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AVON LAKE - As a new year begins, Kathryn Eyring’s outlook on growing older while meeting the challenges of establishing habits for a healthy lifestyle is catching on, if not becoming contagious.

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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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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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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 — 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!