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LBMS students unite against bullying

Lee Burneson students release orange balloons on Oct. 30 as a symbol of releasing the pain of bullying for all the silent victims.

Lee Burneson Middle School eighth-graders participated in a Unity Day Against Bullying on Oct. 30.

Language arts teacher Deb Schrembeck’s students read the novel “Bullyville” by Francine Prose, the story of an eighth-grade boy who was bullied and the consequences for all involved. They also watched the non-fiction documentary “Bully.”

Out of the students’ anger and disappointment in how the characters in both works were treated, they planned a Unity Day. Students made more than 650 colorful, personalized positive message signs they then taped to every student locker. A handful of students made public service announcements during the morning and afternoon announcements and encouraged everyone to wear orange – the national color of anti-bullying – on Oct. 30.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.11.2014

‘Wall of Kindness’ replaces construction wall with love and beauty at Normandy Elementary

Normandy Elementary second-graders (left-to-right) Olivia McIntire, Alexa Feicks and Billy Willmitch stand in front of the Wall of Kindness.

A blank wall is just an invitation to those with artistic vision. Bay Village’s Normandy Elementary School, in the process of having a new addition constructed, had a blocked and covered exit door that didn’t stand a chance of staying unadorned for long.

A beautiful arrangement of pastel squares now covers the unpainted drywall underneath, and each square is decorated with a student self-portrait and a suggestion for showing kindness to others. It is labeled, “Wall of Kindness.”

Those studying the wall will find dozens of suggestions for being kind. "Say good morning to a friend," says one square. "Treat others the way you want to be treated," says another. “Make your teacher joyful,” is sure to be a favorite with many adults in the school.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:50 AM, 11.11.2014

Westlake Porter Public Library achieves 5-star rating

Westlake Porter Public Library has been named a Five-Star Library in Library Journal’s annual Index of Public Library Service. The index compares public libraries across the nation with their budget-category peers. Five is the highest number of stars a library can achieve, placing WPPL among the top-rated in the nation. Previously WPPL has received three stars in the index.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.11.2014

It's time to get Bay's clock ticking again

Eileen Vernon, president of The Bay Village Foundation, announces a grant for the City Hall clock during the Nov. 3 council meeting. Photo by Denny Wendell

Bay residents, would you like our city's clock to be right more than twice a day? The subject of our clock repair was brought up at a recent City Council meeting. I attended the 100-year recognition ceremony at the council meeting on Monday, Nov. 3. The room was filled to capacity.

As part of the meeting, I had the honor of presenting a $6,000 grant from the Bay Village Foundation to start a fund to repair the city clock. The Foundation’s goal is to raise an additional $12,000 from private donations for a total of $18,000.

This particular City Council meeting included the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the first council meeting at the Bay Village City Hall on Nov. 3, 1914. The eastern portion of City Hall facing Dover Center Road was constructed in 1914 (at a cost of $8,000!).

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 11.11.2014

Cemetery tour shares stories from Bay's past

Kaycee Zack portrays Sarah Johnson Osborn during the Lakeside Cemetery Tour on Oct. 26. Sarah donated the land for Lakeside Cemetery for her sister Rebecca’s grave after she and her son, Dennis, drowned crossing the Rocky River in 1814. Photo by Denny Wendell

Blue skies, gorgeous fall colors and seasonably warm temperatures welcomed visitors to the Lakeside Cemetery Tour. The Oct. 26 event was co-sponsored by the Bay Village Historical Society and Huntington Playhouse. Visitors received a better understanding about the cemetery’s historic beginning, founded 200 years ago after the untimely deaths of Rebecca Porter, her infant son, Dennis, and George Smith as they crossed the Rocky River returning from Cleveland.

Rebecca’s sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Reuben Osborn, were so distraught over their loss that they donated land for a public burying ground that bordered on the two family's properties. Numerous burials would take place over the years in a six-row layout with many graves presumed unmarked today. 

