Community

New Community Message Board Approved for Euclid Avenue

At its first meeting in May, Euclid City Council approved an ordinance authorizing the construction of a new community message board at Euclid Avenue and Chardon Road.  The ordinance was sponsored by Euclid Avenue area councilpersons Stephana Caviness, Brian Moore and Marcus Epps.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Briardale Greens is Open

We pride ourselves in providing somewhere for our guests and employees to enjoy the game of golf.

Golfers may walk or share a cart. Golfers are allowed to take single carts upon request.

We ask that all tee times be booked and paid for ahead of time through  our ONLINE BOOKING ENGINE.

Since we cannot show Special Rates in the online  booking engine our Members, Seniors, Military, and Passholders are invited to call the golf shop at 216.289.8576 to book a tee time and pay via credit card. 

Social Distancing is practiced in all areas of our facility and should be practiced on the golf course as well.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Ohio Supreme Court Green Lights Fast-Track Process That Gives Homes to Developers But Fails to Compensate Owners and Taxpayers

This article provided by Eye on Ohio, the nonprofit, nonpartisan Ohio Center for Journalism. Please join our free mailing list as this helps us provide more public service reporting.

In 2019, Taxpayers lose at least $11.25 million, While Homeowners and Banks lose up to $77 Million, But Title to Revamped Houses Remains Sound

The Ohio Supreme Court has ruled that an unusual foreclosure process that can result in people’s homes being sold without compensation for their equity should remain legal in the Buckeye State.

However, in a recently released opinion the state justices couldn’t agree on the reasoning behind it. 

Three justices joined the majority opinion, but they declined to comment on the constitutional issues presented by the case involving what are called “administrative foreclosures,” saying that they would not stop the process because the law governing these procedures was not “patently and unambiguously” unconstitutional. 

Not to be confused with expedited foreclosures, administrative foreclosures send abandoned properties to a county’s board of revision, a committee that usually considers home values for property owners wanting to contest their taxes. The board can then give foreclosed properties to the local land bank, which can clear any debts on the property and give them to local businesses to revamp and resell.

Eye on Ohio previously reported on thousands BOR foreclosures in Montgomery and Cuyahoga Counties in 2019. In those cases, local land banks wiped out at least $11.2 million in tax liens. Homeowners and banks lost up to $77 million in home equity. 

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Diary of a Morning Hour

The curtain is drawn, and I stop to notice…

A chipmunk sniffs and darts across a flag stone, then climbs into the false sunflower pot as it searches for a snack. A bee takes off from the yellow flower petals.

Yonder, in the white clover speckled grass, are two morning doves. They are joined for a moment by a house sparrow which pops out of my curbside native plant garden and back again.

Closer by, a squirrel comes headfirst down my oak tree and is joined by the chipmunk in my new rain garden. Above them, two birds startled by a passing car zoom by. A cyclist startles another pair across the street, which fly to safety in my buckeye tree.

Things quickly calm down.  A mother robin is looking after her two young chicks that have left their nest. They hop off the big rock and all around the front yard.  When the mother robin turns to the east, her orange breast lights up and glows extra bright, in the direct morning light. What a sight.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Recognizing 200 Years of Baptist Churches in Euclid

There have existed Baptist churches in the city of Euclid for 200 years. This location is at

1565 Chardon Road.  In 1818 John and Elizabeth Wilcox bought this land and on June 11, 1820, they were baptized in the Euclid Creek.  He donated the land on which these Baptist churches

were built.

The First Baptist Church of Euclid is the oldest institution in our city, organized on April 27th 1820. The first pastor was Azariah Hanks meeting in his home with 11 members. He was paid at the annual rate of 300 bushels of wheat!  In 1822 the first church 30’x30’ was erected on this very site. This original wooden church was removed and in 1845 a red brick church was constructed.  In 1894 a new church was built of stone taken from the Old Euclid Quarry.  An original dated cornerstone is still located at our church today.

