Community Events

League of Women Voters starts year by looking back

The Westlake-North Olmsted Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will begin the new year by “looking back” even as it forges ahead on a busy election year agenda. Three sessions are scheduled for members to review the current advocacy positions of the League of Women Voters of the United States and to recommend changes for consideration at the June 2022 national convention. Members should register to attend one of the Zoom sessions (Jan. 22, Jan. 23, or Jan. 29) at LWVGreaterCleveland.org. Women and men interested in League membership can find more information and sign up on the website as well.

The chapter’s February meeting, Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7:00 p.m., will have a book-club-discussion format, based on the 2017 book, “On Tyranny” by Timothy Snyder. The book is available in paperback and on Kindle and at most area libraries. Members and interested guests need request the Zoom meeting log-in information by sending names and e-mail addresses to Westlake-northolmsted@lwvgreatercleveland.org.

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Volume 14, Issue 2, Posted 10:11 AM, 01.18.2022

Town Criers name Mr. & Mrs. Westlake during holiday ceremony

Music and the aroma of hot cocoa was in the air as attendees gathered to celebrate the crowning of Mr. & Mrs. Westlake 2022 during the city’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Sunday, Dec. 5, at Westlake City Hall.

Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough introduced the honorees – Mike and Susan Pandoli – and detailed the numerous ways they have served the interests of the community, particularly its youths. They were nominated by John Sobolewski of the Westshore Chamber of Commerce and The Power of MORE and selected by the Westlake Town Criers in recognition of their hard work and selfless dedication to serving the interests of the youth and others throughout the community.

The Pandolis moved to Westlake in 1977 and immediately became active in the community. Mike spearheaded an effort to convert Meadow Lane Estates to gas the minute it became available following the gas shortage of the late-1970s. 

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:33 AM, 12.07.2021

Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus visit Bay Village

The Bay Village Historical Society and Bay Kiwanis teamed up again to bring Santa Claus to Bay Village on Dec. 5, and this year he brought along Mrs. Santa Claus and two elves.

The group toured the city aboard a fire truck accompanied by two Police Department cruisers.

Hundreds of people turned out along the route to greet the jolly old elf.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:29 AM, 12.07.2021

Bay groups share winter plans

Members of the Bay Village Community Council met via Zoom on Nov. 15 to share news and notes from their civic organizations. The Council also formed a Citizen/Project of the Year selection committee to review nominations for the annual award. Nomination forms are available at wbvobserver.com, Bay Library and City Hall. Following are highlights from the meeting:

The Bay Village American Legion celebrated Veterans Day by retiring 288 full-size American flags using proper respect and procedures. This is an annual event conducted at the Post home each year.

The Bay Men’s Club volunteers raked leaves and cleaned the yards of some 20 needy individuals and families on Nov. 20.

The Bay Village Women's Club meets the second Thursday of every month at 12:30 p.m. Bay Village-themed gifts are available for the holidays and include afghans, cookbooks, playing cards and more.  Call 440-334-7539.

The Bay Village Foundation’s Scaredy Cat Fun Run was held on Oct. 16. Despite inclement weather, the event was still a success with 180 runners registered. Funds collected are used to support Bay Village community projects. Donations are accdepted at thebayvillagefoundation.org. Last year’s donors enabled BVF to award 8 grants totaling $22,667 to Bay organizations and $8,000 in college scholarships.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:30 AM, 12.07.2021

Santa Claus returns to Clague House Museum

As you start your holiday shopping list, please take time to stop by the Clague House Museum for your holiday pet photos with our lovable Santa Claus for a $10 suggested donation. Families, individuals, groups and children are also welcome to get photos taken with Santa. We encourage our guests to take photos too!

Photos will be taken on Thursday, Dec. 16, 5-9 p.m. To make your appointment, please call Mila at 216-961-6374 or 216-848-0680. Don’t delay, time slots fill up quickly!

Proceeds benefit the Westlake Historical Society’s outreach, community and children’s programs. The Clague House Museum is located at 1371A Clague Road.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:31 AM, 12.07.2021

Bay Village Foundation bronze plaque makes great holiday gift

The holiday season is a great time to step back from our busy lives and reflect on the past year. It’s an opportunity to spend time with family and friends and celebrate long-standing traditions, and also introduce new ones. The Bay Village Foundation Bronze Plaque program is one such tradition that celebrates family, while also giving back to the community.