Dover, which is now Bay Village, Westlake and the northern portion of North Olmsted, experienced growth as more settlers were moving into the area and the population was increasing. Expansion of the cemetery was deemed necessary in 1877. Land was purchased from the Osborn and Hassler families to the north, east and west to bring it to its present size.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 10:29 AM, 11.11.2014

It's never too late to thank a veteran

Pam Sterner adds a name to the "Wall of Heroes" community art project at the Hospice of Western Reserve's annual meeting Oct. 30. This year's event honored the hundreds of volunteers and veterans in attendance. Photo by Jerry Mann

Westlake and Bay Village residents, as well as those in our surrounding West Shore communities, joined Americans across the country to observe Veterans Day on Nov. 11, a day to salute the men and women who have bravely served our country. These fellow Americans have made sacrifices in defense of freedom. Honoring our local veterans includes supporting them throughout their entire lives.

For some of our local veterans, however, nearing the end of life can bring anguish over past war experiences. Did you know that Hospice of the Western Reserve, our community-based nonprofit hospice, is one the nation’s largest legacy providers of care? Or that the organization has made a special commitment to those who have served in the Armed Forces? 

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.11.2014

Clague Playhouse presents 'Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas'

Everything's coming up Scrooges in this sketch from Clague Playhouse's production of "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas." Pictured, from left, Dennis Runkle, Greg Dziama and Ed Conrad.

Clague Playhouse, 1371 Clague Road, Westlake, will present a holiday favorite, Ernest Zulia and David Caldwell's "Uh-Oh, Here Comes Christmas" as the second production of its 86th season.

This ensemble production draws on the writings of Robert Fulghum, author of the best-sellers "All I Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" and "It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It." By turns tender and humorous, lively and thoughtful, its sketches and songs explore the many facets of the Christmas season in America.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.11.2014

BAYarts' holiday shop inspires

Each year, the entire first floor of BAYarts' Huntington House transforms into a festive Holiday Shop, featuring handmade holiday goods from over 100 local artists.

Items featured in the holiday shop include jewelry, furniture, stationery, soaps, framed photography and paintings, holiday decor, headbands, tutu's, ceramics and much more. Shop manager Karen Petkovic says you can anticipate seeing lots of cool refurbished furniture "with vintage flair" from Vintage Novella, while Kiowa will be offering tables and frames made from re-claimed barn wood.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.11.2014

Westlake once played host to an important radio station

A telegraph key like this one, possibly dating back to the 1930s, would have been used to send "radiograms" from Westlake-based WCY station to ships on the Great Lakes. Photo by Dan Hirschfeld

As far as I know it never broadcast any music, sporting events or talk or variety shows, but the Village of Dover, now being the City of Westlake, was home to a once-vital radio link to ships on the Great Lakes.

While researching a different matter on the internet I stumbled upon mention of a radio station with the call letters WCY being located in West Dover, Ohio, to which the western part of Dover Village was once commonly referred. It indicated WCY was a coastal radiotelegraph station providing wireless communication services to commercial shipping plying the lower Great Lakes.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.11.2014

Assist Bay Village residents in need this holiday season

The Bay Village Community Services Department has kicked off its annual Holiday Caring and Sharing and Adopt-a-Family programs, which help support Bay Village residents who are having financial difficulty during the holiday season.

Bay residents who would like to contribute to the Holiday Caring and Sharing program may make donations of:

  • Non-perishable food items
  • Paper products
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Personal care items
  • Cash donations (for emergency assistance)
  • Gift cards
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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.11.2014

Troop 41 in Bay Village honor two new Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 41's newest Eagle Scouts Brogan MacMillan and Dillon Christian Forsythe, both of Bay Village, were honored in a special ceremony on Oct. 5.

