Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 10-1-08

President Jack Smith called the meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:06 p.m. There were about 20 members and guests present.

The minutes of the September 3 meeting were approved as read with Nancy McGhee making the motion and Bev O'Connell seconding. George Bliss gave an impromptu speech about the Penton Museum of motor vehicles in Amherst while Jack was tending to Ralph White's fall in the parking lot. Ralph injured his knee.

Jack reported that there is $1,192.74 in the checking account and $6,626.08 in the money market account. Treasurer Barb Wolfe was reported to be sick.

Chuck Huene told of plans from the landscape committee to continue with the planting and replacement of arborvitae evergreens on the east side of Old Town Hall. Chuck made the motion to complete the plantings with funds not to exceed $500. Rose Marie Banfield seconded. Motion passed. Depending on the weather, the trees may be planted this fall.

Chuck told of further plans regarding the path from the south parking lot along the east side of the building. Either brick or tinted, stamped concrete, each costing about $2,000, are being considered. Sue Corey suggested lighting be considered for safety. There was considerable discussion regarding whether the city or the Society should be responsible for the costs or whether it could be a shared cost.

Jack asked for conceptual drawings of the proposed project, an estimate of the cost and a proposal for funding.

Theresa Szippl reported that there are 132 members of the Society and welcomed new members Jason and Holly Smith.

Jack gave Ralph's report and distributed copies of the application for National Register status for the Avon Isle building. Being on the National Register makes the building eligible for grant funding to conserve the building and make it functional.

Having attended the meeting, Jack gave Bob Gates' Landmarks Preservation Commission report. The commission is working on the ordinance to make Avon a certified local government in order to make the city eligible for grant money. Jack said after Cleveland got the designation they received $25M in grant money.

There was considerable discussion regarding Santa's visit at Old Town Hall and the holiday festivities associated with it. Nancy McGhee suggested that a coordinator be established among the various participating civic entities -- the Avon Library, the Lions' Club, the Avon Seniors, the French Creek Development Association, and The Avon Historical Society. (The Avon High School Choir, Mayor Smith and the Avon Police Department should also be notified.)

Since Joe Richvalsky was sick, Jack led the discussion of the signage at the newly renovated century home, the Williams House. Jack said the Landmark Preservation Commission should address appropriate signage for businesses established in century homes. Jack did not think an inner-lighted sign as was in place at the Williams House is appropriate.

There was a discussion regarding the Inter Society Meeting scheduled for the day after the AHS regular November 5 meeting and the December Christmas party.

It was decided that in an effort to limit meetings, Jean Fisher, the program presenter for AHS in November would give her program about Avon's Erie Islands in February. The Inter Society pot luck dinner on November 6 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carlisle Reservation will be in its stead. The telephone committee will call members to tell them of the change and to alert them to the up-coming Christmas party. Theresa Szippl made the motion and Stan Hawryluk seconded.

Notice of the changes will be provided to the newspapers.

AHS is to provide the beverage in addition to the individual dishes of participants at the Inter Society dinner. Members may also view Society member and nationally recognized designer, illustrator and fine artist Frank J. O'Connell's work on display for the month of November at Carlisle Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio.

JoAnne Easterday will coordinate carpooling of those who wish to participate.

Cheryl Huene will create the box for the Christmas drawing. The gift will be given to Mary Ann Furey by November 15 to be placed in the First Federal Bank window.

Jack introduced the speaker, Janet Bird who spoke of "Lorain County Leaders."

Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday


It was reported in a local newspaper that 12 and 1/2 acres of the land at the south east corner of Detroit Road and SR 83 was been sold by developer Greg Romas to a Canton developer Deville Developments. According to the article, Patrick Sirpilla, the director of leasing for Deville, a coffee house is considering locating in the Avon Center School. See the October 1, 2008, issue of the Press for further details.


There will be NO MEETING of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 11-5-08, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.

Instead, on Thursday, November 6, 2008, at 5:30 pm, the Intersociety (including Avon) will meet for a potluck supper at the Lorain County Metroparks Carlisle Reservation Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, Ohio 44050.

Bring your own table service and dish to share. Coffee and beverages will be provided by the host, the Avon Historical Society. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

The Intersociety program, on Thursday, November 6, 2008, will feature John E. Dailey, a former Chief Surveyor, engineer, job estimator, and data researcher for 51 years with Cleveland area firms: the East Ohio Gas Company, Wheeler & Melena, Inc., and Michael Benza & Associates.

Mr. Dailey has long been active in professional societies such as the Professional Land Surveyors of Ohio and the National Society of Professional Surveyors; and he currently edits the monthly newsletter for the Computer Assisted Genealogical Group (CAGG).

His topic for this meeting will be "Migration Routes" which includes the paths taken by pioneer settlers in northeast Ohio.

Avon Historical Society member and nationally recognized designer, illustrator and fine artist Frank J. O'Connell's work is on display for the month of November, 2008, at the Carlisle Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange,

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Take Routes 10/20 west to the Route 301 South (LaGrange Road) exit. Turn left onto 301 South. Drive a short distance to the second intersection on your right, Nickle Plate - Diagonal Road, which is across from the red brick Carlisle Township Fire Department, and drive 0.7 mile to the Duck Pond Picnic Area entrance, which will be on your right. Drive 0.8 mile farther on Diagonal Road and the entrance to the Carlisle Visitor Center will also be on the right.


