Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 10-7-09

President Jack Smith called the October 7, 2009, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:04 p. m. There were about 25 members and guests present.

George Bliss moved and Joe Richvalsky seconded the approval of the September 2 minutes as read. Motion passed.

No bills were presented. Ralph White had left over project money to return to the treasury. Jack reported $6,726.79 in the money market and $915.51 in checking.

Chuck Huene reported on several contractors who visited the Old Town Hall regarding its structural maintenance. They found no disasters; but noted work to be done on the masonry and the roof. The roofing people said the shingles may be asbestos and present more of an obstacle. Chuck will continue to gather monetary figures to present to the city for consideration for maintenance with next year's budget.

Chuck congratulated Tom Kvach, the Eagle Scout who completed the work on the sign board cupboard on the front of OTH and the painting and straightening of the front doors.

Chuck distributed pocked-sized United States Constitutions for those who wanted them.

Ralph reported on the Historical Society outposts at Old Avon Village where he, Amanda Romeo, and Rosemarie Banfield manned the booth displaying historic photos. The photo books about Avon were sold. This display was in conjunction with Fall Festival celebration of the completion of Detroit Road widening.

Joe gave a presentation about the Landmarks Preservation Commission. He displayed the visual arts shown at the Fall Festival. He said although the commission has no real power, they have raised the consciousness of the community regarding preservation. He also spoke of the Heritage Home Loan Program for restoration of homes of 50 years or more. He spoke of the technical assistance available through the Cleveland Restoration Society.

Jack called for a committee to be formed for Avon's bicentennial planned for 2014. Those agreeing to serve are: MaryLou Moorman, Jason Smith, and Kelly Fasset. (Volunteering after the meeting were: Jeanne Carney Hagan, Amanda Romeo and Jean Fischer.) This committee will assist the City with celebration plans.

Jack recommended the committee look into the planning being done by North Ridgeville for their bicentennial scheduled for 2010. Jack gave a brief history of the founding of North Ridgeville.

As usual, the November Avon Historical Society meeting is the Inter Society meeting -- this year Nov. 11, 2009, 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 will be provided by the host. For more information, contact Jean Fischer at 934-6106 or Stan Hawryluk at 934-0224.

[The Intersociety Committee of Lorain County Historical Society announces its Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner Wed., November 11, 2009 (Veterans' Day), Beginning at 6:00 p.m. At the Carlisle Visitors Center (Lorain County MetroParks), Diagonal Road, west of S.R. 301

Hosted this year by the Elyria Historical Association (an affiliate of the Lorain County Historical Society)

The program is "Old Glory: A Short History of the Flag," Presented by Jim Smith, Lorain County Historical Society Education Coordinator

Representatives of ALL Historical or Genealogical Groups throughout Lorain County are Invited to Attend - and Tell What Your Group has been Doing Lately!

Bring a dish to share, your own place service, and beverage; coffee will be provided.]

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.

Dates were set for Santa's visit, Saturday, December 5. OTH will be decorated at 10 A. M. Santa will arrive at 6 P. M. Drink boxes will be provided to the children.

The Avon Historical Society Christmas party will be held December 2 at 6 P. M. at the VFW Hall on Mills Road. Attendees should bring finger foods. Drinks will be provided.

Motion to adjourn was made by George Bliss and seconded by Jim Szippl.

Jack introduced the speaker for the evening: Jean Fischer told of the origin of the names of many of the streets in Avon.

Respectfully submitted, JoAnne Easterday


Al Willoughby will present "2010 -- the North Ridgeville Bicentennial" -- at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 2-3-10, 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 or Al Willoughby at 327-5998.



I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of October 7, 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. Heritage Home Loan Presentations on 3-20-10, Joe Richvalsky

D. National Registry Status for the Avon Isle, Ralph White

E. Report on field trips, Stan Hawryluk

F. Membership Report, Theresa Szippl

G. __________________________________________

IV. New Business

A. March Program 3-3-10, Jean Fischer

B. __________________________________________

V. Motion to Adjourn and Second

Jean Fischer will introduce Al Willoughby who will present "2010 -- the North Ridgeville Bicentennial".

