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History Demo’ed- Another Rehabbed -Pt3

Part One – The Demo

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/history-demoed-another-rehabbed-pt-1/

Part Two – The “history” of the rehab

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/history-demoed-another-rehabbed-pt-1/

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Along with two of the Charleston Village http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/ board members, I toured the start of the rehab of the house “now known” as the Coleman House or 1031 W. 4th Street.
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I must admit I was feeling excited to see the inside of this century home- what delights of a bygone era would we see? I had been down this path before with the Captain Wilford House just up and around the corner from the Coleman home – they would have been neighbors- 416 Washington

The Wilford House still maintains a great deal of its historical integrity – from the days of commerce and community from the last century.
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One of the pieces missing from the front portico are the twin anchors above the entrance .
twin anchors wh (2) Those anchors , I believe had special significance to the Wilford family and to Captain Wilford , the original anchors lay at the bottom of Lake Superior
twin anchors on the bow of his boat the John M Osborn -

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Photo Source http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/johnmosborn
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“All of the older captains used to take their families sailing with them frequently. Captain Wilford chose to take aboard his wife Fannie ( of the Civil War letters fame)

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/civil-war-letters-fannie-gilmore-lorain/

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and his two daughters, Cora and Adelaide on his vessel, a three mast wooden steamer John M. Osborn that summer in 1884.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/capt-wilford-a-hero-of-the-inland-seas/

and the archiving of the shipwreck thanks to the State of MICHIGAN and the GREAT LAKES SHIP WRECK MUSEUM- who recognize the worth of the story and the captains of the Great Lakes
http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/johnmosborn

However, such is not the case here in Lorain or even in the State of Ohio ( just another old rental) – Yes ! Captain Wilford’s once beautiful home is now a rental with an RSO living in the carriage house and divided up once again to get the most “income from her”.

BUT a few years ago Charleston Village had the opportunity to take a walk through at least the down stairs of the home . Interior shots of Wilford Parlor courtesy Dave Cotton

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/02/11/a-captain-my-captain/

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wilford interior

I am hoping since the recent Zillow ad

http://www.zillow.com.

for the house states it has beautiful woodwork what we saw that day is still the case
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Back to the neighboring Coleman Property!
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NOTE:The Lorain County Port Authority in conjunction with the Lorain County Community Development Department are rehabbing the property using Neighborhood Stabilization Program III (NSP3) funds.

However as we entered Frank Coleman’s home our expectations of woodwork , hardwood floors, elegant staircases and hopes were crushed as we continued the tour. There wasn’t much left and what was left had been covered up with more of the cheap as chips paneling no such beautiful flooring, not such wonderful trim just the bastardization of 50 and 70’s modernizing and the “rental flip and flop. The once spindle staircase covered in and over as they divided the house into two ( more money for the landlord one would assume) a door cut into her side as an entrance for the
top floor” like some terrible wound to her original architecture. Traditional windows replaced to modernize her in the 60’s and 70’s – her front porch taken away and replaced with fake pillars of plywood and paint all in the name of what???
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Coleman collage
Photos courtesy of Lorain County Community Development
The county does not have the luxury of “history left” to work with – they are going to have to go through mend and make do to bring this old house back to a family home

The historical architecture and guidelines gone now for the most part- An entranceway reminiscent of those days of pride perhaps,

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scars removed from her outside – a door to nowhere replaced with an attractive window ? This will be a family home once again with the added luxury of a very nice guest suite in the rear. A home saved- an investment in Lorain’s oldest neighborhood.

I know the county will bring this old lady back to a home, and one with up to code windows, plumbing, wiring etc. I just hope they will go the extra yard and make her atheistically pleasing as well- we will see in Part 4 which will be the post on her unveiling

To be continued…………

July 22, 2014 at 12:32 pm 1 comment

History Demo ‘ed -Another Rehabbed- Pt2.

PART ONE The Demo!

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/history-demoed-another-rehabbed-pt-1/

heneryhamiltonPhoto Mark Teleha

The Gow House ( which ironically enough) remained in the Gow family until its demise- sitting empty and forlorn for decades- was on the corner of 4th and Hamilton. 4th Street was not always 4th street it was once named “DUANE Street” and at the end of and opposite to is the Duane Building- another historical structure that was rehabbed

https://www.ohiohistory.org/state-historic-preservation-office/state-historic-preservation-office-awards//2012/duane-building

duane In 1908 or there about Lorain ( known for changing names – Black River Township- Charleston Village – Lorain) street names also underwent a revamp .

