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Looking toward the holidays and 2021, exploring outdoors and taking part in the many popular outdoor activities available in our region is something we can all look forward to! Read what to wear for comfort and warmth outdoors on page A4, where to ski, snowboard and tube on page B1, popular winter activities planned in NE Ohio on page C8, and finally, read some tips and advice for attaining your New Year’s Resolutions for 2021 on page A10. Happy Holidays from all of us at Currents, and Cheers to 2021!





FASHION Fashion for the great outdoors! By Lauri Gross TRAVEL Create a memorable holiday vacation while cruising the Danube River By Sarah Jaquay EDUCATION How today’s schools educate, inspire, empower leaders of tomorrow By Paris Wolfe

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HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE Gift ideas for everyone on your list this season By Barry Goodrich & NE Ohio area retailers SKI SEASON Northeast Ohio and Pennsylvania resorts set for skiers this season By Paris Wolfe LUXURY LIVING Amazing Amish-built, log cabin-style home for sale in Alliance

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AT HOME Palatial home set on 16 picturesque, bucolic acres for sale in Geauga County By Rita Kueber

Cleveland-area executive elected to lead National Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors The Alzheimer’s Association has elected Brian J. Richardson from Avon Lake, Ohio, as Chair of its Board of Directors. Richardson, who was first elected to the Association’s Board of Directors in 2013, will now lead the 29-member, all-volunteer governing board in steerRichardson ing the strategic direction of the Association as it carries out its mission to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia – by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Richardson, 48, is Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer of Covia Corporation, headquartered in Independence, Ohio. Prior to joining Covia, he was a senior-level executive at Sherwin-Williams. Richardson is a graduate of Baldwin Wallace University and earned his M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. Since joining the Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors in 2013, Richardson has served on and chaired several Association committees, including Chapter Relations, Compensation and Diversity & Inclusion and the FY19-21 Strategic Plan. Previous to his national appointment, Richardson served on the Alzheimer’s Association Cleveland Area Chapter Board from 2006-2014, including two years as chair. He is also active in other Cleveland-area nonprofits, serving as a Board Director and Member of the Executive Committee for United Way of Greater Cleveland since 2014. “It is an honor to lead the Alzheimer’s Association Board of Directors,” said Richardson. “The leadership, staff and volunteers of this organization work tirelessly to fund research and improve access to care while providing much needed services to individuals and their caregivers, free of charge. In addition, the Association’s public policy efforts have been instrumental to the federal government’s funding of research to find a cure for this disease.” Richardson will serve as board chair for two years. “Brian has been a great champion for the Alzheimer’s Association and its mission in Cleveland and across Ohio for nearly two decades and has been a leader of our nationwide and global work since joining the governing board in 2013,” said Harry Johns, President and CEO, Alzheimer’s Association. “I am confident that his leadership as Board Chair will further advance the reach of care, while speeding and expanding research.” More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, according to the Alzheimer’s Association 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, including 220,000 in Ohio. Alzheimer’s is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the fifth-leading cause for women. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimer’s or another dementia. The Alzheimer’s Association advocates for the needs and rights of people facing Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. The Association calls for an increased commitment to Alzheimer’s funding from the federal government for Alzheimer’s research, education, outreach and caregiver support. It helps to pass landmark legislation such as the National Alzheimer’s Project Act, which mandated the creation of the nation’s first plan to fight Alzheimer’s disease. It was also a driving force behind the passage of the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, which allows expert scientists at the National Institutes of Health to directly communicate with Congress about the resources needed to achieve the National Plan’s goal of preventing and effectively treating Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s and all other dementia®. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900. ​ www.currentsneo.com  December 10, 2020 CURRENTS  A3

For enjoying and exploring the outdoors, Northeast Ohio has you covered By LAURI GROSS During a winter backpacking trip, Josh Scott tallied the value of all the gear in his little backpack - gear that he had been acquiring for years - and found that it was worth thousands. He said he realized that was “super inaccessible to a person just trying to get into the sport.” And then, he dreamed up the idea for what is now The Cleveland Outpost (in Rocky River), described on their website as a community-driven gear destination with a focus on sustainability and affordability. “We are a meeting place for outdoor enthusiasts of all backgrounds, and we are ready to help you get great gear and get outside!” said Josh. This winter, many people will be spending time outdoors. Having a successful and fun time doing it depends on knowing where to get great gear, great clothing and great advice, and Northeast Ohio has plenty of options. While the Cleveland Outpost is new to the game, since 1932, Clevelanders have been going to Geiger’s for clothing, footwear, and gear for snow sports and other outdoor activities. Their Lakewood and Chagrin Falls stores (and ShopGeigers.com) are ready to outfit men, women and kids from head to toe, with everything they need to walk the dog around the block, spend an evening around a backyard firepit, do some hardcore winter outdoor exploring, or enjoy a day on the slopes. “We have some classic favorite brands like Patagonia for men and women and kids,” said co-owner Gordon Geiger. “And we have some new lines, including Cotopaxie. It’s very environmentally friendly, and it’s fair trade which is what Patagonia does too. Plus Cotopaxie has unique styling to freshen up your outdoor look.” Arborwear in Chagrin Falls is another popular spot for outdoor enthusiasts. “Our customers wear Arborwear while they work around the house, camp, fish, hunt, woodwork, hike, bike and even just lounge around a campfire!” said Heidi Baumgart, Arborwear director of marketing. Arborwear is known for products with excellent fit, which translates to better comfort and improved safety. Double-thick, hooded pullover sweatshirts are among their most-popular items, including plenty field-tested and made specifically for women. Shoppers will also find double-thick (and single thick) cotton sweatpants. Heidi said, “Arborwear sweatpants are so versatile that you can go from lounging around on a day off to hiking up a rigorous mountain. Of course, they fit great, look great and include normal side pockets and a zippered rear pocket.” With a mix of approximately 20 percent new and 80 percent used gear, the Cleveland Outpost can outfit experienced outdoor adventurers and beginners alike. “Helping folks get outside that are beginners is one of our favorite things,” said Josh. “Our gear is high-quality, but incredibly affordable.”

Geiger’s carries a wide variety of outerwear brands including this Langford parka from Canada Goose. Photograph courtesy of Geiger’s Some Cleveland Outpost customers bring in their old gear to donate, or trade for store credit, or put on consignment. The Cleveland Outpost also includes an Adventure School which offers workshops and seminars on everything from choosing a kayak, to outdoor photography, to learning about hiking the Appalachian Trail. Gordon said Geiger’s “heavy-duty” brands include Canada Goose (good in temps as low as negative 30 degrees Fahrenheit). Holebrook, from Sweden, is a new line for Geiger’s. “These are knits with a windproof liner so they’re kind of Norwegian-looking,” Gordon explained. For orders placed at ShopGeigers.com, the store offers free delivery in Cuyahoga and Geauga County. Or, use the store’s website to book an in-store appointment. And,

Visit Arborwear for great outdoor clothing and gear for men and women. Photograph courtesy of Arborwear curbside pickup is available. Arborwear’s inventory includes jackets, pants, vests, mittens and much more. For gifts, Heidi suggested, Helle or Hogue knives, Brant & Cochran or Hults Bruk axes, and sharpening accessories. “You can fill stockings with Duke Cannon hand-repair cream, Ironlace boot laces, Grangers boot care sprays, or the latest drinkware styles from Hydro Flask, Yeti or Nalgene. The most loved gift we’ve seen are our Peet boot dryers.” Josh said, The Cleveland Outpost is a “proud supporter and ally of the LGBTQ community, marginalized groups and the underserved. We want people to know that you are welcome here. We have plans to create a network and community that helps folks enjoy outdoor recreation in a way that they never thought possible because of systemic, economic, psychological and emotional barriers. We encourage folks to follow us on social-media and look at our blog at clevelandoutpost.com.” The Cleveland Outpost will get every member of the family ready to explore and enjoy the outdoors. Photograph courtesy of Cleveland Outpost

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Rock & Roll Hall of Fame launches extra content, virtual programs to keep fans engaged

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Holiday Happenings for your enjoyment this season By BARRY GOODRICH For many of Northeast Ohio’s traditional holiday events, the show will go on despite the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens in Akron is offering its Deck The Hall: A Very Merry Christmas on Dec. 10-13 and Dec. 26-30. The Manor House will have a first-floor, one-way, tour decorated with snowmen, elves and nutcrackers while the Manor House and Gardens will be illuminated with over one million holiday lights. A huge lighted Christmas tree serves as the centerpiece of the courtyard and Santa will hold socially distant visits. Two animated shop windows will depict a 1920s Christmas in downtown Akron and a group of holiday bakers. In the Gardens, DAZZLE features holiday lights choreographed to music and Gingerbread Land decorated

with candy canes and sparkle. Molly’s will offer unique holiday gift items and refreshments will be available, including hot gingerbread and cocoa in the Gingerbread Hut and beer and Bavarian pretzels in the Salty Reindeer. All tickets must be purchased in advance by visiting www.stanhywet.org/events. The Cleveland Metroparks’ Winter RiverFest presented by MTD is scheduled from 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Dec. 9-13, Dec. 16-24 and Dec. 26-Jan. 3 at Rivergate Park and Merwin’s Wharf. The holiday event along the Cuyahoga River features synthetic ice skating, festive light displays, a beer garden and firepits, retail shop and an igloo village. Reservations for ice skating are recommended with a cost of $7 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under with skate rentals available for $3. Refreshments in the Igloo Village will be provided by Fat Head’s Brewing, Beverage Distributors and Debonne Vineyards. Guests can also

reserve private igloos with a two-hour minimum. For more information, visit www.clevelandmetroparks.com. The Magic of Lights at the Cuyahoga County Fairgrounds in Middleburg Heights is now open from 5:3010 p.m. through Jan. 2. The drive-thru displays feature a variety of scenes from Candyland, Toyland, Sports Row, 12 Days of Christmas and the Tunnel of Lights. The event partners with the LeBron James Family Foundation and the Cuyahoga Farm Bureau School Program (www.magicoflights.com/events/northeastohio). One of the area’s longest running holiday traditions continues with the 96th annual Nela Park holiday lights, through Jan. 4. The 2020 display features over 500,000 LED lights strong along several blocks of Noble Road in East Cleveland with displays including a holiday house, 30-foot gingerbread house decorated with candy and a replica of the National Christmas Tree.

While activities at the Museum are temporarily on pause, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is keeping the beat going and engaging fans digitally with extra content and programs in December. Virtual Membership Available Now Rockhall.com Just in time for the holiday season, give the gift of virtual membership this holiday season. Virtual members get special access to monthly exclusive stories including interviews, archival video footage and other neverbefore-seen From the Vault exclusives. Memberships are $25. Rock Hall Tree of Hope December Rock Hall Plaza & rockhall.com Throughout December, be a part of a movement of unity, connection, and hope that’s infused with the spirit of rock & roll to bring people together and lift spirits. Radiating hope from the Rock Hall’s plaza is a Tree of Hope. Fans can head to rockhall.com to add their messages of inspiration and donate to support the Rock Hall’s mission and holiday partner Shoes and Clothes for Kids. Messages from artists and fans will also be shared across the Rock Hall’s social channels. New “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Vault” Podcast Episodes Every Friday in December Available on all major podcast platforms and the iHeartRadio app Four new episodes of the “Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Vault” podcast are available in December. The episodes include iconic Induction speeches with unreleased materials – Jackson 5 and Diana Ross (12/11), The Cure & Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails (12/18), and Bonnie Raitt and Melissa Etheridge (12/25). Virtual Exhibits Available Now Rockhall.com/exhibits Step inside the Rock Hall virtually and experience new exhibits including the 2020 Inductee exhibit celebrating this year’s class, Baron Wolman Images of an Era highlighting iconic rock stars of the ‘60s, and “It’s Been Said All Along: Voices of Rage, Hope & Empowerment” spotlighting the powerful voice of artists as advocates for social change. The virtual tours offer 360-degree views of the exhibits with audio and written stories. Virtual Fam Jam 12/12 @ 11 a.m. YouTube (youtube.com/rockhall) Featuring free digital events and educational activities curated by the Rock Hall’s award-winning Education team, live performances from The Beck Center for the Arts, crafts with The Children’s Museum of Cleveland and story time with The Cleveland Public Library. Teachers and parents can create a free account on Rock Hall EDU, the Rock Hall’s digital education platform powered by PNC to access supplemental activity information including craft supply lists, instructional sheets, and accompanying activity worksheets. Holiday Shopping Available Now Rockhall.com/shop

Hanging at home with the year’s best books, music By BARRY GOODRICH Home for the holidays is taking on a new meaning this year. Hunkering down in your most comfortable chair or curling up in front of a crackling fireplace seems more like a necessity than a luxury as we count down the final days of a year that has taken its toll on everyone. But it’s not all gloom and doom. There has never been a better time to fill a glass and catch up on your reading or listen to music that soothes the soul. Here are some of the best books and music of what will forever be remembered as our Pandemic Year. My favorite book of the year is Douglas Stuart’s “Shuggie Bain” (Grove Press), and the critics agree with me as it recently won the prestigious Booker Prize. Stuart’s dark tale of growing up in the public housing of Glasgow, Scotland during the 1980s is the story of a lonely young boy and his alcoholic mother Agnes, who does the best she can to hold her life together even as it unravels. An incredible mix of the horrifying and hopeful, Stuart joins the ranks of Frank McCourt and James Joyce as writers who cut to the core of humanity. Any Jeopardy fan will thoroughly enjoy Claire McNear’s “Answers in the Form of Questions: A Definitive History and Insider’s Guide to Jeopardy” (Twelve Books). The book is a deep dive into what makes Jeopardy tick, including behind-the-scenes interviews. It is only fitting that the book is highlighted by an interview with the show’s late, great host Alex Trebek. David Sedaris has become one of America’s most beloved humorists and his new book “The Best of Me” (Little, Brown) is at its best when Sedaris examines himself and his family members. The career-spanning collection of his hilarious, humane pieces includes an introduction where Sedaris writes “I’m not the sort of person who goes around feeling good about himself.” Among other unfortunate events, 2020 marks the final season for the beloved series “The Best American Sportswriting” (Houghton Mifflin). The 30th and final edition of series editor Glenn Stout’s collection of top sports stories gets a fond bon voyage from this year’s guest editor Jackie MacMullan, who follows in the footsteps of such luminaries as George Plimpton, Dan Jenkins and Frank Deford. I will devour anything Wright Thompson writes and that certainly applies to his new work “Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon and the Things That Last” (Penguin Press). Thompson relates the story of how “Booze Yoda” Julian Van Winkle III fought to protect his family’s heritage by honoring the

past, adapting to the future and holding family close to his heart. Thompson adds to the narrative by interweaving the story of his own classic southern family. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the iconic film Goodfellas, Glen Kenney’s “Made Men: The Story of Goodfellas” (Hanover Square Press) is a delightful inside look at the mystique and legacy of Martin Scorcese’s film with a fascinating eye for detail. Who better than P.J. O’Rourke to provide perspective on the country’s most bizarre political year ever with “A Cry From the Far Middle: Dispatches From a Divided Land” (Atlantic Monthly Press). My favorite chapter in the book is O’Rourke’s incisive and hilarious “Whose Bright Idea Was It To Make Sure That Every Idiot in the World Was in Touch With Every Other Idiot?” If you watched Netflix’s wonderful smash hit “The Queen’s Gambit” you’ll want to read the fascinating book it was based on, “The Queen’s Gambit” (Vintage Books). Walter Tevis, the former Ohio University English professor who wrote “The Hustler,” tells the story of chess prodigy Beth Harmon, an orphan with addictive tendencies whose journey of self-discovery makes for a great read. There wasn’t a lot of great music put out this year as the industry suffered from the effects of COVID-19 so I’ll stick with a few of my favorites. Akron’s Chrissie Hynde has never sounded better than she does on The Pretenders’ “Hate for Sale” (BMG). Over 40 years since the group’s acclaimed debut album, Hynde returns to the group’s roots with this hardrocking album. Speaking of local legends, “The Choir Last Call: Live at The Music Box” (Omnivore) is a dynamic celebration of the group’s 50th anniversary. The group covers everyone from Procul Harem to the Kinks to Bob Seger in addition to performing its own classic material (“It’s Cold Outside”) on this two-disc set. I was pleasantly surprised at how great “Dion: Blues With Friends” (KTBA Records) was but I shouldn’t have been. After all, when your friends include Jeff Beck, Brian Setzer, Billy Gibbons, Bruce Sprinsgteen and Paul Simon, what’s not to like? Even more impressively, the 80-year-old Dion’s vocals don’t disappoint. If there was ever a year for some classic American songs, it’s 2020 and the perfect guy to soothe a nation’s psyche is James Taylor. JT’s “American Standard” (Fantasy) features the songs he grew up reimagined in Taylor’s signature acoustic guitar arrangements on such standouts as “Moon River” and “Teach Me Tonight.” www.currentsneo.com  December 10, 2020 CURRENTS  A5

GIFT IDEAS | 2020 American Crafts: A 56-year-old treat In 1964, savvy crafts and art lover Sylvia Ullman opened her unique gallery on Larchmere Boulevard in a converted raw brick building that was the original power station for Cleveland streetcars and the Shaker rapid transit. Until then, Sylvia had been selling crafts from her home. Representing the work of several outstanding contemporary American craftspeople, she sold their work to churches and temple groups, museums and charitable institutions for fund-raising events. Sylvia retired many years ago. But the tradition of American Crafts presenting the finest contemporary crafts continues. Celebrating its 56th anniversary this year, American Crafts is in a new location on Larchmere and remains a prime destination and source for special creative gifts for all occasions and for your own home. You will find unusual creations of 40 nationally

known artist craftspeople that you just will not find in a mall as well as the work of local artists. Named a “Top 100” gallery in the country by Niche, a national journal for galleries, American Crafts offers a delightful selection of decorative and functional ceramics and glass and beautiful works in wood, metal and mixed media. And you will experience the fun of whimsical sculptures, boxes, mobiles kaleidoscopes and so much more. One of a kind gifts for one of a kind people. Call 216.218.8925 for current hours or to make an appointment. AMERICAN CRAFTS, 12712 Larchmere Blvd., Cleveland 44120. One block north of Shaker Square. Located on the mezzanine of The Dancing Sheep. Parking in rear.

