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Westlake Fire Department receives award for cardiac care

Westlake Fire Department firefighter-paramedics (left to right) Steve Reuter, Adam O’Neill, and Rob Thompson explain how using a monitor/defibrillator is one of the steps in determining whether their patient is possibly suffering from a ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack. Photo courtesy City of Westlake

The Westlake Fire Department has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks. The department first received the award in 2016.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication. Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don't receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.18.2017

Bay Village going 'green' one water bottle at a time

A water bottle refilling station has been installed south of the soccer fields in Cahoon Park. Photo by Jennifer Hartzell

Bay Village got a huge boost for being more “green” when the Bay Village Green Team was awarded a grant from The Bay Village Foundation that helped fund a water bottle refilling station/fountain at Cahoon Memorial Park. The Bay Village Green Team knows how important it is that plastic water bottles are avoided, especially at a park like Cahoon, which is very close to Lake Erie.

The first outdoor water bottle filling station in Bay Village was installed at Cahoon because there are so many people who use the park on a daily basis. Further, there are countless children who use Cahoon Park for sports such as soccer, lacrosse, cross country, and various practices for extra-curricular sports in town. The water bottle filling station features the bottle filler, a drinking fountain, as well as a drinking bowl for dogs.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.18.2017

How to make the most of Augustís solar eclipse in Northeast Ohio

Campers at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center prepare for Aug. 21 with their solar eclipse glasses. Photo courtesy Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

On Monday, Aug. 21, Americans will witness nature’s most spectacular show — a total eclipse of the sun.

What is a solar eclipse? Well, the moon orbits Earth approximately every 27 days. A solar eclipse is the cosmic coincidence when the moon passes exactly between the Earth and the sun, thereby casting a shadow onto Earth and blocking our view of the sun.

Partial, total and annular eclipses can be viewed every so often depending on one’s geographic location on Earth, but next month will be the first time in 99 years that the United States will experience a coast-to-coast total solar eclipse. The path of the moon’s shadow, or where the eclipse reaches totality, will cover 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina. Unfortunately, the total solar eclipse will not be viewable in Northeast Ohio, but that doesn’t mean we will miss out on this celestial event.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:58 AM, 07.18.2017

Westlake Garden Club honored with state awards

The Westlake Garden Club was recently recognized by the Garden Club of Ohio Inc. and received several awards. The GCO represents 148 local clubs across the state. The Westlake Garden Club took second place for Outstanding Garden Club in the category for large clubs.

The club also took received first-place awards in the categories of website (westlakegardenclub.org), National Garden Week and in the Trees-mature category for donating a tree to be planted on city land to celebrate  Arbor Day every year since 1963. The club also received an Honorable Mention for the quality of its club newsletter.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.18.2017

Library manager helps BAYarts gets bookish this August

Bay Village Libary branch manager Jessica Breslin (seated, second from right) with the BAYarts Book Club. Breslin will lead a Storytellers session on July 29.

Bay Village Library branch manager Jessica Breslin has been busy at BAYarts. She hosts the monthly book club at the Fuller House, and she will also be the guest speaker for an upcoming BAYarts Storytellers session. In addition to her many work responsibilities, Jessica has also been fielding questions about the exciting new library construction. All this, and the self-described "backyard bookworm" reckons she manages to read at least one new work per week. Despite her busy summer, she welcomed the chance to answer a few questions. First, we delve into the book club...

Not all book clubs thrive, but the one at BAYarts has had success since its inception in June 2015. It has provided what Breslin says has been "two years of dynamic discussions," and has enjoyed a diverse group of loyal readers that give life to the club. So, what's the magic formula? "I believe the success is its overall inviting nature," explains Breslin. "The group members are open minded, very welcoming to new folks and the gorgeous setting of BAYarts truly encourages self-expression."

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:58 AM, 07.18.2017

Porter Library hosts annual ice cream social July 31

The annual Porter Library ice cream social is always a popular event. Photo by Katie Cirincione

Looking for some summer fun? The Friends of Westlake Porter Public Library will be hosting their Ice Cream Social on Monday, July 31, from 6-8 p.m. The Ice Cream Social has happened annually over three decades, but it continues to be an enjoyable event year after year.

In addition to delicious $1 sundaes from Mitchell’s, there will also be music from the Big Daddies band and guitarist Pete Cavano, as well as family friendly activities, such as a cake walk and face painting. There will be a silent auction, a book sale at the Book Nook Used Book Room, and a sidewalk sale at Portables Gift Shop in the lobby.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:53 AM, 07.18.2017

Bay election season heats up in August

Bay Village has a full ballot this election season, and the city’s chapter of the League of Women Voters is working hard to ensure that voters have all the information they need. First up is the Sept. 12 primary election, which will narrow a field of 10 candidates in three City Council races.

