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Porter Library reopens June 17

Westlake Porter Public Library will reopen the building for patrons to browse the collection on Wednesday, June 17, at 9 a.m. At this time, curbside service will cease in lieu of the drive-up window on the south side of the building. The first hour of the day, 9-10 a.m. Monday through Saturday, will be set aside for older adults and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions.

Because WPPL takes the safety of its patrons and staff seriously, physical distancing guidelines and a continued reduction in some services will be in place to provide a safe environment for everyone. Hand sanitizer stations will be available throughout the building.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:49 AM, 06.16.2020

The blue stripe on the Bay Boat Club dock

Hanna Bergmann, Joe Beauchesne, Paul Moody and Corbin Estepp paint the dock at Bay Boat Club.

We came together in the fall of 2019 as strangers from four different schools. We formed Team Zebra, and are now the sixth-grade Ohio State Champion and a Regional Finalist for the eCyberMission STEM competition. Our project involved finding a solution to the zebra mussel and algae growth problem on the dock at Bay Boat Club.

In the summer with the high Lake Erie water levels, the boat dock is underwater and covered with algae and zebra mussels, making it slippery and dangerous. One interesting fact that we learned while researching for this project is that zebra mussels are contributing to the growth of algae in Lake Erie by filtering the water. They are improving water clarity, which then allows the sun to penetrate deeper and support algae growth.

The algae on the dock are a breeding ground for zebra mussels; one female zebra mussel can produce over one million free-floating eggs in a year. Algae act as an incubator for the eggs, which, when hatched, are known as veligers until they grow into adults.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:49 AM, 06.16.2020

Westlake pool opens for the summer

Mayor Dennis Clough takes the season's inaugural jump off of the diving board at the Westlake Aquatic Center & Peterson Pool on opening day, June 13.

Chilly temperatures and some new restrictions did not stop Mayor Dennis Clough from being the first to take a dip at the Westlake Aquatic Center & Peterson Pool at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 13, when it opened for the 2020 season. Last year, the mayor marked the facility’s grand opening by gliding down one of the center’s winding waterslides and breaking the ribbon at end.

The facility will be open to members only and is operating under a set of new guidelines in light of Covid-19. Those guidelines and information on how to reserve a time to use the facilities are listed on the city’s website at www.cityofwestlake.org/372/Westlake-Aquatic-Center-Peterson-Pool.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:44 AM, 06.16.2020

St. Barnabas launches Good Neighbor Project

When Jesus offered the Summary of the Law – love God and love your neighbor as yourself – a Pharisee asked, “Who is my neighbor?” That’s when Jesus told the story of the Good Samaritan, who stepped up to help someone in need when others refused.

Because of social distancing requirements, many of the ways we’d like to serve our neighbors aren’t currently possible.

St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village recently launched the Good Neighbor Project. Through the great generosity of a handful of parishioners, we mailed $100 to every household in the parish and asked the recipients to use those funds to be good neighbors.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:54 AM, 06.16.2020

So you need the COVID-19 test?

Marc, age 22, developed a sore throat and dry cough. The next day, upon a friend’s suggestion, he did a drive-thru COVID-19 test at a local pharmacy. “Really easy,” he said.

He filled out a short online screening form, got an appointment within an hour. Before he left, he watched a video on do-it-yourself nose-swab. At the drive-thru, he was given a kit, swabbed himself and was done in minutes. The line was shorter than Popeye’s at dinner time.

Sponsored by the Family First Coronavirus Response Act, COVID-19 testing is free to Americans with or without insurance. Unlike hospitals and clinics, many drive-thru sites do not require a doctor’s referral.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:49 AM, 06.16.2020

Food Truck Fridays resume in Bay Village

Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar orders lunch from a food truck served by his daughter Jennie Koomar and Sabrina DuPrey. Photo by Denny Wendell

Bay Village City Hall is once again playing host to a rotating ensemble of food trucks serving up lunch items and sweet treats Fridays this summer. The trucks will park in the City Hall parking lot, 350 Dover Center Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Friday through Sept. 4, except July 3.