Boy Scout Troop 41 of Bay Village presented Eagle Scout awards to two Boy Scouts at an Oct. 5 ceremony at Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church. Eagle Scout is the highest rank in scouting. The recipients were Dillon Christian Slaman Forsythe and Brogan Ross MacMillan, both of Bay Village.

Nationally, only about 4 percent of scouts achieve Eagle Scout rank. An Eagle Scout must satisfy criteria including a minimum of 21 merit badges, of which 12 are required; demonstration of leadership positions in the troop planning and implementation of an Eagle service project; character references with at least five letters of recommendation, and the approval of a district-level Eagle Board of Review.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:58 AM, 11.11.2014

Make holiday decorations in Greening of Bay workshops


Once again the Bay Village Garden Club is presenting a hands-on workshop for the holidays. The 32nd annual Greening of Bay will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and Thursday, Dec. 4 at Bay United Methodist Church, 29931 Lake Road.

Please join us to create the perfect holiday decoration for your home or to give as a gift. You will receive a kit brimming with fresh greens and decorations. There are four new designs to choose from this year: a centerpiece, wreath and boxwood tree, all at $30; or a very large outdoor arrangement at $45. There is a discount for choosing multiple projects.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.11.2014

Aquarelle Society Art Show on display at Porter Library

"Amish Autumn" by Bill Wilder

The West Shore Aquarelle Watercolor Society is displaying 44 original watercolor paintings at the Westlake Porter Library through Nov. 29. The Society show consists of paintings by 13 of the members: Linda Borton, Al Buchta, Phyllis Firalio, Barbara Hall, Thomas Hemsath, Howard Hoehn, Annabelle Keller, Suzanne Kizzen, Bob Parry, Marge Strimbu, Barbara Swasey, Jenne Vetrone and William Wilder. Most of the paintings are for sale. The gallery is open every day that the library is open during business hours.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.11.2014

November events at Westlake Porter Public Library

Tuesday, Nov. 11 (10 a.m.-noon) Career Transition Center: Reinventing Yourself – What are you waiting for? What is getting in the way of your process? What do you have the most fun doing? The workshop explores questions that get you engaged and excited and will assist you with beginning to develop your own future.

Tuesday, Nov. 11 (7-8:30 p.m.) The Lakeside Unit: Cleveland Medicine in World War I – In 1914, Cleveland's foremost physicians and surgeons took a group to Paris to tend to injured soldiers, setting the stage for the formation of similar hospital units from all over the country. Please register starting Oct. 1.

Tuesday, Nov. 11 (7 p.m.) Tuesday Evening Book Discussion – In November we’ll discuss "Letters from Skye" by Jessica Brockmole.

Wednesday, Nov. 12 (10:15 & 11 a.m.) Let’s Sing and Dance! – Sing and move to the music with Miss Nancy! For children ages 2-6 with a caregiver. Please arrive early to receive a ticket at the Preschool Desk.

Wednesday, Nov. 12 (4-5:30 p.m.) Bow Wow Books – Stop by the Youth Services Department each Wednesday and sign your child up for a 10-minute reading time with a reading therapy dog! Bring your own book or choose one of ours. Registration begins each Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 12 (7-8 p.m.) Captain Underpants Tra La La Palooza Join us for Captain Underpants trivia contests, games of skill, crafts and more! Ages 7-10. Registration begins Nov. 5.

Thursday, Nov. 13 (1-7 p.m.) American Red Cross Bloodmobile

Thursday, Nov. 13 (4-5 p.m.) Magic Tree House Book Club – Do you already love the "Magic Tree House" adventures or are you curious to find out what the fuss is all about? Join us for one of the "Magic Tree House" books, discussion and craft related to the book. Grades K-2. No registration required.

Thursday, Nov. 13 (7 p.m.) Non-Fiction Book Discussion – The November selection is "Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth" by Reza Aslan.

