Community Service

Bay Village Scout earns Eagle Rank

Robbie Curry, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on Dec. 10, 2018. Robbie is the Troop's 160th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Robert and Patty Curry of Bay Village.

For his Eagle service project, Robbie's team installed an herb garden and composite picnic table for the Village Project. Visit troop41.wordpress.com for more information about Scout Troop 41.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:50 AM, 01.08.2019

6 Scouts from Bay Troop 729 earn Eagle rank

It was a busy and productive 2018 for Bay Village's Boy Scout Troop 729 as six young men earned the highest rank of Eagle Scout. Below is a summary of their Eagle Scout projects.

  • Evan Danielson provided a board for learning and practicing knot-tying at Avon Lake's Miller Park.
  • Liam Kovich assisted the Menlo Park Academy in Cleveland with an inventory program installation for its Little Libraries.
  • Brendon O'Doherty installed a bench at the Prayers for Maria site in Avon.
  • Patrick O'Doherty oversaw the completion of a Sensory Table for an organization in Avon.
  • Drew Ware installed wheelchair picnic tables and garden planters for Our Lady of the Wayside in Avon.
  • Nathaniel Day supervised a nursery project for St. Barnabas Episcopal Church in Bay Village.  

Congratulations to these fine Scouts for their accomplishments in the community!

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.08.2019

Westlake Kiwanis play Santa's helpers

The Westlake Kiwanis have been relieving the Meals on Wheels regular drivers on special holidays, particularly Thanksgiving and Christmas, for many years so they may be at home with their families. T

his year was no different except the area has expanded beyond Westlake to Bay Village, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township. This service provides a hot meal for individuals who would have otherwise been alone on Christmas.

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Volume 11, Issue 1, Posted 9:47 AM, 01.08.2019

Area organizations help people transition from homelessness

North Coast Needlers Quilt Guild spearheaded a project to provide those who have experienced trauma, or have been homeless, rest a little easier this season. The Guild created 70 lap quilts that were included in bags filled with necessities such as towels, kitchen accessories, soap, etc.

The bags were provided to families at a special event, sponsored by FrontLine Service, to help celebrate the holidays. FrontLine Service reaches out to adults and children in Northeast Ohio to help end homelessness, prevent suicide, resolve behavioral health crises and overcome trauma. Adding to the festivities, 85 stockings were created to assist Santa as he travels through the area.

In addition, 60 fabric bags were sewn and filled with similar items for individuals transitioning into permanent housing in a new facility sponsored by Frontline. The bags will hopefully provide a bit of comfort and will welcome residents into their new surroundings after being homeless an average of three years.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 10:02 AM, 12.18.2018

Burneson Builders Club plays Santa's helpers

The Westlake Burneson Middle School Builders Club spent a night of Christmas shopping for their adopted family. The Builders Club is a sponsored youth group of the Westlake Kiwanis Club teaching young people leadership and values of community service by caring for others. Other recent projects were collecting candy for U.S. servicemembers overseas and food drives for the Westlake Community Assistance program.

The Builders Club raises money for their service projects through fundraising projects such as car washes and selling doughnuts in school.

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Volume 10, Issue 24, Posted 10:04 AM, 12.18.2018

Holiday Caring & Sharing supports Bay Village community

The Holiday Caring & Sharing Program, a Bay Village tradition, is seeking donations to benefit the community in the coming year. There are two ways to contribute to this program:

  • Cash donations for emergency funds for residents in financial need. The City will pay up to $250 to a resident in financial crisis for utility bills, rent/mortgage or medical expenses.
  • Donations to Adopt-a-Classroom. The average teacher in the U.S. spends $500 of his/her own money on school supplies each year, so this year we are adopting the Westerly School in Bay Village, grades 3 and 4. Each classroom will be provided with requested school and project supplies that they would go without if not for donations. Contact Leslie Selig at 440-899-3409 or lselig@cityofbayvillage.com for requested supplies, or a cash donation is always welcome and we will do the shopping for you!

Drop off donations by Tuesday, Dec. 18, at the Bay Village Senior Center, 300 Bryson Lane. Holiday Caring & Sharing is sponsored by the Bay Village Department of Community Services.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:20 AM, 12.04.2018

Bay Men's Club members assist neighbors

Volunteers from the Bay Men’s Club turned out on a recent Saturday morning to help their fellow residents by raking leaves and cleaning the yards of a number of deserving residents, many of them seniors and disabled.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:24 AM, 12.04.2018

Knickerbocker Thanksgiving

Members of the Bay United Methodist Church recently sponsored the annual Thanksgiving dinner for residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments in Bay Village. Church members prepare the food, set up the tables and serve the residents.

