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Bay residents have until Nov. 18 to switch electric supplier

In May 2010, Bay voters approved a citywide aggregation program to contract with FirstEnergy Solutions for electric generation. The three-year term of the original contract expires in January 2014, and has been renewed for another three years. Residents may opt out of the aggregate until Nov. 18, 2013, and select their own electric generation provider.

If you wish to opt out of the Bay Village Government Electric Aggregate, negotiated for you by the city, you must return the opt-out form that was mailed to your house. If you do not respond by Nov. 18, you will automatically be signed up for a new three-year contract, ending January 2017, with FirstEnergy Solutions as your home’s electricity generation source.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:07 AM, 11.12.2013

Village Bicycle rolls into third year

On Oct. 23, Village Bicycle Cooperative celebrated its second-year anniversary with a meeting and refreshments in its shop on the ground floor of the Bay Community House. The presenter and founder, Bay resident Jennifer Smillie, recapped what has happened, especially in the second year, and answered questions from the more than 30 people in attendance. The audience included local residents, Ward 4 Councilman Mike Young and VBC board members Bob Piccirilli, Carl Gonzalez, Peggy Ludwig and Patrick McGannon.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:14 AM, 11.12.2013

Kiwanis work around construction for pancake breakfast

The Westlake Kiwanis family of Kiwanis and Key Club, Builders Club and Aktion Club would like to thank Westlake and surrounding communities for traversing the many construction obstacles to make their recent pancake breakfast at the high school a success. A new location and construction of buildings, parking lots and sidewalks made getting to the breakfast an adventure. They would like to also thank all their corporate sponsors.

The funds from their pancake breakfasts support projects such as WHBS-TV, Westlake Relays, community food baskets, Salute to Excellence, Westlake Memorial Day Parade and Service, flower boxes on Hilliard, iPads for special classes, Pedi boards for the emergency services, Special Olympics, Meals on Wheels and many more throughout Westlake and surrounding communities.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:14 AM, 11.12.2013

Bay Village Community Band concert plays tributes to veterans

Patriotic songs played and veterans were honored during the Veterans Day Concert at Bay Middle School on Nov. 6. This annual concert has become a tradition for many area veterans and their families as they are honored for their service to our country and to hear rousing renditions of classic patriotic songs and marches.

As a special part of the program, Fred Green, commander of VFW Post 9693, presented Jake Schock with the Legion of Honor medal (the highest medal award that can be presented to a non-Frenchman) for his outstanding service in the Battle of the Bulge, during which he was wounded by machine gun fire.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:04 AM, 11.12.2013

Committee forming to build Bay community fireworks fund

Your ideas and your help are needed to raise funds for the Bay Village Independence Day Fireworks.

All are invited to join the committee that is forming to keep the fireworks in Bay Village. Tony Dostal, George MacDonald, Charles Kennedy and Dwight Clark are heading up the community fireworks committee.

The committee wants to keep the tradition going in Bay for all to enjoy. People come from all of the surrounding cities to attend Bay Days and to enjoy the fireworks.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:09 AM, 11.12.2013

Westlake PD gets grant for new bike

Westlake police officers will be patrolling the streets on some sweet new wheels, thanks to a donation from the Elks.

Lakewood Elks leaders Maria Gregg, Stan Soja and Bob Geiger presented a check for $750 to Lt. Ray Arcuri and auxiliary officer Rick Grane on Nov. 4 at Lodge #1350 on Center Ridge Road in Westlake. The funds will help to cover the cost of a new Raleigh Talus bicycle for the department, bringing the number of bikes at its disposal to more than a dozen.

The bikes are a valuable tool for Westlake police and auxiliary officers, according to Lt. Ray Arcuri.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:08 AM, 11.12.2013

Youth Challenge launches Paralympic Power Soccer program

Youth Challenge, a leading provider of adapted sports and recreation in Northeast Ohio, received eight power wheelchairs from Invacare Corp. to kick-off a Paralympic Power Soccer Program.

A group of Invacare employees presented YC with the power wheelchairs at Youth Challenge headquarters in Westlake.  YC participants and volunteers then faced off in a series of 4-on-4 Power Soccer games, the first competitive team sport designed and developed specifically for power wheelchair users.

