Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 5-7-14

  • 7-22-14: Second Summer 2014 Bicentennial Program at the Avon Library

  • 6-21-14: Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque, June 21 and 22, 2014 Old Town Hall of 1871 open

  • 7-11-14: Read Around Avon at the Old Town Hall of 1871

  • 9-5-7--14: Fall Into Avon -- Dick Goddard to attend -- Scarecrow Competition

  • 10-18-7--14: 2014 Bicentennial Fashion Show and Crazy Beard and Moustache Contest

  • 9-5-7--14: Fall Into Avon 2014 Bicentennial Taste of Avon

  • 9-5-7--14: Fall Into Avon Summary of Events and Schedules

  • 9-14-2014: Avon's 200th Birthday Today -- Come to the Party -- New time capsule to be opened in 2034.

    May 7, 2014 AVON HISTORICAL SOCIETY MINUTES

    President Ralph White called the May 7, 2014 meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7 p.m. The minutes of the April 2nd meeting were approved as read with Jim Szippl making the motion and Susie Cory seconding.

    38 members and guests were present.

    Treasurer Christine White reported a balance of $5,094.76.

    In old business:

    Election of AHS officers was tabled until the September 2014 meeting.

    Jack Smith reported on the Avon History Walk. Mayor Jensen agreed about the location of the plaques at the new pool paths and that the displays could be produced over a period of years.

    Ralph reported on the Landmarks Preservation Commission April 2014 meeting. Avondale Golf Course has been purchased by Ryan Homes. A demolition permit was requested for the house. Voting on the permit was tabled until the May Meeting.

    Jim Szipple reported that Old Betsy fire truck was being refurbished and moved. Reminder that AHS members may bring donated items to Jim and Theresa Szippl's to sell for fund raising during the Aunt Teak and Uncle Junk city wide garage sale.

    In new business:

    Pat Kelly, requested the Town Hall be open Sat. June 28 from 2-5 p.m. for the Avon High School Class of 1959 Reunion. Ralph to have DVD's for viewing.

    Reminder that today is the last meeting until September.

    The meeting was adjourned at 7:15 with Theresa Szippl making the motion and Jim Szippl seconding.

    Jean Fischer spoke about the Schwartz family and their early descendants.

    The next meeting of the Avon Historical Society will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday, 9-3-14, at the Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge. Presentation yet to be determined.

    Respectfully submitted, Christine White.

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    Second Summer 2014 Bicentennial Program at the Avon Library

    Taylor J.(Jack) Smith, of the Avon Historical Society, on Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., will present "Avon, the Early Years" at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon, OH 44011, (440) 934-4743. Preregistration is required.

    For more information, see

    www.avonhistory.org/hist/hto74.htm

    Jim Smith from the Lorain Connty Historical Society gave the first summer lecture on 6-17-14 and will give the third lecture on 8-26-14.

    Jim Smith will speak on "Who Was Who in Avon" at 7 p.m., August 26, 2014 at the library, discussing the city's famous families throughout history. Reservations are required and can be made at the Avon Branch Library at 440-934-4743 or at

    www.lorainpubliclibrary.org

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    Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque

    June 21 and 22, 2014

    The Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast cormer of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, will be open from 1 to 4pm on Saturday, 6-21-14.

    French Creek Merchants offer Sidewalk Sales, Regional Antique Dealers, In-store Specials and more. Search for treasures as local residents host garage and yard sales.

    www.frenchcreekdistrict.com/id72.htm

    Garage Sale Registration Form

    June 21 and 22, 2014

    Participate in Avon's City Wide Yard Sale

    FREE Listing on our website and event map!

    www.frenchcreekdistrict.com/

    NAME:

    ADDRESS:

    PHONE/E-MAIL:

    NEAREST CROSS ST.:

    SPECIAL ITEMS FOR SALE:

    Print and Mail this form to:

    French Creek Merchants Association

    C/O Details, 36840 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011

    -or-

    E-mail your information to:

    info@frenchcreekdistrict.com

    DEADLINE 6/13/2014

    The Old Town Hall of 1871, southeast cormer of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, will be open from 1 to 4pm on Saturday, 6-21-14.

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    Read Around Avon at the Old Town Hall of 1871

    Friday, July 11, 2014, 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Celebrate Avon this summer by traveling around town for special family story times. The July 11 stop is indoors at the Avon Historical Society at the south-east corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, which is the Old Town Hall of 1871 and the Avon Branch Library's first location.

    Parking is limited so plan time to park at the library and walk if needed. Be sure to pick up your Read Around Avon passport at the Avon Branch Library or at any Read Around Avon story time. Children can claim a small prize at the library after attending three locations.

    For more information, contact

    www.lorainpubliclibrary.org

    or Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon, OH 44011, (440) 934-4743.

    Date:

    Friday, July 11, 2014, 1 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

    Location:

    Old Town Hall of 1871, south-east corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.

