Rocky River Historical Society invites community churches to share their stories: West Shore Chatter

ROCKY RIVER, Ohio – Churches are an important part of any community. The Rocky River Historical Society recognizes this and offers the city’s religious communities the opportunity to present information about themselves during a special program at 7 p.m. September 8 at the Beach School Auditorium, 1101 Morewood Parkway, Rocky River. Enter via Detroit Road. The auditorium is handicapped accessible.

Churches in the city include Rocky River United Methodist Church, Rocky River Presbyterian Church, West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, St. Christopher’s Catholic Church, St. Thomas Lutheran Church, Rockport United Methodist Church, First Church of Christ, The Scientist, Greek Orthodox Community of St. Demetrios, Resurrection Church on the Rock, Good Soil Lutheran Ministries, and River Westlake Baptist Church.

Some of the churches have served the city for much of its history while others have become part of the community more recently. St. Christopher Parish is one of the oldest religious communities. It celebrates its centenary this year, almost 20 years after the centenary of the city (2003).

The parish of Saint-Christophe was created on May 14, 1922. In its early days, the faithful attended mass in the original town hall. The first parish priest chose his name after the patron saint of travelers as trade and travel increased westward, largely due to the railroad. In 1910, the construction of the Rocky River Bridge, the longest unreinforced concrete span in the world, also contributed to the increase in traffic.

In 1925, the parish began offering a Motor Vehicle Blessing each year, a tradition that continued for about four decades. The car blessing returned in July as part of the parish’s centenary celebration.

St. Christopher’s Parish installs a century memorial plaque on the Lakeview side of the parish’s Detroit Road property, marking the location of the first church, which was built in 1923. The current church was built in 1952 and has been remodeled. There is also a parish center, added in 2001, and Centennial Park, which was developed in 2020 and includes a playground, pavilion, meditation garden, outdoor amphitheater, picnic tables, walking paths and rest areas.

Connection for children: “Music Therapy & More,” a program designed for families and children ages 0-6 who are struggling in a developmental area, will be offered at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. September 9-10 at the library public of Westlake Porter, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake.

Led by a certified music therapist, the program is sponsored by Connecting for Kids, a non-profit organization that provides education and support to families concerned about their child. CFK serves all families, including children with and without a formal diagnosis. The organization offers educational programs, support groups, a parent buddy program and many resources.

Registration is mandatory. Register online at, email [email protected] or call/text 440-570-5908; para spanish 440-907-9130.

Local history: The next quarterly potluck and meeting of the Bay Village Historical Society will be held September 15 at the Bay Lodge, 492 Bradley Road, Bay Village. The event begins with a party at 6 p.m., dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m.

The main course will be provided by the historical society. Those whose last name begins with AL must bring an appetizer or dessert for 10 people. Those whose last name begins with MZ must bring a side dish to serve 10 people. All participants must bring their own cutlery and a drink of their choice. Alcohol is permitted at Loge de la Baie.

RSVP to Holly Tramba, 440-537-1581 or [email protected] by September 8.

The next lecture on the porch of the historical society’s Osborn Learning Center will be “The Life of Eliot Ness,” a look at the well-known crime fighter. The guest speaker will be Rebecca McFarland, an international Ness expert.

The free program starts at 2:15 p.m. in September. Participants must bring their own lawn chairs. The Osborn Learning Center is located in Cahoon Memorial Park, 27715 Lake Road, Bay Village.

Visit for more information.

Members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River welcome South Korean exchange student Jae Hoon Jung to Lakewood. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise

Welcome to town: The Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise welcomes Jae Hoon Jung, an exchange student from South Korea, to Lakewood.

Jae arrived in August and is Rotary’s first exchange student since the program was postponed for two years by the coronavirus pandemic.

For more than 40 years, the Rotary Youth Exchange has been one of Rotary’s best-known programs. It dates back to 1975 as an official program, but at that time Rotary clubs had been sending students abroad for decades with the aim of promoting international understanding and friendship.

An openness to new ideas and experiences, a willingness to adapt and gain new perspectives, and an opportunity to make new friends and learn new ways of life are what the program offers and demands of participants.