It would be great if the members of the AHS 2014 Bicentennial Committee could attend this program. So far, those volunteering to serve on the Committee are MaryLou Moorman, Jason Smith, Kelly Fasset, Jeanne Carney Hagan, Amanda Romeo, Jean Fischer, and Jack Smith.


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).


2009 Christmas Candlelite Walk

Friday, Dec. 4, 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 5, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 6, 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.

Come to the 30th 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 parkingis available in the municipal lot behind the Police Station.


Friday, Dec. 4: Santa will be stopping by local shops where there will be snacks, discounts, and free gifts.

Saturday, Dec. 5: Come early and enjoy special activities at each of Santa's stops.

Santa will travel by horse-drawn wagon and make the following stops:

4:05 - 4:30 pm -- Olde Avon Village, 36840 Detroit Road

4:30 pm -- Santa goes to the Senior Center at the Detroit Road entrance

5:15 pm -- Avon Plaza, 36951 Detroit Road

5:30 pm -- Santa arrives at the Gazebo for the COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING at Heritage Square, southwest corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road. THE PROGRAM BEGINS AT 5 PM. (glowsticks to the first 150 children). Welcome Santa; see the tree lighting ceremony; and listen to the Avon High School Choir sing carols.

6 pm -- VISIT WITH SANTA AT THE OLD TOWN HALL OF 1871, southeast corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road, and get a gift from Santa and a free juice box.

Sunday, Dec. 6: 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:

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

Saturday Dec. 5th, 1-3 pm. Join us at the Vintage House Café, 35800 Detroit Rd., Avon, OH, 440-937-5830, for A Christmas Tea -- Tea Sandwiches, Scones, Tea Cookies, Pastries, Holiday Teats and Freshly steeped Tea -- By reservation.

Saturday, December 5th:

Join Santa for a pancake breakfast!

LOCATION: Avon High School

TICKETS: On sale now! By Email: SantaBreakfast09@gmail.com

We are having 4 seating times: 8am, 9am, 10am and 11am. The cost for presale tickets has not changed from last year; they are $5 for adults, $4 for kids, and those UNDER 2 are free. The meal is going to be fantastic! Consisting of pancakes, eggs, hash browns and sausage. There will also be plenty of coffee, and juice for all!

Bring the kids to Avon High School and enjoy a fun-filled morning with pancakes, pictures with Santa, and Santa's Workshop!


Sunday 9 am to 1 pm PANCAKE BREAKFAST -- Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road, (sponsored by Avon Band Boosters) Enjoy the music of the Avon Jazz Bands.

Sunday Dec. 6th, 10 am - 2 pm. Enjoy a Christmas Brunch at the Vintage House Café, 35800 Detroit Rd., Avon, OH, 440-937-5830.


Robert Brown

DeVille Development Company

3951 Convenient Circle, Suite 301

Canton, OH 44718


Dear Mr. Brown,

In the spirit of the season, our Avon Historical Society would like to thank you most sincerely for saving the Avon Center School of 1910. The school was built on an earlier foundation of a school at the Center.

The Avon Center School became a private residence about 1924 after the Lorain County Board of Education ruled that Avon build a consolidated school to include all twelve grades.

Your firm is doing a beautiful restoration, and we thank you for your preservation of our Avon landmark.

Sincerely yours,

Jean Fischer, Historian

Taylor J. Smith, President

Avon Historical Society

2940 Stoney Ridge Road

Avon, OH 44011


Al Willoughby will present "2010 -- the North Ridgeville Bicentennial" -- at the meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7 pm on Wednesday, 2-3-10, 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 or Al Willoughby at 327-5998.


Heart of Avon Celebration

March 20 and 21, 2010

Celebrate the first days of Spring by giving your home a fresh look, inside and out, at Avon shops offering great specials on furnishings, decorative accents and more for the garden and home.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Heritage Home Loan Presentations, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm, Old Town Hall of 1871, Southeast Corner of Routes 611 and 254 (Stoney Ridge and Detroit Road).

Does your 50+ year old home need a facelift? Learn how to obtain Free professional advice and a low cost 3.5% loan to make your dreams a reality. No income restrictions apply. Presentations by representatives of the Cleveland Restoration Society, with question and answer opportunity following.