Euclid-Immanuel Baptist Church was the mother church of two of the largest Baptist churches in Cleveland: The First Baptist Church (1820) and the Euclid Avenue Baptist Church, (1921). In 1928 they united.  In 1945 they celebrated their 125th Anniversary.

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Volume 11, Issue 7, Posted 4:52 PM, 07.06.2020

Euclid Hunger Center

Euclid Hunger Center is located in the lower level of Shore Cultural Centre

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Hunger Center Grateful for Community Support

It’s now been over two months since we first got word that Covid-19 was officially in our world.  In that time, we have all become “experts” on hand washing, mask making, social distancing, disinfecting and other practices we never even considered in the old days.   At the same time, we have seen the devastating effects of the virus on our economy.  So many Euclid residents have been struggling with job loss or reduced work hours, while trying to feed their children and often other family members as well. Through it all, the Euclid Hunger Center has remained open, giving food assistance to anyone who has asked.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

One Million Acts of Kindness Duo Stops by to Thank Hospice Staff

Lakewood resident Bob Votruba and his dog Bogart are on a mission to spread joy throughout the area through their organization, One Million Acts of Kindness. Recently, they visited David Simpson Hospice House and Hospice of the Western Reserve Headquarters in Collinwood to thank staff for providing compassionate care during the COVID-19 crisis in our community.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Euclid Alumni Take 5 with Jill Delaney Byrne '79

Since graduating from Euclid Senior High School, Jill Byrne MSN, RN, CNOR has spent several decades in obstetric and surgical nursing. She is currently working in surgery and is planning on completing her PhD this year at the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University.  

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Things to Talk About that are NOT Covid-19

Businesses and classes at Shore may not have returned to full activities, but that doesn't mean there isn't a lot that's been happening at Shore Cultural Centre during the last month.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Byrider Launches Initiative to Support First Responders

Byrider, one of America’s largest integrated used car dealerships and franchise systems, is thanking first responders for putting themselves at riskevery day to protect others. The company is offering a special discount to these brave men and women in recognition of their work on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19.
Active first responders can receive $500 to $750 off the purchase of a vehicle with proof of employment until May 31 at participating Byrider locations. First responders include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, rescuers, military personnel and other trained members of organizations connected with this type of work.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Rep. Kent Smith's Monthly Column

As Summer begins, we are still amid a global pandemic - the scope of which we cannot fully grasp.  In this time of crisis, we need a steady hand and compassion.  Ohioans need leaders who will listen to the science, tell the truth, and accept responsibility.  The sad truth is the number of Ohioans tested is too low and our death count is too high which together suggest that our COVID-19 fight is far from over.

Let us dive deeper into some of the bad news and examine testing, fatalities, and the state budget.

First, the testing totals.  As of May 14th, there had been approximately 230,000 COVID-19 tests administered within Ohio and we were averaging about 8,000 tests a day.  But Ohio has 11.7 million residents.  Which means at our current rate - it will take about 4 more years to test the rest of the Ohio population ONE TIME.  We need more tests.

Also, in mid-May, the Health Policy Institute of Ohio released a data brief that examined the number of COVID-19 related deaths in Ohio and compared it to 2018 data.  The first Ohioan passed on March 17th.  Since that date, we have lost more than 1,534 neighbors.  According to the HPIO report, Coronavirus is now the third leading cause of death in Ohio behind heart disease and cancer.  This virus is deadly and, due to the lack of tests, it is difficult to know exactly where it lurks.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Fraudsters Use COVID-19 to Devise Scams

Scam artists are known to strike during crises, choosing to exploit others when people are distracted, fearful or otherwise vulnerable.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been no exception. Scammers have been busy during the past few months, seeking to take advantage of the public’s preoccupation with the virus. Scams take different forms and it is important to be able to recognize them and know when to report them.

Since the pandemic began, the scam-related complaints fielded by the Ohio Attorney General’s Office have largely focused on familiar frauds, but the scammers have tweaked their tactics to reflect the times.

For example, a recent complaint described a scammer pretending to be the victim’s grandchild in need of money. In the case, the scammer claimed to need money because he had been delayed in Philadelphia because of the pandemic.