    Openings: Unlimited

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    9-5-7--14: Fall Into Avon

    Fall Into Avon -- Dick Goddard to attend -- Scarecrow Competition

    There will be Pet Adoptions on Saturday, 9/6 from 11:00 to 6:00 and Sunday, 9/7 from 12:00 to 5:00 -- Dick Goddard to attend.

    Visit Avon Merchants: Antiques, Home Décor, Gifts, Fashion, Gourmet Foods, Lunch and Dinner Menus and More ~

    Shops are offering event specials and sales!

    For decades residents of Avon and northern Ohio have celebrated the start of the Fall Season with its annual festival. Antique Dealers from the region descend on Avon to display and sell their treasures. French Creek merchants feature fall décor for the home and seasonal fashions for men, women and children, while Avon restaurants offer gourmet specials, guaranteed to tempt any palate. Attendees are able to take advantage of fabulous deals at sidewalk sales and in-store specials.

    For Event Information Visit:

    www.frenchcreekdistrict.com

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    Scarecrow Competition and Auction:

    www.frenchcreekdistrict.com/id84.html

    Scarecrow Competition - Enter to Win!

    Join in the fun and a chance to win valuable prizes. $500 Grand Prize!

    Scarecrow Competition Entry Form

    Official Rules and Regulations

    1. Fill out the entry form and return to the following address by August 1, 2014. Theme ideas will be accepted on a "first-come, first-serve" basis to avoid duplication. You must adhere to your original theme, or petition for an alternative theme. Address: 36840 Detroit Rd., Avon, OH 44011

    Phone: 440-934-1636

    2. Your exhibit must be freestanding, sturdy and weatherproof in order to qualify for displaying and judging. Consider the wind and rain when choosing and securing materials to your creation. We strongly encourage you to visit the display during the weekend for a "check up" to ensure it is looking its best. No business names and/or phone numbers may be used in the exhibit.

    3. "Fall into Avon" and The Olde Avon Village are not responsible for the security of the scarecrows on display.

    4. Exhibits must be set up between 10 a.m. Friday, September 5, 2014 and 9 a.m. Saturday, September6, 2014. Please take care during set up and be respectful of the grounds and structures at the property. Any damage to the site property is at your expense.

    5. "Fall into Avon" reserves the right to take photos of the exhibits and use these photos for future promotion, without reimbursement to the designer(s). Photographs become the property of the French Creek Development Associations and the French Creek Merchants' Associations.

    6. The exhibits may be held on display for public enjoyment through the end of the Fall season. Your exhibit should be removed the first week of October. Unclaimed exhibits will be discarded

    7. The exhibits will be judged by an impartial third party at the close of the event. You do not have to be present to win. Prize winners will be announced at the Taste of Avon on Saturday of the event.

    Please PRINT clearly. Mail completed forms to French Creek Foundation - c/o Treehouse Gallery 36840 Detroit Rd, Avon OH 44011

    Entrant's Name:

    Age:

    OR

    Company/School/Troop/Group Name (also include Primary Contact Person's Name):

    Address:

    City:

    State:

    Zip:

    Email:

    Contact Number:

    Exhibit Name:

    Exhibit Description:

    My signature indicates that I understand and agree to all of the rules of the Fall into Avon Scarecrow Competition:

    Signature:

    Date:

    For information or questions, please contact Genna at 440.934.1636.

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    www.frenchcreekdistrict.com/id93.html

    Fall into Avon 2014

    Fall Festival:

    Stroll the sidewalks of the French Creek District where merchants are offering amazing store specials, sidewalk sales, restaurant specials and more. Regional Antique Dealers will display their wares at Countryside Antiques and along Detroit Road. Make certain to save enough time to explore and enjoy a meal at one of Avon's eateries.

    Hours: Saturday - 9am to 6pm and Sunday - 11am to 5pm (hours may vary at the business owner's discretion; Antique Vendors open early)

    Lori Miles, 440.934.3778

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    Taste of Avon (located behind JL Smith Group - 36610 Detroit Road):

    Local Restaurants and specialty food vendors will be featuring items from their menus for your enjoyment.

    Hours: Saturday - 11am to 6pm and Sunday - Noon to 5pm

    Sponsored by: J L Smith Group

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    Kid's Pavilion (located in front of Avon's Skatepark - 36744 Detroit Road):

    Storytime, Magic Show, Tumbling Area, "Kid Print", Balloon Animals and Juggling Demonstrations Coloring Contest - Prizes by The Littlest Details Kids Craft Tent sponsored by Acorn Child Care Center Fun Bounce House Sponsored by: Avon Oaks Nursing Facility and Acorn Child Care Center

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    Classic Car Show (located behind Avon Village School - 36600 Detroit Road):

    Car enthusiasts will be showing off their classic cars. The car entries must be at least 25 years old, and will be judged in various categories.

    Hours: Saturday - 1 to 4pm (Rain Date: Sunday - 1 to 4pm)

    Sponsored by: Joyce Buick GMC

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    BMX/Skateboard Competition (Located at Avon's Skate Park - 36744 Detroit Road):

    In divisions of U14 and 14 years and older, the youth will match their skills in skateboarding and biking. Each competitor will be given three minutes to perform his/her skills for a panel of judges. Awards and prizes will be given away.

