Bay Village Honors Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year
BAY VILLAGE, Ohio – The Bay Village Community Council presented this year’s Citizen of the Year and Project of the Year awards Saturday, July 16. All Bay residents were invited to participate.
The council boasts that it is “where Bay’s civic groups meet. Representatives from clubs, service groups and non-profit organizations meet four or five times a year to discuss upcoming events and initiatives, share ideas and seek opportunities for collaboration.
Eric Eakin, past president and current treasurer of the Bay Village Historical Society, said nomination forms for the annual awards event “are released after Thanksgiving and are due in mid-January, then a sub- committee reviews the nominations – always excellent – and then we vote.
Mayor Paul Koomar’s administrative assistant, Katie De San, hosts the ceremony at Cahoon Park.
This year Patrick McGannon was named Citizen of the Year for his involvement with the Bay Village Green Team, as well as being the co-founder of the Village Bicycle Cooperative which provided lists of laws for cyclists, maps bikes and more.
The Green Team “stays focused on environmental sustainability in the city…and hosts community shredding days, stream cleanups and other events to raise environmental awareness.”
The Project of the Year award went to the Rose Hill Museum and the Reuben Osborn Learning Center, where Cathy Flament is president of the Bay Village Historical Society.
Reopened this year, visitors can “learn important pieces of Bay Village history, like the Dover-by-the-Lake Library, the beginning of Baycrafters (which became BAYarts), and the Lake Erie Junior Museum which is now the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center, and much more,” according to information from the historical society.
“Cathy Flament has done an absolutely marvelous job with a better inventory of museum artifacts,” Eakin said. “She went through every nook and cranny of the building. This is the realization of the Rose Hill Museum as a true museum. People can even take self-guided tours now.
Over 7,000 historic artifacts have been entered into the museum’s archival database, along with over 11,000 object images.
City Council Speaker Dwight Clark read city proclamations to McGannon and Flament, thanking them for their dedication, service and initiatives to the city, as well as events and working with other city groups .
The awards ceremony was followed by tours of the Rose Hill Museum and the Village Bicycle Cooperative.
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