Another Ohioan reported having received a fraudulent social-media message indicating that a “friend,” stuck in Italy due to the pandemic, needed Google Play gift cards for a sick relative in the United States.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

The Importance of Financial Literacy in a Crisis

The COVID-19 crisis has caused income loss, uncertainties, and an increase in fraudulent attacks throughout Ohio and nationwide. Smart money management is more important than ever, but studies show that Americans are falling behind in financial literacy.

While the U.S. is the world’s largest economy, Investment News reported it as ranking only 14th for financial literacy when measuring the proportion of adults in the country who understand and can effectively apply financial skills. And this comes at a time when Americans are asked to take more and more responsibility for their finances by making decisions about college, consumer credit, and saving for retirement.

Kelly Slocum, Chief Financial Officer at Eaton Family Credit Union, sites, “that a lack of practical financial education for younger Americans could be partly to blame for Americans not taking responsibility for their finances”. According to the National Financial Educators Council, only 23% of kids surveyed talk to their parents regularly about money. Ohio’s high school age participants scored an average of 60%, below the national average of 65%, on the National Financial Literacy Test – a 30 question test completed by more than 53,000 individuals and designed to measures participants’ ability to earn, save, and grow their money. 

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Briardale Golf Course is Open to the Public

COVID FAQs

We appreciate the opportunity to give local residents an outlet to get fresh air and exercise in a safe environment. We pride ourselves in providing somewhere for our guests and employees to enjoy the game of golf, and we have opened with some very important changes designed to limit contact, transactions, and touch points to ensure everyone's safety. 

As you might expect, our phones are ringing off the hook so please review these Frequently Asked Questions before calling the course.

Are you walking or riding?

Golfers may walk or share a cart. Golfers are allowed to take single carts upon request at no additional charge. Each cart undergoes sanitation before and after use, as well as all pull carts and rental sets. 

Can I walk up and play?

We ask that all tee times be booked and paid for ahead of time. If you do not have a tee time booked, you may not be allowed to play. We cannot have groups of people waiting for walk up play to be available. 

How can I book a tee time?

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Fresh Cut will do an Excellent Job Maintaining your Yard

I have been a happy customer of Fresh Cut for many years. Greg and his professional crew always perform above and beyond. My grass never gets too long. The edges are perfect. The crew is polite and cleans up everything before they leave.

Fresh Cut is available for commercial and residential. They are famous for their Senior Citizen Discounts.

He also plows my snow all winter.

Give Greg a call at 216.376.8485 and tell him the Observer sent you.

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Teaching the World to Skate from Euclid Ohio

We are under a stay-at-home order until May 29th. We can only go out to stores for necessities. We are allowed to go out for walks, exercise in parks, etc. Maintaining social distancing measures. Masks suggested, not mandated.

Are you still skating?

Not currently skating because the weather has not been consistently conducive. Plus, I am a pretty compliant person, when I believe in a cause, so I am primarily staying close to home as “ordered.”

However,  for the last 6+ weeks I have been teaching quite a bit off skate sessions to various skating students like the members of Skater’s Quest skate team which is owned by Skate of the Union Race Director Krista Heubusch-Schreffler, creating a short “Yoga for Skaters” video for my good friend and fellow skating instructor Ajay Shivlani from Mumbai, India and his skate school The Skate Academy, and teaching virtually through my ice hockey program Skating First Hockey.

Where are you going out to skate?

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Are you a Permanent Bathroom Fixture ?

Are you a potty potato (PBF)  or a bath flash?

Do you like to spend an  unbelievable amount of time in your powder room?

Do you go on there to read a book? My favorite is my Bible.  With cell phone in hand  do you gravitate in there , sit on your throne - fully intending to  talk on your phone , text or check  your Facebook? How about taking a VERY long relaxing shower? Trying out different   hairstyles? How about mending that sock? I’m sure you potty potatoes can think of all sorts of other  things to do in there!

