BBA Cancels Wye Road Bridge Lighting for this Season

NEW! Shop Local - Shop Bath Holiday gift basket raffle 


BATH – What has become a Bath tradition for the past 17 years, the Wye Road Bridge Lighting and Santa Arrival the Friday evening after Thanksgiving, has become the latest casualty of COVID-19.


“With regret, members of the Bath Business Association have cancelled this year’s Wye Road Bridge Lighting and Santa Arrival,” said Jeremy Davis, BBA president. “While reluctant to impact this very popular family event, we wanted to act on the side of caution and consider the health and safety of community members and our membership.” 


While the holiday tree in front of The Bake Shop in Ghent will still be decorated and the lights along the picturesque Wye Road bridge will be in place, the caroling, Santa visits, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph appearances as well as the goodie bags for the children and the complimentary cookies, hot chocolate and coffee will not be happening for the first time in 17 years. 


But even without the festivities that helped to jumpstart start the annual holiday season, the BBA is encouraging holiday shoppers to patronize the local and smaller businesses of Bath, many of which are operated by neighbors and friends, most of whom have been adversely impacted economically this year.


“We’re encouraging holiday shoppers to be creative and to ‘Shop Local – Shop Bath’ this season,” said Davis. “We hope everyone will take advantage of the BBA website and Facebook pages to look up our membership base of more than 70 member businesses and check out the variety of ideas and options available through them for creative gift giving this year.” 


Helping to turn a spotlight on the “Shop Local – Shop Bath” effort, BBA members are sponsoring the raffle of a Holiday Gift Basket.


“The basket will be filled to overflowing with holiday items, gift certificates, money cards and a multitude of surprises, all courtesy of BBA member businesses,” said Mary Ann Krejci, BBA treasurer. “The winning ticket will be drawn Dec. 15, just in time for the goodies in the basket to make someone’s holidays very special.”


To enter the drawing, visit the many BBA businesses in the community and fill out the raffle tickets available onsite at member business locations.


“The only way to enter the drawing is to visit our member businesses while holiday shopping,” said Krejci, adding that “there is a limit of one ticket per family per business, but there’s no limit on the number of BBA businesses you can visit and, when at those various locations, enter the drawing again.”


While hardly a substitute for the Wye Road Bridge Lighting and Santa Arrival, the gift basket drawing may entice shoppers to consider local businesses as holiday gift shopping options, said Krejci.


“That’s one of the purposes behind the BBA anyway,” she said. “And maybe next year, we can go back to the traditional way of ushering in the holiday shopping season in Bath!”


For details on the drawing or the member businesses, call 330-666-3347. Download raffle tickets here.


The BBA Road Rally has morphed into a non-timed, photographic excursion throughout scenic Bath Township. Rally participants are given a photo sheet depicting a dozen or so mystery locations and sent out to traverse the highways and byways of the township before reconvening for dinner and the awarding of prizes.

The event typically takes place the second Sunday of September, at Bath Community Park's new shelter at the soccer field (1615 N, Cleveland-Massillon Road, Akron 44333).

You're sure to enjoy the Bath Business Association's non-traditional road rally. This non-timed, photographic excursion normally starts at 3 p.m. from Bath Community Park and participants will traverse the byways of scenic Bath looking for and locating various structures and community features


Following the road rally, dinner will be served in the  shelter at the Bath Community Park, with prizes awarded for the most locations found and accurately identified with addresses.


Cost for the road rally is $10 per vehicle; dinner is $10 per person, $5 for children under age 12.


Registration for the road rally and dinner is required the Friday before the event and registration forms can be downloaded here or will be available at The Bake Shop in Ghent, 800 Wye Road, starting Aug. 15.


For details, call 330-666-3347.

Bath Community Garage Sale - CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO PANDEMIC

Since 2012, the Bath Business Association, in cooperation with Bath Township, has organized and sponsored the annual Bath Community Garage Sale. This all-day, all-community event typically taking place in June,  has annually featured anywhere from 50 to more than 100 individual participating garage sale locations, scattered throughout Bath. The individual locations are pinpointed on a township map and marked by signage and balloons; publicity accompanying the map provides a numbered listing and a brief description of items for sale at each location.

Thanks for Another Successful Bath Community Garage Sale


All of the members of the Bath Business Association want to extend their collective thanks to the Bath community for another successful Bath Community Garage Sale this month. 

More than 70 individual residences were part of the day-long garage sale event June 8, bringing lots of satisfied shoppers to the community.  That level of participation helped the Bath Business Association raise additional funds which are always dedicated to our annual scholarship – this year it was $2,000 – awarded to a graduating high school senior from Bath.


Additionally, Goodwill Industries has expressed their gratitude for the donations from garage sale participants at day’s end that filled two trucks to the brim.

