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Mr. and Mrs. Westlake: Couple recognized for 3 decades of service

Fred and Barbara Hammond were awarded the title of Mr. and Mrs. Westlake by the Town Criers on Nov. 22 at Crocker Park. Pictured, from left: Fred Hammond, Mayor Dennis Clough, Barbara Hammond and Westlake Town Criers President Dave Turner. Also pictured are the Hammonds' grandchildren.

The Westlake Town Criers are proud to announce that Fred and Barbara Hammond have been selected as Mr. and Mrs. Westlake. Mayor Dennis Clough introduced the couple as this year’s honorees during the Nov. 22 tree lighting ceremony at Crocker Park. The Westlake Town Criers have been giving out the annual award for many years, to couples who have provided outstanding service to the citizens and youth of Westlake.

Since moving to Westlake more than 30 years ago, the Hammonds have been actively involved in the community. Their children attended Westlake Schools where Barbara volunteered in activities such as P.T.A., and both were involved in the Demon’s Club. Fred and Barbara are active at St. Ladislas Catholic Church.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:25 AM, 11.25.2014

Santa Claus to make pre-Christmas stop in Bay Village on Dec. 7

Santa Claus will return to the Bay Village Community House on Sunday, Dec. 7, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Photo by Nancy Clark

Although this is a very busy time of the year for him, Santa Claus will spend an afternoon with good boys and girls in a visit to Bay Village on Sunday, Dec. 7. The jolly old elf will be touring the city aboard a fire truck that day, departing at 1:30 p.m. from the Bay Lodge, and will be greeting friends afterwards at the Bay Village Community House, 303 Cahoon Road, in Cahoon Memorial Park.

Santa’s route will be Ashton Lane, Lincoln Road, Knickerbocker Road, West Oviatt Road, Dover Center Road, Osborn Road, Parkside Drive, Huntmere Drive, Osborn Road, Bayfair Drive, East Oakland Road, Fordham Parkway and Wolf Road.

Santa will arrive at the Community House around 2:30 p.m., and will greet friends there until 3:30. The festivities will also include community groups offering holiday items and complimentary refreshments, as well as a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Tom Meyrose, director of Huntington Playhouse. Local choirs and choral groups are expected to participate.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:31 AM, 11.25.2014

Happy ending for cat stuck in bus

Margie the cat is recovering at Westlake Animal Hospital from injuries sustained when she was trapped in a school bus engine.

On Nov. 12, Denise Wering was in the middle of her morning school bus route in Westlake when another driver, Marge Laskowski, radioed that Wering needed to check the back of her bus. The two drivers pulled off of Dover Center Road and found a tail and a paw sticking out of the engine in the back of the bus.

Believing the animal was dead, the drivers tugged on the foot. To their surprise, the foot moved. The two opened the hood on the engine to find a one-year-old cat wedged in the serpentine belt, whimpering. The cat’s right front leg and the back of its neck were stuck.

The Westlake Schools Transportation Department called Westlake Animal Control Officer Jim Wang for help. Officer Wang was able to free the cat from the engine and brought it to Dr. David Love’s Westlake Animal Hospital.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:40 AM, 11.25.2014

Worldwide Candle Lighting remembers children with hope

Jennifer and Hamp Howell’s daughter Danielle Koran and granddaughter Ella. Danielle died in 2013 and the Howells have organized the Candle Lighting as a way to remember her.

On the second Sunday in December, people around the globe gather to light candles to remember children that have died too soon. This mass candle lighting, now in its 18th year, begins in New Zealand and encircles the globe with light as it passes through each time zone to honor the memory of children. The event is sponsored by the Compassionate Friends whose mission is to support families after a child has died.

There will be a local Worldwide Candle Lighting site at Westlake United Methodist Church on Sunday, Dec. 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m. in which we will remember children, grandchildren and siblings with music, inspirational readings and messages of hope. At 7 p.m., all are invited to light candles to join the circle of light honoring those who were the light of so many lives.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:43 AM, 11.25.2014

Thanks-Giving the Bird

Thanksgiving arrives so quickly it seems,
then again, it's family tradition.
We kick back and watch some NFL teams,
Well – for me – that's the primary mission.

