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It’s been nearly seven decades since the gruesome murder of Marilyn Sheppard in her Bay Village home on Lake Road. Questions still linger, such as: Who was the bushy-haired intruder?

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A new program is hitting the right notes at Forest Primary School in North Olmsted. Students and staff can relax and focus on their school work.

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Like many people, I have a “budgeted amount” based on usage that is automatically deducted each month by Dominion Energy. But because I have trust issues, I still open the bill each month to make sure the budgeted amount matches the bill. In January, I noticed a second pay envelope was inclu…

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AVON - A two-minute film shot in Avon captured the attention of NBCUniversal executives in Hollywood and resulted in what the filmmaker described as the highlight of his career.

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Seems like Christmas brings out the good in most. Donations and acts of kindness tend to tick up this month. Following a steady diet of news stories that are depressing, infuriating and frightening, it's good to press the pause button and think a bit about all the good people doing good thin…

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It seemed like the lead-up to the holidays took… for …. ever…. And then, suddenly, it was Thanksgiving and everything kicked into high gear. We blinked, the meal was over and Black Friday was upon us. Actually, Black Friday now starts on Thanksgiving, with stores like Target, Walmart and Koh…

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Walking the paths behind Bay Village's Lake Erie Nature & Science Center on Saturday, Nov. 9, a gaggle of 29 Girl Scouts from five West Side troops learned about the wonders found hidden-in-plain-sight on a crisp fall day. "What about your five senses?" asked Justin Willard, a center edu…

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Seven-year-old Lily Perk gripped the cone with both hands as she eyed the swirl of blueberry, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. She was about to taste for the first time the flavor she invented as the winner of a raffle at her school, Eastview Elementary in Avon Lake.

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WESTSHORE - After 10 years and 22 movies, the Marvel Cinematic Universe comes to an amazing, bombastic climax with a three-hour masterpiece directed by local-boys-made-good, Joseph and Anthony Russo.

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ROCKY RIVER - You know that uneasy, hairs-stand-up-on-the-back-of-your-neck feeling you get when you find yourself walking alone somewhere after dark? The creators of Tego, a personal safety app, have figured out a way that you, your high school and college students and even your elderly par…

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BAY VILLAGE - It’s been a school year full of planning, writing letters and fundraising, but members of the Key Club at Bay High School have achieved a pretty impressive goal: By working with the community and two other Bay Village schools, they have raised $12,000 to build a water well that…

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WESTLAKE - For the past 17 years, retiree and longtime Westlake resident Deb Myers has claimed a spot at the Westlake Porter Public Library. Perched on the high stool behind the u-shaped Welcome desk at the same time each week, she helps patrons with a friendly smile and her deep knowledge o…

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Editor’s note: West Life welcomes James McCarty, renowned area bird expert whose birding column appeared for nearly two decades in The Plain Dealer. We are proud and happy (for all his faithful readers!) that he is now sharing his birding knowledge in West Life. Enjoy!

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SHEFFIELD VILLAGE - Three Brookside Intermediate School teams will compete against 1,500 of the best robotics teams from across the United States, Canada, Great Britain, China and more than 40 other countries in Vex Robotics World Competition later this month in Louisville, Kentucky.

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WESTSHORE — Eight weeks of exercise, health seminars and healthy eating paid off for North Olmsted resident Andrew Tischler. Not only did he lose 25 pounds, earning him the title of the “biggest loser,” he helped push the city of North Olmsted to the top of the North Olmsted, Rocky River and…

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BAY VILLAGE — Armed and ready with months of weekly meetings where they wrote hundreds of stories with just a sentence or two as their inspiration, Bay Middle School students this month conquered a grueling battle of words. When the last “i” was dotted and period placed at the end of the con…