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Volume 5, Issue 23, Posted 10:17 AM, 11.12.2013

Bay Village tops region in 2013 National Bike Challenge

Bay Village has earned another No. 1 ranking in northeast Ohio! This time, it was in the 2013 National Bike Challenge. Of the 64 communities participating in Northeast Ohio, Bay Village scored the most points, earning it the top spot in our region. This was a result of 27 Bay Village participants logging 27,685 miles during the five-month challenge! 

Transport miles accounted for 51 percent of the total miles. Recreation miles accounted for 48 percent of the total miles and mountain biking miles accounted for 1 percent of the total miles. When compared to driving an automobile, this reduced CO2 emissions by an estimated 13,000 pounds and saved riders a combined total of $4,098.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:21 AM, 10.29.2013

Retired Bay police chief Fred Drenkhan celebrated by community

Thrush Avenue, Cleveland, Nov. 1, 1926. Thus began a life that would span 87 years (and counting), moving from Cleveland’s west side to the lakeshore community of Bay Village, and playing an integral part in law enforcement and the biggest murder case of the 1950s.

Fred F. Drenkhan spent his boyhood in Cleveland in the 1930s during the time of the infamous Torso Murders. He remembers venturing to the wrong side of town and getting lost in the stomping grounds of the Torso murderer. Seemingly out of nowhere, a man appeared, took him by the hand and led him through the valley while warning him about the dangers of straying so far from home. In later years, he liked to tell the story to his children, sending shivers up their spines.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:19 AM, 10.29.2013

Miss Bay Village to represent city in Miss Ohio USA competition

Caitlin Wochna was recognized during the Oct. 21 Bay Village City Council meeting for her title as Miss Bay Village USA. Pictured with her parents, Caitlin will represent the city in the Miss Ohio USA competition Nov. 8-9 in Portsmouth, Ohio. The winner of that pageant will go on to compete in the nationally televised Miss USA pageant.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:37 AM, 10.29.2013

Sharing the road: Traffic rules apply to drivers and cyclists alike

As more people opt for bicycles over cars to run errands, commute to work and enjoy our beautiful community, it is important for automobile drivers to watch for cyclists and understand the laws governing them. Because state law defines bicycles as vehicles, bicycles are allowed on all roads within Bay Village. Individual cities within the state cannot outlaw biking on any of their streets. In fact, the only roads where bikers cannot bike in the state of Ohio are freeways.

When approaching a bicycle rider on the road, he or she should be treated as a slow-moving vehicle. Drivers should allow a minimum of three feet of clearance when passing a bicycle rider, yet more space should be given when possible. State law allows automobiles to pass a bicycle rider by crossing a double yellow line only if it is safe to do so.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:33 AM, 10.29.2013

Westlake non-profit receives grant for outreach to west side pediatricians

Connecting for Kids has received a $15,000 grant from Community West Foundation to fund the distribution of its Empower the Parent brochures. These brochures, designed for west side pediatric health care providers, offer a step-by-step resource that parents can follow if there is a question or concern about their child’s development.

In addition to answering commonly asked questions about the intervention process, the brochures provide contact information to: state and school district screenings and services; local nonprofits that can offer education and support to the families; and private resources such as psychologists, counselors, speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists.

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Volume 5, Issue 22, Posted 10:31 AM, 10.29.2013

West Shore Chamber announces Bright Star Award recipient

The West Shore Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Brian Quinn of Massage Envy was selected as the Chamber's Bright Star 2013.

Over 50 chambers of commerce across northern Ohio nominated a person from their chamber as their “Bright Star” to recognize a chamber member who has “made a significant impact on the chamber through membership, retention, sponsorship, economic development, operations and/or education.” Each Bright Star is an active chamber member for no less than two years and is likely to be an unsung hero or a dedicated behind-the-scenes volunteer.

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Volume 5, Issue 21, Posted 10:06 AM, 10.15.2013

Voter information from the Board of Elections

Voters in all of Cuyahoga County’s municipalities will be included in the Nov. 5 General Election. Municipal, judicial, and school board candidates are on the ballot as well as county and local issues.

