• A Royal Visit to Lakeside

    Guest Blogger: Cheryl Harner, Lakesider It was a collision of two of nature’s greatest phenomena, an insect migration and a hurricane, in a drama played out over...

  • The Shade Tree: 25 Years of Business and Loyalty

    Candy, cards, souvenirs, and sundries line the shelves of The Shade Tree. A woman browses the card section while her son grabs a handful of individually wrapped...

  • Mere observation brings renewal

    Guest Blogger: Bruce Stambaugh I’m sitting on a bench beneath the shade of a determined sugar maple tree, perhaps its verdant growth encouraged by the view I’m...

  • Sunday Spotlight: 2018 Advancement & Communications Intern

    Name: Mallory Glenn Hometown: Bowling Green, OH College: University of Mount Union Major/Minor: Writing/Communications and Sociology How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside...

  • Choose Radiant Windows and Radiant Remodeling

    Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern Are you looking to renovate your home? If so, look no further than Radiant Windows and Radiant Remodeling based...

  • Sunday Spotlight: 2018 Recreation Intern

    Name: Kristopher Glover Hometown: Chicago, IL College: Xavier University Major: Sports Management How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? I got a...

  • Preacher of the Week: Bishop Sally Dyck

    Bishop Sally Dyck will serve as Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week from July 29-Aug. 2. This week is supported by the Rev. Ruth C. Shannon Endowment. She...

  • Reflecting on Seven Years at Lakeside Chautauqua

    Staff Blogger: The Rev. Dr. Ned Dewire, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach At the end of the summer, I will retire from my position as...

  • The Wesley Communities: The Ideal Fit for a Lakesider

    Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern People choose The Wesley Communities for the same reason that people choose Lakeside: the faith, kindhearted community and multifaceted...

  • Encountering brief & beautiful stories on the job

    Staff Blogger: Danielle Zoellner, Photography/Videography Intern I met Maple Woods while photographing her next to a plant because I liked the colors. She caught me, I apologized...

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern


Whether they knew him as the Mayor of Lakeside, the happy man on the three-wheeled bike or the man with the clipboard; the patriotic dock singer, the leader of God Squad’s children’s procession, or the doorman at the Kite Shop, everyone knew Les Cunningham.

Les was a joyful, bossy, faithful Lakesider for three decades before he passed on Dec. 17, 2017. Living to the age of 57, Les far exceeded the expected lifespan for a person with Down syndrome. Pat Castanaras, Les’ older sister, largely credits his longevity to the benefits of Lakeside.

“Les would never have been the person he was if it hadn’t been for Lakeside,” said Castanaras. “The level of freedom he had here was instrumental in allowing him to reach his full potential. And along with that, Les taught people not to be afraid of those with disabilities. He inspired people to be kind and to express themselves.”

Les first came to Lakeside in 1987 with his parents, Leslee and Pearle Cunningham. Leslee had accepted the position as Lakeside’s Officer of Development, the position now referred to as the Vice President of Advancement & Communication. Lakeside’s safe, familial nature allowed Les to blossom and express himself. Read More

Name: Molly Chacey
Hometown: Mount Vernon, OH
College: Bowling Green State University
Major: Visual Communications Technology

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story?

I heard about Lakeside from Sammi at school. Once I mentioned Lakeside to my family and friends, all of a sudden everyone knew about Lakeside.

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside?

The experience. I believe every place provides different things for you to learn. I also can’t wait for the awesome memories I will take back with me.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

I hope to broaden my portfolio for after I graduate. I also hope to meet some amazing people who will become lifelong friends.

Name one goal you hope to achieve this summer.

I hope to grow more confident in my skills and design work. Since I am graduating I hope to learn how to present myself and my work more Read More

Staff Blogger: Mallory Glenn, Advancement and Communications Intern


In an age where big banks dominate the financial industry, Marblehead Bank is a brave, shining exception, managing not just to survive, but to thrive.

Marblehead Bank does not take a one-size-fits-all approach to its customers, but instead strategically designs its services to meet their customers’ particular needs.

“We do banking the old fashioned way,” said William Tuttamore, Marblehead Bank President. “At our bank, customers aren’t just numbers, they’re people.”

Just as Marblehead Bank doesn’t view its customers as just numbers, it’s safe to say that customers don’t just choose Marblehead Bank for its numbers. However, if they did, we wouldn’t blame them. The Bank’s Bauer Ratings, which measures the safety of a bank, and Texas Ratios, which measures the quality of the bank’s assets, are powerful indicators of the bank’s success.

Marblehead Bank has been awarded Bauer’s “Five Star Rating”, the highest classification that can be achieved, each quarter for the past 28 years. Less than 10% of all banks have a “Five Star Rating.” Read More

Name: Natalie Swift
Hometown: Wooster, OH
College: University of Findlay
Major/Minor: Marketing/Event Management

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story?

I heard about internship opportunities at Lakeside through a professor who forwarded me the information. I had never heard of it until I secured a position and then multiple groups of family and friends messaged me and said they LOVE Lakeside.

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside?

I’m most looking forward to getting to know “Lakesiders” and their stories. I’m excited to explore this quaint community and take advantage of all it has to offer.

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

On the professional side of things, I would like to learn more details and helpful hints about successfully executing an event. I would also like to gain insight into making a customer’s experience better. On the social side, I would like to expand my network and learn through the diversity of other interns as well as guests. Read More

The Rev. Dr. Thomas G. Long will serve as Lakeside’s Preacher of the Week from July 8-12. This week is supported by the Rev. Dr. Bud Cox Endowment.

He will preach at the Hoover Community Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, July 8 in Hoover Auditorium.

An ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Rev. Dr. Long is Director of the Early Career Pastoral Leadership Program and Bandy Professor Emeritus of preaching at the Candler School of Theology at Emory University in Atlanta.

Referenced by “CNN” and the New York Times, the Rev. Dr. Long has been studying the contemporary style of preaching and teaching seminary students for most of his life, primarily focusing on homiletics (the history, theory and practice of preaching).

He’s authored more than 21 books and is a frequent contributor and editor to The Christian Century and the Journal for Preachers. His book, The Witness of Preaching, was named “One of the 25 Most Influential Books in Preaching for the Last 25 Years” by Preaching Magazine in 2010 and is now widely used in theological schools around the globe, translated into multiple languages. Read More