Diamond, Fancy Yellow, and Precious Colored Gemstone Wedding Bands by JB Star. ALSON JEWELERS, alsonjewelers.com.

FEATURING EXQUISITE ESTATE JEWELRY FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE 14K Yellow Gold Bangle w/24 Cut Diamonds. This could be yours, come see us! GREENWALD ANTIQUES, 28480 Chagrin Blvd. Woodmere, OH 44122, 216.839.6100, Greenwald Antiques.com, info@greenwaldantiques.com.

Diamonds by the yard … 14K white and yellow gold. Starting at $2,000. IMG JEWELERS, INC., 440.461.4464.

Beachwood Arts Council presents ‘Regional Artists: A Virtual View’ online exhibit As the holiday season approaches, our thoughts turn to gifts for family and friends. Since art makes great gifts, Beachwood Arts Council is sponsoring Regional Artists: A Virtual View, an online exhibit featuring impressive works of art by twenty-five Beachwood residents and Beachwood Arts Council members. This special exhibit Timeless Flower Art (mixed media) by Mike Cargile. Photographs courtesy of Beachwood Arts Council

runs through December 31, 2020, and showcases over seventy works of art, including drawings, fiber art, jewelry, mixed media, paintings, photographs, prints, and woodcarvings. All artwork is for sale and can be purchased directly from the artists. To view this exhibit, including biographies of the artists and contact information, visit www.beachwoodartscouncil.org and click on Regional Artists: A Virtual View Art Exhibit. For more information, call Leah Gilbert, art exhibit

chairperson, at 216.752.0752 or email her at leahgilbert@sbcglobal.net. Beachwood Arts Council, a non-profit organization founded in 1964, nurtures, promotes, and celebrates the visual and performing arts and the diverse cultures in Northeast Ohio. Beachwood Arts Council presents art exhibits, hosts a variety of events and workshops, and offers opportunities that cultivate creativity and community.

SHOP. EAT. PLAY. STAY. Discover the Holidays at Legacy Village CLEVELAND’S PREMIER LIFESTYLE CENTER Anthony Vince Nail Salon Arhaus Furniture Bar Louie Barre3 Black Box Fix BRIO* California Pizza Kitchen The Capital Grille C’est Macaron Charles Schwab The Cheesecake Factory Chico’s Chipotle Mexican Grill Contessa Gallery Crate & Barrel Deka Lash

Dick’s Sporting Goods Drybar Ethan Allen Fifth Third Bank Giant Eagle Hickory Farms Hyatt Place Hotel Janie & Jack Jos. A. Bank Clothiers L.A. Fitness Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Spa Lakewood Plant Company Lilly Pulitzer L.L. Bean Loft Lovesac

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GIFT IDEAS | 2020 Elevate the everyday! Beautiful designs in 18kt rose gold and diamonds by Sethi Couture available at JEWELRY ART in Hudson, 330.650.9011, visit us at jewelryarthudson.com.

Our Florentine gift sets are a stunning hostess gift and stocking stuffer. We pair our linen towels from Florence with our soaps from Florence and add the special ribbons and floral pieces for only $29. To view our selections and do your own pairing, check out our catalog on our website https://labellavitacleveland.com/category/shop-catalogs/ or call us to order and design for you 216.292.3000. LA BELLA VITA, Eton Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere.

MITCHELL SOTKA is a treasure trove for timeless antiques. Find the perfect piece of porcelain, artisan glass, expertly cut crystal, striking silver, masterful furniture, or one-ofa-kind jewelry in their Rocky River shop. (Pictured $30-$195).

19th Amendment Pillow ... a Voting Treat for every American woman! History in your home! The back of the pillow is embroidered with a quote from Ruth Bader Ginsburg - “Women belong in all places where decisions are being made. It shouldn’t be that women are the exception” ... this is a keeper! $178.00 Call to order for every special occasion! MULHOLLAND & SACHS, Eton Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere.

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GIFT GUIDE | ART A Year in Review – From Neue Auctions As we wind down the year 2020, Neue Auctions is thankful for our consignors and buyers with whom we have had the pleasure of working this year. 2020 was a year of many changes for all of us, and we are hopeful as we look into the future and a new year! The pandemic highlighted the fact that online auctions are the most efficient and best way to sell your fine art and antiques. Our reach through our auction platforms extends to every corner of the world. We are here to help buyers find your needle in the haystack. We moved across the hall at the Ohio Design Centre into a beautiful and much larger space where we can stretch our legs and offer a greater array of amazing objects. The auction schedule for the first quarter of 2021 includes exciting sales like the Valentine Jewelry auction and the personal collection of Cleveland designer Toni Burke, featuring traditional furnishings. We’ll also have another Mid-Century Modern sale in the spring; the last one was a huge success. We are always reviewing and accepting consignments daily for forthcoming auctions-

Visit WOLFS new gallery located in Beachwood. Current exhibition Sommer’s Children, portraits by William Sommer (1867-1949), on view through February 6. (William Sommer, Portrait of June, 1928, oil on board, signed and dated lower right, 24 x 18 inches)

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“Three Olives”, Oil on Canvas. ROB CROMBIE, Fine Artist, 330.696.0815, www.rhcrombie.com.

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we welcome you to contact us with your inquiries and a complimentary valuation for consideration. We wish the Readership of Currents the very best of Holidays and good health in the New Year. Neue Auctions provides a bespoke experience for sellers and buyers, with items presented fully guaranteed and vetted. Neue accepts single items, estates and collections, assisting clients in the complicated process of downsizing, working with private individuals, trusts, estates, museums. Neue Auctions continues the long-standing history and tradition of art collecting in Cleveland by bringing fine works of art to the market for sale, encouraging the current and next generation of collectors. Neue Auctions is always accepting consignments.

Area plastic surgeons describe what today’s clients desire in terms of looking, feeling their best By PARIS WOLFE The most popular New Year’s resolutions involve looking and feeling better. So many ways exist to reach these goals. COVID-19 has had an influence on many of them. Invasive and non-invasive cosmetic procedures are gaining popularity during pandemic restrictions for several reasons. First, perhaps, is everyday use of Zoom meetings. Everyone sees themselves on the screen during these digital exchanges. And it’s only human nature to look for flaws, to find things to improve. This platform may account for an interest in earlobe reduction, says Dr. Michael Wojtanowski of the Ohio Clinic of Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, founded in 1980 in Westlake. He operates his own accredited Surgiplex on-site surgical facility. Second is the protective face mask. “Masks have drawn attention to eyes, earlobes and necks,” he says. as they are the only feature showing. Women (and men) are becoming more aware of the wrinkles and sagging. A third reason also involves the wearing of masks. For those who are self-conscious, the mask hides bruising and healing after a procedure. Combine that with working at home or other social distancing practices and the pandemic can be a good time to heal. And the final reason may be financial. During “lockdown” money normally spent on entertainment and travel can be reallocated to self-improvement such as cosmetic procedures. Continuous advances in surgical and anesthesia techniques have made the experience increasingly easier. “Decades ago, surgery patients would spend the night at a hospital. Now, virtually all surgery is done as an outpatient,” says Wojtanowski. “That means patients, if they follow proper protocol and doctors’ directions, are up and about and back to their normal routines very

Before/After - Outpatient Lower Cheek & Neck Lift by Dr. Michael Wojtanowski, Ohio Clinic for Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery, Michael H. Wojtanowski, M.D., FACS, 2237 Crocker Rd. Suite 140, Westlake, Ohio 44145, 440.808.9315 ~ ohioclinic.com. quickly.” Numbers are still being tallied for 2020, but 1.8 million surgical procedures and 16 million non-invasive procedures were done in 2019, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Women account for 92 percent of all procedures., Nearly half – 49 percent – are done on people aged 40 to 54 years old. Top surgical procedures in 2019, according to the society were:

■ Breast augmentation ■ Liposuction ■ Eyelid surgery ■ Nose reshaping ■ Facelift Top non-surgical cosmetic procedures in 2019 were: ■ Botox ■ Soft tissue fillers ■ Chemical peel ■ Laser hair removal ■ Intense pulsed light “CoolSculpting is very popular,” says Wojtanowski. CoolSculpting is a fat-freezing procedure. It is the only FDA-cleared, nonsurgical fat-reduction treatment that uses controlled cooling to eliminate fat that resists efforts through diet and exercise. Still, popular after many years, he says is “Botox, which temporarily relaxes muscles in the face that cause lines and wrinkles, and fillers, that plump up volume. And these days volume equals youth.” Wojtanowski warns against “parties” where Botox or fillers are used without the supervision of a trained, accredited plastic surgeon. “What if you have an anaphylactic reaction to Botox?” he asks. “You need the right practitioner who is using proper FDA-approved products. Remember, you’re buying the doctor not the vial of Botox.” Dr. Steven Goldman of Plastic Surgery and Medical Spa in Beachwood and Westlake says, “Most people come in well-educated and knowing what they want. They know what bothers them and they have an accurate idea of what looks pretty and aesthetic. They know if they want something non-surgical or more definitive

and surgical.” It’s not always an either/or proposition. Many people may benefit from a combination of procedures over time, he says. That’s because something like eye-corner wrinkles or “crow’s feet” aren’t necessarily treatable with surgery. Thus, the non-surgical Botox is a solution. Non-surgical shouldn’t be discounted. New non-surgical technologies are getting approval and public buy-in as well. “The newest class of nonsurgical technology is muscle developing or tightening, also known as emsculpt,” says Goldman. An FDA-cleared body-sculpting procedure, Emsculpt delivers high-intensity focused electromagnetic energy pulses to muscle tissue. These pulses cause muscle contractions that exceed those in normal exercise. The resultant tightening, toning and strengthening increases muscle definition. It is commonly used on large muscle groups in the buttocks and abdomen as well as the upper arms, thighs and calves. Having all the tools doesn’t require using all of them. Goldman has the experience, expertise and aesthetic sensibility to choose the right procedure for the right patient. To explain aesthetic ability, he points out that a sculptor or painter doesn’t aim to create an object, but to create the affect or feeling that thing has on the viewer. Likewise, the surgeon goes for affect. A rhinoplasty “nose job” may require the addition of a chin implant to improve a patient’s looks. “I look at the patient holistically,” he says. “One patient may need something another doesn’t.”

“When it comes to non-surgical procedures and technologies,” he says, “patients rely on us to choose something that’s evidence-based, that’s not a fad.”

Six age-defying, non-surgical facelift alternatives As we age things start shifting, volume is lost and collagen and elastin are depleting. This contributes to sagging facial features and leads to the formation of wrinkles, creases and folds. If you desire a younger look but aren’t ready for a facelift, The Powder Room Makeup Oasis and Boutique offers six age-defying services: 1. Plasma Pen: A non-surgical device that improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles, dull and sagging skin on virtually any part of the skin with long lasting results. Plasma Pen results last between two to five years with an average result lasting three years. See our ad in Currents for our Plasma Pen promotion. 2. Cryoskin: Using the non-invasive technology cryolipolysis, which is the process of removing fat using subzero temperature, Cryoskin will give you visible results after your very first session. Precise temperature control creates the perfect conditions to reduce fat without damaging your surrounding tissue. Ninety-nine percent of respondents saw an improvement in belly fat and a full 100 percent saw improved skin quality. Slim, tone, and lift this season with Cryoskin and chill your way to the best shape of your life! 3. Cryoskin Facial: A cryoskin facial immediately tightens, lifts and firms the skin, reduces pore size, detoxifies your skin and improves your blood circulation, making your skin look fresh and healthier with zero downtime. 4. The Perfect Derma™ Peel: A safe, effective medium depth peel for All Skin Types and Ethnicities. This product is virtually painless, with no pre-peel skin preparation and little downtime. The Perfect Derma™ Peel is the only peel that includes the powerful antioxidant Glutathione, which lightens and brightens the skin, slows down the aging process and helps prevent wrinkles. 5. Celluma Light Therapy: See your skin in a whole new light with our Celluma LED light therapy facial. We can help you with any your skin care challenges ranging from acne to fine lines and wrinkles. Inspired by light and proven by science, celluma light therapy improves cellular health to reduce the signs of aging and eliminate acne! 6. Coollifting: combines a controlled spray of carbon dioxide and proprietary serum of hyaluronic acid and botanicals. Enjoy younger-looking skin after a single five-minute session. The result is beautiful, glowing and super-hydrated skin with no pain, downtime and no injections. In many cases a combination of treatments may be the best solution for your individual needs. Schedule a consultation with our Advanced Esthetician to find the treatment plan that is right for you. THE POWDER ROOM MAKEUP OASIS AND BOUTIQUE, Eton Chagrin Boulevard, Woodmere, thepowderroomboutique.com.

Storybook Christmas in Zanesville-Muskingum County Get into the holiday spirit in Zanesville-Muskingum County where the community has adopted the theme “A Storybook Christmas.” Drive or stroll throughout Zanesville, New Concord and Dresden through January 1 to enjoy the decorated streetlights, various stores and window fronts decorated in their favorite storybooks theme. Admire the patriotic decorations on display at the Courthouse Park, giant Snowmen throughout downtown Zanesville, vintage holiday decorations and hundreds of lights at Zane’s Landing Park. Be sure to view the light and music show at the Muskingum County courthouse from 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 6 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Zanesville-Muskingum County has many places to do holiday shopping as well, so you’ll be sure to find perfect, unique gifts for everyone on your list. A Holiday Booklet which includes a list of participating locations is available. Stop at the Welcome Center in downtown Zanesville to pick up a copy or call 800.743.303 to request one. The booklet, along with holiday events, is also available on https://www. visitzanesville.com/Travel-Guides/Storybook-Christmas/ and at participating locations. For additional information call the Zanesville-Muskingum County Convention and Visitors Bureau at 800.743.2303. www.currentsneo.com  December 10, 2020 CURRENTS  A9

Resolve to launch into 2021 with these tips to help you keep your New Year’s resolutions By LAURI GROSS As 2020 comes to an end, many will be happy to bid farewell to this unusual year. Many are also clinging to anything that feels normal, and, this time of year, it’s normal to be thinking about New Year’s Resolutions. Making resolutions is easier than keeping them but, some expert advice can help. Common resolutions include plans to exercise more or lose weight, get organized, learn a new skill or hobby, save money, quit smoking, travel more, read more, meet more people, focus on spiritual growth, improve relationships with loved ones, or volunteer or get involved in the community. To get started, it helps to be in the right frame of mind. To mentally prepare, take stock in the past year’s accomplishments and ask yourself how you progressed on last year’s goals. Enjoy the positive feelings that come with

knowing you did something well. Channel those positive vibes into motivation to get started on a new list. Then, when compiling your 2021 list, focus on setting goals that you’ll actually be motivated to reach. For instance, if you want to exercise more but you hate going to gym, consider other types of exercise. It could be anything from dancing to swimming, walking, playing tennis, doing yoga, playing basketball, biking, etc. Setting a resolution that you will enjoy will better motivate you to succeed. It’s ok to start with a long list of resolutions but you’ll need to whittle them to a manageable number. To do this, try writing all your ideas on post-it notes that you stick on a wall. Then, group them into categories and arrange your categories so the topics that are most important to you are near the top of the wall, and others are at the bottom. Since it’s better to do well on a few resolutions than to do poorly on many, focus on the goals that emerged at the

top of your list. Each resolution should be specific (“quit smoking” or “buy less processed food,” instead of “be healthy”), measurable (“lose ten percent of my weight,” “put $50 more into my 401K each month,” or “read 30 minutes each week”), and attainable (“make ten new friends,” instead of “make 100 new friends”). For bigger goals that are more broad, break them into a list of prioritized subtasks and focus on them one at a time. If volunteering is a goal, break it into steps such as, “talk to churches/schools/ food banks etc. about volunteer opportunities, then examine my schedule to determine how much time I can devote, etc. If being more adventurous is a goal, the first step might be to research local groups that offer outings like camping, sky diving, or whatever interests you. Write your resolutions in a journal, an email to yourself, using a digital note-taking tool or whatever works for you. Because it’s easier to ignore something if no

one else knows about it, it’s a good idea to talk to others about your resolutions, to achieve a sense of obligation and accountability. Use technology like Google Calendar or other tools to set reminders for yourself. This can work for things like regularly scheduled times to go to the gym or the library, etc. Also, put yourself on a schedule to review your progress on each intermediate step of each goal. These can be daily reminders to check progress on smaller steps, or a monthly big-picture review. Steady progress on these small steps will lead to larger change over the course of the year. Don’t let intermediate setbacks derail your overall progress. If you skip a step, miss a goal by a certain percentage, or finish a task late, stay focused on the big picture and avoid a defeatist attitude. SOURCES: Today.YouGov.com, GoSkills.com, TheQueenLife.Me

Ring in the new year with a beautiful new clock or special timepiece for your home at how many bought floor clocks. “People sat at home and realized they needed something in their home. A large floor clock is like an extra person in the house,” she said. Sedlak’s clock collection includes a reproduction of a large floor clock originally made in the 1700s by a carpenter who invented the mechanism and carved the case from wood. It’s called a navigator because its original purpose was to help keep track of how long sailors had been at sea. “Looking at this clock mesmerizes people. It’s a beautiful instrument,” Jan said.

