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10-20-04: Informational meeting on Avon's landmarks register, 7:30 pm, 10-27-04, at City Hall on Chester Road

11-2-04: Election 2004

11-12-04: Blackwell Barn wins a Lorain County Beautiful Award

12-23-04: Ron Krystowski saves the Garfield Barn

NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 10-7-04, by DAVID SCHRAG, Morning Journal Writer

``Avon eyes 60 acres at Miller Road, SR 611 for park

AVON -- Sixty acres of land where Miller Road dead-ends at 611 in Avon could be purchased by the city to potentially be used as parkland, according to Avon Mayor Jim Smith.

''The land will be good for ballfields, soccer fields and different things,'' Smith said, adding that it could also be used as a nature reservation since the French Creek runs through part of the land.

Avon City Council met in executive session on Monday and unanimously authorized Smith to look into the land, which is currently owned by Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co., a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, said councilwoman JoAnne Easterday ...

The price of the land the city is looking to buy isn't being released since no deal has been finalized, but, according to the Lorain County Auditor's Office, the property that Cleveland Electric Illuminating owns is worth $226,400.

''We are negotiating with the city, but nothing has been signed,'' said Mark Durbin, FirstEnergy spokesman ...

The city already owns a 40-acre parcel on Colorado Avenue adjacent to the property in question, and the purchase of the 60-acre parcel of Cleveland Electric Illuminating Co. land would primarily be used for recreation purposes and city use, Smith said.

''We're working out the kinks in a contract so we can do our due diligence to get this done,'' Smith said.

The land the city is looking to purchase is filled with coal ash and cinders from burned coal, Smith said, noting that the city is currently getting an environmental study done on the land to make sure it is usable ...''


NEWS ARTICLE from The Morning Journal, 10-10-04, By TIM HARRISON, Morning Journal photographer

``The big squeeze

Just as it has for the past 80 years, the air on the south side of Avon Lake smells like grapes come mid-September. It is harvest time in the vineyards of the Klingshirn Winery.

As this year's grapes ripened, new homes, part of Avon Lake's building boom, also grow nearby.

A century and a half ago, the Klingshirn family emigrated from Bavaria to the swampy shores of Lake Erie and began to work the land that is now part of the city of Avon Lake.

Housing growth was sporadic, but by the 1980s, the agricultural way of life began to lose the battle. It would seem nobody had told the Klingshirns, though.

It was in 1922 when Albert Klingshirn bought property on Weber Road and planted his first six acres of Concord grapes.

''During prohibition, anyone with a vineyard near Cleveland had a gold mine,'' said Alan Klingshirn.

Clevelanders were making wine at home as one way to get around the teetotaler period of American history. When prohibition was ended in 1932, the price of grapes dropped as the demand dried up. At the end of the harvest season in 1935, Albert began to make and sell wine to make up for the loss in profits. Albert's son Alan took over in 1945.

Today Lee, 41, the third generation, runs the business, but Alan, 77, remains very active. Both live on the farm with their wives and Lee has three young children.

''It wasn't until Lee went off to college that we started planting the premium (grape) varieties. We questioned whether he (Lee) could finish his life career here, we were aware this would all be developed,'' said Alan. ''My father warned me of the same thing.''

Lee went to The Ohio State University and majored in the agricultural study of wine, viticulture and enology, solidifying the winery's future. Despite growing up surrounded by grapes and wine making, Lee brought a wealth of knowledge home.

Microbiology, chemistry and up-to-date sanitation helped improve the variety of Klingshirn wine. World-class tender grapes such as Riesling, cabernet sauvignon and pinot grigio were grown. As other area wineries closed their doors, the Klingshirns expanded.

''If our wine did not have a consistent quality to it, we wouldn't be here,'' said Lee.

In the 1950s, there were an estimated 400 vineyards in Lorain County and western Cuyahoga County. Today, there are a mere handful. The half dozen wineries in Avon and Avon Lake are now just two in Avon Lake.

Just a few weeks ago, 9 acres of Concord grapes, planted in 1955 by a neighbor and farmed by the Klingshirns since 1995, were torn out to make way for new houses. Despite the loss, Lee planted 3 acres of pinot grigio grapes this spring.

''We have four more acres we will be planting in the next two to three years,'' said Lee. ''They'll all be wine grapes.'' ...

