Bay civic groups share news

Bay Village Community Council representatives met via Zoom on May 18 to share news and notes about their civic organizations. Many groups also announced plans for summer activities.

The Bay Village American Legion and the VFW awarded this year's Military Scholarship Award to Hayden Coffman. Hayden has an impressive scholastic record, with a 4.123 GPA over his high school career. He was a member of the Marching Band, the Symphonic Band and still found time to do some acting. Hayden served as the captain of the Bay High boys soccer team and was selected to the All-Conference and All-District Teams. As a junior he was chosen to be our Buckeye Boys State Representative. Hayden has accepted an appointment to The United States Military Academy at West Point.  He plans to use his Military Scholarship monies to defray fees and expenses not covered by West Point.

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club continues to hold its meetings virtually. Bay Days will return June 30 to July 3. Kiwanis is sponsoring two boys baseball teams and two girls softball teams this summer. The club continues to work on BAYarts' deck, stage and other projects. The BHS Key Club's Walk for Water on May 1 raised $12,000 to dig a fresh water well in South Africa.

The Bay Village Foundation welcomed new trustees: Jeffry Elliott, Luke Elsass, Sean O'Reilly and Matt Peters. Three scholarships were given to BHS students and the foundation allocated nine grants to local nonprofits, totalling just under $24,000.

The Huntington Devotion Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution supplied snacks and water to the National Guard at the Wolstein Center during vaccine distributions. The chapter will resume meetings in August.

The Lake Erie Nature & Science Center continues to offer free general admission to indoor and outdoor exhibits, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the community are encouraged to call 440-871-2900, ext. 204 or email with wildlife questions and concerns. The Center is offering a number of summer camps, virtual field trips and programs for all ages. Visit for details.

The Bay Village Green Team is hosting monthly waterway cleanups around the city. On Saturday, June 12, at 11 a.m., the cleanup will be at Reese Park. Meet in the parking lot to get garbage bags and grabbers. On Saturday, July 10, at 11 a.m., the cleanup will be at Cahoon Creek. Meet at the top of the sledding hill. Visit the BVGT Facebook page for more events.

The Bay Village Branch Library's Summer Reading Program, "Tails and Tales," will run June 5-Aug. 15. This is a free-choice independent reading program to help combat the “summer slide” and encourage participants to develop a daily reading habit. Participants can register online or in person at the library. Cuyahoga County Public Library will be offering 40 STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) virtual programs throughout the summer. These programs feature presenters including the Center for Arts Inspired Learning, Progressive Arts Alliance, Lake Erie Ink and more. Construction is on track for grand opening of the new library in Spring 2022.

The PTA Council's "One Village One Book" program is taking place again this year.  The book will be "Hidden Figures" and the programming around the book will be at adult, teen and children’s levels. Safety Town is returning this year and will be hosted at Normandy.

The Village Bicycle Cooperative is offering Volunteer Shop Time on Tuesdays and Thursdays, when experienced volunteers are scheduled to work on the bikes in the shop. The volunteers need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, masks worn, and only 3 people will be in the shop at a time. Bike donations will be accepted during these hours. Email On Wednesdays and Saturdays the shop will be open for bike sales, donations and “bike talk.” All sales will be by check only and outside. Bike sales have been brisk to date and some hybrids and mountain bikes are out of stock. Volunteers will be working hard to replenish the sale supply. Visit for shop hours and updates.

The Village Project is looking forward to having student cooks back in the kitchen beginning June 1. New Executive Director Meredith LaVecchia will begin her tenure on June 7. Project Pedal has been postponed.

The League of Women Voters, Bay Village Chapter has trained speakers willing to talk to any group about Ohio’s redistricting process. The speakers give talks from 30 to 60 minutes including Q&A describing what redistricting is, why it is so important to a functioning democracy and why each citizen needs to be involved this year to insure that fair district lines are drawn. Contact chapter chair Cynthia White,, for details.

The Bay Village Historical Society continues to work on Rose Hill Museum inventory. Recent discoveries include more than 100 original drafts of sermons given during the 1920s at Bay Presbyterian Church, music written by Lyman A. Tuttle who taught at Baldwin Wallace College in the mid-1800s, valentines from the 1800s and scrapbooks from the late 1800s with postcards and various ephemera. The museum is tentatively scheduled to reopen on July 11, with permission from the City. The Cleveland Hiking Club is conducting a historic Lake Road East Bay Hike on June 10, beginning at Reese Park at 8:30 a.m. The club is hosting a historic Lake Road West Bay Hike on June 17, beginning at the Cahoon Gazebo at 8:30 a.m. Both hikes are six miles total.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 10:18 AM, 06.02.2021