Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 2-4-15

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    Meeting Agenda of the Avon Historical Society

    DATE: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2015

    TIME: 7:00 PM

    PLACE: OLD TOWN HALL of 1871

    1. CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER

    2. READING OF THE MINUTES FROM THE OCTOBER 1, 2014 MEETING

    ANY CORRECTIONS OR ADDITIONS TO THE MINUTES

    MOTION TO APPROVE

    3. TREASURER'S REPORT- CHRISTINE WHITE

    A. CHECKING ACCOUNT BALANCE $

    B. ANY OUTSTANDING BILLS TO PRESENT

    4. OLD BUSINESS

    A. HISTORICAL SOCIETY APPOINTEE FOR LANDMARKS COMMISSION

    B. NOVEMBER INTER SOCIETY MEETING. ATTENDANCE (4)

    C. DECEMBER CHRISTMAS PARTY AT JEAN FISCHER'S HOME. ATTENDANCE (28)

    D. AVON'S BICENTENNIAL IS OVER- COMMENTS.

    5. NEW BUSINESS

    A. LANDMARKS PRESERVATION COMMISSION REPORT- RALPH WHITE

    LAST MEETING WAS JANUARY 14. GUEST FROM ELYRIA CATHOLIC ATTENDED FOR SCHOOL CREDIT.

    B. HISTORY WALK PROJECT- JACK OR MATT SMITH

    C. SHEFFIELD VILLAGE'S BICENTENNIAL 1815-2015

    D. FLAG POLE OUTSIDE TOWN HALL

    E. MARCH PROGRAM- JEAN OR STAN

    6. MOTION TO ADJOURN

    7. PROGRAM FOR THE EVENING IS PRESENTED BY DR. EDDIE HERDENDORF:

    NEW THEORIES ON THE FORMATION OF LAKE ERIE- WAS LAKE ERIE ONCE A SHALLOW SALT LAKE? EVOLUTION OF LAKE ERIE FROM WATER LEVELS 200 FEET HIGHER THAN TODAY TO 100 FEET LOWER.

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    WEDNESDAY FEB 4, 2015 AVON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MINUTES

    President Ralph White called the February 4, 2015 meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 6:50 p.m. The meeting began early due to the inclement weather and lack of heat in the Old Town Hall.

    The minutes of the October 1, 2014 meeting were approved as read with Jack Smith making the motion and Matt Smith seconding.

    7 members and 7 guests were present.

    Treasurer Christine White reported a balance of $5,662.46 in the checking account. There were no outstanding bills to present.

    In old business:

    Ralph White has accepted the Landmarks Preservation Commission appointment for another 4 year term.

    There were 4 AHS members that attended the Lorain County Inter Society meeting on November 6, 2014.

    28 members gathered for the Society's Christmas party held on December 6 at the home of Jean Fischer.

    There were no comments or discussion regarding the end of Avon's Bicentennial year.

    In new business:

    Ralph White reported on the last Landmark's meeting of January 14. A student from Elyria Catholic attended as a guest for school credit. An application for a Historical Landmark plague was approved for a home on Hays Street.

    Matt Smith reported on the History Walk Project. The Landmark's Commission has been put in charge of the project with Matt as Project Manager. Matt plans to hike the area to pick spots for displays and is looking for ideas for the content of the displays.

    Sheffield Village will be celebrating their bicentenial in 2015. 27 different events are schedule commemorating the event. See

    www.avonhistory.org/histmin/1oct14.htm#n3

    Ralph has contacted the city regarding the flag pole outside the Old Town Hall. It is currently lying along the sidewalk, parallel with the east wall of the Hall.

    Ralph will contact Mitchell's One Hour Heating about the lack of heat in the Hall and also contact the City regarding the frozen water pipes.

    The meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:15 pm with Jack Smith making the motion and Nancy McGhee seconding.

    Ralph introduced the guest speaker Eddie Herdendof with his program of New Theories on the Formation of Lake Erie and the evolution of Lake Erie from water levels of 200 feet higher than today to 100 feet lower.

