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Officers of the French Creek Development Association:

President Paul Burik

Vice President Dorrie Bommer

Secretary Susan Vasu

Treasurer John Eldred


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Birthday gift: FCDA will celebrate the Avon Bicentennial by installing 15 planters on the south side of Detroit Rd. between SR 611 and SR 83. This birthday gift to the city will be a permanent improvement making our downtown area more appealing. On June 7 [2014] at 10:00am the public is invited to participate in community planting of these planters! It is a way to participate in Avon's history. We will meet at the gazebo and work our way east.

Fall-Into-Avon Festival is already being planned by FCDA, raising funds is well on the way and the various venues are being organized. These include: Taste of Avon, Car Show, Kids Pavilion, BMX Bike & Skateboard Challenge, Scarecrow Competition, Pet Adoption with Dick Goddard, and of course the local merchants with sidewalk sales on the weekend of Sept 6 and 7. Special this year will be opening of a time capsule and depositing of new time capsule to be opened in the future years. This venue marks the Avon's 2014 Bicentennial -- plan on being part of it!

We can be reached at frenchcreekdev@centurytel.net


French Creek Development Association looks to beautify city with planters to celebrate bicentennial

Filed by rturman April 4th, 2014 in News.

By Rebecca Turman

The French Creek Development Association is planning on Detroit Road being in full bloom for the city of Avon's bicentennial celebrations this year.

With Avon City Council's approval during a March 24 regular meeting, the French Creek Development Association plans to purchase and donate 15 large planters, which will be placed on the south side of Detroit Road from SR 611 to SR 83 in the French Creek District of the city.

"It's the bicentennial year, and we wanted to do something more permanent as a celebration," Paul Burik, president of the French Creek Development Association, said in an interview earlier this week. He added that the group wanted to do something that would mark the city's anniversary a little more. "There are a number of activities that are planned, but they are all activities." ...

The association will cover the cost of the planters and the plants that go in them along with the maintenance, according to Burik, and the city has agreed to take care of watering the plants. According to the exhibit attached to the ordinance approved by council, the proposed planters weigh approximately 700 pounds. Burik estimates each planter will cost about $400 ...

Contact Rebecca Turman at rturman@2presspapers.com


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Avon's tree lighting ceremony takes place Dec. 3 [2016]

by Julie A. Short

Avon's annual Christmas Tree Lighting Festival takes place Dec. 3 in the French Creek District. Santa will make his way to the Heritage Square Gazebo (corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge roads) via a horse drawn sleigh at approximately 5:15 p.m.

The Avon High School Choir will perform holiday carols. The official tree lighting ceremony is from 5:15 to 5:45 p.m. After the ceremony, guests are invited across the street to Avon Isle, 37080 Detroit Road, for pictures with Santa and live reindeer. Refreshments, crafts and other activities will be provided.

There is still time to participate in the annual Gingerbread House competition. Entry forms are available at frenchcreekfoundation.com. The houses will be on display at Avon Isle.

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The second annual Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt will be held at Avon Isle on March 24th. After last year's success the event is getting bigger! Two seatings will be available: 8:00 am seating followed by the 9:30 egg hunt. 10:00 am seating will follow. Food will be prepared by Tom's Country Place.

The breakfast is organized by FCDA, with sponsorship from Avon Oaks Nursing Facility and Acorn Child Care, State Farm Insurance - Marci Barrett Agent, First Federal Savings of Lorain, The Little Gym Of Avon, Taylor Rental, Avon Lake Printing, Tom's Country Place and Pinehaven Garden Center.

Parking will be available at Nemo's Grille, French Creek Tavern, Frank & Ellie's Bar & Grill, Avon Animal and Bird Hospital and The Country Store. These nearby businesses kindly allowed for parking for the event, Please support them and support the sponsors with your patronage.

The Little Gym will display their student's acrobatics and crafts will be presented by Acorn Child Care. Details and Littlest Details will sponsor face painting. Cheddar representing First Federal Savings of Lorain will come to help the Easter Bunny.

