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Bay resident named 2015 Ohio Rose

Under the watchful eyes of 2014 Mayo Rose Hannah Ferguson, far left, 2014 Ohio Rose Grainne Mangan checks placement of the sash on the just-named 2015 Ohio Rose Katrina Szente. Photo by Egon Luengo

While the phrase “three is a charm” implies good fortune, the fifth in the series of Westlake World Partners’ Ohio Rose selections served up a special Valentine’s Day treat for 20-year-old Bay Village resident Katrina “Kaytee” Szente. An accomplished Irish dancer, the former Bay Window editor is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in paralegal studies.

Like her fellow 2015 Ohio Rose candidates, Szente recognized that relishing the opportunity to make new acquaintances, form lifelong friendships, network with sponsors, and celebrate Irish heritage in affiliation with The Rose of Tralee International Festival is key to making what’s referred to as the “Rose Experience” memorable.

This year’s selection celebration delivered a special brand of magic beyond music, song, Irish dance, Marine escorts and eager Rose hopefuls. Might Saint Valentine’s Day's special aura have had anything to do with that? It must have!

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:05 AM, 02.17.2015

Catch the Westlake performance of a 'Rising Star'

Hannah-Jo Weisberg, a BW "Rising Star," will perform at Porter Library on Feb. 24.

For a third year the Westlake-Westshore Arts Council is sponsoring “Catch a Rising Star … Baldwin Wallace Music Theater in Recital." Hannah-Jo Weisberg will present a musical program on Tuesday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m., at Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road.

No stranger to the stage, this BW senior is a music theater major with a minor in theater. Some of Weisberg's favorite roles include: Adelaide in "Guys and Dolls," Meg Brockie in "Brigadoon," Brooke/Vicki in "Noises Off," Eurydice in "Eurydice," and Kristine in "A Chorus Line." Weisberg will soon be playing Annette in "Saturday Night Fever" at Playhouse Square.

Her Westlake performance will include the songs “I Dreamed a Dream," "How are Things in Glocca Morra" and "At Last."

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:10 AM, 02.17.2015

Green & White Revue to be held March 21, 22

The Westlake High School PTSA will present the 30th Annual Green & White Revue on Saturday, March 21, at 7 p.m., and Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. at Westlake School’s Performing Arts Center, 27830 Hilliard Blvd.

The emcees for this year’s show are WHS seniors Danny Phillip, Emily Lanning and Adam Othman. The Green & White Revue provides an opportunity for students throughout the district to showcase their many talents for the community.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:06 AM, 02.17.2015

BAYarts exhibition highlights one mother's struggle

"For Margaret" by Erin Stack is part of an exhibition on personal journeys at BAYarts.

Erin Stack is one of the four artists featured in the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts during the month of February. The exhibition, "Still Small Voice," focuses on very personal journeys of the respective women involved. For Stack, this was a story about being strong during her first pregnancy. 
 
"When I was 19, I became pregnant," Stack wrote in her artist statement for the show. "Young, unmarried and in my first year of college I found myself in a place that I was not yet ready to visit: motherhood. After listening to the opinions of others, I chose to listen to my own inner voice that convinced me that I could wholeheartedly, without question, change the course of my life and still do everything I dreamed of doing. The only difference was that I would now have someone to join me on my personal journey."
 
The Sullivan Family Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-3 p.m. This exhibition will be on display through the end of February.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:09 AM, 02.17.2015

Lincoln's farewell to friends

It will come as no surprise to anyone knowing me that Presidents Day for me is “Lincoln’s Day,” with all due respect to other great leaders who held that office.