By LAURI CROSS Hardly a minute passes without notice since the time is constantly displayed on our laptops and phones. But doesn’t time seem friendlier when we instead gaze upon a lovely and meaningful timepiece? Perhaps that’s why, despite the fact that we don’t need clocks on our mantels, walls, desks or floors, we like them there. A representative from Wayside Furniture in Akron said, “Time is the one constant in life no matter what.” At Wayside, wall clocks and mantel clocks are popular gifts, from simple, classic and timeless styles (pun intended), to new, fun and unique versions. Wayside regularly rotates their selection of clocks in their store displays, which include some unusual models. Many customers also order clocks from Wayside-Furniture.com, where there are hundreds to choose from. Suburban Clock in Berea offers not only thousands of clocks in two adjacent showrooms (and at Suburbanclock. com), but also includes a warehouse and a workshop where they do repairs and restorations. Dolf Kamper, third-generation owner of the family-run store, said, “We have probably the largest selection in the country because we are also a wholesale distributor so we sell to every other clock store in the country.” Suburban’s selection includes models for the mantel, table, or wall, plus antique and vintage clocks, modern styles, watches, marine/weather clocks, grandfather clocks and plenty of cuckoo clocks, ranging in size from about 10 inches to about four or five feet tall. “We have some novelty clocks call Coo clocks,” Dolf said. “One has a cow that comes out and moos, and we have one with a horse or a cat. These are plastic, but traditional cuckoo clocks are from Germany’s Black Forest and they are hand carved out of wood. We also have quite a few grandfather clocks.” Wayside said, “True wind-up grandfather clocks are Suburban Clock in Berea carries thousands of clocks from hand-carved traditional styles to whimsical modern varieties. Photograph courtesy of Suburban Clock

Wayside furniture in Akron offers a beautiful selection of clocks, like this unusual floor style. Photograph courtesy of Wayside Furniture beautiful pieces. They truly do add fun, function and a unique sense of sound to any home. In many cases, they can become a family treasure/legacy. Wayside does not actually display any true wind-up clocks. For the folks that need or want to see them in the flesh, we recommend Sedlak Interiors in Solon. They are experts and usually have a great selection and have been another trusted, family-run local business for many decades.” Jan Sedlak, who serves as co-president of the store along with her brother, is known as the Keeper of the Clocks. Sedlak’s displays its clock collection in what they call Ye Olde Clock Shop. When people came back to Sedlak’s after the Covid shutdown, Jan said she was surprised

Suburban Clock’s collection includes unusual models such as one that Dolf said plays Mozart tunes on brass bells. “We do have some battery-run and electric things but we specialize in complicated mechanical spring-wind or weight-driven models that sit on a desk or mantel.” Suburban’s watches include a line from Russia. “These were originally made for Russian military,” said Dolf. “These are really solid, well-made and inexpensive.” Suburban also sells watches from Japan and Switzerland. As shoppers browse Ye Olde Clock Shop at Sedlak’s, Jan said people tend to gather around the musical clocks. “They open up and all ages seem to gravitate toward those.” Jan explained that all the clocks at Sedlak’s – even those that appear to be just decorative – are functional pieces that work well. Specifically, she added that all the grandfather clocks at Sedlak’s feature German movement. “I will only get German movement,’ she said. “Those are the best.” Grandfather clocks, Dolf said, “make a house into a home. The sounds fill the whole house. It’s a great way to ring in the new year.”

CHARITABLE GIVING Tax Advantages to Estate Planning What is Your Legacy to Impact Vision for Generations to Come? Debbie May-Johnson is Executive Director at the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation at 216.232.EYES (3937) or debbie@cleyebankfoundtion.org Gifts to the Cleveland Eye Bank Foundation (CEBF) can have an impact on the lives of others today and for generations to come as we work with local physicians and researchers to advance treatments and cures for blinding eye diseases. Planned giving is a great way to give and accomplish your financial, tax or estate planning goals while leaving a lasting legacy in support of vision. Our partners at the Cleveland Foundation will work with you and your advisors to provide assistance to ensure you choose the best approach for your charitable goals. Future Planning Bequest. A bequest to CEBF is the simplest way to provide a future gift. Please contact CEBF for specific bequest language that can be included in your will or trust. Charitable Gift Annuity. A charitable gift annuity is an irrevocable gift that returns an income stream to the donor or another beneficiary, based on the recipient’s age at the time of the gift. The donor qualifies for a charita-

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It has been a tough year, but Cleveland Zoo Society members have helped make it easier. Funding from membership purchases and donations, as well as visiting the Zoo and attending special events, have all provided needed operational support. The last months of 2020 offer plenty of days to visit, and many ways to help. Here are five easy ways you can support the Zoo this season. Renew or buy a gift membership for someone on your holiday shopping list. A gift for all to enjoy, plus $5 of every membership goes directly toward conservation and helping secure a future for wildlife. Use the code CGIFT20 at ClevelandZooSociety.org/holiday and receive a 15% discount online! Don’t miss Wild Winter Lights presented by NOPEC. Zoo members receive a discount to this new holiday tradition, which offers more than 1 million lights, live music, ice carvers, costumed characters and Santa! This year, there is also a drive-through option for those who would like to enjoy from the safety of their cars. Tickets are on sale now at FutureForWildlife.org/lights. Donate to Feed the Zoo. As the Zoo’s nonprofit partner, the Cleveland Zoological Society has a goal to raise $800,000 to provide animal feed, animal welfare items, habitat upkeep and equipment, medical and laboratory supplies for the year. All of this helps the animal care and veterinary teams provide world-class welfare for the animals you love. Donate today to help us provide crucial support to the Zoo and its animal care team at ClevelandZooSociety.org/feedthezoo. Make a donation in honor or memory of a friend or loved one. Habitat signage on zoo grounds is a long-lasting way to honor someone or a milestone moment. Find out more on our honor and memorial program when you visit ClevelandZooSociety.org/honorandmemorial. Shop at the Zoo gift shop. From plush to jewelry to household goods, the Zoo gift shops have something for everyone. There is also a selection that directly supports conservation programs. The shop is open during normal Zoo hours, and members receive a discount on each purchase.

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CHARITABLE GIVING Shoes and Clothes for Kids With more than 50 years of helping the Cleveland area’s neediest school children, Shoes and Clothes for Kids continues to provide new shoes, school uniforms, casual clothing, winter gear, books and school supplies to more than 10,000 kids and 4,000 teachers each year. We adjusted our programs during the pandemic to include distribution of kids masks, hygiene kits and laundry detergent, too. We do that through a network of 28 neighborhood partners throughout Cleveland, some inner-ring suburbs and partnerships with national organizations such as the Kids in Need Foundation and Delivering Good. Data from our programs show a jump in school attendance up to 24 percent in many cases in the first month after children receive our shoes, clothing and school supplies. Here’s what one local school official had to say about our programs: “Too often, our kids’ living situation changes two or three times in a school year. They can’t always bring their clothes and school supplies with them when that change happens. Your programs give these kids, sometimes homeless, a chance to get to school where they can be warm, safe and fed. They need you. We need you.” Rather than throw a party to celebrate our 50th anniversary, our board, staff and partners are committed to raising $1 million more funding in order double our impact and serve more kids. It’s our gift back to the community and the kids who need our help. Those funds will be spent from 2021 to 2025 to help more kids have the shoes, clothing and supplies they need to get to and stay in school. To learn more about us, see our videos at www.sc4k.org and consider designating a donation to the SC4K 50th Anniversary Program Growth Fund. Your support today will have an immediate impact in 2021. Thank you!

Cleveland Restaurant builds Christmas wonderland as beacon of hope Santa will have no trouble finding kids in Lakewood this year, thanks to a giant Christmas display at Summer House Restaurant. The restaurant owners wanted to light up the Gold Coast, as a shining symbol of hope, after all we’ve been through in 2020. The elaborate display features more than 85,000 LED lights, and one very special Christmas tree decorated in orange and white, the favorite colors of the late Mikey George. The 16-year-old with Down syndrome lost his battle with Leukemia in 2019. As a tribute, 100 percent of the profits from Summer House restaurant are given to Awakening Angels, a local charity that supports children and adults with Down syndrome and Autism. Now patrons can enjoy the delicious scratch-made food at Summer House, support this worthwhile charity, and take in the breathtaking views of the Lake Erie shoreline decked out for the holidays. The winter wonderland will be illuminated nightly at about 5 p.m. through January 2. The Restaurant is located at 12900 Lake Avenue, in the Carlyle Building on the Lake Avenue in Lakewood.

20 Northeast Ohio Nonprofits awarded more than $1.5 MILLION in grants Three Arches Foundation, a community-focused grant making foundation, announced awards totaling more than $1.5 million to 20 Northeast Ohio nonprofits for their work in advancing the health and well-being of the people of Lakewood and surrounding communities. Each grant award reflects the Foundation’s priority area of access to care, specifically the advancement of solutions to remove barriers and improve behavioral and physical health. Grants awarded expand existing programs, fund new initiatives and promote collaborations that integrate health care and social services, which will have a direct impact on the lives of people – both young and old. Recognizing this time of greater philanthropic need, the Foundation increased its grant spending by more than 50 percent over last year. In addition to the 20 grants announced today, the Foundation made eight COVID-19 Response Fund grants earlier in the year and participated in the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund during the first phase of relief efforts. Highlights of 2020 grants approved by the Foundation’s board of directors include: Barton Senior Center $30,600 To develop and provide socially distanced programming and services through the Studio B channel on Senior TV for people aged 55 and above that helps avoid the feeling of isolation, maintains cognitive skills, and provides mental stimulation. Barton Center, Lakewood Senior Citizens & Neighborhood Family Practice $76,823 To fund a pilot program that tests the practicality and effectiveness of using telehealth and care pathways to engage low-income, senior residents at the Westerly in Lakewood, in integrated primary care and behavioral health services. Beck Center for the Arts $25,000 Philanthropic investment to provide technology resources that support telehealth and distance learning, as well as financial assistance that subsidizes the cost of creative arts therapies and adapted arts programming and services. Bellefaire JCB $99,128 Continued support for vital consultation and critical trauma-informed prevention services in Lakewood City Schools through Bellefaire’s School-Based Counseling program. GiGi’s Playhouse Cleveland $75,000 (over two years) To expand the highly successful GiGiFIT Program, an essential therapeutic and wellness-based curriculum that guides

individuals impacted by Down syndrome towards developing healthy lifestyles and fitness routines, across all age groups. Hospice of the Western Reserve $150,000 (over two years) To support the in-home palliative care program for seniors living with advanced illness in Lakewood and surrounding communities. Journey Center for Safety and Healing $55,000 (formerly Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center) To continue the well-established role and ongoing work of the Justice System Advocate within the Lakewood Municipal Court to help victims of, or those at risk of domestic violence, child abuse or other violence. LifeAct $25,000 Funding to support LifeAct’s suicide prevention programs that empower middle and high school students in Lakewood and surrounding communities to better understand their own mental health and to identify symptoms of depression. May Dugan Center $67,160 Philanthropic support towards the launch of a Mental Health Intensive Outpatient Program designed to comprehensively treat existing mental health clients on Cleveland’s west side with services using a multidisciplinary approach. Neighborhood Family Practice $279,379 (over two years) To increase access to affordable health care for underserved residents of Cleveland’s west side through funding support for the Financial Eligibility and Assistance Program that connects individuals and families to primary care, behavioral health, dental, midwifery and pharmacy services regardless of their ability to pay. Recovery Resources $104,960 Funding to remove pandemic exacerbated barriers to accessing mental health and addiction services including enhanced telehealth capabilities, increased hours of operation and delivery of prevention education through userfriendly technology. Signature Health $85,000 To increase access and availability of hepatitis C treatment in Lakewood, and to improve health outcomes for the community through the availability of full-time hepatitis C services at Signature Health Lakewood. The Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation for Brain Health $35,000 To expand the development of educational strategies de-

signed to enrich, educate and coach the care partners of individuals affected by dementia and other brain health issues, as well as the broader community. The Centers for Families and Children $100,000 Funding towards improved capacity and enhancement of two Health Center locations to provide integrated, primary care for individuals and families in Lakewood and surrounding communities that receive behavioral health, workforce and early learning services. The Gathering Place $50,000 Philanthropic support for an onsite Community Liaison embedded at UH Seidman Cancer Center’s main Westside community care site to engage with oncology staff and help individuals and families touched by cancer seamlessly access information, programming and services. The LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland $68,898 Funding towards the Transwellness Program to address social determinants of health and support the unique needs of the trans and gender diverse community in Lakewood and surrounding communities. The MetroHealth Foundation $50,000 Hiring of a Community Health Worker to initiate patient outreach and provide health care coordination services for MetroHealth Medical Center’s School Health Program, supporting students, staff and families at partner schools. Urban Community School $80,000 (over two years) To support the Whole Child Coordinator position providing the school’s students and families with increased access to behavioral health care, along with in-house support for faculty and staff. Visiting Nurse Association of Ohio $60,000 Support of a pilot project focused on western Cuyahoga County that employs two different in-home care tracks that place nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the community to help eliminate access to care barriers for those patients unable to leave their home. YMCA of Greater Cleveland $42,000 Funding to deliver fall prevention education and balance improvement activity, along with hypertension management for better heart-health, directly into the homes of Lakewood-are older adults. For additional details about these grants, please visit www.threearchesfoundation.org/grants-awarded

Blessing House As the cold and snow come to northern Ohio, the phone calls continue to come to Blessing House. Parents are worried about paying their bills. They are frustrated not knowing what to expect at work or what will happen with their children’s schooling arrangements. They are worried about their families’ health. The one thing that every caller needs, especially during these challenging times, is hope. We listen, we care and we respond knowing how important it is to provide that hope when it is in short supply. Blessing House is a children’s crisis care center that provides residential care for children up to 12 years old when there is an emergency in the family. Children come to us for many reasons and we provide loving care for

them while we work with their parent or caregiver to help them address their family’s situation. We are an independent faith-based non-profit organization and have cared for over 1,500 children since opening 15 years ago. Blessing House is now building a new home so that more of our children and their families can experience the hope they need to sustain them through difficult times. We are growing so that we can care for more children, support more parents and provide more positive experiences for our families. The new Blessing House is under construction with plans to move in next Spring. We have raised almost $2 million toward our goal of $3.1 million and are now en-

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Area ski resorts gear up for winter, with safety protocols in place By PARIS WOLFE Regional ski areas are gearing up to embrace the snowy months ahead. Forecasters at NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center — a division of the National Weather Service — predict relatively normal winter temperatures in Northeast Ohio, but more precipitation at the start of 2021. If we’re lucky, that will mean more snowfall for skiers and snowboarders … especially if Lake Erie doesn’t ice over and the lake-effect snow machine kicks up. While skiing is mostly socially distanced, all resorts have pandemic plans in place for lift rides and lodges. For many that includes giving priority access to pass holders and smaller groups for ski lessons. “Preparation is the key this year,” says Greg, owner of Little Mountain Ltd. Ski shop in Mentor. “You must have a new game plan on when exactly you are going skiing. That means making reservations ahead of time for the days that you plan on skiing. Almost all local ski areas will be on a reservation system. Some are using a red or green day system. That means green days (usually Monday to Thursday) are open, while red days you need to be a season pass holder or have a resort lodge reservation. Plan ahead.” Alpine Valley (72 acres) in Chesterland and Boston Mills/Brandywine (88 acres) in Peninsula/Sagamore Hills are newly owned by Vail Resorts which works to create experiences and sees growth opportunities at the Ohio locations. Season pass holders have two options this year 1) Ohio Pass for access to Boston Mills, Brandywine, Alpine Valley, and Mad River Mountain, near Columbus. 2) Epic Pass which adds access to 35 resorts in the U.S., Canada, and Australia, owned by Vail Resorts. For this winter, skiers and snowboarders will see more safety bars on ski lifts at Alpine Valley and expanded retail shopping at Boston Mills/Brandywine. This will be the first season these resorts offer advanced-day ticket purchasing from home, eliminating ticket lines. Don’t snub the shorter vertical. Skiers/boarders can challenge themselves on terrain parks at Alpine Valley (1), Boston Mills (1) and Brandywine (2). Brandywine also offers Polar Blast Snow Tubing which shares a driveway entrance with the ski slopes but has its own hill and lodge. New lodge flow at the hills will help with social distancing, and face coverings are required. Guests will only ride a chairlift with people of their own party to ensure social distancing. The dining facilities will offer grab-ngo boxes and combos. Ski lessons will continue with group and private lessons. Lesson groups will be smaller, again, for social distancing practices. Holiday Valley Resort (290 acres), a roughly threehour trip to Ellicottville, New York, has invested $2.9 million in improvement projects over the past year. Skiers and snowboarders there will find 60 slopes and trails, 13 lifts, 3 base lodges, slope-side lodging and dining, conference facilities, and more. Changes include a new groomer, improved snowmaking, more LED slope lighting, additional tree-and-glades work and work on new lifts to be installed in the 2021 and 2022 seasons. Now, the resort uses 715 snow guns to make snow on 95 percent of its 300 acres of slopes. “We are thinking positively about the future and plan

Snow fun doesn’t end when the skis come off. Snow tubing is available at many area ski resorts.

