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Sutherland moving on from public office, Bay Village

Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland, pictured here in February, announced her retirement, effective Oct. 1. Photo by Denny Wendell

The longest chapter in Bay Village’s mayoral history will come to an abrupt conclusion on Oct. 1 when Mayor Deborah Sutherland leaves office 15 months before the end of her term. In an Aug. 9 press release and letter to residents, Sutherland stunned all but those closest to her in announcing her retirement.

“When I first took this job in 2000, I said that if the time ever came that I was required to manage minutia rather than drive big, transformative projects, it would be time for me to go,” the mayor wrote. “That time has come.”

Next in line to fill the vacancy is City Council President Paul Koomar. “The mayor’s retirement was a surprise to me and all members of council,” Koomar said. “We have been working very hard with the administration on large capital projects. That’s where our focus has been – moving in that direction.” Koomar plans to take some time to consider the position and discuss it with his family. Should he decline to serve as mayor, city ordinance provides that council is to appoint a successor by majority vote.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 10:04 AM, 08.16.2016

Bay Touch-a-Truck offers hands-on experience

MetroHealth’s Life Flight helicopter will land in Cahoon Park during the Touch-a-Truck event on Sept. 10. Photo by Mark Spaetzel

On Saturday, Sept. 10, from noon to 3 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to the second annual Bay Village Touch-a-Truck event. Don’t miss the chance to climb in a fire truck, sit in the seat of a front-end loader, turn on the emergency lights of a police car, or pet a police horse! Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of your community service providers and receive valuable safety information. Last year’s very successful event drew over 1,000 visitors and this year promises to be even bigger.

The free event will take place rain or shine at the combined safety campus of the Bay Village police and fire departments, 28000-28100 Wolf Road. 

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 10:05 AM, 08.16.2016

Westlake superintendent, treasurer discuss school proposal

Westlake City Schools Superintendent Scott Goggin greets a student at the community open house on Aug. 8. Photo by Denny Wendell

Westlake City Schools held an open house at the high school on Aug. 8 to introduce the new superintendent, Scott Goggin, and treasurer, Todd Hopkins.

Goggin, who previously worked in the Midview school district and lived in Avon, said he and his family are becoming familiar with their new city and exploring all of its benefits. “We moved right next to Crocker Park, so we’ve been able to enjoy that this summer. When our son and daughter have friends over it gives them some sense of independence, they can walk and see a movie or get a haircut. We absolutely love it. We are now embedded in the community. The people have been so welcoming and so friendly to me and my family, it’s been overwhelming.” he said.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:44 AM, 08.16.2016

Porter Library seeks new trustee

Westlake Porter Public Library is currently accepting applications for a position on the board of trustees that starts on Jan. 1, 2017. The position will become available when Alayne Fodor’s term expires on Dec. 31.

The board, the policy-making body of the library, is composed of seven members. The library board’s primary responsibilities are approving library policies, setting the budget, hiring a director and fiscal officer and advocating for the library. Terms are seven years with a maximum of two terms. Library board meetings are held monthly, usually on a Wednesday, at 6:30 p.m.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.16.2016

Corporate Challenge spurs friendly competition for charity

Teams scramble to collect balls in the human version of "Hungry, Hungry Hippo" in the Westlake Rec Center gym. Photo by Denny Wendell

Westlake's annual Corporate Challenge concluded Aug. 5 after five days of events pitting teams from six local businesses against each other in a wide range of team-building events. The competition was staged between teams from Applied Companies, the City of Westlake, ECHO Health, Q-Lab, UH St. John Medical Center, Western Enterprises and West Shore Bar Association.

