Meet the 2019 LLA Marketing Analytics Intern, Molly McNamara:

Name: Molly McNamara
College: Washington University in St. Louis
Major/Minor: Double Major in Biomedical Engineering and Business
Hometown: Bay Village, Ohio

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? Lakeside is extremely important to me. My grandparents bought a cottage in 1983, but my grandmother’s family has had roots in Lakeside predating World War II. Three years ago, my parents bought their own cottage. I grew up jumping off the dock, spending my allowance at Marilyn’s, reading on my grandparents’ porch, and fighting with my cousins over who could sit on the back seat of the golf cart. In fact, many of you may remember me as one of the “lemonade kids” from East Ohio Conference, where I sold lemonade for Imagine No Malaria for 10 years.

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? This summer, I am looking forward to making more memories with my friends and family. Specifically, I am excited to spend time with my cousins over the 4th of July.

What do you hope to gain from this experience? From this internship I hope to gain work experience and become more familiar with technology used in the workplace. Additionally, I hope to be able to use my skills to improve the place I love.
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Meet the 2019 LLA Newspaper Publication Design Intern, Reilly Wright:

Name: Reilly Wright
College: Ohio Wesleyan University
Major/Minor: Communication (media production concentration)/Journalism; Politics & Government
Hometown: Delaware, Ohio

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? All throughout middle and high school, I traveled with my church youth group to Lakeside for Labor Day weekend. From Friday night to Monday afternoon, we would wake way too early for sunrises, eat far too many donuts, buy too much clothing and have the perfect amount of devotionals all over the grounds. I always came home with such amazing memories of this place and I’m incredibly excited to spend more than three days here.

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? As cheesy as it sounds, I’m really looking forward to meeting people. I found that by going to such a small university, it is easy to meet people and become so familiar with the campus. I feel as though that will translate to this summer at Lakeside. I hope to meet people, get to know the grounds and learn to love this place as much as I love my school.
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Guest Blogger: Trish Tomlinson, Historic Preservation & Design Review Board Member


There are many facets to rehabilitating homes in a Historic District. Preserving original features and materials are always the first priority, when possible.

Each year, the Historic Preservation & Design Review Board (HP&DRB) reviews projects of many different scopes. We select some of the best projects to receive awards, but that doesn’t minimize the importance or appropriateness of any other project.

There are various ways to enhance the architecture, whether it’s through new construction, rehabilitation or natural landscape. The following awards represent all three categories.

New Construction
Congratulations to James and Vicki McElheny for their newly constructed cottage at 728 Oak Ave.  New construction is advised to adhere to the existing charm and ambiance that gives Lakeside its allure, and they did just that.

When building their cottage, the McElhenys maintained the front porch aesthetic of Lakeside’s outdoor living and preserved as many trees as possible, while also retaining green space on their lot. Although it’s more common to have front facing garages in this area of Lakeside, they generally reduced the impact of the front façade to the street.

The McElhenys would like to recognize Raymond J. Schaefer Construction for the work on this project. They said, “He was easy to work with and finished the job months ahead of time.” Read More

Major General John L. Borling (retired United States Air Force) is a man who never gives up. Throughout his life, Borling has demonstrated exceptional resilience and strength and will share his life experiences with Lakesiders at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 17 and Thursday, July 18 in Orchestra Hall as part of this week’s Chautauqua Lecture Series.

[Lakesiders Dr. James and Betty Jane Young met and became friends with Borling after James and Borling met as colonels in Germany.]

As a fighter pilot in the Vietnam War, Borling flew 96 fighter missions and was close to finishing his 100-mission tour, a practically unheard of achievement. However, Borling didn’t want to stop there.

“He called his wife, Myrna, and told her when he was done with his tour he wanted to do 100 more missions,” said Betty Jane.

However, Borling never got the chance. On his 97th mission, he was shot down and taken as a Prisoner of War (POW) at Hanoi Hilton in North Vietnam. Borling and other POWs used the tap code to communicate, commiserating, encouraging and joking with one another in an attempt to maintain their sanity in the grim conditions. During these dark times, Borling also used the tap system to express his poetry. Read More

Meet the 2019 LLA Religious Life Intern, Ricky Sammartino:

Name: Ricky Sammartino
College: Ohio Wesleyan University
Major/Minor: Double Major in Religion & Classics
Hometown: Boardman, Ohio

How did you hear about Lakeside, or what is your Lakeside story? When I was 14 my Pastor insisted I attend Lakeside Institute, which began a love affair with Lakeside. The following year I became involved with the East Ohio Annual Conference, and have been coming to Lakeside for at least 2 or 3 weeks every summer since.

What are you most looking forward to this summer at Lakeside? I am most looking forward to getting to know the fascinating people that make up the Lakeside Community and working with the staff, like Dr. Charlie Yoost, who make Lakeside what it is every summer. And of course, eating Patio doughnuts every morning and Patio ice cream every evening.
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