To avoid lines on Election Day, and to allow extra time to study the ballot, all registered voters may Vote by Mail. Vote by Mail ballot applications are available at the Board of Elections website: www.443VOTE.com, by calling the Board of Elections at 216-443-VOTE, and at all public libraries.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:37 AM, 10.01.2013

Couple gives back through golf

Some people might find watching a golf tournament on TV relaxing. Not Scott and Julie Mawaka. A televised event inspired the Hudson couple to create a foundation and organize their own golf tournament to raise money and awareness for local charities. That was in 2004; In August, the Scott & Julie Mawaka Charitable Foundation hosted its 10th Annual Golf Outing at Shaker Heights Country Club.

Over the years, family, friends, and colleagues of the Mawakas’ have generously pitched in with sponsorships, raffle prizes, and participated in golf and dinner. Some of the organizations that have benefited from the golf outing are HeArt Inc., The Feel-Good Foundation, The Geauga County Habitat for Humanity and The ALS Association.

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Volume 5, Issue 20, Posted 9:33 AM, 10.01.2013

Bay resident celebrates 104th birthday

If it’s true that one wish accompanies every birthday candle, Mina Hughes will have a lot of requests to make on Sept. 25.

On that day, she will be surrounded by her son Dave, grandson Scott and his wife Melissa, great-grandson Avery, and niece Beverly as they celebrate her 104th year of life. Also present will be the many friends who consider her to be an extended part of their own families.

Her incredible memory of people, dates and events has provided most of the information that I am honored to share about her long and interesting life.

Mina Rose Lyle was born on Sept. 25, 1909, in Logansport, Ind., during the presidential term of Robert H. Taft. It was the decade of World War I, the Titanic and Prohibition.The average life expectancy was 50 and the average yearly salary was $750.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:22 AM, 09.17.2013

Westerly student's drawing published in national magazine

Bay Village has received national attention once again, this time thanks to the artwork of nine-year-old Holly Mack. After years of sending drawings to Highlights Magazine, Holly finally made it to the "Your Own Pages" section in the October 2013 issue.

The Westerly fourth-grader's drawing of a colorful chameleon, completed when Holly was eight years old, was selected by the magazine last year from more than 35,000 annual reader submissions. The feature includes her name, age and state. The October issue is on newsstands now.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:18 AM, 09.17.2013

Night of s'mores offers a sticky good time

I am amazed that there are so many different flavors of marshmallows. The only flavor we could get when I was young was the white cubes.

On Sept. 6, the residents of the Knickerbocker Apartments were treated to a night of s'mores. Anne Naumann, director of the Knickerbocker Senior Center, provided all the goodies for the "Wish There Was S'more Summer" party. Chocolate bits, graham crackers and multi-colored marshmallows were roasted on alcohol burners. A charcoal or wood fire might set off the fire alarms in the building. Since we didn't have enough s'mores to share with the firemen who would answer the call, we settled for the smokeless burners.

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Volume 5, Issue 19, Posted 10:25 AM, 09.17.2013

Dr. Deborah Abbott to speak at Westlake Porter Public Library

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Cuyahoga West Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society (OGS) will host nationally recognized speaker and OGS Cleveland District Trustee, Deborah Abbott. Dr. Abbott, past president of the African-American Genealogical Society of Cleveland and a retired professor of Counseling from Cuyahoga Community College of Cleveland, obtained Bachelor of Science and Master of Education degrees from Tuskegee University in Birmingham, Ala., and a Ph.D. degree from Kent State University.  

While she resides in Cleveland, Dr. Abbott is an adjunct faculty member at the Institute of Genealogy and Historical Research at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala. She lectures throughout northeast Ohio and surrounding states, most recently at the Ohio Genealogical Society Library in Bellville, Ohio.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:34 AM, 09.04.2013

Westlake resident named Miss Cuyahoga County

Westlake resident Tiara Hunt has been awarded the title Miss Cuyahoga County and will represent the county in the Miss Ohio USA competition in November. Should she win this title, she will go on to compete next spring for the Miss USA title.

Tiara has lived in Ohio for the last 12 years, graduating from Orange High School in Pepper Pike and obtaining her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Kent State University. She currently works for the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and is studying to take the NCLEX- RN nursing exam to be licensed to practice. Tiara is also an advocate for self-empowerment, independence and living with a purpose.

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Volume 5, Issue 18, Posted 10:28 AM, 09.04.2013

Teams compete in Corporate Challenge

This year’s winner of the seventh annual City of Westlake Corporate Challenge was Applied Companies LLC, located on Ranney Parkway in Westlake. The Corporate Challenge featured 16 events, held in the evenings from August 5-9. Most Challenge events were held throughout the city of Westlake at various locations. The locations included: Westlake Recreation Center, Meadowood Golf Course and the Center for Community Services. Bowling, eight-ball pool and trivia were held at Buckeye Lanes in neighboring North Olmsted.