Developers may not be able to name a price the Klingshirns would consider now, but other forces are at work. Sidewalks, sewers, curbs and storm drains have become a necessity for new neighborhoods. Those improvements must be paid for by the landowner in the form of assessments.

Presently, there are no sidewalks or storm drains on the half-mile stretch of Weber Road that the Klingshirns inhabit. Sidewalks and storm drains would not only change the landscape, but push back the vine rows.

''The biggest concern is the coming of improvements and assessments. That will not be affordable,'' said Alan. ''That will be dollars that we won't be able to come up with.''

In 2001, Pin Oak Parkway, an east-west road zoned for light industrial use, was cut through the south end of the Klingshirn property. Sidewalks, light posts and gutters line the street. The Klingshirns' portion sits empty, waiting for potential buyers. The Klingshirns have had to pay for the improvements with Alan's retirement fund for the past three years with 12 more [years] to pay ...''

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 10-20-04, By Julie A. Short

``Landmarks Preservation Commission identifies 247 historic homes

AVON -- It's been almost one year since voters amended the city charter to allow for the creation of a Landmarks Preservation Commission. The objective of the commission it is to identify historic properties within the city and seek out whatever means necessary to save those properties from demolition.

Early on this year, the commission was sluggish getting started, largely due to city council's delay in passing a budget proposed by the commission for, among a number of line items, the hiring of a consultant and a secretary.

The commission has since hired Steve McQuillin of McQuillin & Associates to conduct the survey and Lauren Davis was hired as a part-time assistant clerk of council/secretary to assist in transcribing the minutes from commission meetings, as well as other council committees.

Once McQuillin was given the green light to begin work, the daunting task of identifying historic properties began. With assistance from the Avon Historical Society, McQuillin and members of the commission have compiled a list of 247 historic properties.

All the properties identified are more than 50 years of age, with the following exceptions: "buildings that have the form of World War II era or postwar bungalows, characterized by their small form, short eaves and simple design, even though some of these might date from as early as the 1930s; and buildings that have been so thoroughly altered and/or enlarged that it is difficult to determine that they have much, if any historic fabric left." ...

Commission members have sent letters to all property owners on the list alerting them that their property has been identified and inviting them to attend a meeting at city hall on Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

"The purpose of the meeting is to inform affected property owners about the Avon Landmarks," Commission Chairwoman Carol Hartwig said "Our Preservation Consultant, Steven McQuillin, will make a presentation about historic preservation and will be available to answer any specific questions people have about their houses. There will be some written materials available to people attending the meeting. Anyone unable to attend can contact the commission or our preservation consultant."

Per the city's charter, the commission consists of four members representing various organizations in the city, as well as a mayor's appointee. Members include: Robert Gates Jr. (Avon Historical Society); Hartwig (French Creek Development Association); Cheryl Huene (Avon Garden Club); and Tom Wearsch (mayor's appointee).

Responsibilities of the commission include conducting a survey to establish a register of Avon's landmarks to raise community awareness of Avon's history and historic resources. The owner of a property in Avon, which is designated a landmark, may appeal to the Landmarks Preservation Commission to have the property removed from the register of landmarks. No person or governmental body owning a registered landmark shall demolish said landmark without a demolition permit issued by the commission. The commission shall issue a demolition permit no later than six months after receiving the application of said permit.

Any residents not receiving a letter, but [who] believe their property may have been overlooked as a historic landmark, are invited to attend the Oct. 27 meeting.''


NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 10-21-04, By MARY DAVIES, Staff Writer

``Group trying to save history

AVON -- ... The Landmarks Preservation Commission, established through an addition to the City Charter last year, encourages owners of Avon's older homes to retain their property's historical features.

The commission invited owners of 247 properties identified by a professional preservation consultant as ... landmarks to an informational meeting about property preservation ...

Owners of properties identified by the consultant should have received a mailed letter about the meeting, set for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday [10-27-04] at Avon City Hall, 36080 Chester Road ...''


NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 11-3-05, By Julie A. Short

``Landmarks Meeting: Packed house addresses commission's survey

AVON -- More than 150 residents turned out at city hall to address members of the Landmarks Preservation Commission on Oct. 27 [2004] ...