Tickets can be obtained at Littlest Details Children's apparel store in the Olde Avon Village and at Catherin's Chocolate on Detroit Rd.

You can also call Lori Miles to reserve your spot at (440) 934-4420 or e-mail info@frenchcreekdistrict.com.



The traditional tree lighting ceremony held on Saturday, December 3, 2011, featured a new and expanded format.

The Santa Stroll started at the Olde Avon Village where the children and parents gathered for photos with Santa while Carolers entertained the crowd. As Santa rode in a horse drawn sleigh, the parade proceeded to the Gazebo at the corner of S.R. 611 and Detroit for more caroling and the lighting of the Christmas Tree.

The intersection was decorated with holiday wreaths purchased by FCDA and installed by the City's Streets Department. Thank you to the Police Department for escorting the parade!

A new venue for the "Visit with Santa" was the City operated and recently renovated Avon Isle! This was the first opportunity for many to see this restored historic building. Refreshments were provided and model train displays were presented by Railblazers Model Railroad Club.

The French Creek Development Association (FCDA) organizes these events in order to promote community spirit and advance the downtown area known as the French Creek District.


Avon Oaks Nursing Facility

Advanced Polymer Coatings LTD

Sylvester Auto & Tire Service, Inc.

The Goddard School in Avon

Lorain National Bank

Ankle and Foot Clinic, Inc.

Pump It UP of Avon

First Federal Savings & Loan Assoc of Lorain

Jacobs Eye Center LTD

Chemtron Corp

Tom's Country Place

Faehner Financial Planning

Bob-O-Link Golf Course

Flinner, Kime, Berkey & Assoc. LLC

Misencik Funeral Home

Doggie Luv Bakery LLC

First Federal Of Lakewood

Stringer, Stringer and Gasior

Joyce Buick, GMC Inc.


Dedicated to improving and promoting down-town area designated as the FRENCH CREEK DISTRICT.

P.O. Box 111, Avon, Ohio 44011


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Letter from Lori Miles:

Kids meet the Easter Bunny while they enjoy their pancake breakfast at the Avon Senior Center

The French Creek Development Association hosted its First Easter Bunny Breakfast on April 9, 2011. The proceeds of this event and the generous donations from the Avon Garden Club and Avon Women's Club allowed us to achieve our goal of $1,200. These monies will be used to purchase floral baskets to enhance the beauty of the historical French Creek District.

Mayor Jim Smith officially starts the French Creek Development Association's first annual egg hunt with Fran Burik at the right.

Over 200 people participated in the breakfast and egg hunt, and we are delighted to proclaim that a good time was had by all in attendance. Avon's Mayor, Jim Smith, was present to start the egg hunt. Mayor Smith has offered use of the newly renovated Avon Isle for the 2012 event, allowing for a larger attendance and room for more activities.

The younger kids, 1-4 year olds, find plenty of eggs

On behalf of the FCDA, I wish to express our sincere gratitude to the local businesses that supported the event. Anchor Sponsors were Seasonal Yard Work, Weed Pro, Irrigation, Inc., Vintage House Cafe, Details, The Littlest Details, Catherine's Chocolates, A Secret Garden, Pinehaven Greenhouses & Garden Center, Treehouse Gallery & Tea Room, The Goddard School, Coleone's Pizza and Tom's Country Place.

Without the support of these businesses, the event would not be possible. Local businesses are the heart of the community, and we appreciate your choice to shop locally first. Dairymen's, Walmart, Pat Catan's, Burger King, First Federal of Lakewood and Gordon Food Service also donated items to assist with the event service.

Big brother Hayden helps sister, Samantha Foutz, check out her eggs after her first egg hunt while Mom Katy looks on.

I wish to also thank Fran Burik, the mastermind and lead chairperson for the fundraiser, and my co-chairs Tess Wearsch and Catherine Pastron. The success of this event can be directly attributed to their hours of hard work and dedication.