According to Victoria Marquard-Shultz, general counsel for Applied Companies, this year’s champion, “We participate because everyone in the entire company looks forward to it. It gives all our people the opportunity to see each other out of work, and to meet each other’s spouses, kids and dogs! What we gain is a sense of camaraderie that extends into our work culture and gives us a boost for the entire year.”

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:02 AM, 08.20.2013

Cool summer doesn't deter Westlake's gardeners

Awards presented at 2013 Westlake in Bloom ceremony

The yards and streets of Westlake blossomed with creativity again this year for the city’s annual Westlake in Bloom community beautification program. Green-thumbed residents and businesses alike planned and planted in hopes of winning bragging rights and a gift certificate to one of Westlake’s four garden centers.

The Hilliard Boulevard flower boxes and Evergreen Cemetery fence gardens burst with color, while more than 100 entries were submitted in 21 residential and commercial categories – nearly triple the number of participants in the first Bloom competition 12 years ago. Winners were announced at an Aug. 7 awards reception at LaCentre.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:23 AM, 08.20.2013

Westlake in Bloom winners

Congratulations to the winning gardeners in this year's Westlake in Bloom competition. Thank you for your hard work to make our community even more beautiful!

Evergreen Cemetery Fence Gardens
    Best Focal Point: The Eberling Family    
    Best Use of Color/Texture/Materials: In Memory of Stanley and Dixie Dean
    Most Creative: In Memory of Norma and Bill Jonas
    Greatest Visual Impact: The Coe, Barry, Ward and Hall Families   

Hilliard Boulevard Flower Box
    Best of the Boxes: Kingsville/Westlake Sister Cities
    Best Focal Point: The Witouski Family
    Best Use of Color/Texture/Materials: Constructability, Inc.
    Greatest Visual Impact: The Madden Family

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:22 AM, 08.20.2013

Democracy in action

A standing-room-only crowd packed the Bay Middle School cafeteria on Aug. 13 to hear from the four mayoral candidates up for election in the September primary. The two-hour forum, sponsored by the League of Women Voters - Cuyahoga Area, Bay Village Chapter, featured opening and closing remarks from each candidate and questions from the audience. The evening marked the first public gathering of the three challengers – Claire Banasiak, Marty Mace and David Volle – and incumbent Deborah Sutherland.

Audience questions, reviewed by a panel of League members and posed by moderator Janice Patterson from the Westlake/North Olmsted Chapter, focused on a number of hot-button topics, including government transparency, regionalization, property taxes and abatements, power outages and city council actions. A recurring topic of discussion was the city’s budget and the candidates’ plans to maintain the Bay Village way of life in the face of dwindling revenues from the state.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:22 AM, 08.20.2013

The Herb Guild goes back in time for themed luncheon

Remember when life was simpler, much less hurried, perhaps a  little less casual and a little more refined? That is exactly the mood The Herb Guild was going for with its "Turn of the Century Fashion Show" on Aug. 7, presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society. Delightfully dressed models circulated among over 300 members and guests in an array of historical gowns reminding us of the fine tailored workmanship of yesterday's fashion. The table decor of graceful tussie mussie bouquets with a lady's lace glove draped at its base reminisced the same theme.

Mary Kay Filipiak, chairwoman of the organization's scholarship committee, awarded $1,000 scholarships to two of our area's college-bound students, Patricia Kay and Greyson Rusher.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:23 AM, 08.20.2013

Mystery author Les Roberts to visit Westlake

Mystery writer Les Roberts will meet and greet fans and autograph copies of his new book, "Win, Place, or Die" on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 1-3 p.m. at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Crocker Park. The event is free and open to the public.

"Win, Place, or Die" is the 17th book in a series featuring fictional Slovenian American private investigator Milan Jacovich, a former Kent State University football player and ex-cop with a taste for klobasa sandwiches and Stroh's beer – and a knack for finding trouble on the streets of Cleveland.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:56 AM, 08.20.2013

1963 Westlake High School reunion contacts needed

The 1963 Westlake High School Graduating Class is having their 50-year Reunion on Saturday, Oct. 19, in Lakewood’s Emerald Necklace Marina’s Waterside Room, 1500 Scenic Park Drive, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will also be an Ice Breaker Event on Friday, Oct. 18, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Westlake Houlihan’s Restaurant, 25651 Detroit Road. Retired WHS Band Director Thomas Hill will be a guest of honor.