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2012/07/lorains-street-renaming-plan-may-1908.html

A little east of the Gow House on the opposite side of the street another of Lorain’s professional people built his home – – the address was 231 Duane Street.( circa 1903) His name was Frank Coleman and in the 1898-99 phone directory he had an office at 203 Broadway. There is no longer an office a 203 Broadway or indeed his later office at 426 Broadway or for that matter a trail for 356 or 360 Broadway

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Lorain Map circa 1874
but you can imagine an enterprising young man, as so many others did in this neighborhood, building his home within walking distance from his place of work.
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In fact, he made the Lorain’s Prominent Lawyers listing in the 1903 Lorain. Ohio by George H. Teague

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Frank and his wife Agnes lived in his home on Duane ( now 1031 4th Street) until he moved in 1937 ( his wife Agnes was no longer recorded -assumption is – she had passed)It looks like Frank ended up owning two lots 187 – and 188
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His home was sold on after 1936 ( probably after his wife passed.) to one Isadore Baer.

In any case he moved alone in 1937 to 918 Washington Ave. This is interesting, because as with his previous home history, 1031 West 4th Street -
Landlord – Ed Watling ( foreclosure???) -and then First Federal Savings and Loan ( again on my street)

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/the-pos-and-nuisance-ordinance-a-lesson-in-history/

this home too followed a pattern becoming all to familiar in this neighborhood.
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and now we have at last the Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp rehabbing Frank’s 110 year old home.

But 918 Washington Ave. his new domicile seemingly repeats the history of the older homes we see dumped and devalued every day – in more ways than one: What started as a piece of “old house history” has taken me once again on the dumped and devalued road of this neighborhood. .

NOTE: Readers take a good look at this photo ( you may want to come back to it later and compare to 1031)
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As with Frank’s family home on Duane/4th – his next home (918 Washington) also went the way of home ownership- to rentals and landlords and banks and “ losing in value”.

For instance this 918 Washington property once again is a poster child of what happens when ‘banks apparently make poor business choices” WE end up losing in these older neighborhoods, deemed historic by the state, if not the city, as neighborhood property values fall due to the “sale prices “ of the homes

NOTE bear with me the following is a little confusing

In 7/11/2011- 918 Washington (0201004114016 ) the next house Frank Coleman lived was recently part of a deal with three other properties -

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1014 Long Avenue- 2055 E 29th Street -434 9th Street purchased by First Federal Savings and Loan Assoc Lorain ( there is that name again) the sale price listed $106.000 for those properties to REHABS TO RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC North Ridgeville agent and principle – Scott A. Russell
6486 Ridgeview Blvd.N. Ridgeville, OH 44039- this LLC is apparently still active according to the State of Ohio.

NOTE: However, I did some further checking on the 4 parcels that were worth apparently $106,000. to First Federal Savings and Loan Association Lorain and found-
918 Washington was sold for 10,500
1014 Long sold for $5,000
434 9th sold for $15,900
2005 E 29th- $8,500

So, if my math is correct, after the sale of all four properties First Federal Savings and Loan took a loss of $66,100 dollars and recouped just $39,900 – a loss of 60%-on the dealings with REHABS TO RENTALS PROPERTY MANAGEMENT LLC. That isn’t exactly screaming healthy business practices to me but what do I know , even the price of milk going up effects this “investor” in Lorain.

Back to Frank
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Frank Coleman then moved on to 1031 9th Street in 19391031 9th And yet another “sale loss drop dump- this his 3rd home was not a First Federal house for sale- commodity this time it was AMTRUST BANK A doing the honors and another LLC picking at the dying carcass of “homes”
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2005 property sold for $70,000 dollars bank got it back for $28,000 in 2008 and 20 days later sold it for 13,500 to Brian Fuller who transferred it to his LLC NEW AGE REAL ESTATE LLC ( owning 6 properties)( Avon Lake)
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Frank Coleman seemingly did not move offices much always in the 300 block of Broadway. In 1942 the last we have found to date on Frank he had moved to 306 9th Street
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This home has been owned by Baker Homes of Vermilion since 2005 but considering it is another “century home” ending up as another rental can the tale be much different???? If you want to know more a trip to the recorder’s office and look up OR Volume 1220- Page 142. I would bet you will find a similar history!
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But back to Frank’s original home and the “rehabbing of this old lady. She has suffered through the years modernization of the 50’s and 70’s and turned from a single family dwelling to a triplex rental. She even had to suffer the ignominious treatment of having her beautiful solid wood carved doors

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( what was left of them- there seemed to be a lot of doorways with no doors) – having the outside surface covered with cheap crappy plywood – stained to look like wood) – what were they thinking?????? ) and even worse yet 1960″s paneling put over the outside of the doors!