The commission sent letters to approximately 240 property owners alerting them that their home [or other building] had been designated a historic landmark by the commission and its preservation consultant Steve McQuillin.

McQuillin began the meeting with a slide presentation to educate the audience on preservation. Included were a number of pictures of homes in Avon that had been restored over the years and are now used as commercial establishments such as antique stores.

"Sweet Caroline's in the Williams house was one of the first to capitalize as an antique store," McQuillin said. "Can we save every building in Avon or should we, I can't answer that. But what we did was try to come up with a list of historic buildings and then have some type of review before they can be demolished."

The Landmarks Preservation Commission was established and given the responsibility of conducting a survey to establish a register of Avon's landmarks to raise community awareness of the community's history and historic resources.

The owner of a property in Avon, which is designated a landmark, may appeal to the commission to have the property removed from the registry of landmarks. No person or governmental body owning a registered landmark shall demolish said landmark without a demolition permit issued by the commission. The commission shall issue the permit no later than six months after receiving the application of said permit.

"This survey was designed to help preserve the character of Avon," McQuillin said. "The idea is in all too many communities, they don't give preservation a consideration. These are buildings of exceptional character. Some of you may question all or part of the process. We are here to talk about those concerns with you."

And question they did. One by one, residents came to the podium with concerns.

"I'm wondering what criteria was used when determining placement on the list," Long Road resident Angie Marsiglia said. "Some houses on Long Road are older than ours and they were not on the list."

According to McQuillin a lot of the determination was visual inspection through the city.

"Some of the older homes had so many alterations, there wasn't a lot of character left," he said.

The criteria outlined in the letter sent to the residents stated that the properties identified are more than 50 years of age, with the following exceptions: "buildings that have the form of World War II era or postwar bungalows, characterized by their small form, short eaves and simple design, even though some of these might date from as early as the 1930s; and buildings that have been so thoroughly altered and/or enlarged that it is difficult to determine that they have much, if any historic fabric left." ...

"Most of you are concerned about this designation," commission member Tom Wearsch said. "All that's doing is honoring that house -- that it has historic significance. To me it's an honor."

Resident Kathy McNally didn't agree with that statement ...

Law Director John Gasior ... reminded those in attendance that the commission was created by a vote of the people of Avon.

"Per the city's charter, which the voters approved, the commission was ordered to cause to conduct a survey," Gasior said. "This is more of a fact-finding meeting. A letter will be forthcoming outlining things in greater detail."

One resident living on Center Road requested that the commission offer some foresight in design and renovation help, as well availability to get people the help they need ...

[Undoubtedly the Landmarks Preservation Commission will, on a voluntary basis, attempt to provide information that will help owners preserve their buildings.]

After the meeting, Avon Historical Society President and Chairman of the Charter Review Commission, Taylor J. Smith, who placed the landmarks issue before the voters, explained that the city should look into programs such as the Heritage Home Loan to save historic houses from demolition. He cited Lois Shinko's century home on Detroit and Healthway Drive as an example.

"Saving these commercially zoned landmarks by implementing a viable commercial use is very expensive," he said. "A Heritage Home Loan program with free technical assistance could make a great difference in cases like this."

The Heritage Program is currently unavailable in Lorain County.

Smith has first hand experience in using older homes for commercial use. He is currently renovating the former Country Heirs antique store, located at 35800 Detroit Road, by converting it into a restaurant. The building, constructed in 1940, holds personal ties with the Smith family. It originally housed the medical practice of Dr. Taylor Smith, Jack's father.''

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239 of 239 precincts Lorain County wide

Last Updated: 11/03/04 12:46 AM

Issue #3 -- Avon City

Continuance of tax on S Corporation) - Shareholder's distributive share tax

Yes 5,230

No 2,320

Issue #4 -- Avon City

Charter Amendment Article XIII Sec. 7) - Charter Review Commission

Yes 5,320

No 1,788

Issue #40 -- Avon Local School District

Tax/levy/ 2,94 millls/ additional - 5 years) - Emergency requirements

For the tax 4,674

Against the tax 3,805


ISSUE 1 IN LORAIN COUNTY (Outlaw gay marriage)

Proposed Constitutional Amendment, adopting new sec. 11 of Article XV) - Legal status of relationships

For Issue 1: 77,966 (59%)

Against Issue 1: 54,393 (41%)