Reunion Committee Members are working diligently at locating fellow classmates. Information on addresses and phone numbers or e-mail addresses on the following 1963 graduates would be greatly appreciated: Kathy Bayer Levy, Lynn K. Blanchard Gruen, James L. Gaul, Teresa M. Krebs Trexall, Norman J. Linek, Kathleen M. Maloney and Robert Duane Swartz. Please contact Bonnie Young Snyder at 440-937-9144 or blsnyder21@yahoo.com to update the missing contact information.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:54 AM, 08.20.2013

Westlake D.A.R.E. officer earns lifetime award

On Friday, Aug. 2, The D.A.R.E. Association of Ohio held their annual awards ceremony in Columbus. Awards were given for D.A.R.E. Officer of the Year, D.A.R.E. Educator of the Year and Law Enforcement Executive of the Year. In addition to these annual awards, the association chose to recognize one of its own with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 9:55 AM, 08.20.2013

Westlake military personnel honored

Friends and family of Westlake’s military banner honorees – including two of the featured servicemen – attended a ceremony at Westlake City Hall on July 18 to officially retire the banners that were displayed throughout the city for the last several months. Pictured, from left, are Cindy Wisniewski; Andrew Adkins; Darla Midgley; Mark, Bonnie and Rae-Rite Chomoa; Cecilia and David Smalley; Debbie and Dylan Rooney; and Olga Skerly.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 10:44 AM, 07.24.2013

Westlake Relay fights for a cure

All the hard work and time are over and we had a wonderful day July 13 at Westlake's Relay For Life. Games were played, raffles were won and music was enjoyed. Kids sweated their way through the bounce house and others cooled off in the dunk tank. Overall, we made money and that was the main goal. 

Unfortunately the turnout was much lower than we had wanted, and it breaks my heart for all the volunteers involved. Everyone worked so hard and we threw a great party and honored survivors, caregivers and those that we have lost. As Event Chair I had high hopes of reviving the Relay so I can’t help but be disappointed.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 10:32 AM, 07.23.2013

Donations sought for Bay fireworks fund

Will Bay Village have a fireworks show in 2014? The answer to that question is maybe: It will depend upon the generosity of those who enjoy the fireworks by contributing to the Community Fireworks Fund.

Bay Village Mayor Debbie Sutherland announced in 2011 that the city could no longer afford to pay for fireworks. Following that announcement, an anonymous donor stepped forward and contributed the funds through The Village Foundation for the past two years. In the future, funds will have to come from private donations given specifically for this purpose.

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Volume 5, Issue 15, Posted 9:44 AM, 07.23.2013

Hear Bay's mayoral candidates in LWV event August 13

The Bay Village chapter of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area will present a candidates' night on Tuesday, August 13, at 7 p.m. in the Bay Middle School cafeteria, 27725 Wolf Road. The four candidates for mayor will each give short opening and closing remarks. An LWV moderator will pose audience questions that have been screened for duplication, clarity, relevance and appropriateness.

On Sept. 10, Bay Village will have the first test of the primary election that was instituted by Charter Amendment in 2007 after the mayor won by a plurality rather than a majority.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:46 AM, 07.09.2013

Troop 41 honors three new Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 41 of Bay Village presented the Eagle Scout award to three young men at a ceremony in Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church on Sunday, June 30. The Eagle Scout award is the highest-ranking award in Boy Scouting. The three recipients were Alexander James Davis of Avon Lake, James Blakely Fell and Nathan Samuel Cullinan, both from Bay Village.

