2022 Rotary Fellowship Winners

Hooley on Kamm’s Corners offers entertainment, food and family fun: A Place in the Sun

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Get ready to party.

Hooley on Kamm’s Corners returns from noon on June 18. As is customary, vehicular traffic will be prohibited on Lorain Avenue from Rocky River Drive east to West 165th Street in the West Park neighborhood of Cleveland throughout the day due to the street festival.

Early weather reports are calling for sunshine and high temperatures approaching 70, which is good news for event organizers, attendees, performers and attendees.

Free entry. Performances will take place throughout the day on the two bookend stages at the east and west ends of the festival area.

The Main Stage schedule at Rocky River Drive begins with kickoff at noon. The Cleveland Fire Department Memorial Pipes and Drums take the stage at 12:15 p.m. They will be joined by the Cleveland Police Pipes and Drums. Taylor Lamborn performs at 12:30 p.m., Wallace Coleman at 2:15 p.m., West Side Irish Pipes and Drums at 3:45 p.m., Window Dogs at 4 p.m. and Cats on Holiday at 6 p.m.

At the Family Stage near West 165th Street, West Park Fairview Family YMCA will take the stage at 12:30 p.m. followed by O’Malley Irish Dance at 1 p.m. YMCA Hip Hop Dance will perform at 1:30 p.m., Burke Irish Dance at 2:30 p.m., Leneghan Irish Dance at 3 p.m., All-American Karate at 3:30 p.m., Cannon Irish Dance at 4 p.m., YMCA Line Dancing at 5 p.m., Hip to That at 5 p.m. and The Prom Queens at 6:30 p.m.

Those hungry will find the following food vendors on-site: Backstage Bar, Buckeye Concessions, Celestial Treats, City Club Catering, Hatfield’s Goode Grub, Weber’s Frozen Custard and West Park Station. Craft vendors participating in The Hooley include Bandana-Rama, Celticgirl Travels Photography. Chris Deighan Art, Clean Life Organics, Deby’s Designs, Designs by Denise, Happy Etching, Jenn’s Homemade Candles, Jill’s Frillz, Love of Sparklynn and Pixel Mania.

In addition to music, food and fun, the family event also features games and more.

The event is a production of West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development. Major sponsors are Cleveland Clinic Fairview Hospital, Dollar Bank, Ward 17 Councilor Charles Slife, Neighborhood Family Practice, Cleveland Public Library and the YMCA.

Steve Clark, left, president of the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River, and Jon Fancher, right, scholarship chair, congratulate the club’s 2022 college scholarship recipients Elena Rouse, left to right, Estela (Stella) Dajko, Isabella Shaner and Teeghan McGann. Abigail Hirsch was not present for the photo. Photo courtesy of the Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River.

Scholarship winners: Five high school graduates received college scholarships from Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River. The recipients are Estella Dajko, Elana Rouse and Isabella Shaner from Rocky River High School, and Abigail Hirsch and Teeghan McGann from Lakewood High School.

Each received $3,000 from the Rotary Lakewood-Rocky River Foundation. The $15,000 scholarship program is one of more than $60,000 the Rotary club donates annually to community programs.

In addition to demonstrating their academic success and their potential, the five scholarship recipients were chosen for their character, their extracurricular and community involvement.

This year’s winners are:

· Abigail Hirsch of Lakewood High School who is passionate about connecting students. She was captain of the Rangers cross-country team, involved in the school’s Race and Diversity Club and the Home Alone Club which guides young pupils on safety measures when visiting empty houses after school. She was inducted into the LHS National Honor Society Chapter. She hopes to become a psychiatrist and will attend Ohio University to study psychology.

· Teeghan McGann leads a life of volunteerism, helping with programs like Help 2 Others, Home Alone and the Lakewood Youth Running Club at LHS. She also volunteered at St. Luke’s Parish and at a local nursing home early in the pandemic when families of residents were unable to attend. Additionally, she served as co-captain of the Rangers track and cross country teams. Teeghan plans to study business at the University of Miami.