Yodeler Lodge at Holiday Valley is one of three base lodges where skiers find dining and coffee bars as well as retail shops. to provide great skiing and riding for our customers while promoting cleanliness, safety and health of our guests and employees,” says Dennis Eshbaugh, president, and general manager of the resort. Because of the pandemic the Snowsports School has added to its lesson offerings. Skiers can choose threehour, morning private lessons or five-hour private lessons. These lessons can include up to 4 people, helping a family tailor the lesson and stay within their “health bubble.” Après ski is significant here. The slope-side Tamarack Club offers lodging, a heated outdoor pool and hot tubs, underground parking, and John Harvard’s Brew House. Its larger units have three bedrooms and full kitchens for

Seven Springs gets an average of 135 inches of natural snow annually. Serious snowmaking enhances Mother Nature’s efforts and extends the ski season at all resorts. off-slope moments. The Oasis Spa located at the slopeside Tamarack Club includes massage and facial treatments as well as manicures and pedicure. The nearby town of Ellicottville offers more lodging,

shopping, spa treatments, attractions, and amenities. Visitors can enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides and cross-country skiing among other activities. Peek’n Peak Resort (130 acres), about 90 minutes from Northeast Ohio, in Clymer, New York, offers 27 ski and snowboard trails of varying difficulty, as well as three progressive terrain parks. Après ski or, perhaps instead of it, snow enthusiasts, can swoosh down 14 lanes on special snow tubes. At night, the Lunar Lights Tubing experience will offer a multicolor-LED lightshow projected onto the “Magic Carpet” lift hill. The light show is synched with music from an immersive sound system. The resort has added a Market at the Inn for grab-n-go sandwiches and salads, snacks, and beverages. The resort will also offer more outdoor dining options to make safe adjustments following the latest COVID guidelines. Overnight stays and amenities to destress are part of the Tudor-style Inn at The Peak. The charming building is dressed up with stained-glass windows, rich hardwoods, roaring fireplaces, and a unique geode-filled bar top. An outdoor firepit roars for s’mores. Serenity Spa offers massages and spa treatments. Nearby families enjoy indoor and outdoor pools. Seven Springs (285 acres), about three-plus hours from Northeast Ohio, in Champion, Pa., is a self-contained resort with a 414-room lodge at the base and rental condominiums lining the top of the hills for convenient ski-in/ ski-out. The “village” offers 11 restaurants from Helen’s fine dining to their Mountain Pizza shop. Skiers/Snowboarders choose among 33 slopes and trails, seven Terrain Park and the only 22-foot Superpipe in the East. And when natural snow is light, snowmaking is steady. In fact, HKD Snowmaking was founded at the resort. Changes at the resort this year are mostly because of COVID-19 restrictions. These require planning ahead. Most purchases – rental equipment, lift tickets, tubing tickets, ski/board lessons – must be made online ahead of arrival. Dining will also be different this winter. All restaurants and bars can offer take-out and dine-in service as long as they follow pandemic occupancy limits. As of this writing bars were closed and restaurants were only allowed half-capacity. The resort has added multiple take-out options including Halfpipe Tacos, The Goggle Sandwich Company, Mountain Waffles and more. When the ski day is over (or instead of skiing) Trillium Spa offers salon services, massages, and facials. Families can engage in numerous activities, from swimming and bowling to roller-skating and miniature golf. All indoors. Hidden Valley Resort (110 acres) is just minutes from Seven Springs in Hidden Valley, Pa. With 26 slopes and trails and two terrain parks it’s a smaller venue more geared to family skiing and lessons. The resort features an 80-room Inn that will be open for lodging every weekend and holiday. The Clocktower restaurant will be open all season to serve guests with everyone’s favorite Glaciers becoming a to-go outlet because of COVID guidelines. Laurel Mountain (70 acres) is relatively close to Seven Springs and Hidden Valley. It offers the steepest slope in Pennsylvania – Wildcat. Laurel is a true skiers mountain and is a must for one day or a longer trip.

Unforgettable holiday to be discovered while cruising Danube River By SARAH JAQUAY I’ve long wanted to visit Germany for the holidays since so many of America’s seasonal traditions come from there: decorated evergreens, Advent calendars and carols such as “O Tannenbaum” (Christmas Tree) and “Stille Nacht” (Silent Night, whose lyrics were written in German and music composed in neighboring Austria.) So last December, when my husband and I had the chance to cruise the Danube River on one of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ intimate (max. 163 passengers) and upscale ships to see the Christmas markets of Germany, Austria and Hungary, we started shopping for winter cruising accoutrements right after Thanksgiving. It was the trip of a lifetime to countries we’d never visited, except for Germany where my husband experienced Leipzig’s Christmas market years ago on a business trip. He raved about how well the Germans “do Christmas.” By that he meant how entire families bundle up and wander through outdoor markets to buy presents and decorations, listen to music and sample holiday delicacies, all while sipping glühwein (spiced wine) to fortify against the shivers. We boarded at Nuremberg and defied the adage “save the best for last.” It was our favorite market; perhaps because it’s one of Europe’s oldest. Dating from the 1600s, Nuremberg hosts its main market in the old city where visitors can smell hot pretzels and cinnamon-spiced beverages as soon as they pass through the imposing stone gates. What follows is a vibrant mix of oompah bands playing carols, choirs performing in front of dramatic cathedrals such as Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady) and St. Sebaldus, plus exquisite holiday crafts and ornaments for sale. What I knew about Nuremberg was its role in WWII. What I didn’t realize was its pivotal role in Germany’s First Reich as a seat of the Holy Roman Empire for more than 1,000 years. Indeed, Hitler chose Nuremberg as the Nazi center for propaganda because he hoped the Third Reich would last as long. Visiting the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg is a must as well as the Nazi Party Rally Grounds (where Hitler’s annual rallies took place) and Documentation Centre. Our ship, the Scenic Amber, made stops at Regensburg and Passau, Germany (with an excursion option to Salzburg) plus Linz, Melk and Vienna, Austria, finishing in Budapest. We enjoyed unseasonably warm weather and spent time between ports relaxing in sunshine on Amber’s private room decks or watching what was ahead on our flat-screen television’s “bow cam.” We weren’t on board much of the day due to interesting excursions (included in Scenic’s one price for everything approach.) Whenever we were, however, we were socializing on this congenial vessel or eating a fabulous meal with whoever we gravitated towards. One of the culinary highlights was a multi-course extravaganza at the captain’s table paired with Austrian and Hungarian wines. We gravitated toward the Gillies family from Wilmington, North Carolina, who were traveling with their college-age daughter. Elliot Gillies is the president of a public relations firm whose clients include Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and it’s represented Scenic since they started to market in the U.S. a dozen years ago. Because Scenic is Aussie-based, it’s not quite as well known to Americans as other European river cruise lines. That’s changing because of Scenic’s all-inclusive pricing, luxury

Nuremberg’s Christmas Market guests may be treated to a free dress rehearsal of Handel’s Messiah in one of the city’s Gothic cathedrals. Picturesque views of Dürnstein, Austria, is just one of the gifts on a Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours’ Danube River Christmas Market cruise. Photographs by Sarah Jaquay accommodations and pampering service. Elliot believes what distinguishes Scenic is their extreme attention to the guest experience. “It’s one of the few [cruise] companies that reads every guest survey and makes changes based on their responses.” Elliot has cruised often, but the portion of the Danube from Nuremberg to Budapest is one of his favorites. “There’s so much culture at every stop,” he notes. His wife Jeanne did lots of exploring and retailing, while daughter Julia’s highlights included an exclusive performance by renowned pianist Csaba Kiraly at a synagogue on the Budapest Jewish heritage tour, plus seeing the lights of Budapest’s Christmas Market after dark, which Amber guests could enjoy even on board. Although cruising is challenging right now (some Christmas markets have cancelled this year, including Nuremberg’s – the first time since WWII), Scenic has adapted to pandemic realities and is working with government health agencies. It expects pre-trip medical evaluations and testing for passengers and crew. There will be fixed seating, more room between friends and family groups; plus smaller excursion groups and no self-serve buffets. Hopefully by the 2021 holiday season there will be an effective vaccine allowing travelers to circulate more freely, including with Scenic’s “Tailormade” app that provides narrated information for every shore excursion. Scenic also offers a “book with confidence deposit protection” program. It allows guests to cancel until 90 days before departure and use their deposits to re-book another cruise up to 24

Salzburg’s Christmas Market offers skating to burn off the apple strudel, Sacher tortes and other Austrian pastries available for indulgence. months from the date of the original departure. The wonders and markets at each of these enchanting Danube River stops enhanced our holiday season tenfold; but celebrating with Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians and a smattering of North Carolinians really topped up our Christmas spirit tanks. When we arrived home after extending a few days in Budapest, we played Strauss’s classic waltz, “The Blue Danube,” whenever

Nuremberg’s “Christkindlesmarkt” is one of Europe’s oldest Christmas markets dating from the 1600s. possible through New Year’s Day. Every time we did, visions of Central European Christmas markets danced in our heads as we tried to waltz in our slippers. Please see www.scenicusa.com for more information.

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SENIORS Tips and assistance to help seniors stay safe and healthy through winter to age in place. We take over the daily household needs,” he said. “One thing you should definitely do to make your home safer is to have your furnace checked before the cold weather sets in. Carbon monoxide is a huge danger,” Zak noted.

By CYNTHIA SCHUSTER EAKIN As Mother Nature turns a cold shoulder to Northeast Ohio, make sure that she does not shut you out when it comes to your winter health. Here are some expert tips to keep you and your senior loved ones safe during the harsher weather months. “Monitor your loved ones in a positive way to help them withstand temperature changes,” Lauranne Scharf, care consultant at the Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging advises. “Hypothermia may be an issue in the winter. People with cognitive impairment, for example, don’t necessarily feel cold. Be aware that they can be compromised. They may not know how to express that they are feeling cold. They just know that something is wrong.” “Think about people with illnesses and what the colder weather means for them. Those with a thyroid problem may have more difficulty regulating body temperature. With diabetes, blood flow is not normal. People with Parkinson’s Disease or arthritis have difficulty in putting on extra layers of clothing,” she noted. “You should check the furnace and the carbon monoxide monitor. Carbon monoxide poisoning has symptoms similar to the flu or to COVID,” Scharf added. “Check space heaters to make sure that they are in the best operating condition. See if there is any cold air leaking into the house so that you don’t have to rely on space heaters.” “People like to fiddle with the thermostat. If this is true of your loved ones, there are some lovely apps out there that allow you to adjust the thermostat from your phone,” she said. “You can also install a box over the thermostat that you open with a key.” “Make sure that there is enough food to eat. It is hard



“Make plans for snow removal. Plowing isn’t enough when there is ice as well. Proper de-icing matters. Rock salt can damage concrete,” he said. “Keep an emergency kit at home. Have enough bottled water, food and medication to last five days, in case you are stranded by bad weather.”

to stay warm if you are not keeping up your weight. Make sure there is enough gas in the car, check the car fluids and make sure the car heat is working,” Scharf said. Jared Zak, president of Executive Home Management, said that his company’s mission is to create a lifestyle where you can step away from the time-consuming tasks related to the maintenance and upkeep of your home. A home manager keeps an eye on your property whether you are leaving for a vacation, a weekend getaway or the next six months while spending time in a warmer climate. Zak’s company offers free home evaluations to help as-

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sess the condition of your property while providing a report that indicates projects that should be addressed. “We manage the upkeep of your home and help people

“Have someone check on your house at regular intervals. Make sure that your home’s exterior lights are working and that exterior doors are secure,” Zak added. “Our goal at Executive Home Management is the upkeep and routine maintenance of your home. Safety is a result of making sure that your home is in good order.”

SENIORS Welcome to Beachwood Commons – Leading the Way in Assisted Living Beachwood Commons Assisted Living Community, located at 3995 Green Road in Beachwood, is the newest of nine premier assisted living communities located throughout western Pennsylvania and the greater Cleveland, Ohio area. Beachwood Commons is owned by LifeServices, a privately held company founded in 1995 by co-owners Mr. Scott D. Allen and Mr. Timothy W. Coughlin, who worked together to design, develop, and construct each of their assisted living communities. Today, they lead and manage all of the LifeServices Communities on a day-to-day basis from their central office in Erie, PA. “Our philosophy of service and care is embodied in the four simple words our residents have taught us are important, quality-of-life values to them: Independence, Privacy, Dignity, and Choice,” said Mr. Coughlin. “Our residents help us understand that these values are the foundation of their desire to not only remain in their own homes for as long as possible, but also signify what they seek from us when it’s time to join one of our Communities. Every Care Team member exemplifies these values in all the ways they assist our residents,” said Mr. Coughlin. “Our goal in each Community is not to ‘take care of old people,’ but rather to ‘help older people take care of themselves.’” Located in a quiet Cleveland suburb, Beachwood Commons offers easy access to shopping, restaurants, and physicians’ offices. The Community features 76 private one-bedroom and deluxe studio apartment homes that promote residents’ independence and privacy while

also allowing them to age in place in their own homelike surroundings. Each apartment home has oversized windows for an abundance of daylight, a fully appointed kitchenette, a private bathroom with walk-in shower, and a state-of-the art personalized emergency response system. Daily chef-prepared meals in the lovely dining room offer appetizing, nutritional options, and all of the cheery common areas provide easy opportunities for socializing. “We understand that everyone wants to stay in their own home for as long as possible,” said Mr. Allen. “But when circumstances change and that decision is no longer safe or practical, we’re proud that families come to Beachwood Commons.” Whether residents choose to live independently or require more specialized attention, Beachwood Commons provides all the care that’s needed – but only the care that’s needed. An innovative new pricing alternative, FlexCare™, which is based on the amount of caregiving time each resident needs, means seniors pay only for the care they use. “We provide compassionate, dignified care in a warm, inviting home that’s half the price of a semi-private nursing home bed,” said Mr. Coughlin. “And less than 10 percent of our Community residents ever end up in a nursing home.” Enjoy assisted living at its best – all from a caring, trained staff that feels like family. To learn more or to schedule a virtual tour, call 216.295.1700 or visit LifeServicesAssistedLiving.com.

A FRESH START Get acquainted with the NEW Hamlet!

Nothing about me, without me: Jennings at Notre Dame Village residence offers unique memory care philosophy Finding purpose, retaining skills and living meaningful days is important for every individual, especially those living with Alzheimer’s disease or memory challenges. Jennings at Notre Dame Village serves residents with a unique holistic philosophy in its specialized memory care residences. As part of this model, Jennings has received the Bronze Level Credential for Montessori Inspired Lifestyle® through the Center for Applied Research in Dementia, the first milestone on the journey to becoming a Gold Site Credentialed Community. “We are proud of this approach for serving our elders and our team who has embraced the philosophy,” said Vivian Springer, Executive Director for Jennings at Notre Dame Village. “We are excited for what lies ahead!” Jennings’ small house residences provide a care philosophy of “nothing about me without me” an inclusive model of living and delivering care. The caregiving team provides support in the philosophy of family, rather than a traditional task-based medical model. The staff uses reflective practices to know residents in the best possible way, learning their likes and dislikes, their careers and history and involvement of their families---all of which help them develop and work as a team to support residents living life as they choose. The credential supports

this model, where residents with memory impairments benefit from qualities such as engaging in a collaborative culture within the community, sustaining connections to the outside world and enjoying meaningful visits with family members and friends. Each of the unique houses is home to 12 residents who have their own private suites. Architecturally, the house features a living room with fireplace, dining room, full kitchen, pantry, utility rooms, a laundry, multi-purpose room, den, spa, and home office. The houses each have a private front door for entry and outdoor space for walking, gardening and relaxing. This family home architecture supports the philosophy of care for all aspects of the person, beyond his or her physical/ medical needs, to honor each resident’s choices. Residents are encouraged to participate in the daily life of the home, such as enjoying gardening or helping to plan family style dinners since meals are prepared from scratch. Mrs. Springer explains that encouraging residents to be as independent as possible is at the core of the care philosophy: “Individuals who live in a small house at Notre Dame Village enjoy a lifestyle designed to make each day meaningful to each person, while supporting residents through their memory challenges.”

W e s ay i t e v e r y d ay.

We’re glad we’re here. When Don and Dottie Kuhn started searching for a place to enjoy their senior years, one option stood out. With its 5-star health care, a venerable history, and not-for-profit status, Judson Park offered everything the couple was looking for.

“Judson has a good, long reputation in the community. They have really invested in their programs. There is always something interesting and engaging to do,” says Don. The Kuhns also sought out the best in care. “I’m retired from Cleveland Clinic, and Dottie is retired from University Hospitals. We are used to being well taken care of – and we knew we would be at Judson.”

YOU’VE KNOWN HAMLET for our established

expertise in the community as well our picturesque location overlooking 47 wooded acres and within walking distance of our charming downtown. Now it’s time to get to know a renewed, refreshed Hamlet. We’ve revitalized our independent living and assisted living community with recent renovations, enhanced amenities and convenient services. And we’ll continue to offer affordably priced senior living with no upfront buy-in. Become a part of the new Hamlet — made for moving forward.

Call 440-561-6466 to learn about our all-inclusive assisted living — and ask about why our residents love living at Hamlet!

“After all these years we can truly say, Judson was absolutely the right decision,” says Dottie.

Learn more at judsonsmartliving.org or call us at (216) 930-1688.

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Right sizing Your Life for the Next Chapter

Although downsizing can be a liberating experience, it’s a challenging and tedious process of deciding which possessions to keep and which ones to give away. Forty-six percent of baby boomers who sold homes in 2017 were in the process of downsizing, according to a Zillow report, and a full 12% of home buyers between 45 and 64 were doing the same, according to the National Association of Realtors. Whether it’s because of retirement, relocation, a drop in income or becoming empty nesters, it often makes sense, financially, to find a smaller and more economical place to live. Before you make the move a lot of work needs to be done. When considering a move to a Senior Living Community from a full-size home you may need some assistance in helping seniors declutter. With many families often living in different parts of the country, expediting these efforts on a timely basis may not be that easy. McGregor partners with companies that help you cut the clutter. We engage companies that will help seniors select the appropriate furniture items for the suite that has been selected. Some companies will create a floor plan, making it much easier for an individual to visualize the space and how it will be configured. This is most helpful when the adult children live out of town or are unable to meet the timeframe established to make the move. Here are some other suggestions: ■ Keep the things you want, use, need, or like to look at – such as pictures. ■ Don’t over-save for the next generation. They certainly don’t want most of the older stuff, so don’t save it. Most millennials and Gen-Xers would rather enjoy ‘experiences’ than collect stuff. ■ Research charities and other organization that might need the things that you no longer need. ■ You’ve heard the rule; “If you buy one new thing, you let go of one other thing that’s in the house.” ■ Pick a few of your favorite things when it comes to collections and let go of the rest. ■ Don’t move anything that doesn’t already have a desired space in your new home. ■ Label your photographs. If you don’t even know who is in them, you can dispose of them. If you can scan them all, even better! There are companies who will do that, but it can get costly. ■ Somehow papers always have a way of multiplying. Moving is a good time to purge papers, eliminate old bank statements, warranties, check registers, and older tax returns-beyond the seven-year timeframe. ■ Based on retirement and a change in lifestyle, right-size your wardrobe! There are only advantages to reducing our clutter – it can even be uplifting! Simplify!! Lee Ann O’Brien is the Chief Marketing Officer for The McGregor Foundation. McGregor’s track record among assisted living and senior retirement living experts speaks for itself. Rated a Top 100 Facility, as awarded by “U.S. News & World Report,” located in Cleveland, Ohio.