To visit those we haven't seen all year,
renders this day a special occasion.
Barely noon – Uncle Joe's on his eighth beer,
and on the verge of inebriation.

But good Joe's not the only one impaired,
lest we forget, there's my Great Aunt Mary.
None of the booze in the house shall be spared,
Seems she's located the cooking sherry.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:10 AM, 11.25.2014

Deluge of diapers: WHS students take third place in service challenge

Area high school students came up big for charity, donating nearly 15,000 diapers for Baldwin Wallace University's service challenge.

Westlake High School was among nine Northeast Ohio schools that rose to Baldwin Wallace University’s first High School Service Challenge, responding with a deluge of donated diapers for local charities. BW rallied area high schools to collect as many diapers as possible for the 31 days of October. The high school students responded in a big, generous way, producing close to 15,000 diapers! 

Westlake High School, which collected the greatest total number of diapers, took third place with the order of finish determined by donations per student enrolled. Padua Franciscan High School in Parma was the winner, collecting 3.7 diapers per student; Highland High School came in second with 3.6 and Westlake High School took third place with 3.5. Other area high schools that contributed generous donations included Lutheran West, St. Ignatius, St. Joseph Academy, Shaker Heights, Strongsville and Wooster.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:08 AM, 11.25.2014

Bay Village Kiwanis Club to sell Christmas trees

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! The Bay Village Kiwanis Club will soon be setting up its annual Christmas tree sale at the Cahoon Park Gazebo, ready to start selling trees the day after Thanksgiving – Friday, Nov. 28.

Three Christmas tree varietals will be available, including Fraser Firs, Douglas Firs and Colorado Blue Spruces. Tree sizes range from 6-10 feet tall. Prices range from $40-100, depending on size and type. Cash or check is accepted – no credit cards. Delivery is available for a donation.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:09 AM, 11.25.2014

Learning New Methods

“Dad, can I have some help with math?” asked my son. 

I love it when my children ask for help. It lets me know that I am not like that old computer that is sitting in the basement, waiting to go to recycling. I do not want my children to think that I need to be taken to recycling just yet. 

“Sure,” I said, sitting down next to him. My son was in third grade, so his math should have posed no challenge. He was holding his head in his hand, staring at a sheet of numbers. 

“Let’s get started,” I said, trying to sound as excited as I would be if we were working on discovering the equation for the Theory of Everything. To my surprise, he started drawing a series of boxes with diagonal lines. 

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 11.25.2014

Bay resident honored as environmental group’s top volunteer

Brenda O’Reilly receives Earth Day Coalition’s volunteer of the year award from Scott Sanders, EDC’s executive director. Photo by Denny Wendell

Brenda O’Reilly, a longtime Bay resident and member of the city’s Green Team, was this year’s recipient of Earth Day Coalition’s volunteer of the year award. Brenda has long been a supporter of EDC and has also served on the ZeroWaste NEO committee of Sustainable Cleveland 2019.

Last spring, Brenda led a zero-waste initiative for the annual EarthFest event at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds, working with a large group of volunteers, 250 vendors and 13 food trucks to minimize waste.

“Brenda educated all of our vendors and contractors and led the design of our Marquee Exhibit where every visitor to the festival could see the cumulative production of our streams of organic materials headed toward landscapers, recyclables off to be repurposed and a minimal amount headed to landfill as waste,” said Scott Sanders, EDC’s executive director and also a Bay resident.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 11:44 AM, 11.25.2014

Sister Reporters

Westerly students Riley, left, and Maggie Millett will be collaborating on articles for the Observer. Photo by Kate Holinek

Maggie and Riley Millett are students at Westerly Elementary School in Bay Village and will be working together to write articles for the Observer. Last year, Maggie was a third-grader in Miss Holinek’s class and wrote an article for the Observer about their class cupcake sale. Now her sister Riley is a third-grader at Westerly (also in Miss Holinek’s class) and the girls are going to collaborate to write articles together!

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.25.2014

If you stop to think, you might think to stop!

