Construction to begin soon at historic Lilly Weston home : West Shore Chatter

WESTLAKE, Ohio – Westlake Historical Society sharing good news about Lilly Weston House.

Construction will begin at the historic sandstone structure, which dates to around 1844. The house was built for Austin and Roxanna Lilly. They came to Dover Township, now Westlake, in 1832 from Ashfield, Massachusetts. The Lillys lived in the house until after the Civil War – circa 1867.

WHS said the house was built from blocks of sandstone quarried nearby – possibly from a quarry near Porter Road. The blocks are about two feet thick. The front blocks were finely crafted and finished, while the rear and side ones were less elaborate. The basement is built of huge rectangular stone blocks. Thick, hewn beams support the roof of the structure.

A brick wing was added to the east side of the house around 1850.

After the Lillys left, the house had several other owners, including George Weston, James Beardsley and August Trudel. Eventually, Alice (Mrs. Dezso) Ladanyi, George Weston’s great-granddaughter, deeded the house to the town of Westlake for use as a museum.

Layne said construction to restore the home will begin in less than two weeks. WHS has been fundraising and seeking funding sources to fund the project for many years. “It’s now approved with funding,” Layne said.

WHS has also announced that its Community Coffee events will return to Panera, 21637 Detroit Road, Westlake. The first session will take place on March 19 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The community is invited to come and ask questions about the Lilly Weston restoration project and other events on the 2022 calendar.

Layne also announced that the 50th Antique Vintage and Craft Show will take place on June 5, a little earlier than usual. Anyone interested in participating in the event is invited to join the committee. Call 216-848-0680 for details and a meeting schedule.

Rotary Foundation Scholarships: the Rotary Lakewood/Rocky River Foundation offers high school students scholarships to any accredited post-high school educational institution. Five scholarships of $3,000 will be awarded to cover one year’s tuition.

Applicants must be members of the class of 2022 from any accredited high school; be a resident of the Lakewood or Rocky River School District; show a record of academic achievement in their high school career; have applied to a college, university, community or junior college, or specific trade or vocational school; and have no direct relationship with a current or honorary Rotarian.

Applications must be received by 3 p.m. on Monday, April 11. Prizes will be awarded on June 6.

The required information should be provided on the application form which can be downloaded at

Guidelines for submitting the application, as well as other criteria, are included.

Farewell: The town of Westlake had a retirement ceremony honoring Sgt. John Mauer on March 4, for 31 years with the Westlake Police Department.

Police Chief Kevin Bielozer praised Mauer, saying he had set a fine example of what solid police work should look like with his professionalism and attention to detail throughout his career. .

Mauer’s service often extended beyond Westlake through his work with the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. He has helped with cases throughout northeast Ohio.

Congratulations to Mauer and best wishes for a long, happy and healthy retirement.

Early Spring: Don’t forget to put your clock forward one hour before you go to bed on March 12. DST begins at 2 a.m. on March 13.

Registration for the summer bridge: The Lake Erie Bridge is accepting registrations for Summer Bridge Groups. There are openings in various bands playing at the following restaurants this summer: Arrabiata’s in Bay Village, Canary’s in North Olmsted, Cleveland Yachting Club in Rocky River, King Wah in Rocky River and Sangria in Westlake.

If you don’t have a partner yet, a “Find a Partner” group is available for players to connect with others. In the party, players play with a new partner each time they play.

Summer sessions are held twice in June, twice in July and once in August. Typically, play begins at 11 am with 20 hands and a break for lunch, which ranges from a buffet, off-menu or selection for a set fee ranging from $10 to $17.

For information, contact Janet Pavlich at 440-949-8512 or by email at [email protected]

Craft Fair: The 2022 Rocky River Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 12 and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 13 at Rocky River Memorial Hall, 21016 Hilliard Blvd., Rocky River. Admission is $3 and children under 12 are free. There will also be concessions on site. The salon accepts vendors. This is the 10th year of the show. Becki Silverstein, founder of the show, said cutting-edge arts and crafts shows are dedicated to supporting local craft businesses/entrepreneurs and giving back to the community. A portion of the proceeds from each Avant-Garde branded event is donated to a local charity. To date, the shows have raised nearly $60,000 for local nonprofits. This year, the spring show Rocky River Avant-Garde has partnered with the local non-profit association Children’s wigs. Part of the profits will be donated to the foundation to support its mission to help children look at themselves and live their lives. Wigs for Kids has been creating wigs for children with cancer for 40 years. To keep track of this year’s events and upcoming vendors, check out the Facebook page, Twitter accountand instagram. More information can also be found at Artisans from across Northeast Ohio will gather to display their work at the 100% Handmade Craftsmen and Artisans Showcase. This event will feature a variety of local vendors who specialize in creating unique finds ranging from textiles, wood crafts, bath and body products to jewelry and more.

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