Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 5-6-09

President Jack Smith called the May 6, 2009, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:08 p.m. There were about 30 members and guests present.

Nancy McGhee moved and MariLou Moorman seconded to accept the minutes as read.

Jim Szippl presented a bill of $36.47 for lawn and shrub fertilizer.

Joe Richvalsky spoke of the April 8, 2009, meeting of the Landmark Preservation Commission. No one expressed interest in the two houses on StoneyRidge that are slated for demolition for expansion of St. Mary Church complex. Since the six-month waiting period has expired, they may be torn down.

The owners, a recycling company, requested permission for demolition of a house on the south side of Detroit Road at 39141. The commission denied their request. Joe is hoping that the owners have a change of heart or someone will come forward and move the house.

Joe said the commission is looking at other buildings and barns to be included on the preservation list.

On Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m. the Heritage Loan Program will be explained to city officials and the commission members. This is a program whereby a home of fifty years of age or more may be considered for a loan for improvements to the structure and the landscape.

In another matter, Jack spoke of the June 2 meeting about the celebration of the completion of the renovation of Detroit Road. The French Creek Development Association is spearheading the celebration in conjunction with the September 11-13 Fall Festival. Jack is hoping that this group and each civic organization's participation in this event will preclude interest in Avon's bicentennial celebration in 2014. The meeting is at the Lion's Community Center at 7:30 p.m.

Regarding the Old Town Hall landscaping committee, Chuck Huene moved that $250 be set aside for the annual plantings of the boxes and containers. Rosemarie Banfield seconded. Motion passed.

Jack congratulated the committee on the parking lot improvements and the shrubbery.

Ralph White said on August 28 the Ohio Site Preservation Advisory Board would be reviewing the request to make Avon isle a historic site. An advisor is reviewing the request document to see if more information is needed in the interim.

Jack asked Ralph to check with Ed Herdendorf of Sheffied Historical Society on the publication of the document required to have made Detroit a historic byway, North Ridge Scenic Byway guide.

Regarding the summer field trip, Stan Hawryluk passed out information about the Mad River & Nickel Plate Rail Road Museum and the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio. Travelers will meet at the Old Town Hall at 11 a.m. to carpool on Sunday, July 26, 2009.

Guest Steven Heugel volunteered to serve on the Avon bicentennial committee. He said he'd served on the Ohio bicentennial committee.

Treasurer Barb Wolfe reported there is $6,693.17 in the money market account and $1,121.57 in the checking account.

Refreshments were provided by Pat Furnas, Nancy McGhee, George Bliss and Jack and Carol Smith.

At 7:35 Rosemarie Banfield moved to adjourn. George Bliss seconded.

Jean Fisher introduced the speaker, Bette Lou Higgins, with the "Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum" dramatic reading.

Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday


2008 Aunt Teak & Uncle Junque Citywide Yard Sale

Saturday, June 27, 2009 9 am - 5 pm

Sunday, June 28, 2009 11 am - 5 pm

Shop the whole town! Maps showing a list of sales will be available from French Creek Merchants.

To register your sale location print off the form shown below

and mail it along with $5 to

P.O. Box 4, Avon, OH 44011

by June 17, 2009

For more information, call 440-937-5204



Avon's City-Wide Yard Sale

June 27-22, 2008, Saturday 9-5, Sunday 11-5

Participate in the City-Wide Yard Sale





NEAREST CROSS ST._________________________________________

$5 donation required to be listed on the map. Mail this form with $5 to French Creek Merchants Association, P.O. Box 4, Avon, OH 44011.

DEADLINE 6/17/08

For information: Call 934-6119 (day) or 937-5204 (evening) or visit



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 [12 or] 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 planning for Avon's Bi-Centennial in 2014.

We are hopeful to see you then on June 2, 2009.

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


The French Creek Development Association invites one or more representatives from your group or business to attend a meeting on September 1, 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 re-opening of Detroit Road to be held on Sunday, September 13, 2009, coinciding with the Fall Festival, 9-12 -- 9-13-09.