The Bay Village Foundation has been creating a beautiful place to remember loved ones for nearly 20 years. The Foundation’s Bronze Plaque program was established as a way for families and friends to give permanent recognition to Bay citizens in one central place. Donors that contribute $2,500 or more may request a plaque to honor the life and work of Bay Village residents, living or deceased. The plaques are engraved with personalized text and are installed on the T. Richard Martin footbridge in Cahoon Memorial Park.

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Volume 13, Issue 23, Posted 10:32 AM, 12.07.2021

Westlake honors veterans at Community Services Center

The City of Westlake was pleased to host a special Veterans Day event in the Community Services Center's Eileen Humphrey Auditorium on Nov. 11.

The event featured a pinning ceremony, lunch prepared by chef Garrett Baglier and a few words about the importance of honoring our veterans by Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough. 

"I definitely want to thank all the veterans here today," Mayor Clough said. "If it wasn't for your dedication in service and commitment to making sure that our freedoms our protected each and every day we would not be able to enjoy those freedoms."

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 10:16 AM, 11.16.2021

'Black Hole Friday' at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Join Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Friday, Nov. 26, for Black Hole Friday.

Each year after the Thanksgiving holiday, the Center dedicates its planetarium lineup to one of the most mysterious objects in the universe: black holes. Center planetarium specialists will share the latest data and research on these strange celestial objects in the following age-appropriate shows:

  • 10:30 a.m. – Twinkle Tots
  • 11:00 a.m. – Stellar Stars
  • 11:30 a.m. – Mini Missions
  • 1:00 p.m. – Sky Tonight
  • 2:00 p.m. – Phantom Universe: The Hunt for Dark Matter

Shows cost $5/person. Children 6 months and under are free. Plan your visit at www.lensc.org/program-calendar. The Center is open Tuesday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed on Thanksgiving Day).

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Volume 13, Issue 22, Posted 10:23 AM, 11.16.2021

Bay Garden Club introduces new format for holiday greening

The pandemic has caused many cherished traditions to be disrupted, and Bay Village Garden Club’s Greening Workshops are among them. Beloved for many years, the Greening Workshops were joyful gatherings of friends and neighbors who loved to construct holiday wreaths, centerpieces, and other decorated items to grace their homes or give as gifts during the season. The price for the experience was minimal, and the delight in making a decoration with one’s own hands, priceless.

The Garden Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to service and support in our community. The Greening Workshop program is our only fundraiser. The money raised provides for city beautification with floral plantings, education geared to ecology and garden health, and service to shut-ins and cancer patients, as well as donations to Bay Food Ministry.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 10:26 AM, 11.02.2021

Explore the history of Wischmeyer model boats

Explore the history of the Wischmeyer model boats at the Bay Village Historical Society’s Nov. 7 porch talk.

Are they leftover toys, model pond racers or neither? Ed Neal, a boater and hobby boat builder, recently examined the models in detail as he cleaned and restored them. Neal will present the unique features of each boat and will discuss how each model fits into a historical Lake Erie context. Presented for the non-boater and boater alike, the talk will provide a fresh perspective for viewing and considering the shoreline of Bay Village.

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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 10:26 AM, 11.02.2021

Bay Kiwanis spaghetti dinner

The Kiwanis and Key Clubs of Bay Village invite you to the fall 2020 take-out spaghetti dinner on Saturday, Nov 13, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm. Pre-order online preferred before 2 p.m. on Nov. 12.

Pre-order at bay-village-kiwanis-club.square.site or drive up for Tony Dostal's award-winning signature sauce and spaghetti. Take home a dinner for only $12 including salad, roll and sweet. Also available: sauce in quarts and 50/50 raffle. The drive thru will be at Bay Middle School 27725 Wolf Road.


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Volume 13, Issue 21, Posted 10:24 AM, 11.02.2021

Series on rare antiques continues with Oct. 24 porch talk

The Bay Village Historical Society presents the second installment in its series about rare and extraordinary antiques on Sunday, Oct. 24, 2 p.m., at the Reuben Osborn Learning Center.