The French Creek Development Association is dedicated to the beautification of Avon through carefully designed and planned projects (Centennial Plaza and Clock Tower, Heritage Square Gazebo, Heart of Avon Banners, Little League Park entrance). The intent of such projects is to raise community awareness of Avon's past while fostering a sense of responsibility for Avon's future.

Avon residents wishing to become involved are encouraged to contact us at (440) 934-4420 or e-mail info@frenchcreekdistrict.com.

Lori Miles



Lori Miles is the owner of Details and The Littlest Details.

9-10 -- 9-11-11: Fall Into Avon -- Fall Festival - Taste of Avon - Farmer's Market - Kids Pavilion

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Hi Everyone:

Just wanted to introduce myself -- I am working with Jason Smith as his Marketing Director, and I sent the letter below to retailers and potential food vendors. I look forward to helping with the Fall Festival/Taste of Avon and meeting you at the June 1st [2010] FCDA meeting!

All the best, Shelley Solomon Prueter

Director of Marketing

36610 Detroit Road, Avon, OH 44011

Toll Free: (800) 479-0143

Office: (440) 934-9181

Fax: (440) 934-9182




The French Creek Development Association is planning the next "Taste of Avon" to be held on Saturday & Sunday, September 11th and 12th, 2010, which will coincide with the fabulous Fall Festival.

As a member of the Association we were asked to help plan the coordination of the "Taste of Avon" event. We are very excited that our inaugural event last year was so successful; so let's do it again.

It will offer not only samplings from area restaurants, pubs, ice cream and chocolate shops but will also feature additional family-friendly activities. It should prove to be a fun-filled weekend of food, friendship and entertainment. Proceeds are being donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

A portion of the entertainment includes drawings for prizes and a Dunk Tank manned by the cheerleaders and football players of the Avon Schools. As a local business owner, you are invited to contribute a gift from your organization, whether it is a product, service or gift certificate. As a donor to the event, you would receive a receipt from the Make-A-Wish Foundation for tax purposes. In addition to this opportunity, tent space is also available for $150.

If you have an interest in learning more about participating, please plan to attend the planning meeting on June 1 at the French Creek Development Association (FCDA) Lion's Center at Eaton Road just off Colorado and across from Northgate Park. The address is 2155 Eaton Drive in Avon. The meeting will begin at 7:30 PM.

We value your opinion and we welcome your involvement. We are looking forward to a successful event for a great cause! Call me anytime if you have any questions or send me an email to Shelley@jlsmithgroup.com.

Sincerely, Shelley Solomon Prueter

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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


The French Creek Development Association invites one or more representatives from your group or business to attend a meeting on August 4, 2009, 7:30 PM, 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 13, 2009, coinciding with the Fall Festival.

The event could also be the kick-off for preparing for Avon's 2014 Bi-Centennial.

We hope to see you on August 4.

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


Source: http://www.loraincounty.com

Title: Detroit Road and New Businesses


With the completion of the third lane due in less than (2) months, has anyone heard of any plans to lure business to the many vacant spaces that line Detroit Road?

Written by: Commentator 1 on July 24, 2009


Title: Detroit Road and New Businesses


There is a street rededication day on Sept 13. Area businesses will be open and Detroit restaurants will have food booths. The historical society will have walking tours, and police and fire departments will have activities. Lake Erie Crushers might be there if they are at an away game. There will also be a skating competition at the skate park. Avon civic groups will also have informational booths at the senior center. There will be a car show too.

Written by: Commentator 2 on July 24, 2009



June 2, 2009

1) The meeting was called to order by President Dorrie Bommer at 7:45 PM at the Lions Community Center


A motion was made by Jack Smith and seconded by Carol Hartwig to approve the minutes. The minutes were approved as read.


There was no treasurer's report.


A) Membership -- No new members

B) Meeting Notices in Local Papers -- Monthly Basis: The papers were notified of our meeting and invited to attend our meeting

C) Newsletter: To go out in June

D) Avon Books -- 80 are available at the publisher if we would like to sell more books, per John Eldred. We still have a few on hand.

D) Detroit Road Widening -- Still on track for completion in September.

