Beginning June 24, 2019, Columbia Rd. will be closed between Wolf and Lake Roads, for approximately 20 days for culvert replacement under the roadway. Detour signage will be posted, city provided services (refuse, mail, etc) will continue and local access for residents within the closure will be maintained. Length of closure may be impacted by weather.
Wednesday, June 19 at 7 PM
Volunteers are needed for waterway cleanups in Bay. There will be several waterway cleanups addressing specific waterways throughout the warmer months of the year. The next waterway cleanup is Tuesday, July 16 at 7pm and will be cleaning Columbia Park Creek at Columbia Beach Park.
Dress appropriately. Garbage bags, buckets, and a limited number of trash grabbing tools will be provided. A waiver will need to be signed onsite. Please bring any gloves or other tools you wish to use. Look for a Waterways Cleanup sign when you arrive. We will gather there to hand out supplies and sign waivers. Those under 18 will have to be accompanied by a parent or guardian who can sign the waiver on their behalf. No RSVP is required. These waterway cleanups are organized and run by the Bay Village Green Team and sponsored in part by the Bay Village Foundation.
Mark your calendars for these future dates:
- Tuesday, July 16 at 7 PM – Columbia Park Creek at (Columbia Beach Park) – Meet in the parking lot at the corner of Columbia and Lake Rds.
- Wednesday, August 21 at 7 PM – Cahoon Creek (Cahoon Park) – Meet at next to the sledding hill
If you are unable to attend the cleanups, then you can still help keep our waterways clean by picking up trash on your treelawn and in the street. An estimated 80% of trash littering our waterways originates from land-based sources, like storm sewers, which drain directly to our streams and Lake Erie without any filtration. Many plastics float and are carried into the storm drains when it rains. Removing both large and small pieces of plastic and other trash from the street and tree lawn helps keep garbage from polluting our source of drinking water.
Bay Village Sea Scouts – Ecybermission
Bay Village resident Richard Gash, Skipper and Team Advisor for local Sea Scouts 41 of Bay Village and Bay Village student Gwenn Miller Competing Tomorrow for Prestigious National Award
In the fall of 2018, the local Sea Scouts Ship 41 of Bay Village, began participating in a STEM focused program sponsored by the Department of the Army, Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) called “Ecybermission”. The task or ‘Mission’ was to identify, research and provide a solution for a problem effecting our community. The teams are composed of 3-4 students from 6th to 9th grades from all across the nation and U.S. Military-base schools abroad.
A team named “Microfiber Fighters”, composed of three 6th grade girls from Bay Village and Rocky River Middle schools identified the problem of synthetic Microfibers being discharged from our laundry washing machines into the Lake from the waste water treatment plants which aren’t equipped to filter the microscopic size particles. These plastic particles are consumed by fish, in turn we catch the fish and consume the microfiber particles too.
During their research they felt collecting the fibers from the laundry water was possible and began experimenting with methods of catching the microfibers. The key was to use readily accessible, inexpensive means commonly found in our homes. The first method was to use Velcro hooks inserted inside a wiffle ball. The amounts of Velcro and quantity of wiffle balls varied and they found they collected some particles, but not nearly enough. Next, they used a dog toy, similar to a ‘JW Hol-ee Roller’ and inserted hair curlers which created a larger surface area. This method captured more microfibers but they realized the tactile surface of the toy captured more microfibers than the curlers. They then inserted a partially inflated balloon, mimicking the tactile surface of the toy. This method proved to be very effective. Recognizing the dog toy was somewhat more costly, they returned to the wiffle ball and used the partially inflated balloon. This method was ultimately their solution. Part of their mission research included reading articles from sources such as AP News, Forbes and listening to Blogs from NPR Michigan. The take-away was this problem of microfibers in our water is only recently been identified and effects most freshwater systems, especially the great lakes. They have also published a couple news articles regarding their mission. Earlier this year, they published an article of their research and activities in the Westlake|Bay Village Observer, a link is provided below. The Akron Beacon Journal will be publishing an article in July of their experience.
In February of 2019, they submitted the Problem, Research and Solution (or Mission) to the Ecybermission judges. To date, the “Microfiber Fighters” have been awarded 1st place for Ohio, then awarded 1st place for a 14-state region, and now competing (this week) in Washington D.C. for a National Award against several other 6th grade teams.
The judges are National researchers and members of the Army’s engineering and sciences departments. The competition is hosted at the Landsdowne Resort in Leesburg, VA from June 16 – 21. During the week they will be visiting our nation’s capitol, touring the Smithsonian Air & Space museum, meeting with National Science Foundation researchers, Army scientists and engineers and meeting with our Congressional leaders (this team is meeting with Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur) who represents many of the lakefront communities west of Cleveland.
On Thursday June 20 between 1:30pm – 4:00pm, they present the ‘mission’ to the judges. During that national showcase, a public broadcast is available at https://youtu.be/6CSAR2rnKUk
Our Team is asking for each of you to spread the word about this great opportunity and vote for their team for the People’s Choice Award. The Public may vote for the “Microfiber Fighters” or their favorite using this link >> http://ecyber19.hscampaigns.com/
And of course, there’s a hashtag for anyone to post comments and encouragement >> #ecyber19 and you can also tag the team using #microfiberfighters
The team is composed of: Bode McDougal (Rocky River), Sarah Knox (Rocky River), Gwynn Miller (Bay Village), Richard Gash, Sea Scout Ship 41 Skipper (Team Advisor).
We wish them all the best of luck tomorrow!
Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Telescope Night
Saturday, June 22 at 8:30 p.m.
The summer solstice on Friday, June 21, marks the start of summer and the longest day of the year.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the summer solstice occurs when the sun reaches its highest and northernmost points in the sky. The word “solstice” comes from Latin solstitium – from sol (sun) and stitium (standing), reflecting the fact that on the solstice, the sun appears to stop moving in the sky as it reaches its northernmost point.
“The sun will be above the horizon for over 15 hours and will not set until after 9 p.m., making it a great weekend to venture outside for evening stargazing,” says planetarium specialist and NASA Solar System Ambassador Bill Reed. “The waning moon will not rise until almost midnight, resulting in dark skies and ideal conditions for evening observing.”
Thursday, June 20 & 27 from 5 – 8 pm
June 20th – Hoodoo BBQ, Yappy Hour, & Cooking demo by Buttercream & Olive Oil. 28795 Lake Rd.
This week’s trucks will be SuperHero and the Little Penguin. Trucks are parked adjacent to City Hall from 11:30 am – 2 pm. Plenty of parking available and picnic tables set up so you can enjoy your meal in the warm summer sunshine! Click here for full Food Truck schedule.
Mark Your calendars for Bay Days….It’s just around the corner!