I’ve been a student of Abraham Lincoln for a number of years. I’ve come to love the old guy – “Father Abraham,” as he was called by the public. The more I read about him, the more I like him, warts and all. He was not a perfect man, but surely was the best man our country could have had in the Civil War era. He saved our country, making it the nation that grew into the wonder it is today in the world. And he gave his life in doing it.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:12 AM, 02.17.2015

Grant to help fund Bay Village safe boating class

Students in last year's Spirit of America class learn about boating safety aboard the Rocky River Marine Patrol boat.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft recently announced that the Bay Village City School District has been awarded a grant of $2,155.37 as part of the Boating Safety Education Grant Program. The Division of Watercraft is awarding more than $364,000 to political subdivisions and non-profit organizations for boating education programs. Bay Village Schools is one of 34 organizations across the state to receive funding.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:11 AM, 02.17.2015

Tri-C Women in Transition offers first 8-week session in Westlake

The Women in Transition program at Cuyahoga Community College will launch its first eight-week session at Corporate College West on March 17.

The free program uses education and training to empower women at a life crossroads. Participants build confidence and self-esteem through classes on personal development, career exploration and financial and computer literacy.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:11 AM, 02.17.2015

Bad hair day

Now that it’s February and spring training is a reality for the Indians, perhaps now would be a good time to look at our beloved Tribe and assess their chances for 2015.

Notice I wasn’t specific in stating exactly what chances I’m referring to with regard to the upcoming season. I mean, if I’m asking about the chances that fans will like the improvements made to Progressive Field for 2015, then heck yeah, I’m all in. Most folks will no-doubt like the ballpark’s upgrade.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:10 AM, 02.17.2015

Coordinating ambitions and abilities

A barely controlled, continuous stumble might be the best description of my son’s exit from the house as he went to meet the school bus one recent morning. Somehow he managed to make the momentary adjustments to his center of gravity necessary to maintain an upright position.

The school bus passes our house, then turns around to come back and pick up the children. When the bus passes, he still has plenty of time to make it out to the street before the bus returns. The problem is when he feels hurried, most of the coordination leaves his body. When that happens, gravity is not his friend.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:09 AM, 02.17.2015

Gut instincts in the digital world

Are you handy with fixing things around your house related to electrical, plumbing or even technology? As a self-proclaimed geek, I can only say yes to the last item. If you are intimidated by technology, I am equally intimidated by the idea of trying to fix an electrical or plumbing issue around our house.

Granted, things have gotten better because instructional videos, from how to fix a washing machine to changing a lighting fixture, can be found in the digital world. But sometimes even a detailed video from YouTube doesn’t solve my emergency. For those times I rely on the product’s or service’s support department to get me out of a crunch.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:05 AM, 02.17.2015

Things are heating up at Westlake Rec

Spring is not far off, at least that is what the groundhog has told us, so let us check out what great programs are on the horizon.

Spring Coed Flag Football League, ages 6-8 and 9-11. This is a new collaboration between Westlake, Bay Village, Fairview Park and North Olmsted. This Spring Coed Flag Football league will play its games on Fairview Park High School’s turfed field on Sundays. The season will run from late March until early May. Each team will play at least one game under the lights.

The recreation department will provide jerseys, flag equipment and mouth guards. Volunteer coaches are needed for all teams.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:10 AM, 02.17.2015

Business networking event to be held Feb. 24

Business and community leaders of all types and sizes are invited to attend "Bagels and Business Cards," a before-hours business networking event from the West Shore Chamber of Commerce. On Tuesday, Feb. 24, from 8-9:30 a.m., enjoy networking and a bagel breakfast at Palace Business Centres, Suite 100, 24650 Center Ridge Road in Westlake.

This event is free to all business owners, managers and sales executives and no RSVP is required. All that is required is a desire to network with other business leaders to grow your business and of course, a lot of business cards. There will be drawings and prizes, including a free Palace Business Center office for a month and an Amazon gift card.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:09 AM, 02.17.2015

Visioning your life

For a moment, imagine your world without vision. But first, define vision, is it your sight, objects you see with your eyes? Or is it your imagination, or your consciousness? Or a combination of all three?

