Community Events

Scaredy Cat Run is a fun fall tradition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bay groups plan fall activities

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

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

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

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

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

Herb Guild Garden Club to meet Oct. 13

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

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

Kick off the season with a tailgate party

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

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

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

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

Princesses & Guides ice cream social & fall registration

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

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

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

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

Touch-a-Truck returns

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

On Saturday, Sept. 11, from noon to 3 p.m., kids of all ages are invited to visit the annual Bay Village Touch-a-Truck event. Don’t miss the chance to climb in a fire truck, sit in the seat of a front-end loader, turn on the emergency lights of a police car, or meet service and safety force personnel!
Parents will have the opportunity to ask questions of your community service providers and receive valuable safety information. Though last year’s event was cancelled, Touch-a-Truck generally draws over 1,000 visitors and this year promises to be even bigger than past years.
The free event will take place rain or shine at the combined safety campus of the Bay Village police and fire departments, 28000-28100 Wolf Road. 

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Volume 13, Issue 16, Posted 10:12 AM, 08.17.2021

Westlake holds annual 'Bloom' ceremony

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

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

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

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

Paddlers learn to kayak with confidence

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

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

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

Mark your calendars to view some rare antiques

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Both events are free and open to the public.

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

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

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

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

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

Doing it for the dogs!

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

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

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

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

Astronomy Club relaunches at Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

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

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

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

Bay Village senior center to host rummage sale

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

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

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

Elks Lodge hosts car show

It's so good to be out again!

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

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

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

Step back in time at Rose Hill Museum

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

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

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

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

Tai Chi practice group at Huntington

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

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

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

Herb Guild will not hold annual luncheon

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

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

Art Festival returns to Westlake July 31

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

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

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

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

Bay Days 5-Mile & Kids’ Run is back

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

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

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

Bay Board of Education June 7 meeting overview

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

Superintendent’s Report

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

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

Take part in the Westlake 4th of July Parade

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

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

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

If you, your organization or your business is interested in participating in this year's festivities, visit the City’s website at

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

LWV Bay Village awards Good Citizen Scholarships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Westlake residents host food truck event

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

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

Show off your green thumbs, Westlake!

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

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

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

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

Harley-Davidson Toy Run benefiting Fairview Hospital Pediatrics needs riders

Calling all riders!  Community West Foundation announced that the Harley-Davidson Toy Run benefiting Fairview Hospital Pediatrics will take place on Sunday, July 11, at 10 a.m. After a year hiatus due to the pandemic, the ride will start at Rock-n-Roll City Harley-Davidson located at 4985 W. 150th Street and parade through town ending at Fairview Hospital in West Park.  

Riders participating typically have toys such as stuffed animals strapped to their massive bikes during the event. Once at the hospital, the toys are collected and donated to the hospital for placement in the pediatric playroom where the littlest patients can enjoy them.

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Volume 13, Issue 11, Posted 10:22 AM, 06.02.2021

No Bay Village Memorial Day Parade this year

The Bay Village American Legion has decided to cancel this year's parade due to the pandemic and the need for social distancing. There will be a small Memorial Day observance at the Lakeside Cemetery on Monday, May 31, at 9:30 a.m., where the names of those who gave their lives in service to our country will be read.

Those who attend are requested to wear face coverings and maintain Covid-19 protocol.

The parade has been an annual tradition here in Bay Village with many city organizations participating in it. This is only the second time the parade has been canceled, the first time was last year, for the same reason. Hopefully this special event will take place next year, when it is again safe to do so.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.18.2021

Westlake celebrates National Skilled Nursing Week

In celebration of National Skilled Nursing Week, Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough presented a proclamation recognizing the hardworking staff at Concord Reserve (formerly Lutheran Home at Concord Reserve) on Friday, May 13.

Executive Director Bruce McNabb accepted the proclamation on behalf of the organization.

Newsweek recently named Concord Reserve the fifth-best nursing home in Ohio.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:12 AM, 05.18.2021

Westlake Toastmasters 497 celebrates 34th anniversary

The Westlake Toastmasters Club 497, hosted its 34th anniversary celebration on May 26. The club regularly held its meetings at Westlake Porter Public Library prior to the COVID-19 shutdown and is currently meeting virtually on the Zoom platform. This club has a tradition of excellence that it has maintained since chartering on May 1, 1987.