When you see the folded yellow signs in a crosswalk that means pedestrians have the right away and drivers must stop! It does not mean to accelerate and try to beat pedestrians to the crosswalk. It also does not mean to continue at the same speed hoping that pedestrians will get out of the way in time. Additionally, it does not mean “let’s scare them and pretend we’re going to run them over.” Not cool.

However, so many people in their comfy, cozy cars listening to music, looking at or talking on their phones are often so caught up in their own world that they put pedestrians, as well as their own lives, in danger when they fail to stop!

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 11.25.2014

Westlake church hosts best-selling faith author

Author Kevin Malarkey will discuss his latest book Nov. 30 at CrossPointe in Westlake.

New York Times best-selling author Kevin Malarkey will be the guest speaker at CrossPointe Community, 1800 Columbia Road, at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 30. Malarkey’s message will draw from his recently-released book, "A Beautiful Defeat: Find True Freedom and Purpose in Total Surrender to God."

There is a gnawing inside all of us that tells us we can be better, that the fulfilling life we desire is within our reach if we just work a little harder. But the message of the cross is different. Jesus died to reconcile us to God so we can die to ourselves and live in total surrender.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:07 AM, 11.25.2014

A tasty solution to holiday leftovers

Leftover Mashed Potato Soup. Photo by Nathan Conover

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! It's time for being thankful; a time for being with family. It's a time for parades on TV, football and food – LOTS of food! But, with all of that food comes the annual dreaded ...

Leftovers.

If you haven't planned your holiday meal proportionally (and, to be honest, I've never met anyone who has!), you're going to be stuck with some leftovers. What are you going to do with them? I don't have all the answers. But this recipe may help. I'm proud to say my mom came up with this one. I have no doubt that it was an idea handed down from my grandma, who grew up in the Great Depression where they never threw out anything!

Try this recipe for Leftover Mashed Potato Soup ... you might find yourself making extra potatoes just for the leftovers!

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:59 AM, 11.25.2014

A special holiday shop just for children

Bring your children to a unique holiday shopping event designed especially for them! Stop by the Bay Village Early Childhood PTA's Santa Shop on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is located at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road, at the corner of Bassett and Lake roads.

Santa’s elves will help your children select gifts for mom, dad, grandparents, siblings, teachers and even pets. Featuring a wide variety of gifts priced under $5, with gift wrapping and tagging included! Parents can enjoy a cup of coffee and tempting treats at Santa’s Sweet Shop, while their little ones shop.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:05 AM, 11.25.2014

BAYarts Trunk Show Dec. 11

BAYarts' annual Trunk Show on Thursday, Dec. 11, 7-9 p.m., is an opportunity to enjoy a festive night out while doing some cozy shopping this December. 

You can support NE Ohio by shopping small for original holiday gifts at the event. Displays from local artisans will be beautifully set up to highlight their creative wares. Items will include specialty handmade soaps, hand-stamped and sea glass jewelry, silk scarves, and much more.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.25.2014

Thoughts on gratefulness

Feeling grateful is like other feelings in many ways, but different in that it is one of those feelings, like happiness, that we can choose. With that in mind, I wondered what my friends were feeling grateful for this holiday season. I was surprised to find what creates this uplifting feeling in the hearts of many.

My friend Terri shared that she is grateful her son is growing and thriving in his first semester at college. My friend Ted said he is grateful for an economic resurgence, fueled by a new confidence in NE Ohio. Working in the medical profession, he added his gratefulness that there has been no "major" disease outbreak here in the U.S. My pal Bruce is happy and grateful to be a dad, and that his children and grandchildren, far and near, can celebrate the holidays in the same location.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.25.2014

December events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Monday, Dec. 1 (3:45-5:30 p.m.) Teen Lounge – Need a place to hang out after school? Come to WPPL's Teen Lounge on Monday afternoons! We've got computers, video games, board games, snacks and more! Grades 7-12.

Monday, Dec. 1 (7-8:30 p.m.) Monday Night Movie – This month’s title is a heartwarming drama about three misfits living on the streets of Tokyo who discover a baby left in a garbage dump on Christmas Eve. As they try to find out what has become of the child's parents, the three must first face their own dark pasts. Animated. Japanese with English subtitles. Rated PG-13. Please register.

