Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 4-1-09

President Jack Smith called the April 1, 2009, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7 p. m. there were about 23 members present.

Treasurer Barb Wolfe said there was $1,011.96 in the checking account and $6,685.76 in the money market account. No bills were presented.

Joe Richvalsky reported on the Landmarks Preservation Commission meeting. The group is working to make the Heritage Loan Program viable in Lorain County. With this program a homeowner with a house of at least 50 years old could secure a low interest loan to preserve and update the home or its landscaping. This is an effort to keep property values high in Lorain County.

The commission will maintain the noteworthy building list which may include not only houses but businesses, schools and even natural features. Joe said he is interested in the French Creek as an environmental feature of historical significance. There are currently 230 structures on the list.

The third thing the commission is working on is for Avon to be designated a certified local government. This could help make preservation a priority and aid in securing grant money.

In order to allow St. Mary School's expansion, two houses may be torn down. They were denied permission for demolition; but six month's waiting time has lapsed. Some one may purchase the homes for $1 and dismantle or move either or both.

Nick Rak has purchased the barn on the site and moved it to Detroit Road across from the high school. The secretary of the society will write a congratulatory note for his efforts.

Regarding the ongoing landscaping at Old Town Hall, Jim Szippl moved that $75 be allotted for lawn maintenance and gardening. Rosemarie Banfield seconded. Motion passed.

Jim said the wooden firehouse attached to OTH should be cleaned out to maintain fire safety. The elements have not been kind to the duct tape parade entries. They should be disposed of.




Jim and Chuck Huene will be fixing the dripping sink at OTH. Jack saw to the reinstatement of running water at OTH. It had been out of service for a month during the road construction work.

Ralph White updated the group regarding the Avon Isle. Although the historic designation request may not be on the Ohio Site Preservation Advisory Board April 17 agenda, it may be reviewed at the August 28 meeting.

With State office closings to conserve money, communication is difficult. Ralph said the extra effort to secure additional information may be precisely the thing to advance our cause. Jack asked Ralph to call and prod them to get the request on the earlier date.

Jack encouraged thought on the Detroit Road Completion Celebration in conjunction with Fall Foliage Festival September 11-13

Jack also asked members to keep Avon's 2014 bicentennial celebration in mind. He would like to see every civic organization involved in the celebration.

Jack said he received a list of Lorain County baseball photos from Bill Bird which he forwarded to the Lake Erie Crushers baseball team. He said he wanted them to know the AHS would help them with historical pictures.

Jean Fischer said that Bette Lou Higgins will be presenting the May 6 program entitled "Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum."

Jim Szippl moved to adjourn. Ralph White seconded. Motion passed. The meeting adjourned at 7:35.

["Hear the tales of boats and pirates on the Inland Seas and the stories of the rest of the characters who were involved in helping to quench the thirst of Americans during Prohibition when Bette Lou Higgins presents YO, HO, HO AND A BOTTLE OF RUM! at the Avon Historical Society at 36995 Detroit Rd; Avon, Ohio -- Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road."]

Jack introduced Jean as the speaker for the program entitled "Who Is Pierpont Edwards?"

Refreshments were provided by Marion Kennedy and Stan Hawryluk.

Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday



April 7, 2009

1) The meeting was called to order by President Dorrie Bommer at 7:45 PM at the Lions Community Center ...

6B) 2014 AVON BI-CENTENNIAL -- It was discussed that the "re-opening" of Detroit Rd in September could be the kick-off for our Bi-Centennial event.

DETROIT ROAD REDEDICATION [Detroit Road Completion Celebration] -- Dorrie will talk with Mayor Smith and Peggy Strang of Merchants Association about an event to celebrate the rededication of Detroit Rd. This could coincide with the Fall Festival. Possible activities to include:

Ribbon Cutting -- Mayor/ City Officials

Invite clubs to represent themselves at possibly the Senior Center (need to talk with Seniors)

Invite local restaurants to have "Taste of Avon"

Historical Society -- "The story of Detroit Road"

Music by school band/choir

Music by others -- historical instruments

Farmers Market by the new candy store [Catherine's Chocolates, a 'chocolate boutique' at 36718 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011; phone 440-934-4240; email cpastron@yahoo.com].

Scavenger Hunt -- in local stores -- Merchant Assoc give-a-ways

Lake Erie Crushers -- table for autograph signing

[Note: Lois Shinko has about 20 copies available of the Arcadia "Images of America: Avon"

Author(s): Michelle Budzinski-Braunscheidel, The French Creek Development Association (FCDA), The Avon Historical Society

ISBN: 0738533181, Price: $19.99]

Skate boarding competition, soccer games -- not discussed at meeting ...

Minutes submitted by Fran Burik



I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of April 1, 2009

II. Treasurer's Report

A. Any outstanding bills to present.

III. Old Business

A. Report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Bob Gates

B. Landscaping Committee, Chuck Huene

C. National Register Application for the Avon Isle, Ralph White

D. Detroit Road Rededication, 2014 Avon Bicentennial, Jack Smith

E. __________________________________________

IV. New Business

A. Possible field trip to the Train Museum at Bellevue in July, 2009, Stan Hawryluk:

B. __________________________________________

V. Motion to Adjourn and Second

Jean Fischer will introduce Bette Lou Higgins who will present "YO, HO, HO AND A BOTTLE OF RUM!"


Letter from Dorrie Bommer

TO: Avon Civic Organizations and Detroit Road Businesses

FROM: Dorrie Bommer, President, French Creek Development Association

DATE: April 17, 2009

SUBJECT: Rededication of Detroit Road

The French Creek Development Association invites one or more representatives from your group or business to attend a meeting on June 2, 2009, 7:30 P.M., at the Lions Community Center located at 2155 Eaton Drive, opposite Northgate Park, to participate in a discussion concerning an event to celebrate the rededication of Detroit Road to be held on Sunday, September 13, 2009, coinciding with the Fall Festival.

We would like to schedule a Ribbon Cutting ceremony that could include other activities such as 'A Taste of Avon', Farmers Market, Scavenger Hunt, Lake Erie Crushers Autograph Signing, and Skate Boarding Competition. Your ideas will be welcome.

The event could also be the kick-off for preparing for Avon's 2014 Bi-Centennial.

We hope to see you on June 2.

Thank you, Dorrie Bommer, President, French Creek Development Association

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