Learn about the Russian flintlock pistol and how it saved Russia from defeat during the French invasion led by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1812. The porch talk will be conducted by Kevin Killeen and Dean Brennan. Guests will be able to see and hold the pistol and learn more about its history.

Admission is free and open to the public. Attendees are asked to bring their own lawn chair. The Reuben Osborn Learning Center is located at the intersection of Lake Road and Cahoon Road in Bay Village.

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Volume 13, Issue 20, Posted 10:21 AM, 10.19.2021

Scaredy Cat Run is a fun fall tradition

The Scaredy Cat Run & Walk, hosted by the Bay Village Foundation, is quickly becoming a fun fall tradition in the community. The event, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16, begins at Bay High School and follows a course that winds through the city.

Participants can choose to sign up for a 5K run or one mile walk. Mail-in pre-registrations must be in by Oct. 13 or find a link to register online at bayvillagefoundation.org. Registrations are also welcome the day of the event. Cost for participation is $30. Race day registration and packet pick up will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the high school. The first 300 entries get a Cool Dry Tech shirt, and the first 200 entries will receive a free set of cat ears!

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 9:58 AM, 10.05.2021

Westlake's annual Fall Festival, Pumpkin Hunt and Haunted Trail return

This October will bring about the return of Westlake's Annual Fall Festival and Pumpkin Hunt at the Recreation Center on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 1-4 p.m.

This free, family-friendly festival features face-painters, hay rides, inflatables, an animal show, a bubble show, refreshments and more. Parents must be present during the event.

The pumpkin hunt will start promptly at 1:30 p.m. Kids ages 2-8 must be registered for the pumpkin hunt by Friday, Oct. 8, or before maximum capacity is reached. 

The Trick-or-Treat Haunted Trail is also back by popular demand for another year at the Westlake Recreation Center on Friday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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Volume 13, Issue 19, Posted 9:56 AM, 10.05.2021

'Blessing of the Pets' at St. Raphael is back!

Lions, tigers and bears are still not welcome, but household animals and their families are invited to the 16th Annual Blessing of the Pets on Thursday, Sept. 30, from 6:30–7:00 p.m. on the front lawn of St. Raphael Church in Bay Village.

Individual blessings will be given to each animal. Dog and cat treats and give-aways from Hot Diggity Dog Pet Sitting will be distributed and a garden statue of St. Francis will be given away. The event is free and all are welcome!

The event was first held in 2005 to commemorate the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 10:13 AM, 09.21.2021

Bay groups plan fall activities

Members of the Bay Village Community Council met via Zoom on Sept. 13 to share news about the recent and upcoming activities of their community groups. Here are some highlights:

The Bay Village American Legion welcomed Brendan Knapp, who was the Legion’s Delegate to the 2021 Buckeye Boys State Program. Brendan is a senior at Bay High and is the captain of the school’s hockey team and the president of the youth group at St. Raphael Catholic Church. Brendan related his nine-day experience at Miami University with 800 Delegates from around the state. During the sessions, he organized a group of five boys who put together a Blood Drive from the Delegates that netted over 170 pints of whole blood. For their efforts, the boys received Special Recognition at the conclusion of the week. The Legion's semi-annual flag drive is Nov. 12.

Bay Village Schools will launch the Purple Star program to support military families in the district. Homecoming Week events will be held Sept. 20-25.

The Sabrina Noelle Foundation, founded by Bay resident Kristin DuPrey in memory of her daughter, Sabrina Noelle, who passed away by suicide on Jan. 8, 2021, aims to promote and provide fitness activities to address mental well-being for young people. The Foundation funds scholarships, gym rental, trainers, art supplies and events. The next fundraiser will be Saturday, Oct. 16, 4-8 p.m. at Smokin' Rock 'n' Roll in Reese Park, 605 Clague Parkway. The event will feature live music, food trucks, and Sabrina’s Lil Boutique (featuring locally made jewelry and apparel).