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Volume 6, Issue 24, Posted 9:36 AM, 10.28.2014

Upcoming programs at the Bay Village Branch Library

The cold weather is upon us! Living in the Cleveland area we know the cold is inevitable and already there is talk of the "polar vortex." If you're thinking of spending a chilly evening or weekend inside your cozy home, stop at the library for some entertainment options other than the TV. 

In the Children's Area we have "bookpacks" that contain an audio recording of a book as well as the book itself for your child to read along as they listen. There are also new books arriving daily to read to your child. In addition there is an assortment of DVDs for both young and old. Watch a classic movie, reminisce with a TV series from the past or check out the documentaries to learn something new. Of course there are books too! Ask a librarian to help you find something of interest. We hope to see you soon!

In celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday the library will close on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 5:30 p.m. and reopen on Friday, Nov. 28, 9 a.m.


Storytimes: Caregivers and their children are invited to enjoy rhymes, songs, fingerplays and books/stories together.

Monday, Nov. 17 and Tuesday, Nov. 18 (9:30 a.m.) TODDLER STORYTIME – For caregivers and their children ages 19-35 months.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.11.2014

Meals on Wheels drivers needed

Do you have an hour once a week to volunteer to help seniors in Bay Village? If so, please consider becoming a Meals on Wheels volunteer.

Meals are delivered to seniors’ homes Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and noon. Not only do our drivers bring our residents nutritious meals, they also bring a smile and a friendly face every day. 

If you are interested in volunteering for Meals on Wheels, please call the Dwyer Center at 440-899-3409.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.11.2014

Enough for everyone

“I can’t find the brownie mix,” my son called from the kitchen. He wanted brownies and decided he would make them himself. I was proud of his initiative. 

“There are two boxes in the cabinet above the coffee maker,” responded my wife. 

A few seconds later he called back, “They are not there.” 

My wife knows that children are incapable of looking behind the front row of groceries in the cabinet or refrigerator, which is why you always have to put the full gallon of milk behind the nearly empty container. If you do not, your refrigerator will soon be filled with nearly empty milk containers. “I put them in there yesterday. They might be behind something.”   

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:54 AM, 11.11.2014

Bay Historical Society celebrates 'Ohio's Unsung Heroines'

Hear the stories of “Ohio’s Unsung Heroines” at the Thursday, Nov. 20, meeting of the Bay Village Historical Society.

The gripping presentation will highlight the endeavors of women during the Civil War. Told from a woman’s perspective, the program will include riveting stories of female spies, soldiers, doctors, nurses, abolitionists, wives and mothers. Civil war memorabilia will be on display and there will be visits by special guests from the period.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.11.2014

Fool me twice?

Many years ago, a great philosopher (obviously, I’m referring to Scotty on the TV series “Star Trek”) opined the legendary, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” The reference being of course, that if – after conning me successfully once – you con me in a similar way a second time and I merely allow it to happen again, the fault lies with me, not you.

I think of Scotty’s great wisdom quite a bit these days, as I watch the city go bonkers in anticipation of the many championships which the return of the “King” himself, LeBron James, supposedly guarantees.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.11.2014

Westlake High students participate in art museum program

Westlake High School's museum ambassadors, from left, Kylie Hulver, Natalie Samenuk, Kyle Wong, Harleen Shergill, Kaylee Carson, Lucia del Rincon Martinez, Haley Quinlan, Paige Dawson and Beth Noren.

Eight Westlake High School AP art history and AP studio art students will participate in a Cleveland Museum of Art Museum Ambassadors program that provides a behind-the-scenes experience at the world-class institution.

Master students are seniors Paige Dawson, Lucia del Rincon-Martinez and Kylie Hulver. Apprentice students are juniors Kaylee Carson, Hayley Quinlan, Natalie Samenuk, Harleen Shergill and Kyle Wong. Students were chosen for the program by prevention coordinator Kathy McGinty and social studies teacher Beth Noren.

