Author: lakesideohio

Lakesiders Share Their Experiences in Denmark

In July 2020, Ryan, Sarah, Isabel, Charles, Beatrice, and Catherine Hamilton flew over 4,000 miles to their new home for a year, a small town near Copenhagen, Denmark, called Jystrup. Had it not been for an old toy shop in Lakeside, the move to another country never would have been possible. Some Lakesiders may remember […]

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Locals Look Back on Happy Years at Old Lakeside School

Colleen Smitek: Community Contributor Everybody remembers their first-grade teacher.  And that’s true for two local residents — Tom Lane and Rick Dziak — who attended the stately limestone school still standing on West Seventh Street in Lakeside. While the school closed in 1956, memories of those times still bring joy — and a bit of […]

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The Lakeside Daisy Garden

Guest Blogger: Dottie McDowell In early May, an ordinary looking patch of gravel on Lakeside, Ohio’s waterfront bursts into glorious bloom.  The bright Lakeside daisy (Hymenoxys herbacea) is one of Ohio’s most spectacular wildflowers. This long-lived perennial grows where few others can, on nearly barren limestone rock in full sunlight. In early to mid-May, the […]

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2020 Photo Contest Winners

Thank you to all of the participants for entering the 2020 Lakeside Calendar of Events Photo Contest! As shared previously, we are not printing a Calendar of Events this year but have selected finalists from the great number of entries we received. There were many amazing photographs, and it was very difficult to narrow them down. Photos […]

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Lakesider Spotlight: Jessica Bettencourt

When it comes to facing rejection, second guessing big decisions and overcoming self-doubt, Lakesider and author Jessica Bettencourt shares in her new book how to overcome fear to build the life you’ve always imagined. Growing up in Tennessee, Bettencourt always imagined her family would spend their summers in the South. She never dreamed their summer […]

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Lakesider Spotlight: Willy Sommervil continues humanitarian work in Haiti

Elizabeth Fantozzi: Marketing & Public Relations Manager If you are familiar with Lakeside, you have probably seen Willy Sommervil around the grounds cheerfully greeting people and busy at work with his painting and pressure washing business, Willy Worry Not. Sommervil has been a part of the Lakeside community for 36 years, but grew up near […]

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Guys’ Club President, Richard Swanson, steps down from role after 20 years

Elizabeth Fantozzi: Marketing & Public Relations Manager Whether it’s building a headquarters beside the Lakeside Women’s Club or collecting popsicle sticks to build a ship to sail to Kelley’s Island, the Guys’ Club is workin’ on it. After 20 years of leading the Guys’ Club, longtime Lakesider and Guys’ Club creator Richard Swanson is stepping […]

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The Lakeside Annual Fund Supports Life-changing Programs like MGM

It’s a beautiful summer afternoon in Lakeside, and 6th, 7th and 8th graders are making their way to Cherry Park to join their friends for the Middle Grade Madness (MGM) program led by Bonnie and John Wilkie. Lakeside’s MGM program provides middle school children and teens aged 10-14 years old opportunities to enjoy fellowship, fun […]

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Kind Portrait Program: About Matthew Greene Photography

Matt Greene and his wife Lisa have visited Lakeside since the mid 1980s when friends introduced them to its unique chautauqua experience.  Each year when they visited they’d make “shopping for a cottage” part of their agenda. After a long search they did purchase a perfect little cottage on Poplar! Shortly thereafter grandchildren started to appear, […]

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Lake Erie Algal Blooms 2020: Forecast and Report Card

Staff Blogger: Sarah Brunot, Environmental Intern The health of Lake Erie’s western basin received the grade C+ in the first ever report card compiled by the University of Maryland, Center for Environmental Science. This is the first year that a report card has been created, using information and data from 2018. The report card compiles […]

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