  

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.02.2016

1949 brings a new shopping center to Bay Village

The new Bay Shopping Center, built in 1949. Notice the Scholl farmhouse in the lower right corner. Notice the medical office behind the gas station. Notice the fields and trees. On the east side of Dover Center Road you see the Elizabeth Cahoon house, still standing but for sale today, and on the corner of Normandy and Dover the Fisher family home (now replaced by the PNC Bank building).

When I was a little girl, Dr. Knoll, the village dentist, purchased 250 feet of Lou Scholl’s farm land on the south side of Wolf Road near Dover Center Road. The land was between the Columbia Gas Company building on the east and the Scholl farmhouse on the west. In the middle of his new farmland, he built a red brick, one-story, colonial medical building with a center door and office space on each side. Here he set up his dental practice. Earl Ross, a medical doctor, rented the other side. It was the first medical office building in the village.

Dr. Edward Knoll was the mayor of Bay Village. At the time, the village had a population of 6,600 residents and 1,840 homes. Dr. Knoll predicted that the biggest spurt in population would be in the next 5 years and could reach 25,000 residents in 18 years.

In 1948, the only shopping area in the village was on Dover Center Road near the railroad tracks. Mayor Knoll saw a rising need for more shopping. He decided to move his medical office (today Pizza Hut) behind Ernie Olchen’s gas station and clear the farmland for a shopping center. Construction was actively underway for a $350,000 shopping center, including bowling alley, to open in July 1949.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.02.2016

Digital world benefits right under your nose

From time to time, I write about the bountiful benefits we can harvest by embracing the digital world. One of my favorite sayings is how technology is in every nook and cranny of our lives, which is an increasingly true statement.

Ever since the internet became widely available, traditional institutions and businesses that thrived in the real world started to embrace the digital world. That, from a simpleton viewpoint, benefits consumers.

One such institution that continues to embrace the deepening convergence of the real and digital worlds are the libraries. The digital benefits offered to library patrons, both directly and indirectly, are staggering and complement the library's traditional benefits.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:47 AM, 02.02.2016

Clague Playhouse auditions for 'Panache'

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, will hold auditions for Don Gordon's quirky romantic comedy, "Panache," on Feb. 9 and 10, at 7:30 p.m. This heartwarming play pairs Harry, a short-order cook from Brooklyn, with Kathleen, a Scarsdale socialite – two people from different backgrounds who, in search of life’s intangibles, find that they are not so different after all.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.02.2016

Village Project plans nourishing fundraiser

The Merriam-Webster simple definition of nourish reads: 1. To provide (someone or something) with food and other things that are needed to live, be healthy, etc.; 2. To cause (something) to develop or grow stronger.

Nourishing ourselves and our loved ones is a goal that is important to most of us. Nourishing our neighbors experiencing a cancer crisis has been the mission of Village Project for the past five years. During that time over 12,000 meals and sustaining services have been delivered to more than 100 families in the western suburbs, including Bay Village and Westlake.

NOURISH is a special fundraising event being held this month to benefit Village Project so that it will be able to continue to serve local cancer patients and their families. You are invited to join the party to experience an evening of food, fun, entertainment, fellowship and giving. It will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 6-9 p.m. at Hyland Headquarters Building 1 located at 28500 Clemens Road in Westlake.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.02.2016

February events at Tri-C Westshore Campus

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Westshore Campus has many events happening in February. All events are free, and occur at either the Tri-C Westshore Campus, 31001 Clemens Road, or at Tri-C Corporate College West, 25425 Center Ridge Road. Please be sure to check location in each description.

