Westlake pools change hours

The Westlake Aquatic Center & Peterson Pool have changed their hours of operation.

Weekend hours will not be affected by the changes below.

Aug. 10-14 and Aug. 17-21

Monday-Friday

Adult Lap Swim: 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Session 1: noon to 3 p.m.

Session 2: 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Aug. 24-28 and Aug. 31- Sept. 4

Monday-Friday

No Lap Swim.

Afternoon session: 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Westlake computer roundup

Westlake’s fall “Computer Roundup” is taking place from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. through Friday, and 7:30 a.m.-noon Saturday at the Westlake Service Center, 741 Bassett Road. This is for Westlake residents only. No materials from businesses, churches or schools will be accepted.

Acceptable drop-off materials include: computers (desktops, towers, laptops); tablets and e-readers; computer monitors, components and peripherals (keyboard, mice, USB drives, speakers, cable, cords, etc.); printers, including toner and ink cartridges; scanners, fax machines and shredders; phone systems; networking equipment; servers; phones; video games; stereo equipment; batteries; cables; microwaves; remotes; cameras; software; and tape drives.

Non-acceptable materials (many of which can go out on curb lawns on bulk trash days) include: televisions; household appliances (toasters, blenders, vacuums; refrigerators, coffee makers, etc.); hazardous waste (paint, motor oil, ballasts); items with liquid mercury such as thermometers, thermostats, etc.; and light bulbs, including incandescent, fluorescent, CFL or LED.

For more information, call the Service Center from 7:30-a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 440-835-6432.

Safety corridor in Lorain County

The Ohio Department of Transportation and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are taking steps to improve safety along State Route 2 in Lorain County.

From 2015-19, the section of SR 2 between Erie County and the Interstate 90 interchange had 588 crashes resulting in 106 injuries and five fatalities. These statistics spurred ODOT and the patrol to create the region’s latest safety corridor from Baumhart Road to I-90 in Brownhelm and Elyria townships.

This safety corridor will be marked, alerting motorists when they enter and exit it. The goal is to improve safety by reducing crashes, injuries and fatalities.

“Contributing factors to a large percentage of the crashes in this corridor include following too close, changing lanes improperly, and traveling at unsafe speeds,” said ODOT District 3 Deputy Director Bob Weaver. “We appreciate this partnership with the Highway Patrol and are looking forward to reducing these types of crashes as a lot of them could be avoided if drivers would slow down and pay attention.”

Motorists should expect increased traffic enforcement along the corridor.

Bay Village music membership drive

Bay Music Boosters will hold a virtual membership drive Saturday. Visit baymusicboosters.com to access the membership flyer and/or click the link to make an online donation. For questions, email Dave Johnson at pres@bayvillagebandboosters.org. All donations are tax deductible.

Westlake summer concert

Bring your lawn chair and listen to the sounds of free live music at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Blvd., featuring the Bronx Country performing country rock. This week features Swensons food truck.

Cowan Pottery Studio celebration

The Rocky River Public Library is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Cowan Pottery Studio’s move to Rocky River. Visitors may do a “Walk Through History” with a Cowan Pottery Timeline through Monday. Important dates in the history of Cowan Pottery Studio and Cowan Pottery Museum will be displayed on individual signs, spanning the past 100 years, on the library's front lawn.

An online photographic exhibition will debut Monday. Go to: www.rrpl.org/cowan to view items in the Cowan Style and The Studio on Lake online exhibitions.

The Cowan Potter Museum, a special collection found at Rocky River Public Library, is open to the public during regular library hours. For more information, contact Cowan curator Gregory Hatch at: g.hatch@rrpl.org or 440-895-3763.

Rocky River Chamber golf outing

The Rocky River Chamber of Commerce Golf Outing, set for Aug. 24 at Avon Oaks Country Club, is sold out, but sponsors are still accepting names for a wait list. In addition, there are still some volunteer spots open.

The chamber is also looking for donations to the 30th anniversary “Worthy Thirty” raffle. Prizes of all values are welcome. Tickets for the raffle are still available. Winners do not need to be present at the golf outing to win. Top prize is a $500 Visa gift card. Raffle winners will be pulled live on Facebook during the outing.

For more information, go to rockyriverchamber.com, email info@rockyriverchamber.com or call 440-331-1140.

Tri-C JazzFest adds day

Cuyahoga Community College has added a third day of music to the virtual edition of the 41st annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland.

Live-streamed performances have been added for Aug. 21-23. The free virtual festival will begin at 7 p.m. and run approximately 90 minutes on various online platforms. The performances have been pre-recorded.

In addition to the pre-recorded sessions, the virtual festival will feature live performances by artists as well as drop-in interviews with international jazz icons and footage of memorable moments from past Tri-C JazzFests. The lineup features more than a dozen acts, including the Dan Wilson Trio, Evelyn Wright Quartet, Sammy DeLeon’s Latin Jazz Sextet, Vanessa Rubin, Joe Hunter, Hubb’s Groove and more.

Go to 2020virtualjazzfest.eventbrite.com to register for the festival, or tri-cjazzfest.com for more information. The festival will stream on Tri-C JazzFest’s website, YouTube and Facebook pages. The virtual event will be free, though viewers can donate to Tri-C’s Student Emergency Fund to benefit creative arts students experiencing unforeseen financial challenges with the potential to derail their studies.