Amanda Romeo will present a program on House Restoration at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 9-2-09, 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 May 6, 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. Eagle Scout Project (Bulletin Board), Ralph White

E. Report on the field trip to the Train Museum at Bellevue on July 19, 2009, and the Mill Hollow picnic on 8-20-09, future cemetary tours, Stan Hawryluk

F. Detroit Road Re-opening, 2014 Avon Bicentennial, Jack Smith

G. __________________________________________

IV. New Business

A. Program for 10-7-09, "Early Avon History 'What's in a name?'", Jean Fischer

B. __________________________________________

V. Motion to Adjourn and Second

Jean Fischer will introduce Amanda Romeo who will present "Home Restoration"


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).


Avon's 2009 Country Living and Antique Fall Festival with the Taste of Avon and the Detroit Road Re-opening Celebration

When: 9 am - 6 pm on Saturday, September 12, and from 11 am - 6 pm on Sunday, September 13, 2009.

Where: French Creek District.

From Cleveland: Go west on I-90. Exit at SR 83 -- Avon Commons -- or at Ohio 611 (Colorado Road/Stoney Ridge Road).

Go south to Detroit Road. The French Creek District extends from SR 611 to just east of SR 83 -- Vintage House Cafe. Other Avon businesses also participate in the 2009 Festival.

For more information: Call 934-6119 (day) or 937-5204 (evening) or visit www.frenchcreekdistrict.org


Passport to Prizes -- over $2000 to be awarded.

Passports available at participating merchants. (See Below)

Look for the cornstalks and sunflowers.

A Taste of Avon -- Sample the best of French Creek District's eateries

Grand Re-Opening of Detroit Road -- Sunday Afternoon


Fall Festival Schedule

SATURDAY, September 12, 2009

9:00 am - 6:00 pm: Avon Shops open for business (hours may vary) as indicated. See the display ads for stores offering specials and sidewalk sales.

Restrooms are marked "R" on the Map. The Map and the Passport (See Below) may be obtained from participating merchants.

12:00 - 5:00 pm: Taste of Avon, 7 on Map

SUNDAY, September 13, 2009

11:00 am - 5:00 pm: Avon Shops open for business (hours may vary) as indicated

12:00 - 5:00 pm: Taste of Avon, 7 on Map.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Meet your Neighbor Avon Senior Center. Visit with Avon Club's and organizations. Barber Shop Quartet provides entertainment.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Historic tours, 3 Locations, "T" on Map: the Old Town Hall of 1871, (south-east corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge), Olde Avon Village (36848 Detroit Road), and the George Clifton House (Lake Pointe Construction, 36386 Detroit Road).

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Antique Car Displays Near Parking Areas, "P" on Map.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: Fire Station Tours, Avon Fire Station.

4:00 pm: Avon High School Marching Band, Centennial Plaza.

4:30 pm: Detroit Road Re-dedication, Centennial Plaza. Ribbon Cutting by Mayor Jim Smith and Passport Prize Drawings


Taste of Avon and Make A Wish Contact Information:

Call Jason Smith or Dave Vasu

36610 Detroit Road

Avon, Ohio




AUGUST 17, 2009

"Community Event Helps Wishes Come True"

AVON, OHIO -- A Taste of Avon will take place to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Northeast Ohio Region. The event will take place on Saturday, September 12th and Sunday, September 13th from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will occur in Avon's French Creek District, with many of the vendors hosting their booths at 36610 Detroit Road.

A Taste of Avon, sponsored by the French Creek Development Association, JL Smith Tax Advisory Group, and Dave Vasu, will be operating in conjunction with Avon's Fall Festival and the re-dedication of Detroit Road.