The first year of the program has students participating in behind-the-scenes experiences in various departments at the Cleveland Museum of Art. In their second year, students participate in similar experiences at other University Circle institutions, including the Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Orchestra. This year students will be working in the different areas of the library, such as education, curating, marketing and research.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:49 AM, 11.11.2014

Village Project fundraiser makes fall yard clean-up a breeze

Team leader Ron Luchina signs in the leaf-raking volunteers. Photo by by James Erlandson

Lawns throughout Bay Village are looking quite a bit tidier and ready for winter this week thanks to 110 volunteers who gave of themselves on a chilly Sunday in November. The Village Project would like to thank all of the Bay Village residents who so generously supported its first yard clean-up fundraiser on Nov. 9.

The response was overwhelming and gratifying. The residents of 55 homes participated in the fundraiser by having their yards raked, weeded and mulched by the volunteer crews in exchange for donations to Village Project. The organization earned a total of $4,500 in donations which will help it continue its work of providing nourishing meals and extended care and service to local residents who are experiencing cancer.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 10:35 AM, 11.11.2014

The benefits of coconut oil for pets

Coconut oil for my dog or cat? Why yes, absolutely! Coconut oil is primarily comprised of a medium chain fatty acid called lauric acid. This is what is responsible for many of its health benefits.

For pets, lauric acid destroys viruses, bacteria including yeast, fungi and parasites. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent also, while supporting a healthy immune system. It can kill ear mites and when mixed with honey can help cure tracheobronchitis.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:57 AM, 11.11.2014

BAYarts exhibits 'The Insistent Now'

Lane Cooper's acrylic-on-canvas, titled "Z2," is one of the works showcased in "The Insistent Now" at BAYarts through the end of the year.

Examining ephemeral experiences of the present moment, "The Insistent Now" is the latest exhibition to grace the Sullivan Family Gallery at BAYarts.

It is curated by Michael Abarca of Forum Artspace and features the work of Lane Cooper, Andy Curlowe, Sarah Kabot, Liz Maugans, Michael T. Meier, Dante Rodriguez, Royden Watson and Nikki Woods. These Cleveland-area artists command attention to the here and now. Whether it's through interpreting elusive experiences, creating spacial interventions or constructing idealized perennial landscapes, these artists explore, address and confront the demands of the ever-expanding present.

An opening reception will be held Friday, Nov. 14, from 7-9 p.m. Visitors may visit the gallery Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., through the months of November and December.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.11.2014

Moshi moshi, this is VoIP calling

Is the above title Greek to you? No, my uber WBVO editor was not sleeping on the job when I slipped in a gibberish title! The phrase “Moshi moshi” is how the Japanese answer a telephone call and it roughly equates to “Hello” in English. Wouldn’t this be a good question for my favorite TV quiz show, "Jeopardy"? Who knows Alex Trebek’s phone number?

Speaking of phone numbers ... “To VoIP, or not to VoIP, that is the question” is repeated often these days. It may not be important to understand the whole inner workings of VoIP, which stands for “Voice over Internet Protocol,” as it can become too geeky. So here’s the crib sheet on what may matter to consumers:

  1. VoIP saves money by putting calls through the internet.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:46 AM, 11.11.2014

Welcome to the new Relay for Life of Westshore

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life is a community event held in cities all across the United States. Relay for Life is a fundraising event where 100 percent of the money goes directly to research, programs for patients and caregivers. Fundraising takes place all year long with online donations, fundraising events and participants raising money from friends and family. The Relay is the icing on the cake with this great event. We encourage you to donate online if you are unable to commit to the actual event.

We are excited to announce some changes to our local Relay this year and hope that it will be bigger and better than ever. Our first BIG change is that Relay will no longer be an overnight event. We have learned from years of practice how very hard it is to commit to an overnight event.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:47 AM, 11.11.2014

Tri-C Westshore hosting community health fair

The Westshore Campus of Cuyahoga Community College will host a community health fair on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 3-7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Health screenings — including blood pressure tests administered by representatives of Tri-C’s Nursing Program — will be available for participants. In addition, there will be yoga sessions by 3sisters yoga + fitness of Avon and healthy cooking demonstrations by Tri-C’s Dietetic Technology Program.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.11.2014

Searching for ancestors from Czechoslovakia?