Time for a change? With winter upon us, many individuals may find the tasks of homeownership to be too much. When is it time to consider a senior home facility? The first thing to consider is home safety. Do you feel safe at home? Do you worry about chores? Do you worry about falling? Do you worry about being alone? Do you forget to take your medications? If you answered yes to any of these questions, it may be time to consider a change. There are two options for older adults to consider; assisted living and skilled nursing. Assisted living communities offer varying levels of assistance for older adults. There are two things to keep in mind when looking for assisted living communities: What is the monthly cost? What services are included in the monthly cost? Assisted living facilities can provide a small level of assistance or help with daily activities. Some rates are all inclusive, if they are not, it is best to know that up front. It is important to know if there will be additional fees if the level of care needed goes up. Another option for a senior care facility is a skilled nursing facility. Skilled nursing facilities are often covered by Medicare, Medicaid or private insurance. The rate includes all services, including nursing, laundry, housekeeping and

meals. Skilled nursing is especially attractive if there have been multiple hospitalizations or negative health events. Skilled nursing adds a level of security regarding medication management and safety. Regardless of what option is chosen, it will require some downsizing. Know the size of the space you are transitioning to. When considering furniture, make sure you are only brining what you need: a bed, comfy chair, television, bookshelf etc. You want your space to feel comfortable, not cluttered. Most assisted living and skilled nursing facilities have model rooms you can look at to get décor ideas. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask questions about what items you are encouraged to bring. You will need clothing for all the seasons but you won’t need a lot of clothing. Think quality over quantity. Make downsizing a fun occasion. Gather your family, go through your belongings and discuss what items hold sentimental value to them. It is important to remember you are paying your valuables forward so that your children and grandchildren can enjoy them as much as you have. They are going to be enjoyed and celebrated in a whole new way. This is your opportunity to chart a new path, do it your way! — EmbassyHealth care.net

Judson Senior Living The cookbooks, the workbench, the garden tools and the treadmill … when you downsize your living space, it sometimes seems like “everything must go.” South Franklin Circle residents John and Jackie Hallack have dealt firsthand with the dilemmas of downsizing, and they know it can be stressful. The couple moved to South Franklin Circle, after 30 years in a 4,300-square-foot home in the suburbs. “We knew we would have to cut our belongings in half,” says Jackie. “We had to be relentless.” Laura Berick reached a similar conclusion when she prepared to move to Judson Manor. “Let’s take cookbooks,” she says. “I knew I wasn’t going to be a master chef anymore. So I gave my gourmet cookbooks to a granddaughter who is very interested in cooking.” The Hallacks also credit moving consultant Susan Kent, Judson’s doyenne of downsizing, with helping them let go. “It was very helpful to have Susan come into our house, look at our furniture, and help us see what would fit into our new place,” says John. Even now, Laura has no regrets about what she let go. “At this age, we should be creating something new, some-

thing more carefree.” In fact, she says, that’s been one of the most rewarding aspects of her new life at Judson Manor. “Think of living at home as dragging behind you a cape of all the things you are worried about,” she says. “Moving to Judson is like shedding that cape. It doesn’t change who you are. But it does change your possibilities. That’s an unbelievably freeing experience.” “Downsizing is like a cleansing,” Jackie adds. “When you live with stuff all around you, you start to think you need it, that you can’t live without it. But that’s not true. I can’t think of a single thing I left that I wish I had back.” And finally, Laura says, it’s always good to remember that your house is not your home. “When you move, you are not leaving your home,” she stresses. “You are simply leaving a structure. Four walls are not a home; wherever I am, that’s my home. And by leaving that house, you are giving yourself a gift: It’s an adventure, an adventure of the soul.” The Hallacks couldn’t agree more. “Our life at Judson is so different,” says Jackie, with obvious delight. “Now that we’re here, we have exactly what we need.”

Five benefits of downsizing in retirement Downsizing may feel a bit uncomfortable at first, but choosing a senior living community like Hamlet at Chagrin Falls offers many advantages. Making this decision early in your retirement years puts you in control of your decisions and offers you a relaxing lifestyle, along with these benefits: 1. No More Maintenance Worries A smaller space can minimize your daily chores and upkeep, giving you more time doing what you love. These tasks can take a lot of time and energy and may even become difficult and dangerous to handle on your own. With retirement living at Hamlet at Chagrin Falls, you don’t have to spend time on daily chores and instead can focus on the things that make you happy. 2. Lower Monthly Bills Senior living communities give you the benefit of one monthly payment for the bulk of your expenses. You won’t have the burden of paying for home repairs, property taxes or other costly surprises. You may be surprised at what you find when you add up your current monthly expenses and compare them to the affordable cost of living at Hamlet. 3. Build New Relationships A community like Hamlet at Chagrin Falls is a great way to find social interaction with other active, independent seniors. In a senior living community, you’ll find shared areas to mix and mingle with other people who have common interests, as well as a wide variety of activities to help you build relationships with new neighbors. 4. Safety and Security Residents and staff at Hamlet look after one another and have come together to keep each other safe during the coronavirus pandemic. In cases of inclement weather or other emergencies, you have all your necessities nearby and don’t need to worry about venturing out. 5. Fresh Start Don’t view this move as downsizing your home, but as an opportunity to have a fresh start in life with exciting new possibilities. Many residents at Hamlet feel a sense of relief in organizing and purging their belongings before any unexpected life changes or health problems occur. It gives you a chance to focus on what’s truly important. By deciding to downsize now, you can take control of your retirement and live on your terms. When you’re ready to look for the right fit, check out the freedom you can find at an independent living community like Hamlet at Chagrin Falls.

Caregiving During the Holidays For caregivers whose loved one is diagnosed with a chronic illness or dementia, it may take great fortitude to muster through the holidays, even during the best of times. The stress of managing the holidays often adds to the stress of daily caregiving responsibilities, leaving holiday joy as a myth sung of in carols. Enjoying the holidays in the face of COVID may simply feel impossible. Rather than filling with anxiety and dread as the decorations and holiday music fill the stores and airwaves, there are things caregivers can do to restore peace and happiness to the holiday season. Navigating the holidays during COVID is a lot like navigating caregiving: it begins with managing expectations. Ironically, the COVID restrictions may actually help to lessen stress not only for us, but for our loved

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ones; after all, large gatherings with multiple conversations, which normally may cause increased agitation for a loved one with dementia, are not recommended to happen this year. It is highly recommended to plan for a virtual event this year instead of an in-person gathering. If you do plan on having a small gathering, keep these tips in mind to assure it is following safety guidelines: ■ Wear a mask if there are people coming from outside the home ■ Notify guests prior to the event to check their temperature before leaving the home, and have face masks and sanitizer ready at the door for those who may have forgotten their own supplies. ■ Rethink your menu. Place food items into individual

paper cups and consider buying single-serve drinks in cans or bottles rather than in a larger container. Also have plenty of paper napkins available for individual use. ■ Strategically place waste containers, preferably with no-touch lids, throughout the entertainment area to contain all used items. ■ Remember to have extra hand sanitizer around the house and disinfectant wipes in the restroom to allow guests to move about freely when encountering door, toilet and faucet handles. Consider placing paper towels in the bathroom for one-time use. ■ Rearrange seating, if possible, to allow for freedom of movement as well as social distancing. Find more tips and information for caregivers in the Resource Library at benrose.org.

EDUCATION The Lit announces January 2021 Classes The first round of 2021 classes are now open for registration! We’re excited to start a new year with writing and reading programs in every genre. A few important details to note: Remote classes: All classes will be meeting remotely online via Zoom for the foreseeable future. The health of our community always comes first, so until it is safe for us to gather in person we will be holding all of our programs online. Developing a Writing Habit: We’ve made some changes to our popular Developing a Writing Habit class with Darlene Montonaro. Long time students will know that the first class meeting typically involves an essential lecture about the key elements needed to develop a writing habit. Because many students return to take this class each month and have heard the lecture many times, we’re now separating the lecture from the workshop. This will allow for more workshop time while still giving new students the opportunity to learn from the lecture. If you’re new to this class, please register for the December 1-session Introduction to Developing a Writing Habit lecture first. If you’re a returning student and would like to jump right into workshops, you can register for the January class directly. Advanced Memoir Workshop: In 2020 we piloted a series of advanced workshops for experienced writers working on a book-length project. We’re taking what we learned from this experience to make the advanced workshops even more effective. Beginning in January we will be offering an Advanced Memoir Workshop that will meet twice a month for six months (double the meeting time from last year) in order to help a small group of dedicated students make significant progress on a memoir draft. This is an incredible opportunity for long-term, indepth, small-group support as you work towards a complete draft. Please note the class is limited to 8 students and those interested must apply by December 14. Novel Support & Productivity Group: In order to provide better support for fiction writers working on novel drafts, we’re piloting a new type of program: a support and productivity group. This group, designed and led by Laura Maylene Walter, will give writers the structure, support, and community they need to stay productive. Although the group will meet weekly via Zoom, the focus will be on out-of-class work, daily goals, and ongoing communication via email and Slack. We’re excited to develop this new way to help writers achieve their goals.

Reading Classes: Our year-long Toni Morrison class was such a hit in 2020 that we’re back again in 2021 with a year-long James Baldwin class. We’re also offering a new year-long Read Like a Writer class that will provide advanced-level craft analysis of contemporary short stories designed specifically with writers in mind. Both classes give you graduate-level analysis and discussion at community-friendly prices and times. And don’t miss that new class on Lovecraft Country! New February and March classes will be announced soon and additional classes will be added on an ongoing basis. Stay tuned for more information and contact us at info@litcleveland.org with any questions.

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Tuesdays January 5, 12, 19, 26, February 2, & 9 7-9pm remote via Zoom Write a series personal essays drawing inspiration from authors such as Eula Biss, Elena Passarello, and Lidia Yuknavitch in this six-week class. Learn to blend various types of nonfiction and open up your personal narratives to new contexts and connections.

The Keys to Successful Self-Publishing Tuesdays December 15 7-9pm remote via Zoom Self-publishing is a great way to sidestep literary gatekeepers and take ownership over the production of your own writing. But that doesn’t mean it is easy. Learn key tips for producing your book, maximizing exposure, and building a fan base. Introduction to Developing a Writing Habit Wednesday December 30 6:30-8:30pm remote via Zoom This two-hour lecture will provide the foundational concepts that we’ll work with in the four-week Developing a Writing Habit Class. We’ll discuss strategies for getting you into your seat, how to combine playfulness with discipline, and discuss the three components necessary for a writing career. Note: This class is a prerequisite for the more intensive, workshop-oriented four-week session. It can be taken independently for those wishing to jump-start their writing. Returning students: this introductory session contains material that in the past was discussed on the first week of the class.

JANUARY New Year, New Pages: A Novelist Support & Productivity Group Mondays January 4, 11, 18, & 25 7-8pm remote via Zoom Join this monthlong productivity and support group for novelists! Commit to a daily writing goal, meet and

Read Like a Writer: Short Fiction Tuesdays January 5, 12, 19, & 26 7-8:30pm remote via Zoom Learn advanced craft techniques by reading and analyzing one short story each month. We’ll unpack character, structure, dialogue, plot, details, theme, tone, cultural context and more using examples from a wide variety of the greatest contemporary fiction writers. Expanding the Personal Narrative

Developing a Writing Habit Wednesdays January 6, 13, 20, & 27 6:30-8:30pm remote via Zoom Showing up to write isn’t half the battle – it is the battle. This class will help you develop writing habits that will boost your confidence, help you find your “voice,” and keep your writing process in motion. Prerequisite: Introduction to Developing a Writing Habit Shelter in Place: Writing Poems Where We Are Wednesdays January 6, 13, 20, 27, February 3, & 10 6:30-8:30pm remote via Zoom In this class we will take “Shelter in place” as a writing prompt to explore where and how we live. Over the course of six sessions, you will write five new poems, and have the opportunity to share work and receive feedback from classmates and the instructor. Strangeness & Surprise: 5 Stories in 6 Weeks Thursdays January 7, 14, 21, 28, February 4, & 11 6:30-8:30pm remote via Zoom Write five short fiction pieces over six class sessions in this intermediate class. The focus will be on generating new work via prompts, exercises, and discussion, with a special emphasis on inviting strangeness and surprise into your writing. Reader Series: A Year of James Baldwin

Gilmour Academy senior named a school winner in Heisman High School Scholarship Competition Gilmour Academy senior Brinn MacLellan ’21, of Chesterland, was notified that she was named a School Winner in the Heisman High School Scholarship Competition. Since its inception in 1994, the program has leveraged the reputation of the Heisman Memorial Trophy as a symbol of great ability combined with diligence, perseverance and hard work. The Heisman High School Scholarship, presented by Acceptance Insurance, extends the prestige of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, recognizing outstanding scholar-athletes who understand that the most important victories happen not only on the field, but in their schools and communities as well. To apply, seniors must have a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.0 or better, participate in at least one of the 48 sports recognized by the International Olympic Committee and/or the National Federation of State High School Associations and be a leader in their school and community. From an applicant pool of thousands of high school scholar-athletes in the Class of 2021, MacLellan was one of the approximately 3,600 named School Winners. By inviting male and female students from schools across the country to share their stories of leadership and impact, the program aims to inspire all students to harness their potential, push their limits and use their talents not only to advance their own futures, but to improve the communities and world around them. MacLellan is captain of Gilmour’s varsity volleyball team, currently in the Final Four of the Division II state competition. She has earned numerous athletic honors throughout her four years as a starter on Gilmour’s nationally ranked volleyball team. Most recently, she earned Division II All-Ohio Honorable Mention. She is also a founding member of the school’s varsity gymnastics team. She is a member of a host of service organizations, including the Courage 2 Act Crew, Baking for Rainbows and the Make a Difference Club. Last fall, she organized a fundraiser on campus for a teenage cousin battling leukemia. She is a Student Ambassador for Gilmour and has participated in the Junior Leadership Program and John Carroll University’s “ProjectLead” Leadership Summit. She volunteers at the Westside Catholic Center and WomenSafe. Additionally, MacLellan is an exceptional student, with a cumulative GPA of 4.3. She has earned the Head of School Award for Excellence (top 10 percent of class and/or a 4.0 GPA) sophomore, junior and senior years; has earned subject awards in Alebra II, Spanish II, Spanish III, English 10, chemistry, speech and debate, AP Calculus, biology and AP US History; is a member of the National Honor Society and the Cum Laude Society; and is a speech and debate state qualifier. About Gilmour Academy Gilmour Academy is a Catholic, independent, coeducational, college-preparatory school. It is sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Ind., and offers a Montessori program beginning at 18-monthsold and a Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. A boarding program is offered to students in Grades 7 through 12. It is located at 34001 Cedar Road in Gates Mills, Ohio. For more information about Gilmour Academy, visit www.gilmour.org and follow Gilmour on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Second Saturday each month: January 9 - December 11 10am-12pm remote via Zoom Spend a full year reading and analyzing the novels and essay collections of James Baldwin, one of the most influential American writers of the 20th century. Together we will marvel at his sentences and unpack his insights on race, America, and more. Reader Series: Adaptation & Lovecraft Country Saturday January 9, 16, 23, 30, & February 6 10am-12pm remote via Zoom Matt Ruff’s 2016 novel Lovecraft Country is both an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft’s short sci-fi stories and the source material for the hit HBO series of the same name. In this class, we’ll put these three works in conversation to discover all the ways one story can be told. If you like history, pop culture, dismantling racism and smashing the patriarchy, this class is for you! Advanced Memoir Workshop Second & Fourth Wednesdays January 6-June 23 6:30-9:30pm remote via Zoom Our advanced memoir workshop is back with twice the impact! If you have a book-length memoir in progress, this workshop is designed to advance your knowledge of the genre, make significant progress on your manuscript and gain momentum toward its completion in the community of a small, committed circle of peers. Includes instruction; in-class writing; homework assignments; craft discussions; and the exchange of thorough, respectful critique. Application required. Deadline: December 14. The Whole Story: An Introduction to Solutions Journalism Thursdays January 21, 29, February 4, 11, 18, & 25 6:30-8:30pm remote via Zoom Learn the key components of solutions journalism and write your own article. You’ll also hear from several guest experts and have opportunities to connect to the Solutions Journalism Network and editors seeking SJ pieces. How to Write a Lot Saturday January 23 10am-5pm remote via Zoom Learn solutions to writer’s block that you can start using to immediately boost your productivity and reduce stress. This workshop is for writers, artists, activists, and anyone seeking to get more productive.

