Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 11-1-06

Lorain County Ecclesiastical Stained Glass Census

Avon Historic Markers

2007 Heart of Avon Antique Show

President Jack Smith opened the November 1, 2006, meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7:00 pm at The Old Town Hall with about 25 members and guests present.

As the first order of business, he read the minutes of the previous meeting of October 4, 2006. Following the reading of the minutes Jack asked if there were any additions or corrections to the minutes as read. A motion to approve the minutes was made by Jim Szippl, seconded by Ralph White, and by voice vote unanimously approved.

Jack then called for the Treasurer's report. Barb Wolfe reported that as of this evening there is a balance of $1640.08 in our checking account and $6,217.60 in the money market account. Jack presented the bill from Richard's Tree Service.

Written Landscasping Committee report from Chuck Huene:

"Rich's Tree Service has completed the approved trimming and clearing. It will take us a while to get used to the new view but the future possibilities are now endless.

There should be some thought given to clearing the remainder of the neighbors rear to the East of the large and tall tree stump.

There is some minor clean up (raking, trash pickup, etc.) needed hopefully before the snow falls and then the area must be hit with Roundup this year and in the spring.

Weather permitting, the committee will be doing the clean up and spraying around 8 to 9 AM on Saturday Nov 11th or 18th. All are welcome.

As of this writing. Cheryl and I are in Colonial Williamsburg investigating period landscaping along with vacationing.

Will someone make a motion to fund a bottle of concentrated Roundup not to exceed 22.00 plus tax?" Motion made by Jim Szippl and seconded by Theresa Szippl, then unanimoulsy approved.

Moving Santa at the Old Town Hall forward on Saturday, 12-2-06: Santa will arrive at the Old Town Hall at 6 pm. As in previous years, after the tree lighting across the street at the Gazebo, all the children will come to the Old Town Hall for a visit with Santa and then hot chocolate. If anyone can come and help us with the flow of the crowd it would be appreciated. PLEASE HELP DECORATE the Old Town Hall at 10 am on 12-2-06. Also at 4 pm, glowing (Glowstick) bracelets for the children will be assembled with your help.

Jack next reminded us that the Avon French Creek Merchants (fomerly the French Creek Association) has a display window at the First Federal of Lorain bank window on Detroit Road to display gift boxes from local merchants that are donated as prizes for the annual Candlelight Walk. We voted on 10-4-06 for the Avon Historical Society to participate in the Christmas gift box theme by including one of our videos in a box created by Cheryl Huene. The box must be given to Mary Ann Furey at Long Long Ago by November 21. A winner will be drawn from entries received by the participating merchants on 12-19-06.

Under New Business, we discussed the annual Christmas Party which will be held on Wednesday, December 6th at the Avon VFW, Mills Rd. We will follow the usual format of asking everyone to bring an appetizer or dessert to share. The club will provide the liquid refreshments. Our calling committee will call everyone to remind them of the party. As is our custom, dues must be paid in advance of the Christmas Party. Set up for the party is at 3 pm on 12-6-06, cocktails at 6 pm and food at 7 pm. Volunteers will be needed to help set up the hall that afternoon around 3 pm; so if you can assist, please show up.

We also discussed that on Thursday, November 2, 2006, at 6 pm, the Intersociety will meet for a potluck supper at the Lorain County Metroparks Carlisle Reservation Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio 44050. Ed Herdendorf will do a PowerPoint presentation of the Scenic Byways Tour. Bring your own table service and dish to share. Coffee and beverages will be provided by the cohosts. (We had a good showing at this meeting.)

There being no further business, Jack entertained a motion to adjourn the meeting by Stan Hawryluk and seconded by Jim Szippl; and by voice vote the motion was unanimously approved.

Jean Fischer then introduced this evening's guest, Betty Lou Higgins who presented "You're a Grand Old Flag."

Respectfully submitted, Jack Smith, subbing for JoAnne Easterday

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Special Meeting on 12-6-06 at the Christmas Party at the VFW:

Motion by Del Fischer to continue the appointment of Bob Gates to the Landmarks Preservation Commission.

