Now, more than ever, I understand the importance of community. During this Stay at Home order we’re going through and the social distancing we’re observing together, I have missed you! I miss seeing my family, my neighbors, co-workers, Council members, the seniors at the senior center, my friends and all of you!
Due to the Coronavirus and Governor’s directives, we have had to make the very difficult decision to cancel the Euclid Memorial Day parade and ceremonies. This year would have been Euclid Joint Veterans Council 90th Memorial Day Parade. While we are not able to gather together, we will continue the tradition of honoring those who died in service to our country in a meaningful way.
Bob Dylan has released his first song in eight years. It’s a fifteen minute epic called “Murder Most Foul” about the JFK assassination. Why now, 57 years after the event? Maybe because the tragedy was the end of innocence for our generation. It’s a dark mystery that has never been solved. Decades of speculation have yielded nothing more than a handful of vague conspiracy theories. Dylan doesn’t concern himself with the question of “why” in his song. He takes a Shakesperian approach, examining the spiritual and cultural aftermath of that historical and evil event. He even took the title “Murder Most Foul” from the play “Hamlet” about the murder of a king.
Kennedy was a popular, bright young man that represented a new, vibrant generation. To be cut down in the prime of his life and career by some mysterious and shadowy cabal was a sign to all of us that something was rotten in Denmark. Something bigger, nefarious and unfathomable. So much for Camelot.
We were left to fend for ourselves. And what did we have to help us along? Something that couldn’t be taken away. We had music.
Dylan references the D.J. Wolfman Jack as our shaman. We had the Beatles to hold our hand he says. We had Woodstock and the Age of Aquarius. And even Altamont.
The second half of the song provides a litany of popular music some of which that seems sort of antithetical to the work of Dylan himself. There’s Buddy Holly, Billy Joel, and The Who. Rock, folk, jazz and blues are in there too. There’s Etta James and John Lee Hooker. Classic rock radio stars like Queen and Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles get a nod. He rhymes the unlikely names of big band leader Stan Getz and Allman Brother guitarist Dickey Betts.
Many people are casually aware of Moore Counseling and Mediation Services (MCMS). I would be willing to guess that most people look at us as a drug and alcohol treatment center and aren’t aware of the range of other services we provide.
Research shows that people who volunteer are more healthier mentally and physically because they have something to look forward to. They have an outlet to offer their skills, talents, time and energy for a specific cause.
Like some other churches in the area, Our Lady of the Lake handed out palms on Palm Sunday, April 5th. Four staff members facilitated the palms pick up maintaining car distancing and placing palms in the trunk or back seat. The staff had masks and gloves as well. More than 220 cars came through in a show of support with a nod to the tradition of having palms in the house despite the solitary circumstances.
There is much afoot behind the scenes at Our Lady of the Lake Parish! Despite being closed to the public to adhere to the Ohio Bishops and Governor, the staff has been working to keep parishioners in the loop. Besides meeting virtually as a staff, the bulletin is online and emailed to parishioners. On the OLL website olleuclid.org are weekly videos from Fr. Joe (At the Table of the Word with Fr. Joe), and a video from the faculty of the school to the students (We Miss You!).
Theft is a crime of opportunity. During the summer months would-be thieves are on the look-out for items which can be easily taken in moments. Unlocked doors, open windows, and open garage doors all provide a temptation to steal valuables — bikes, packages, cell phones, purses — left in plain view. Blooming trees and overgrown shrubs can provide would-be burglars with places to hide.
We are closed for activities, but there is a lot of activity behind the scenes.
I know that “surreality” is not a word, but I think it should be. It feels like we are living in a surreal, constantly changing reality. Yesterday, April 16th, (I did not want to miss the Observer deadline!) I listened to Governor Mike DeWine talk about what life in Ohio will look like once we start to open up the state again. To be sure, we will be living a new “normal”.
We sit in front of the tv and watch the numbers rise. Each day more are sick and dying. The virus has us in self-preservation mode, with most staying home and only leaving for necessities. It is wise.
Hello all you music lovers out there!
Distance learning is a new challenge for everyone, but our staff at Imagine Bella is doing an exceptional job of keeping our students engaged and learning! Our staff utilizes the Class Dojo app to communicate with students and parents. Teachers our using Class Dojo to post videos, lessons, pictures, and assignments for students during our Distance Learning. A great way to do engage students on Class Dojo is to start their day with a Morning Meeting. Morning Meeting gives the students an opportunity to do a journal writing, activity to encourage movement, and an interactive question to share their thoughts. We also use Class Dojo to shout out students for doing outstanding work during the virtual school day!
Hospice of the Western Reserve (HWR) is asking for the community’s support to pitch in and make hand-made, fabric face masks. The masks will be distributed to the nonprofit agency’s visitors and home care family members to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
TO GOD BE THE GLORY: PRAY! There is a living GOD. We are awesomely made, with a great immune system.
As a parish community, we are all seeking a way to help during this COVID19 pandemic. St. John of the Cross & Ss. Robert & William Parish's have been providing meals to the Euclid Hospital Emergency Department. Our Young Adult & Youth Minister, Bill Olson has been gracious enough to deliver these meals on a regular basis for the workers on the frontlines of this pandemic. They were overwhelmed and so appreciative of our support. It was a simple act that has a lasting impact on the people bravely combatting the Coronavirus. If you would like to donate to this cause, please go to https://srweuclid.cc/donate and put Euclid Hospital in the Comments section. Enjoy the pictures! Thank you and please lift our healthcare workers in your prayers!
Despite Lake Erie’s high water levels and the uncertainty around the Covid-19 pandemic, Euclid’s Waterfront improvements are progressing on time and on budget to provide to our residents (and beyond) unprecedented public access to our region’s greatest natural asset.