The top two candidates each in Wards 2, 3 and 4 will move on to the general election on Nov. 7, where they will be joined by candidates vying for mayor, Ward 1 and council-at-large. Council president and board of education seats are also expiring this year, but those candidates will be unopposed in the general election.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:55 AM, 07.18.2017

How to know if 'cutting the cord' is right for you

Part one in a two-part series on eliminating a home subscription to cable TV.

After the last Observer issue hit the streets, I received feedback that readers wanted more details on how to explore if cutting the cable TV cord was possible for them. Here is first in a two-part series on the process.

The first tier of cutting the cord is to determine if you can receive your traditional network channels like NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX and PBS for free.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:55 AM, 07.18.2017

Josť being Manny?

A couple of decades or so ago, the Cleveland Indians had a young outfielder who went by the name of Manny Ramírez. Manny was a gifted athlete who came up through the Indians’ farm system and went on to have an illustrious career, hitting 555 home runs, including 236 during his eight years with the Tribe.

Indians fans who remember watching Manny play baseball may recall that although Manny quickly became one of the most feared hitters in the game, his fielding – and his base running in particular – also evoked fear in many who were watching the game. Especially his managers.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.18.2017

Bay Library summer book sale starts July 22

The Friends of the Bay Village Library Summer Used Book Sale begins Saturday, July 22, at 9:00 a.m. and runs through Tuesday, July 25, at 7:00 p.m. The sale is held in the meeting room of the library.

There is a large selection of books for readers of all ages as well as magazines, DVDs, CDs, audio books and more. All materials have been categorized for easy shopping. Tuesday, the last day of the sale, is bag day when a full bag of books costs $1. Bags are provided by the library. Proceeds from the sale are used to support upcoming library programs and activities.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 10:00 AM, 07.18.2017

Experience STEAM Week at Porter Library

West Shore residents are invited to explore Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics at Westlake Porter Public Library the week of July 16-22. The library has designated it as STEAM Week, and will feature a series of fun and entertaining programs revolving around the disciplines we all need to succeed in today’s world and tomorrow’s.

STEAM Week was conceived several years ago as a complement to the popular Summer Reading Program. Both aim to help kids maintain their academic achievements during the summer so they’re ready to go when school resumes in August. However, it has grown to include programming for adults as well, since much of what we touch today, whether for business or leisure, is grounded in science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 10:00 AM, 07.18.2017

Bay Boat Club to honor Don Fridrich with building dedication

The sailing building at Bay Boat Club will be dedicated in honor of long-time member Don Fridrich on Aug. 14. Photo by Denny Wendell

Don Fridrich was a member of Bay Boat Club for over 30 years. During that time he served continuously as an officer or trustee. He was serving as a trustee until his death this past December due to an aggressive cancer.

Don loved sailing. For many years he ran sailing races at the Club on Saturdays and Mondays. He helped create Bay Sailing Club, which for many years offered sailing classes for youths and adults in Bay. As the sailing club began acquiring small boats, there was a need for a storage building for those boats.

Don helped draw the plans for the sailing building. He, together with six or eight other sailors, built the sailing building from the ground up.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.18.2017

4 shows remain in Westlake's summer concert series

The Westlake Recreation Center Pavilion continues to be a favorite spot on Sunday evenings as the home of the City of Westlake Summer Concert Series! The free concerts are on Sunday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. with performances appropriate for all age groups. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to enjoy this summer tradition.  

The remaining musical acts this summer are:

  • July 23 – Chardon Polka Band
  • July 30 – Fastlane (Eagles tribute band)
  • Aug. 6 – FM Project (Steely Dan tribute band)
  • Aug. 13 – Smokin’ Fez Monkeys (Rock mix/original tunes)
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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:55 AM, 07.18.2017

Bay High to pilot one-to-one computer program

Students at Bay High School have been allowed to bring their own internet-connected devices -- phones, tablets and laptops -- to school for quite some time. This fall, along with getting their textbooks, Bay High freshmen and sophomores will be issued Google Chromebooks. Students will be able to take the compact laptops home and keep them until they return them at the end of the school year.

“The timing is good for this,” said Superintendent Clint Keener. “We’ve had an opportunity to watch other districts roll out one-to-one programs, and we have learned from some of their challenges.”

Teachers throughout the district have been training to integrate technology into lessons in truly effective ways, noted Bay High Principal Jason Martin. “The access to technology doesn’t magically make for better learning,” he said. “It’s the way teachers use it that makes it effective. Our teachers are ready to take advantage of this additional technology access for students.”

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.18.2017

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

Is your child entering kindergarten in a few weeks? Sign up for our two-session kindergarten readiness program on Wednesdays, Aug. 9 and 16, at 10 a.m. Children can brush up on some big-kid skills: using scissors, pasting, holding a pencil and more. Hands-on activity stations will be set up, so come ready to practice and explore! There will be different activities for the two sessions.