In addition to the delicious fare offered by local food establishments, numerous exciting activities are planned including live entertainment, a dunk tank featuring local football players and cheerleaders, historical tours, and a classic car show, to name a few. Not only will attendees of the event have the opportunity to have a wonderful time, but proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

For more information, contact (440) 934-9181.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Greater Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana, Northeast Ohio Region grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information, visit



Organizations participating at the Senior Center:

Avon Girl Scouts

Avon Women's Club

Avon Jr. Women's Club

Avon Lions

Avon PreSchool PTA

Avon Garden Club

Avon Historical Society

French Creek Development Association

Friends of the Library

Avon Seniors

Athletic Boosters

Avon Band

Landmarks Preservation Commission

Tables will be set up at the Senior Center (36786 Detroit Rd., Avon) on Sunday, Sept. 13th for civic groups to share info about their clubs and to recruit new members.

The Senior Center will be open at 11:30 a.m. on 9/13/2009

Each civic organization will have a designated table which can be used for appropriate handouts. Organizations may sell items at their tables if they desire Tables can be "manned" or "unmanned."

Closing time will be no later than 4:15 p.m. - (ribbon cutting ceremony for the rededication is planned for 4:30 p.m.)

Remove all display items and handouts at the close of the event. Leftover materials will be disposed of.

Everyone involved in planning the Fall Festival has worked together to promote exposure to the city of Avon, especially the French Creek merchants whose businesses have been negatively impacted during the widening of Detroit Road. With your club's involvement, we can make this a huge success. Looking forward to seeing you on the 13th! Please let us know if you have any questions: 937-5637, 934-5670


Some participating businesses:

DeChant Art Consulting (Assisting clients in building an art collection that is both tasteful and of value)

The Festival Art Area will feature the artist, Diane Hoeptner's paintings. Diane designed the sunflower poster for the Fall Festival and Taste of Avon. Additionally, paintings featuring classic cars and colorful abstract artworks will be displayed for sale. A portion of the proceeds will go to Make a Wish.

Teresa M. DeChant, Fine Art Consultant

216 276 0087


Art Internet Store:




Located at:

The Lewis House, Circa 1840

Olde Avon Village

36840 Detroit Road, Avon, Ohio

Call: 440-934-3457

Annual Sidewalk Sale -- September 11-13th -- Save up to 75% off Fabulous Gifts, Seasonal Merchandise, Furniture, Decorative Accents, Children's Clothing & Shoes, Gear, Bedding and More! Saturday & Sunday is Avon's Fall Festival. Live Music, the Taste of Avon, Historical Tours and Street Dedication. Particpate in "Passport to Prizes" for an opportunity to win an Avon Shopping Spree -- Prizes valued over $2000!



French Creek Medical is donating hand hygiene stations to the Avon Fall Festival.

These hand hygiene stations will be placed adjacent to the festival's portable toilets to help prevent the spread of germs and disease.



NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 9-3-07, by Alicia Castelli

``Visitors find the unexpected at Avon street festival

AVON -- Get out your credit cards, strollers and comfortable walking shoes because the 29th [now the 31st] annual Country Living and Antique Fall Festival in Avon is just around the corner ...

"We have about 60 vendors who will be setting up booths or tents and about 15 to 20 shops in the district who will be participating," said Lois Shinko, a member of the Avon French Creek Merchants' Association and co-owner of Countryside Antiques.

The festival was first held in 1978, and only five shops participated. Today, it has grown to ... more than 200 vendors or business owners, Shinko said.

"There will be tents and booths, as well as shops in the district having sidewalk sales," Shinko said. "There will be a lot going on."

Many of the buildings in the area date to the 1830s, Shinko said, adding that she and her husband, Bob, purchased the store in the area in the 1970s and renovated it.

More and more people started buying the historical properties, many on the verge of being condemned, and joined the restoration parade, Soon, nearby homeowners were fixing up their houses, and now the entire district has benefited from the revitalization ...

Shinko said the boost in sales that weekend helps merchants, [especially now with the loss of business during the construction of a third lane on Detroit Road] "This event really brings a lot of people into Avon," she said. "Depending on the business type, we definitely see a sales benefit from the festival. For example, the restaurants and gift shops will probably be busy."