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EDUCATION Educators explain how today’s students are actively engaged in becoming leaders in community By PARIS WOLFE Leadership used to be about position, something that came with a title indicating the head of a team, company, government, or such. That connotation has expanded. Leadership isn’t just a position, it’s a responsibility within a group dynamic that applies to anyone and everyone. It’s a responsibility to influence right decision-making and influence positive change. “Leaders who take on leadership roles are one thing,” says Scott Parsons, Director, Fellowships in Applied Studies and Director, Osborne Writing Center at Hathaway Brown School, an all-girls school in Shaker Heights. He defines true leadership as a “sense of agency.” And drawn from the Miriam-Webster dictionary, “agency,” in this case, means “the capacity, condition, or state of acting or of exerting power.” “It’s not a title, it’s an orientation toward yourself and the world,” says Parsons. Getting there requires confidence, competence, and creativity. When it comes to decision-making, he says, “I want my students to know that they belong at the table in any room they enter or to go build their own table.” “You can’t directly teach this leadership, but you can put in place conditions that lead to it,” he says. “We work closely with consulting social psychologists to make sure we’re doing it in our classrooms and extracurriculars.” For the young women that means working with a peer group of highly motivated, high-achieving, strong young women and being taken seriously in that context. It means programming – like an international author’s workshop – that exposes them to the influences of the best in the field. And it means supporting students in risk-taking so they can learn to both succeed and fail, and to learn from both outcomes. Students are given opportunities to take giant steps in this process. They may find themselves traveling abroad without the comfort of their parents or being called upon to make presentations to the school’s elite trustees or finishing school by defending a 25-page thesis. This type of leadership education, says Parsons, fosters divergent thinking, a non-linear way of exploring many possible and creative approaches to a situation. Divergent thinking skills prepare students to adapt to their a rapidly changing world. He says, “We want them to think, ‘If this weren’t the way it’s being done, is this the best way you could do it?’” The idea of leadership here is to improve the world; to see possibilities and then influence self and others to change in the interest of the greater social good. Tymothy Tagliaferro, director of the Middle School and associate director, Upper School at Gilmour Academy, shares that philosophy. “Decisions students make every day impact them and the world around them and those decisions make them leaders,” he says. “To support our mission, we want to develop their competence in decision-making.” “Students have the ability to have an impact,” he says. “We want them to spend time understanding that each of them is a leader, in charge and control of their own lives and decisions. And that can have tremendous impact.

A Hathaway Brown Upper School student lead the student body in song at an assembly. They can’t be agents of change if they don’t see that their decisions have an impact beyond themselves.” “This year more than ever, we’re a school that places great value on student voice. Students are involved in school-wide decisions,” he says. When homecoming was cancelled, for example, students planned a late-night event—a socially distant drive-in movie. Instead of letting the pandemic cancel the annual food drive students found a way around it. “Students see that they have the ability to impact a school community as leaders,” says Tagliaferro. “Their young imaginative minds can problem solve in ways we’re not, as adults, able to as adults. That’s such a great opportunity to create change and [adults] we shouldn’t be doing it alone.” While some courses – entrepreneurial studies – teach leadership at Hawken School in Gates Mills, leadership competence is also part of the culture. “Leadership training is an important part of what we do,” says Cris Harris, director of the writing center and Upper School Coordinator of Experiential Education. He sees leadership as equal opportunity and fluid within a group. Leaders aren’t just trailblazers but may hold many roles in a team. When it comes to positional leadership, Hawken offers myriad clubs and affinity groups from Student-Faculty Senate and Integrity Council to Diversity Council and sports. Students may also lead by tutoring younger students. While some courses – entrepreneurial studies – teach

leadership at Hawken School in Gates Mills, leadership competence is also part of the culture. Perhaps one of the most visible and interesting pro-

grams is Outdoor Leadership, a three-season program where students develop the skills, command presence, and ethical compass to take responsibility for others. Each season culminates in a five-day backcountry experience which is largely student-led with adult support, as necessary. “One day we pulled together student leaders for a discussion,” says Harris. “We had about 150 students by the time we invited every captain, council, senator, club leader.” In the end, Harris says, “We hope they find ways to make the world a better place and as part of leaders within groups they can give more than they take.” “Lead and serve” are in the mission statement of University School in Chagrin Falls. There alumni Ben Malbasa, head football coach, director of the annual fund and English instructor, says leadership is built throughout the curriculum and extracurricular activities. “Everyone leads,” he says. “It may be intentional on the football field, but how you influence those around you is leaderships.” Leadership isn’t always assigned but may arise organically within the school’s culture. “I am always heartened by the initiative of our students,” says Malbasa. “One of our seniors heard about the Thomas Jefferson School for International Students in the Cleveland Municipal School District. He set up a program for students to engage with students from Greater Cleveland who have just arrived in our country as they become a part of our community and country.” Back to the idea of divergent thinking. Leighann DeLorenzo, dean of students at the Upper School of Laurel School in Shaker Heights says, “Leadership plays a significant role in how we educate girls,” she says. “We understand the primary principles of strong and effective leadership to be the ability to identify what is not working within a system, and the creative and strategic problemsolving necessary to catalyze change.” “We do it best by creating multiple spaces in which to test their mettle. Whether in the lab, on the court, a speech and debate competition, or the theatrical stage, girls must inhabit those spaces with a sense of belonging and not one of negative questioning,” she says. Both soft skills like confidence and hard skills like design-thinking competencies are part of leadership. “We are consistently teaching our girls to always search for ways to advocate for themselves, their teams, their clubs, organizations and their constituents,” says DeLorenzo. At Laurel, student-led organizations like Young Democrats and Young Republicans, Black Student Union, Israeli Culture Club, Laurel Christian Fellowship, Prism (the LGBTQ plus organization), Girls for the Globe, Fair Trade, student-run publications, Testimony Theater for social justice, and the student-led coffee business ONE COFFEE CIRCLE provide the spaces for students to practice leadership. “Leadership is partnership,” she notes. “When a team feels empowered to iterate and ideate, and problem-solve for results you have happy, healthy, capable humans who can positively contribute to their communities.”

HB Girls are leaders in their own lives Leadership is an especially important component of the all-girls educational experience. At Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, girls know that they can do anything they put their minds to because they see other girls achieving their goals every day in the classrooms, on the sports fields, in science labs, on the debate stage, and wherever else their interests take them. Niche, an online platform that evaluates schools across the country on a variety of objective factors and reviews, consistently ranks HB at the top of many categories. For the second consecutive year, HB is listed as the #1 Best All-Girls High School in Ohio. The school also earned

the 2021 Niche designation as #1 Best College Prep Private High School in Ohio. Twenty-eight members of the HB senior class are National Merit scholars, with 20 National Merit Semifinalists and eight Commended Students. This accounts for 29 percent of the class. In addition to their academic achievements, HB girls excel in athletics as well, and the school’s tennis team is the six-time defending OTCA state champion. But leadership encompasses more than accolades. Good leaders stretch their boundaries, open their minds to new possibilities, ask questions, advocate for others, and

are not afraid of working hard. HB girls learn at a very early age the importance of being a leader in your own life. Primary School girls in grades K-4 spend time each day talking about the “3 Rs”—Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience. Students show high regard for themselves and others by listening to each other, working peacefully for the common good, and treating everyone as they themselves would like to be treated. Middle Schoolers in grades 5-8 expand on that important foundation as they develop autonomy and spread their wings. At this stage, students begin to design their own learning and make plans for their future in high school and beyond. Upper School students

have the benefit of signature programming through the school’s Fellowships in Applied Studies that allow girls to work closely with professionals in the fields of business and finance, global studies, science research and engineering, creative writing, and more. HB’s Learn for Life signature preparatory approach prioritizes leadership, as the school educates and empowers girls as it has since its founding in 1876. The components of this educational framework are: Distinguished Academics, Empowered Students, Knowledge in Action, and a Celebrated Community. Learn more at a virtual admission event or by visiting HB.edu/BestGirlsSchool today.

Helping boys find truth online Since the advent and explosion of social media, information has been more abundant, fast paced, and varied. As the use of social media grew, users moved from sharing pictures of their pets on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat to sharing news articles that confirm their beliefs of the world. Whereas in the past, news came from national or local newspapers or television stations, now online news platforms, bloggers, and social media influencers have joined the mix leaving the work of deciding the accuracy and reliability of information to the reader instead of an editor. A 2018 Pew Research survey found that most teens (95%) have access to a smartphone and that most teens regularly use at least one social media platform. Many teens report that they get news and information about current events from social media. In an article for the Boys Education Series, Lisa Ulery, the Director of Technology and Libraries at University School, provides suggestions on how parents can guide their sons to be analytical online users. Authority. Who is the author of the article? Readers should be able to see a person’s name or the name of a company or institution attached to the information. If the name of the author or supporting entity isn’t familiar; Google it. Another clue about the author can be found in the URL. Sites that end in two-letter extensions like .com.co indicate that the site was created in another country (Colombia in this example) and that should inform how you interpret the article. Fact check. How accurate is the information? Are you able to find this information anywhere else? If something is reliable and true, it should be reported by more than one news site or by more than one author. It’s important to be able to triangulate information by using several different methods to collect and verify data. Consider using fact-checking sites like PolitiFact, FactCheck.org, or Snopes. Pause before you share. Take time to check things out before you retweet, repost, or share an article. Often a story can change and evolve. More information can be gathered, more sources consulted, and then more accuracy achieved. It is better to share a full story rather than bits of a story. In that pause, also consider whether it is worth posting at all. Many times, not posting is the best option. Read the complete article and more at www.boyseducation.org. B6  CURRENTS  December 10, 2020 www.currentsneo.com

EDUCATION Tips for keeping students actively engaged through holiday, winter break By PARIS WOLFE Ongoing shifts in school-day models – at school, at home, hybrid – create challenges in engaging students both academically and socially. To address this, schools are offering tools to keep students connected to their studies and each other. Hawken Middle School in Lyndhurst, for example, went remote from Thanksgiving to January 4. To ease that change, Erin Thomas says, “We designed an internal website -- known as Middle School Virtual Bulletin Board -- with many sections as one of the big ways to keep kids engaged and feeling connected to the community when we were going remote early in the year. That website continues to evolve and grow as it serves its purpose. The site includes mindful activities for selfcare and Zoom discussions on relevant topics as well as recipes, trivia and videos/photos/art/music performance submitted by students. “We might gather on Zoom for a chapel talk by eight grade students,” says Thomas. Chapel talks are a tradition at the school. Eighth grade students select a topic they’re passionate about. Then, they research and develop an

opinion paper on the topic. After much practice they deliver their talk in front of the school community. Zoom makes it possible to keep this tradition alive. “Even though everything else is crazy, chaotic, we still meet for that. The consistency helps our students during this time,” says Thomas “It’s a powerful moment.” These digital and virtual connections are especially important for middle school students. ‘If they’re disconnected from community, they’re not going to be available to learn,” she says. “Think Maslow [Hierarchy of Needs]. To get to the higher levels of thinking, we have to make sure they are feeling connected.” Brain development in middle school kids also requires social elements. The virtual bulletin board is a tool to facilitate that. Through it, students also meet for lunch discussions, for club meetings and for special programs like a photoshop presentation. “There is a link to service activities kids could participate in while being at home,” she notes. “Things like making dog toys out of recycled materials and mailing them to a humane society, writing letters to family or friends who might be alone during this time, etc. It is a great way of getting our kids to think outside of them-

Fairmount’s Virtual Speaker Series Features Steven Litt Fairmount Center for the Arts presents the next program in their virtual “Pull Back the Curtain” Speaker Series on Sunday, December 13, 2020, at 3:00 p.m., with journalist Steven Litt from the Plain Dealer. Mr. Litt is regarded as “a major influence in the realms of art, architecture and city planning.” Mr. Litt has been the art and architecture critic of The Plain Dealer since 1991, covering art museums and galleries, architecture, urban design, and city and regional planning in Cleveland, Northeast Ohio and the industrial Midwest. In 2020, Steve received an award for visual arts journalism from the Dorothea and Leo Rabkin Foundation of Portland, Maine. Steve has said of his work, “Architecture is a very so-

selves in this moment.” “The website has been a great vehicle for reaching kids in so many ways.” Darci Sanders, Nature-Based Learning Coordinator at Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, suggests using some time to connect to nature while students have the chance. “During this unusual time, organizations have gotten creative with ways to share their expertise in a socially distant manner. My main message is ‘Get outside,’” she says. Sanders sees outdoor activity and nature study as a way to quiet the mind and prepare it for learning. “The more peaceful, relaxed and replete with healthy outdoor activities we are, the better focused for learning we become,” she says. For preschoolers and young families who want to stay virtual, she recommends Lake Erie Nature & Science Center’s kits and virtual learning resources found here: https://www.lensc.org/nature-to-go/ and https:// www.lensc.org/visit/virtual-learning/ as well as Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s virtual visits https:// www.cmnh.org/learn/cmnh@home “Instead of traveling to far-off places, you can explore the natural world nearby through the amazing network of parks in all of our surrounding counties,” she says. Possibilities include local spots like Brandywine Falls

in Cuyahoga Valley National Park or the vista from the emergent tower at Holden Arboretum or the coastal observation tower at Lake Erie Bluffs. “Two favorite family hikes for me are the Hickory Fox trail at North Chagrin Reservation which has a nice loop and just long enough to feel like an adventure,” Thomas says, “and the Overlook and Sylvan trails in the A.B. Williams Memorial Woods which has huge old growth trees and chickadees and other forest birds that come in close at the Overlook.” Check websites in advance for hours, fees and possible reservations. Field guides to local plants, animals, insects, birds, trees, and more help on these outdoor adventures. The Ohio Division of Wildlife has guides to local animal and plant life: https://ohiodnr.gov/wps/portal/gov/odnr/discover-and-learn/safety-conservation/about-odnr/wildlife/ documents-publications/backyard-wildlife-documents. In addition to warm clothing and boots, binoculars and hand-held microscopes are good outdoor equipment for kids. Thomas suggest adding a nature journal to that list. “Take it along with you and record your park trips and observations. Your children will thank you for these activities and you may even gain a peace and perspective you didn’t know you were missing.”

cial art and untangling the connections between money and power and politics and how those things are revealed in a finished product is absolutely fascinating.” For questions and to make a reservation for this program, call (440) 338-3171, email info@fairmountcenter.org or visit https://www.fairmountcenter.org/special-events/. This program will be offered via Zoom. The link to access viewing of this program will be emailed to registrants in advance of the program and will also be available on the “Pull Back the Curtain” event listing at www. fairmountcenter.org . The “Pull Back the Curtain” Speakers Series is FREE, thanks to the generous support of Toby and Melanie Maloney, the Figgie Foundation and the Ohio Arts Council. Fairmount Center for the Arts is located at 8400 Fairmount Road, Novelty, 44072.

Think outside the classroom. Gilmour’s Nature-Based Learning At Gilmour Academy, students don’t just learn the subject matter - they experience it. Our 144-acre campus serves as a living laboratory for environmental studies. Whether growing produce to feed our chickens, or researching and implementing sustainability initiatives, Gilmour students are not just learning about our environment - they are positively impacting it.

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EDUCATION Exciting STEM adventures in the Winter Break forecast at Great Lakes Science Center Is your child burned out from too many days in front of a computer screen? Is being in a hands-on science class with other kids one of the things they miss most about school? Pry them off the couch and get them down to a Winter Break Camp session of Camp Curiosity at Great Lakes Science Center for an interactive day of STEM adventure! Kicking off on Monday, December 21, the Science Center has eight brand new camps for kids in kindergarten through eighth grade to choose from, featuring everything from engineering to chemistry and physics to robots! Campers can program robots, uncover scientific mysteries, learn about NASA’s plans to return to the moon, mix up chemical concoctions, re-engineer toys and get creative with LEGOs! Camp activities are tailored to suit each age group.

This year’s camps include: STEM HQ Takeover – Monday, December 21 Take-Apart – Tuesday, December 22 PPG Chemistry Lab – Wednesday, December 23 NASA Clean Room – Monday, December 28 NASA Artemis Day – Tuesday, December 29 Dissection Lab – Wednesday, December 30 Destination Earth! – Thursday, December 31 Science Sleuth – Friday, January 1 All camp sessions have been designed with your child’s health and safety in mind. All campers and staff are required to wear facemasks and undergo a daily health screening including a temperature check. All materials and workspaces are sanitized before and after each use and classes use a dedicated space with access to handwashing and sanitizer stations. Social distancing mea-

sures are followed with small class sizes separated by age group. Your camper can choose one day of adventure, or multiple days for a STEM-filled journey over their winter school break. Winter break camps are $55 per day ($50 for Science Center members) and run from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., with options for before-care starting at 7:30 a.m. and after-care from 4-5:30 p.m. for an additional fee. Sign up for all eight days of camp and receive a $40 discount. Siblings signed up the same day of camp receive a $2 discount. Boxed lunches are available for pre-order as well for $7.50 each day, with vegetarian, gluten-free and dairyfree options available. Register at GreatScience.com or by calling 216-621-2400. (Editor’s note: The Science Center will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and Sunday, January 3 for the Cleveland Browns home game. Over winter break,

the Science Center will be open additional days including December 21-23 and December 28-30. The Science Center’s schedule is subject to change, please visit GreatScience.com for up to date hours of operation.) About Great Lakes Science Center Great Lakes Science Center, home of the NASA Glenn Visitor Center, makes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) come alive for more than 300,000 visitors a year through hundreds of hands-on exhibits, temporary exhibitions, the Cleveland Clinic DOME Theater, Steamship William G. Mather, daily science demonstrations, seasonal camps, and more. The Science Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit institution, is supported in part by the residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture. Visit GreatScience.com for more information.