    Hours: Sunday - 2:00pm

    Sponsored by: Westshore Primare Care

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    Scarecrow Exhibits (located in The Olde Avon Village - 36840 Detroit Road):

    Creative individuals are welcome to join in the competition to design an amazing Scarecrow display. All exhibits will be available for viewing in The Olde Avon Village. Local radio personalitie s will judge the displays to determine the $500 Grand Prize winner. Additional prizes will be awarded for 2nd, third and children's categories.

    Hours: Saturday - 11am to 6pm and Sunday - Noon to 5pm

    Sponsored by The Olde Avon Village

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    Pet Adoption Center with Dick Goddard (located East of Avon's Senior Center - 36784 Detroit Road):

    Looking for a new "furry" family member? Stop by the Pet Adoption Center with pets available from Friendship APL and Love-a-Stray. Don't forget to bring donations of desperately needed pet food, blankets and pet accessories.

    Another special feature this year will be Dick Goddard, meteorologist, author and animal activist.

    Meet Mr. Goddard at 1pm on Sunday, September 7th at 1pm, where he will be speaking about the bill officially known as "Dick Goddard's Act".

    Hours: Saturday and Sunday - Noon to 5pm

    Sponsored by: First Federal of Lakewood

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    Bicentennial Time Capsule Ceremony:

    Saturday, September 6th - 3 to 4pm

    Sponsored by: French Creek Foundation and the Avon Historical Society

    440.934.4420

    We can be reached at frenchcreekdev@centurytel.net

    Frenchcreekdev.com

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    Contact Information:

    Lori Miles, 440.934.3778

    Details -- 36840 Detroit Rd., Avon, OH 44011

    info@frenchcreekdistrict.com

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    Some Bicentennial Events:

    7/11 1:00pm Read Around Avon at Old Town Hall of 1871

    7/18 1:00pm Read Around Avon at Avon Village School

    7/19 8:30am Jennings-Wilhelm "Believe in Yourself" 5K

    7/25 1:00pm Read Around Avon at Miller Nature Preserve

    8/1 1:00pm Read Around Avon at Avon City Hall

    8/30 Party in the Park at Little League Park

    9/6-7 Fall Into Avon Festival

    9/6 3:00pm Tine Capsule Opening, plaza next to Senior Center. Time capsule and contents to be displayed at the Old Town Hall of 1871.

    9/14 11:00am Family picnic at Veteran's Memorial Park

    10/18 Lorain County Preservation Network Expo at Avon Isle

    12/5-7 Candlelite Walk

    12/6 5:00pm Santa Stroll and Christmas Tree Lighting

    12/13 Old Fashioned Holiday Celebration, Avon Branch Library

    Fall Into Avon Update:

    Taste of Avon, Kids Pavilion, Scarecrow Making Contest and Pet Adoptions on Saturday, 9/6 from 11:00 to 6:00 and Sunday, 9/7 from 12:00 to 5:00 -- Dick Goddard to attend.

    On Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm -- Car Show.

    Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm -- BMX Competition.

    The current Time Capsule will be exhumed at 3:00pm on Saturday, 9/6 and the items will be on display in the Old Town Hall of 1871 until 9/14 when new things will be added and the Time Capsule interred again during the Family Picnic.

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    2014 Bicentennial Fashion Show and Crazy Beard and Moustache Contest

    Lorain County Preservation Network Expo - October 18, 2014, 11 am to 3 pm

    The Lorain County Preservation Network is hosting an Exposition of preservation activities going on across Lorain County on October 18, 2014, 11 am to 3 pm at the Avon Isle, 36080 Detroit Road, Avon, Ohio.

    This event is free and open to the public.

    We are expecting exhibits from Amherst, Avon, Avon Lake, Elyria, Lorain, Oberlin and Sheffield Village. Some of the communities will have multiple exhibits. Lois Shinko is planning an extensive display of Avon memorabilia.

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    Avon's 2014 Bicentennial Crazy Beard and Moustache Contest

    Sponsored by Catanza's Barber Shop, 35682 Detroit Rd, Avon. Please pick up applications, register at the shop and receive more information.

    Winners will be announced at Avon Isle at 3:30 on October 18, 2014, immediately after the Lorain County Preservation Network Expo. Trims during September and October are free at the shop. Event is free. Please come and check out the beards! Prizes will be awarded.

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    Avon's 2014 Bicentennial Fashion Show. October 18, 2014 at 4 pm

    Sponsored by Avon's Original Country Store and Lois Shinko. Please pick up more information at the store located at 2536 Stoney Ridge Road or call 440-724-3021.

    The event will be at 4 pm at the Avon Isle immediately following the Lorain County Preservation Network Expo and Bicentennial Crazy Beard and Moustache Contest. Please come and see how you would have dressed back in the "good old days"! If you have an old outfit -- be sure to wear it. Event is free.

