Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 10-3-07

President Jack Smith called the October 3, 2007, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7 p. m. About 30 members and guests were present.

The September minutes were approved as read. Jack reported for the treasurer. There is $2,285.69 in checking; $6,441.82 in a money market account.

Membership Chairman Theresa Szippl presented a $41 bill for postage.

Ralph White spoke of the solid walnut banister railing from the burned down Wilford Hotel that had been located on Detroit Road at French Creek where the apartment buildings now stand. The banister, presented to the society via Susie Cory, is on display along with a water color painting of the hotel.

Landmarks Preservation Commissioner Bob Gates said the commission is still working with St. Mary Church on the possible demolition of two houses for the completion of their complex. The commission is also working on the further distribution of the brass plaques demarking historical homes.

Jim Szippl reported for Chuck Huene on the landscaping project for the Old Town Hall. He said the committee had secured more bids and would be presenting them to Mayor Smith to take to the City Council Finance Committee.

Jack Smith reiterated about the ongoing Avon Police Department's search for information about the history of the department. People can call Janet Bervinack at 934-1234 with information.

Jack said the Avon Schools are looking for a volunteer to direct classes on 19th century business for Junior Achievement. The printed curriculum would require little preparation, he said. Call Marny Havas at 323-5344.


From 6 to 7 p.m. on October 11, 2007, the Sheffield Historical Society will host an open house to dedicate the Sheffield Historical Center, 4944 Detroit Road, first house west of Bass Ford on the south side of Detroit Road. At 7 p. m., there will be a presentation on "The Old and New Indian Ridge Museum." Note that the original "old" Indian Ridge Museum was established and, for many years, operated by Col. Raymond Vietzen. The public is invited to the dedication and the presentation.

Jean Fischer told the group that Gary Gerrone of the Lorain County Metro Parks will be giving the program on November 7, 2007. Gary will do bird calls with the same great talent that last year he sang "Songs of the Civil War."

The meeting adjourned at 7:17, with Stan Hawryluk making the motion; Jim Szippl seconded.

Jean next introduced the October speaker, John Mercer who spoke about the history of the Cleveland Indians radio broadcasting over the years.

Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday, Secretary



I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of October 3, 2007.

II. Treasurer's Report

Tom Eakin, who was presented with a plaque from the Avon Historical Society on 4-5-06, has recently given us $400.

A. Any outstanding bills to present.

III. Old Business

A. Christmas Party on 12-5-07, Nancy McGhee

B. Santa will arrive at the Old Town Hall at 6 pm on Saturday, 12-1-07. 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. Santa's gifts are provided by the Lions Club. 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 7 pm on 11-29-07.

At 4:00 pm on 12-1-07, glowing (Glowstick) bracelets, provided by the French Creek Development Association for the children, will be assembled with your help.

C. Landscaping Committee, Chuck Huene

D. 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.

Last year, the Avon Historical Society participated 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 17. A winner will be drawn from entries received by the participating merchants on 12-15-07 -- Jack Smith

E. Landmarks Preservation Commission, Bob Gates

F. Other

IV. New Business

A. The Quantum Bots Lego Robotics team (Bobby Johansen, Greg Knechtges, David Sadowski, and Carl Sadowski) which won a State award in 2006, will discuss an energy audit of the Old Town Hall. (David has pointed out that our "hexagonal" tile on display is really octagonal.)

Each year in the fall a new challenge is announced for the annual competition. This year it is called Power Puzzle. The team designs a computerized robot that competes for a high score. The team also has to complete an energy audit that is evaluated by a panel of judges -- Chris Ignasiak

B. Other

V. Adjourn Meeting


Jack Smith will introduce Gary Gerrone, Lorain County Metro Parks, who will present "He Does Bird Calls Too!"


Just a note to let you know that the Inter-Society Meeting is on Thursday, 11-1-07, at 6 pm at the Metroparks Carlisle Visitor Center, 12882 Diagonal Rd., Lagrange.

Potluck dinner begins at 6 pm. Please bring a dish to share and your own table service. Beverages will be provided by the North Ridgeville Historical Society.

Matthew Weisman wiil present a PowerPoint program "200 Years of Shipbuilding -- Black River (Lorain, OH) 1818-1983"

The next meeting of the Avon Historical Society is on 11-7-07 at 7 pm with Gary Gerrone from the Metroparks doing birdsongs. Last year his "Songs of the Civil War" was great entertainment.

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