1960’s paneling covering the door!
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The other side of the door

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Our hearts sank as we toured the property, as would Frank Coleman’s had he been around to see what they have done…………

TO BE CONTINUED…………………
NOTE:
The Lorain County Port Authority in conjunction with the Lorain County Community Development Department are rehabbing the property using Neighborhood Stabilization Program III (NSP3) funds.

July 18, 2014 at 11:15 am 4 comments

History Demo’ed- Another Rehabbed Pt 1

As regular readers of this blog are aware, I threw a fit about what I called the Icon house of Lorain’s deteriorating housing structure . Hamilton Ave and 4th

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/welcome-to-fairyland-aka-in-the-pink-lorain-ohio/

I was not alone and Dan Brady also had a post about this old house

http://danielebrady.blogspot.com/2014/03/the-house-at-1034-fourth-street.html

After years of frustration ,

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/11/13/away-with-the-fairies-living-in-lorain/

looking at the deteriorating structure that met my gaze from my den window every morning, something was finally done

Gow House 1034 4th

Gow House 1034 4th


After 38 years, blighted Lorain house to come down
Chronicle Telegram- Evan Goodenow

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/03/06/38-years-blighted-house-come/

and the Morning Journal as well as Channel 5 covered the demise.

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140307/1034-w-fourth-st-in-lorain-demolished

The former home at 1034 W. Fourth St. became scrap wood, brick, metal and shingles as an excavator knocked down the structure as part of the demolition program of the Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp., or county land bank.

I did not join the throng that morning in March as the house was demolished. For too long, I had hopes ( in the very beginning) that somehow that house( which was over a century old )could be rehabbed. I sat, as I always do, that March morning with a cup of coffee and watched as another “story and home of history “ of Lorain fell in upon herself.

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It was bitter-sweet but a necessary evil

photo Dan Brady

photo Dan Brady

So under the auspices of the Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp – Lorain County Port Authority
whose mission ” Improving Lorain County and Revitalizing Neighborhoods” the eyesore that was once a well-loved and cherished home came down.
1880 map

This old neighborhood herself was once cherished – the “movers and shakers” of their day built “homes” for growing families – close to their businesses and the port which was the highway into Lorain .

Over the years these homes , for the most part, were sold on from those that built a community. The size of them made them ripe for the “rental” business as landlords could divide the large homes into apartments , chop them up making two-three apartments and sometimes more – just look at the number of electric meters on the sides of these old homes.
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Captain Thomas Wilford House

The people who built such edifices to their success are now no more than crossed out names on a tax map. Unless, their tales are written about by the few “Lorain historians” who care about such events.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/02/12/capt-wilford-a-hero-of-the-inland-seas/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/lorains-history-mystery-the-wurmser-house-a-tale-of-two-houses/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/02/28/port-of-lorain-salute-to-her-people/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/08/03/more-on-the-porters-maureen-smith/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/07/23/introducing-the-porters-by-maureen-smith/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2008/07/27/the-porters-cont-by-maureen-smith/

Are these old homes and their history all going the way of the wrecking ball on this street in order to revitalize our neighborhood? We have had two go down on one block in recent months 1034 ( the icon house) and 1125 W 4th.
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The house at 1125 also was not a candidate for rehabilitation – However, all is not lost as the very same agency ” Lorain County Land Re-utilization Corp – Lorain County Port Authority” now, I am pleased to say, has purchased another of the First Federal Saving and Loans foreclosure properties that we seem to have a plethora of in this neighborhood
http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/banks-banking-on-lorain-business-of-blight-devaluing-lorain/

Far from tearing down this time they will be rehabbing one of the oldest homes on the block, which is over a century old . A home that survived the tornado without too much damage if not ” latter-day Lorainites and landlords and banks”.
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The story – The who what and where in Part Two To Be continued

July 16, 2014 at 8:23 pm 3 comments

Kinks- Past – hyphenated- Lorain- Loraine Pt 5

hyphenated
Source

Teddy Roosevelt: “No Room in This Country for Hyphenated Americans”
Address to the Knights of Columbus
New York City- October 12th, 1915

Part One http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/15/kink-s-in-fathers-day-best-of-british-pt-one/

Part Two http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/18/kinks-culture-shock-best-of-british-pt-2/

Part Three

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/kinks-on-being-a-hyphenated-american-part-three/

Part Fourhttp://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/28/kinks-all-in-a-name-a-carta-and-constitution-a-trojan-horse-part-four/

Therefore, not finding a non- hyphenated group upon which to acclimate into the Americanization of Loraine- I chose to use the common denominator of Lorain. I put my focus on Lorain- after all it was going to be HOME- and I would have something in common with others who also chose to make Lorain their home!