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    2014 Bicentennial Food Vendors for Taste of Avon

    Dolce Wraps

    French Creek Tavern

    Starbucks

    Coleone's Pizza and Subs

    Tom's Country Place

    Vintage House Cafe

    Nemo Grille

    Mulligans

    Wood and Wine

    Zoup

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    Bicentennial Band Schedule for Taste of Avon -- September 6 and 7, 2014

    Saturday:

    11 - 12:20 Stage A Emily Keener

    12:20 -1:40 Stage B Recess

    1:40-3:00 Stage A Machined Head

    3:00-4:30 Stage B JB and the Wanderers

    4:30-6:00 Stage A Yellow Delicious

    Sunday:

    12:00-2:00 Stage A Windjammer Big Band

    2:00-3:30 Stage B AHS Electric Orchestra

    3:30-5:00 Stage B Raine Austen

    Saturday's Line-Up

    Emily Keener 11-12:20

    Emily Keener is a young girl with an old soul, her moving music seems to come from a place of beauty and pure emotion. Her shows include her original songs and covers on both the guitar and piano, with every song lovingly filtered through a passionate voice.

    She plays her dad's old-six string acoustic guitar with a folksy, nostalgic groove, bluesy chords and finger-picking riffs. Throw in some piano based songs, and she can fill a room with her unique style.

    Emily starting playing the guitar when she was 11 years old and started writing songs when she was almost 12. She now has over 70 original songs and has released two EP's (short albums) and a full length album, A Book of New Beginnings (Aug 31, 2013).

    In September 2011, she won a national songwriting contest for Constituting America 9*17 for her song "We the People". She performed her winning on song on the Huckabee show on the Fox News Channel with Governor Huckabee and his band The Little Rockers on October 15, 2011. www.emilykeener.com

    Recess 12:20-1:40

    Forming in 2008 as Recess, this young rock band has made headlines across the United States. They became an internet sensation and received worldwide recognition when they were featured on Yahoo video in April of 2009. Recess has been on local and national radio and TV stations.

    Appearing in numerous newspaper articles and performing from California, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and all over the State of Ohio. Including an opening act for Davy Jones of the Monkees.

    Recess consists of five very talents musicians: Vincent Fondale, lead vocalist at age 14; Anthony Fondale, his brother, plays keyboards and back-up vocals at age 18; Alex Rax, lead guitarist and back-up vocals at age 16; and Arslan Khan, drummer at age 18. Over the past few years, Recess has collectively received millions of views on YouTube and Yahoo.

    They have released their first CD titled "Above the Broken Hearts" in early 2014. Their second CD, titled "Stories", will be released in July 2014. They are currently in the studio working on their third CD to be completed by 2014 year-end. Contact Recess at

    www.recessbandofficial.com

    Machined Head 1:40-3

    Although the members of our band have been playing together for many years, they have recently embarked in a new direction. After playing throughout Lorain and Cuyahoga counties as a cover band that performed classic rock music from dozens of artists in nightclubs, they are now strictly a Deep Purple tribute band.

    They play all of their popular songs like Hush, My Woman from Tokyo, and Highway Star, etc. all the way up to their later hits like Perfect Stranger. They also perform the popular hits from their founding members after Deep Purple including Rainbow songs like Man on the Silver Mountain and Stone Cold. Their direction is to play events and larger venues for 90 minute sets rather than nightclubs for 3-4 hours.

    A five-piece band of seasoned veterans, they pride themselves on putting on a great show and always makes sure their audience has a memorable time. Members are Brian Thompson on keyboard, Chris Songer on drums, Bill Truslow on guitar, Jerry Trent on bass, and Dan Mertens as lead vocals.

    JB and the Wanderers 3-4:30

    JB and the Wanderers are a three-piece acoustic band that grew up together on the East Side of Cleveland. They met in middle school and challenged each other musically, encouraging each other to move beyond the safe sounds of commercial radio.

    As they grew up and each went on their own way, they continued to remain a close group. Joe Parker (backing vocals and lead guitarist) followed his virtuoso dreams and travelled the world playing guitar professionally.

    Upon Joe's return, JB (Jason Baumgardner, Lead Vocals and Guitar) and "the other Wanderer" (Andy Crytzer, Back Vocals and Guitar), waited to show Joe what they had learned on guitar. A year and a half later, after much practice, on a cold and blustery Cleveland spring day, JB and the Wanderers were officially formed.

    The "Wanderers" have been earning their stripes in local watering holes around the East Side of Cleveland, and now have decided to take on the West Side! Their catalog features songs you enjoyed growing up, pulled from the 70's through today's hits, all played in their own unmistakable style.

    Although acoustic guitars are the main instruments, Joe has been known to pick up his banjo or lap steel if the song demands it. Their motto is "to always have fun playing music together", a sentiment that leaves crowds cheering for more.

    www.facebook.com/JBandtheWanderers

    Yellow Delicious 4:30-6

    With an appetite for concoction, Yellow Delicious mixes their love of 80's music and classic rock into a delicious blend of new wave rock for the 21st century. Adding a modern twist, this band recalls a time when rock was fun and carefree, when the songs were about good times, women, love, lust and well ... rock and roll! That's where YD comes in with their cd "Get Some!"

