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BMC’s “Villagers” old time base ball club wins two

July 15th, 2014

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The Villagers, a group of Bay Village men who play vintage base ball, defeated the Whiskey Island Shamrocks in both games of a double header played at Bay Days the Fourth of July.

Playing by 1860 rules, the Villagers notched their first wins of the season, downing the Shamrocks 10-2 in the first game, and 2-1 in the second.

Under the rules, base ball is a gentleman’s game, and the hurler (pitcher) delivers the ball underhanded where the striker (batter) requests it. Uncivil language, ungentlemanly behavior, spitting, alcohol consumption, chewing of tobacco and wagering are not tolerated.

There is no bunting, sliding, or running out of the base paths. No baseball gloves are used, and the striker is dead (out) if a hit ball is caught on the first bounce.

The Villagers played their first game as part of the Bay Village bicentennial celebration in 2010, and this year will be competing in eight different contests at locations ranging from Historic Brookside Park to Canal Fulton, Ohio.

“There was a fine turnout and play for our annual Bay Day’s match,” said Ray “The Skipper” Yoder, team captain. “After a tough couple of innings to start (we were down 2-0) the Villagers put on their hitting shoes, and stepped up the defense, and we notched a 10-2 victory. Then in an extra exhibition game we rallied for a 2-1 victory as well. A good time was had by all.”

The Villagers played in the Akron Cup Tournament at Stan Hywet Gardens in Akron a week later, losing three games but gaining some valuable experience.

The club is searching for sponsors, who will get an ad on the Villager website and in game programs. Call (216) 276-3178 for details.

BMC awards four scholarships

June 7th, 2014

Left to right, Bay Men’s Club President Kelly Brewer, Pawel Kotowski, Shaley Stearns, Abriana Holzworth, Victoria Hamilton and Scholarship Vicechair Peter Gierosky.

The Bay Men’s Club has awarded four $1,500 scholarships to four very deserving Bay High students: Victoria Hamilton, Pawel Kotowski, Shaley Stearns and Abriana Holzworth.

Scholarships are awarded based on need, character, scholastic achievement and leadership qualities.

The four and their families were honored recently at the club’s annual pig roast at the Bay Lodge.

Hamilton, a two-year member of the National Honor Society and Key Club president, plans on studying art history at Case Western Reserve University.

Kotowski, who earned the Principal’s Best Award for academic excellence and who operates his own landscaping company, plans on studying accounting at Case Western Reserve University.

Stearns, a four-year member of the school’s Academic Challenge team and who is a nanny for a child with autism, will attend Kent State University where she will study nursing.

Holzworth, who was on the Honor Roll all four years of high school and who had perfect attendance since kindergarten, will attend the University of Toledo where she will study pharmacy.

“The accomplishments of these four recipients, both academically and in other fields, is quite impressive,” Scholarship Committee Chairperson John Stanton said. “We are happy to provide this seed money for our leaders of tomorrow.”

BMC collecting used sporting goods

March 3rd, 2014

The Bay Men’s Club (BMC) is collecting used youth sports equipment as a fundraiser.

The equipment will be cleaned and offered for sale Sat., April 12 (NOTE DATE CHANGE), from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Bay Middle School.

Collection boxes have been placed at Bay Lanes, the Village Barbershop and Heinen’s.

The club is seeking athletic shoes and cleats, shin guards, baseball and softball gloves and other equipment that can be put to good use.

Unsold equipment will be donated to those in need. The BMC adheres to the “good neighbor” policy; if there is a child in need of sporting equipment the club will work to find a solution.

Proceeds will benefit the club’s scholarship program.

For more information call Kelly Brewer at (440) 829-6467.

BMC members help residents with leaf rakeout

December 19th, 2013

Members of the Bay Men’s Club volunteered to help their fellow citizens recently by raking and cleaning the yards of a number of deserving residents.

In cooperation with the city’s Communitiy Services Department, the organization dispatched two teams to assist needy Bay Villagers with their fall clean-up chores.

“We are glad to help out any way we can,” BMC President Chris Edelman said. “It’s a great opportunity to assist those who can use our help.”

Baytoberfest 2013 set for Sept. 28

August 29th, 2013

Okay, Bay Men’s Club members, family and friends: Get ready to get your oompah on.

The club’s annual scholarship fundraiser “Baytoberfest” will take place Saturday, September 28, 2013, starting at 6 p.m. at the Bay Lodge.