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We had purchased our “starter” home( in which we still reside) in an old neighborhood; one unfortunately that was in decline. We saw the house in the dark, my husband fell in love it with it and made the offer before I had even seen the basement!

I drove to the house the next morning , I still liked the house but soon realized this was not “upmarket” and the neighborhood was having issues. But then I thought:

well this is America and I don’t know too much about American neighborhoods and post codes ( zip codes)

and there by started the journey of “finding out about Lorain” a mock English Tudor and me.

I soon realized just like the lack of theatre locally , there was a drought of information that could be found about Lorain- there was not at that time a formal Lorain Historical Society , no computers, the library evidenced the most information and yet I knew just by walking around this old neighborhood, the architecture, the layout of the streets, the hodgepodge of different styles there were stories and history.

Palace before restoration 1978 - New Lorain

Palace before restoration 1978 – New Lorain

It was the theatre and saving one that found me getting my “Lorain” feet wet- the preservation of the Lorain Palace Theatre- with the ladies that lunched-

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/ladies-of-lorain/

Barb McGregor , Mary Lou Connone, Ruth Calta Lori Hoke, Barbara McGregor, Corky Bruck, Charlotte Zakowski, Jane Baran, Jane Norton, Lou Kepler, Alice Weston, Phyllis Pfaff, Sally Bobel , Lilly Yuzon, Sally DeLuca , Mirium Schneider , Darlene Brown , Mrs. Robert Bostwick, Mrs. Dave Herzer , Carol Kramer, Frances Cellozzi, Marie Bonaminiooand so many others including Sandy Prudoff ( our first meeting) .

PALACE PLAYERS-
Top row left to right Casey Wolnowski- Loraine Ritchey- John Handyside- Sally Deluca – Dan Deliman – Jean Schaeffer- and I have forgotten- anyone know?

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Jean Schaeffer took me under her wing – I met her at the Chef Henri Dinner Theatre and she decided I needed to be involved in Lorain and you just couldn’t say no to Jean . I have been involved in Lorain ever since.

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I have made a nuisance of myself to all of the administrations. I started by storming into Mayor Zahorec”s administration ( 9 months pregnant) when Elio Jacabozzi declared no city worker or their families could attend City Council meetings . Incensed when I read the notification given to my husband I ranted on to Mayor Zahorec ( in my best British at the time) about freedom of speech , American Democracy etc. the policy was changed.
ore piles
You see, my husband now worked for the City of Lorain ( Communications) and I was at a meeting speaking against the ore piles- that didn’t go down to well- fresh perspective of ( you don’t put great heaps of ore to mar a beautiful harbor and river) but they didn’t listen and acquired those ore piles; it took decades to get rid of them. I continued to try my best for Lorain no matter the Mayor, no matter the cause- just to bring to do what I could for my “home”.
Key_to_the_City_of_London,_Charles_Lindbergh
Under Mayor Krasienko I was given the “Key to the City in 2010

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2010/04/20/the-key-to-the-city-a-thank-you/

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Lorain is still hyphenated , now sometimes into the halves and quarters. I have been battered and bruised ,called names as I continued the journey trying my best to preserve, promote and support Lorain. Lorain’s earliest green space and the saving thereof caused such angst.

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/08/02/veterans-memorial-park-fini/

St Mary's
I even advocated for the Roman Catholic Church of St. Mary’s 7th street,

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/03/19/charleston-village-letter-mj/

A church and priest Father Dan Divis who are not thought of with any fondness after their enabling of pain to this family.

I have tried to be an American non hyphenated by being a Lorainite, to assimilate, to do what the people who settled this community did to put Lorain ahead of hyphenation.