St. Mary’s Romanian Festival

The popular food festival at St. Mary’s Romanian Orthodox Cathedral will be held this year, but will be for pickup only. Hours are 4-8 p.m. Aug. 21 and noon-8 p.m. Aug. 22, with food pickup at the cathedral, 3256 Warren Road, in the Kamm's Corners neighborhood. All appropriate safety precautions are in place for the preparation and drive-through serving process. For a detailed menu and more information, call 216-941-5550.

Free concert in Avon Lake

The Avon Lake Historical Society is holding a free concert called “Rockin the Rails” from 6-8 p.m. Aug. 29 at Beach Park Station Plaza, 33489 Lake Road. Musicians featured include Dolinar Spahija, Kearsten Kopf and Rick Keane. Beer and food will be available. Bring a chair. Social distancing and face masks are mandatory.

Hospice warehouse sale

Hospice of the Western Reserve is holding its annual warehouse sale from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 12, and noon-4 p.m. Sept. 13 at Hospice of the Western Reserve headquarters, 17876 St. Clair Ave., Cleveland.

In addition to furniture, framed artwork and lamps, the selection often includes matching sets of fine china, glassware, antiques, jewelry, collectibles and one-of-a-kind treasures. Proceeds support seriously ill patients and their families, as well as veterans in need of specialized care, grief and trauma counseling in schools and other community-based programs provided by the nonprofit agency throughout northern Ohio.

Cash and major credit cards (VISA, MasterCard, and Discover) are accepted (no checks). Parking is available in the Hospice of the Western Reserve parking lot.

Donations of furniture and household goods are still being sought. Furniture items will be previewed by volunteers or by submitted photos prior to acceptance for donation. Tax receipts will be provided. Arrangements can be made to pick up large furniture free of charge from some locations in northern Ohio. (Donations to help defray the cost of movers are greatly appreciated.) Those interested in contributing items for the sale should contact the Warehouse Sale Team at 216-255-9090.

The agency does not accept bedding, books, clothing, car seats, electronics, major appliances, medical supplies, sporting goods, children’s toys and games, computers, mattresses, televisions and stuffed animals.

Hospice of the Western Reserve warehouse sales are held four times throughout the year. For more information, email warehousesale@hospicewr.org, or go to hospicewr.org/warehousesale for a schedule.

Nominations for distinguished leaders

Leadership Lorain County is seeking nominations of distinguished leaders for the 2021 Difference Makers Gala. The criteria for the Eric Nord Award for Excellence in Community Leadership and Awards for Excellence in Leadership and the Emerald Award can be found at leadershiploraincounty.com. Nominations will be accepted through Sept. 14. For more information or questions, contact Julie Cruz Blair at 440-281-8535 or email director@leadershiploraincounty.com.

Virtual Moondance in Bay

BAYarts is bringing back its most popular fundraising event, Moondance, with a twist. The event will be held virtually from 5-7 p.m. Sept. 12.

Tickets begin at $125 for two people and will include a goodie bag of wine, a meal by Well Done Catering and an Art to Go kit for adults. A few participants will also receive surprise giveaways including jewelry and restaurant coupons.

The event will also feature a silent auction and a special playlist of music. Details for the online auction are to be determined but will include a private art class and a Night Gallery viewing for up to 10 people.

For more information or tickets, go to BAYarts.net.

Communities receive $181 million for wastewater, drinking water

Communities in Northeast Ohio are receiving $181 million in low-interest and principal forgiveness funding from the Ohio EPA to improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure and make other water-quality improvements.

The lower interest rates and principal forgiveness will save these communities more than $30.7 million. Statewide, Ohio EPA awarded approximately $466.5 million in loans during the first half of the year, including $25.5 million in principal forgiveness. Combined, Ohio communities will save more than $90.9 million when compared to market-rate loans.

The projects are improving Ohio’s surface water quality and the reliability and quality of Ohio drinking water systems. The loans include funds to 15 counties to help low-income property owners repair or replace failing home septic systems; these loans do not have to be repaid.

Northeast Ohio projects receiving funding for the first half of 2020 include:

Health Departments, districts, and county commissions in Cuyahoga and Lorain counties, which are receiving $150,000 in principal forgiveness loans to repair and replace household sewage treatment systems.

Cleveland Metroparks, which is receiving $1.8 million to remove a low-head dam in Bonnie Park, in the Mill Stream Run Reservation.

Created in 1989, the Water Pollution Control Loan Fund helps communities improve their wastewater treatment systems. The Water Supply Revolving Loan Account, started in 1998, provides loans for improvements to community drinking water systems and nonprofit, noncommunity public water systems.

Both programs offer below-market interest rate loans, which can save communities a substantial amount of money compared to a market-rate loan.

Ohio EPA’s state revolving fund loans are provided to communities to build and upgrade wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, upgrade home sewage treatment systems, better manage stormwater, address combined sewer overflows, and implement other water quality-related projects.

More information about the SRF loan program is available at: epa.ohio.gov/defa/EnvironmentalandFinancialAssistance.aspx.

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