Tuesday, Dec. 2 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Setting Up A LinkedIn Profile – Job seekers in almost all fields need to have a LinkedIn profile to be considered for an interview or even a screening phone call. Learn techniques for setting up a great profile. Bring a resume to view and a flash drive with your resume on it in Word to cut and paste from. Sign up early by calling Cynthia at 216-367-3011. Only 12 seats at computers; you may also bring your own.

Tuesday, Dec. 2 (7-8:45 p.m.) Cooking with Maria Isabella – Cleveland cookbook author Maria Isabella will discuss her book, "In the Kitchen with Cleveland's Favorite Chefs," and prepare one of the appetizers for you to sample. Books will be available for purchase. Please register.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:06 AM, 11.25.2014

Bay community services dept. has new assistant director

Connie Lupica, new assistant director of community services. Photo by Denny Wendell

The City of Bay Village has hired Connie Lupica as its new assistant director of community services.

Lupica is a licensed social worker, and has more than 25 years of experience working at the Cuyahoga County Division of Children and Family Services. In addition, she has volunteered at Wellington Place Assisted Living for the past year, in the activities department.

“I’ve worked with children and I’ve worked with families, and I have wanted to work more with seniors, so this is a wonderful opportunity,” Lupica said.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 11:45 AM, 11.25.2014

Upcoming events at the Dwyer Senior Center

Seniors, come join us at the Dwyer Center for the many fun and interesting activities we have planned in December:

Therapy Dog Demonstration – Monday, Dec. 1 (10 a.m.) – Tails will be wagging at the Dwyer Center! Christine Spaetzel will bring her therapy dog, Tikka, and explain how therapy and crisis response dogs are chosen, tests they must pass and the comfort and support they provide to those in need. RSVP: 835-6565.

Trip to The Cleveland Sight Center –Tuesday, Dec. 2 (9:45 a.m.) – Tour the second largest sight center in the country right here in Cleveland. Group departs from the Dwyer Center. Space is limited; cost is $15 for transportation. Lunch on your own at Sweet Melissa’s on the return trip. Call 835-6565 to register.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 11.25.2014

Nominations due for Bay Village citizen, project of the year

The Bay Village Community Council is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Bay Village Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year. Nominations will be accepted until Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 and selections will be announced by the Community Council soon afterwards.

Although nominations for Project of the Year are being accepted, this award is not intended to be an annual designation. Special projects will be considered based on community impact and the involvement of volunteers and organizations.

Nomination forms are available at City Hall, the Bay Village Branch Library, and from members of the Bay Village Community Council. Electronic forms are also available for nomination by email. Download a Citizen of the Year or Project of the Year nomination form.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:14 AM, 11.25.2014

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, Nov.12

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Mayor Patton's office prepares official minutes, which are posted on Fairview Park's website.

Present: Mayors Bobst (Rocky River), Clough (Westlake), Kennedy (North Olmsted), Patton (Fairview Park), Summers (Lakewood), Sutherland (Bay Village)

Also in attendance: Fiscal Officer Renee Mahoney, District 1 County Councilman Dave Greenspan

RTA: County Council may discuss a tax increase for RTA. Much discussion of the new Clifton Boulevard shelters. Amenities encourage ridership. Lakeshore Express buses will come every 10 minutes for two hours in the AM and PM. During those hours, there will be dedicated bus lanes. Mayor Patton stated that Fairview Park is home to an RTA transfer station on Center Ridge but has received no benefits from RTA. Many residents depend on bus services and would appreciate similar shelters along Lorain Avenue. A better working relationship between Fairview Park and RTA is needed.

NOACA: Mayor Sutherland stated the Committee on House Affairs will meet Nov. 14. Geauga County may either pull out or divide its representation into urban and rural. According to Mr. Greenspan, a Columbia Road development project has been added for next funding cycle.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:03 AM, 11.25.2014

Rocky River Wastewater Treatment (WWTP) management committee meeting, Nov. 18

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters. Rocky River Wastewater Treatment Plant staff prepares official minutes.