Santa will arrive at the Old Town Hall at 6 pm on Saturday, 12-6-08. 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 12-6-08.


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. As usual, we will 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 15.


Our annual Christmas Party which will be held on Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 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 4 pm on 12-3-08 with cocktails and snacks at 6 pm. At 6:30 pm, Gary Gerrone will present a program of "Songs of the Season", with food at 7 pm. Volunteers will be needed to help set up the hall that afternoon around 4 pm; so if you can assist, please show up.


The Avon Historical Society is pleased to announce that Walmart has given us a $1000 grant. Many thanks to Walmart!


2008 Christmas Candlelite Walk

Friday, December 5, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunday, December 7, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas where the participating shops are gaily decorated with roping of holly, red and green flickering candles and pine boughs and the interiors emit the aromas and feel of years gone by.

Many shops will feature "Candy Cane Specials" or offer seasonal refreshments in the French Creek District, along Ohio 254, Ohio 611, Stoney Ridge Road and north on Ohio 83, and east of 83 just past Avon Commons. Historic buildings in the district will house antiques, crafts, gift boutiques and galleries. Santa Claus and Mr. Scrooge are sure to stop by Saturday and Sunday.

Come to the 29th Annual Christmas Candlelite Walk and enjoy caroling, craft shows, door prizes, bustling elves, jolly Santa, and "Win a Window" of Treasures, which will make this a weekend not to be missed! Call (440) 934-6119 or (440) 937-5204 (evenings) for info.

Free parking is available in the municipal lot behind the Old Police Station next to the Senior Center on Detroit Road.


Friday, December 5: Santa will be stopping by local shops where there will be snacks, discounts, and free gifts.

Saturday, December 6: Come early and enjoy special activities at each of Santa's stops. Santa will travel by horse-drawn wagon:

THE PROGRAM BEGINS AT 5 PM at the Gazebo at Heritage Square, southwest corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road. Glowsticks to the first 150 children. Welcome Santa; see the tree lighting ceremony; and listen to the Avon High School Choir sing carols.

5:30 pm -- Santa arrives at the Gazebo for the COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING, southwest corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.

6 pm -- VISIT WITH SANTA AT THE OLD TOWN HALL OF 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, and get a gift from Santa and a free juice box. Avon Seniors are busy baking cookies for Santa's visit; and hot chocolate will be provided by the Avon Historical Society.

Sunday, December 7: Santa will be stopping by local shops where there will be snacks, discounts and free gifts.

Sponsored by the French Creek Development Association, Avon French Creek Merchants, Avon Lions Club, and the Avon Historical Society.

Additional weekend activities:

French Creek Fiber Arts at Olde Avon Village will have spinning demonstrations and dulcimer music by Peggy Strang.

Friday 6 pm to 9 pm Winterfest Vendor Fair at St. Mary's Church gym, 2640 Stoney Ridge (south of Detroit Road).

Saturday 9 am to 3 pm Christmas in the Barn -- Avon United Methodist Church - 33771 Detroit Road -- CRAFTS - BAKED GOODS - HOT LUNCH

Sunday 12 noon mass at Holy Trinity Church, celebrating Holy Trinity parish's 175th anniversary.

Sunday 9 to 1 PANCAKE BREAKFAST -- Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road, (sponsored by Avon Band Boosters)


Jean Fischer and Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf will present "Avon's Lake Erie Islands." at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 2-4-09, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.



I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of October 1, 2008.

II. Treasurer's Report

A. Any outstanding bills to present.

III. Old Business

A. Report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Bob Gates

B. Membership Report, Theresa Szippl

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

D. 2014 Avon Bicentennial, Jack Smith

E. __________________________________________

IV. New Business

A. Program for Wednesday, March 4, 2009, Jean Fischer and Stan Hawryluk

B. __________________________________________

V. Motion to Adjourn and Second

Jack Smith will introduce Jean Fischer and Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf speaking on "Avon's Lake Erie Islands."


Parking for meetings of the Avon Historical Society:

Next to Smitty's Barber Shop -- please disregard the "no parking" sign,

Across Detroit Rd. at Nemo's Restaurant (park close to Colorado),

Across Colorado Avenue (SR 611) behind Blue Chip,

On the east side of Buck's Hardware on Church Street,

Across Stoney Ridge at Lois Shinko's Country Store parking lot (just south of the Gazebo).

Of Interest:


"2014 AVON BICENTIENTAL - It was noted that 2014 will be the Avon Bicentennial, it would be an opportunity for a special, major project -- possibly a covered Bridge to Avon Isle. The City is planning to rebuild the bridge. Ridgeville will have their bicentennial in 2010 and we could start a fund raiser or program in relationship to that. We could start looking at the Avon Isle building to renovate. Possibly turn into a place like Hale Farm, a farming museum with old equipment, a garden etc with dress of the time, a village/museum. We would need this to be an "all city clubs" event."

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