Happy retirement to K-9 Peto of the Brecksville Police Department. Peto retired on May 2 after almost 10 years of service. Peto and his human counterpart Sgt. Mike Bauman were involved in numerous arrests, investigations and community events throughout their time together. Peto will be missed but deserves his relaxing retirement.
The Brecksville DEA Drug Takeback on April 30 netted 375 pounds of over-the-counter and prescription drugs. Operation Medicine Cabinet is a partnership between our local safety forces and the Community Awareness and Prevention Association and is a biannual event. Way to go, residents, in safely disposing of these medications, keeping them off the streets and out of our water supply.
Brecksville-Broadview Heights eighth-graders returned to Washington, D.C., May 10 after taking a two-year COVID hiatus. Approximately 250 students and 30 chaperones traveled by six charter buses to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., for three nights and four days. Highlights from the trip included a night tour of the famous monuments, changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider at Arlington National Cemetery and a disco dance party to cap off the trip on the last evening. The class also had the opportunity to meet with Rep. David Joyce on the back steps of the Capital. BBH eighth-graders have been making the annual trek to the nation’s capital since 1995.
May also brought with it many other traditional year-end activities to the BBH schools. A very memorable junior/senior Prom was held on May 14 at First Energy Stadium. The weather cooperated and students enjoyed being able to venture out into the stadium seating area for pictures. Senior Award night was May 17, honoring the many accomplishments of the class of 2022. Commencement took place on May 21 at the Key Bank State Theater at Playhouse Square. Best wishes to the Class of 2022!
Kiwanis Club of Brecksville awarded its annual scholarship winners with the now traditional car parade on May 14. Kiwanis members presented $17,000 in scholarships to 11 students. The scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate a commitment to service and have completed countless hours of service to their community.
Save the date for an exciting new event coming to Brecksville on Saturday, Aug. 13: Trike & Bike! Trike & Bike allows kids ages 3-12, known as junior riders, to participate in a bike ride to help find a cure. Junior riders obtain sponsors for their ride to raise funds for Velosano, a national nonprofit that raises money to fund research toward a cure for pediatric cancer. Register by Friday, Aug. 5, for a free junior rider starter kit. Go to trikeandbike.org to register and/or donate.
Memorial Day saw the return of Brecksville’s Memorial Day parade. It sure looked like record numbers turned out to watch the BBH marching band, the tractors, the fancy cars and all of our wonderful community businesses and groups come together again. Remembrance and respect for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our collective freedom.
Memorial Day also brought the opening of our community center outdoor pool in addition to several neighborhood pools. The community center pool summer hours are as follows: noon-8 p.m. and 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Happy Summer Brecksville!