President of the United States

Lorain County votes only

George W. Bush (R) 59,751

John F. Kerry (D) 76,512

National totals - as reported by CNN at 8:30 am on 11-3-04

George W. Bush (R) 58,771,833

John F. Kerry (D) 54,737,796

State of Ohio totals - as reported by CNN at 8:30 am on 11-3-04

George W. Bush (R) 2,794,346

John F. Kerry (D) 2,658,125

President of the United States - Electoral College

Need 270 to win - as reported by CNN at 8:30 am on 11-3-04

George W. Bush (R) 254

John F. Kerry (D) 252

At about 11:15 am on 11-3-04, John Kerry called George Bush to concede the election, perhaps as one member of Yale's Skull & Bones club to another.


57th House District - Ohio General Assembly

104 of 104 precincts

Deanna L. Hill (D) 25,593

Earl J. Martin (R) 28,472

Kenneth C. Prechtel (I) 5,754


239 of 239 precincts Lorain County wide

County Commissioner

Term commencing 1/2/05

Eric A. Flynn (R) 54,995

Lori Kokoski (D) 66,429

County Commissioner

Term commencing 1/3/05

Rita T. Canfield (R) 55,035

Ted Kalo (D) 65,418


Gary C. Bennett (R) 57,362

Dennis P. Will (D) 64,682

Clerk of Court of Common Pleas

John A. Howard, Jr. (R) 44,635

Ronald L. Nabakowski (D) 74,171


Judith M. Nedwick (D) 70,263

Barbara J. Tate (R) 47,131


Kenneth P. Carney (D) 76,059

Thomas Hesmond (I) 38,806


Paul M. Matus (R) 98,214


Issue #59 -- Lorain County Community College

(Replacement & increase/ 1.5 mills - 10 years) - University Partnership, etc.

For the tax 70,495

Against the tax 59,346

Issue #60 -- Mental Health Services

(Replacement/ 1.2 mills - 5 years)

For the tax 75,825

Against the tax 52,174


United States Senator

Lorain County votes only

Eric D. Fingerhut (D) 55,732

George Voinovich (R) 77,476

11,477 of 11,477 precincts

Eric D. Fingerhut (D) 1,906,648

George Voinovich (R) 3,378,356

Representative to Congress 13th District

Lorain County votes only

Sherrod Brown (D) 66,812

Robert Lucas (R) 27,398

569 of 569 precincts

Sherrod Brown (D) 196,139

Robert Lucas (R) 95,025


Judge, Court of Appeals - 9th District, Lorain County totals only

Term commencing 2/9/05

Edna J. Boyle (R) 37,090

Carla D. Moore (D) 39,277

William D. Wellemeyer (I) 18,472

Term commencing 2/10/05

Eve Belfance (D) 34,992

Donna J. Carr (R) 57,139

Term commencing 2/11/05

Deborah S. Matz (D) 37,499

Beth Whitmore (R) 48,832

Judge, Court of Appeals - 9th District

986 of 986 precincts

Term commencing 2/9/05

Edna J. Boyle (R) 136,880

Carla D. Moore (D) 179,181

William Wellemeyer (I) 67,095

Term commencing 2/10/05

Eve Belfance (D) 146,361

Donna Carr (R) 225,331

Term commencing 2/11/05

Deborah S. Matz (D) 131,455

Beth Whitmore (R) 216,776


Judge, Court of the Common Pleas

Term commencing 1/1/05

James V. Barilla (R) 33,824

Christopher R. Rothgery (D) 63,811

Judge, Court of the Common Pleas

Term commencing 1/3/05

Mark A. Betleski (D) 88,941

Judge, Court of the Common Pleas

Domestic Relations Division

Debra L. Boros (R) 84,917


Ohio Supreme Court, Chief Justice

Term commencing 1/1/05 - Lorain County votes only

C. Ellen Connally (D) 53,303

Thomas J. Moyer (R) 54,528

Ohio Supreme Court, Justice

Term commencing 1/1/05 - Lorain County votes only

Nancy A. Fuerst (D) 50,491

Judith Lanzinger (R) 55,082

Ohio Supreme Court, Justice

Term commencing 1/2/05 - Lorain County votes only

Paul E. Pfeifer (R) 84,837

Unexpired term

Terrence O'Donnell (R) 64,523

William O'Neil (D) 37,240

11,477 of 11,477 precincts

Ohio Supreme Court, Chief Justice

Term commencing 1/1/05

C. Ellen Connally (D) 2,017,602

Thomas J. Moyer" (R) 2,309,107 Justice

Term commencing 1/1/05

Nancy A. Fuerst (D) 1,838,137

Judith Lanzinger (R) 2,443,514 Justice

Term commencing 1/2/05

Incumbent Republican Paul E. Pfeifer was elected without opposition.