Second by Ralph White. Passed unanimously.

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Mary Ann Littell wrote:

As you know, I've been involved with the Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative at LCCC and I am now a member of the Friends of Sacred Landmarks Initiative since I no longer work for the initiative but for a different department at the college.

The latest project that the Initiative is working on is the Lorain County Ecclesiastical Stained Glass Census and they are looking for volunteers who have an interest in this topic. The county is divided geographically so that individuals could volunteer to visit sites in their own communities, although individuals are not limited to just working within their own areas.

The purpose of the project is to take a census about all the noteworthy stained glass within the County's places of worship. Representatives from the Center for Sacred Landmarks at Cleveland State University and from the Historic Preservation program at Ursuline College have shared experiences of their own stained glass projects with the Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative.

The project would consist of visiting the houses of worship on one's own time and gathering information about the stained glass such as style, artist, time period, type and historical details about the windows and glass. The project will officially begin in January 2007 with hopes of having it completed by the end of 2007. With the information that will be gathered, the goal is to publish a monograph, poster, note cards, etc.

A Training Session will be held on Sunday, January 21, 2007, from 2:00-4:00 pm at the Spitzer Conference Center at Lorain County Community College.

A couple from Avon, Ron and Gail Schenk, (934- 5876), have offered to be the contact people for the Avon sites. Marcia Schneider is the contact person for Avon Lake (933-7693). If anyone is interested in the Avon/Avon Lake area, they may contact the Schenks or Marcia Schneider.

Also, if anyone has any questions, or if anyone would like to visit other areas of the County, there are many opportunities available. They may contact me [Mary Ann Littell] at 934-5589.

This promises to be a rewarding experience!

P.S. I have some copies of the fall Newsletter and a brochure about the Friends group that I could drop off. Just let me know when and where.

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LETTER from The Avon Landmarks Preservation Commission

Dear Homeowner,

Congratulations! Because your home was selected to be on the list of Avon Historic Properties, we are pleased to advise that the City of Avon's Landmarks Preservation Commission will be giving you an Avon Historic Plaque that you can display proudly at your residence.

The plaques will be presented during a meeting of the Avon Historical Society on Wednesday, February 7th, 2007 at 7 PM at the Old Town Hall of 1871 located at the corner of Stoney Ridge Road and Detroit Road. We look forward to seeing you there!

However, should you not be able to attend, a plaque will be delivered to your residence within a few weeks after this meeting.

Century homes and other landmarks help make Avon an attractive place to live, maintaining property values for all of us. You are commended for making this contribution to our community.

Sincerely, Landmarks Preservation Commission Members

Carol Hartwig Chair, Phone: 440-934-2207

Robert Gates

Lois Shinko

Joe Richvalsky

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Attention Antique Lovers!

The 10th Annual Heart of Avon Antique Show will be held Sunday, March 18, 2007 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Avon High School, located at 37545 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011.

(One mile west of SR 611 on Detroit Road -- I-90 Exit 151, left on 611 to Detroit -- or get off at the SR 83 Avon Commons exit and go west on Detroit Road.)

General admission is $4.00. Early Bird admission is $6.00 and is from 9:00 am to 10:00 am

The show features more than 50 dealers, door prizes awarded hourly, and refreshments will be available.

Don't miss this opportunity for on stop shopping for unique and one of a kind offerings. The dealers will help you find that special piece -- 50+ dealers featuring antique furniture, primitives, collectibles, china, glass, toys, jewelry and memoriblia, our 10th year.

Also visit the historic French Creek District shops along SR 254 from SR 83 to French Creek Road for specials to usher in the Spring thaw.

Door Prizes, Free Parking, Delicious Food

This is a great show that you will not want to miss. Quality antique vendors from all over Ohio display their prize pieces -- all available for you to take home and start enjoying. Serious antique hunters, come early (the early bird gets the worm). Stay all day and enjoy delicious lunch on the premises, or have your hand stamped and come back later.

For more information visit www.frenchcreekdistrict.org or call Lois Shinko at (440) 937-5204 or (440) 934-6700.

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