Included this year is:

•Fantastic German-themed dinner with craft beers and wine;

•Reverse raffle (all ticketholders have a chance to win $1,000);

•Live polka and German-themed music;

•Cornhole tournament;

•Silent auction, with some great items.

Dress is German casual; lederhosen optional.

Tickets are $50.00 per person. Call (440) 829-6467 for tickets, or click the button below to pay via PayPal:

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BMC members erect American flags

May 26th, 2013

BMC members (from left) Tom Nowak, Eric Eakin and Garth Graham with two of the flags they erected throughout Bay Village.

Members of the Bay Men’s Club recently erected 25 American flags throughout the commercial district of the city, at no charge to the recipients.

Members of the club donated nearly $1,200 to purchase the flags and mounting hardware. The Bay Barber Shop also donated $100.

The flags were erected by Eric Eakin, Tom Nowak (of Master Krafters Home Improvement in Bay Village) and Garth Graham.

“We saw that Kiwanis and Daughters of the American Revolution were putting American flags on private residences for free, so we thought that we should do the same in the commercial district,” said Pete Winzig, who came up with the idea. “I think they look awesome.”

The flags will remain up through Labor Day when club members will take them down, clean and store them. They will go up in the same locations next Spring.

BMC members help fix up BAYarts

January 14th, 2013

Members of the Bay Men’s Club (shown above) and others recently spent Saturday mornings fixing up the BAYarts gallery house.

The group hung new drywall, patched holes, painted the inside of the gallery, upgraded lighting and electrical systems, built shelving and made other improvements.

The building will reopen on Jan. 21 in time for winter classes. A grand opening is planned for Feb. 8 and 9.

BAYarts volunteers, students, board members and staff also assisted in the renovations.

BMC members aid their deserving neighbors

November 28th, 2012

Members of the Bay Men’s Club volunteered to help their fellow citizens recently by raking and cleaning the yards of a number of deserving residents.

In cooperation with the city’s Communitiy Services Department, the organization dispatched two teams to assist needy Bay Villagers with their fall clean-up chores.

“We are glad to help out any way we can,” BMC President Dominic Giovannazzo said. “It’s a great opportunity to assist those who can use our help.”

Baytoberfest is coming!

August 13th, 2012

Okay, Bay Men’s Club members and friends: Get ready to get your oompah on.

The club’s annual scholarship fundraiser, this year entitled“Baytoberfest,” will take place Saturday, September 29, starting at 6 p.m. at the Bay Lodge.

•Fantastic German-themed dinner with craft beers and wine;

•Reverse raffle (all ticketholders have a chance to win $1,000);

•Live music;

•Cornhole tournament;

•Silent auction, with some great items.

Dress is German casual; lederhosen optional.

Tickets are $50.00 per person. Call (440) 829-6467 for tickets, or click the button below to pay via PayPal:


How many?




BMC awards four scholarships worth $6,000

August 11th, 2012

Bay Men’s Club President Dominic Giovannazzo (left) and Scholarship Chairperson John Stanton (right) are shown with the club’s 2012 scholarship recipients (left to right) Shannon Huckelberry, Kaitlyn McFeeley, Caroline Hall and Jaimie Kerka.

The Bay Men’s Club recently awarded $6,000 in scholarships to four worthy Bay High graduates.

Chosen from among 19 applicants were Caroline Hall, Shannon Huckelberry, Jaimie Kerka and Kaitlyn McFeeley.

“Each recipient met our criteria of need, character, scholastic achievement and leadership,” BMC Scholarship Chairperson John Stanton said, “and we are pleased to be able to offer this seed money to their futures.”

Hall, ranked 19th in her class of 187, plans to major in biology and dentistry at The John Carroll University Honors College. A National Honor Society member, she served on Student Council, played in the school orchestra and is an active blood donor.

Huckelberry, third in her class, plans to study English, Spanish and anthropology at The Ohio State University. A four-year Honor Roll student, Shannon is a Princeton Book Award winner, was a member of the marching and jazz bands, and sang with the choir.

Kerka, sixth in her class, plans to study biology or psychology at Wake Forest. A three-year Kiwanis Academic Award of Excellence winner, Jaimie also is an AP scholar, member of the National Honor Society and was named 2012 West Shore Conference Scholar Athlete.

McFeeley, 17th in her class, plans to study biology and pre-med at Loyola University of Chicago with the aim of becoming a pediatrician. On the Honor Roll for four years, Kaitlyn was honored with the Rotary Youth Leadership Award, served as president of the Youth Philanthropy Fellowship her senior year, played volleyball four years and holds the school record for aces recorded in a single match (11).