    Yellow Delicious was built by twin brothers Pat and Mike Kostalnick, high school friend Greg Dempsey, and Chris Vidler who came together with a shared vision of rock. Pat handles lead vocals and smooth yet sometimes frantic lead guitar.

    Add Mike with his old school rock/punk rhythm guitar, Greg with his driving drumbeats and Chris' throbbing bass and you get the sound and vibe of Yellow Delicious. They all join together to shout out the group vocals to get your fists pumping and your ass shaking.

    Together, YD has rocked audiences from Albuquerque to NYC, performing at numerous colleges, clubs and festivals throughout the US. They've wowed the crowds at the Mid-Atlantic Music Conference, Midpoint Music Festival, Motor City Music Conference, CMJ/ Rock Hall Music Festival and have opened for and/or shared the stage with bands such as Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, Motley Crue, Eddie Money, Poison, Winger, Ratt, The Darkness, Sum 41, The Fixx, Blessid Union Of Souls, The Calling, Cracker, Cowboy Mouth, and Dirty Americans.

    YD has been voted one of the best rock bands in Cleveland by Scene Magazine, performed at the International Pop Overthrow festival in Philadelphia and New York and performed at the legendary CBGB.

    www.yellowdelicious.com/home

    Sunday's Line-Up

    Windjammer Big Band 12-2

    The Windjammer Big Band is a full-size swing band featuring dance and jazz music of the last century. They are part of the Vermilion Community Music Association, and members are from all over Northern Ohio.

    Windjammer's music is considered to be big and including the likes of Glenn Miller and Duke Ellington, etc., and style and vintage rock music, such as "Rockin Robin" and "Vehicle". They are a not-for-profit community band, and musicians range in age from college-aged to golden-agers with everything in between.

    They plan for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, the Ohio Veteran's Home in Sandusky, Charleston Coffee House in Lorain, and civic venues all over the area.

    www.VCMA.net

    Avon High School's Electric Orchestra 2-3:30

    If the typical classic orchestral music program puts you to sleep, Jesse Martin has just the thing for you: AEO, or the Avon Electric Orchestra. Martin, a music teacher for Avon Local Schools, created AEO last year. "I wanted more opportunities for the string players." he said. "Band and choir both have other groups that add to the kids' experiences such as show choir and jazz ensemble."

    When Martin talked it over with some students, they mentioned how much they enjoyed groups like Trans Siberian Orchestra. So he set on a mission to create one of the few high school rock orchestras in the area. "The support of the School Board and Orchestra Booster turned his dream into a reality," said Martin.

    Both groups each purchase $6,000 set of electric instruments, consisting of two electric violins, one electric viola, one electric cello, and the necessary additional equipment. In the 2012-13 inaugural year of AEO, 19 students participated. This year, Martin was forced to hold auditions because so many students were interested. With 32 members, the group in now bursting at the seams.

    In addition to the electric instruments, some acoustic violins and cellos help to soften the sound. The group playas a variety of funk, rock, pop, alternative and classical music in an imaginative way. They have been invited to play at "gigs" all over the area and love every minute of it. "This has been so much fun," said Martin. "Way beyond what I expected."

    Raine Austen with her Guest, David Millen on Sax 3:30-5

    With an extended vocal range of light-opera to country to contemporary fashion, Raine Austen is no stranger to the stage. Cleveland's Own has been singing since, well, before she was born, so her mom claims.

    She spends her life front and center on stages large and small. Austen's reputation is one of large concert settings of Christian, Christmas and Patriotic events, and is known to reach into the heart and touch the soul.

    When her fans requested more than Christian music, Austen designed the "It's All About LOVE!" Concert Series where she highlights her vocal talents with secular song renditions of Barbara Streisand, Natalie Cole, Celine Dion, Karen Carpenter, Patsy Cline, and the like.

    You'll be impressed by multiple stylings of the classics, pop, country and light jazz genres. Recently Raine shared the stage with Dean Martin's son, Ricci Martin and claims she'll "never be the same!" Now the word is that "No one sings Dean Martin like Raine Austen!"

    Joining her is the very fun and talented sax player, the ever popular David Millen. move over Kenny G! Millen brings his talents on both alto and tenor sax. Sit back and relax to "Just Dave." With 4 CDs under her belt, Austen's long awaited CD is underway with an expected release for the 2015 season.

    You can purchase a 3-song prerelease at her live performances. Once you encounter Raine's beautiful voice, you'll know why she is so popular.

    To learn more about Raine Austen, and her guest David Millen, please log on to

    www.raineausten.com

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    [9-5-7--14: "Fall Into Avon" Summary of Events and Schedules]

    Fall into Avon festival welcomes back meteorologist Dick Goddard ...