Date of celebration will be Sunday, September 13th, 2009, 12 noon to 5 pm

Dorrie will talk with Mayor Smith on our plans and see what he thinks.

Jack Smith and the Historical Society will be in charge of the historical tours and station people at different locations -- walking tour that can be done on your own.

Lori Miles, French Creek Merchants Association, will put ideas together for the Pass Port -- get people to visit merchants in area and get their pass ports stamped -- get people back in the area businesses.

Jason Smith, Historical Society, will work with the restaurants, ice cream shop, candy shop and bakery to have a "Taste of Avon" -- this will also include French Creek Square

Farmer's Market -- possibley Catherine's Chocolates will handle this -- Dorrie Bommer will check with Catherine.

Avon clubs to be represented and able to recruit new members -- possibly have a table in the Senior Center -- (need to check with Senior's)

Recreation Dept -- possible skate board tournament -- Paul Burik will check with the department

Ray Rider of Creekside Tavern will check with a friend on possibly getting a car club to display old cars. Contest -- best show, age etc.

4 pm ribbon cutting by Mayor Smith and a ceremonial tree planting ceremony -- to tell of the future landscape project that it is to be paid with grant money from ODOT. Performances by bands -- music

Fire Department have open house for tours and fire trucks for kids to see and climb on

Police Department -- Drug Free, K-9 etc -- kid friendly.

Jan Kirk will talk with the Avon clubs to get them involved.

Crusher's -- autograph baseball, someone to sign autographs -- Jason Smith.


Meeting: Next scheduled meeting -- see above. City organizations are invited to talk about the rededication of Detroit Rd and the start of Avon's Bi-centennial plans.

6) MEETING ADJOURNMENT: Jack Smith made a motion and Paul Burik seconded; the motion was passed and the meeting was adjourned.


Minutes submitted by Fran Burik


Subject: French Creek Development Meeting of June 2, 2009

Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 09:21:33 -0400

Source: "Details / The Littlest Details"

The French Creek Development Association held a meeting to discuss the Street Dedication ceremony that will be held the weekend of the Fall Festival. Lois and I attended and acted as representatives of the French Creek Merchants.

They suggested that the merchants create a 'Passport' for our stores to encourage attendees to visit each store. The passport would contain pages that would be stamped by each retailer, and when turned in at the close of the festival, would serve as their entry into a drawing. If you are interested, please bring your information to the next French Creek Meeting or drop off to me before the next meeting of the Development group on 7-16-09.

The other items that were proposed were as follows:

Parade: We requested that they not hold a parade during festival hours. They suggested 1:00 on Sunday, but we told them that this was not a good time to close down Detroit Road!

Historical Tour of The District: stations/guides along Detroit Road which would provide information about the structures and area.

Skateboard tournament

Plant Sale from Garden Club or bringing outer retailers (i.e. Pinehaven) into the center of the event.

A Taste of Avon: Local restaurants and stores offering food would provide a sampling of food to encourage attendees to visit.

Thank you for your prompt attention to the 'Passport' book offer. If you have any questions, please contact me at 440.934.3778 or e-mail back. Lori Miles


As of 6-28-09, the Avon Historical Society proposes to man three tour sites: 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).


NEWS ARTICLE from The Chronicle-Telegram, 6-23-09,

By Andrew Harner

``Detroit Road construction in Avon to be completed by August, [2009]

AVON -- Behind the orange barrels and backhoes on Detroit Road are numerous small businesses weathering the burden of a yearlong construction project.

It's been tough, but business owners say they are excited to hear that crews are expected to be done by the third week in August.

That means the metal plates and wooden boards that have served as makeshift entrances to the businesses may soon be gone ...

The project should draw even more business to the shops that line Detroit Road after the street is widened, a turning lane is added, and curbs and gutters are aesthetically improved. The widening was a necessity, given the amount of traffic the road sees every day, said Avon Mayor Jim Smith.

"If you don't have that turning lane, Detroit Road gets all backed up," he said.