Merchants' Association President Peggy Strang agrees the festival is a boon to business owners in more ways than one. "You can pick up any paper today and find two to three references to Avon these days," Strang said. "Avon is a desirable community, and lots of professional people are moving out this way. We like this festival as a way to show off the city."

Strang also likes the Main Street movement that is spreading across the country in response to strip malls springing up near interstates. "You go to the malls and shopping centers to get what you want," Strang said. "You come to us to get the unexpected."

Strang hopes people will not only wander the sidewalks, but come inside the shops as well. "We invite people to walk through the stores," she said. "We want them to start thinking about their gift lists."

This festival -- along Detroit Road from just east of state Route 83 to just west of state Route 611 -- is the city's kickoff to the holiday shopping season, Strang said.

In addition to the main road, it will include some side streets, too. Just follow the [sunflowers] and cornstalks to find antiques, crafts, décor, flowers and much more.

"Usually when we have this festival, people just make a day of it," Strang said.

[Several free parking areas are available off Detroit Road.]''


["Images of America: Avon" is on sale at 2536 Stoney Ridge in The Country Store, which is shown on the cover of the book when the store was May Webber's Millinery Shop. Call 440-934-6119 to make sure books are in stock before visiting The Country Store.]

FEATURE ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAL, 9-3-00, By NORMA HIGGINS, Morning Journal Correspondent

``Avon couple make the past special

AVON -- Bob and Lois Shinko like to collect antiques and they had a yearning to run their own antique store.

In 1973, 10 years after they were married, they decided to take a different kind of plunge and opened their antique store in Avon called The Country Store. They took the collectibles and antiques they had gathered through the years and moved them to an 1896 building at the town's busy intersection of Colorado and Detroit Roads.

Even the building is a treasure to them, because it is where Mrs. Shinko's great-great aunt ... had a millinery store ...


Passport to Prizes -- over $2000 in Prizes!

Play for a chance to win over $2000 in valuable Prizes donated by Avon Merchants. You must have 12 participating businesses stamp this form. Once your form has been stamped, complete your contact information, in full (incomplete forms will not be considered), and turn into your favorite store or leave it at the French Creek Development Association booth at the Avon Senior Center. Prize Winners will be drawn at the Detroit Road Dedication Ceremony, Sunday, 4:30 p.m. You do not have to be present to win.

Taste of Avon (at 36610 Detroit behind the JL Smith Tax Advisory Group)

Catherine's Chocolates (36718 Detroit Road)

Details (36840 Detroit Road)

Countryside Antiques (36290 Detroit Road)

Jax & Endless Summer (36840 Detroit Road)

The Littlest Details (36840 Detroit Road)

Whistler's Ice Cream Shoppe (36816 Detroit Road)

JL Smith Tax Advisory Group (36610 Detroit Road)

Shinko's Country Store (2536 Stoney Ridge)

Pinehaven Garden Center (39424 Detroit Road)

First Federal of Lakewood* (36839 Detroit Road)

Treehouse Gallery & Tea Room (36840 Detroit Road)

The Sun Store* (36937 Detroit Road)

Readings by Sophia (36931 Detroit Road)

Henry's at the Barn (36840 Detroit Road)

Jellybean's Consignment Shop (36785 Detroit Road)

A Secret Garden (36951 Detroit Road)

Creekside Brewhouse & Tavern (37040 Detroit Road)

Hen in the Ivy Florals (36840 Detroit Road)

Carriage House Bakery (36840 Detroit Road)

Spotted Dog Pet Salon (37140 Colorado)

Pat Ann's Hair Salon* (2197 Clifton Way)

Vintage House Café (35800 Detroit Road)

Jamesons Homestead Antiques (36675 Detroit Road)

Sassy's (36840 Detroit Road)

Jacob's Eye Center (36505 Detroit Road

Helen & Kal's Kitchen (36795 Detroit Road)

Avon Hair Salon (36741 Detroit Road)

French Creek Fiber Arts (36840 Detroit Road)

Long, Long Ago Antiques (36923 Detroit Road)

French Creek Development Assoc. (Avon Senior Center)

Merchant hours may vary, opening between 9 to Noon. A few may only stamp on Saturday.