Food trucks will be following the recommended best practices set forth by the Ohio Department of Health. All guests must observe proper social distancing while attending. Markers will be placed 6 feet apart to maintain safe distancing, and we suggest wearing masks as an additional layer of protection to help prevent exposure to the virus for employees, vendors and guests.

The 2020 lineup is:

  • June 19: SWAT & CLE Cookie Dough
  • June 26: Bearden’s & Sweet! The Mobile Cupcakery
  • July 3: No trucks
  • July 10: Thyme Traveler & Signature Slush & Cream
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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:46 AM, 06.16.2020

Meadowood Golf Course offering 5-hole loop

Golfers with busy schedules can play a “5-hole loop” at Meadowood Golf Course and take advantage of various alternatives to playing a full nine holes.

Players also may choose to play the loop only, add a loop onto a 9-hole round or take two trips around the loop.

The loop consists of five holes on the Yellow Course – holes 1/2/5 (Par 4) and holes 3/4 (Par 3). More tee-time and pricing information is available at www.cityofwestlake.org/785/Tee-Times-and-Rates.

Pricing information:

Loop only: $7; Loop twice: $10

9 holes + loop : $15.50 weekdays, $17.50 weekend

9 holes + loop + riding cart: $21.50 weekdays, $23.50 weekends.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:54 AM, 06.16.2020

Locating ancient Native American earthworks in Dover Township

Mills' 1914 "The Archaeological Atlas of Ohio" shows four of Dover Township's burial mounds near the intersection of Dover Center and Center Ridge roads, and a fifth at Dover Center and Lorain roads in today’s North Olmsted.

Today, the nearest existing Native American earthworks to Dover are the Fort Hill Earthworks in the Rocky River Reservation. They are believed to have been constructed by what is known as the Early Woodland Indians over 2,000 years ago. They are a set of three long earthen walls and ditches built on a shale cliff 90 feet above the Rocky River. Before part of Dover Township split off to become North Olmsted, the southern boundary of Dover was the current location of Brookpark Road. This places Fort Hill less than a mile south of the old Dover Township line.

The “Archaeological Atlas of Ohio” compiled by William C. Mills and published in 1914 by the Ohio Archaeological and Historical Society (precursor to today’s Ohio History Connection), shows that there were five known Native American burial mounds identified within Dover Township. This is more identified burial mounds than any other township within Cuyahoga County except for Newburgh Township (which had nine).

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:53 AM, 06.16.2020

Enjoy your own (healthy) lawn this summer

Many of us have had our summer plans upended by the coronavirus pandemic and are going to be enjoying our own yards more than ever. Having a healthy lawn is not only important for the health of you and your family, but for the health of wildlife and Lake Erie.

Weed-free, lush, green lawns. Many people strive for this; I tell my kids not to play on them and while walking I actively avoid lawns that have the little “chemical lawn application” sign posted. Why?

I have many reasons for avoiding “perfect” lawns. Lawn perfection typically comes at a high cost. A cost to Lake Erie, a cost to wild animals, and a cost to our health. It is estimated that more than a billion pounds of pesticides and herbicides are used by homeowners in the United States a year.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:44 AM, 06.16.2020

The dog days of COVID

We are now in week 112 of the sports lockdown and there are no sports to write about, which also means I am in week 113 of having a heck of a time dreaming up subject matter. (Yes, I know, not that it will make much difference, right?) I mean, there's writer's block, and then there's trying-to-imitate-a-legitimate-writer-who-has-writer's-block writer's block. I'll spare you the suspense and tell you up-front I'm in the latter category (like you didn't already know that).

Yes, I exaggerated – slightly – about the length of time COVID-19 has disrupted the sports scene in Believeland, but seriously gang, writing about sports when there are none is as about as difficult for me as finding something good to say about Jimmy Haslam. (If that doesn't put it in perspective for you then nothing will). Now I know why Dr. Acton decided to get out of Dodge: Nothing to report!

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.16.2020

Bay’s Glenview Childcare and Learning director, Dody Chadwick, retires

Dody Chadwick, retiring director of Glenview Center for Childcare and Learning in Bay Village.