Smith tried to get the project started seven years ago, but the city held out so it could get grants to help cover the $2.5 million price tag. The city was eventually able to get $1.2 million in grants, with [local] taxpayers footing the rest.

"We did all right with the grants, but it took us four years longer that way," Smith said. "I'd have liked to have had the project done seven years ago, but hey, I'm happy it's almost done now."

The owners of some of those shops say the construction crews from Fabrizi Construction Co. of Cleveland have kept them informed of any changes in the schedule or when work would be blocking access to a certain business, making the hindrance a little easier ...

Long, Long Ago Antiques owner Mary Ann Fury said all the workers have been courteous toward her over the span of the project.

"All the men on the job have been very nice," Fury said. "They've been very polite and very, very nice to me so I have no problem." ...

But while accessibility is key, the fact that fewer cars are traveling down Detroit Road seems to be a bigger problem ...

"A lot of people aren't using this street," Fury said. "They're going around because they know they will have to wait in line." ...

But there are also some positives that will come out of the project and the hassle it has caused the business owners. Not only will the area look better, there is also a new storm sewer system in place ...''

Contact Andrew Harner at ctnews@chroniclet.com.


Parking for meetings of the at the Old Town Hall of 1871:

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).

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NEWS ARTICLE from The Press, 3-26-08, By Rebecca Turman

Plans for plaza and memorial near station are put on hold

``AVON -- The Avon Planning Commission put plans on hold for a city campus sign and plaza to be built on property to the east of the new Avon Police Station.

During the March 19 [2008] meeting, Paul Burik, the city architect, represented the French Creek Development Association in requesting approval of the site plans for a park plaza with a walkway, benches, memorial stone and a sign box on masonry pillars to be located on city property east of the new police station at 36145 Detroit Road. Along with a land development request for the plaza, Burik requested a special use permit from the commission.

"As you may know, our group is dedicated to making the French Creek District or downtown area more people friendly," Burik said to the commission. "We were looking to create one of these mini parks. We thought there was an opportunity to do so."

The association felt that the land to the east of the police station would be ideal for a mini park since it is at the center of the city and "especially since there is a water retention pond that offers nice views," Burik said.

Burik went on to say that the French Creek Development Association members thought it would also be a good idea to place a sign in the center of the city to advertise citywide events. The sign would be 6 feet wide and 4 feet tall with interchangeable letters, Burik said. "It's not a rolling or scrolling sign," he said. "It's like the sign by the Village School."

According to the plans, the sign would be lined up with the entrance/ exit to the French Creek Square. "This would be set back, and the thought is that while people stop at the light, they will have the opportunity to read this (sign)," Burik said.

Avon Safety Director Bob Allen had issues with the location of the sign. "When you are sitting there at the light, waiting and reading the sign, that's driver inattention," Allen said. "I'm not against your sign or anything. I'm just concerned with the safety."

Burik explained how funding for the mini park would work. "The French Creek Development Association would fund all of this in two phases," Burik said, adding that it would cost around $2,000 to complete. "We aren't asking the city to pay for this."

Avon Mayor Jim Smith asked Burik to collaborate with the Avon Police Department before the commission voted on the plans. "We should work with the chief and come up with something that everyone will accept," Smith said. "I think they do have some ideas of memorializing some things out front."

The commission treated the land development and special use permit requests as first readings and will vote on the items after the association has collaborated with the police department.''

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2006 Christmas Candlelite Walk

Friday, Dec. 1, 6 pm - 10 pm

Saturday, Dec. 2, 10 am - 10 pm

Sunday, Dec. 3, 11 am - 5 pm

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.

Free parking available in the municipal lot behind the Police Station.


Friday, Dec. 1: Santa will be stopping by local shops where there will be snacks, discounts, and free gifts.

Saturday, Dec. 2: Come early and enjoy special activities at each of Santa's stops.

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

4:30 - 5 pm -- Olde Avon Village, 36840 Detroit Road

5 pm -- Avon Plaza, 36951 Detroit Road

5:30 pm -- COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING at the Gazebo at Heritage Square, southwest corner of Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road. (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; free hot chocalate.