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 10:10 AM, 09.21.2021

Herb Guild Garden Club to meet Oct. 13

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, the Herb Guild Garden Club will have their monthly meeting at Petitti's Garden Center in Avon. A staff member at the garden center will talk about gardening through the seasons. Guests are welcome to this meeting, but MUST register with Fran Wilhelm, 440-353-9764, by Oct. 4. Please call Fran for more details. Members and guests will need to wear a mask during the presentation, even though it will be outdoors. Also, dress for the weather, as it will be held rain or shine.

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Volume 13, Issue 18, Posted 10:12 AM, 09.21.2021

Kick off the season with a tailgate party

The Bay Village Historical Society is kicking off a great season with a tailgate party at the Bay Lodge on Sept. 16.

Put on your football attire and enjoy brats and burgers on the grill provided by the society. Attendees with a last name beginning with A to L are asked to bring an appetizer or dessert for 10 to share. Those with a last name beginning with M to Z are asked to bring a side dish for 10. The dinner is free for historical society members. Non-members will be charged $10 at the door. Bring your own place setting and beverage of choice.

The evening’s program will be, “The History of Sports in Cleveland.” The doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7.00 p.m. If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Pam Ebert at Blinglady17@gmail.com or 216-789-1272 by Sept. 13.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 10:44 AM, 09.08.2021

Princesses & Guides ice cream social & fall registration

The West Shore Princesses and Guides are dedicated to fostering relationships between fathers and daughters, and fathers and sons in a friendly, fun environment. Our activities require participation by both father and child, giving you opportunities to share experiences, learn, and grow together. This is not a program to drop off your child; dads participate in all activities.

Dads can register with their sons and daughters as young as kindergarten. Our organization serves nine West Shore communities including Bay Village and Westlake. Tribes are organized with other dads from the same area and whose kids are the same age range.

The West Shore "Nation," which is the group of all the individual tribes, has one or two events planned every month during the school year. These events include our fall, winter and spring camp-outs; bowling; skating; pinewood derby; holiday party; tobogganing; and many others. The camp-outs are mostly held at YMCA camps with cabins and the activities offered include horseback riding, archery, crafts, rock walls, canoeing, hiking, ziplining, BB guns, a big Saturday night bonfire and more.

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Volume 13, Issue 17, Posted 10:42 AM, 09.08.2021

Touch-a-Truck returns

Free Bay Village event allows kids to explore service and safety force vehicles

On Saturday, Sept. 11, from noon to 3 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to visit the 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 meet service and safety force personnel!
 
Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of your community service providers and receive valuable safety information. Though last year’s event was cancelled, Touch-a-Truck generally draws over 1,000 visitors and this year promises to be even bigger than past years.
 
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 13, Issue 16, Posted 10:12 AM, 08.17.2021

Westlake holds annual 'Bloom' ceremony

The 2021 Westlake in Bloom Award Ceremony was held in the Eileen Humphrey Auditorium of the new Westlake Community Services Center on Monday, Aug. 9.

More than 60 entrants competed to be named among the top 3 in each of 17 categories. Each of the first-place winners were then judged to see who deserved the coveted Lu Walter “Best in Bloom” Award, reserved for the best of the best every year.

This year’s top prize went to Lou and Jean Povinelli, who also took first place in the “Residential Landscaping – Rear Yard, Small” category.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 10:11 AM, 08.17.2021

Paddlers learn to kayak with confidence

The first students to complete the Bay Village Recreation Department's summer kayak classes on July 21 were wet but confident that they became more skillful at sweep, brace and draw strokes as well as rescue techniques after finishing two two-hour Wednesday night classes at the pond adjacent to the Walker Road soccer fields.

Pictured from left are volunteer instructor Debbie Avallone, students Nisien Tarry, Amanda Maurer, Kathy Ruic, instructor Mark Spang and student Calan Tarry. New American Canoe Association classes begin Aug. 25. For details visit the Bay Recreation Department website, www.cityofbayvillage.com/185/Parks-Recreation, or call 440-871-6755.

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 10:14 AM, 08.17.2021

Mark your calendars to view some rare antiques

Antique lovers will want to mark their calendars for Sunday, Aug. 22, so that they can view and learn about some rare items on display at the Reuben Osborn Learning Center in Bay Village.