After leading the care and education of the youngest of Bay Village’s children for more than a decade, Dorothy (Dody) Chadwick will retire from her position as director of Glenview Childcare and Learning Center, part of the Bay Village City Schools, on July 1.

The Bay Village resident joined Glenview as a teacher in 2008 and became the program’s director in 2009. Prior to that she served as the site administrator for the West Shore Ecumenical Ministry’s Youth and Family Learning Center and the director of the West Shore Child Care Center.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.16.2020

Navigating a tough challenge: college admissions

As thousands of virtual and distanced commencement ceremonies are happening across the country, millions of high school students are leaving behind four years of memories and hard work. For many, students have gone through one of the most challenging processes of their high school careers – the college application. The process requires applicants to submit a personal statement essay as well as supplemental responses. 

“The essay part of The Common App was quite daunting, I will not lie,” said Jack Williams, a recent graduate from Westlake High School and a rising undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University. “Writing a single, 650-word essay that has a large amount of influence on where you will be spending the next 2-4 years of your life is a bit intimidating. Trying to figure out what to write about, while attempting to have it be very personal, but not too mainstream, is not an easy feat.”

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:48 AM, 06.16.2020

The show must go on!

BVCT actors rehearse via Zoom. Pictured, clockwise from top left: Tim Jones, John Hnat, Margaret Hnat, Ben Saylor, Barbara Wysocki and Judith Mazur.

While live performances have been put on hold, at Bay Village Community Theater, the show must go on! Via the technological magic of Zoom, the group will present a free reading of “The Big Sister,” a "Dragnet" radio script from 1955, on Saturday, June 20, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 21, at 3 p.m.

"I was disappointed that we had to cancel our spring production of 'Bleacher Bums,'" said board president John Hnat. "But we realized that our staged reading series was perfect for this new medium."

The cast has been rehearsing via Zoom from their own homes. Director Judith Mazur noted, “There are different considerations to take into account when performing on Zoom instead of live, so we did a test run with a limited audience last week, so we could get some constructive feedback.”

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:47 AM, 06.16.2020

Westlake in Bloom competition heats up as summer arrives

With the warm weather finally settling in throughout Northeast Ohio, it is a perfect time for Westlake’s gardeners to set their sights on the 2020 Westlake in Bloom competition.

This cherished annual tradition blossomed in 2004 after the city earned top honors in the nationwide America in Bloom competition in each of the two preceding years.

In 2002, Westlake celebrated a first-place win among cities with populations of 20,001-50,000. Although the city would have liked to try to repeat its success the following year, contest rules do not allow cities to claim the top prize in the same category more than once. Therefore, the city took a new approach the following year and found continued success in the competition.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:50 AM, 06.16.2020

Westlake continues Tree City poster contest tradition

Mayor Dennis Clough with contest winners Brian Schneidler, Amelia Samide and Brandon McLaughlin. Photo by Mary Beth Schneidler

The City of Westlake Tree Commission and Mayor Dennis Clough were determined to offer the annual Tree City poster contest to this year’s fifth-graders at Dover Intermediate School.

The coronavirus made the possibility of it happening more difficult but this year’s fifth-graders certainly came through. Two days before the contest was to begin school was closed ... but determination prevailed. The students were given directions online including a video as to what they needed to do. The deadlines were extended and the students could design posters online, create actual posters and submit photographs of their posters, and were able to use a wide variety of means to decorate their creations! Their work was exemplary.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:46 AM, 06.16.2020

Ode to the Trillium

Photo by George Ryan

The gentle three-petal flowers shine brightly low to the earth from which they nudge up each spring. No need to show any grandeur or largesse as daffodils do in their abundance. No colorful display is needed as do the bright red tulips not far away. No, the trillium is simply beauty and as white as the long-departed snow. They last longer and treat us with smiles long after the daffodils have died off and the tulip petals have fallen. Thank you, Trillium, for your simple consistency each year under our river birch.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:54 AM, 06.16.2020

Late June and early July events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Following is Westlake Porter Public Library’s late June and early July 2020 calendar of events. All programs are subject to change. Please check westlakelibrary.org or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter (@WestlakePorter) for the latest updates.