Among this year's 20 events were LEGO building, bocce ball, sand volleyball, bowling, a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament, golf, air hockey and a trivia competition.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.16.2016

Troop 41 awards three Eagle Scouts

Troop 41 Eagle Scouts, from left, Nathaniel Hofford, Kade Waffen and Thomas Wetzel. Photo by Randy Risch

Three young men from Bay Village Troop 41 were honored at a ceremony held at Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church on Aug. 7. Nathaniel Hofford (Westlake), Kade Waffen (Bay Village), and Thomas Wetzel (Rocky River) have been working diligently for many years, and they just recently achieved their vision: to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.

The Eagle Scout rank is the highest advancement rank in Scouting. There are many requirements that need to be fulfilled, such as earning 21 merit badges, or serving for six months at a position of responsibility within the troop. One of the more challenging requirements is completing a local service project.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:44 AM, 08.16.2016

Bay High Athletic Hall of Fame inducting new members in August

Legendary Bay Rockets football and track coach Tom Kaiser is one who will be honored by the Bay High Athletic Hall of Fame in August.

This year, the Bay High Athletic Hall of Fame will add five players, two coaches and two teams to its hallowed list of honorees.

Bay High legendary teachers and coaches Tom Kaiser and Joe Knap, the 2003 State Championship Girls’ Soccer Team and the 1980 State Runner-Up Baseball Team, and top Bay High athletes Luke Altieri (1981), Brad Cartwright (1992), Darrell Dewitt (1992), Kelley Moore (2005) and Lee Rohlke (1978) will join the Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

The new members will be introduced at the football game on Friday, Aug. 26, and feted at a social at Bay Lodge after the game. The induction ceremony and dinner will be held Saturday, Aug. 27, at The Fountain Bleau Event Center in Avon Lake. Tickets are $60 and available from Keri Altieri (440-617-7404) or Jim Cahoon (330-620-3161). Reservations must be made by Aug. 17.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.16.2016

Dry summer doesn’t take the bloom off Westlake contest

George and Diane Woyansky’s home won first place in the “Residential, Entire Yard - Small” category and the overall “Best in Bloom” award in this year’s Westlake in Bloom competition. Photo by Jim Bedell

Westlake held its annual celebration of all things green – and pink, purple and yellow – with the Westlake in Bloom awards reception at LaCentre on Aug. 10. The special evening offers appreciation to those residents and businesses who help beautify the city by enhancing their properties with flowers and landscape features.

The top three winners in each of the 15 categories were recognized at the ceremony with a plaque and a handshake from Mayor Dennis Clough. A slideshow of photos taken by Jim Bedell, Westlake’s planning director and the evening’s emcee, demonstrated the difficult task faced by the contest’s judges. Window boxes, patios, yards and commercial properties burst with color and creativity.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 10:05 AM, 08.16.2016

Westlake Garden Club celebrates the Metroparks

The Westlake Garden Club invites you to attend its annual "Fête des Fleurs" fundraiser luncheon on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Westwood Country Club in Rocky River. The featured speaker will be Brian Zimmerman, CEO of Cleveland Metroparks, Ohio’s oldest park district encompassing more than 23,000 acres with 18 reservations, eight golf courses, six nature centers, the 183-acre Cleveland Zoo – home to more than 2,000 animals – and more.  Brian will discuss the importance of the Metroparks to Northeastern Ohio, recent enhancements, programs under development and his vision for the 2017 centennial year and beyond.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:43 AM, 08.16.2016

Leaving her brother

The stack of stuff growing in the front room is a signal that the girl is about to leave for college. She does not appreciate how much life is about to change. She recently told a girl she has been babysitting for a few years that the relationship between brother and sister will always be the same. She believes that because she has not left home yet. She is wrong.

My sister and I had a very similar relationship to the one the boy and the girl have. The mere act of standing a foot outside of her door in the hallway could send my sister into a fit of screaming, which, if you were unfamiliar with the situation, might make you think I was standing outside her door ready to release a crate of cobras.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.16.2016

Village Project to hold open house Aug. 21

Village Project is hosting their annual open house on Sunday, Aug. 21, from 4-7 p.m. at their headquarters located at 27378 West Oviatt Rd. in Bay Village.