For more information, call 440-937-5204




Sara Hobbs

Associate Director, Heritage Partner Development

Cleveland Restoration Society

Phone: (216) 426-3108

Fax: (216) 426-1975

E-mail: Shobbs@clevelandrestoration.org

Avon Announces Low Interest Rehab Loans for Older Homes

Cleveland; February 1, 2010

Have you been putting off those nagging repairs to an older home? Does your roof need attention? Do you need to paint your wood siding or trim?

Construction season has begun and State Treasurer Kevin L. Boyce and the Ohio Housing Finance Agency have partnered with the Cleveland Restoration Society (CRS), and KeyBank to introduce a specialized maintenance program for owners of older and historic homes that are 50 years old and older.

The Heritage Home Program, which is administered by the non-profit Cleveland Restoration Society, provides low interest financing and free technical advice to enable owners of 1 to 3-unit properties for home rehab. Heritage staff provides in depth assistance to homeowners via site visits, custom construction specifications, historic color consults, and collateral materials.

Homeowners can use a 3.5% fixed interest rate, 10-year term rehabilitation loan to fund a large variety of home maintenance and improvement projects. Houses that are built before 1960 and have no vinyl or aluminum siding are eligible for both exterior and interior projects.

Non-owner occupied properties up to a three family are also eligible. Projects range from new roofs, painting, landscaping, porch repair, additions, window repair, driveways, kitchen and bath renovations and much more.

The program also specializes in energy efficiency issues and can fund improvements like insulation, storm windows and doors and energy audits. Cleveland Restoration Society staff has made over 2,500 home visits through this program in Cuyahoga County, and they are now excited to announce its availability in Avon.

KeyBank is the lender for this program. There is no out of pocket cost for the loan, no closing cost and no points. The interest from the loan is also tax deductible. There is no income limitation.

The Cleveland Restoration Society team of historic rehabilitation specialists can answer your questions about the proper repair and maintenance of your older home at no charge.

If you are interested in finding out more information on the program, or to see if your house qualifies contact the Cleveland Restoration Society at (216) 426-3116.

There will be Heritage Home Program Overview Presentations during the 'Heart of Avon Spring Celebration'.

These will be held at the historic Old Town Hall of 1871, located on the southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge Roads on Saturday, March 20, 2010, at 1 and 3 pm.

Kerry Adams

Senior Historic Preservation Specialist

Cleveland Restoration Society


Heart of Avon Spring Celebration, 3-20 -- 3-21-10,

Saturday, March 20, 2010

On March 20, 2010, the Cleveland Restoration Society will present two programs explaining the Heritage Home Loans. The programs will be presented at the Old Town Hall of 1871 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

The loans will be managed by Key Bank, are low interest at 3.5 %, and are available for homes that are older than 50 years. There are no income restrictions. Money can be used for inside renovations as well as landscaping and outdoor improvements. In addition, free technical assistance is available from the Cleveland Restoration Society.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Four Century Homes will be open to the public on Sunday, 3-21-10, from 1 - 3 pm, as part of the "Heart of Avon Spring Celebration":

Dewitt C. Moon Home (1847), 39016 Detroit Road. This beautiful brick farmhouse was built in 1845 at the northwest corner of Detroit and Moon Roads. Constructed in the Greek Revival architectural style, it features large windows capped by stone lintels and a central doorway with side and top windows. The foundation is native sandstone.

Dewit C. Moon was the son of Colonel Abraham Moon, who came to Avon about 1817, settling on a 300-acre tract of land. Dewit was born in Avon in the 1820s. His brother-n-law, Ezra Jackson, was the builder of this house and several others in the Avon and Sheffield areas. The Dewit C. Moon House is listed on the Ohio Inventory of Historic Structures (LOR-98-3).


38744 Detroit Road, (about 1880) Italianate/Vernacular


Doctor Pipes Home, 37399 Detroit Road. This large Colonial Revival-style home is located on the south side of Detroit Road just west of the French Creek Road intersection. The house was built for Dr. Pipes circa 1900 as a home and office. Dr. Pipe was one of the last horse-and-buggy physicians in the area.


