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Headlands BeachFest is the Ultimate Beach Party

beachfest250Looking for something fun to do with the kids this summer? Then don’t miss “the ultimate beach party”.  Now in its third year, Headlands BeachFest is an all-day celebration of wind, water and sand.

BeachFest will be held on Saturday, July 25th from 11 am to 7 pm and will feature live entertainment, activities, food trucks, nature tours, and arts-and-crafts vendors.

Entertainment will be provided on stage as well as on the beach, and will include live music by three area bands, acrobats, fire dancers, performance artists, a fashion show and more.

Recreation Superintendent Paul Hegreness is excited about this year’s Headlands BeachFest.

“Once again we have three world champion sand sculptors competing for the title of “Ohio’s Master Sand Sculptor,” says Hegreness. He adds, “BeachFest is a great way to spent a very special day at the beach at little to no cost, enjoy great food, shop at over 25 arts and crafts vendors, be amazed at the world champion sand sculptors  and listen to fun beach music.”

Families can compete in a sandcastle building contest as well as try their hands at watersports. Kayak and paddleboard rentals will also be available along with a windsurf simulator and a mechanical shark ride.  Nearly a dozen food vendors will be on hand offering everything from wood fired pizza to gourmet cupcakes.

Naturalists from the Cleveland Natural History Museum, City of Mentor, and Ohio Department of Natural History will be on hand for fun and informative programs and tours of the nearby dunes.

Admission and parking is free. Headlands Beach State Park is located at 9601 Headlands Rd, Mentor, OH 44060.

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Mentor Receives Ohio EPA Grant

Recycle BinMentor has received a Community Development Grant from the Ohio EPA to stimulate recycling efforts in the city.

The grant will be used to multiply recycling opportunities within Mentor parks and facilities, including Black Brook Golf Course and the Mentor Lagoons Marina and Nature Preserve. It will also be used to bolster awareness of the importance of recycling.

“You’ll see new recycling bins located throughout the park system, particularly on trails, near ball fields, as well as parking lots,” says Nick Mikash, Mentor Natural Resources Specialist.

Part of the grant will help fund educational programs offered by the Earth Mentors, whose mission it is to promote a greener lifestyle.  The group provides educational programs throughout the course of the year at city sponsored events.

“We’re very pleased to receive this grant and we’re looking forward to putting it to good use throughout the city,” says Mikash.

The total amount of grant is $20,648.00.

Mentor Fire Department Offers Free Home Safety Surveys

child-safetyWitnessing the result of preventable accidents is nothing new to Mentor safety forces which is why the Mentor Fire Department has developed a Free Home Safety Survey for residents of the city.

“The vast majority of injuries which occur in the home are avoidable,” says Bob Searles, Mentor Fire Chief, “We hope people will take advantage of this program and help reduce the number of preventable accidents.”

The 70 point inspection covers a variety of items including; fire safety, trip hazards, poisons, child safety, HVAC inspection, smoke and CO detectors, emergency planning and more.  Most are simple to correct and doing so could prevent a tragic loss.  The program has become popular with new parents and grandparents but all homeowners are encouraged to schedule an inspection.

According to one Mentor resident, “We found out that childproofing our home means a little more than getting some gates and cabinet locks.”

The inspection is guided by the homeowner and only includes the items which the homeowner wants to address.

“We hold the privacy of our homeowners in high regard. Our oath is to protect our citizens and prevent harm. We care about our residents and want our residents to know that the reason for this program is to help keep people safe,” adds Searles, “If we find something that we think poses a danger, we’ll alert you to it.  You won’t be cited or reported and we value your privacy.  It’s entirely up to the homeowner to correct any issues.”

Once the survey is complete, the resident is given a list of recommendations on how to make their home safer.

Home safety surveys are available free of charge to Mentor residents. Contact Fire Prevention at 974-5765 to for additional information or to schedule an inspection.

Flooding Tips

With heavy rain in the forecast this weekend, we wanted to share some tips with our residents in the event of localized flooding.

Make sure you have everything you need on hand in case there is a power outage including food, water, spare batteries and adequate fuel.

If your home is equipped with a sump pump, make sure that it is in good working order. If your basement does flood, avoid walking in standing water unless you are absolutely certain that the water has not come into contact with electrical outlets or devices.

Please ensure storm drains are clear of debris to help move the water. If debris begins to accumulate, please remove leaves or twigs to help keep the water flowing. If the backup is significant – do not put yourself at risk. Instead, advise the City.

