The Historical Society preserves local history with interesting programs: Highlights

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio – The Strongsville Historical Society presents The Random Stories of Hooligan History, Tuesday, April 26, 7 p.m. at the Strongsville Library, 18700 Westwood Dr.

Drawing inspiration from the television show Drunk History, Strongsville Historical Society Historical Records Researcher Valerie Mattingley will narrate a collection of historical takes in a non-academic style to inform and entertain curious audiences. This is a free event open to the public.

Don’t forget the Strongsville souvenirs sold at Olds General Store in the historic village. Call the Village at 440-572-0057 to schedule an appointment with the store owners to purchase pottery, aprons, sweatshirts, afghans, vintage Deganhart glass, postcards and note cards, Strongsville family history books, etc.

The final book is a compilation of letters written to Asa and Charlotte Drake of Strongsville between 1821 and 1857. The letters, along with reference maps and articles highlighting various places and events, delve into the lives of our pioneer ancestors. .

Strongsville Historic Village will resume regular hours for walk-in tours beginning in May. The Village will be open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday and third Saturday of each month from May to August.

The Strongsville Historical Society and Historic Village invites you to become a member by calling 440-572-0057. Family, corporate, student, senior and individual memberships are available. To learn more, visit

Spring fantasy: The Arts in Strongsville presents the Spring Fling Fundraiser, Saturday, May 14 from 5-8 p.m. at Harvest Saloon, 15147 Pearl Rd., Strongsville. It will be an evening of food, drink and friends. The fundraiser will support scholarships for high school graduating students in Strongsville, the annual spring chalk walk and a day at the cottage. For tickets or more information, call Cindy, 216-973-1488.

Grant recipient: Stanley Black & Decker recently announced the winners of its first Global Impact Challenge “Empower Makers”. Polaris Career Center was named a Makers Grant recipient for its efforts to invest in new tools and equipment to enhance select trades programs.

Launching in 2021, the Global Impact Challenge grant program will award up to $25 million in grants over the next five years to nonprofit organizations that support commercial workforce development initiatives in the construction and manufacturing sectors. With the first applications submitted in October 2021, 240 participants were assessed based on number of people served, projected results, lasting impact, program depth, and diversity, among many other considerations. Polaris was selected as one of 86 organizations that will help train and retrain approximately 180,000 students throughout 2022.

“We are delighted to have been selected as the first recipient of the Stanley Black & Decker Makers Scholarship. These funds will enable us to invest up to $50,000 in tools for our Automotive Technology, Building Services and Grounds Maintenance, Building Trades and HVAC programs,” said Bill Evans, Director Polaris deputy.

“Stanley Black & Decker is extremely proud to support the Polaris Career Center as it strives to train and reskill the next generation of commerce professionals,” said Diane Cantello, Stanley Black & Decker vice president, Social Impact. “Currently in the United States there are approximately 650,000 open construction jobs and 10 million unfilled manufacturing jobs worldwide. Our goal is to support “Those who make the world”, and being able to fund educational programs and non-profit organizations that revitalize business careers is directly related to our core mission. Thanks to this year’s Makers grant winners, together we will take another step towards closing the job skills gap.

To learn more about Stanley Black & Decker’s Empower Makers Global Impact Challenge, this year’s winners, and how nonprofits can apply for the next application period, visit at For more information about Polaris, contact Doug Miller at [email protected] or call (440) 891-7609.

Volunteers needed for cleanup: On Saturday, April 30, the Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District and Big Creek Connects, with the support of community stakeholders, will host the 23rd Annual Big Creek Watershed Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are needed to help pick up litter by the creek and should meet at one of the following locations beginning at 8:45 a.m.:

Brookfield Park – Brookfield Ave., between Bellaire and W. 130th

Brooklyn City Fire Department – 8400 Memphis Ave., Brooklyn

Snow Road Picnic Area – along Big Creek Parkway

This is a great opportunity to get involved in Big Creek preservation. Healthy waterways are not only vital for a healthy environment, but also for a healthy economy. Water from all of our Cuyahoga County streams eventually drains into Lake Erie. Lake Erie is not only the source of our drinking water, it also provides us with recreational and economic benefits. Volunteers will gain an understanding of how streams work and evolve, potential threats that can affect the health of a stream, and what they can do to reduce or eliminate those threats.

Bags and work gloves will be provided. Dress for the weather and wear work boots or shoes. Long sleeves and pants are recommended. Children under 18 must be supervised by an adult.

Cuyahoga SWCD’s mission is to implement programs and practices that protect and restore healthy soil and water resources. Cuyahoga SWCD is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. Go to for more information.

Round table: An upcoming discussion, hosted by Cuyahoga Community College, will explore the intersections of race, culture, and gender in law enforcement while sharing best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion. among American police departments.

The virtual event, “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Law Enforcement,” takes place at 1 p.m., Monday, April 18.

As communities call for police accountability and greater diversity within police departments, some departments have struggled to make these changes. Three panelists will talk about barriers they’ve encountered and offer best practices.

The panel includes:

  • Captain Leonard Redhorse III, Navajo Police Department, Nevada
  • Sheriff Kandy Fatheree, Summit County Sheriff’s Office
  • Deputy Chief Victor McDowell, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

The event is free and open to the public, including current and future law enforcement. Watch it live at

The roundtable is co-sponsored by Tri-C’s Stand for Racial Justice Alliance, United Way of Greater Cleveland and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives Greater Cleveland Chapter.

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