Saturday, Feb. 6 (9 a.m.-noon) Your Future Continues: Transfer Options at Tri-C – The event will provide students and parents with information about how credits earned at Tri-C will transfer to four-year colleges/universities along with information about Cuyahoga Community College’s Honors Program and scholarships, and more. Hear from a Tri-C alumna who transferred to Cornell. Free, registration recommended. Visit for more information and to register. Tri-C Westshore Campus.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.02.2016

How to walk like Jesus

It seems like we just put away the Christmas decor, got into the swing of our New Year's Resolutions, then, as they say, Easter comes early this year. Along with Easter comes Lent, and even though it sounds mighty early, Lent will begin on Feb. 10. Lent is 40 days before Easter, or one-tenth of the year, like a tithe of time, spanning from Feb. 10 to March 27, Easter Sunday.

In many faiths, Lent begins with Ash Wednesday and ends with Holy Saturday. Sundays are not included in the six weeks of Lent as they represent mini-Easters. The word Lent is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "lencten," meaning Spring. Mardi Gras translated from French means Fat Tuesday and is the day before Lent. It is the feasting and partying just prior to the fasting and preparation of Lent.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:51 AM, 02.02.2016

Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club goes to the dogs

The Westlake Kiwanis Aktion Club's latest service project involved collecting items for a local animal shelter. The club has been collecting various items such as towels, blankets, dog food, dog toys, shampoo, paper towels, collars, pulls and various other dog-related items. They also are making dog pulls by braiding used T-shirts.

Everyone is excited about this project and hope to have it as a continuing service project, donating these items to local shelters and rescue groups. They delivered their first donation to the Lorain County Animal Shelter. Aktion Club is open to individuals with a disability 18 years of age and older.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.02.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Rec


Outdoor ice rinks have been filled. Rinks will be open weather permitting. Locations: Reese Park and Cahoon Memorial Park.

Improve your tots’ motor skills, counting and colors with fun games, obstacle courses, ladders, hula hoops and puffy tennis balls!

Thursdays, Feb. 4-25, 10:30-11:15 a.m. Location: Community Gym. Fee: $40 (NR: $60).

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).

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:50 AM, 02.02.2016

Far West Center receives grant to help people recover from mental health trauma

Far West Center announces a recent grant award from Community West Foundation to expand trauma-focused mental health services for persons most in need in our community.

All Far West Center services include a screening for trauma, whether recent or past, and clinical care that includes learning skills and creating a personal “toolkit” for recovery from the effects of trauma. The Community West Foundation grant expands these trauma-focused services and enables Far West Center to launch an ongoing trauma recovery support group to help with patients with long-term success.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.02.2016

What is a president?

Presidents Day is Feb. 15. Every American president started out as a citizen who wanted make positive changes to our democratic society. We are right to celebrate this important office and all the men who rose to the challenge of leading the United States.

Yet, we too influence and help lead society. We, as citizens, make a difference in our community. How do we do this? By belonging to civic organizations like the Historical Society, the Green Team, or the Garden Club, or by being a volunteer in a literacy group at the library, coaching a sports team, or participating in community theater. When we buy items from a farmers’ market, or help raise money for a noble cause, or volunteer in a hospice, or in our church – in these ways we are making positive changes in the world around us.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:55 AM, 02.02.2016

Marines honor Bay Village resident

Veteran Mike Chapman visits with a group of Marines. Photo by Donna D'Amico

The Marines landed at O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village to honor a Vietnam veteran. Lewis “Mike” Chapman, USMC Sergeant, received a surprise visit from the Marine Corp League, Gung Ho Detachment #650. This great group of Marines is the Nursing Home Reconnaissance Party, known for supporting any former Marine residing in a nursing home. 

Mike enjoyed reminiscing about his days as a Marine, and hearing stories from the Gung Ho Detachment. O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village has been recognized by this group for the support and patriotism shown to our veterans. As a Veterans Administration-contracted facility, O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village has developed a number of programs engaging resident veterans with outside veterans organizations.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:54 AM, 02.02.2016

Women's Club offers Bay Village-themed items

The Bay Village Women's Club has added the Huntington Water Tower to its selection of landmark building keepsakes available for purchase. Photo by Nancy Trainer

The Bay Village Women's Club Foundation announces it has a new landmark building available, the Huntington Water Tower by Cat's Meow. It is being sold for $15. Other buildings sell for $10 each.