Scuba Claus to visit Greater Cleveland Aquarium in December Knowing that many divers say their time underwater has a calming effect, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise that one jolly old elf escapes the hustle and bustle of toymaking by getting into a 230,000-gallon shark exhibit. Scuba Claus returns to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium (2000 Sycamore Street, Cleveland, OH I 216.862.8803 I greaterclevelandaquarium) in December to dive, relax

and spread some holiday cheer. Guests of all ages are invited to explore the aquatic attraction on the West Bank of the Flats and make merry with the man in red during special Scuba Claus Meet & Greet Days, Thursdays, December 10 & 17, Fridays, December 11 & 18 from 4:30 - 7pm and Saturdays, December 12 & 19, 8:30am - 10am. Tickets (which includes full Aquarium access) are $24.95

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for guests ages 13+, $18.95 for children ages 2-12. Adult and child annual Passholders ages 2+ can reserve tickets for $5 each. Admission is always free for children younger than two. Ho-ho-hoping a Christmas icon isn’t risking it all by getting into a shark exhibit? “He’s a magical, certified diver who’s visited us plenty of times, so there’s nothing

to be concerned about,” assures White. “Plus, he knows which sharks, stingrays and eels are on the ‘nice’ list.” Aquarium capacity will be limited and entry timed to ensure social distancing. Advance purchase required. All Clean Committed protocols will remain in place. For information, call 216.862.8803 or visit greaterclevelandaquarium.com.






This magnificent waterfront estate is truly one of a kind! Sited on nearly two acres offering unobstructed lake and city views, this property is truly magical! The main home was built in the 1930’s and the present seller has expanded and transformed the home into a showplace Highlights of this home include the most breathtaking indoor pool complex imaginable.


One of Cleveland’s most remarkable and iconic homes! This in-town estate is a gated enclave sited on a park-like parcel offering sweeping views and incredible privacy yet within the heart of Shaker Heights and minutes to University Circle and Downtown Cleveland. The second floor is highlighted by private suites including the most luxurious master wing with his/her baths and dressing rooms.













Located in the heart of the Chagrin Valley, this one of a kind Paskevich designed country manor home is truly breathtaking! The current owner has done a complete renovation and expansion to create a truly one of a kind home that exudes quality and attention to detail! There is an amazing media room featuring an overhead projection system and incredible wood ceiling and is the perfect retreat!


One of a kind modern showplace designed for grand scale entertaining and luxury living! This gated estate has it all including the most spectacular setting which offers a state of the art pool, hot tub, incredible pool house, and more! The luxurious first floor master wing is beyond compare and the spa like bathroom is simply the most luxurious oasis imaginable!



Located in Moreland Mews, a private enclave of luxury homes, this stone and timber country manor is simply unequalled! Designed by Tony Paskevich, built by P & T builders, and decorated to perfection by W Design, this home exudes quality and attention to detail beyond compare! The impressive two story entry features a spectacular custom metal staircase and a fabulous limestone floor!


This modern masterpiece sited on over 3 acres overlooking the Cleveland Metroparks Polo field is truly one of a kind!! The design of this home is truly exceptional and it offers every imaginable amenity for today’s living! The main living area includes a truly impressive great room with a magnificent salt water aquarium and walls of windows overlooking the breathtaking landscape.

This is simply the most spectacular and outstanding unit available in Three Village! A complete renovation of this property has resulted in a state of the art and truly magnificent residence spanning almost 5,000 square feet and offering every imaginable luxury! The state of the art kitchen is unequalled offering custom cabinetry, the highest end appliances, a huge center island, and Taj Mahal counter tops.


Located on the cul-de-sac on a magnificently landscaped private oasis, this French country manor home is truly outstanding! Constructed with the finest quality materials and offering incredible amenities, this home has a sought after modern floor plan for today’s living! The dramatic great room has a vaulted beamed ceiling, fabulous fireplace, and walk-in wet bar.









Magnificent custom built brick home with French Country flair has been meticulously maintained. The two-story foyer welcomes you into the huge great room with wall of windows and handsome paneled fireplace. The master suite features his and hers closets, a huge luxurious bath, fireplace and has doors leading to the patio. There is a private sitting area or media room off the master

This magnificent stucco estate designed by Mead and Hamilton features exquisite woodwork and detail inside and out. Sited on over 1.75 acres overlooking Green Lake, this spectacular residence features a gorgeous wood-paneled living room with a fireplace; cozy family room; walk-out lower level; heated in-ground pool; and 8 bedrooms on the second floor, including a spacious owners suite.














Truly unique, this mountain modern home is one of a kind! The great room in this house is truly unequaled with multiple sitting areas, a fabulous soaring beamed ceiling, and absolutely spectacular stone fireplace. You will love entertaining in this room and the incredible walk-in wet bar is another great feature! There is a first floor master suite as well as an updated white gourmet kitchen.

Located on over 5 acres in a private enclave, this traditional home is a show stopper! Built with the finest of everything, this home exudes quality and attention to detail! Highlights of this home include a two story foyer; a two story family room with fireplace and French doors to the patio flanking the fireplace. Chef’s will love this gourmet kitchen with top of the line appliances, & granite countertops

Custom designed and built this free standing cluster home is absolutely gorgeous! High end materials are evident throughout including limestone floors, custom built-ins, and beautiful decor! The dramatic two story great room features a fabulous fireplace and opens onto the most incredible 3 season screened porch (includes screens and windows) with a limestone floor.



This peaceful and enchanting estate is truly special! Located across from the upper school of Hawken, this one of a kind property will take your breath away! A long private driveway leads to the main house which is a country house that exudes charm, grace, and elegance! A master wing addition is truly extraordinary and offers his and her bathrooms, walk-in closets, and bedroom with fireplace.


This landmark home sited on 4 plus glorious acres in the heart of Gates Mills within walking distance to the Hunt Club is an absolute gem! Built in 1853, this home exudes quality craftsmanship and the attention to detail is extraordinary! There is a great room addition that overlooks the rear yard and features a beamed ceiling, wet bar, fireplace, and French doors that open onto the rear patio!


Sited on over 2 + acres in the most coveted Shaker Heights location, this intown estate is truly “One of A Kind!” The all stone Jacobethan manor home features an impressive entrance framed by a circular brick driveway, manicured gardens, a pool, tennis court, and breathtaking grounds! The present owner has restored and updated this home to perfection!

This architect’s own home is absolutely spectacular! This one of a kind 4 level home is located in the most exciting spot with the Cuyahoga River as your front yard! The view from every window is mesmerizing! The dramatic interior features walls of windows, beautiful maple floors, and an open design perfect for entertaining and spotlighting artwork! Incredible roof top deck with indescribable views!

The most remarkable home in the Fairfax Triangle and Shaker Farms Historic District! The impressive foyer is adorned with exquisite millwork, hand carved detailing and incredible lighting. The grand formal living room is highlighted by the handsome paneled fireplace and has 2 sets of doors leading to the terrace. The second floor features 7 bedrooms including a master wing.











This is an absolutely remarkable home that is designed for grand scale entertaining and offers every imaginable luxury and amenity! Sited on a private wooded lot, this home has a fabulous French flair yet offers an open floor plan highlighted by soaring beamed ceilings, walls of windows, and gorgeous wide plank hardwood floors. The magnificent great room has a spectacular two story stone fireplace.

One of the most renowned Shaker Heights homes, this all stone Jacobean Revival by John Sherwood Kelly has been restored to utter perfection while maintaining all of the exquisite architectural detail throughout! The kitchen is a gourmet’s dream, was entirely reconstructed in 2015, and offers state of the art amenities. The La Cornue range, and Wolf ovens, are just some of the amenities.

One of the truly great homes of Shaker Heights, this English brick manor home designed by Henry Shupe has been extensively renovated and updated to perfection while maintaining all of its original charm and exceptional character!! There is a grand formal dining room as well as the most incredible family room with fireplace and built-ins!


Built in 1928, this brick Tudor exudes quality craftsmanship. Some of the details include hardwood floors throughout most of the house, crown moldings, and leaded windows. The two-story foyer welcomes you into the gracious living room that has a handsome paneled fireplace flanked by 2 window seats and French doors leading to a 3 season sun room with fireplace.


Located in sought after River Creek, this fabulous home offers a wide open floor plan and includes incredible upgrades throughout. The kitchen is amazing with top of the line stainless steel appliances, center island with seating, and granite countertops. The great room features a dramatic stacked stone fireplace, vaulted ceiling and sliders to a deck overlooking the Acacia Metroparks.


Spectacular 1 owner custom stone and brick Tudor on a private cul-de-sac. This very special home is impeccably maintained, you will appreciate the brick pillars, circular driveway, & patterned brick walk-way to front door. A grand two-story entry w/ a curved staircase opens into living room w/ hardwood floors & wood burning fireplace. Off of the living room is a fabulous vaulted beamed library/den.



Move Right in to this bright condo with features including Living Room w/Fireplace and newly refinished hardwood floors, large kitchen with Corian counter tops lots of cabinet and counter space, and all appliances included. Large bedroom with great closet and organizer. 2nd room is spacious and can be a sun room or office. Recent High End Replacement Windows. Central Air. Private & Updated.

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A professionally staged home looks better, sells faster, commands higher price By LAURI GROSS Selling your home? Want a stress-free, top-dollar sale? Staging can help. It’s common knowledge that to sell a home, owners should eliminate clutter, remove items that are too personal (like family photos) and generally pare down what’s there. But a professionally staged home goes beyond those basics. Megan Featherston, founder and CEO at VNTG at Home in Cleveland, offers a solution she says is “the answer for all homeowners who want to sell. We help clients clean out, clean up, remodel, stage and the result is a stress-free, top-dollar sale. We do the worrying and the work so they get top-dollar sale. We have restored/ staged over 400 homes in the last 18 months.” It’s not unusual for Megan’s clients to get asking price the first day a home is listed. Josh Young, listings agent with The Young Team and Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan said, “Some sellers already know the way they live is not the ideal way to portray their house. For other sellers there is a ton of emotion involved and some sellers even border on being offended by suggesting that we need to alter anything in their home.” In these cases, Josh said, they remind the seller that the agent is just doing what the seller hired them to do, and that staging is a matter of marketing, not judging anyone’s lifestyle or décor. Megan said, “Many clients call us before they call their Realtor. They want to leave the best impression on the Realtor to encourage best initial pricing. We like to call ourselves the Realtor’s best friend. We help their clients improve the value of their homes via the professional services we provide.” When working with older homeowners, Megan and her team help them recognize who will be buying their home. “Obviously, younger people/families are the target buyer,” she said. “Thus, our company helps them understand what current buyers expect. They are the turn-key buying generation. Even if the mechanics are in good condition, dated homes sell for far less and often sit for a very long time.”

Unusually shaped areas of a home need to be carefully staged so home buyers can imagine how they could use the space. Here, staging by The Young Team and Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan does the trick beautifully. Photograph courtesy of The Young Team and Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan To start the process, what Megan calls her “DSGN team” assesses the home and builds a plan to optimize the architecture and unique character of the home. “Home purchases are emotional. That means from the front door throughout the journey of the home, it must be magical.” VNTG Home has a 60,000-square-foot warehouse of furniture and 800 fabrics. “Our upholstery artisans make furniture for every home we stage,” she said. Josh said his group works with a professional stager who provides the furniture or can help stage a home with the owner’s furniture. “In addition, we have a certified real estate stager on our team, available for clients that want to use their own stuff,” he said. “Our certified real estate stager is also one of our top buyer’s specialists. This is tremendously valuable because it gives them insight into what buyers are currently looking for in today’s market.” Megan’s general tips for successful staging include

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keeping the décor light and bright, removing dated blinds and drapes and let in maximum natural light, keep furniture in balance with the architecture, and paint the walls in greys or other sophisticated neutrals. Josh agreed and added, “Some homes have non-traditional spaces that are tough for buyers to imagine how those spaces would be used. Often just a few pieces of furniture can help connect the dots. Usually adding the finishing pieces such as artwork, accessories etc. give the home a warm, personal feel. Items such as large, fluffy white towels, a bath mat and white robe can transform a standard bathroom into something that is more reminiscent of a space or luxury hotel without needing to actually alter the bathroom.” Since home buyers will first look at homes online, Megan said, “if it doesn’t look great on the MLS or digital sites, you won’t get any lookers. Your first impression is the most important.”

Palatial home with indoor pool set on 16 picturesque acres for sale

This opulent, European-style manor is set on 16 private, bucolic acres.

By RITA KUEBER When no one was looking, somebody went to Tuscany and moved a 16-acre estate with a lovely villa to a picturesque hilltop in Geauga County. That’s what it feels like when approaching the magnificent two-story stucco façade of 9380 Fairmount. Through ornate wrought-iron gates, past perfect landscaping including a classical fountain, the visitor enters the two-story foyer through stylish glass and wood double doors. Burnished surfaces, from the marble floor to the curved staircase and the gallery above with its decorative columns, seem to glow in the abundance of natural light. A formal dining room, to the left has a tray ceiling and French doors that open to the expansive front lawns. The foyer leads to a truly dramatic great room that has a soaring ceiling, enormous fireplace, hardwood floors and a wall-sized arched window. This room is open to the gourmet kitchen that has a large wood-trimmed center island and topof-the-line appliances. Cleverly tucked behind the work area, a slender butler’s pantry offering dozens of built-in cabinets and drawers, runs the length of the kitchen and includes a pass-through for convenience. An eat-in area, seamless from the kitchen and great room opens to the back patio. Off the kitchen, a hallway leads toward the back, revealing an indoor heated pool, patio and kitchenette/snack bar amusingly decorated in a tiki hut theme. There’s also a full bathroom and changing room. Five sets of French doors open the pool area to the outdoors. The ceiling above the pool is painted like a tropical sky. The first-floor master suite is like its own wing and includes a private den/office, a huge walk-in closet, and a luxurious bath that has a marble tub, and separate walk-in steam shower. This suite has its own laundry area, and an octagonal morning room with a coffee station. The master bedroom has a gas fireplace set flush in the far wall, and the tray ceiling has a romantic moon-glow vibe. This suite includes a stairway to a bonus room above, that has a private balcony. Up the front or back stairs are five bedrooms. Each has its own full bath, and there is also a sizable bonus/family room, a laundry room, as well as a private in-law suite – bed, bath and sitting room. The lower walk-out level offers an eight-seat media room, game room and several extra rooms for play or hobbies. This house, just seven years old, has a series of ornate, repeating motifs. Several rooms are ten-sided. Ionic columns, as well as arches and nooks for displaying works of art are seen throughout. The interiors of many rooms are gold-toned, warm and welcoming. Most rooms have designer lighting fixtures, like beautiful sculptures. Additionally, given the smart choices in the placement of interior doors, the house easily blends spaces for casual or formal entertaining with opportunities for private relaxation. 9380 Fairmount has 15,993 square feet of space, and an additional 5,114 square feet from the walk-out lower level. The house has seven bedrooms, 11 baths (8 full, 3

An amazing kitchen, open to the great room, has custom-built cabinets and appliances, plus elaborate wood trim. Entry to the Butler’s pantry is at the right.

A formal dining room has a tray ceiling, arched windows and French doors that open to the landscaped front yard and water feature.

The expansive two-story foyer has Italianate features and decorative marble flooring.

half), two fireplaces, and an elevator. The building has zoned heating and central air. The eight-car garage is attached. On the 16+ acre parcel there is a barn suitable for horses or livestock, plus a storage shed. An outdoor firepit is adjacent to the back patios. The house is in the West Geauga school system. Represented by Adam Kaufman of Howard Hanna Real Estate Services, 9380 Fairmount is listed at $2,995,000 at press time. Annual taxes are $47,233. Contact Adam Kaufman at 216-831-7370, or adamkaufman@howardhanna.com.

Cleveland’s industrial real estate market shows resiliency through adversity In today’s Northeast Ohio commercial real estate landscape, the industrial sector has continued to dominate other asset classes, as it has for several years, with nearly 300 million square feet of inventory and a consistently low vacancy rate. Despite the specter of the pandemic for two-plus quarters, the industrial market has shown resiliency and stability. The third quarter of 2020 saw the Greater Cleveland industrial market absorb 396,843 square feet, bringing the year-to-date net absorption to positive 517,815 square feet and giving the industrial market eight of the last ten quarters of positive absorption. That means that tenants are filling up industrial space more than they are leaving it. Overall vacancy stood below 6.0% for the 12th consec-

utive quarter and remained essentially flat at 5.4%, contracting by 10 basis points from the second quarter’s tally of 5.5%. Additionally, 1.2 million square feet was under construction, most of which is scheduled to deliver between the fourth quarter of 2020 and second-quarter 2021. Nearly 1.6 million square feet of new industrial product has been delivered thus far in 2020. The pandemic hasn’t curbed the planning of new speculative warehouse and distribution facilities, many of which came about in the hopes of becoming distribution centers for e-commerce and other businesses that fulfill online orders. “The e-commerce market has changed a lot over time – little things like constructing a distribution warehouse with 24-foot ceilings just a few years ago turned into 32 feet, and now the standard is 36- or 40-foot ceilings,” ex-

plained Newmark Vice Chairman Terry Coyne. “Builders have also become more careful so that they are not getting caught up with a building that’ll be outdated and lose value.” Coyne further explained that if a consumer orders something on Amazon or online today and it comes tomorrow, it must come from somewhere, and increasingly it’s from a distribution center. Modern big box warehouses are essentially taking over what retail used to be, with items now being distributed from local, last-mile industrial parks that are booming. This isn’t just happening in Cleveland, these warehouses are being built across the United States for all of the major companies that have an e-commerce component. Buying online isn’t going away anytime soon, so look

for big box distribution centers to continue to be hot in Cleveland and the U.S. — Matthew Orgovan, Research and Marketing Manager, Newmark

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Ashleigh Dr., Chagrin Falls – $1,450,000. Nantucket-inspired home offers the highest of quality throughout and was designed with family and entertaining in mind. For more information contact JANICE CARSON, Howard Hanna Real Estate Services – 440.622.8181, www.janicecarson.com.