            Our thanks to:

  • Bath Country Journal for numerous articles and advertising about the garage sale, alerting our participants and shoppers;

  • West Side Leader for publishing the garage sale map and listings;

  • Bill Funk, Bath Township planning director and zoning inspector, for his work creating the garage sale map;

  • the members of the Bath Township safety forces for ensuring the safety of all that day; and

  • the BBA Garage Sale Committee, particularly Kelley Brubaker and Nancy Fay, for their dedicated efforts to ensure the success of the entire day. 

            The annual Bath Community Garage Sale has become a much anticipated event, and we look forward to sponsoring it again next year!



            Ellen Otto                                                                    Jeremy Davis

            Co-President, BBA                                                      Co-President, BBA



Every other year or so, the Bath Business Association sponsors the Bath Cookie Tour, an innovative Christmas holiday treat that combines a visit to Bath-area business and cultural destinations, holiday shopping at locally owned businesses and stores, the chance to check out holiday decorations and/or touring opportunities, and munch on a pre-wrapped holiday cookie at each stop. The ticket price for this excursion pays for a beautifully printed souvenir recipe program/guide with cookie recipes as well as information about each business or destination on the tour.  

Like the Bath Community Garage Sale, net proceeds from the tour help to fund the BBA annual Scholarship.

The next Bath Cookie Tour is scheduled for the holiday season of 2020.


BBA Scholarship

In concert with its mission to promote and encourage business in Bath, the Bath Business Association annually awards scholarship monies to a graduating high school senior living in Bath and planning to pursue a business-related major in an accredited college, university or technical school. In addition to living in Bath and planning to study in a business-related field, applicants should have at least a 2.5 GPA; the scholarship committee also looks at extracurricular activities, community involvement, work experience and need as factors influencing the scholarship selection. The scholarship application is available through area high school guidance offices and some local business outlets as well as accessible on-line at the BBA website.



BATH TWP. – March 7, 2021 – For the eighth annual year, the Bath Business Association will offer a scholarship to a graduating high school senior living in Bath and planning to pursue a business-related major at an accredited college, university or technical school.

            “The mission statement of the BBA is to promote and encourage business in Bath,” said Don Corbett, chair of the BBA’s Scholarship Committee. “One of the best ways we can do this with the next generation of entrepreneurs is to provide a scholarship to help them achieve their business education.”

            The scholarship this year will be a one-time, $1,000 award, said Corbett. During the past seven years, the BBA has awarded $10,000 in scholarship funds to selected students, with the scholarship amounts based on funds the BBA is able to raise specifically for that purpose.

            “The Bath community’s participation in the annual Bath Community Garage Sale helps to generate the proceeds that fund the annual scholarship amount,” said Corbett. “Because there was no garage sale last year due to the pandemic, our funding stream for the scholarship was diminished, so the award this year will be $1,000.  While we wish it could be more, we know any amount will help candidates like those we’ve helped in the past.”

            In addition to living in Bath and planning to study in a business-related field, applicants should have at least a 2.5 GPA.  Extracurricular activities, community involvement, work experience, and financial need will also factor into the selection process.

           The scholarship application is available from counselors in the Guidance Offices at area schools, including Archbishop Hoban, Cuyahoga Valley Career Center, Cuyahoga Valley Christian Academy, Our Lady of the Elms, Revere, St. Vincent-St. Mary, and Walsh Jesuit The application is available here or at The Bake Shop in Ghent, 800 Wye Road, during regular business hours.


The application deadline is April 23, and the scholarship recipient will be notified no later than mid-May.  For more information, call 330-807-0725.


Bath Welcome Bags
The Bath Business Association is responsible for distributing Welcome Bags to new residents coming into Bath Township. The listing of people moving into the community is provided to the BBA on a monthly basis by township officials. Welcome bags – filled with township information as well as small gifts items, discount coupons, and information about the BBA-member businesses – are then delivered to the new residents by a BBA member.  Business-related information, such as brochures, coupons, business cards or promotional items – is limited to BBA members. For more information, please contact Chris Parsons at 330-861-3529; Marie Dusini at 330-836-2552 or Nancy Fay at 330-666-3347.


Wye Road Bridge Lighting and Santa Arrival - CANCELLED FOR 2020 DUE TO PANDEMIC

Annually, for the past 16 years, the BBA has sponsored this event on the Friday after Thanksgiving. Families and community members gather at the site of the Wye Road Bridge as a way to usher in the holiday season. There is the bridge and Christmas tree lighting; caroling; cookies, hot chocolate and coffee; goody bags for the young people; visits from Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and the Hale Farm & Village costumed interpreters and always the much-anticipated arrival of Santa Claus.  Children line up to meet with Santa and to share their holiday wishes as the culmination of one of Bath’s seasonal, holiday traditions.




During its nearly 20-year history and in addition to the above, the BBA has been involved in a number of township projects and events including:

  • Township-wide Candidates’ Nights/Forums

  • Compilation and publication of the Bath Township Directory

  • BBA-sponsored Zoning Forum in cooperation with Bath Township Zoning Department

  • Participation in Bath Community Day festivities

  • “Adoption” of a needy family or families living in the Bath community during the Christmas holiday season

  • Providing speakers and role models for the Revere High School business classes



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