Kevin Killeen, along with Dean Brennan of the Bay Village Historical Society, will talk about the Collignon chair and a 1912 water-powered washing machine, on extended loan from the Patty Jean Killeen estate.

The Collignon chair, invented in 1868, was the first patented folding rocking chair in the U.S. A rocking chair would take up too much room in a covered wagon, where space was of great necessity. Nicholas, Claudius and Adam Collignon invented a rocking chair that folded into the shape of a quarter moon. Eventually, they offered other chair variations including a regular folding chair, deck chair and lawn chair.

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Volume 13, Issue 15, Posted 9:56 AM, 08.03.2021

Westlake's new Community Services Center grand opening and State of the City address

The city of Westlake is holding a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new Community Services Center, 28975 Hilliard Blvd., on Tuesday, July 13, starting at 4:30 p.m.

The event will include self-guided tours, music, refreshments, an ice cream truck, a raffle, health screenings and food cooked by UH St. John Medical Center’s personal chef.

The grand opening will kick off at 4:30 p.m. with a ribbon cutting and a few remarks from Mayor Clough. Staff will be stationed throughout the Center to provide more information and answer questions as people take their own self-guided tours around the facility.

Beginning at 7 p.m. in the Eileen Humphrey Auditorium, the Westlake | Bay Village Observer will host the State of the City address with Mayor Dennis Clough. Residents are invited to come and learn more about how Westlake managed last year’s challenges and what new projects are on the horizon.

Both events are free and open to the public.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 10:46 AM, 07.06.2021

Historical society to celebrate grand re-opening of Rose Hill Museum

The president of the Bay Village Historical Society, Cathy Burke Flament, the society's board of trustees and a whole host of other volunteers saw the Covid-induced closure of Rose Hill Museum and Osborn Learning Center as an opportunity. In fact, the pandemic gave Cathy the ability to quit her regular job in order to concentrate seven days a week to bring the museum and learning center up to professional museum standards, in terms of archival storage and display. Kelsey Rogers, the one paid staff member of the society, has also been putting in 20 to 30 hours per week to that end.

As the saying goes, “it takes a village.” Cathy tells me there have been three volunteers – Diane Pavan, Sue Jachnich and Marj Elhardt – who come in at regular times or work remotely for a combined 30 hours at the museum each week. Jack Hanley and Bill O’Brien have been diligently entering documents into the PastPerfect archival software. Marge Gulley has been reframing the Portrait Gallery. Peg Phillips has repaired all of the vintage rugs. Pamela Ebert painted the life-size standing portraits of the Cahoon sisters and a sign for the gift shop. The Herb Guild never stopped caring for the gardens. And numerous other volunteers have helped with other aspects of the renovation and re-opening. Cathy emphasized that she and the society are thrilled to be beneficiaries of the dedication of Bay Village city staff who have taken great pride in their work and done a tremendous job making many repairs and improvements to the properties which are owned by the city and leased to the society.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 10:25 AM, 07.20.2021

Doing it for the dogs!

Bay Village's Bethesda Childcare Center will hold their fifth annual Charity Car Wash and Bake Sale along with cold fresh lemonade on Thursday, July 22, starting at 1 p.m. The center activities are located at 28607 Wolf Road.

This is a donation-based event with this year's proceeds going to Golden Treasures Golden Retriever Rescue.

Golden Treasures was organized in 2004 for the purpose of removing golden retrievers from unwanted and inappropriate homes and also from shelters, China and Turkey; educating the public about responsible dog ownership, providing a resource for canine owners regarding the proper care and treatment of their dogs; educating the public about the breed and the need for obedience lessons for all dogs; encouraging, assisting and providing guidelines to other purebred fanciers to form rescue programs; and to provide an alternative to euthanization.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 10:25 AM, 07.20.2021

Astronomy Club relaunches at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center will relaunch Astronomy Club on Wednesday, July 21 at 6:30 p.m.