If you tend to get distracted like  we ADDs (attention deficit peeps) do, then  being in a small room helps you to focus on your task at hand . Does that sound like you? Is the rest of your house hectic & noisy? Well you can have peace and quiet in your bathroom! The sound of silence is so refreshing ! Unless of course you are enjoying your “tune in radio” app on your iPhone.  I confess I am a potty potato. Being a Permanent Bathroom Fixture is a badge of honor!

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Volume 11, Issue 6, Posted 11:49 AM, 06.07.2020

Surreality

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”.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

Living with the Coronavirus

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.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

Covid-19 Virus

READ LETTER: Beijing & Shanghai Hit Less Than Other Areas W/COVID-19 By Carmen AngeloApr 11, 2020 535

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

Rep Kent Smith announces the launch of the Ohio Governorís Imagination Library in House District 8.

These are challenging times for many Ohio families regardless of the Coronavirus outbreak. According to The Thomas Fordham Institute’s Ohio Education by the Numbers 2019 report, over 50% of Ohio’s public school children are economically disadvantaged. Those parents have to make difficult daily decisions as to how to best grow their children into healthy citizens. But because money is hard to come by, these families may not have as many books in the home as parents would wish.

The Ohio Imagination Library now changes that as all Cuyahoga County families will be able to have age appropriate books sent to their homes for free.  Parents will have resources available to stimulate and help develop their young learners and better prepare them for school.  And perhaps at this time, this is a most welcome resource.

Any child from birth to age five can enroll to receive a free, age-appropriate, new book every month from the Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library (OGIL).

Research shows that book ownership can be a predictor of future academic success. In fact, studies have found that children with just 25 books in their home were more likely to complete an additional two years of education.  The Ohio Governor’s Imagination Library is a partnership with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to ensure children enter the classroom ready to succeed.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

Rep Kent Smith with a COVID-19 update from Columbus

Much like many of you, I have been trying to figure out, on a daily basis, how to best do my job, while not being at my job site. That being said, I wanted to provide an update on the potential reopening the Ohio economy.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

Unleash Your Inner "Rain" Gardener

Growing up, my grandparents were known for having green thumbs, I, however, was not. No matter how easy a plant was to care for, it was destined for the compost bin. I was always fascinated by my grandmother’s window full of cactus and succulents, and we all enjoyed the fresh vegetables, strawberries, and cherries straight from the back yard. But my own gardening adventures were not so fruitful.

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

Publisher's Note : Correction

I would like to take this opportunity to deeply apologize to the readers. In the last edition of the Euclid Observer. I stated that there were three simple rules we follow to determine if a story will be printed. I listed them as :

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

Couch potato 🥔 during Covid 19 shutdown ?

ARE YoU a COUCH Potato PIGGING out on JUNK food during  Covid 19 SHUTDOWN - then don’t read this!

Im afraid you’ll want to shoot me! I eat an apple, orange & banana daily 😉not only that - but I drink a kale, banana garlic smoothie when I wake up,,,,very late. BIG salad every day. / for 2.5 yrs— no refined sugar  desserts and 2 T Braggs ACV*   (apple cider vinegar =antibacterial & antiviral) in at least half cup of liquid  twice a day.. Ive suffered with No more once frequent bronchitises for 2 + year. I either swim half hour a day for 40+ years and or walk hour daily. Go ahead shoot me. Or maybe you might want to try at least one of my healthy habits and then enjoy the benefits! 

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

Liz's Tips

As a hairstylist I don’t just “cut hair.” I’m here for my clients through grief, divorces and all other trauma. We are therapists. We make people comfortable. For me, this traumatic time is when we need our mental outlet the most. I hope you find some of these tips useful.