The water tower and a large stone that passengers used in stepping out of their carriages are the only two features remaining from John Huntington's farm and can be seen at Huntington Park.

The Foundation also has other hometown-themed items available including afghans, Bay Traditions ll Cookbook, and Bay Village playing cards.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.02.2016

Tri-C Westshore hosts visitation day on Feb. 15

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will host a Visitation Day on Presidents Day, Monday, Feb. 15, with sessions running from 10-11:30 a.m. and 2-3:30 p.m.

The open house provides prospective students with an opportunity to discuss academic programs with faculty and counselors; learn more about enrollment, financial aid and scholarships; explore student services; and tour the facilities.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:56 AM, 02.02.2016

HUGS for Families benefit Feb. 20 at BAYarts

On Saturday, Feb. 20, 6p.m., the HUGS Foundation will host a benefit at BAYarts to support their mission of helping families of chemically dependent adolescents in Northeast Ohio.

Catered by Sweet Melissa’s, the evening will feature heavy hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar, silent auction, art show, plus a special honor to Monica Robins of WKYC-TV for her help in raising awareness of the drug and heroin epidemic.

HUGS, which stands for Hope, Understanding, Gratitude and Serenity, provides funds for treatment, travel and ancillary services not covered by insurance benefits.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 12:03 PM, 02.02.2016

West Shore Chamber members network over bagels

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce joined the Power of More for a speed networking opportunity that drew 90 people to the event. Bagels and Business Cards is held twice a year at Montrose Kia in Sheffield Village to give chamber members an opportunity to network with other chambers in a fast-paced event. One side of the table sits and the other side moves every 4 minutes so everyone has the opportunity to meet as many people as possible. 

This event brought in the largest group ever and included additional chamber members from the Lorain County Chamber.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:53 AM, 02.02.2016

Flu Prevention Tips

With the relatively warm weather we haven’t seen much flu this year, but it is important to remember that there is a lot of winter left and it is not too late to take precautions. Flu is a serious, contagious disease resulting in over 200,000 hospitalizations per year. Flu-like symptoms include fever (over 100 degrees Fahrenheit), headache, extreme tiredness, dry cough, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches and sore throat. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued the following recommendations on flu prevention:

Take time to get vaccinated

  • Get your annual seasonal flu vaccine – recommended for everyone 6 months and older. This is especially important for people at high risk of serious flu complications, including young children, pregnant women, people with chronic health conditions and people 65 years and older.
  • Vaccination is important for health care workers and others who live with or care for high-risk individuals to prevent giving the flu to those at high risk.
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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:52 AM, 02.02.2016

Clean Power Plan gives states control

An expert analysis released last month found that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan will bring big saving to consumers by reducing electricity bills by an average of $17 a month by 2030.

In its report, Synapse Energy Economics found that by making strong investments in energy efficiency under the Clean Power Plan, states can put money back in consumers' wallets while also limiting dangerous carbon pollution. While Congressional climate deniers falsely claim that the EPA’s safeguards will turn the lights off and increase costs, these claims are patently untrue. The Clean Power Plan offers states the flexibility they need to implement customized and cost-effective solutions to cut carbon pollution.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:48 AM, 02.02.2016

Importance of an eye doctor

As the population is growing older, more eye problems are beginning. Macular degeneration can sneak up on you. The macula is part of the retina. With macular degeneration your vision is not as sharp as it was.

I recently had a problem with my blood pressure. My blood pressure went from being very stable to very high in a short period of time. As a result, my vision in one eye became very poor. My eye doctor has sent me to a local retina specialist whom I see regularly now. Unfortunately, my eyesight has not returned yet and it remains unknown if it will return.

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Volume 8, Issue 3, Posted 9:57 AM, 02.02.2016