Toastmasters is an international organization that upholds a mission to empower others to become more effective communication and leadership skills.

Many members of this club have served in District 10 leadership within Toastmasters, covering the majority of the Northeast Ohio area. They have had great influence over the direction of District 10 and in their careers!  Currently, Alisha Smith-Kirk, the club's Immediate Past President, serves as the District 10 Director, while Loren Dill, club secretary, serves as an Area Director.

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Volume 13, Issue 10, Posted 10:23 AM, 06.02.2021

Kiwanis offer take-out spaghetti dinner

The Kiwanis Club of Bay Village invites you to the take-out spaghetti dinner on Saturday, May 8, from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Pre-order online or order at drive-up for Tony Dostal's award winning signature sauce and spaghetti. Take home a dinner for only $10 including salad, roll and sweet. Also available: sauce in quarts and 50/50 raffle. Order online at

Drive-thru pick-up at Village Project 27378 W. Oviatt Road (between Dover Center and Cahoon roads). Drive, bike, or walk up – everyone is welcome. Proceeds from Kiwanis events are used to benefit the children of our community and around the world. Currently we are supporting the high school Key Club, Project Thirst, Academic Achievement Awards for high school students, and BAYarts' stage, wood shop and sign projects. Kiwanis also needs volunteers. If you want to help, call 440-724-1578.

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Volume 13, Issue 9, Posted 10:04 AM, 05.04.2021

Earth Day celebration to review area's tree coverage

Cuyahoga County’s tree canopy will be discussed by the Westlake/North Olmsted Chapter of the League of Women Voters at its Earth Day 2021 celebration, Thursday, April 22, at 7:30 pm. Guest speaker Alison Ball, a planner with the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission, will speak at the Zoom meeting. Ms. Ball was involved with the 2019 county-wide Urban Tree Canopy Assessment and manages the ongoing grant program.

The 2019 Assessment showed that the Cuyahoga County tree canopy had a net loss of about 6,600 acres of canopy, a 6.1% decline from 2011. The loss comes despite concerted efforts in many local communities to increase tree canopy. Losses are primarily due to development, natural loss from invasive pests, wind damage and neglect. In 2020, the County funded 26 community tree projects. This funding spurred the creation of 18 tree plans, nine tree maintenance plans and 14 tree inventories for area municipalities, neighborhoods and nonprofits.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:47 AM, 04.20.2021

Westlake is ready to bloom again

Now that spring has arrived, it is a great time to enter your garden or landscape for the Westlake in Bloom community beautification competition. This is the City’s opportunity to recognize Westlake’s avid gardeners who beautify their homes, businesses and institutions.

Entry is free and everyone who enters will receive an invitation to the Westlake in Bloom reception and awards ceremony on Wednesday, Aug. 11, at the Westlake Community Services Center auditorium, where the winners will be announced.  

Entering is as easy as visiting the City’s website and downloading an entry form or submitting one electronically at Residents also may pick up an entry form at Westlake City Hall, Porter Library or these Westlake garden centers: Cahoon Nursery, Dean’s Greenhouse, and Gale’s Westlake Garden Center.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:43 AM, 04.20.2021

Westlake Memorial Day Parade to return this year

The Westlake Memorial Day Parade, sponsored by the Westlake Kiwanis, will be held on May 31. The starting point will be at Sts. Peter & George Coptic Orthodox Church, 25800 Hilliard Blvd., at 10 a.m. The parade will march down Hilliard and end up at Clague Park, where a small ceremony will be held in the gazebo.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be no candy or flags handed out. Also, the City asks that parade spectators stay off the grass median. People are welcome to watch from the south curb side and north street side of Hilliard. This will help with spacing requirements.

Those who would like to walk or ride in the parade can email or call 440-829-0974 and leave phone number and message.