This event, which Bay United Methodist does as a tradition each year, includes turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas, cranberry sauce, rolls and pie. The turkeys are carved on site, led by Bay Village Mayor Paul Koomar. This year we also had the Bay Village City Council President, Dwight Clark, and his wife, Nancy, helping as well.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:19 AM, 12.04.2018

Meal on Wheels volunteers needed

Westlake Meals on Wheels is seeking volunteers to deliver meals, work in the kitchen and make desserts. Opportunities are available Monday through Friday at our Westlake and Olmsted Falls locations. Please call 440-871-2551.

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Volume 10, Issue 23, Posted 10:22 AM, 12.04.2018

Nomination period opens for annual Bay Village honors

The final six weeks of the year are an opportune time for reflection and appreciation. The holidays bring friends and family together and give us a reason to celebrate. This season of good cheer also gives us a chance to look back on the year and acknowledge those who have influenced our lives.

The Bay Village Community Council has just opened the nomination period for the annual Bay Village Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year awards, to recognize those who have made a difference in the community.

The Community Council will accept nominations until Monday, Jan. 14, and selections will be announced soon afterward.

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Volume 10, Issue 22, Posted 9:45 AM, 11.20.2018

St. Paul hosts Christmas toy drive

The "We Care" Christmas Toy Drive will be held Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 1 and 2, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 27993 Detroit Road.

The church will be collecting new toys for children in foster care in Northeast Ohio, as well as for children at Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital. A truck will be parked in the church parking lot, and everyone is invited to stop by and drop off a toy.

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Volume 10, Issue 21, Posted 9:56 AM, 11.06.2018

Former BHS principal honored for volunteerism

Bay Village resident and former Bay High principal James Cahoon has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Outstanding Fundraising Volunteer Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Greater Cleveland Chapter. Mr. Cahoon will receive the award during the 34th annual Greater Cleveland National Philanthropy Day luncheon on Nov. 2. He was nominated for the award by The MetroHealth Foundation.

Beth Darmstadter, MetroHealth Foundation’s Director of Individual Giving, characterizes Cahoon as having incredible humility and passion for the causes he believes in – most importantly cancer care, preventing opioid addiction, and helping those less fortunate than himself. Since 2013, Cahoon has served on The MetroHealth Foundation board of directors where he has mentored new board members and coordinated a showcase of Bay High School student artwork in the lobby of MetroHealth’s Cancer Center to brighten the walls for patients.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:04 AM, 10.16.2018

Westlake gathering supplies for hurricane victims

The Westlake Police Department, the City of Westlake and Westlake Kiwanis have joined together to gather donations for the victims of hurricanes Florence and Michael. They need your help to help them. There is a great need in the Carolinas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Bring your donations for the victims of Florence and Michael to the Westlake Police Garage, 27700 Hilliard Blvd., throughout the month of October. Items that are needed are: bottled water, non-perishable food items, gently used or new clothing, pet supplies and food, toiletries and household items.

For more information contact Rick Grane of the Westlake Kiwanis Club, 440-892-0974 or rickgrane@aol.com.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:01 AM, 10.16.2018

Bay Village Scout earns Eagle rank

Sean Gulley, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on Oct. 8. Sean is the Troop's 159th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Susan and Michael Gulley of Bay Village.  For his Eagle service project, Sean's team installed a wireless internet network at Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church. Visit troop41.wordpress.com for more information about Boy Scout Troop 41.

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Volume 10, Issue 20, Posted 10:08 AM, 10.16.2018

Bay Kiwanis encourages support of Aluminum Cans for Burn Victims

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club would like to encourage individuals and organizations in Bay Village and surrounding communities to join in their efforts to aid burned children. When you have an event, whether they are parties, fundraisers, etc., please set up a recycle bin specifically for aluminum beverage cans. After the event simply drop off the cans at the Aluminum Can Recycle corral located at the Bay Village Fire Department.

In 1986 the Aluminum Cans for Burned Children Foundation (ACBC) was started by the Northern Ohio Fire Fighters, the Northeast Fire Chiefs Association and MetroHealth Medical Center. The goal is to help meet the needs of burn victims.