The older I get (life circumstances and hyphenated people) have found me changed since 2009 . I find myself drifting back into wanting my culture around me – those that think, understand and relate without explanation how I “work”, to be around MY cultural and religious heritage . Only here I am totally outnumbered , those are few and far between.
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When my son was dying, that dreadful, dreadful day – I was surrounded by the grating voices and the “our way ” bullying of the Italian – Polish- German- Hispanic Roman Catholic- American controllers Vyka, Lombardi, Gonzales, Gott, Zaworksi-

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/06/07/a-memory-of-vipers-chris-ritchey/

Your name was RITCHEY , NOT – Lombardi , Vyka , Gonzales, Gott or Zaworski . You were taken to their faith and their closure, denying your family even the “time of your interment in their selfishness.”

As someone said

“it is like Chris’ family didn’t exist”

I desperately reached for my cell phone in those minutes after being told my son was probably brain-dead, whilst Lombardis sat there dry-eyed, stone faced , without a tear – worrying I wouldn’t pull the plug- messing further with their already laid our plans. I left the room to call a cousin as I was surrounded by “self” – ishness, inhumanity and without depth of human feeling as a mother and father lost their son, a sister lost her brother. I thought I would totally melt down if I didn’t hear an English voice- he was a life line in that instant.

chrismeresglow1 With what happened to this family – the might of one hyphenated group trampling all over the culture and religion of another has not sat at all well with me , as longtime readers of this blog can attest. It does not fade but then another English trait long memories for injustice and tenacity.

Our wishes and our beliefs, culture overridden by the “hyphen-aters”. I watched as the “spoils” from a fundraiser were distributed with cloak and dagger secrecy by the mother Sue, of the clan Lombardi, and her banker husband Tim and sisters Zaworski and Gonzales. Nothing done that was technically illegal but in my opinion I found what happened to that money morally reprehensible.It was so against any upbringing I had experienced. Again, this left a bad taste in my mouth morality missing, but not apparently to those of the various “family culture”.
The bad taste in my mouth lingers.


I am still at sea – my caring of Lorain has diminished too – if I could run away I would – but wherever I went in the world I would take my untenable pain of loss with me.

There is no place that would ease and I have so much here to love ( those of my own) and they are now my place of respite and love. THEY ARE MY HOME OF MY HEART-THEY ARE THE ONES WHO “KNOW’ AND UNDERSTAND WITHOUT NEED OF EXPLANATION- THEY ARE MY CREED AND CULTURE NOW- AND IT IS FOR THEM I EXIST.The small group of “true” friends that “know” our pain without being told.

I now let others advocate for Lorain . I SOMETIMES WRITE BUT WITHOUT THE PASSION OF CARING IF THE OUTCOME IS FAVOURABLE TO MY THOUGHTS – IT IS WHAT IT IS-
I will keep my commitment to those projects started and to protect them as I wrap myself up in this little old neighborhood Charleston Village - that is who I am my culture of following through against all odds.

BUT – I WON’T take on anything else – I no longer get to get emotionally involved in Lorain – it is time to find a peace where I can . a hyphenated culture AND PEOPLE totally at odds with my own has won out leaving a bad taste for those cultures and religion who have cased such pain – I TOO, AM NOW HYPHENATED

Me and the Kinks lost to history !

Kinks – The Village Green Preservation Society

We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.

Deshttp://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2012/05/desperate-dans-long-road-to-cover.htmlperate  Dan

Deshttp://lewstringer.blogspot.com/2012/05/desperate-dans-long-road-to-cover.htmlperate Dan

God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

Preserving the old ways from being abused.
Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
What more can we do?

We are the Draught Beer Preservation Society.
God save Mrs. Mopp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It’s_That_Man_Again

and good old Mother Riley.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Mother_Riley

We are the Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium.
God save the George Cross, and all those who were awarded them.

Oooh…
We are the Sherlock Holmes English-speaking Vernacular.
God save Fu Manchu, Moriarty and Dracula.
We are the Office Block Persecution Affinity.
God save little shops, china cups, and virginity.
We are the Skyscraper Condemnation Affiliates.
God save Tudor houses, antique tables, and billiards.

Preserving the old ways from being abused.
Protecting the new ways, for me and for you.
What more can we do?

We are the Village Green Preservation Society.
God save Donald Duck, vaudeville and variety.
We are the Desperate Dan Appreciation Society.
God save strawberry jam and all the different varieties.

God save the village green!

June 30, 2014 at 8:03 pm 5 comments

Point of Sale , Lorain- A history – a result

taxpayerlorOld buildings have been much on my mind and that of the county in recent days and the legal options

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/19/lorain-county-judges-crowing-with-chandra/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/06/20/chandra-cha-chinging-away-county-coffers-and-how-it-is-done/

Living in this , Lorain’s oldest neighborhood, I have watched the deterioration as bank dumped foreclosures were passed around and on and on until as perfectly reasonable homes that were built with pride are left abandoned to their fate.