Sunday, Dec. 3: 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 Avon Historical Society.

Additional weekend activities

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

Sunday 9 to 1 PANCAKE BREAKFAST -- Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road, (sponsored by Avon Band Boosters)

Sunday 11 to 1 PHOTO OP WITH SANTA at the Vintage House Cafe, 35800 Detroit Road (440-937-5830) -- Santa and Mrs. Claus will be accepting wish lists and taking photos (with immediate printing of the picture). There will also be cookie decorating for the kids. (Friday perch fry and Saturday night prime rib.)

For more information, call 440-934-6119, 440-937-5830, or 440-937-5204, or visit www.frenchcreekdistrict.org

Where to buy "Images of America: Avon"

Author(s): Michelle Budzinski-Braunscheidel, The French Creek Development Association (FCDA), The Avon Historical Society

ISBN: 0738533181, Price: $19.99

# of Pages: 128, Publisher: Arcadia Publishing, Publication Date: 03/15/2006

Book Description: In 1814, Wilbur Cahoon led a group of pioneers to the French Creek, near Lake Erie. They decided to settle at this spot, as the creek could provide them with fresh water and power their sawmills and gristmills. Other businesses began to develop, and a town was born. At first called Xeuma, and later Troy, the town blossomed into an agricultural center.

In 1824, Lorain County was created, and the town's name was changed to Avon. Prosperous citizens of the 1850s and 1860s built beautiful homes and buildings. In later years, Avon survived the creation and demise of the trolley and interurban line, the closure of the wineries during prohibition, the draining effects of the Great Depression, and the loss of life in the World Wars.

Today, Avon remains strong and continues to grow. Many of her century-old homes still stand in the midst of new developments, as a reminder of Avonites' ongoing tradition of hard work and perseverance, which has made Avon the great place to live that it is today.

Author Bio: The French Creek Development Association (FCDA) and the Avon Historical Society have made this book possible. They continue to assist in future development, while preserving the past. Michelle Budzinski-Braunscheidel, a member and past board officer of the FCDA, spearheaded this publication.

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2006 Christmas Candlelite Walk

NEW ARTICLE from The Press, 11-30-05, By Julie A. Short

``Holiday season kicks off with Candlelite walk

AVON -- It's the most wonderful time of the year in Avon as the city readies for the annual Candlelite Walk scheduled for this weekend (Dec. 2 - 4, 2005).

The highlight of the weekend is the arrival of Santa on Dec. 3 by a horsedrawn sleigh down Detroit Road to the gazebo at the corner of SR 611 and Detroit Road. A tree lighting ceremony will take place with music provided by the Avon High School choir. After the ceremony, guests are encouraged to make their way across the street to visit with Santa at the Old Town Hall. The tree lighting is collaborative effort with the French Creek Development Association (FCDA), the Avon Lions Club and the Avon Historical Society.

"Since 1999, we've been lighting the tree and had Santa come to the Old Town Hall," (FCDA) President Carol Hartwig said. "The parks department will be putting up the lights and the Avon Garden Club decorates the gazebo. This is truly a community effort for the whole community to enjoy. Goodie bags will be available for the kids as they visit with Santa."

The (FCDA) was organized in 1993 as a not - for-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the city of Avon's downtown district. As such, the association strives towards two specific goals: First, the assurance that Avon's heritage be maintained in an attempt to establish ties between past, current and future generations of residents; Second, that aesthetics and heritage should play a vital role in the future development of the French Creek District.

The French Creek Development Association is dedicated to the beautification of Avon through carefully designed and planned projects. The intent of such projects is to raise community awareness of Avon's past while fostering a sense of responsibility for Avon's future. If you've driven through Avon and seen the red "Heart of Avon" banners throughout the French Creek area or the Centennial Plaza with clock in the front of the Avon Police Department (formerly Avon City Hall), then you've seen the commitment of the French Creek Development Association.