A casual picnic-style dinner, along with drinks and desserts, will be served that evening as a way to say thank you to the community for their continued support.

Guests will have the opportunity to mingle with staff, volunteers, board members and clients of Village Project, which provides healthy meals and other services to area residents experiencing cancer. Tours of the VP’s recently updated kitchen and building will be given, and the organization’s plans for the future will be shared.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.16.2016

Northeast Ohio is going to the birds

Most of us can tell the difference between a cardinal and a blue jay, but do you know your tufted titmouse from your white-breasted nuthatch? Your hermit thrush from your brown thrasher?

Jen Brumfield, naturalist with the Cleveland Metroparks, knows a little something about spotting birds. In 2011, Jen identified a record-setting 240 bird species in Cuyahoga County as part of the American Birding Association’s Big Year competition. Jen broke her own record in 2012, recording a phenomenal 270 species.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:51 AM, 08.16.2016

House Wren Watching

Our house wrens are gone, and we are bereft, anxiously scanning ours and the neighbors’ back yards for any sign of the family that won our hearts this summer. It’s hard to believe that my husband and I are nostalgic for a time when two very aggressive, territorial little birds barely larger than hummingbirds took over our yard, scolding us with their strident cries even when we walked past the windows inside our house. And yet we are.

Let me explain. I believe we were there when the moment of conception occurred, resulting in the little nest of cheeping baby house wrens. One evening in early July we sat in the back yard as the sun was setting and marveled as the two little birds chased each other incessantly, without rest for what seemed like hours. Suddenly the two birds, conjoined, fell to the ground. They’re dead, we thought.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.16.2016

County toolkit helps cities achieve sustainability goals

In February 2015, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish launched a new department: the Cuyahoga County Department of Sustainability. Michael Foley is the director and Shanelle Smith is the deputy director. The purpose of the department is to promote environmentally responsible practices to businesses, the public, and the 59 communities within Cuyahoga County.

In March 2016, Cuyahoga County’s Department of Sustainability released "Sustainable Cuyahoga: A toolkit of recommended best practices for communities in Cuyahoga County." The toolkit was developed in partnership with the GreenCityBlueLake Institute of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. It outlines best practices from around Northeast Ohio regarding actions communities can take to become more sustainable. The toolkit was developed for public officials to use as a resource to learn about sustainability issues and help local communities take action. The toolkit was also designed with the public in mind; for citizens who would like to help their local governments become more sustainable.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.16.2016

Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters award scholarships

Westlake Demons Athletic Boosters (WDAB) is proud to announce four recent Westlake High School graduates who were awarded a WDAB Scholarship: Rebecca Essig, Jacob Kraft, Rebecca Prexta and William Reilly. Each recipient exhibited athletic prowess and leadership on and off the fields in their respective sports at Westlake High School and received a $500 scholarship from WDAB. 

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:48 AM, 08.16.2016

Wischmeyer wine casks become cozy cottages

Casks from the former Wischmeyer winery were turned into cottages in Vermilion in the 1930s. Photo courtesy Sandusky Library

On the north side of Lake Road at the end of Glen Park Road sat the Wischmeyer Hotel on lands extending west to Dover Center Road, and just south of where Wolf Road is today. The Wischmeyer family planted a grape vineyard, and built a wine cellar for their home-brewed wines, a 40-bed hotel, a pavilion for cards and games, and a boat house to accommodate businessmen and families for a summer at the beach. This was a successful business started in 1872.

In 1926, the Bay Village mayor and council passed an ordinance that stated there could no longer be businesses located on Lake Road. They did this because Rocky River had just built a strip shopping center on Lake Road at Kensington and widened Lake Road to four lanes. Bay Village was afraid this idea would advance into Bay and shops would start sprouting up along our Lake Road. But, sad to say, this ordinance put the Wischmeyer Hotel out of business.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.16.2016

Tribe managers always manage to keep it interesting

Now that the Indians appear (hopefully) to have recovered from a lackluster stretch of ho-hum baseball while the pitching staff appeared to have forgotten how to pitch, we can once again return to dreaming of a World Series appearance, along with (maybe) a world championship. 