CHILDRENS

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

Join us at the Bay Village pool for poolside storytimes. The poolside storytimes will be held Mondays and Tuesdays at 2 p.m. We hope to see you there this summer!

  • 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.) Family Storytime – for all ages

TEENS

Saturday, Aug. 5 (2 p.m.) Tye-Dye Fun – Tweens, teens and adults: Come celebrate the end of the 2017 Summer Reading Program and learn to tie-dye T-shirts and totes with cool patterns and vibrant colors using Sharpies! All materials will be provided. Weather permitting, this program will take place outdoors. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 10:00 AM, 07.18.2017

July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, July 18 (2:30-3 p.m.) Book Buddies – Teen volunteers help younger students retain their reading skills. This program is designed for children entering grades 1-3 who need extra help practicing reading. Please note: Book Buddy volunteers are neither expected nor trained to correct learning problems or to teach children to read.

Tuesday, July 18 (3-4 p.m.) Summer Brain Games – Kids in grades 1-3 can drop in each week for grade-appropriate educational games. Teen volunteers and staff from the Westlake City Schools will be on hand to assist.

Tuesday, July 18 (7 p.m.) Connecting for Kids Coffee and Chat – Join our interactive support group and meet other families facing similar struggles. The group discussion is facilitated by a mental health professional. This month’s topic: "How to Stay Calm When the Kids Are Out of Control."

Wednesdays, July 19 and 26 (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, July 19 (2-3:30 p.m.) Busy Town Building Day – Come build Richard Scarry’s Busy Town. All materials will be provided. All ages.

Wednesdays, July 19 and 26 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, July 20 and 27 (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.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 10:00 AM, 07.18.2017

August is Research Matters Month at Porter Library

In celebration of information resources, August is Research Matters Month at Westlake Porter Public Library. Talk with library staff about all we have to offer and receive freebies from our database vendors just for stopping in.    

According to a study on “Library Services in a Digital Age” by Pew Internet and American Life, over half of public library users come to the library to conduct research on topics of interest to them. Westlake Porter Public Library is ready for our customers. We deliver the perfect blend of today’s most popular self-help, how-to, cooking, travel and other nonfiction eBooks. We offer database resources to explore genealogy, car repair, health information, stocks, news and consumer reviews. We provide free online classes to learn foreign languages, business plans, software programs and new technology. And that’s just the beginning.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.18.2017

BAYarts outdoor movie: 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban'

Burning River Baking Co. is a staple at the BAYarts FArm & Art Market and movie nights.

The third and final outdoor movie at BAYarts this summer is "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban." It focuses on Harry Potter's third year of school at Hogwarts, and introduces the character of Sirius Black. The movie coincides with the Harry Potter Camp week that takes place for young students each summer.

The Farm + Art Market on Thursday, Aug. 3, will start at 5 p.m. as usual, and when it gets dark around 7 p.m., the outdoor movie will begin. Concessions will be available, and people are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:58 AM, 07.18.2017

Bay Village Schools Superintendent Clint Keener to retire next year

Bay Village Superintendent Clint Keener. Photo by Denny Wendell

The Bay Village Board of Education reluctantly accepted the resignation, effective Aug. 1, 2018, of Superintendent of Schools Clint Keener at its June 26 board meeting.

“I want to give the board plenty of time to complete its search for my replacement,” said Keener, explaining his more than one full year’s notice. “I am proud of the excellence we’ve achieved over the past 13 years, and I am confident this is the right time to retire and pass the reins to the right person.”

The school district is in solid financial shape, having passed an operating levy in 2016. It has also completed an extensive facilities upgrade to five of its older buildings thanks to a $16.8 million bond issue passed in 2012.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:51 AM, 07.18.2017

Geology of Bay Village

The cliffs below Cahoon Park illustrate the geological history of the Lake Erie shoreline. Photo by Denny Wendell

Between 3 billion and 2 billion years ago, Earth was in its gaseous and formative stages. Then, scientists assume, it cooled enough for igneous rocks to solidify and for the atmosphere to develop. With the atmosphere’s wind and rain, erosion started and sediments began to accumulate.

Some 400 million to 300 million years ago, a large inland sea covered what are now the Great Lakes and Ohio River drainage areas. The mud on the sea bottom was later compressed into shale. This time period is called the Paleozoic Era or Devonian Period and Bay Village is built on this shale.

It is also called the “Age of Fishes” because fish were the highest form of life then existing. Sometimes fossils were found in the rocks. The largest fossil found in these shales, discovered in the Rocky River Valley, is the head of a giant armor-plated shark, now on display in the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. (Along the excavation of the road bed for I-71 in the 1960s, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History did an extensive archeological dig. They found many fossils and interesting items which are housed in the museum.)