Unexpired term

Terrence O'Donnell" (R) 2,496,863

William O'Neill (D) 1,635,718

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 11-10-04, By Julie A. Short

[Blackwell Barn wins Lorain County Beautiful Award]

``AVON -- The Ewers/Blackwell Barn at Olde Avon Village received a Community Rehabilitation Award. The award recognizes any building that has been rehabilitated through repair, alterations and additions, while preserving those portions or features that convey its historical, cultural or architectural values.

Blackwell Barn
The Blackwell Barn represents the original barn which stood behind the Lewis House, and is shown here under construction. In 1851, the Lewis House property passed into the hands of John Blackwell, Sr. Ron Larson, proprietor of Olde Avon Village, purchased a timber-framed barn located in Frederickstown, Ohio (Knox County). The 1851 Blackwell Barn is reminiscent of German/Dutch construction and fits well with Avon's rich ethnic heritage. Some of the foundation stones from the original barn on the same property in Avon where the Lewis House was located were brought to Olde Avon Village. Photo taken on 11-21-03.

The barn was dismantled piece-by-piece, including the sandstone foundation, and trucked from Fredericktown, Ohio to Avon where it was reassembled and brought up to code. The German/Dutch style architecture of the barn was made using hardwood lumber harvested from central Ohio and was assembled in the fashion of the era.

The barn is now home to the Birds of a Feather textile shop and is in keeping with the theme of Olde Avon Village, which is to construct a village representing Avon during the 1850s.

"We are very excited to be recognized for our efforts," developer Ron Larson said. "We hope to continue to create a sanctuary for historical homes and maintain those homes for small businesses to thrive in."

This is the second award in as many years for a building within Olde Avon Village. Last year the Details gift shop [ the Lewis House ] earned a Lorain County Beautiful Award in the same category. The 1847 home was moved from Center Road near the new Wal-Mart to the village and was renovated to house the shop ... [Both the Blackwell Barn and the Lewis House were nominated by the French Creek Development Association.]

Smith House
From The Press, 10-27-04: The Avon Garden Club recently recognized three Avon properties during its annual Beautification Awards. The honors identify outstanding landscaping within the City. Evelyn Casper (2641 Stoney Ridge) is the winner in the Historic category. Virginia Smith (35750 Detroit, shown here) for Residential; and Avon VFW Post 7035 (36950 Mills) is the Community winner.

The Lorain County Beautiful Awards program was established in 1992 and has been conducted for the past four years by Lorain County Heritage Inc., a nonprofit subsidiary of the Lorain County Visitors Bureau. The awards are designed to recognize non-residential buildings and sites for their exterior beauty or for their aesthetic contribution to the overall quality of line in the greater Lorain County community.

Organizations and individuals are also recognized for their efforts in these areas. The Lorain National Bank and Community Health Partners with the support of the Community Foundation of Greater Lorain County sponsor the awards program.''

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NEWS ARTICLE from the Chronicle Telegram, 12-23-04, By Dan Harkins

[Ron Krystowski saves the Garfield Barn]

``SHEFFIELD -- A 140-year-old barn that faced demolition to make way for a new auto dealership won't fall victim to a wrecking ball ...

The barn was built just after the Civil War by ... Daniel Garfield on property near the Quaker Steak & Lube restaurant. The area now known as Transportation Drive includes a new Spitzer Dodge dealership, and Arch Abraham plans to build a Nissan and Kia dealership ... [on the site of the Garfield Barn].

Garfield's great-nephew, Charles Herdendorf, knew something needed to be done fast in order to save the barn. Herdendorf, a professor emeritus of oceanography and geography at Ohio State University, who lives in the century-old Garfield home near the barn, was able to arrange a deal with Ron Krystowski.

