Staff Blogger: Elizabeth Fantozzi- Marketing and Public Relations Manager

On Aug. 8, individuals from the Ottawa County United Way’s ‘Til Next Time (TNT) program visited Lakeside to engage in the Chautauqua programming while investing quality time in the mentor/mentee relationships that TNT offers.

The TNT Mentoring Program was developed to help create and support one-on-one mentoring relationships between positive adult role models and youth facing challenges in their personal, social and academic lives.

In 2017, the Lakeside Men’s Bible Study Group had the desire to put their faith into action, which led to them forming a partnership with the TNT program.

This summer, approximately 70 students and 50 mentors arrived in Lakeside to spend a day engaging with the community while investing in the positive relationships that are arranged through the TNT program.

The event has grown on all fronts: there were more kids, more volunteers, more activities and more support. Read More

Staff Blogger: Courtney DavisMobile Software Application Intern

Don’t let the name fool you, there’s nothing old about Old Blue’s Lakehouse in Marblehead.

Between its collection of artisan goods, home décor, apparel and unique children’s toys, this boutique offers a fresh, exciting atmosphere where shoppers rarely leave emptyhanded.

Owners Kyra and Les Kulin say their store is “a welcoming place to come shop, chat and find yourself right at home.”

They purchased the building in 2017, not knowing what they’d house in it. While renovating, the couple decided to transform the space into a store.

“The space is big,” Kulin said. “It has small spaces throughout for little nooks of kitchenware, apparel and gifts.”

Kyra and Les decided to name the boutique after their black lab, Blue, “who really isn’t old, but will be someda Read More

Staff Blogger: Courtney Davis, Mobile Software Application Intern

Sypherd’s Cycles, Lakeside’s bicycle shop, has been in operation since 1976, making it one of the oldest businesses in the community. Floyd Sypherd and his son, Tim, are co-owners of the family business.

The family’s decision to open a bicycle shop in Lakeside came from their original hardware store and bike shop, located in Akron, Ohio.

The Sypherds also recognized Lakeside needed a bike shop since the original one had closed several years before. The family has kept some items from Lakeside’s first bike shop, including its sign, which is still displayed.

The Sypherds continue to be an innovative and community-oriented business, eager to provide more goods and services to Lakesiders. In 1998, they added a rental center with TVs/VCRs, microwaves, electric scooters, strollers and more. By 2000, golf cart rentals were added to their inventory.

The Sypherds are longtime Lakesiders. “We first came here in 1967,” Tim shared, and the family has seen Lakeside evolve over the years. They have especially enjoyed seeing how much Lakeside’s parks have changed. Read More

Staff Blogger: Courtney Davis, Mobile Software Application Intern

Darby and Greg Buehler recently became Lakeside homeowners in 2017, but they have a longtime connection to the Chautauqua community.

Greg has been visiting since he was a child and later introduced Darby when they got married.

(L-R) Shirley Buehler (mother), Keith Winget (uncle) and Marty Winget (aunt).

“My mother, Shirley, has been coming to Lakeside since she was a teenager in youth group,” says Greg. “After that, my uncle, Keith Winget, purchased a cottage in 1991. My parents, Don and Shirley Buehler, bought a place a few years later. At that time, Darby and I were married, and our children were young, so they’ve grown up coming to Lakeside.”

The family roots in Lakeside continue. “Keith’s son, Doug, and his wife, Lisa, bought a Lakeside house about 11 years ago. I would say the Winget family is probably who introduced everyone to Lakeside,” jokes Darby.

Greg adds, “Yes, my mom and Uncle Keith are the ones who have kept this connection alive.”

The Buehlers most cherished memory this summer has been introducing their first grandchild to Lakeside. “It was so exciting to have her here and to see our Lakeside legacy continue,” says Darby.

Aware of their unique last name, the Buehlers named their cottage “Buehler’s Day Off,” a nod to the popular 1986 film “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” They took it a step further by naming their dog Fairess.

The Buehlers enjoy many things about Lakeside, especially walks along Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile with their dog, riding bikes, kayaking, eating at Bluebird Café (their favorite restaurant), sitting on their front porch and “just taking it all in.”

Darby and Greg also love that you’ll always find someone you know in Lakeside, no matter what.

“You don’t realize how many generations have been here; that’s really an outstanding testament to Lakeside,” says Darby. “We’ve found connections we never knew we had.”

“When I went to Bowling Green, I was in a fraternity,” says Greg. “Back then, we had a house mom that lived in the house with us guys. Her name was Jerradale Douglas. We called her Mom Douglas. She had a place here at Lakeside, and we would bring our kids to see her.”

While searching for a Lakeside cottage, the Buehlers saw a plaque on a bench by the lake that was dedicated to Jerradale Douglas.

“I looked at that plaque, and then I looked at Darby, and said ‘We found our cottage, we’re done,’” says Greg.

“There’s always been a connection to Lakeside, in my life and in our life together,” adds Greg. “So, maybe all roads do lead to Lakeside.”

Meet the 2019 LLA App Intern, Courtney Davis:

Name: Courtney Davis
College: Ohio University
Major/Minor: English/Journalism
Hometown: Dayton, Ohio

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? A friend told me about Lakeside when I was a freshman in college and he always talked about how great it was. So I knew a little bit about it from him. When I started applying for internships this past year I saw they had one open to work with the newspaper so I decided to apply. Now I’m here and I can definitely see why he thinks it’s so great!

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? I’m really looking forward to expanding my knowledge in journalism this summer. This is the first time I’ve worked in a professional environment so I’m interested to see how everything works. I can’t wait to see how much my work improves over the summer. I’m also looking forward to exploring Lakeside and seeing everything it has to offer.

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