· Estela Dajko used the challenge of immigrating to the United States as motivation to make the most of the opportunities. At Rocky River High School, Stella found her footing in the performing arts departments, singing in various choirs and participating in Drama Club productions backstage and on stage. She is a member of the National Honor Society and plans to study health sciences at Baldwin Wallace University.

· Elana Rouse plays the violin, supports the RRHS Environmental Club, created selected works for the recent Rotary Art Exhibit at the Beck Center, and wrote a first essay for the Maltz Museum’s “Stop the Hate” program. She was part of the costume shop team for the production of RRHS’ Dazzle Award-winning musical “Young Frankenstein” this spring. She plans to study fashion design at Kent State University.

· Isabella Shaner, also of RRHS, was in the concert and marching bands and National History Day contest. In addition, she was a member of the school’s fencing team for four years. She tutored college students and maintained correspondence with residents of area nursing homes. Last summer, Isabella was accepted into a two-week painting course at the Cleveland Institute of Art. She plans to study biology at Ohio State University with the intention of pursuing a career in physical therapy.

The Rotary Club of Lakewood-Rocky River is part of Rotary International, a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders. Members of Rotary clubs (called Rotarians) provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

To learn more, visit rotary.org.

Scam Alert: Fairview Park Police are warning residents to be on their guard for a scam involving letters with fake VISA gift cards. Some letters were sent to residents with the unauthorized use of city letterhead and the fraudulent use of Mayor Patrick Cooney’s signature.

One of these letters indicates that the gift card is a “thank you” for being an “exceptional citizen”.

The city did not send the letters or gift cards, police said.

They warn that residents should not provide any personal information in order to use the gift card.

Anyone who receives one of these letters should contact the police at 440-333-1234.

Amish Day Trip: The North Olmsted Senior Center invites seniors on a one-day coach trip to Amish Country on August 3. The bus leaves at 8 a.m. and will return around 7 p.m.

Travelers will visit the popular Der Dutchman Restaurant, Coblentz Chocolate, Heini Cheese Factory, Carlisle Gifts, Amish Bakery Breitenbach Winery and more. The cost is $70. For more information or to register, call Beth at 440-716-5435. Register before July 13.

The Jazzer: The Music Settlement of Cleveland will feature Glenn Holmes in a free jazz concert at 4 p.m. June 19 at West Shore Unitarian Universalist Church, k20401 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River, as part of June 19 celebrations.

The church is celebrating its 75th jubilee this year. It is the largest UU congregation in northeast Ohio. Reverend Anthony Makar is Chief Minister.

Benefits of the Youth Challenge race: More than 1,000 runners, walkers and rollerbladers, including participants in wheelchairs, will participate in Where will Color Take You, the Sherwin-Williams Women’s Club’s annual 5k run and 1-mile walk on June 18 at the zoo of Cleveland Metroparks, 3900 Wildlife Road, Cleveland.

The event benefits Défi jeunesse, whose mission is to offer free sports and recreational activities adapted to young people with physical disabilities. YC has a location in Westlake that serves people with disabilities from many communities in the area.

The Kids’ Dash is scheduled for 8:15 a.m., the 5K at 8:30 a.m. and the 1-mile walk and roll at 9 a.m. The closing ceremony and award ceremony will take place at 9:45 a.m.

The Women’s Club was created in 1911. It is a network of more than 850 women committed to the personal and professional development of its members and to fostering links between themselves and with the community. All proceeds from their fundraising efforts are donated to local Cleveland-based charities. In addition, the Sherwin-Williams Foundation matches every donation made by the Club.

For 46 years, YC has fulfilled its mission of bringing together young people with physical disabilities and teenage volunteers who inspire each other through adapted sports, leisure and social development activities. The organization provides free programs and transportation to children and young adults throughout northeast Ohio. Visit youthchallengesports.com for more information.

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