William H. Bommer House, Italianate Style, built circa 1880, 37375 Detroit Road. Bill Bommer (1927 - 2009) was born in Avon and was self employed as a Nationwide Insurance Agent in Avon for over 40 years. He served in the U.S. Army during WW II.

Bill was a charter member of both the Avon Lions Club and the Avon Boosters, also an active member of the Knights of Columbus #3269, in Avon working Bingo for over 20 years. He graduated from St. Mary's grammar school and Avon High School in 1944. He was a member of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Avon, and was on the finance committee of the church, active in the choir, and Holy Name Society. His brothers Ed, Frank and Al Bommer were volunteer firemen in the Avon Fire Department.


The French Creek Merchants Association invites you to

Celebrate Spring in the Heart of Avon


Shinko's Country Store

2536 Stoney Ridge Road (next to Gazebo)

Avon's original "Country Store" has been planning this celebrating for over 100 years. This Historic Landmark's Celebration will be held on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 5pm. Bob & Lois Shinko will have their teddy bear collection displayed along with cake, refreshments, prizes, special sales, penny candy and popcorn...just like the good old days!


Tree House Gallery & Tea Room

36840 Detroit Road ~ Olde Avon Village

The Tree House will offer 10% to 20% off Selected Items. Save time for lunch. For reservations, call 440/934-1636.



36840 Detroit Road ~ Olde Avon Village

Bridal Shower Registry Affair ~ March 16-21st

Learn about our Gift Registry

* Play Bridal Shower Bingo for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree (anyone can play!).

* Schedule a Bridal Registry Consult and receive an additional change to win the $500 shopping spree.

* Refreshments

* FREE Gift with any Juliska or Mariposa purchase.

* Helpful wedding planning info.


Catherine's Chocolates

36718 Detroit Road

Shop with the Easter Bunny

Get the jump on your Easter selections for all those special baskets you are going to fill! The Easter Bunny will be making a visit throughout the day, Saturday & Sunday 11am to 1pm and 3pm to 5pm. Bring your camera!

Catherine's Chocolates will offer extended hours for all your Easter Chocolates and more Starting March 22nd-April 3rd. Mon., Wed., Fri & Saturday -10am to 5pm; Tue. & Thur. - 10am to 8pm; Sunday - 12 to 5pm; Closed Easter Sunday.


Countryside Antiques

36290 Detroit Road

Shop our "Spring Bling Sale" ~ 20% to 50% off selected merchandise.


Long Long Ago Antiques

36920 Detroit Road

Save at our Store-wide Sale.


Vintage House Cafe

35800 Detroit Road

Enjoy a Lake Erie Perch Dinner for Lent and other Lenten specials.

Call 440.937.5836 for reservations for our fabulous Easter Brunch.



36840 Detroit Road

A women's accessories boutique specializing in unique and one-of-a-kind merchandise.

Open Daily 10am-6pm; Tuesday & Thursday 10am-8pm.


Strip Steakhouse

36840 Detroit Road

Northeast Ohio's hottest new restuarant. Featuring succulent steaks and chops, using the finest USDA prime grade beef.


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Saturday, March 20th

Heritage Home Loan Program Presentation, 1:00 & 3:00

Location: Old Town Hall ~ SE Corner of Rts 611 & 254

Does your 50+ year old home need a facelift? Learn how to obtain Free professional advice and a low cost loan of 3.5% to make your dreams a reality. Presentation by a representative of Cleveland Restoration Society, with question and answer opportunity following.

Sunday, March 21st, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Century Home Tour - Open to the Public

The Dewit C. Moon Home, 39016 Detroit Road

Dr. Pipe's House, 37399 Detroit Road

The William Bommer Home, 37375 Detroit Road


NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 3-18-10, By Cody Peck, Sun News

``Heart of Avon bash will run this weekend

Lois Shinko, owner of Avon's original Country Store at 2536 Stoney Ridge Road, planned the celebration to commemorate her shop's 100-year anniversary.

Shinko said the landmark, which was built in 1897, will finally get its due, albeit it a little late.

'We wanted to do it a couple years ago,' she said. 'It just didn't happen.'