Present: Mayor Bobst (Rocky River), Mayor Sutherland (Bay Village), Paul Quinn and Robert Kelly (Westlake), Rob Berner (Fairview Park)

Also in attendance: Jeff Harrington (WWTP Superintendent), Keith Bovard (WWTP); Michael Thomas (Rocky River Director of Finance); Renee Mahoney (Bay Village Director of Finance)

Thermal Sludge Conditioning: Sludge removal cost $185,000 in 2014. The local farm that has taken sludge during the warm months at $17 per wet ton will stop doing so in 2015. Alternative estimate is $22. Microwave drying is meant for smaller plants, and the resulting product retains an odor. Thermal drying will result in $200,000 increased operating costs for utilities and personnel.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:03 AM, 11.25.2014

Normandy Elementary students fight germs through handwashing

Registered nurse Mary "Izzie Influenza" Kiczek, dressed as a germ, checks the hands of kindergarteners Jane Allen (left) and Riley Kraft with a black light to check handwashing effectiveness.

Normandy Elementary School is putting hand germs on notice that their days are numbered at the school.

Kindergarten through second-grade students learned about healthy hand washing from St. John Medical Center registered nurses on Wednesday, Nov. 19. Then they pledged to become “Germinators” and to wash germs down the drain.

The program is called “Healthy Hands, Healthy Kids.” It is part of the St. John Medical Center Community Outreach Program. Registered nurses (and their germy aliases), all dressed in “germ” costumes, included Mary "Izzie Influenza" Kiczek, Mirian "Fanny Fungus" Buzzard, and Lucile "Lucy Listeria” Maher. Their director of education is Paul "Eddy Ecoli” Forthofer.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.25.2014

Santa Claus is coming to town

Ho Ho Ho! Who’s that jolly old elf at the front door? Could it really be Santa arriving at your home to visit your child in the comfort of your own living room?

Santa Rings is back! The Village Project is in the process of arranging Santa’s guest appearances in Bay Village, Avon Lake and Rocky River on December 9, 10, 11, 16 and 18 during the hours of 6-8:30 p.m. each evening.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:05 AM, 11.25.2014

Giving Thanks

Residents of O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village and their families enjoy an early Thanksgiving meal together. Photo by Donna D'Amico

On Wednesday, Nov. 19, O'Neill Healthcare Bay Village celebrated their annual Thanksgiving feast in appreciation of the residents and their families. Nearly 400 traditional Thanksgiving dinners were served. The entire meal was lovingly prepared in-house by our staff. Each of the five dining rooms were filled with families and friends enjoying the feast with their loved one.

This event is a long-standing tradition at the Bay Village campus which is comprised of skilled nursing, rehabilitation and assisted living. Candy Sanson, administrator of O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village, stated: “This is our opportunity to thank our residents and families for the privilege of caring for them.” The residents of the health campus will receive a repeat performance of the meal on Thanksgiving Day.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.25.2014

Tri-C Women in Transition program comes to Westlake

The Women in Transition program at Cuyahoga Community College will make its Westshore Campus and Corporate College West debut with free December workshops.

The “Love Jar Workshop” will help participants acknowledge their positive characteristics while providing an introduction to the Women in Transition program, now entering its 37th year at Tri-C.

The free hour-long workshops will be held at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, in Room 132 at Westshore Campus. The workshops will be held at the same times Tuesday, Dec. 2, in Room 119 at Corporate College West.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.25.2014

Tech deals not limited to Black Friday

Being bilingual and bicultural I tend to get curious about many things that I didn’t grow up with in Japan. Although “etymology” refers to what a certain word may have meant hundreds or thousands of years ago, for me it might as well apply to culturally unique events unilaterally.

For example I never knew that the phrase “Black Friday” dates back to pre-1961, was used to describe the downtown streetscape of Friday after Thanksgiving in Philadelphia circa 1975, and eventually spawned the current usage where it marks the beginning of a profitable month for the retailers to end the year.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:26 AM, 11.25.2014

Upcoming Bay Village Branch Library programs

December is an exciting month at the library. Storytimes are suspended for the month, but that doesn't mean we don't have lots for everyone to do! There are holiday activities for children and a handbell concert for everyone just before Christmas. Look at the following selections and join us!