Ever heard the expression, "Seeing the world through rose-colored glasses?" How about, "Seeing the glass half empty or half full?" Heard someone describe another as a "Pollyanna?" These expressions really refer to an attitude or an approach towards life, as opposed to things we see with our eyes. They refer to how we live our lives daily. How we live our lives is one of the most important decisions we will ever make, as it affects our families, our community and our planet.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:10 AM, 02.17.2015

Donít let March winds and April showers leave you unprepared

March 1-7 is Spring Severe Weather Awareness Week, and the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management urges everyone to be prepared for the upcoming severe weather season: flooding, tornadoes, and super cell thunderstorms with dangerously large hail and very high winds. Here are important severe-weather safety facts and tips.

Tornadoes

Tornadoes cause an average of 62 deaths and 1,500 injuries per year in the United States.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:13 AM, 02.17.2015

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Feb. 11, 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), Summers (Lakewood), Clough (Westlake), Patton (Fairview Park), Kennedy (North Olmsted)

Also present: Fiscal Officer Renee Mahoney; District 1 County Councilman Dave Greenspan; Bay Village Fire Chief Lyons; North Ridgeville Fire Chief Reese

RTA: New buses will be in service soon.

NOACA: Transportation for Livable Communities Initiative grant applications are due in March; workshops will be held. NOACA has hired a lobbyist to increase awareness with ODOT and the state.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:05 AM, 02.17.2015

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

As we end February and head into the month of March, we really can start to look forward to spring! Are you thinking of the spring cleaning projects you want to get done? Why not stop at the Bay Village library for some help with that. Check out our books on cleaning, organizing and renovating. And while you're here, don't forget to grab some CDs or audiobooks to listen to as you get to work on your projects.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

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

  • Wednesday, Feb. 18 and March 4 (9:30 a.m.) Baby & Me Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages birth to 18 months.
  • Thursdays, Feb. 19 and 26 (11 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – For caregivers and their children ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten).
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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:14 AM, 02.17.2015

Westlake Porter Public Library's February calendar of events

Wednesday, Feb. 4 (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, Feb. 4 (1-2:30 p.m.) Cuyahoga West Genealogical Society – Drop-in session for genealogy help.

Wednesday, Feb. 4 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday 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.

Thursday, Feb. 5-Sunday, Feb. 8 – Friends' Annual Book Sale – Get bargains on used books (fiction and non-fiction, titles for all ages), books-on-CD, DVDs, and CDs! Days and times are: Feb. 5, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; Feb. 6, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Feb. 7: Half-price sale, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Feb. 8: $2 Bag Sale, 1:15-4:30 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5 (11 a.m.-noon) SNAP – Valentine's Party – Celebrate St. Valentine's Day with games, music and activities at our party for adults with developmental disabilities and a caregiver, if needed. Please register. Registration for the caregiver is not necessary.

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Volume 7, Issue 3, Posted 9:49 AM, 02.03.2015

Celebrate Playhouse Square at Westlake Porter Public Library

Learn about the history of Cleveland’s own Playhouse Square at Westlake Porter Public Library on Thursday, March 5, from 7-8:30 p.m. George McNulty from the Playhouse Square Speakers Bureau will also share current information about the Cleveland theater district and show glimpses of the Dazzle on the Square. You’ll also learn about the differences between professional theater and local theater. To register, please visit signup.westlakelibrary.org:8080 or call 440-250-5460.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:11 AM, 02.17.2015

Talk horror films at Westlake Porter Public Library

Attention horror film fans! If you want to talk horror, sci-fi and suspense then join other film buffs at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, March 4, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. for the kickoff of the library’s Horror Film Club.

We’ll explore some of the classic films of the horror, science fiction and suspense genres. The first film will be announced at this meeting.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:11 AM, 02.17.2015

Snippets of Bay History: Cutting Ice at the Mouth of Cahoon Creek

Photo courtesy Bay Village Historical Society

The Cahoon family owned land from Wolf Road all the way to Lake Erie, an area that is now Cahoon Memorial Park.

Once the lake froze over, the Cahoons and other early settlers cut the ice into large squares which were packed in straw and stored underground in the back of an ice house. The ice could then be used well into the summer in ice boxes, the forerunner of refrigerators.