Angel Early Learning Center (GAELC) opened its doors to adventure last September and has enjoyed a journey in life, love, and learning in the months since. Children from six-weeks to five-years old attend GAELC on a daily basis, engaging in lessons appropriate to each age level. With two child care rooms and three academic classrooms, there is certain to be a fit for every early learner.
WE ARE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER... Words that reflect the energy of a one world society created by one infinite source. The following prayer is offered to support that awareness and serves to help us heal through Divine universal love.
May 2020 Euclid Observer
Life means struggle. Currently, CV-19 has us struggling for a new, more sustainable future; a new normal of behavior and belief. We can’t determine or foresee the future, but we know that life will be different in the wake of the virus.
The Euclid Shade Tree Commission has celebrated Arbor Day for 25 years. It is the day of the year to renew our twofold mission: to work with City officials to improve Euclid’s urban forest; and to educate residents about the benefits of numerous and healthy trees.
To GOD Be The Glory. Hoping you will be safe going through these troubling times. Trust In GOD. Put on your full suit of armor, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, groin cloth in truth, feet shroud in good news of peace, sword of the word of GOD, helmet of salvation, carrying on constant prayer.
We are being told the country will be open to business as usual. There is no testing of everyone to know what is going on with this plague. Put on masks and gloves to keep you and your family safe.
Make sure you're drinking healthy alkaline water and eating fresh fruits and vegetables. Taking Vitamin D increases energy, decreases depression, fights diseases, and promotes healthy bones and teeth.
Euclid-based Lincoln Electric Company joined Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19 Community Response Campaign with a generous donation of 250 face shields for frontline caregivers at Euclid hospital and other Cleveland Clinic hospitals. Cleveland Clinic is thankful for the support of the many companies and organizations like Lincoln Electric contributing funds and personal protective equipment vital to its preparations and response. Since the March 26 launch of Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19 Community Response Campaign, the Northeast Ohio community’s generosity has been overwhelming and inspiring. Large corporations, small businesses, community groups and individuals have come forward to provide assistance to Cleveland Clinic’s caregivers and help our efforts to prepare for a surge of patients due to COVID-19.
Our Lady of the Lake School is striving to stay connected with our students and families. We cannot put into words how much we miss seeing all of the Falcon faces roaming the hallways. Mrs. Millett had the idea to have teachers send "miss you" notes and she compiled them into a “Miss You” video. The feedback has been nothing but positive from both the teachers and families. We miss our Falcon family!
The videos that began out of necessity are continuing by request. Fr. Joe has produced eight videos to date beginning during Lent, including the Triduum of Holy Week and each week on Saturday at 4pm since then. The videos have received wonderful positive feedback, enough to have Fr. Joe contemplating a continuation of the format orsome variation thereof when and after we get back to weekly Masses. All the At the Table of the Word videos are available on demand after the initial 4pm Saturday release date.
Our Lady of the Lake School Registration
Special thanks to the Humphrey Popcorn Company for the donation of popcorn balls for our seniors. It will certainly be a tasty, nostalgic treat. Thank you for thinking of us, and for your kind generosity!
The following announcements were made Monday April 27th during DeWine’s 2 p.m. coronavirus briefing:
The state is working to have an estimated 1,750 workers needed to conduct contact tracing by June 1. This will include public health, volunteers and hired workers.
Protocols for any business include: required face coverings, daily health assessments, hand washing, social distancing, clean and sanitize workplaces throughout day and between shifts. Businesses will be allowed a maximum of 50 percent of the fire code capacity and appointments if possible.
On May 1, all health procedures that can be done that do not require an overnight stay in a hospital can resume. Dentist and Veterinarians can resume normal operations.
On May 4, manufacturing, distribution, general offices and construction will be permitted to reopen. Six feet must be between each employee. If that can’t be accomplished, install barriers.
On May 12, consumer retail and services will be allowed to reopen. All employees and customers should wear facing coverings while in the businesses. This will include every retail outlet.
The stay-at-home order and mass gathering ban of more than 10 people will remain in place.
Restaurants and hair salons were not included in the announcements to reopen made today by DeWine. “We’re going to get those online as quickly as we can,” he said.
“I will do my little bit,” – Jane Goodall
In addition to the challenges faced by nearly all families during a pandemic, youth in foster care are especially vulnerable because the stress of COVID-19 is compounded by previous trauma and adverse childhood experiences. The effects of this might include physical and behavioral symptoms, decreased self-esteem, an overriding sense of loss, feelings of isolation, and difficulty accepting or trusting stable relationships.
‘The Lake’ is the closest theater to proximity to where I live and I miss GOING to see movies during the COVID-19 quarantine but obviously a necessary temporary sacrifice that will save lives. I’m scared for movie theaters in general though and how or if they will recover when this nightmare is all over. Many won’t reopen and that’s so sad for a cinephile like me. But anyway, here’s an uplifting message on this particular one’s marquee. Stay safe out there my friends! #Lakeshore7
Have Fun and Stay Active from Home!
100 Humans Series Review - Over the 8 episodes, "researchers" recreate famous Psychology and Sociology 101 studies in an entertaining fashion. Multiple times, the sample size is suspect but the show remains informative and entertaining throughout. At my home, the whole family was engaged with lots of pausing for discussions, comments, and questions. What more would you need to tune in? Now streaming on Netflix. Grade: B plus.
The Boys Series Review - Amazon Prime released this fantastic, violent, and cynical look at what if the Justice League went corporate and had some significant mental problems. The casting and acting was perfect and I thoroughly enjoyed every episode. Only complaint is that the final episode was a little tight and could have used a ninth episode to breath a little bit. I totally can't wait for Season Two. Grade? Straight-up A.
Dear Euclid Community,