Manager Terry Francona’s recent bout with chest pains got me to thinking about the first Indians manager I can remember, George “Birdie” Tebbets, who suffered a heart attack as manager of the Indians in 1965. Birdie, who had a degree in philosophy and was always good for an interesting quote, had a fairly decent team in 1965, but the team faltered in 1966 and Bridie was canned. He retired from managing, but scouted for numerous teams (including the Indians) until his death in 1999.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.16.2016

Upcoming programs at Bay Village Branch Library

The disappearance of Beverly Potts 65 years ago this month baffled Cleveland and remains one of the city's most haunting mysteries. On Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m., Dr. James Badal and Mark Wade Stone will join us at the Bay Village branch library to discuss the disappearance of the ten year old and the subsequent police investigation. Please join us for more insight in to one of Cleveland's biggest mysteries.

CHILDREN

Storytimes: Our weekly storytimes are on hiatus for the month of August. Please join us at the times below in September. 

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

  • Mondays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (10 a.m.) Toddler Storytime – ages 19-35 months.
  • Tuesdays (6:45 p.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages
  • Wednesdays (10 a.m.) Baby and Me Storytime – ages birth-18 months
  • Thursdays (10 a.m.) Preschool Storytime – ages 3-5 (not yet in kindergarten)
  • Fridays (10 a.m.) Family Storytime – for all ages

Thursday, Aug. 18 (2 p.m.) Cookies and Books – Grades 3-4: Join us to discuss "Mr. Lemoncello’s Library Olympics" by Chris Grabenstein. Copies of the book will be available one month before the discussion. A parent/guardian must sign a release form before the program.

Thursday, Sept. 8 (7 p.m) Mad Scientists: Catapults – Grades K-2: Join us for a hands-on science program building simple catapults and competing in target practice.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.16.2016

August events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Aug. 1-27 – Westlake-Westshore Arts Council’s Community of Fine Arts Show

Tuesday, Aug. 2 (7-8 p.m.) Make a Difference: The Impact of Volunteering – Kirsten Frei-Herrmann of the Greater Cleveland Volunteers will discuss volunteering statistics, why people choose to volunteer and the impact of volunteering. She will also discuss volunteering as a career move as well as volunteering opportunities. Please register.

Wednesdays, Aug. 3 and 10 (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. Arrive early to receive a ticket.

Wednesdays, Aug. 3 and 10 (4-5:30 p.m.) and Thursdays, Aug. 4 and 11 (6:30-8 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. and each Thursday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 3 (6:30-8:30 p.m.) Horror Film Club – Join us as we explore some of the classic films from the genres of horror, science fiction and suspense. Children under 13 should be accompanied by an adult. Please register.

Wednesday, Aug. 3 (7-8 p.m.) Art To Go: Armor from the European Middle Ages and the Renaissance – See and touch amazing works of art up to 4,000 years old from the Cleveland Museum of Art. Please register.

Friday, Aug. 5 (4-5:30 p.m.) Weird(er) Science: Geocaching – Designed to teach fundamental principles in an entertaining format, through demonstrations and activities. This month: we’ll learn about geocaching, and go on a library geocache! Grades 5-6. Please register.

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Volume 8, Issue 15, Posted 9:12 AM, 08.02.2016

Tri-C gives honors fellowships to students from Bay Village

Bay High grads Nicholas Kubinski and Katelyn Laskowski received honors fellowships to attend Tri-C.

Nicholas Kubinski and Katelyn Laskowski of Bay Village have been selected for Cuyahoga Community College Honors Program Fellowships, which offer high-achieving students scholarships to cover tuition, fees and books as they work toward an associate degree.