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Volume 13, Issue 8, Posted 10:42 AM, 04.20.2021

Bay Village groups share spring news and activities

The Bay Village Community Council met via Zoom on March 30. Annual elections were held and the following officers will begin their terms at the May meeting: Tara Wendell, president; Mary Kay Wilson, vice president; Peggy Ludwig, treasurer; and Beth Zellers, secretary. Community group representatives presented reports from their organizations: 

The next Bay Village Green Team meeting is Monday, May 10, 6:30-8 p.m. We will host green burials speaker Chad McGreevey to discuss what is involved with choosing a green burial in Ohio. The Green Team is hosting a Habitat for Humanity collection of gently used household goods, appliances and building materials on Saturday, April 24, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the Bay police station.

The League of Women Voters, Bay Village Chapter will host community forums at election time for each of the contested city offices. This year, our mayor and most city council positions are up for re-election. This is the year that our long-standing efforts to end gerrymandering go into high gear - after the census results are released, the state legislature will begin to re-draw congressional and state district lines to adjust to the new census figures. To that end, we will be offering educational programs about the new rules and a map-making contest so high school students and adults in Bay Village can get involved.

The Bay Village Kiwanis Club continues to assist with projects at Bay Arts, most recently restoring the stage platform and erecting a new canopy. We will be having a take-out spaghetti dinner on Saturday, May 8, 4-7 p.m. It will be at the Village Project. Tony Dostal’s spaghetti sauce will be for sale.  Dinner is $10 and includes salad, roll and a sweet. Orders will be taken online at Thirst Project Walk for Water will be on Saturday May 1, including the Bay High School Key Club and other Kiwanis-sponsored school groups.

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Volume 13, Issue 7, Posted 10:30 AM, 04.06.2021

Westlake Educational Foundation announces car raffle winners

The Westlake Educational Foundation is excited to announce Joseph Pavlik as the winner of a new 2020 Chevy Trax, donated by Serpentini Chevrolet of Westlake for the benefit of Westlake City Schools’ students.

Covid, a snow storm – nothing could prevent the Westlake Educational Foundation from holding its first car raffle on Feb. 16! Craig Catanzarite, Foundation board member, emceed the drawing, with Ryan Serpentini as the guest of honor drawing the winning ticket for the Chevy Trax.

When picking up the vehicle from the Westlake Board of Education offices, Joe’s wife, Elaine, was especially excited. Joe and Elaine had been looking for a new car, but Elaine couldn’t decide which car she wanted. She jokingly told Joe to “Just win me a car!” So, he did!

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Volume 13, Issue 6, Posted 10:28 AM, 03.16.2021

Knickerbocker to host Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard event

Not every city has two senior centers like Bay Village does. Most know about the Dwyer Center that serves all of Bay Village and surrounding communities with programs and services. However, the Knickerbocker Senior Center exists to serve the residents living in the Knickerbocker Senior Apartments. During the pandemic our center was closed down per the governor's orders. We are yet to open back up but are eagerly awaiting word that it's OK to do so.

Since the Knickerbocker Senior Center is a 501(c)(3) entity, run entirely on donations and volunteers, we are holding our first annual Old Mother Hubbard's Cupboard event. We are in desperate need of replenishing our kitchen supplies. There will be a drive-thru, drop-off event at the Knickerbocker Apartments, 27100 Knickerbocker Road, on Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. to collect donated kitchen items from the list below. If you are unable to make that time slot, we welcome your donations any time.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 9:49 AM, 03.02.2021

State Board of Education members to address League of Women Voters

Members and guests of the Westlake/North Olmsted Chapter of the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland will delve into the workings of the Ohio State Board of Education (OSBE) at its Monday, March 15, meeting via Zoom. The speakers, two elected members of the OSBE, Dr. Christina Collins and Meryl Johnson, will be introduced at 8:00 p.m., following the 7:30 p.m. chapter business meeting.

Dr. Collins was elected in November 2020 to represent the widespread District 5, which includes Westlake and Bay Village. She is an adjunct professor at Kent State University and formerly served as curriculum director in Buckeye Local Schools. Ms. Johnson represents District 11, which covers the city of Cleveland and the remainder of Cuyahoga County that is not included in Dr. Collins’ district. A retired Cleveland Public Schools teacher, Ms. Johnson was first elected to OSBE in November 2016 and was re-elected in November 2020.

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Volume 13, Issue 5, Posted 9:48 AM, 03.02.2021