    By Julie A. Short

    August 22, 2014

    The calendar may still show summer, but organizers of the annual Fall into Avon festival are busy putting the finishing touches on this year's event ...

    For more than two decades, residents of Avon and northern Ohio have celebrated the start of the fall season with the annual "Fall Festival" (a.k.a. "Country Living Festival"). Antique dealers from the region descend on Avon to display and sell their treasures ...

  • Visitors can sample food items from local restaurants at the "The Taste of Avon" pavilion, sponsored by J.L. Smith Group, 36610 Detroit Road. Live music will also be provided. The event takes place Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 7 from noon to 5 p.m.

    Participating restaurants include Coleone's Pizza & Subs, Dolce Wraps, French Creek Tavern, Mulligan's Pub & Grille, Nemo Grille, Starbucks, Tom's Country Place, Vintage House Café, Wood & Wine, and Zoup!.

  • A Kid's Pavilion, hosted by Avon Oaks Nursing Facility & Acorn Childcare, features activities for children including a tumbling area, face painting, children's craft project, a magic show, bounce house, coloring contest and more child-friendly activities.

  • The Scarecrow Competition, sponsored by The Old Avon Village, shows off the creativity of individuals of all ages. The exhibits will be available in The Olde Avon Village throughout the weekend. Local personalities will be judging the exhibits and present the $500 Grand Prize, along with numerous other prizes.

  • Dick Goddard will be signing copies of his book during the Fall into Avon festival ...

    Pet-lover and local meteorologist Dick Goddard will be back at the First Federal of Lakewood Pet Pavilion Sept. 6 at 1 pm. ... Pets will also be available for adoption.

    Local organizations also will be offering information for their upcoming events and causes:

  • Avon/Avon Lake Community Resource Services (CRS) will be hosting a food drive. Anyone donating non-perishable food items will have their name entered in a drawing for various prizes.

  • A Classic Car Show, sponsored by Joyce Buick GMC, is scheduled for Sept. 6 from 1 to 4 p.m. (rain date-Sept. 7). The cars will be judged and prizes will be awarded in various categories.

  • A BMX and Skateboard Challenge, sponsored by Westshore Primary Care, also will take place over the weekend.

  • In celebration of Avon's 200th birthday, a ceremonial removal of a time capsule buried nearly 20 years ago, will be held Sept. 6 at 3 p.m. at the Clock Tower located near Avon's Senior Center. At 4 pm, the contents of the time capsule will be taken to the Old Town Hall of 1871, south-east corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, where they will be displayed through 9-14-2014, Avon's two hundreth birthday.

  • A Bicentennial Concert by the Avon School of Music will be held at 6 p.m., 9-6-14, in the evening at the Gazebo, located at the south-west corner of Stoney Ridge and Detroit in Heritage Square. For more information, go to

    www.AvonMusic.org

  • Bicentennial baby: The deadline to submit an entry in the Avon Early Childhood PTA's Bicentennial Baby contest is Sept. 1. Avon will officially turn 200 years old on Sept. 14. The AECPTA is honoring the special day by sponsoring the community-wide contest ...

    The honor and prizes will be awarded to the family whose baby is born on (or the soonest after) Sept. 14 [2014] at midnight. At least one of the baby's parents must reside in the city of Avon. To enter, email corresponding@avonecpta.org. Entries should include: parent's name, address, email address, phone number and expected due date.

    After the baby is born, and/or by Sept. 30 the families will need to contact the AECPTA with the actual date and time of birth. Each family must provide this information by Sept. 30 in order to be eligible to win. For complete contest details, go to

    avonecpta.org

  • Hairy contest: Avon is looking for entries for the "Crazy Beard and Mustache" bicentennial contest sponsored by Catanza's Barber Shop, 35682 Detroit Road. Stop by the shop for an application and register for the contest. Participants can also register during the Fall into Avon festival. Facial hair will be judged in three categories: unique style of mustache and/or beard, thickest beard and/or mustache, and best groomed.

    Winners will be announced at the Avon bsle on Oct. 18 [2014] at 3:30 p.m. following the Lorain County Preservation Network Expo.

    First place in each category will receive free haircuts for the remainder of the year. Runner-ups will receive one free haircut. The contest is free to enter.

  • On 9-14-14, from 2 - 4 pm, there will be an open house at the Wilbur Cahoon home, 2940 Stoney Ridge Road. This is the first frame house in Avon, and was built by Avon's first settler with boards he cut in his own saw mill on French Creek.

  • On 9-14-14, 11 am - 3 pm, there will be a "Happy Birthday Avon" citywide picnic at Veterans Memorial Park. The contents of a new time capsule will be on display from noon to 3 pm allowing Avon residents an opportunity to sign the capsule. At 3 pm, the Avon Bicentennial Band will perform followed by the sealing of the time capsule. At 4 pm, the new time capsule will be installed in Centennial Plaza at the Clock Tower near the Senior Center.

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    9-14-2014: Avon's 200th Birthday Today -- Come to the Party -- New time capsule to be opened in 2034.