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No longer, are they the homes they once were in this neighborhood but now a commodity , to be used and abused until they are no longer worth anything.

Some of our home-grown banks are the biggest culprits

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/the-pos-and-nuisance-ordinance-a-lesson-in-history/

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/05/the-nuisance-and-point-of-sale-ordinance-lorain/

The Point of Sale will cause some large numbers of “in escrow dollars” and one has hit the headlines in the Morning Journal and all the kerfuffle of Wurmser front etc .

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140620/lorain-house-sets-record-with-45750-escrow-requirement

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AHHHHH!!!!, yes! that house- the Wurmser House – the house of mystery , the house on the “historical inventory register” . You can read all about the “history mystery” of that house here

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/05/30/lorains-history-mystery-the-wurmser-house-a-tale-of-two-houses/

Let us look at what happened after the tornado- when Wurmser

Henry Oswald Wurmser was a respected architect in Lorain and renowned throughout the state. He was responsible for designing many churches, businesses and residences.

lost one house
Tornado-5th Wurmser

and gained another -the current featured front page news and “poster child ” for the realtors, banks and landlords……

You see this house , like so many others passed from “pride of home to Mr. Wurmser” ( the probably date for this house is after 1924) and his family , a sale or two ( without Point of Sale of course ) a couple of foreclosures more purchasers who lost until what we have now !

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from the MJ article

It appeared the home at 1348 W. Erie Ave. could have an escrow amount that is more than the house is worth.

The home is owned by the Federal National Mortgage Association, commonly known as Fannie Mae.

Oh dear Fannie Mae- well Fannie and her buddy Freddy have caused a lot of “bad happenings with the 2008 sub prime mortgages (MORT old English for “death”) and we can certainly GAGE that with Fannie and the banks.

In the years before the crisis, the behavior of lenders changed dramatically. Lenders offered more and more loans to higher-risk borrowers, including undocumented immigrants. Lending standards deteriorated particularly between 2004 and 2007, as the government-sponsored enterprise (GSE) mortgage market share (i.e. the share of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which specialized in conventional, conforming, non-subprime mortgages) declined and private securitizers share grew, rising to more than half of mortgage securitizations.

Dumped

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/07/11/banks-banking-on-lorain-business-of-blight-devaluing-lorain/

And another one bites the dust in Lorain and you can see the drooling of the realtors to find the “bone of contention” as proof point of sale isn’t working –

NOTE: I would like to point out the homes in the article have been empty and for sale for a few years BEFORE the January 1st Point of Sale Lorain came into being- couldn’t sell them then either could you?

“It’s not wonderful in any sense of the imagination,” Myers said. “We have properties we can just not sell now. Everybody just walks away because nobody wants to put that kind of money in a house in Lorain.”

IN LORAIN – or just in Lorain’s oldest neighborhoods????

You see Point of Sale “isn’t about this Lorain’s oldest neighborhood or even Ward two and the areas that have deteriorated from homes that held families once upon a time and now hold vagrants, vermin and are the shopping places for copper!

THE POINT of point of sale is to stop in the rest of Lorain, that hasn’t experienced yet the bank dumps and slip shod workmanship as these house are passed around between property pimps from happening in Lorain’s other neighborhoods .

The rot has to stop somewhere - painful as it is and then just maybe the tale of 3620 Clinton won’t be coming to your ward!

My Poster Child of flippers and entrepreneurs
The history of a second chance

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Lisa wrote about 3620 Clifton January 13th of 2013

http://bustershouse.wordpress.com/2013/01/13/as-seen-in-lorain-3620-clifton-avenue-and-the-second-chance/

http://bustershouse.wordpress.com/2013/06/16/whatever-happened-to-3620-clifton-avenue/

In that article, it was mentioned that the owners of one of the houses on the demolition list were given a second chance to make repairs. Even though it was noted by Demolition Board member, 5th ward Councilman, and neighborhood resident Eddie Edwards that “Before the sale, the house sat empty for about five years, with its doors and windows open and generally falling apart…” and “The new owners also waited a year before taking action to repair it…” AND the Board went out to see this house for themselves AND took the Fire Chief with them AND talked to the unhappy neighbors – the owners have $17,000 and a plan and that was enough for the Board to grant them a second chance.

“According to this article, “…owners of 3620 Clifton Ave. will get another five weeks to make repairs to that South Lorain home. For a second week, the condition of the structure sparked the most discussion in the demolition appeals board meeting.”