Stay away from fast moving water. As little as 6” of fast moving water can knock you off your feet.

Keep children out of the water. Although a flooded street is a curiosity and looks fun, they can become trapped by the powerful suction that can be created by a storm drain or get sick from playing in contaminated water.

If you are driving and come upon a flooded section of road, turn around immediately. The water can be much deeper than it looks. If you are caught on a flooded road and waters are rising rapidly around you, get out of the car as quickly as you can and move to higher ground.

Finally, in the event of significant flooding, we will be on hand to keep everyone up to date with further information and instructions through the following means:

You can also reach us at:

  • Emergency – 911
  • Non-Emergency / Mentor Dispatch (440) 255-1234

35th Wildwood Fine Arts Festival


Sunday, June 28, 10:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Sponsored by the Creative Artists Association, The City of Mentor’s Wildwood Cultural Center and the Community Arts Commission, the 35th annual juried Wildwood Fine Arts Festival features over 50 artists with original and unique art of the highest quality, live music, and refreshments.

This event is held on the beautiful grounds of the Wildwood Cultural Center. Free historical tours of the manor house will be given. Event proceeds benefit Wildwood Cultural Center and support college scholarships for students from Lake and Geauga counties planning to study art.

Interested artists can download an application at

Wildwood is located south of Mentor Avenue at 7645 Little Mountain Road.

For more information, contact the festival committee at, or Wildwood Cultural Center at, or by calling (440) 974-5735.

Admission: $2

Natural Gas Odor Notice


Potential natural gas odor near Painesville Township-Mentor border

Residents and travelers may detect a natural gas odor in the vicinity of SR-2 and SR-44 beginning Thursday, June 25, 2015.

Dominion crews will be in the area conducting scheduled maintenance of a high-pressure natural gas line near the Lubrizol Plant on Freedom Road in Painesville Township. Part of the process involves venting of the line.

The odor should be localized to the area surrounding the plant. However, it may expand depending on wind speed and direction. The odor may be intermittent over the course of the next 4 to 5 days.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Lake County General Health District at (440) 350-2543. If you suspect that you are experiencing a gas leak on your property, dial 911.

2015 Mentor City Magazine Now Available

mentormagazineThe latest edition of Mentor City Magazine has been mailed to all residences in the city. Additional copies are available at Mentor Municipal Center as well as facilities throughout Mentor.

This year, the magazine features the diverse neighborhoods throughout our community. You’ll also find interesting news and information on what’s coming up in the City as well as a handy residents guide.

Read a digital copy now!

Board of Building & Zoning Appeals Vacancy

The City of Mentor has a vacancy on the Board of Building and Zoning Appeals for an unexpired
4-year term ending 12/31/15. Mentor residents interested in the position must submit with a resume a completed City supplied Application for Commission/Board Appointment/Reappointment form and a City supplied consent form for a felony and misdemeanor criminal and civil judgment background check. Deadline for submission is July 7, 2015 at 5:00PM. For more information, contact the Clerk of Council @ or 440-974-5754.

Summer Special Edition & 2014 Annual Report

Mentor Special Edition & Annual ReportThe print edition of Special Edition and the 2014 Annual Report should have already hit your doorstep, but if you prefer to read on your computer or electronic device, you can download the PDF.

Do you have a story idea or is there something you’d like to see? Let us know at

Celebrate Independence Day in Mentor!

fireworksThe City will host a fabulous fireworks display July 4th.

The show is scheduled to begin at about 9:50 PM and will end around 10:20 PM. It can be viewed from Civic Center Park as well as the Mentor High School parking lot.

RESTROOMS: Restrooms will be open for your convenience at City Hall, Civic Center Pool, and the Civic Center ball fields. Portable restrooms will be available near the Laketran parking lot on Market Street, the Mentor High School Stadium, and the high school soccer field.

TRAFFIC: Be aware that Munson Road between Hopkins Road and Civic Center Boulevard will be closed from 9 until 11 PM.

Eastbound and westbound Route 2 exit ramps to Center Street will also be closed from 10 PM to 11:30 PM

At the conclusion of the Fireworks, Center Street northbound from Tyler Boulevard will be closed from about 10:15 PM  to 11:45 PM.

Some turns and accesses at key intersections will also be limited in order to expedite the flow of traffic while providing a safe departure for attendees.

Enjoy your evening and please be courteous and patient while leaving Civic Center grounds.