Czechoslovakia in Central Europe began as a sovereign state in 1918, when it declared its independence from the Austro-Hungarian Empire, until its peaceful dissolution into two separate countries – the Czech Republic and Slovakia – on Jan. 1, 1993. Neighboring states sharing its borders are Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Ukraine.

Prior to the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1990, obtaining genealogical information from this area was nearly impossible without physically visiting the local archives. If you were unable to travel there, you had to hire a professional genealogist to do your research.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:50 AM, 11.11.2014

Wellness fair brings earth energy to you

Before the frenzy of holiday shopping gets the best of you, give the best to yourself – the gift of wellness. Centered Wellness invites you to a Wellness Fair that has many gifts in store for you, from a 17-foot meditative pyramid to a blonde songbird who sings to your heart. Mark your calendar for Saturday, Nov. 15, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., at Unity Spiritual Center, 23855 Detroit Road, Westlake. The admission fee of $5 allows you to stay the whole day; or take the 9 a.m. Kundalini yoga/meditation class and get into the fair free! For $1 off admission, bring a canned good for donation to the Westlake Food Bank.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:53 AM, 11.11.2014

WHS girls swim/dive team earns top academic honors

The WHS girls swim/dive team had the highest team GPA in the state for the third consecutive year.

The Westlake High School girls swim/dive team earned the Scholar Team Award from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) for having the highest team GPA in Ohio for the third consecutive year.

The team maintains a 3.856 GPA, earning them a Gold Level Award. The award recognizes academic success in the classroom for the entire swimming, diving and water polo teams, as well as athletic success in the pool.

“Earning the Top GPA in the state for three consecutive years speaks to the commitment and diligence of this team,” said coach Jessica Dye. “Their excellence goes beyond the pool. These girls exemplify what the term student-athlete means. They are strong role models for our community, and I am proud to be their coach.”

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:49 AM, 11.11.2014

Relive Tribe's 'glory days' at author event

Tom Hamilton and Terry Pluto will sign copies of their new book, “Glory Days in Tribe Town,” on Nov. 25, 7-8 p.m., at Barnes & Noble in Crocker Park.

Do you remember the excitement of the first years of Jacobs Field? Tribe fans had a brand-new ballpark, a team with all-stars at nearly every position, a record sellout streak, and two trips to the World Series.

A new book by Plain Dealer sports columnist Terry Pluto and Indians broadcaster Tom Hamilton takes readers back to those thrilling seasons.

"Glory Days in Tribe Town" is an in-depth look the Cleveland Indians and Jacobs Field from 1994 to 1997. It tells how the ball club snapped a 40-year slump and electrified Northeast Ohio with some of the best baseball in recent memory.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:49 AM, 11.11.2014

LBMS team raises funds for Alzheimer's

Lee Burneson Middle School language arts teacher Deb Schrembeck’s eighth-graders raised $350 from an academic haunted house for the Alzheimer’s Association.

A 30-member student Unity Committee spent a month designing activities using four classrooms – math, science, language arts and U.S. studies – to produce a haunted house. The math room invited students to solve a math problem and enter the math maze. The science room provided a sensory mad scientist scene. The language arts room had the books “Divergent,” “The Hunger Games” and “Percy Jackson” come to life. The U.S. studies room housed the witches of Salem.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:48 AM, 11.11.2014

Westlake Historical Society selects cutest pet winner

The James family's Yorkie, named Omar, was the winner of the Westlake Historical Society's cutest pet contest.

The Westlake Historical Society would like to congratulate the James family and their dog, “Omar.” He has been selected as Westlake's cutest pet for 2015!