Please note that in celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday, the Bay Village Branch will close at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 26, and reopen at 9 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.

ALL AGES

Monday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 6 (during library hours) MAKE AN ORNAMENT – Help us decorate the library holiday tree to be on display in Cahoon Park by making an ornament at the library the first week of December.

CHILDREN'S DEPARTMENT

Monday, Dec. 1, through Saturday, Dec. 6 (during library hours) PRESCHOOL MAKE 'N' TAKE CRAFT – Drop in all week to the children's storytime room during library hours to make a special preschool holiday craft. Sponsored by the Friends of the Bay Village Library.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.25.2014

Holiday time is fun time

The holidays are fast approaching and 'tis the season to give and give and also have a little fun! On Saturday Dec. 6, 10 a.m. to noon, Black Dog Lacrosse, in conjunction with the Westlake Recreation Department, will host an Introductory Charity Lacrosse Clinic. This clinic will be held in the gym of the Westlake Recreation Center and is open to all boys and girls in grades K-6.

There is no fee to participate; however, all participants are required to bring in a FULL bag of groceries – dry, nonperishable food items. No expired food, please. These items will be then donated to the Westlake Assistance Program.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.25.2014

Winter programs at Bay Recreation

Holiday Fun Day with Santa – Saturday, Dec. 13 (10 a.m.-noon) – Ring in the holidays with Bay Rec! Visit with Santa and enjoy fun crafts and tasty treats. Free for residents! Location: Bay Village Community Gym.

Creative Cupcakes (Ages 5 & Up) – Saturday, Dec. 13 (10:30 a.m.-noon) – Learn how to decorate fun cupcakes for the holidays! All supplies included! Fee: $28 (non-residents: $43). Location: Bay Lodge.

Preschool Playtime (Ages 5 & Under) – Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays (10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.) and Tuesdays/Thursdays (10:45 a.m.-1 p.m.) – Release some energy at the Community Gym! Parent supervision required. Fee: $2/child (non-residents: $4); 10-day pass: $15 (non-resident: $35). Location: Community Gym.

Kindergarten Hoops – Tuesdays (6:45-7:45 p.m.) – Season: Jan. 6 to Feb. 24. A fun-filled program for beginners! Fee: $68 (non-residents: $88). Registration deadline: Dec. 11 ($10 late fee). Location: Community Gym.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.25.2014

Learn about symbolic references in fine art

There’s more than meets the eye when it comes to fine art. There are often symbolic references incorporated into the pieces by the artists that give them even deeper meaning once the viewer sees and understands them. Artist and college instructor Bill Mannion will discuss these symbols and more in "Artists’ Reflections on Nature" at Westlake Porter Public Library on Friday, Dec. 5, from 2-4 p.m.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:51 AM, 11.25.2014

History rocks at Westlake Porter Public Library

Do you remember “the day the music died”? What about the first time you heard the Beatles? Can you explain Cleveland’s special place in the history of rock 'n' roll? If so, you’ll enjoy "Rock ’n’ Roll History: A Journey in Sounds 1949-1964" at Westlake Porter Public Library on Wednesday, Dec. 3, from 7 to 8:45 p.m.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:50 AM, 11.25.2014

Porter Library offers access to practice Ohio driver's tests

Westlake Porter Public Library is now offering would-be Ohio drivers access to practice driver’s tests through a partnership with Driving-Tests.org. The tests are accessible through the library’s website. You need not have a Westlake Porter Public Library card to use the service. The tests are based on Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle materials and are Ohio-specific.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.25.2014

Normandy Elementary students show thanks to veterans

Hailie Steffenson shows respect for the flag during the Veterans Day assembly at Normandy School. Her father, Donald, is on active duty with the Coast Guard. Photo by Julie Holland

About 500 Normandy Elementary children in grades K-2 gathered at an assembly to honor our veterans and military heroes on Nov. 11. Rows of red, white and blue stars lining the walls were the first hint to visitors that they were in for a special day. Each star featured a brave man or woman who served in the military and was related to a Normandy student. 