The ACBC provides programs designed to meet the needs of burn victims and funds special medical equipment, rehabilitation services, toys, clothing, games, and other items that are not covered by insurance. The Bay Village Fire Department has been an active participant since its inception.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:52 AM, 10.02.2018

Westlake conference to show how technology can help non-profits improve the world

Leading Hands Through Technology and The Workmen's Circle Educational Center – Ohio District, both Cleveland-based non-profit organizations, in partnership with Hyland Software, will present an interactive and educational conference on "Leveraging User Accessibility and Experience for a Better World" on Thursday, Oct. 18, at Hyland's facility in Westlake.

The event is free and open to the public – advance registration is required due to limited seating.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:48 AM, 10.02.2018

Old Glory Relay for veterans goes through Bay Village

The fifth annual Old Glory Relay to make us aware of veterans and veteran issues headed through Bay Village on Sept. 30. The relay started in Boston, Massachusetts, on Sept. 11, and is headed to San Diego, California by Veterans Day. This leg of the relay started at the Soldiers and Sailors Monument on Public Square and the flags will be handed off to the next team in Toledo.

Sixty-two teams, made up of members from local chapters of the national Team RWB, will carry the flag 4,300 miles across 24 states. Team RWB's mission is to connect veterans to their communities through physical and social interaction. Donations to the non-profit organization can be made at teamrwb.org.

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Volume 10, Issue 19, Posted 9:47 AM, 10.02.2018

Bay Village Kiwanis donates $25,000 to BHS stadium renovation

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club has joined in the support of the Bay Village Rockets Renovation campaign. In 2008 the Bay Rockets Association with the support of the Bay Alumni Association, Bay Village Schools, the city of Bay Village and others began a “Field of Dreams” campaign to renovate the Bay High School Memorial Stadium.

Phases I and II of the renovation campaign have been completed and now it is on to Phase III. Phase III is the construction of a plaza and a 4,000-square-foot building at the south end of the stadium. The building will house a concession stand with storage, restroom facilities and team rooms.

As a result of numerous fundraising efforts held throughout the year the Bay Village Kiwanis Club has the ability to support many worthwhile programs, the most recent being the Rockets Renovation.

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Volume 10, Issue 18, Posted 10:06 AM, 09.18.2018

'Golden Spike' a friendly competition between Bay Village, Westlake Kiwanis

The Westlake Kiwanis gathered with the Bay Village Kiwanis at Bay Lodge in Bay Village on Tuesday, Aug. 21, for food, fellowship and competition.

Every year the Kiwanis clubs of Bay Village and Westlake hold a joint meeting of their members to highlight each club's past year's accomplishments and to plan for upcoming projects. The annual interclub meeting is also a friendly competition to see which organization can have the highest percentage of membership in attendance.

Since 1984, the winner is awarded a specially designed plaque with a gold-colored, nickel-plated railroad spike representing the Nickel Plate Railroad which divided the two townships at the turn of the century. The runner-up also receives a railroad spike, albeit a rusty one, on a plaque that states "There's always next year."

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 9:41 AM, 09.05.2018

Westlake-Bay Village Rotary project aids poor in Nicaragua

In 1998 Hurricane Mitch devastated the town of Chinandega, Nicaragua. Hundreds of families became displaced and resorted to subsisting off the city dump. An Italian missionary, Father Marco Dessy, began an aid program for those families, and in subsequent years many Rotary Clubs joined the cause.

Rotary District 6630 has been participating for the past 12 years in the “Shoe Box” project under the leadership of Rotarian Jack Young. For the project, Rotarians fill special shoe boxes with daily necessities and some fun items to be delivered to the children in Chinandega who are living in poverty near the dump.

In 2018 Jack turned project coordination over to the Westlake-Bay Village Rotary Club. We are proud to say that 24 clubs in our district combined to send 715 shoe boxes and 40 bags filled with supplies to Nicaragua for pregnant women there.

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Volume 10, Issue 17, Posted 9:42 AM, 09.05.2018

Volunteers sought to provide comfort, care at Ames Family Hospice House

Would you like to volunteer close to home where you can make a meaningful difference to families in the community? Hospice of the Western Reserve, a nonprofit organization that helps families through one of life’s most difficult times, is seeking caring people who want to give back to others by becoming hands-on care volunteers. New volunteers are needed to join the hospice team to provide compassionate support to patients and families at Ames Family Hospice House in Westlake.

“Our hands-on care volunteers provide comfort, companionship and dignity at a time when they are most needed,” explained Patti Hanrahan, Volunteer Service Manager at Ames Family Hospice House. “It’s very fulfilling work. They’ll work side by side with our Hospice Nursing Assistants to assist with bathing, transferring and repositioning, personal care, oral hygiene and feeding. They may also spend time with patients to provide much-needed respite breaks for their family caregivers.”