    The next regular meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. Program yet to be determined.

    Respectfully submitted, Christine White.

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    Spring into Avon, March 20 - 22, 2015

    www.frenchcreekdistrict.com/

    Frenchcreekdev.com/

    www.diagnosemywealth.com/

    2015 Easter Bunny Pancake Breakfast and Egg Hunt

    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    Avon Isle - 37080 Detroit Road

    Choose from Two Breakfast Seatings: 8:00am and 10:00am

    Pancakes, Sausage, Juice, Milk and Coffee

    Ticket Price: Adult - $6, Child 3-8 - $3, Child 2 and under - Free

    Tickets available for purchase at:

    The Littlest Details - 36840 Detroit Road, Olde Avon Village

    Call 440-934-3778 or visit
    www.frenchcreekdistrict.com/ for information.

    For more information about the French Creek Development Association, visit

    Wealth Health, LLC, 35651 Detroit Road, Avon or call (440) 937-1551

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    Message from Clint Gault

    2015 Spring Into Avon -- 2015 Spring Festival

    Easter Bunny Breakfast and Easter Egg Hunt

    We are looking for sponsors at $250 each. The sponsorship gets advertising in the Press newspaper, on posters, and on any additional printed materials we do. We will also have a list of sponsors on each table. Please confirm your sponsorship by February 13. 2015, as time is required to get the material printed and distributed with your logo/information on it. The proceeds are used to purchase the 20 hanging flower baskets and the flowers for the 15 planters on Detroit Rd.

    The breakfast will be on March 21, 2015. at Avon Isle with two seating's, 8:00am and 10:00am. Breakfast will consist of pancakes, sausage, and milk for the kids (coffee for adults). The egg hunt will be scheduled between the first seating and the second, at 9:30am.

    We appreciate your support and look forward to another great year!

    Clint Gault, President FCDA (French Creek Development Association)

    (440) 937-1551

    www.diagnosemywealth.com/

    Wealth Health, LLC,

    35651 Detroit Road, Avon, Ohio 44011

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    Clint Gault, J.D., AIF®

    Phone: (440) 937-1551

    E-mail: Clint@diagnosemywealth.com

    Clint is an attorney licensed in both Ohio and Florida. He is also a financial advisor with his series 6, 7, 63, 66 registrations and life, health, and annuities licenses. Clint is also an Accredited Investment Fiduciary. He resides in Avon with his wife, Alissa, and their three children, Samantha, Blake, and Farrah.

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    Meeting of the Avon Historical Society

    Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. -- Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.

    Presentation by Col. Matt Nahorn

    "The New Indian Ridge Museum"

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    Meeting of the Avon Historical Society

    Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. -- Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.

    Presentation by Dr. Charles E. Herdendorf

    "Exploring Crimea and the Black Sea"

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    chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/01/30/sheffield-man-golden-link-treasure-hunt/

    Sheffield man has a golden link to treasure hunt

    Filed on January 30, 2015 by Steve Fogarty

    Charles Herdendorf, professor emeritus of limnology and oceanography at The Ohio State University and president of the Sheffield Village Historical Society, [shows] a photo ... of a strand of golden coral named in his honor. The coral was discovered during a [gold] recovery operation of the S.S. Central America off the South Carolina coast.

    SHEFFIELD -- Charles Herdendorf hasn't seen or heard from Tommy Thompson in years. But the well-known former Ohio State University oceanography professor wasn't surprised when told Thompson, a one-time treasure hunter ... may fight extradition to Ohio over allegations he cheated investors out of about $50 million in gold Thompson recovered from a famed 1857 sunken ship ...

    The case resurfaced ... with news of Thompson's arrest by U.S. Marshals at a Hilton hotel in Boca Raton, Fla., after more than two years of eluding authorities ...

    Herdendorf, a retired OSU professor emeritus who lived in his family's historic Sheffield home while directing OSU's Lake Erie teaching and research program at Stone Lab on Put-in-Bay, accompanied Thompson, now 61, on his successful 1987-88 quest to find the S.S. Central America.