Saturday's portion of the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., features 'special sales' from a variety of unique shops in the district including Tree House and Details, both at 36840 Detroit Road, and Countryside Antiques and Long, Long Ago, both at 36920 Detroit. Additionally, the Vintage House Caf will be serving prime rib dinners.

The celebration continues on Sunday with the event's 'Open House Tour,' when visitors will have the opportunity to explore three Avon century homes.

The Moon Farm Homestead, 39016 Detroit Road, Pipes Home, 37399 Detroit, and Bommer home, 37375 Detroit will be open for tours from 1-3 p.m ...''


NEWS ARTICLE from The Sun, 3-17-10, By Cody Peck, Sun News

``Home repair loans offered in Avon

AVON -- In an effort to aid homeowners and preserve the city's historical architecture, Avon and the Cleveland Restoration Society [CRS] are partnering to provide an alternative financing option for home repair and improvement projects.

The city entered into CRS's Heritage Home Loan Program [HHLP].

The program offers a 3.5 percent fixed interest rate on a 10-year loan to owners of homes that are 50 years old or older.

Additionally, CRS offers free technical advice for home projects including custom construction specifications, historic color consultants and collateral materials ...

Mayor Jim Smith talked about council's decision to join. 'Every city has its own footprint,' he said. 'We don't want to lose our history. If it works for us, we're going to continue doing it.'

The HHLP traces its roots to another rehab program formed in 1992, the Neighborhood Program. That program targeted blighted areas such as Cleveland's Tremont and Detroit Shoreway neighborhoods.

According to Kerry Adams, senior historic preservation specialist for CRS, the program was revamped and started expanding into outer ring suburbs and counties in 2001.

Avon joins the nearby communities of Bay Village and Rocky River, which already enrolled. Adams thinks membership will be beneficial for the city.

'Avon has a 19th century history,' he said. 'This provides them a sense of security.'

Adams also said that the key element of the program, which assists 350 houses per year on average, is the technical advice and services CRS can provide. 'The loan is kind of gravy on top of it,' he said.

Adams, along with members of the Avon Landmarks and Preservation Commission, will give informational presentations at 1 and 3 p.m. on March 20 at Old Town Hall, which is at the southeast corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads.

Carol Hartwig, Landmarks Preservation Commission chairperson, is hoping for a good turnout. 'I think it will be good for the residents to see the presentation,' she said.''

Contact Peck at cpeck@sunnews.com


"Ten Cents A Dance" by TrueNorth at the French Creek Nature Center

JoAnne Easterday wrote on 2-1-10

Between February 4-21 there will be a featured play "Ten Cents A Dance: A Romance in the Lorain County Dance Halls."

The play was commissioned by the Lorain County Metroparks and TureNorth Cultural Arts and is written by Jacqi Loewy and directed by Maryann Nagel.

It follows two couples as they meet and fall in love at the dance halls. Stories are from couples who met at Avon Isle ...

I thought folks at the Avon Historical Society might want to get a group and go.

Original Message from TrueNorth:

We know that many of you enjoy local history. With that in mind, we are sending you some information about our special events for February. TrueNorth Cultural Arts, now at French Creek Nature Center, 4530 Colorado Avenue, Sheffield Village, presents:

Ten Cents A Dance: A Romance in the Lorain County Dance Halls

Bring your sweetheart and relive the romance that filled the dance halls of Lorain Country in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. In the tradition of Blooms of Steel and Freedom's Light, Ten Cents a Dance is a commissioned play by Lorain County Metroparks and TrueNorth Cultural Arts and is written by Jacqi Loewy and directed by Maryann Nagel.

Follow two couples as they meet and fall in love at the dance halls.

Stories from couples who met at Avon Isle, Crystal Beach, Lorain Moose Lodge "Coliseum" and other area dance halls were incorporated into the play.

Audience members can enjoy the classic music from the time period and if they feel inclined, can join in at the dance hall with the romantic leading couples.

Whether you watch the play, or join in the dancing, this experience will leave your feeling uplifted and renew you faith in the human spirit. Show dates are February 4-21, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 3 p.m.

Holly Moore Kowalski, TrueNorth at the French Creek Nature Center, 440-949-5200

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