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WESTLAKE - More than 1,200 first through fourth grade students will enter a whole new world of learning when school starts in Westlake Thursday, Aug. 29. The following week, kindergarten and pre-kindergarten student will join them.

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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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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 — He began to play violin at age 3. He then added viola and trumpet. By 10, he was writing original music compositions. One earned a national award. He has performed with singer Kenny Loggins at Cleveland's Severance Hall as well as internationally, where he soloed as first violinis…

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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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AVON —  Entrepreneur Charlie Kittle, 36, became a published children’s author nearly 30 years after writing the story. The Avon resident recently turned an award-winning, second-grade writing project into a 30-page children’s book called “Louie the Leprechaun.”

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To celebrate the city of Avon Lake’s bicentennial, The Press will be sharing a monthly ‘Then and Now’ photo story of a prominent city landmark. This six-month series, written by guest voice Sherry Spenzer, will culminate with the city’s Fourth of July Jubilee.

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WESTSHORE - Americans' continuing preference for pickup trucks and SUVs over sedans is evident at the Cleveland Auto Show, where automakers - particularly the Big Three - are placing the spotlight on their larger vehicles.

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WESTSHORE — Say what you will about Northeast Ohio winters. Days are gray. Winds don’t “chill,” they freeze. Cars skid and stop. Boots slip and slide. A blizzard followed by rain.

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SHEFFIELD LAKE — A group of women in Sheffield Lake have quite a yarn to tell. They are members of a 2-year old knitting and crocheting club that one member affectionately called "Stitch and Bitch" before bursting into gales of laughter.

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SHEFFIELD LAKE — Fun awaits children and families this weekend when the third annual Christmas Party is held from 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday at Joyce Hanks Community Center, 4575 Lake Road. The party immediately follows the 5 p.m. arrival of Santa Claus and the center's Christmas tree lighting. Ev…

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WESTSHORE — With Thanksgiving behind us, we are now knee-deep into the season of holiday craft shows, special theater offerings and a variety of seasonal fun. Here is a listing of the top offerings in our area.

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SHEFFIELD LAKE – They looked under their beds and had parents searching cupboards and under their car seats. Some broke into piggy banks. Children in kindergarten through second grade at Sheffield Sheffield Lake's Forestlawn and Knollwood elementary schools learned every penny counts when it…

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SHEFFIELD LAKE - Goblins, ghouls and witches have overrun the community, at least for the next few weeks, as residents and business owners go all out to decorate for the 5th annual Halloween house and business decorating contest sponsored by the all-volunteer Civic Pride Committee.

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SHEFFIELD VILLAGE – On Tuesdays at 9 a.m. sharp, seventh-grade students at Sheffield-Sheffield Lake's Brookside Middle School return to the intermediate school they left last spring. They cluster outside the classroom door of third-grade teacher Kim Pajor, where a group of her students is al…

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SHEFFIELD VILLAGE – From now on, one seat at Dick Sevits Football Stadium in the Sheffield-Sheffield Lake School District will remain perpetually empty. Last Friday evening before kickoff, school and elected officials, accompanied by several dozen veterans, unveiled a POW/MIA Chair of Honor.

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AVON – They may be 6 years old, but first-graders at Holy Trinity School in Avon are solving grown-up problems. So are their older peers through eighth grade. Their efforts have earned the school the Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education and Student Research.