1. Write a daily task and try to complete it!

2. Get outside at least for 20 minutes a day

3. Put the scissors down and pick up the bobby pins for the bangs

4. Get creative! Writing, painting, gardening, photography…Lots of free classes online these days!

5. Don’t forget to check on your neighbor!

6. Make a gratitude list

7. Thank your essential workers!!!

Liz Healey at Bombshell Salon and Spa 216-215-1896

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.07.2020

Euclid Alumni Take 5 with Patrick Vuyancih '82

After graduation from Euclid High School, Pat attended both Lakeland Community College and Cleveland State University. While at Lakeland, his former basketball coach at Euclid High, Harold "Doc" Daugherty, launched his coaching and teaching career when he asked Pat to coach the 8th grade boys basketball team at Central Middle School. He moved up to coach freshman basketball at Euclid the following year. After earning an Associate's Degree from Lakeland, Pat transferred to CSU and was fortunate to earn a basketball scholarship after "walking on." He played on the, now legendary, CSU "Sweet 16" team that upset legend Bobby Knight and the his University of Indiana Hoosiers. After graduating from CSU, Pat began a long and successful career as a teacher, coach and administrator, many of those years spent in the Euclid City Schools. He has now come full circle, working at CSU, forming and coordinating partnerships with Greater Cleveland schools for the College of Education. Pat aslo works as the Color Analyst for the CSU Vikings' Men's Basketball Team on ESPN with Al Pawloski, and served recently as the Special Assistant to the Athletic Director at CSU. Pat is most proud to say that he is married to his college sweetheart, Aurea. They reside in Euclid where he and Aurea have raised their four children, and are now helping to raise a grandson.

1. Where did you grow up in Euclid?

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Volume 11, Issue 5, Posted 5:47 PM, 05.07.2020

Get On The Bandwagon to Make a Better Euclid

Here's another review you won't publish and since you think I have so much time on my hands, I will use some of it to write back so read this:

 Euclid needs a paper similar to the old Euclid Sun Journal or the one published by Mary Jo Minarik.    Residents are kept in the dark concerning what is happening in Euclid....crime, drugs, thefts, trash, city administration, 'nuisance deer', city services, lazy residents who need to be told to get outside and clean up your friggin' yards (walk down 250th north from Marginal Rd.; it's disgusting).    The administration does its best with what it has to work with.   Our police force cannot be beat.   

What we don't need is a paper to be read thru rose-colored glasses; we need real-time reporting both good and BAD.   I have lived in Euclid since '57 and it is sad to witness the destruction of the city; we lost so many residents and businesses including our fabulous mall; there are way too many absentee landlords renting to Sec. 8s.   Searching for a house here in '61 was a real battle cause everyone wanted to live in Euclid.   

 We need truthful reporting about Euclid and a publisher who can go out on a limb.   The News-Herald does report some of Euclid's bad happenings.

Publisher's Note: To be clear. The Euclid Observer prints all submissions that are factual, not slanderous, and not obscene. If we get the type of stories Jean wants, we will print them. We have no staff. I do not have a newsroom full of reporters that I can assign to the tough stories. What we are blessed with is YOU, gentle reader. And some wonderful citizens that write great stories about a city we love. There are a lot of outlets doing "some real -time reporting". We will stick to the rosey stories until we get something else submitted.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Hair Color Done Right

Lots of great new looks coming out in the hair coloring world! Have you seen Sharon Osborne's new do? Do yourself a favor and if you are thinking about embracing your inner Elsa, come talk to the professionals to get the real answers behind it all! Blonding is no easy feat and can end up a disaster when in the wrong hands. Good thing Liz at Bombshell Salon has over 10 years experience. Consultations are FREE! 216-215-1896

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Individual Acts of Conservation

We may be keeping away from each other, but TOGETHER we can still make a difference for our local soil, water, wildlife and neighborhoods.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020

Euclid Alumni Take 5 with Hannah Zavorek '10

After graduating from Euclid High School, Hannah Zavorek went on to pursue her education at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Sport Management - Public Relations in 2014. She has since then made her way back home to Euclid where she works as a Program Administrator for the City of Euclid's Recreation Department, and serves at the C.E. Orr Ice Arena Manager. Hannah has made it a priority to help build Euclid's youth community back up to the one she once knew, as she participated in the programs that she is currently involved with today.

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Volume 11, Issue 4, Posted 4:26 PM, 04.01.2020