In 2018, Planetarium Specialist and NASA Solar System Ambassador Bill Reed created Astronomy Club for people of all levels of interest to learn about astronomy in a fun and social environment. Reed led monthly meetings where he shared astronomy news, gadget and software reviews, pop culture recommendations and fun facts. Special events included planetarium movie nights, telescope viewing parties and off-site field trips organized by the club. Due to the pandemic, in-person Astronomy Club meetings were paused and astronomy updates were offered in a virtual format throughout 2020.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 10:22 AM, 07.20.2021

Bay Village senior center to host rummage sale

The Dwyer Senior Center will be hosting a Rummage Sale on Saturday, Aug. 14, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., as a fundraiser to support activities and community services for senior citizens. The senior center is located at 300 Bryson Lane, just off Lake Road west of Dover Center.

Donations of new or gently used items will be accepted Aug. 12 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-8 p.m. If you’d like to sell your own goods, tables can be purchased for $20 in person at the senior center by Aug. 6. All proceeds go to Bay Village senior activities and community services. For further inquiries, please call 440-835-6565.
 

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 10:22 AM, 07.20.2021

Elks Lodge hosts car show

It's so good to be out again!

Joe and Stephanie Kleinheinz, along with motorcar enthusiasts, presented their second annual “Cruise-In” car show and Elks open house at the Lakewood Elks 1350 Lodge in Westlake on June 21.

Everything from vintage trucks to mid-life-crisis mobiles were on display as burgers and brats cooked on the grill.

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Volume 13, Issue 14, Posted 10:22 AM, 07.20.2021

Step back in time at Rose Hill Museum

Rose Hill Museum and the Reuben Osborn Learning Center will reopen to the public on Sunday, July 11, after extensive renovations. The Cahoon log cabin replica will also be open.

The Bay Village Historical Society will be holding a special afternoon fundraiser, “Back in Time: A Celebration at Rose Hill Museum,” on Sunday, July 25, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

“We have been counting the days until Rose Hill, the Osborn Learning Center and the Cahoon cabin can be open again to the public. People have been knocking at the door to view our treasures and hear about the rich history our community enjoys and we are anxious to finally invite them in. To celebrate our reopening, we are kicking the season off to take you ‘Back in Time’ with a special event,” said society president Cathy Flament.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 10:29 AM, 07.06.2021

Tai Chi practice group at Huntington

Tai Chi continues at 9:30 a.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Bay Village on the west side of the Huntington Park Reservation, overlooking Lake Erie. Pat Heinke continues to lead a practice group as she has done for 23 years.

For those who would like to try the Qigong exercises followed by Wu style short form Tai Chi or the long form that follows, you may join the group of all ages. The sessions are free and all newcomers are welcome.

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 10:32 AM, 07.06.2021

Herb Guild will not hold annual luncheon

The Herb Guild Garden Club will not hold its annual Scholarship Luncheon this year due to the Covid pandemic. The luncheon is normally held at the beginning of August. Instead, scholarships will be awarded, but in a private ceremony which will be announced. The club is planning some type of fundraiser for the Fall and details will be published at a later date. Club President, Shirley Swindell, said: "We will come back bigger and better in 2022."

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Volume 13, Issue 13, Posted 10:31 AM, 07.06.2021

Art Festival returns to Westlake July 31

The Westlake-Bay Village Rotary is bringing back the Westlake Art Festival this July! Mark your calendars for this rain-or-shine fun day on Saturday, July 31, from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

For years the art festival was held on the St. John West Shore Hospital grounds, providing an outdoor venue for art lovers. Thanks to the hard work of the Westlake-Bay Village Rotary, in partnership with Westlake Porter Public Library, Westlake Schools, and sponsors from Baird Investments and Jen and Joe Hudak, the Art Festival is back!

The Festival plans to be a pet-friendly, family fun event complete with live music, food trucks, ice cream, a wine and beer garden and plenty of free parking.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 10:00 AM, 06.15.2021

Bay Days 5-Mile & Kids’ Run is back

On Saturday, July 3, the Cleveland West Road Runners Club will be presenting the 46th Bay Days 5-mile & Kids’ Run live and in-person at Bay High School. The 5-Mile will start at 8:30 a.m. and the Kids’ Run will start at 8:35 a.m.

