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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Over 300 Eagle Scouts from the Lake Erie Council, Boy Scouts of America, attended the Eagle Scout Class of 2017 Recognition Dinner on March 18 at the downtown Renaissance Cleveland Hotel. Scouts met with career mentors and were recognized for their accomplishments by Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. Several of the Eagle Scouts from Bay Village are pictured here.
Visit www.beascout.org to learn more about Scouting programs in our area.
Thursday, March 29, is National Vietnam War Veterans Day.
Vietnam veterans have not been recognized as have previous war veterans. This story has been told many times but it remains true, even today.
Much has been done to right this wrong but it is still good to remind everyone of the sacrifice of these men and women.
It was a great surprise to have Mr. and Mrs. Westlake attend the monthly meeting of the Westlake/WestShore Lions Club on Feb. 1.
Craig and Nan Baker, selected by the Westlake Town Criers to be the 2017 Mr. & Mrs. Westlake, were given the authority to donate $500 of Town Criers funds to a worthy, charitable organization. The Bakers chose the School Safety Bucket program sponsored by the Westlake/West Shore Lions Club.
"It was such an honor for my husband and I to be chosen as the 2017 Mr. & Mrs. Westlake. We are proud to donate the Town Criers funds toward this worthy cause," Nan Baker said.
Connecting for Kids will honor five individuals who have helped fulfill the organization’s mission to provide education and support to families with concerns about their child at its annual fundraiser on Feb. 23. Among the five honorees are two from Bay Village and Westlake:
- Educator/Professional of the Year: Natalie Tesar of Bay Village.
- Board Member of the Year: Kim Riley of Westlake
Educator/Professional of the Year: Natalie Tesar
As a second-grade teacher and Building Advisory Team member at Eastview Elementary School in Avon Lake, Natalie Tesar has quickly proven to be one of the building’s strongest educators and leaders. She has excelled in the classroom and in all roles presented to her. This devotion and hard work is the reason her students perform so well. She is student-centered, plans instruction to meet her students’ individual needs and uses technology to engage and empower her students.
Tesar always goes above and beyond for her students. She provides them with materials they need for class, shows them that she cares, and finds the positives in every student she has. Tesar displays all the professional and personal traits that make her a quality educator. She is professional, caring, builds strong relationships with others, and remains calm under stressful circumstances.
Board Member of the Year: Kim Riley
Kim Riley’s dedication to the mission of Connecting for Kids is exemplified in her multiple accomplishments on the board of directors. She helped to develop the internal organizational structure needed for growth.
The Bay Village Community Council met on Jan. 24 to discuss their groups' exciting spring events. They also announced the 2018 winners for Bay Village Citizen of the Year, Cathy Flament, and the Bay Village Project of the Year, the Community Wide Yard Sale to benefit hurricane relief. Planning is underway for the Award Reception.
Bay Athletic Boosters Association is looking for major donors to help with construction costs of phase II of the athletic field renovation which includes new locker rooms, restrooms and a new, efficient concession stand. Their Snoball Run is Feb. 17. Registration information is available at hermescleveland.com/roadracing.
Bay Village Community Theater continues its "All the World's a Stage[d Reading] Series with performances of Robert Anderson's "I'm Herbert" and "Footsteps of Doves." The performances will be held on Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. at O'Neill Healthcare and on Feb. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Bay Village Community House. Both are free and open to the public.
Bay Village Historical Society's Feb. 15 potluck dinner program will be “To Conserve and Preserve: Cleveland Metroparks History 101," presented by Judy MacKeigan. For details, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bay Village Kiwanis Club will hold their spring pancake breakfast at Bay Middle School on Sunday, March 18.
Michelle Krieg, leader of Girl Scout Troop 70769 in Bay Village, is the recipient of a community service award from the Daughters of the American Revolution for her time and dedication to refurbishing flower beds adjacent to the Osborn House and Rose Hill Museum. Both are located in the northeast corner of Cahoon Memorial Park.