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.18.2017

Local chambers join forces for scholarship funds

Dave Becks and Anita Simko loaded all of the carts with goody bags at last year's outing.

The West Shore and Fairview Park chambers of commerce will host their Scholarship Golf Outing on Monday, Aug. 7. This annual event supports a $1,500 scholarship given out each year to a deserving senior at Westlake High, Bay High and Fairview High School. Funds are raised through sponsorships, foursomes and raffles for a variety of prizes. This year's outing will once again be held at Avon Oaks Country Club in Avon with an 11:00 a.m. shotgun start.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.18.2017

Writers group offers support, connection

Writers INK, a nearly decade-old writers resource group, is here for writers looking for support. Times change, publishing becomes more difficult, and finding a kindred spirit in the writing world is near to impossible. In the face of these challenges, INK members focus our time and energy on amassing the knowledge needed to increase and enhance our members’ skills.

This journey begins with blackboard sessions. These new sessions feature various authors' quotes, ideas and statements. Facilitated by long-time chair and founding member, Cheryl Childers, the group studies, discusses, and then incorporates relevant portions into their own writing processes.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.18.2017

WestShore Lions participate in bell-ringing ceremony

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, right, and WestShore Lions Club Interim President David Sacco lead a bell-ringing ceremony at Peterson Pool on the Fourth of July.

The WestShore Lions Club joined institutions across the country at 2 p.m. on the Fourth of July in simultaneously ringing a bell 13 times at Peterson Pool in Clague Park. The bell was rung one time for each of the original 13 colonies of the United States.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough and WestShore Lions Club Interim President David Sacco assisted children that lined up to call out each colony's name as the bell was rung: Virginia, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Georgia.

In 1963, an act of Congress officially authorized the Let Freedom Ring National Bell Ringing Ceremony. This patriotic act says it is "fitting" and "appropriate" to ring bells in honor of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.18.2017

LWV awards Good Citizen scholarships

The Bay Village chapter of the League of Women Voters Greater Cleveland has named two 2017 Bay High School graduates as outstanding “Good Citizens” of the school and community. Chris Gepperth and Martha Swanson were each awarded a $1,000 college scholarship at the May Kiwanis Awards Night. Chris and Martha were chosen for their superior qualities of character, scholarship and leadership.

Chris will attend the University of Akron, majoring in mechanical engineering. While at Bay High, Chris played trumpet in marching band, symphonic and jazz band, and pit orchestra. Additionally, he performed with the Cleveland Youth Wind Symphony at many venues including Severance Hall.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:54 AM, 07.18.2017

Hope for families caught in crossfire of heroin epidemic

In 1973 Families Anonymous was launched in Southern California. Today there is a great need for it in Northeast Ohio. The need has to do with parents and other family members who are caught in the web of insanity in the heroin epidemic. Trying to make sense of a senseless disease is impossible. Many mothers and fathers endeavor to help their adult children in a variety of ways, only to experience continued insanity in the midst of their painful efforts.

Does this sound familiar to you? If so, you may be doing your best to help only to discover more pain and deeper misery. There is hope, however, in not trying to face this tough challenge alone. I encourage you to participate in the Families Anonymous group which meets at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road, each Sunday at 5:30 p.m. What you will find is a deep connection with others who are dealing seriously with substance abuse issues in their family, whether it be heroin, alcohol or other drugs.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:59 AM, 07.18.2017

Project Pedal brings neighbors together

The Village Project's annual "Project Pedal" fundraiser on June 17 was a tremendous success. Hundreds of people gathered in the Bay Middle School parking lot to participate in the event, part of the Destination Bay slate of activities.

Whether individuals participated in the Cucumber, Carrot, Kale or Lettuce race, they all found a good time. Many thanks to the volunteers and sponsors who supported us. I was even pleased to see a neighbor of mine heading up one station.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:52 AM, 07.18.2017

Flexibile childcare center coming to Westlake

Sweet Kiddles flexible childcare center is opening two new locations later this summer in Westlake and Avon Lake. The Westlake center will be located at 2211 Crocker Road and the Avon Lake center will be at 32900 Pin Oak Parkway.The company already has existing centers in Strongsville and Medina.

Sweet Kiddles provides high-quality, flexible childcare by the hour, day, part-time or full-time, as well as traditional preschool, pre-K and kindergarten in select locations. They serve children from ages 6 weeks to 12 years and are open until 9 p.m. on weekdays and 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:56 AM, 07.18.2017

Porter Library will hold used asset sale

Westlake Porter Public Library will hold a used asset sale on Monday, July 31, from noon to 8 p.m. or until everything is sold. Items for sale include Blu-ray players, Dell computers, HP printers, miscellaneous children’s items and various incandescent, HID and fluorescent light bulbs. All items will be sold as-is and all sales will be final. Please call 440-871-2600 for further information.

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Volume 9, Issue 14, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.18.2017