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:47 AM, 08.21.2018

Troop 41 Scouts earn Eagle Rank

Sam Warren and Dylan Gubanyar, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on Aug. 13. Sam and Dylan become the Troop's 157th and 158th Eagle Scouts since 1964.

For his Eagle service project, Sam's team collected donations and sent care packages to service members through Operation Buckeye.

Dylan's Eagle service project team refurbished a storage and recreation area for the youth group at Lakewood Presbyterian Church.

Visit troop41.wordpress.com for more information about Boy Scout Troop 41.

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Volume 10, Issue 16, Posted 8:45 AM, 08.21.2018

Westshore Council of Governments (WCOG) meeting, July 11, 2018

This report is not an official statement of the League of Women Voters.

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

Fiscal Officer’s Report: WCOG doesn’t require audit for one year, so will save money this year.

Commission Reports:

RTA: Mayor Clough is president of the board of the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority for one-year term, agency needs to work on transition, search for replacement for Director Calabrese. Agency needs to tighten internal control. It needs a new source of revenue; sales tax accounting for $20 million won’t be available in 2019. For time being, cutting back on positions, planning no additional capital projects, trying to determine what type of tax appropriate to replace revenue. Sales tax is best, but how much needed? Most capital funding comes from federal government; more needed to replace old rail cars. More could come from NOACA; need to have policy conversation around this. 

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:52 AM, 08.07.2018

Westlake businesses come together to help residents in need

The storms that rolled through Westlake on Thursday, July 26, were barely a footnote for guests and presenters at the “What’s Brewing in Westlake” business networking and fundraising event at Equity Trust Company. Proceeds from the evening benefitted the social services programs of the Westlake Senior and Community Services Department that provides assistance to hundreds of the nearly 1,300 Westlake residents who live in poverty.

The event began with a welcome by Mayor Dennis Clough. He recognized Equity Trust’s co-founder, Richard Desich Jr., the host of the event; Westlake City Council members Kenneth Brady of Ward 5 and Mark Getsay of Ward 6; Michelle Boczek, economic development manager for the city; and many guests from the business community who have contributed to the vibrancy of the city. Enthusiastic applause greeted his mention of the new Senior and Community Services Center that will be constructed soon.

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:45 AM, 08.07.2018

Westlake food drive runs through Aug. 15

Jason M. Orsky Wealth Management is sponsoring a food drive to benefit the Westlake Community Services Food Bank.

Donations of non-perishable foods will be accepted at 671 Columbia Road, Suite 1, Westlake. The food drive began Aug. 1 and will run through Aug. 15. Items may be dropped off Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Company president Jason Orsky encourages local families and businesses to participate by donating unexpired canned non-perishable items. “We’d like to help families that are supported by the Westlake Community Services Food Bank have as the back-to-school season starts,” Orsky said. Suggested donations include canned meat, canned fruit, peanut butter and jelly. (No glass containers, please.)

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Volume 10, Issue 15, Posted 9:52 AM, 08.07.2018

Bay Village Scout earns Eagle Rank

Matthew Hengelsberg, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on July 9. Matthew becomes the Troop's 156th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Jennifer and Gary Hengelsberg of Bay Village. For his Eagle service project, Matthew's team rebuilt planting beds and installed a refurbished garden bench for Bethesda on the Bay Lutheran Church. Visit troop41.wordpress.com for more information about Boy Scout Troop 41.

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Volume 10, Issue 14, Posted 9:57 AM, 07.17.2018

Bay Men's Club supports local family in time of need

More than 200 people recently attended a barbecue rib cook-off at the Bay Lodge, sponsored by the Bay Men's Club, to raise money for Bay Village residents Dave, Andrea and Claire Blevins. Bay High junior Claire is currently battling leukemia.

Eight teams competed for the title of best ribs, with Jon Lang taking the grand prize awarded by a three-judge panel.

Guests enjoyed music provided by Strangers on the Street; bid on a wide variety of silent-auction items donated by local individuals and businesses; quickly sold out two different side boards, purchased Claire Blevins-designed T-shirts, and gave the Blevins family some much-needed support.

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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:23 AM, 07.03.2018

College Club West announces scholarship recipients

College Club West is pleased to announce its 2018 scholarship recipients. The club provides tuition grants for women age 25 and older. The four winners this year will each receive $3,000 tuition grant for the 2018-19 school year towards a bachelor’s degree or higher.