Jae is sponsored by a Rotary club in Gyeonggi-do in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Her father is Hang Sup Jun and her mother Ju Won Kim. He attends Lakewood High School as a junior.

Sunrise Rotarian Lynda Carter and her family took him in until his first foster family, the Schlatzers, took over in early September.

Jae said he intends to learn as much as possible about developing his English skills and about different cultures during his 10 months at LHS. Eventually, he wants to study business administration at a university in the United States.

Members of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Rocky River Sunrise will entertain him at their home and take him to local attractions and events. The club pays him a stipend and ensures that he can participate in school events and activities. Jae skis and plays football in South Korea. He looks forward to participating in high school activities.

In addition to this international service program, there are many community, professional and youth service activities of the two Rotary clubs of Lakewood Rocky River. A midday club meets every Monday and a morning club meets every Wednesday, both at Umerley Hall in the Rocky River Civic Center.

Contact Kathy Berkshire at [email protected] to learn more about Rotary.

UH SJMC pking lot repaving

Workers add a new smooth layer of asphalt to a section of the UH St. John Medical Center parking lot in Westlake. (Carol Kovach/special at

Refreshing: While attending an event at UH St. John Medical Center last week, I noticed crews repaving parts of the parking lot. The new surface will be appreciated by hospital patients, visitors, employees and staff as well as those who use the soccer fields on the property.

Make music : West suburban women who enjoy singing are invited to participate in the non-profit Avon Lake Women’s Choir. There are no auditions. The group has been entertaining in the area since 1948, interrupted only by the coronavirus pandemic.

Rehearsals resume from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. September 12 at the Avon Lake Community/Senior Center, 150 Avon Belden Road, State Route 83 and Lake Road in Avon Lake. All ages and voice ranges are welcome.

Led by choir director Jenny Zapfe and pianist Lisa Swisher, the choir prepares seasonal music in three parts. A winter/Christmas concert will be offered in November and a spring program in April/May 2023. The choir entertains residents of healthcare facilities, local clubs/lunches etc.

For more information call 440-937-8827 or email [email protected]

Carrier programs: The Westlake Porter Public Library received a piece of steel from the World Trade Center in New York, which was destroyed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

The piece of steel and a new 9/11 memorial wall will be unveiled at 3 p.m. on September 10 in the library lobby.

The new wall adds to Christina’s Corner, which honors Westlake resident Christina Ryook, who died at the World Trade Center on 9/11. It will also be included on the new 9/11 Remembrance Wall.

Here’s also a look at some of the programs and events planned for the coming week at the Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Road, Westlake.

An American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be in the library from 1 to 7 p.m. on September 1 and 19. To make an appointment to donate blood, visit

Kindergarten and Grade 1 children are invited to create a craft based on a story read aloud during “Read It, Make It @ The Library”. Sessions will take place at 4 p.m. on September 2 and 30. Registration is required and siblings are welcome.

Family story time is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays, September 3, 10 and 24 and at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays, September 7, 14, 21 and 28. The sessions, designed for children ages 2 to 6, feature nursery rhymes, songs and plays. . Siblings are welcome. Registration is requested.

The library will be closed on September 4 and 5 for Labor Day.

Teens in grades 7-12 can sign up for a teen craft project that can be picked up during library hours on September 6. This month’s takeaway craft is a bubble tea kit.

A “World at War Forum: Trivia Night” is scheduled for 7 p.m. on September 6. Participants must register for this evening which will cover the conflicts of the first half of the 20th century.

Certified instructors from UH St. John Medical Center in Westlake will teach a HeartSaver CPR/AED course from 6-8:30 p.m. on September 7. Those who successfully complete the course will be certified for CPR and AED for adults, children and infants. To register, visit An email account required. Participants under the age of 14 must have a parent or legal guardian in class. For more information, contact the instructors at [email protected]

All programs are subject to change. Visit or follow the library on Facebook and Twitter (@WestlakePorter) for the latest updates.

To register for any of the programs, visit

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