The James family said, “Omar was born on April 29, 2008. He is a very quiet Yorkie! He doesn’t play with toys but loves to go on long walks and socialize with all the neighbors! Many thanks to all our friends and neighbors who stop to pet him! He also enjoys walking in Clague Park and the Metroparks! Besides his Purina Pro Plan he likes bits of peppers, apples and eggs. Ice cream is an extra special occasional treat! He loves stealing tissues out of the wastebasket and then being chased. In the winter he loves to snuggle on the couch with us. He loves car rides, belly rubs and back scratches. He gives lots of kisses and is always happy to see everyone!”

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:47 AM, 11.11.2014

CB group prepares for emergencies

In late October 2012 when Hurricane Sandy roared through northern Ohio my mother and I were without power for five days. Fortunately we have a whole-house generator and were able to weather the storm in relative comfort. However, many of our neighbors and friends in Bay Village were not so well-off. Attempting to locate accurate information regarding warming centers, power outages, and storm updates was difficult to almost impossible for many residents.

After experiencing Hurricane Sandy firsthand I was ready to explore how I might be better prepared to handle similar situations in the future. Several months prior to the storm I had read an article in the Observer about a disaster-response CB radio group that had recently formed to address various emergency scenarios.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.11.2014

Fall and winter programs at Bay Rec

Preschool Playtime (Ages 5 & Under)

Release some energy at the Community Gym! Parent supervision required. Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Fee: $2/child (non-resident: $4); 10-day pass: $15 (NR: $35).

Afterschool Youth Tennis (Grades K-8)

Session III begins Jan. 5. Improve your game with skills, drills and games on Mondays and Thursdays at the Westerly School Gym! Grades 3-4: 2:15-3:10 p.m.; Grades K-2: 3:10-4:05 p.m.; Grades 5-8: 4:05-5 p.m. Fee: $70 (NR: $75). $5 discount for those that can only participate one day per week.

Karate Do (Ages 6 & Up)

Students study an art representing several martial art systems. We encourage involvement of parents and children together. Saturdays, Nov. 22 (at the Community House), and Dec. 6, 13, 20 (at Dwyer Senior Center). Advanced levels: 9:30-11 a.m.; beginners 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Fee: $42/session (NR: $62).

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.11.2014

Please Understand

Be patient, my friend, for
You do not understand
I'm lonely, afraid and
Need a helping hand.

Even though we are
Different and often
Disagree, can we live
Here together in peace
And harmony?

I am too thin, too tall,
Too quiet, too loud.
I limp, I'm clumsy and
Fearful of crowds.

I am not perfect, but this
I know, we're both
God's children and so
Please respect my humanity.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:52 AM, 11.11.2014

Thank you, voters

Thank you to the voters of District 16 – Bay Village, Fairview Park, North Olmsted, Rocky River and Westlake – for their overwhelming support to re-elect me on Election Day. Thank you also to my campaign team that worked tirelessly walking door-to-door with me, making phone calls, attending festivals, walking in parades, planting yard signs and volunteering at our wonderful October Pancake Breakfast in Rocky River.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:55 AM, 11.11.2014

Bay Village Foundation honors residents with bronze plaques

Each Memorial Day, The Bay Village Foundation hosts an annual public ceremony honoring those who have been remembered by friends and family by installation of a bronze plaque. The personalized text is engraved on a bronze plaque and installed on the T. Richard Martin Footbridge overlooking the lake in Cahoon Memorial Park.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.11.2014

Seniors share Halloween treats with little guests

The residents of O’Neill Healthcare Bradley Bay enjoyed Trick or Treat with the cutest pumpkins, pirates and princesses that we have ever seen!

The “Mothers of Pre-Schoolers” group from Bay Presbyterian Church came in two days before Halloween with 35 children, dressed in costume and ready for candy.

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Volume 6, Issue 23, Posted 9:57 AM, 11.11.2014