Special guests represented each branch of the service and a span of many years of protecting our freedoms. The program began with Boy Scouts presenting the colors, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, words of introduction and thanks, musical tributes, and a lesson about flag etiquette.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:31 AM, 11.25.2014

You can laugh or you can cry…

The choice is simple when challenged with life’s everyday crises. Not sweating “the small stuff” is wise; why not the “medium stuff,” too?

Westshore residents in the habit of “laughing it off” may successfully defend themselves against routine annoyances. Some in our area could credit the perennial Reader's Digest feature, “Laughter, The Best Medicine” with instilling the notion that it really is!

What era in human existence has been devoid of hardship, war, aggression, violence, corruption and strife? Why haven’t several million years of walking upright and standing tall resulted in the human race embracing a standard of civilized behavior sufficient to make the world a better and safer place in which to live? “Too much slime,” Ghostbuster fans might say!

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:27 AM, 11.25.2014

Westshore Young Leaders hold annual leadership training

The middle school winners of the tower-building contest.

A record number of middle and high school students and staff from Bay Village, Fairview Park, Lakewood, North Olmsted and Rocky River braved the cold and snow to participate in the annual Westshore Young Leaders training held at the Don Umerley Civic Center in Rocky River on Friday, Nov. 21. Over the past five years, the training has been able to reach out to close to 400 students in the Westshore District. 

The Westshore Young Leaders Network partnered with McKeon Education Group to facilitate the invigorating day of interactive training. Stand By Your Quote was an excellent activity for students to examine the leadership styles of others and take a moment to reflect on its meaning and purpose in their leadership roles. One example was a paraphrase of John Quincy Adams' quote: "If your actions inspire others to dream more and do more, you are a leader."

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.25.2014

Historical society identifies another century home in Westlake

The William Mitchell house on Center Ridge Road in Westlake was constructed in the late 1800s.

The Westlake Historical Society was recently requested by the current owner of 24102 Center Ridge Road, Dr. Marvin D. Shie Jr., to research his home to determine if it is a century home. Dr. and Mrs. Shie purchased the home in 1955 from Lucy and Harry Hoag.

We have determined that this gable/wing farmhouse is certainly certainly more than 100 years old, and thus a century home. It was most likely constructed in either 1871 for William Mitchell or 1882 for William and his wife, Margaret. William was born in England in approximately 1836, Margaret in Ireland in about 1845.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:44 AM, 11.25.2014

Cold weather dangerous for stray animals

Three darling Bay Village cats came very close to being victims of the bitter early cold snap that hit our area last week.

Because of the rapid response, compassion and warm-hearted residents, each were rescued by different individuals or families in Bay and all ended up in forever homes.

Friends of the Bay Village Kennel would like to remind residents to report animal issues to the Bay Village Police at 871-1234. Please remember to keep all pets safe, have identification and provide shelter and food. If you are aware of an animal that does not have the proper shelter, please contact the police or call Ruth Glasmire, president of Friends of the Bay Village Kennel, at 835-8139 for options on how to make or purchase outside housing for animals.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:26 AM, 11.25.2014

Celebrating our veterans

O’Neill Healthcare Bay Village honored 23 veterans for their military service on Veterans Day. This distinguished group was comprised of 21 men and two women representing every branch of the armed forces and also included WWII veterans from the British and Hungarian armies.

A Color Guard from the North Ridgeville VFW Post led the ceremony honoring our vets and O’Neill Healthcare Hospice was on hand to commemorate each veteran’s service with the presentation of a certificate and pinning ceremony.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:08 AM, 11.25.2014

Westlake Meals on Wheels thanks the community

In the spirit of the holiday season, Westlake Meals on Wheels would like to thank the community for the generous personal and corporate donations that allow our organization to provide essential meal delivery service to those who are unable to shop for or prepare meals for themselves.

Monetary donations subsidize the reasonable fees recipients pay and enable a dedicated team of more than 75 weekly volunteers to prepare and deliver daily meals to Westlake residents who are ill, elderly, disabled, homebound or convalescing. Together we are able to improve the quality of life for our recipients by prolonging independence.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 10:07 AM, 11.25.2014