  • Michelle Cappetto of Strongsville is working towards a Ph.D. in marriage and family therapy at Kent State University. 
  • Heidi Hubbard of South Euclid is attending Kent State University and working on a B.A. in psychology.
  • Amy Martin of Brunswick is attending Kent State University for a Master's in Library and Information Science. 
  • Bethany Thomas of Lakewood is working towards B.S. in biology from Baldwin Wallace University.
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Volume 10, Issue 13, Posted 9:23 AM, 07.03.2018

Bay Men's Club awards scholarships

The Bay Men’s Club has awarded two $1,000 scholarships to two very deserving Bay High students: Anna Evans and Semaan Boutros.

Scholarships are awarded based on need, character, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities. The two students and their families were honored recently at the club’s annual golf outing and pig roast at the Bay Lodge.

Evans plans on studying speech therapy at The Ohio State University. Boutros plans to study biomedical engineering at John Carroll University

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:26 AM, 06.19.2018

Bay Village Garden Club announces new officers

The Bay Village Garden Club has installed new officers for 2018-2020. Judy Minium and Terry Appell will share the presidency. Judy has been in charge of civic beautification for the club for many years and she will be missed in that position. Terry is our former treasurer and she will be replaced by Nancy McGrew. 

The vice president in charge of programs will be Eileen Ernst and Elaine Hoke will remain as recording secretary. Kari Eckel will continue as corresponding secretary and there will be several new board members. We would like to thank our former president, Kathie Roskom, and wish her well as she leaves Ohio.

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Volume 10, Issue 12, Posted 9:24 AM, 06.19.2018

Westlake Girl Scouts build gaga pit for Silver Award

Westlake Girl Scout Troop 168 led by leader Dawn Evans and co-leader Bernadette Kronz dedicated the first Westlake gaga pit on the grounds of Dover Intermediate School on Wednesday, May 30. 

Gaga is a type of dodgeball game that is played with one ball. The game combines dodging, striking, running and jumping, with the objective of being the last person standing. Players hit the ball at each other with their hands, and are eliminated if the ball strikes them on or below the knee.

The Scouts in Westlake Troop 168 wanted to provide an activity that ALL children could be included in playing for their Silver Award project. The Girl Scout Silver Award is given to a group of girls who identify a need in their community, and through determination, leadership and organization skills, develop a project to address that need.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:01 AM, 06.05.2018

Westlake Meals on Wheels accepting new recipients

With a second kitchen now open, Westlake Meals on Wheels is able to distribute to more people. The organization serves temporarily and long-term homebound residents of Westlake, North Olmsted, Olmsted Falls, Olmsted Township, and parts of Bay Village. Delicious hot and cold meals are prepared and delivered Monday through Friday. Even dessert and drink is included for $8 a day. The minimum amount of time to receive meals is one week.

Westlake Meals on Wheels is always looking for volunteers and accepting donations. Call 440-871-2551 for additional information or visit our website at westlakemealsonwheels.org.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:05 AM, 06.05.2018

Bay Village Foundation honors departing trustees, welcomes new members

The Bay Village Foundation held their annual meeting on May 3 at Bay Village library. Elected as officers for the 2018-2019 fiscal year are Rich Veres, president; Mindy Stroh, vice president; Amanda Bricker, secretary; and Steve Ruscher, treasurer. Sarah Urbancic and Denny Wendell were elected as executive committee members at large.

The Foundation also welcomed four new board members: Tim Atkinson, Amanda Bricker, Jodie Hausmann and Ann Gilmore Orin, while honoring six departing members: Evelyn Allen, Maryann O’Reilly, Al Paulus, Loretta Tindall and student trustees Chris Eifert and Maggie Williams.

“We appreciate the commitment and service of our departing trustees, said incoming board President Rich Veres. "They have given countless hours of time and expertise in service to our community. We are also excited about this year, our new trustees and the opportunities before us.”

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:05 AM, 06.05.2018

Westlake Bay Village Rotary involved in the community and beyond

Each year the Westlake Bay Village Rotary Club hosts a speech contest for high school students in Westlake and Bay Village based on the Rotary Four-Way Test. The Four-Way Test of “the things we think, say or do” is used by Rotarians world-wide as a moral code for personal and business relationships. The four questions asked are: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned? 