"I'm not interested in just a car garage," said Krystowski, 49, who'd been shopping around for a place to store some historic family vehicles. "I'm into unique things, antiques, history. No matter what style the barn was built in, that's what I was interested in -- character."

Abraham, who has already bought the land, agreed Tuesday [12-21-04] to donate the barn to the Lorain County Historical Society, a registered nonprofit. which agreed to donate it to Krystowski. The agreement calls for Krystowski to dismantle the barn and rebuild it on his property at 39036 French Creek Road [in Avon, Ohio], about 2 miles from where it now stands. Krystowski also has agreed to open the structure for tours at certain points during the year.

Herdendorf is pleased by that stipulation. He didn't want to see his family's history further stripped from view. He now lives on all that remains of the 600-acre Garfield property that once covered a good portion of the village -- now just 11 acres with a yearly soybean crop and a small tree farm.

"What's nice is the barn is still going to be used as a barn," Herdendorf said. "Ron's got historic vehicles that he'd like to put in the barn for people to see. It'd be nice to keep it in the village, but this is nice, too."

The barn's slate roof must be removed one slate at a time. The rough-hewn timbers must be separated with great precision. Krystowski, who is the co-owner of Orasko Bros. Greenhouse Co., said it can and will be done by mid-February with the help of his employees. With time being money, he estimated the cost to dismantle and rebuild the barn at about $15,000. "It would cost about the same to build a new one, maybe a little less, but not with a slate roof and not with any nostalgia to it," he said.

This is the kind of transfer that George Strom likes to see. Now 64 and President of the Lorain County Historical Society, Strom has been an officer of the group since he was 19. He's seen a lot of storied structures become dust through the years, he said, so it's nice to see this barn saved ...''

Contact Dan Harkins at dharkins@chronicletelegram.com.


NEWS ARTICLE from The Plain Dealer, 12-23-04, by Molly Kavanaugh, Plain Dealer Reporter

``1800s barn saved from wrecking ball

SHEFFIELD -- A mid-1800s barn standing in the center of a burgeoning business district on Detroit Road will be preserved rather than demolished.

Local preservationists and two businessmen worked out an agreement Tuesday night to allow the barn, one of the oldest farm buildings in Lorain County, to be moved to an Avon residence about two miles away. The homeowner will maintain the barn and periodically open it to the public.

"This is marvelous. It will still be functioning as a barn but will be available to the public," said Charles Herdendorf [President] of the Sheffield Village Historical Society, which helped bring the parties together.

The slate-shingled barn sits on land near Interstate 90 that is being turned into a Nissan dealership. Owner Arch Abraham said he would be happy to donate the barn, but it would have to be removed by early next year, or he would have to tear it down.

Ronald Krystowski, who owns 2 acres on French Creek Road [in Avon, Ohio] and builds greenhouses, read about the barn in a local newspaper [the Chronicle Telegram] and offered to have his crew move it to his property. "I've been looking for an old barn for years," said Krystowski, who grew up on a farm ...

Herdendorf and Tom Hoerrle [previously] approached the Lorain County Metro Parks, which owns the Burrell Homestead three miles away. The brick homestead once belonged to one of the village's founding families. Dan Garfield, original owner of the barn, was a relative.

The park district agreed to take the barn but lacked the money to dismantle and move it. One estimate placed the cost at $200,000. The society has less than $200. With that deal dead and time running out, Herdendorf contacted Krystowski.

Krystowski said he will have the barn taken apart and off the property by Feb. 1 [2005]. During the next year, he and his three sons will remove the red paint and rebuild the barn behind the house [on French Creek Rd.].

The men in the family like to collect old cars, and an old barn will be a perfect place to store the vehicles he said.

The Lorain County Historical Society served as the go-between by accepting the donation from Abraham, then transferring ownership to Krystowski.

Bill Bird, the society's executive director, said the 3-year-old [Lorain} County Preservation Network was set up [by the Lorain County Historical Society] for just this kind of project.

"We were very happy to assist," he said.

Most barn preservation in Ohio and elsewhere is done by individuals with enough money to move and restore a barn in the path of a bulldozer or by farmers who continue to maintain their old barns, said Jim Skeeles, Ohio State University's extension educator in Lorain County and one of the founders of Friends of Ohio Barns.''

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter: mkavanaugh@plaind.com

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