Each signed a commitment letter with the College during an Aug. 4 ceremony at Tri-C’s Jerry Sue Thornton Center in Cleveland. The scholarship – funded by the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation – is valued at up to $4,250 per academic year.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:48 AM, 08.16.2016

First Monday in September

On June 28, 1894, Congress made the first Monday in September a legal holiday called Labor Day. We celebrate with a day off from work, by going to parades, eating a picnic lunch, or having an evening cookout. The weekend of Labor Day is a sign that summer has ended and a new school year has begun. 

All fun and sun of the day aside, I would like to take the time to thank everyone in the Westshore community for all their hard work which improves the quality of my life and makes this area a functioning, healthy, and beautiful place to live. 

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:44 AM, 08.16.2016

Herb Guild Garden Club awards scholarships

Pictured, from left: Kathie Conrad, second vice president to the Herb Guild and luncheon organizer; Fran Wilhelm, club president; scholarship recipients Dani Miziolek, Thomas Millgard and Theresa Tomaszyk; and Mary Kay Filipiak, scholarship selection committee chairperson.

On Wednesday, Aug. 3, The Herb Guild Garden Club held its 32nd annual luncheon and presented scholarships to three high school graduates: Dani Miziolek, Theresa Tomaszyk and Thomas Millgard.

Dani, who attended Berea-Midpark High School, will be attending Ohio University. She plans to major in environmental science and minor in plant biology. Theresa is a graduate of Huron High School. She plans to major in horticulture science and minor in greenhouse and nursery management at The Ohio State University. Tom graduated from North Ridgeville High School and Lorain County Joint Vocational School. He will be attending Baker College in Port Huron, Michigan, where he plans to major in culinary arts.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:48 AM, 08.16.2016

Keeping spiritual in this time of changing politics

Change is a big topic for our country these days. There are many famous quotes on change, and some of them fit well with New Thought philosophy and way of life. Mahatma Ghandi said, "Be the change you wish to see in the world." Norman Vincent Peale said, "Change your thoughts and you change your world."   

Understanding plays a big role in the way we navigate through these volatile, political times. Understanding ourselves, and others is powerful because it expands itself into love and connectedness.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:44 AM, 08.16.2016

Tri-C offers fall session of Women in Transition program

The Women in Transition program at Cuyahoga Community College will launch its fall session at Corporate College West on Aug. 22.

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.

The course is designed to assist women in transitional periods of their lives, such as a career change or return to the workforce. The eight-week, non-credit program is free and open to the public.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.16.2016

Future back-to-school shopping list

If you ask me or my wife, we don’t have a good response as to why we procure all new school supplies for our son during the annual back-to-school ritual – we just do. This results in half-used pencils and crayon sets with six hues of blue winding up in my desk drawer when the school year ends. If those pencils and crayons could talk, they’d probably say, “We’re still good for another school year!”

Our educational system, whether at primary, higher or continuing education tiers, is using technology more than ever before to produce digital-world citizens equipped with the highest aptitude of digital literacy. As digital-world tools such as computers and tablets continue to be commoditized, I can see a day in the near future where, instead of pencils and crayons, students will be required to bring in their own digital device to use in class.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:39 AM, 08.16.2016

Travel Club: Photography

You always take pictures when you travel, of course. You may do it because you want to capture the moment, go down memory lane at some time in future. You may do it because you want to tell a story or have some other reason for doing it.

If you want some tips to make your photos better from an experienced photographer with a uniquely creative eye, come to Westlake Porter Public Library on Thursday, Aug. 25, at 2 p.m. Mr. Daniel Smith will talk about how best to take images of landscapes and cityscapes.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:49 AM, 08.16.2016

Rebecca Essig receives inaugural Jeffrey Owen Marriott scholarship

Rebecca Essig, recipient of the Jeffrey Owen Marriott Scholarship, is pictured at center with George and Alberta Marriott.