First place in the speech contest went to Annette Hanson from Westlake and came with a $200 prize. Thomas Hanson, also from Westlake, placed second and garnered $100. Bay Village students Masha Waiss and Jonathan Ackley placed third and fourth, respectively, with prizes of $75 and $25. All prize money was donated by Kevin Walker of JMO Wealth Management in Westlake.

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Volume 10, Issue 11, Posted 10:03 AM, 06.05.2018

Kiwanis provides shirts for Westlake marching band

The Westlake Kiwanis purchased polo shirts for the Westlake Marching Band. The polo shirts are for the band to wear during hot weather events. Kiwanis had become concerned when they observed in their last few Memorial Day parades the band appearing to be uncomfortable in their heavy band uniforms.

It was decided to raise funds to purchase the band polo shirts to wear on hot weather occasions. Westlake Kiwanis President Suzanne Rusnak and past President Rick Grane presented the shirts to the band on April 27.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:38 AM, 05.15.2018

Kiwanis members clean Huntington Beach

The Division 14 Kiwanis Clubs gathered at Huntington Beach in Bay Village on May 5 to take part in "Adopt a Beach," a program sponsored by the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Clubs taking part were the Bay Village Kiwanis, the Bay Village Key Club, Westlake Kiwanis, Westlake Aktion Club and Rocky River Kiwanis. The participants who gathered for the event were directed by Camille Licate from Kids for Positive Change.

It was a beautiful Saturday for picking up trash on the beach. There were many pounds of trash picked up, mainly plastic which isn’t biodegradable. Plenty of plastic straws, cigar tips, plastic bottles, bottle caps, etc. were plucked from the shoreline. There were over 50 Kiwanis affiliated participants who showed up thanks to the work of Division 14 Lt. Governor Grergj Haxhiu.

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Volume 10, Issue 10, Posted 9:35 AM, 05.15.2018

Anna Evans earns Bay Village Historical Society scholarship

Anna Evans has been selected to receive the Bay Village Historical Society’s scholarship for 2018.

Evans is the daughter of Karyn and Tim Evans, both teachers.

Evans was awarded the Academic Excellence Award all four years of her high-school career. She was nominated for Buckeye Girls State her junior year and attended the Summer Linguistics Institute for Youth Scholars at The Ohio State University prior to her senior year. (SLIYS promotes foreign language study, including Spanish, Korean, French, Turkish, Chinese and additional foreign language, in all aspects by cultivating a deeper appreciation of language similarities and differences.)

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 10:11 AM, 05.01.2018

Westlake Kiwanis awards George F. Hixson Fellowship

The Westlake Kiwanis presented Rick Grane with the George F. Hixson Fellowship. This fellowship is awarded to individuals who have contributed significantly to Kiwanis' rich history of generosity. Rick is one of only six Westlake Kiwanians to receive this award since it was established in 1983.

Rick has been a Westlake resident since 1983 and a Westlake Kiwanian since 2008. Rick is generous in both his time and money. He is tireless in his commitment to family, community and Kiwanis.

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Volume 10, Issue 9, Posted 9:58 AM, 05.01.2018

Westlake Girl Scout finishes Gold Award project

Westlake Girl Scout Katie Cirincione, who is a 16-year-old junior at Westlake High School, recently completed her Gold Award project. She is an Ambassador Girl Scout and this is her 10th year in Girl Scouts. The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest award in Girl Scouts and can be earned by scouts in grades 9-12. Less than 6 percent of eligible scouts complete the award, which requires a girl to complete an 80-hour project that makes a lasting impact on her community.

For her project, Katie put together two “Language Library” carts. These carts each contain about 140 books in other languages. One cart went to the Ronald McDonald House of Cleveland to offer books to those who may already know other languages. The other cart is in the cafe of the Westlake Porter Public Library in order to give those learning another language a resource to practice with, as well as to inspire cultural and lingual diversity. The public is encouraged to utilize the resources on the carts to help better their linguistic abilities.

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Volume 10, Issue 8, Posted 9:52 AM, 04.17.2018

Bay Village DAR helps veterans celebrate Vietnam Veterans Memorial Day

March 29 is designated as the official day of remembrance and celebration for all veterans who served in Vietnam. It’s a day of thankfulness for those who returned home and those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

Martha Devotion Huntington Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution has furnished Easter and Christmas dinners for three years to the current residents of the Fulton House. This house is a haven for homeless veterans that furnishes not only a shelter but outpatient health services, counseling and Bible studies to 13 men, and seven more in a smaller home adjacent to Fulton House.

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Volume 10, Issue 7, Posted 9:34 AM, 04.03.2018