Demolition Board of Appeals meetings are held during the week and are impossible for me to attend. At the meeting held February 28, 2013, the owners were given another month to continue their work on the property. They were granted this extra time because they had roofed and secured the house, plus cleaned up the yard. [

So here we are ONE YEAR and Three Months later and the flip is apparently a flop…..(

No point of sale when this property was purchased….. the house is still “curvy “, “sagging” and not so cute , no electricity and obviously no tenants except of the groundhogs.

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POS is not to make these old neighborhoods better it basically is to stop Lorain’s newer neighborhoods from deteriorating as we have done.

Let us look at the history of the other houses mentioned in the article from the POS Morning Journal

• 330 Connecticut Ave., $12,925; the auditor’s value is $98,680.
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3204 Garfield Blvd., $19,400; the auditor’s value is $44,420.
3204 Garfield
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• 704 E. 32nd St., $28,300; the auditor’s value is $54,350.
This property is owned by NEW SUNRISE PROPERTIES – WHO OWN 28 OTHER PROPETIES IN AND AROUND THE COUNTY
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• 1502 New Mexico Ave. has an escrow amount of $40,500; the auditor’s office valuation of the house is $36,000.

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This one is now owned NOW by Veterans Affairs ( another possible foreclosure???
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There we have it out of the 4 highest escrow accounts 2 are owned by the “mortgage holders” ( which brings to mind poor business practices of the sub prime) and one non-profit agency.

As they say the rest of the story!!!!!

June 22, 2014 at 1:02 pm 11 comments

The OLD Lady and the not so Rockin'( chair) Rover -Lorain (e)

UPDATE: http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/07/16/lorain-gears-roverfest/

It is official I am old – the pronouncement came on WMMS
this morning with ” I think she is an old lady” and she has ( you can almost see the eye roll in the inflection) she has a “BLOG”- what visions that conjured up this morning- Well this little blog ( of 20 readers or so- worldwide ) is not like the communication giants of “radio”. Can you imagine a “blog” written by an old lady? What is the world coming to?

http://www.roverradio.com/

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So how did this little ( well not so little) old lady become the topic of discussion on a WMMS morning show? A show geared to the demographics of the 18- 34 year old male called Rover’s Morning Glory? Now Rover, ( Shane French) for the sake of my not in the loop- older readers does not host a flower or horticultural program – The Morning Glory of Mr. French or Rover refers to

Rover’s Morning Glory –( Morning Glory being the double entendre for morning wood- or the vernacular- piss proud
1.(informal) An involuntary erection that a man has upon waking up.(erection on waking): morning glory, morning tent
the morning Glory morning wood.
morning wood (plural morning woods)Synonyms
(erection on waking): morning glory, morning tent.
Insert a blush here from the geriatric grandmother

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Mr. French,his “Morning Glory” – the show , the City of Lorain and the Port Authority are bringing to Lorain an event called RoverFest

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140602/roverfest-comes-to-lorain/1

I can understand the excitement on the 7th floor of City Hall – after all most of the staff including our Mayor meet the demographics of “the expendable income 18-34 male group” – No wonder the “excitement” generated that morning was hard on happy . The Port males are a little out of that age group- but hey I am sure they remember their Glory days!

So what does this “elderly woman” who seemingly has lost interest in the pee proud moments of the male anatomy a long time ago, care a jot for what Mr. French and his show creates, discusses or the people who tune in every morning. Hopefully their pee proud erection has been relieved so they can keep their brains on the news of the day concerning Lorain ( not Lorain with an e) .

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The marketing of this event reflects their target audience and whey hey- “there will be asses shaking and panties dropping as 13-15 thousand “jump jockeys and their friends will be descending or in the words of the co- host “invading Lorain” on the Black River Landings on July 26th.

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I took issue with the “way” Lorain was being portrayed and stated as such to the Port and to the administration and various others in an email sent after the announcement.