Tuesdays, June 16 and 30 and July 14 (3-4 p.m.) Hunger Games Book Club Online – In this book club, we'll be reading through the "Hunger Games" series in chronological order. For the June 16 meeting, please read "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes." For the June 30 meeting please read "The Hunger Games" (and watch the film too!) and for the July 14 meeting please read "Catching Fire" (and watch the film too!). Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the event.

Wednesday, June 17 (11-11:30 a.m.) Dinosaur Yoga – Kids: Calm your body and mind with yoga with Miss Nancy! Program will be livestreamed on the library’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts.

Wednesday, June 17 (1-1:30 p.m.) Preschool Storytime – Join us for a live Preschool Storytime on Zoom! Ages 3.5 to 5 with a caregiver. Please register. Participants must provide an email address to receive Zoom instructions, which will be sent the day of the program.

Thursday, June 18 (All Day) Virtual Calling Crafters: Paper Pinwheels – For this virtual class for adults all you need is an internet connection, email and a device to watch a webinar. Other supplies are included. We will notify you when to pick up the supplies and instructions. Please register.

Thursdays, June 18 and July 2 (9 a.m.-8:30 p.m.) Teen Crafts (Pick-Up) – Stop by Youth Services to pick up your craft kit anytime on June 18 or July 2, while supplies last.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.16.2020

'The Lighter Side': George Kocar at BAYarts

A painting by Bay Village native George Kocar, now at BAYarts.

Bay Village native George Kocar takes a look at the lighter side in a new exhibition of his intensely colored and satirical paintings at BAYarts.

"We think this is just what we all need at this time," says BAYarts Artistic Director Karen Petkovic. "You cannot help but feel good when you look at the humor and the wonderful vibrant colors of George's work."   

A professional illustrator for American Greetings for nearly 20 years, Kocar's work has appeared in such publications as Esquire, The New York Times, Playboy and The Washington Post. His work is in many national private and corporate collections. Now retired, he works out of his Bay Village studio and is a prolific participant in local galleries and festivals and shops like BAYarts.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.16.2020

Bay Village American Legion honors Flag Day

John Jones, Stan Zeager, Ed Kus, Dick Finley, Geoff Kedzierski and Joe Cronin participated in Post #385's flag retirement ceremony on June 12. Photo by Jim Potter

The American Legion Post #385 has a long tradition of retiring American flags at the end of their service life. Following standard procedures, 168 full-size flags and 607 flags used at local cemeteries were retired. Prayers and salutes are part of the retirement program.

The retirement was conducted at the Post home on Cahoon Road. Commander Stanley Zeager officiated.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:45 AM, 06.16.2020

Herb Guild cancels scholarship luncheon

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Herb Guild Garden Club has cancelled its 36th annual Scholarship Luncheon for this year, which was to be held on Aug. 5, 2020. The Guild regrets this decision, but does not want anyone to get sick with the virus. 

Next year's scholarship luncheon is in the works already and it will be bigger and better! All proceeds from the annual event are used for the club’s scholarship fund, so plan to attend in 2021. 

For more information call Kathie Conrad at 440-872-9725 or email her at Miatakath@aol.com.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:48 AM, 06.16.2020

Mayor Clough presents proclamation to international exchange student

Phakawan "Pleng" Teerawattananon was honored with a proclamation from Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough presented a proclamation to Phakawan Teerawattananon, or "Pleng," at City Hall on Friday, June 5. Pleng came to Westlake from Thailand in August, sponsored by the Westlake Bay Village Rotary Club, and stayed with Westlake residents Joe and Jacki Kraft.

She is an extraordinary student who received straight A's while attending Westlake High School and enjoys hiking, shopping, performing cultural dances and cooking authentic Taiwanese cuisine. With the proclamation, the mayor declared June 7, 2020 – Pleng's 16th birthday – as Phakawan "Pleng" Teerawattananon Day. She returned to Thailand on June 10.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:50 AM, 06.16.2020

Shine bright, little Peanut

Mommy, Logan and Dillon with Peanut.

I am heartbroken to share that our beautiful little Peanut, our rescue poodle that had taken shelter in a small hole within the rock wall of Porter Creek, passed away on June 6. She passed while sleeping in bed with me curled around her and her family by her side. She was prescribed pain medication the morning before and it carried her through the night without pain, which is what we had wanted for her.