Rebecca Essig, a 2016 Westlake High School graduate, was awarded the first “Jeffrey 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, Jeffrey Marriott, who passed away suddenly in March 2015.

“We felt Rebecca exemplified Jeff’s character, principles, ambition and drive,” said Jeff Hammond, a friend and board member of the Jeffrey Owen Marriott Memorial Scholarship. “Jeff was a scholar athlete at WHS and co-captained his football and basketball teams in 1992,” explained Hammond. “Rebecca demonstrated excellence and was a true leader on and off the fields at WHS. We felt she was a terrific recipient, mirroring Jeff’s caring, kind and considerate personality.”

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.16.2016

More about Caleb Eddy Jr. and his house

This article is a follow-up to the excellent article about Caleb Eddy Jr. and his home that was written by Kay Laughlin in the Aug. 2 issue of the Observer. I too have been fascinated by the Eddy family, who like the Crocker family of Westlake, had family members living in both Euclid Township (a portion of which later became East Cleveland) and Dover Township at the same time. What else do we know about Caleb Eddy Jr.?

Life in Euclid Township

According to a history of East Cleveland written by Ellen Loughry Price, Caleb was 14 years old when he moved with his parents to Euclid Township in 1806. The Eddy family joined other Euro-American families that had begun settling on Dugway Creek where it crossed the Buffalo Road in 1803. The hamlet was named “Nine Mile Creek.” Buffalo Road later became Euclid Avenue on the East Side and Detroit Road on the West Side. Loughry Price says that the journey to Euclid Township was so slow that the Eddy children begged to be allowed to walk. Finally, against her better judgement, their mother, Nancy, consented. They proved her fears right, as they soon became lost. A passing horseman recovered them and took them to the nearest cabin where they were found by their parents.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:43 AM, 08.16.2016

BAYarts presents Mary Ann Sedivy's 'Intuitive Variations'

"Forest," a diptych by Mary Ann Sedivy is one of the works on display in the "Intuitive Variations" exhibit at BAYarts.

Not willing to surrender to a rusty routine, artist Mary Ann Sedivy has titled her BAYarts gallery exhibition, "Intuitive Variations." Though Sedivy usually paints landscapes in oil paints, she shook that around for this collection by making room for a new technique in her arsenal.

It was a new class that gave way to the shift, says Sedivy. "A few years ago I took a workshop which introduced me to the process of painting with acrylic on paper while layering in collage media. Usually I paint landscapes in oils. Since taking the workshop, while still pursuing landscape painting, I’ve continued playing with acrylic painting on paper." The playful feeling comes across in the exhibition, which is housed in the BAYarts' Diane Boldman Education Gallery. And though seeped in abstract forms, there's still a semblance of landscape to the pieces.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:42 AM, 08.16.2016

Bay Kiwanis honor scholarship winners

Bay High School senior scholarship recipients and their families joined Bay Kiwanis at Bay Lodge for the annual scholarship dinner on Tuesday, July 19. There was a very nice turnout and members were able to socialize with the graduating seniors and their families. Kiwanis was very proud to be able to award over $16,000 to these special BHS graduates!

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:40 AM, 08.16.2016

Cleveland Shakespeare Festival stages delightful summer performance at Cahoon Park

Mary-Francis Miller (in red) portrays the "spirit" Ariel during a performance of Shakespeare's "The Tempest" at Cahoon Park on Aug. 5.

Actors from the Cleveland Shakespeare Festival performed "The Tempest" on Friday, Aug. 5, at Bay Village’s Cahoon Memorial Park. The park was an idyllic setting for the magnificent, free outdoor theater performance. All summer long, the theater troupe has been staging Shakespeare’s plays around the Greater Cleveland area and Bay Village residents were graced to have the talented actors perform here.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.16.2016

Westlake Schools' 4-to-1 consolidation is a bad idea

Westlake’s proposed 4-to-1 school consolidation plan is a mistake. My wife and I moved our family to Westlake this past January and chose our neighborhood based on its proximity to a local neighborhood school. My strong suspicion is that many young families move to specific parts of Westlake for the same reason.