    9-14-14, from 2 - 4 pm, there will be an open house at the Wilbur Cahoon home, 2940 Stoney Ridge Road. This is the first frame house in Avon, and was built by Avon's first settler with boards he cut in his own saw mill on French Creek.

    9-14-14, 11 am - 3 pm, there will be a "Happy Birthday Avon" citywide picnic at Veterans Memorial Park. The contents of a new time capsule will be on display from noon to 3 pm allowing Avon residents an opportunity to sign the capsule. At 3 pm, the Avon Bicentennial Band will perform followed by the sealing of the time capsule. At 4 pm, the new time capsule will be installed in Centennial Plaza at the Clock Tower near the Senior Center.

    9-14-14, from 2 - 4 pm, the time capsule opened on 9-6-14 will be displayed at the Old Town Hall of 1871, south-east corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge.

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    Hairy contest: Avon is looking for entries for the "Crazy Beard and Mustache" bicentennial contest sponsored by Catanza's Barber Shop, 35682 Detroit Road. Stop by the shop for an application and register for the contest. Participants can also register during the Fall into Avon festival. Facial hair will be judged in three categories: unique style of mustache and/or beard, thickest beard and/or mustache, and best groomed.

    Winners will be announced at the Avon bsle on Oct. 18 [2014] at 3:30 p.m. following the Lorain County Preservation Network Expo.

    First place in each category will receive free haircuts for the remainder of the year. Runner-ups will receive one free haircut. The contest is free to enter.

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    Time capsule ceremony to be part of Avon bicentennial

    September 3, 2014

    By Cynthia Schuster-Eakin

    As part of Avon's bicentennial celebration, its citizens are encapsulating a message to be read by future residents.

    A time capsule currently in the base of the cast iron clock at Avon's Centennial Plaza on Detroit Road adjacent to the senior center will be opened in a ceremony at 3 p.m. on Sept. 6. The capsule was deposited in the base of the clock by the French Creek Development Association (FCDA) in 1997 when Centennial Plaza was built and dedicated.

    According to Paul Burik of the French Creek Developmnet Association (FCDA), the capsule contains numerous documents, including a newspaper of the day, and letters to future Avon High School graduates from the 1997 senior class members.

    Burik said that he, as chairman of the city's planning commission at the time, also wrote a letter about the commission's vision of Avon. The newspaper, Burik noted, covers a very interesting international event that is still talked about to this day. To confirm just what that event is, people will have to attend the Sept. 6 ceremony, he said.

    After it is opened, the capsule and its contents will be on display at the Old Town Hall of 1871, south-east corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, during the Fall into Avon festival on Sept. 6 and 7, and on 9-14-2014, Avon's two hundreth birthday.

    A new time capsule, to be opened in 2034, will be sealed in the base of the Centennial Plaza clock on Sept. 14. That date is the actual anniversary of Avon's founding, Burik said. The new time capsule will contain a newspaper from Sept. 14, 2014, a letter from Mayor Bryan Jensen to the future mayor of Avon, a letter from Jim Piazza, planning coordinator, who is retiring this year after many years of service to the city, and a photo essay of Avon in 2014 prepared by Burik.

    The time capsule committee is also considering including a cellphone, because "it is a device that has changed our lives in the past decade and may be as obsolete in 20 years as eight-track tapes are now," Burik noted.

    He said the contents of the capsule will be on display at a citywide picnic at Veterans Memorial Park from noon to 3 p.m. on Sept. 14, allowing Avon residents an opportunity to sign the capsule.

    The picnic in Veterans Memorial Park will feature lunch catered by Big Show Catering, according to Diane Corrao of the city's recreation department. She said attendees can purchase a grilled hamburger or hot dog, with watermelon and chips, for $5.

    Entertainment includes a magician, balloon twister, face painting, a bounce house and children's obstacle course.There will be an Avon Bicentennial Band performance in the park at 3 p.m., followed by the sealing of the time capsule at 4 p.m.

    Contact Cynthia Schuster-Eakin at news@2presspapers.com

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    [When was Avon Lake founded?]

    By Bryan Wroten

    Filed by bwroten September 3, 2014 in News.

    An aerial photo, on display in the public works department at Avon Lake City Hall, shows the development of the city in the early 1950s. While there are some residential properties to the north and some industrial in the west, most of the land is for farming ...

    A Lorain County Auditor's aerial photo of Avon Lake from 2011 shows further residential, commercial and industrial development in the city. Most of the older neighborhoods were laid out in straight lines while the newer subdivisions have more curves. There are few open fields left in the city that was once mostly farmland ...

    Land once covered by farmland is now the very definition of suburbia. Gone are the acres of seasonal crops, vineyards and orchards. In are windy subdivisions, culs-de-sac and shopping centers.

    Once a summer destination just an electric railcar ride away for city dwellers, Avon Lake is now a mostly bedroom community nearing residential capacity.

    Though the exact founding date is still debated, the officially recognized settlement date didn't occur until 1819, when the Miller family moved into the area. However, although this is the settlement date, the areas of now Avon and Avon Lake were both part of a larger Avon Township, which did not split into two until almost 100 years later.