The beds had been neglected for many years. The Herb Guild, Bay Village Historical Society, Bay Village Garden Club and the DAR met to determine how extensive a restoration would be. The Girl Scout troop took on the effort of rejuvenating the gardens. This involved research, detailed measurements of the existing plots, replenishing the soil and careful selection of native plants to ensure survival in our Lake Erie climate.
Maximillian X. Schell, Bay Village Troop 41, earned the Eagle Scout rank on Dec. 28, 2017. Max becomes the Troop's 155th Eagle Scout since 1964. He is the son of Cassia and Greg Schell of Bay Village.
For his Eagle service project, Max's team constructed a large SCUBA table and bench made of recycled plastic lumber. The table and bench are placed at the Whitestar Quarry in Gibsonburg, Ohio, where they are used by professional rescue and recreational divers. Visit troop41.wordpress.com for more information about Boy Scout Troop 41.
A simple request to have a chef come and visit our program and work with our staff at Westlake Meals on Wheels has turned into a gift that keeps on giving! Christopher Hampton, Lakewood Country Club's general manager, embraced the concept of providing a guest chef and ran with the idea.
Not only did Lakewood Country Club provide two guest chefs when chefs Geoffrey Gus and Geoffrey Sowl visited our Meals on Wheels facility and worked with our cooks, they also donated the food and prepared the meals!
On Dec. 20, Lakewood Country Club provided the 67 Meals on Wheels clients with a hot meal consisting of roasted turkey a la king, vegetable medley and cheddar mashed potatoes as well as a cold meal consisting of a trio salad platter of tuna, chicken and egg salad and mixed greens with a side of fresh fruit and finished off with a peppermint trifle.
At their Dec. 13 meeting, Herb Hoppe of the Westlake Bay Village Rotary presented a check for $2,740 to Wendi Schwartz, executive director of Meals on Wheels. The money will be used to purchase a new commercial freezer for Westlake Meals on Wheels. This will allow for maximum meal preparation capacity of their current facility in Dover Congregational Church.
“Meals on Wheels has been pushing the limits of our facility and wonderful staff and volunteers to increase the number of clients we can prepare meals for over the past year in order to keep up with the growing demand for our service," Ms. Schwartz noted. "Having the extra freezer storage will alleviate the frozen food storage limitations, allowing us to order food more cost effectively.”
The lastest additions to the Westlake police force were sworn in during a ceremony at Westlake City Hall on Monday, Dec. 11. This was a first for Mayor Dennis Clough because his new officers were canines. The new officers have two names – a formal name and a training name – and will be teamed with Westlake police officers.
K-9 officer Ricker (Cash) will team with patrolman Dennis Funari, Echo (Dax) will team with patrolman Josh Frey, and Max (Timmy) will team with patrolman JP Toth. After the formal swearing-in of the new officers, a party was hosted by the Westlake Police Department and Westlake Kiwanis to thank all the donors to the Canine Fund.
Boy Scout Patrick Byrne of Troop 225 out of St. Bernadette's in Westlake earned his Eagle Scout rank on Sept. 11. He graduated from St. Christopher grade school in 2014 and is currently a senior at St. Edward High School. Patrick was a member of Pack 390 during his time at St. Chris, earning the Arrow of Light.
During his 10 years in Scouts, he served in many leadership positions, earned 32 merit badges, and is currently the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster of his troop.
The last 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 offers us a chance to look back on the year and acknowledge those who have influenced our lives.
It is no coincidence that the Bay Village Community Council has recently 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. 22, and selections will be announced soon afterward.
Members of the Bay Men’s Club turned out on a recent Saturday morning to help their fellow citizens by raking leaves and cleaning the yards of a number of deserving residents, many of them seniors and disabled.
Participants included Dwight Clark, Pete Winzig, Sean Riley, Matt Mowchan with his two sons, Rob Spies, Matt Williams and Eric Eakin.