Smaller neighborhood schools provide close-knit, nurturing environments that foster confidence and critical relationships between students, educators and staff. In many ways, neighborhood schools mimic small, private school environments; and enjoy the advantages of such schools. Centralized mega-schools, on the other hand, often resemble cold, disconnected learning factories.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:46 AM, 08.16.2016

Village Project receives gifts of new kitchen and office equipment

They say that good things come in small packages, but occasionally, good things also come in VERY BIG packages. Although the task of dealing with big things can be daunting, having the help of many good people is the best gift of all.

Village Project recently announced it is proceeding forward with its plans for doubling the number of cooking days each week from two to four. In the past month, kitchen renovations have been made that will facilitate the ability to cook larger portions more easily and efficiently. All of the equipment, furniture and labor were donated, and Village Project is most grateful to the many good people involved.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:50 AM, 08.16.2016

Perfect day for annual chamber golf outing

Judie Cunningham and Nancy Kelly from Bay Shore Insurance.

Aug. 8 turned out to be a picture perfect day for golf for the members of the West Shore and Fairview Park chambers of commerce. This year's event, benefitting the scholarship funds for the Westlake, Bay Village and Fairview Park school districts, was held at the Avon Oaks Country Club. The hole-in-one contest was sponsored by BMW of Westlake but no one was lucky enough to take home the beautiful car they offered. 

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:42 AM, 08.16.2016

St. Lad's hosts Catholics Coming Home

Were you raised Catholic but seldom come to church anymore? No matter how long you have been away and no matter the reason, this invitation for more peace, love and joy is for you. Our faith community misses you and is incomplete without you.

St. Ladislas Evangelization team wants to welcome you back home. There will be four evening sessions on Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m., Sept. 19, Sept. 26, Oct. 3 and Oct.10 in Cullen Hall. St. Ladislas Catholic Church is located at 2345 Bassett Road in Westlake.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:43 AM, 08.16.2016

Cross-country cyclists ride through Bay Village

Pi Kappa Phi fraternity cyclists ride through Bay Village on their cross-country Journey of Hope trek. Photo by Denny Wendell

Twenty-eight cyclists and 10 crew members participating in the Journey of Hope cross-country bicycle trek cruised through the streets of Bay Village on Aug. 4, on their ride from San Francisco to Washington, D.C.

The ride is part of The Ability Experience, the national philanthropy of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity with the purpose of instilling lifelong service in its members and enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities.

After riding an average of 75 miles a day, you won't find team members napping in preparation for the next day's ride. They will be dancing at a friendship visit with a local disability support group, participating in a game of wheelchair basketball, performing puppet shows to educate children on the abilities of people with disabilities, and learning life lessons that will impact them for the rest of their lives. On stops for cycling events, grants are given to local organizations that serve people with disabilities in order to provide new equipment or upgrades to their facilities.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:47 AM, 08.16.2016

Porter Library receives clean audit

Westlake Porter Public Library has passed its recent audit, which means auditors found no weaknesses or deficiencies in the library’s financial management and record-keeping. In addition, the library was found to be in compliance with the laws, regulations, contracts and other agreements it is required to meet. This continues the library’s longstanding record of successful audits.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:48 AM, 08.16.2016

Tri-C Westshore offers physical education, dance classes for credit

Beginning with the upcoming fall semester, the Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will offer physical education and dance classes for college credit. Courses will be offered in yoga; yoga and pilates; and dance fundamentals. Classes will be held at two Tri-C sites in Westlake – Corporate College West and the Health Careers & Sciences building at Westshore Campus.

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Volume 8, Issue 16, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.16.2016