    Along with building what is now local historical landmark The Peter Miller House and Museum, the Millers were farmers. They were in good company, according articles in the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram (April 12, 1956) and The Plain Dealer (Sept. 13, 1963), because when people realized ... how well certain varieties of grapes grew in the region, land once valued at $30 to $50 an acre would sell for $300 an acre.

    Many of the famous Avon Lake families started out or took part in farming. According to the Commemorative Biographical Record of the Counties of Huron and Lorain, Ohio from 1894, Thomas Folger, who built the summer home in 1902 at what is now Veterans Memorial Park, left his business in Cleveland in 1878 to grow grapes. He owned and operated a 40-acre vineyard that is now the park along Lake Road. Along with being a leading grape grower in the region, he was manager of the grape syndicate that controlled the sale of grapes grown in the Lake Erie district.

    Grapes were a popular crop to grow for local farmers. Along with Folger were the Jaycoxes (eight acres for grapes out of 41), the Dunnings (14 acres out of 100) and the Tituses (28 out of 140 acres).

    As time went on, Avon Lake continued to develop. The Nickel Plate (now Norfolk Southern) line came through in the 1880s, and a court ruling after Avon Lake seceded from Avon Township gave Avon Lake jurisdiction of the railway.

    The Lake Shore Electric Railway ran through Avon Lake along what is now Electric Boulevard beginning in 1897, linking Toledo with Cleveland. Families living in nearby cities had an easier, and faster, commute to what is now Avon Lake's beach areas.

    Cottages popped up, many of which make up the 45s neighborhood, named after Stop 45 on the interurban line, giving people a place to summer. The previously mentioned Plain Dealer article states that the interurban line was credited with 'bringing real estate business to Avon Lake,' raising land prices to $1,000 an acre.

    After Avon Lake seceded from Avon Township [in 1911], a local government began to form. The Lorain County commissioners built the water treatment plant on Lake Road in 1926, later turning it over to Avon Lake. The Avon Lake Board of Trustees and Public Affairs (now Board of Municipal Utilities) met for the first time in March 1929.

    Along with municipal development, Avon Lake saw some industry as well. The Cleveland Electric Illuminating (CEI) Co. began construction of its power plant on western Lake Road in the early 1920s, completing it in 1926. The "Images of America" book on Avon Lake by the Avon Lake Historical Society and Avon Lake Public Library states the coal-fired plant had two 25-megawatt units and stacks operating that year, with two more ready in 1928.

    An article in the Avon Lake Public Library that appears to be from The Plain Dealer in 1929 has the headline of 'Avon Lake making suburbs of farms.' The article pointed out 12 miles of 12-inch water main and modern pumping and filtration plant along with the completion of five miles of concrete on Walker Road.

    Fruehauf Co. built 'the world's largest truck trailer manufacturing plant' in Avon Lake in 1946, according to the 1963 Plain Dealer article. The B.F. Goodrich Chemical Co. had an experimental station and general chemical plant on its 230 acres.

    The community continued to grow through the decades. As the city improved the roads, people could drive their cars and takes buses to Cleveland and elsewhere, leading to the end of the electric railway in 1938 ...

    The city created a charter in 1950, formally setting up its City Council, mayor, departments and Board of Municipal Utilities. Farmers sold off their land to developers as the price of land continued to grow, but undeveloped and agricultural land still made up most of the city.

    In 1970, the Lorain County Regional Planning Commission created an Inventory of Existing Use of Land for Avon Lake. According to its research, general residential property took up 884.05 acres, or 12.4 percent of the city's total land. Manufacturing of durable and non-durable goods made up 222.64 acres, only 3.1 percent. Transportation used 810.22 acres, or 11.3 percent.

    In total, the city had 2,420.07 acres of developed land, only 33.8 percent of the city's total area. According to the research, while it doesn't differentiate between the two, agriculture and/or undeveloped land still covered 4,728.31 acres, or 66.2 percent, of the city.

    However, the Avon Lake Provisional League of Women Voters' Analysis of Avon Lake from 1970 reported that only about 500 acres was actually being actively farmed at this time. It's unclear whether that figure includes the mention of the many vineyards and orchards in the city.

    Avon Lake experienced another building boom during the 1980s and 1990s. During this time, many of the city's subdivisions were built, using [some] land the remaining farmers had not yet sold off [and land belonging to large-scale developers] ...

    There are still pockets of agriculture in Avon Lake, but like other former farming communities, it's nowhere near the amount in the past. The Holly Hill Farm, built on former farmland along what is now Krebs Road, teaches horseback riding.

    While some owners of large tracts of undeveloped land have leased theirs out to others to farm, the Klingshirn Winery, on Webber Road, is Avon Lake's last major owner-run growing operation in the city. While by no means disappearing, they are the last holdouts of Avon Lake's agrarian past.

    Contact Bryan Wroten at bwroten@2presspapers.com

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