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Rocky River Chatter, Feb. 28

OUTSTANDING ESSAY: Lucy Grierson, an eighth-grader at Rocky River Middle School was selected as a finalist in the fourth annual Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage Stop the Hate: Youth Speak Out essay contest.

More than 1,800 students from 126 schools shared their solutions on how to stop prejudice and discrimination in schools and neighborhoods as well as how to stand up to bullying, peer pressue and intolerance.

Three finalists were chosen for each grade group from 6 to 10. They will compete for a total of $100,000 in scholarships and prizes. Finalists will be honored  along with 10 junior and senior finialists who compete for three scholarships by giving oral presentations, at an awards ceremony at Severance Hall on April 22.

SAFETY AND DISASTER PREPAREDNESS TRAINING: The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on such topics as basic injury assessment and medical treatment, search and rescueprocedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology and more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals.

West Shore residents who are 18 or over, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. Training begins on March 17 and will run for five consecutive Saturdays at St. John Medical Center, 2900 Center Ridge Road from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m, and the City of Westlake Service Center, 741 Bassett Road. Contact WSC Coordinator Tricia Granfors at 440-716-4135 or

HELPING HANDSRocky River Fire Department Captain George Kraus and firefighters Steve Bednarski and Robert Hallen came to the aide of two elderly patients at the Kaiser Permanente office recently, when the elevator unexpectedly stopped functioning and the patients were stuck on the fifth floor. “The firemen on duty did a fantastic job in keeping our patients safe while assisting them to the first floor of the building,” facility coordinator Noreen Nehoda commented.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Harbor Court resident Bertha Conger celebrated her 102nd birthday on Feb. 25. She was born in Cleveland, and lived here most of her life, with the exception of 20 years in Sun City, Florida. Among her many memories are going for a ride in the neighbors’ car after the end of World War I, a rare treat at the time. An elementary school teacher in Cleveland until her 1939 marriage, she had a small Victory Garden during World War II, and her husband worked in a defense factory. The couple had a son, two grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. She was an organist for the West Blvd. Christian Church for 25 years. Reflecting on all the changes she has seen in her lifetime, she said that she wished she could have learned more about computers, and advises young people, “Do the best you can and try to do what’s right.”


Entertainer David Umana will play piano and sing tunes from the Great American Songbook on March 1 at 2 p.m.

On March 14, the Childrens’ Choir from St. Bernadette School will perform at 3 p.m.

Bagpiper Brian McElhinney will get everyone in the mood for St. Patty’s Day on March 16 at 2 p.m.

To register for these free programs, call Beverly Marusa at 440-356-2282

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: The Rocky River Public Library has teamed up with Earth Fare for  family dinner nights. When patrons show their library card, up to six kids can eat for free with the purchase of a $5 adult meal at the health focused grocery store at the Westgate Shopping Center. The dinners are on Thursdays from 4 to 8 p.m. and offer a different nutritional food choice each week.



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