Driving home from Peanut’s service on Wednesday, we had gone through what seemed to me one of the worst storms. Once getting back into Bay Village, the storm calmed and we were greeted by a double rainbow. Peanut’s favorite song is "Rainbow Connection." I would hum it to her to help her get to sleep and it always brought her peace. This song means so much more to us now.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:47 AM, 06.16.2020

WHS senior Stephanie Randar receives Jeffery Owen Marriott scholarship

Westlake High School graduate Stephanie Randar is the recipient of the 5th annual Jeffery Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship.

Stephanie Randar, a 2020 Westlake High School graduate, received the Jeffery Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship at the Senior Awards Banquet Night earlier this year. The scholarship was established to celebrate the life and contributions of WHS 1992 alum Jeffery Marriott, who passed in March 2015. This was the fifth consecutive year a scholarship was awarded to an exemplary WHS student in honor of Marriott. Of special note was the fact that the WHS awards ceremony occurred “virtually” with all awards and scholarships distributed via an online, streamed ceremony.

Randar ranked in the top 15 percent of her 2020 WHS class while maintaining a near year-round athletic schedule on Westlake’s varsity soccer, basketball and softball teams. Athletically, she racked up 10 varsity letters in addition to 1st and 2nd team, All-Southwest Conference honors in softball her freshman, sophomore and junior years. Further, she earned honorable mention, All Southwest Conference honors in both soccer and basketball as well as a 2nd team, All Southwest Conference honors in basketball her senior year.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:55 AM, 06.16.2020

Tri-C Foundation honors Westlake's Gloria Moosmann

The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation board of directors awarded its 2020 Heath Oliver Distinguished Director Award to Westlake's Gloria J. Moosmann in appreciation of her exemplary service to the College and its students.

Moosmann led the Foundation for 16 years while serving as the College’s vice president of development, overseeing a period of unprecedented fundraising growth that continues to benefit Tri-C students.

During her tenure, she helped secure more than $227 million for scholarships and programs. The Foundation’s endowment grew from $4.6 million to more than $55 million over that same time with the generous support of donors Moosmann helped cultivate.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:48 AM, 06.16.2020

Community West Foundation grants over $600,000 to local nonprofit agencies

The Community West Foundation board of directors approved $485,000 in second-quarter grants to nonprofit agencies that provide basic needs services to the community. The receiving organizations include:

  • Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services
  • Cogswell Hall
  • Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center
  • Lorain County Free Clinic
  • May Dugan Center
  • Northeast Ohio Coalition for the Homeless (NEOCH)
  • Nueva Luz Urban Resource Center
  • Oberlin Community Services
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • St. Herman’s/FOCUS
  • St. Paul’s Community Outreach
  • The City Mission
  • The Ed Keating Center
  • The Turn

These grants are just the beginning of the group’s recent philanthropic efforts. In March, Community West announced they were establishing the COVID-19 Emergency Fund to support nonprofit agencies in need during the pandemic crisis. That fund quickly grew to $143,000 and, in the past two months, Community West issued grants amounting to $85,140.

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Volume 12, Issue 12, Posted 9:53 AM, 06.16.2020

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Since 2009 the Observer has strived to fulfill our founding mission – to strengthen our community by informing and engaging Westlake and Bay Village residents. 

Times are tough, and the pandemic has presented an added challenge at a time when emotional connection and togetherness matter so much. Please help us continue to provide a free medium where the community can share news, share stories and share laughs.

If you’d like to keep the Observer serving the community, please send a cash or check donation along with your name for recognition in a future edition of the Observer. Donations may also be made via credit card using the links in the left column of the website. All supporters will be recognized in a future edition of the Observer.

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The Observer is an independent, community owned publication. Please note that charitable contributions are gratefully accepted but not tax-deductible. For questions about donating or more information on how to get involved, contact publishers Denny Wendell or Tara Wendell at 440-409-0114, staff@wbvobserver.com.

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Volume 12, Issue 8, Posted 12:43 PM, 04.21.2020