Rose Hill Museum, the former home of the Cahoon family, has an ice saw on display in the original 1810 basement of the musuem.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:05 AM, 02.17.2015

Emergency response training begins Feb. 28

Members of the Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team have fun while training in emergency preparedness. Photo by James MacMillan

Whether everyday emergencies like injuries, fires and outages, or large scale disasters, community preparedness starts with you. If you were there, would you be part of the problem or the solution?

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, emergency medical considerations, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology and more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Teens and adults are welcome.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:15 AM, 02.17.2015

Westlake State of the City Address

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce will host the State of the City address by Mayor Dennis Clough on Tuesday, March 10, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at LaCentre, 25777 Detroit Road in Westlake. Cost for the luncheon is $20 per person at the door. The public is invited to attend. A reservation is required. Call Sharon at 440-835-8787 or email sharon@westshorechamber.org.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:08 AM, 02.17.2015

Westshore Montessori students celebrate 100 days of school

Photo by Michelle Ramey

The pre-K and kindergarten classroom of Mrs. Michelle and Mrs. Nancy celebrated the 100th day of school on Jan. 26. The morning was full of fun activities focusing on the number 100. We made "100 days smarter" hats, strung 100 Cheerios for necklaces, dotted 100 gumballs on gumball machines and used our painted handprints to count by 5's to 100. We are now officially 100 days smarter.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:14 AM, 02.17.2015

Hot Topic Discussion: History and Future of Ohioís Constitution

The League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland and Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (1801 Euclid Ave.) will present a Hot Topic discussion in the school’s Moot Court Room on Wednesday, March 4 at 5 p.m. The one hour lecture, “The History and the Future of the Ohio Constitution,” will be presented by Cleveland-Marshall’s Dean Emeritus, Steven Steinglass, senior policy advisor for the bipartisan Ohio Constitutional Modernization Commission.  

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:06 AM, 02.17.2015

Statewide tornado drill to be held March 4

While tornadoes can occur at any time, late spring and summer are the prime tornado season in Ohio.

To remind and prepare residents for the danger of tornadoes, the Cuyahoga County Office of Emergency Management is encouraging all communities to participate in the Statewide Tornado Drill at 9:50 a.m. on Wednesday, March 4.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:13 AM, 02.17.2015

Westlake luncheon to benefit women's shelter

The Friends of the West Side Catholic Center has been in existence for 27 years. The primary goal of this group is to support the shelter at the West Side Catholic Center for women and their children in crisis. The shelter is designed to be a protective setting where women who have experienced domestic violence or homelessness are taught skills which will enable them to become independent.

The 27th Annual Benefit Extraordinaire for the West Side Catholic Center will be held on Sunday, March 8, at La Centre in Westlake. Shopping begins at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at 12:30, and additional shopping. Tickets are $45 per person and all proceeds from the event directly benefit the shelter.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:14 AM, 02.17.2015

Lake Ridge Academy announces new soccer coach

Lake Ridge Academy has hired Tara Bowen as the new varsity girls soccer coach. Ms. Bowen is returning to Lake Ridge Academy after coaching the program from 2008 to 2012 when she led the team to the OHSAA Regional Semifinals and achieved a 40-22-7 winning record.  

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:06 AM, 02.17.2015

Westlake Animal Hospital welcomes new doctor

Dr. Allison Riedl

Dr. David Love is very pleased and excited to welcome Dr. Allison Riedl into the Westlake Animal Hospital family. Dr. Riedl was born and raised in Cleveland Heights. After graduating from Hawken, she earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Case Western Reserve University in 2001 and her Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine in 2006 from The Ohio State University. She continued her education through a small animal internship at Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital in 2006-2007.

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Volume 7, Issue 4, Posted 9:06 AM, 02.17.2015

Area club offers scholarship

College Club West is a non-profit group of women college graduates living in the Greater Cleveland area. This club is again pleased to offer a minimum of $2,000 scholarships for the 2015-2016 academic year. Information regarding these scholarships along with eligibility and application requirements can be found on our website, www.collegeclubwest.org. Deadline for all applications is March 15.

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