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Daniel I. Simon, MD, named inaugural appointee to new distinguished chair in health care leadership at University Hospitals

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Daniel I. Simon, MD, University Hospitals Chief Clinical and Scientific Officer and President of UH Cleveland Medical Center, has been named the inaugural Ernie and Patti Novak Distinguished Chair in Health Care Leadership at UH. The new endowed position was established with a generous gift of more than $2 million from Ernie and Patti Novak with additional support from the Dr. Donald J. and Ruth W. Goodman Philanthropic Fund at the Cleveland Foundation. “I am honored and humbled by Ernie and Patti’s generosity and for their unwavering support,” said Dr. Simon. “They embody the same spirit of giving that founded this health system, investing their time, talent and resources in the community that they love.” Among the health system’s most loyal patients and advocates, the Novaks’ ties to UH span decades. Ernie joined the UH Board of Directors in 1999 and later became the inaugural chair of the UH Cleveland Medical Center Board of Directors while Patti, a passionate supporter of UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital, was a founding member of the Naples Circle of Friends in Naples, Fla. “Over the years, Ernie and I have been fortunate to get to know Dan as both a dedicated physician and a supportive friend,” said Patti, sharing that they looked to Dan for guidance when navigating Ernie’s complex heart issues and her own breast cancer diagnosis. “His commitment to providing the best care to every patient, every time is

second only to his exceptional leadership skills.” Since joining UH in 2006, Dr. Simon has asserted himself as a pioneer and innovator in health care, first as President of UH Harrington Heart & Vascular Institute and now, as Chief Clinical and Scientific Officer and President, UH Cleveland Medical Center. Earlier this year, he assumed leadership of the health system’s COVID-19 response, working tirelessly to guide UH caregivers and the greater community through an unprecedented pandemic that continues to impact our region and the world. “From the operating room to the board room, Dan is an amazing and inspiring talent,” said Cliff A. Megerian, MD, President, University Hospitals. “Like Ernie and Patti, I consider him a dear friend and have seen firsthand how deeply committed he is to UH and those we serve. The Novak Distinguished Chair is a fitting and muchdeserved honor that recognizes all Dan does and means to this health system.” The Novak Distinguished Chair in Health Care Leadership is a testament to the couple’s unwavering support of Dr. Simon. “Strong leadership is essential to the success of any health care system,” said Ernie, who served as Managing Partner Cleveland Office of Ernst & Young LLP from 1998 to 2003. “We are thrilled to endow this chair and support in perpetuity strong leadership and a culture of caring at UH.”

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Charming, Amish-built, cabin-style log home with barn and stable for sale in Alliance

Custom-designed and beautifully finished this log home is a slice of Americana.

By RITA KUEBER A charming upscale log home nestled in Ohio’s picturesque rolling hills, with room for horses to roam, all in a serene, private setting. Sounds like a movie set, but it’s real – and available at 2540 S Mahoning, in Alliance. Built in 2012, this is a dream house for the original owners, and could be a new family’s dream house as well. There’s an easy-going warmth to the property, from the minute the visitor enters the gates. The paved driveway rolls along, a neighbor’s cornfield to the left, a tranquil creek and lawns to the right. Through the ‘covered bridge,’ and past a barn and stable, the Amish-built cabinstyled house is set atop a modest hill. A wide and welcoming front porch leads to a stunning great room that has a floor-to-ceiling stone stacked fireplace, pine timbers and hickory flooring. Everything is wood – ceilings, walls and floors, and the open rooms are airy and spacious. A floating staircase leading both up and down is central. To the left is an office or private den, also wood paneled, plus arched doorways. Behind it is a mudroom/laundry that leads to the two-plus bay attached garage. Along the back of the house is the kitchen that has custom-built hickory cabinetry, quartz counters, stainless appliances, roomy work space and a breakfast bar. The kitchen flows to the back sunroom that offers views of the property. The first-floor master is a snug rustic hideaway, woodpaneled, of course, including the vaulted ceiling and cedar-lined closet. The en suite master bath has a heated floor, and step-in shower separate from the Jacuzzi tub. Large windows let in a flood of natural light. The house is well-designed, so that the current décor, super-cozy, country craft could easily be kept and added onto, or it could morph into anything from highly minimalist to an eclectic, personal mix. The wood finishes could accommodate an explosion of color or hushed natural tones. Upstairs are two, maybe three bedrooms and a full bath. One room is finished in drywall, and could be used for storage, as a studio, or children’s playroom. The lower level has space for an additional office or hobby room, a full bath, plus an open space for recreation and a sitting area/family room with a stone fireplace. There’s also access to the garage from the lower level. Outbuildings include a 32 x 24 horse barn that has two stalls, plus a 98 x 40 pole barn that has an updated one bed, one bath apartment. Two pastures and a riding arena are adjacent. Currently there is also a fire pit and vegetable garden, and given nine acres, there is plenty of room


The wood paneled great room has a stunning stone-stacked fireplace and timbered cathedral ceiling.

The right-sized kitchen combines work areas and updated appliances with flexible eat-in space and a breakfast bar. to create any outdoor feature desired. Less than an hour from Cleveland, with easy access from Canton or Akron, Alliance is home to The University of Mt. Union, a private, four-year institution known for its liberal arts approach as well as excellence in crimi-

The first floor private master suite has a full spa bath, tall ceilings and natural light.

The house (top left) is convenient to the barn and stable on the nine acre setting.

nal justice, pre-law and pre-med coursework. The house is just minutes from the campus as well as hospitals, retail and dining. Opportunities for fishing and golf are also nearby. The main house has 3 bedrooms, 3.5 baths in 4,110 square feet, gas heat, and whole house air-conditioning.

The house has its own water filtration system. At press time the property is listed at $995,000 with homesteadstatus taxes of $123/year. For more information or for a tour, contact Ryan Young at 216-378-9618 or Ryan@ TheYoungTeam.com. The Young Team is part of Keller Williams Greater Metropolitan.

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Gorgeous Amish custom-built log home on 9+ acres in Alliance! This spectacular home features a white cedar exterior, an open layout, and a luxurious first floor master suite. All that is missing is you! The great room features a stunning cathedral ceiling with log pine rafters and a floor-to-ceiling fireplace. The eat-in kitchen boasts Amish custom-built hickory cabinetry, quartz counters, a breakfast bar, and sunroom access. First floor master features a vaulted ceiling, a cedar lined walk-in closet, and an en suite bath. Outside, you will find a 32x24 ft horse barn with 2 stalls, a 98x40 ft pole barn with a 1 bed, 1 bath apartment, two pastures, a riding rink, and a serene creek.








Stunning custom built colonial on 2+ acres in Pepper Pike! This spectacular home features an incredible great room, an elegant first floor master wing, and gorgeous details throughout. Gleaming hardwood floors flow through the main level from the foyer into the great room. The great room opens to the formal dining room which includes a bar area. The elegant white kitchen includes a lovely eat-in area. The master wing includes a den, a luxurious bathroom, a spacious bedroom with a tray ceiling, and a private screened-in porch that overlooks the serene backyard. Outside, you are sure to enjoy relaxing on the back patio which overlooks the beautiful backyard.














Exquisite estate on 8 acres in Gates Mills! This home boasts a gourmet kitchen, a 1st floor master suite, and an in-ground pool. The gourmet kitchen features granite counters, top-ofthe-line appliances, and a sunny eat-in area. The family room features a fireplace, a kitchenette, and deck access. The master bedroom includes plenty of closet space and an en suite bath with a vanity, 2 sinks, and a step-in shower. Upstairs, you will find 4 spacious bedrooms joined by jack-and-jill baths. The walkout lower level includes a family/media room with a fireplace, a rec room, a full bath, and sliding doors that lead to the gorgeous back patio. Outside, you will find a deck, a gorgeous in-ground pool, and a 4 car attached garage.






















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GLOW photograph courtesy of Andy Cross

Sampling of outdoor activities Northeast Ohioans are sure to enjoy this winter

New children’s book spotlights Chagrin Falls artist By BARRY GOODRICH Two years ago, Chagrin Falls High School student Kira Weber volunteered at the Fairmount Center for the Arts for her senior project. Weber, who has autism, soon formed a relationship with Jeannie Fleming-Gifford, the Center’s executive director. Weber’s artistic flair would prove to be the perfect match for a story Fleming-Gifford had written with longtime friend Anna J. Magnusson over 20 years ago when both women lived in Columbus. The inspiration for the story came as Fleming-Gifford observed the young students as they experienced a live performance of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra for the first time. “It was really about what they really saw as compared to what they expected to see,” said Fleming-Gifford, who worked as the orchestra’s education director at the time. “It is a playful introduction to symphony music that also builds on the value of language.” The book, SymFUNNY, can be ordered at www. atoriginals.net and will also be available at area bookstores. Proceeds will go to benefit the Fairmount Center for the Arts and Iowa Able, a non-profit headed up by co-author Magnusson which is dedicated to empowering individuals with disabilities to achieve and maintain independence. Books can also be ordered as donations to schools and other organizations. Fleming-Gifford’s “A-Ha” moment came when she realized Weber would be the perfect artist to illustrate the book. “I knew Kira should illustrate this book,” she said. “I’m so proud of this young lady and creating a pathway for a person who is an outstanding artist.”

Weber’s whimsical illustrations add the perfect touch to the story, which is geared toward children ages three to eight. The book is published by Chagrin Falls-based Windjammer Publishing. “So many times, music can express what we don’t have in words,” said FlemingGifford, a Willoughby resident and graduate of the University of Akron. “We need to open up opportunities to educate, inspire and engage a new generation.” “SymFUNNY is an imaginative exploration of a child’s first trip to the symphony,” said Sarah Vargo, children’s services manager of the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. “The book introduces readers to important music and language concepts while remaining simple and funny.” Joan Katz, educational director of the Cleveland Orchestra, is another fan of the book. “SymFUNNY is charming, imaginative, educational and, most importantly, fun,” said Katz. “It captures the way a child thinks with delightful pictures and prose that blend together in perfect harmony.” For more information on the book, visit www.atgoriginals.net.

By PARIS WOLFE Mom wasn’t just seeking peace when she sent you outside to play in winter. She was improving your health. Playing outside in winter is good. For the body. For the soul. And, not just for kids. For everyone. Contrary to some beliefs, cold weather doesn’t cause illness. In fact, cold means fewer bacteria in the air. And that means less chance of getting sick. Also, both exercise and sunshine are good for the immune system. In fact, daylight lifts the spirits as it helps the body. That’s because sunshine on skin increases Vitamin D production. Vitamin D is not only related to bone health, but research shows it helps regulate mental and emotional health by increasing serotonin levels in the brain. Hiking the Cleveland Metroparks may be one of the most obvious outdoor opportunities. The 18-park system offers hiking through 23,700 acres on more than 300 miles of trails and much more. Check out Cleveland Metroparks’ Winter RiverFest presented by MTD, a first-time event that transforms Rivergate Park and Merwin’s Wharf with synthetic ice skating, light displays, a beer garden and firepits, retail shop and igloo village at Merwin’s Wharf. The event runs Wednesdays to Sundays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until January 18. To allow for social distancing, reservations are recommended and capacity on the rink will be limited. “We are excited to offer our guests a new way to explore the park district and stay active this winter with Winter RiverFest,” says Cleveland Metroparks CEO Brian Zimmerman. “Rivergate Park is a hidden gem that’s quickly transformed into a recreational hub and the nexus of our evolving urban trail network.” Shoot down twin toboggan chutes at the Cleveland Metroparks’ Chalet in Mill Stream Run Reservation, open through March. Adventure-seekers plunge down a 70-foot drop and travel along 700 feet of ice, reaching speeds up to 50 miles per hour. Again, reservations and facial coverings will be required. Take in more than one million lights at Cleveland

Metroparks Zoo’s new lighting display – Wild Winter Nights. Themed lighting displays include Candyland, Enchanted Forest, Conservation Trail and Santa’s Workshop. Guests can experience Wild Winter Lights on foot or by vehicle through January 3, 2021. Highlights include walk-through displays, carousel rides, costume characters, model train displays, ice carvers, and a dynamic light show. Advance ticket purchases are encouraged, and masks are required. Celebrate snow at The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake. Strap on snowshoes, jump on a snow bike or click into cross-country skis, and head for the lakeside trail along Lake Erie into Geneva State Park. Rent the Lodge’s equipment or bring your own, and experience Northeast Ohio’s winter wonderland. Reservations are encouraged. Glide over real ice at Crocker Park’s Cleveland Monster’s Skating Rink through February 28. … Or lace up sakes for the Rink at Wade Oval in University Circle through February 15 … (The Cleveland Foundation ice skating rink at Public Square is cancelled because of the coronavirus.) Enjoy a family day at Cleveland Botanical Garden’s GLOW event which focuses this year on outdoor activities. Dynamic lighting and a self-guided story trail connect four different, winter garden vignettes. The story trail leads guests out to the Hershey Children’s Garden, which will remain open through January 3. Reservations are requested. “This year, the botanical garden is embracing the outdoor beauty of the winter holidays…twinkle lights in snow-covered trees and other outdoor elements expanding on traditional favorites of Glow,” said Jill Koski, president and CEO. “We are delighted to provide a celebration that will capture the benefits of getting outside in a safe, yet magical way.” Bike through the snow at the Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail. Fat bikes (or snow bikes) are available from Century Cycles, next to the Winking Lizard in Peninsula. They ride just like a regular mountain bike with huge tires offering traction and floating over deep powder like snowshoes.

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4 Bedroom 2 full bath split-level home in Beachwood! First floor master bedroom. Many updates! Over 100K of improvements in the last 2 years including new roof, siding, A/C, H2O tank, sewer line, refrigerator, stove and landscaping. Also new carpet and interior paint throughout the home. Great location. Home sits on nearly a half acre park like lot. Move right in! Welcome Home! $309,900 | Seth Task | 216-276-1626

4 Beds, 2.1 Baths. Classic Split-level on Prime Beachwood street! Living and dining room in L shape for ease of entertaining. Newer eat-in kitchen offers Maple cabinets, granite counters, stone tiled backsplash, & ceramic tile floor. Sizable family room with marble trimmed fireplace and sliding door to patio and backyard. 4 large bedrooms upstairs, 3 with wood floors and 1 with wood floor underneath carpet. Master Suite has updated en-suite full bath. Finished lower level. Spacious, park-like backyard.

$449,900 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

4 Beds, 2.5 Baths. Two-story soft contemporary on prime Orangewood cul-de-sac! Living room flows into dining room for entertaining. Newer “Rosewood” kitchen with all SS appliances, granite counters, center island, plus planning desk. Family room with brick fireplace and feature wall. Second floor boasts spacious Master and bath with whirlpool tub/ shower unit and vanity. Three more ample bedrooms plus hall bath with dual sinks and shower over tub. Great finished lower level with new carpet in big rec room, large exercise room, and lots of storage areas. Great Home!

$439,900 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

4 Beds, 4.1 Baths. Custom built brick home in Hanover Woods! 2 story foyer with marble floor. Updated island eat-in kitchen with granite counters, new SS appliances, and hearth area with two sided fireplace. Vaulted great room w/ skylights, beamed ceiling, wet bar. Stunning back patio overlooking the private, wooded yard. 1st OR 2nd floor master suites. Finished LL with 4th full bath, rec room, bonus room, exercise room, and more! Updates include new HVAC (2018). Great proximity to shopping, the Metroparks and I-271. A great value.

$489,900 | Seth Task | 216-276-1626




4 Beds, 3.1 Baths. Amazing Colonial on 3.5 wooded acres in Chardon. Foyer with winding staircase. Open concept Cherry Kitchen with island and dining area. Newer KitchenAid appliances. Cathedral ceiling with beams in family room along with fireplace. First floor Den. Updated baths. 2nd floor Master with en-suite, plus 3 more bedrooms. Set back from road for ultimate privacy. $489,900 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233








3 Beds, 2.2 Baths. Major price repositioning on this Ranch home, after extensive work completed! New Carpeting, (2020) freshly painted interior, basement waterproofing & more! One of a kind home for year round living w/ tiered yard, waterfall feature & kidney shaped pool! Great room w/ vaulted ceilings & panoramic views! Chef’s Kitchen, Maple cabinetry, 2 sinks, 2 dishwashers, newer double ovens, & tons of cabinets. Library w/ fireplace & built-ins. Dining room w/ double tray ceiling adjoining Living room. Deluxe Master Suite w/ dressing area & en-suite bath w/ Cherry cabinetry & oversized whirlpool tub, tiled shower & dual vanities! 2 other bedrooms w/ hardwood! Tremendous Lower Level ideal for play area, studio or media room. Must see!

$549,900 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

5 Beds, 5.3 Baths. Classic younger, Brick Georgian on prime Shaker Blvd. location. Grand marble foyer flanked by LR w/ walnut parquet flrs & library w/ built-ins! Huge FR w/ marble fireplace & walnut paneling, wet bar and more! Spacious DR w/ marble floor. Large Chef’s kitchen w/ marble backsplash, granite counters, SS appls w/ full-size breakfast rm. 2nd flr MBR Suite offers incredible dressing area that includes mirrored make-up vanity, master BA w/ walk-in shower & soaking tub. 4 addt’l bdrms & 3 full baths up. Fin. LL offers addt’l living suite, exercise& media rm. 3 car garage, fenced yard!

$499,000 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233

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4 Beds, 2.3 Baths. Center Hall Colonial in Solon’s Ledge Hill. 2 story Foyer flanked by DR w/ hardwood & spacious carpeted LR. Kitchen w/ granite counters, center island w/ breakfast bar & dining area with sliders leading to outdoor entertaining space w/ deck, paver patio, pond and hot tub! Large FR off the kitchen has built-in desk perfect for working from home & frplc feature wall. Master Suite w/ sitting area, en-suite bath w/ glass door stall shower. 3 more bdrms share hall BA w/ shower over tub. Finished basement has rec rm, separate exercise rm, half bath & loads of storage!

$429,900 | Sharon Friedman | 216-338-3233


Co-author Jeannie Fleming-Gifford with artist Kira Weber and her mother Lori Weber.

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