Street Address:_______________________________________________

City, State, Zip:_______________________________________________

Phone Number:_______________________________________________


Your e-mail will be used by the French Creek Merchants Association to send you a newsletter offering future Event Information, Valuable Coupons, Recipes, and more. Your E-mail address will not be sold or shared with other groups. You must be 18 years or older to play.

[The Fall Festival will be held 9 am - 6 pm Saturday, September 12, and 11 am - 6 pm Sunday, September 13, 2009. Throughout the French Creek District there will be antique and craft marts with music and food.]''



"Make-A-Wish Fundraiser (Taste of Avon) A Great Success"

``AVON, OHIO -- A Taste of Avon, operating in conjunction with the Fall Festival and the re-opening of Detroit Road, took place on Saturday and Sunday, September 12 and 13 [2009]. The event proved to be a tremendous success as a multitude of visitors attended to sample various fares of local restaurants. In addition to the food, entertainment was provided including five live bands, a dunk tank, games, and a fine arts tent featuring local art vendors.

The event served several purposes. Not only was it a fantastic venue to bring the community together and increase residents' awareness of local merchants, but one hundred percent of event proceeds benefited the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Event coordinators and all of those involved were so happy with the outpouring of support from the community.

A number of individuals and organizations donated their time, goods, or services. These include but are not limited to: Avon High School football players and cheerleaders,

The Dixon Family Band -- music

Kingfish -- music

Bald Paul Irish Blues Band -- music

The Feedbacks -- music

Yellow Delicious -- music

P&J Sanitation -- 2 port-a-potties

Avon Lake Printing -- poster printing

Cooper Disposal -- garbage bin, 8-10 disposable cans

French Creek Medical -- hand sanitizers, cash

Dave Vasu -- generators, stages for band, prizes, additional misc. items

Jason Smith -- location, hot and cold water, electricity, additional misc. -- items

Diane Hoeptner -- sign design

Lake Erie Crushers -- flyer distribution

Jim Gerard -- signed print of Rolls Royce

Teresa DeChant -- signed framed print

Pat Catans -- frame

One Stop Beverage -- ice

Wellman & Griffith -- TV

Shurtech -- Colored duct tape

Dave the Balloon Vendor -- balloons

Pinehaven Nursery -- mums

Misencik Funeral Home -- cornstalks / decorations

First Federal -- $50 savings bond

Carriage House Bakery -- cash donation

Catherine's Chocolates -- cash donation

Coleone's -- cash donation

Edible Arrangements -- cash donation

Ernie's Auto Body -- cash donation

Rush Inn -- cash donation

Mulligans -- cash donation

El Metate -- cash donation

Vintage House -- cash donation

Merchant's Assoc -- cash donation

Avon Historical Society -- cash donation

Frank & Ellie's -- cash donation

Nemo's -- cash donation

Henry's -- cash donation

With the help of these generous donors, a total of $3830 was raised for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Organizers and participants are grateful to all of the donors and look forward to another successful event next year.''


The following are the winners of the 2009 Fall Festival Prizes:

1st Prize: C. McGreevy, Valleyview

2nd: K. Mesaros, Avon

3rd: M. Ranallo, North Ridgeville

4th: K. Sammons, Valleyview

5th: K. Myers

6th: D. Smith, Avon

7th: J. Daymut, Strongsville

8th: P. Campbell, Avon

9th: D. Kula, Avon

10th: K. Krall, Avon

11th: L. Peterson, Avon

12th: S. Orris, Olmsted Falls

13th: D. DiRienzo, Avon

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