Other activities of the FCDA include an annual barbecue rib and chicken dinner; coordinating the Downtown Ohio/Mainstreet effort; and participating in Avon's city - wide Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque Yard Sale. Last year the FCDA unveiled the monument designating Avon's Little League Park.

"We are always looking for new members" Hartwig said. "Currently we have approximately 15 active members. We meet the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm at the Avon Lion's Community Center (Northgate Park)."

The French Creek Association, a different organization entirely, is made up the businesses in the area. The association sponsors the Candlelite Walk. Hours are Dec. 2 from 6 - 9 pm, Dec. 3 from 10 am - 10 p.m. and Dec. 4 from 11 am - 5 pm Enjoy an old-fashioned Christmas in the historic buildings. There will be caroling, craft shows, door prizes, elves, Santa and Father Christmas. Call 934 - 6119 or 937-5204 (evenings) for more information or visit www.frenchcreekdistrict.org.

Free parking available in the municipal lot behind the police station. (please observe all no parking signs)

Scheduled Events:

Saturday, Dec. 3, 2005, 9 am - 4 pm


Avon United Methodist Church 33771 Detroit Rd.



10 am - noon


Avon Village School

33660 Detroit Rd.


6 pm

COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING at the Gazebo at Heritage Square

(glowsticks to the first 150 children)



(activities sponsored by the Avon Lions Club and the Avon Historical Society)


Sunday, Dec. 4, 2005, 9 am - 1 pm


Avon High School 37545 Detroit.

Entertainment by Avon's Jazz Bands (sponsored by Avon Band Boosters)''



Contact: Lois Shinko 440-937-5204


The Christmas season begins in full force with the 26th annual Candlelite Walk in the French Creek District of Avon, Ohio. The three-day even will be held on

The historic district is located along Detroit Rd. (Rt. 254) and Stoney Ridge (Rt. 611), one mile south of I-90, and north on Rt. 83 to the railroad tracks.

Once a popular stagecoach stop between Cleveland and Lorain, the French Creek District now includes many turn-of-the-century buildings, some of which have been restored and transformed into antique, handicraft, and gift shops. 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.

Parking is available in the municipal lot behind the police station and to the west of Countryside Antiques.

Visitors are sure to find many unique and unusual gift giving and decorating ideas as they browse through each shop. Santa Claus and Mr. Scrooge are sure to stop by on Saturday and Sunday.

Stop in at the Christmas in the Barn Craft Bazaar at Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Rd., on Saturday from 9am, 4pm. Handcrafted boutique items and home baked goodies will be on sale. Hungry? Hot soup and home cooked food will be available there.

Still hungry? Pancake breakfast will be served by Avon Band Boosters on Sunday Dec. 4 from 9am to 1pm at Avon High School located at 37545 Detroit Rd. Music by the Avon jazz bands will entertain you.

Shopkeepers will feature CANDY CANE SPECIALS, door prizes, refreshments, and other activities to put shoppers in a holiday mood. At dusk the lamplighter will light the luminaries to brighten the paths and walkways, helping to make this Christmas Candlelite Walk a very special one.

Shoppers will be able to "Win a Window" of treasures from the participating shops. Gifts are displayed at the First Federal Savings and Loan of Lorain, 36690 Detroit Rd. No purchase necessary, entry forms can be picked up at the participating shops.

Join in the Christmas caroling and the lighting of the Community Christmas Tree on Sat., Dec. 3 at 6 pm at the Heritage Square Gazebo on the corner of Rt. 254 and Rt. 611. Glowsticks will be given out to the first 150 children.

After the lighting, visitors will walk to the Old Town Hall of 1871 to await Santa's arrival. Goody bags and hot chocolate will be provided by the Avon Lions Club and the Avon Historical Society.

For additional information on the French Creek District, visit www.frenchcreekdistrict.org.

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The annual Avon Christmas Candlelight Walk, sponsored by the French Creek Association, was be held Friday, December 3, 2004, from 6 pm to 10 pm, December 4 from 10 am to 10 pm, and December 5 from 11 am to 5 pm in the French Creek District.