Mr. Carl Meermans, Scoutmaster of Troop 41, presided over the Eagle Court of Honor. The Reverend Dennis Stylski, Eagle Scout and pastor of Bethesda-on-the-Bay Lutheran Church, offered opening prayers that were followed by highlights of the road to Eagle Scout. Nationally, only about 4 percent of Scouts achieve this goal. In order to be considered for the Eagle rank, a scout must satisfy certain criteria. These include a minimum of 21 merit badges, of which 12 are required; demonstration of leadership positions in the troop; planning and implementation of an Eagle service project; character references with at least five letters of recommendation and the approval of a district-level Eagle Board of Review.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.09.2013

Westshore Young Leaders enjoy summer fun at youth conference

During the last week of June at Capital University in Bexley, over 400 teens were swarming from all over Ohio and around the country including Washington, D.C., and Georgia. Viktoria Paulic, a freshman at Rocky River High School, and Liz McIlwee, a senior at Lakewood High School – both members of the Westshore Young Leaders Network – attended the Y2Y International Conference. Y2Y's motto is "believing in the power of youth and the drug-free choice."

This year’s conference theme of "Limitless" equipped the teens and adults who work with them to the limitless potential to make positive change occur. This change can be within themselves, in their schools and their communities. Participants experienced small group family sessions, team-building challenges and limitless workshops over four days.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:50 AM, 07.09.2013

Golfers raise money for Youth Challenge

More than 80 golfers enjoyed a beautiful day at Avon Oaks Country Club while supporting the 25th Annual Youth Challenge Golf Outing on June 27.  Close to $10,000 was raised to directly help fund Youth Challenge programs. Thank you to all of the golfers, sponsors and volunteers who helped make it a fun and prosperous event.

Youth Challenge is a non-profit corporation that brings together children with physical disabilities and youth volunteers for year-round adapted sports and recreational activities. For 37 years, YC has been making it possible for children with physical disabilities to enjoy sports and activities like kayaking, horseback riding, skiing and bowling.

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Volume 5, Issue 14, Posted 9:49 AM, 07.09.2013

Westlake hires Jim Bedell as new director of planning and economic development

The June 20 Westlake council meeting was an evening of comings and goings. Introduced to the community was newly hired planning and economic development director Jim Bedell, while retiring longtime public servants Richard Schultz and William Huffman were given resolutions for their service to the city of Westlake.

Bedell arrives from Bay City, Mich., with an extensive planning background, including working as manager of the planning department and supervisor of the engineering and community development departments over his 14-year tenure with the city. He began his career as a planner with the Bay County (Michigan) Planning Department after receiving a degree in landscape architecture from Michigan State University.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 11:12 AM, 06.25.2013

Bay Scout's Eagle project fundraiser coming to Bay Days

I'm back one last time with my most exciting article yet, part three of my new crusade to remodel Bay United Methodist Church’s youth group room as my Eagle Scout project starting July 3! 

Achieving the rank of Eagle Scout takes a great commitment. Only four out of every 100 scouts achieve Eagle Scout. To reach this level, an Eagle Scout project needs to be accomplished. The project has to impact the community in a positive and lasting way. I know that my project will help teens in need come to Christ through a newly remodeled youth group room that will be fully functional, inviting and inspirational to newcomers.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:38 AM, 06.25.2013

LWV awards Good Citizen scholarships

The Bay Village Chapter of the League of Women Voters Cuyahoga Area has named two 2013 Bay High School graduates as outstanding “Good Citizens” of the school and community. Sarah Melenick and Benjamin Nortz were each awarded a $1,000 college scholarship at the recent Kiwanis Awards Night. Sarah and Ben were chosen for their superior qualities of character, scholarship and leadership.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:35 AM, 06.25.2013

‘Bike the US for MS’ riders stop in Bay

Bikers traversing the United States to raise awareness and money for multiple sclerosis research made a stop at the Cahoon in June festival on June 15. Starting in Bar Harbor, Maine, on May 28, the riders will travel 4,295 miles, ending in Seattle, Wash., on August 4. Pictured are Jim Omans, Matt Konece, Cecilie Cardoza and Rebecca Lemmon. To follow their progress or join the team, visit BiketheUSforMS.org.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 11:12 AM, 06.25.2013

North Carolina’s 'Cleveland Rocks' mission group entertains hospice patients

It’s no secret to those of us who live here that Cleveland is in the midst of a major revitalization. All the “buzz” about our hometown has reached into rural North Carolina. Sixty middle school and high school students from the combined youth choirs of First Baptist Church of Mount Holly and Marion, N.C., were inspired to plan a “Cleveland Rocks” mission trip and were in town until June 24.

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Volume 5, Issue 13, Posted 10:39 AM, 06.25.2013