Changing the date to Saturday, July 3, became necessary back in January, because it was impossible to predict whether the Bay High School stadium and parking lot would be available. Thus, the CWRRC and police chose July 3 to ensure the date wouldn’t need to change if the race were forced to start at Cahoon Park like it did 5 years ago. Fortunately, the contractor for the new Concession Stand complex has worked hard to keep the Bay High School track and field available for our race and other athletic activities.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 3:30 PM, 06.21.2021

Bay Board of Education June 7 meeting overview

Board President Lisa Priemer called the meeting to order at 6:38 p.m. The later start time was to accommodate the large number of community members. Also in attendance were Vice President Dan Vegh; Mrs. Beth Lally; Dr. Scott Schultz; and Mr. Paul Vincent.

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. Jodie Hausmann made two major points. The first point was regarding the use of the term “equity.” She emphasized that the Board and administration want to be prepared for learners to ensure that all voices are heard. The equity audit has been in the planning stage for over two years and grew from the Strategic Plan. The purpose of the slated equity review is to give more information on how to best serve all children. Although Bay Village does very well as it is, Superintendent Hausmann posed some theoretical questions. For example, she questioned whether more students would take AP classes if the District did something differently or whether some students would be more involved in Bay’s stellar music program if transportation were provided. She said that an equity audit is similar to a financial review.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 10:01 AM, 06.15.2021

Take part in the Westlake 4th of July Parade

The City of Westlake’s annual Fourth of July parade and fireworks will return in 2021 for all to enjoy! 

Following a year in which so many special events had to be cancelled due to pandemic concerns, the City hopes this year's parade will be an especially memorable and unifying occasion for the community. 

The parade will begin after 1 p.m. so as not to conflict with Sunday religious services. It will depart from Burneson Middle School on Dover Center Road before proceeding onto Hilliard Boulevard and traveling east to Clague Park.

If you, your organization or your business is interested in participating in this year's festivities, visit the City’s website at www.cityofwestlake.org/684/4th-of-July-Parade-and-Fireworks.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 10:03 AM, 06.15.2021

LWV Bay Village awards Good Citizen Scholarships

The Bay Chapter of the League of Women Voters awarded two Good Citizen scholarships of $1,000 each at the Kiwanis Awards Ceremonies on May 19 at Bay High School. We have received permission to announce one of the award winners here.

Bea Jones is a National Honor Society member who plans to attend Miami University this fall to major in biology on their pre-med track. She hopes to become a doctor or physician assistant working in pediatrics. She has made many positive contributions to the Bay High and Bay Village community, including as a Girl Scout (every year since kindergarten), BAYarts summer teacher’s assistant, member of the Peer Assisted Learning team, Youth Philanthropy Fellowship raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, and the Multicultural Club.

In these activities, Bea exemplifies the qualities of good citizenship that the League of Women Voters hopes to encourage and support. Congratulations Bea and best wishes for your future success!

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 10:03 AM, 06.15.2021

New ‘Wonders of Wildlife’ program at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Children and families of all ages can learn about the wonders of wildlife this summer in Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s new program. This 30-minute program features up-close encounters with a variety of the Center’s resident animals including mammals, reptiles and birds of prey.

Wonders of Wildlife costs $5/person (children 6 months and under are free) and will be offered on Thursday, June 17, and Friday, June 18, at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. More summer dates to be announced. Advance registration is recommended.

Lake Erie Nature & Science Center continues to offer free general admission on Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plan your visit at www.lensc.org.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 10:00 AM, 06.15.2021

Westlake residents host food truck event

A food truck featuring gourmet burgers cruised onto Elmwood Drive on Thursday, June 10. The neighborhood was treated to a fantastic taste bud explosion and a chance to mingle with neighbors, friends and Betty's Bomb Ass Burger fans. This was a first event of this kind for the neighborhood association and by all the positive accounts, plans for future food truck events will be scheduled.

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Volume 13, Issue 12, Posted 10:02 AM, 06.15.2021

Show off your green thumbs, Westlake!

Any Westlake resident who enjoys gardening or landscaping should sign up for the 2021 Westlake in Bloom competition!

The June 25 registration deadline will be here sooner than you think, with judging set to take place July 6-8. 

This year, the free registration process will be easier than ever for Westlake residents, businesses and institutions. Sign-up forms can be completed online through the City's website without downloading, emailing or mailing a thing.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 10:17 AM, 06.02.2021