Enjoy an old-fashioned country Christmas in the historic buildings housing antique, craft, and gift boutiques in the District. There was be caroling, craft shows, and door prizes. Call 934-6119 or 937-5204 (evenings) for more information, or visit http://www.frenchcreekdistrict.org

Paul Burik mounts the plaque on the monument marking the entrance to Avon's Little League Park.

On Saturday, December 4, 2004, at 5:00 pm, the French Creek Development Association dedicated a monument marking the entrance to Avon's Little League Park which is next to the Avon Police Station. The monument features a brick column topped by a 600 pound, 24 inch diameter concrete ball. The structure is fitted with a plaque that reads "Little League Park".

The French Creek Development Association selected the project because it enhances the French Creek District and identifies the newly improved municipal park, which includes baseball fields as well as a new skateboarding facility. For more information, contact Fran Burik at 440-934-4420 or visit http://www.avonhistory.org/org/fcda.htm

The Tree Lighting Ceremony has become a traditional start of the holiday season in Avon. The event was be held on Saturday, December 4th, 2004 at 6:00PM at the Gazebo at Heritage Square - the corner of Detroit Road and State Route 611

Once again, Santa Claus arrived by a horse drawn "sleigh" to illuminate the lights of the City Christmas Tree. The Avon High School Choir sang holiday carols before the ceremony. The Avon Lions, the French Creek Development Association, and the Avon Historical Society helped Santa present children with small gifts at the Old Town Hall of 1871, corner of Detroit and Stoney Ridge, at 6:30 pm, across from the Gazebo.

Start the day on Saturday, December 4, with Santa at a Donut Breakfast, 10 am - 12 noon, at Avon's Village School, located at 36600 Detroit Road.

French Creek Fiber Arts at Olde Avon Village had weaving demonstrations and dulcimer music by Peggy Strang.

Stop in at the Christmas in the Barn Craft Bazaar at the Avon United Methodist Church, 37711 Detroit Rd, on Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm. Handcrafted Boutique items, home baked goodies, hot soup, and home cooked food was available.

Still hungry? Pancake breakfast was served by the Avon Band Boosters on Sunday, December 5, fron 9 am to 1 pm at the Avon High School, 37545 Detroit Road.


Good business at the 2004 FCDA rib cook-out

Rib Cook-Out 2004 was a sell out. FCDA raised monies for new sign to be installed at the new Little Leaque Park behind the Police Station.

The sign will be on Detroit Road featuring 24" concrete sphere representing the base ball.

Thanks to all those who came and supported the ongoing effort to improve the downtown area know as the French Creek District.







FCDA water is on sale.
















Cat's Meow of the Old Town Hall of 1871 is now on sale at:

On the reverse side:
"The land was purchased by Avon Township from Clemens Alten for $400. Bates and Dunning built the Town Hall in 1871 for $800. Next owned by the Village of Avon (incorporated in 1917), and now by the City of Avon (1961), it housed the Avon Public Library starting in 1958. It became the home of the Avon Historical Society in 1977."

Tree House Gallery and Tea Room
36840 Detroit Rd.
Avon, OH 44011

Pickering Hill Farms
35699 Detroit Rd.
Avon, OH 44011





On the reverse side:
Gazebo at Heritage Square at French Creek, Avon, Ohio: This park was built by the French Creek Development Association and the City of Avon to serve the Avon community. Dedicated in 1991












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As Ohio celebrated it's bicentennial in 2003, many communities organized special events. The Eagle, the Avon School mascot, become the focal point of Avon's celebration.

The French Creek Development Association (FCDA) arranged for over 40 cast stone Eagles to be provided to the art classes of all the schools in Avon, grades three and up.

See more 2003 activities of the FCDA

In 2004, Avon art classes are creating duct tape masterpieces, such as the invertebrate animals on display at the Heritage School on Detroit Road, as part of the Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival to be held June 18 - 20, 2004, at the Veterans Memorial Park on Detroit Road.

Heritage School students in John Yagoda's Art Club work on eagles after school,











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