    The ship, long known as the "Ship of Gold," sank in the Atlantic during a 1857 hurricane with one of the most valuable cargos in U.S. maritime history.

    Thompson is accused of having cheated 150-plus investors out of their expected shares of the $50 million in gold bars and coins, much of which he is alleged to have sold in 2000 to a gold marketing group ...

    Acknowledging the difficulty in knowing someone and what motivates them, Herdendorf is at a loss to figure out what happened to Thompson. "He was more wrapped up in the adventure than the monetary part of it," Herdendorf said. "I don't think he had it in his mind to deceitfully cheat investors." Herdendorf said Thompson's troubles may have been the result of bad business and/or legal advice ...

    Herdendorf signed on at Thompson's request to serve as a scientific consultant for the expedition that found the gold-laden ship in 8,000 feet of water 200 miles off the South Carolina coast. The sinking claimed the lives of 425 people. Thompson was paid $12.7 million by investors to find the sunken vessel.

    The Dispatch Printing Co., which publishes the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, and the late Donald Fanta, who headed a Columbus securities firm, sued Thompson in 2005 to gain access to financial records and other documents pertaining to the shipwreck after Thompson ignored repeated requests for the information.

    Crew members of the Arctic Discoverer, the research vessel that found the gold ship, also filed suit seeking a percentage of the profits from sale of the gold.

    Thompson is not charged with any crimes, but he is expected to be ordered held until he appears before an Ohio judge to answer for his actions and provide details on sale of the recovered gold, according to Brian Babtist of the U.S. Marshal Service in Columbus.

    Thompson had evaded authorities since 2012 when a federal civil arrest warrant was issued after he failed to show up for a court hearing over the disputed treasure.

    Gil Kirk, a Columbus real estate agent and ex-director of one of Thompson's businesses, said in 2014 Thompson never cheated anyone, and that proceeds from the 2000 sale of the ship's gold went to pay bank loans and legal fees.

    Thompson suggested to a West Palm Beach, Fla., judge Thursday during a short hearing that he might resist efforts to have his legal case brought to Ohio where his investors are, claiming he's seriously ill, according to news accounts of the hearing.

    Herdendorf spent several years working with Thompson to locate the S.S. Central America. Paid as a consultant, Herdendorf's scientific efforts led to the discovery of several newspecies of ocean life, three of which were named after Herdendorf by the Smithsonian Institution, including a form of golden coral he found growing on a gold bar at the shipwreck site.

    "That was really an honor," Herderdorf said. "I got a call one morning while having breakfast from the Smithsonian telling me they were naming this coral after me, but I had to be very secretive about it. They didn't want the name to be used until they had it in print."

    In 1995, Herdendorf published "Science on a Deep-Ocean Shipwreck" that chronicled the expedition's scientific findings.

    Three years later, a federal court in Norfolk, Va., awarded Thompson 93 percent of the recovered gold. The remainder went to insurers that claimed rights to part of the treasure based on claims paid by insurance firms in the 1800s following the sinking.

    Herdendorf's work with the S.S. Central America isn't finished. Last year, he helped prepare scientific plans for a new exploration of the ship prompted by investors still looking for gold they didn't receive following the first expedition, according to Herdendorf.

    Asked if he planned to go on this second venture, the 75-year-old Herdendorf said it's unlikely. "I would have gone, but I think they felt I was too long in the tooth. I'd be out there for four months and I don't think my wife would appreciate that," he said.

    The cargo manifest of the S.S. Central America claimed there was roughly three tons of gold aboard the vessel, Herderdorf said. "They've learned recently that something in the range of 2.4 tons was recovered," he said, meaning more than a half-ton of gold remains aboard.

    The new expedition may also search for what Herdendorf described as "huge" quantities of gold carried by passengers [from California?] that were not documented at the time.

    Contact Steve Fogarty at sfogarty@chroniclet.com.

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