As one listened to the big announcement this morning for the Rover Fest “event ‘ of “asses shaking and panties dropping ” ( how lovely just the picture of Lorain I want to associate with Black River Landing and Lorain) ( for those in doubt that was sarcasm) the organizers stated this was costing them a great deal of money – so just how much is the Port/ City of Lorain getting for this event – apart from the obvious foot traffic for downtown as the crowd spills over probably looking for their lost panties . How many police officers and who is paying them? Just curious color me too old to shake anything but my head Loraine ”


(ED NOTE) According to Rick Novak of the Port Authority The Port of Lorain is garnering $5,200.for the rental of the facility plus utilities

and from the Mayor-

All security costs will be covered by Rover. A private security company will be here in conjunction with the Lorain Police Department as well as other local police departments. Lorain Police are putting together an action plan for the event and can certainly include some of your requests for security in the plan as it is being drafted. We would rather go too far with security and staffing than not far enough.
While this event is on Lorain Port Authority grounds, it is the city’s responsibility to support the event by making sure we dedicate the necessary resources to safety and protection of those attending as well as those living in close proximity. As you think of more ideas, please share them as we want to make sure we have all angles covered. I live in Harborwalk and I, along with my neighbors, share many of the same concerns.
Thanks,Chase

And that started the saga of my radio debut or ‘ How to get on the top rated show for the pee proud promotions.’
My other hat is Co – Chairperson for Charleston Village Society ( no wonder I am old before my time ) trying to promote this “old” neighborhood in a way that reflects past “glory” in the real sense of the word.

http://www.loraincounty.com/charlestonlorai/

To that end – the Executive Board wrote a letter to the Port – the City and the Chief of Police found here-

CVSI RoverFest request

A follow-up interview in the Chronicle Telegram found here : http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/06/03/roverfest-presents-logistical-challenge-lorain/
drew some picturesque consternation from the radio show hosts that morning. A phone call from the show which I declined to take ( read hanging up).
I am not so silly in my dotage as to get into any dialogue on air with those that appeal to the lower half of the male anatomy on their terms.
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Today , once again, finds me adding to the ratings and changing the demographics of the Glories of the Morning. Mr. French ( hmm well maybe that is the problem old readers will remember there are some issues with the “French” ;) – called me after his show yesterday- the conversation was lengthy – well those that know me well know I could “talk for England”-

Mr French had left his radio persona ( on air character of Rover ) on the floor of the studio and had become the “businessman” marketing his event to the ‘other demographic”. The upshot was Mr. French and his event would address our concerns with regard to the parking issues in the community – the security and involve the community in the plans.
I for my part wished the event well- I hope it is a success for the organizers and for the City and Port- This type of “marketing of below the waist and making Lorain “proud” is not my way of promoting Lorain but to each his own but I think better of Lorain and what she could be but if this is the “bar” that is set so be it.

by  Chris Ritchey

by Chris Ritchey


As an aside, I had written a rather scathing blog post re the event that did ridicule and made usage of sarcasm- but since Mr. French , The Port and the Mayor had all confirmed they would take our concerns very seriously I have held that from publication as I said I would . ( although parts of it are in this post :)

And remember you are never too old to be part of the 18-34 pee proud crowd- all you will need is 25 dollars tickets for RoverFest 2014 go on sale Friday at 7 AM!

http://store.roverradio.com/

Geriatrics Welcome I am reliably informed but just remember the words of MY grandmother - A STANDING COCK KNOWS NO CONSCIENCE”

June 4, 2014 at 2:15 pm 30 comments

Settlers’ Watch Carvings Update -May

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As regular readers are aware, the volunteers of Charleston Village, with the help of the City of Lorain have started to take down the carvings off the tree lawn at Settlers’ Watch.

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These carvings have to be refurbished and refinished before they can be replaced in and around Settlers’ Watch and Eric Barnes Heroes Walk.

The first carving- The Anchor- was taken down on a very cold day in February-

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140226/lorain-settlers-watch-park-to-be-spruced-up-for-spring-with-video

taken to a warehouse

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and we waited for spring and enough warmth to use the chemicals needed and also for the volunteers ( spearheaded by Frank Sipkovsky) to be able to work.

Before

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After

After

There is more to this than one might think, stabilizing rods, filler and sanding galore needs to be done.

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If anyone would like to donate some time and talent helping to get these 4 carvings refurbished and finished- we could use the help. email cvsilor@yahoo.com if you can help or call 440-246-6046

We have to move The Heron – donated by Oster Homes, The Portside Lorain sign ( grant)- The Anchor in progress ( also a grant) and the Lorain Lighthouse – donated by Port of Lorain Foundation- Lakeland Healthcare Corp.

May 31, 2014 at 6:00 pm Leave a comment

Freedom- The Pride- The Glory – Remember

Who  I  Am - Chris Ritchey

Who I Am – Chris Ritchey


The sky was robin egg blue this morning, the lake kissed with silver and gold. The air cooling to those of fevered brow. A day of glory, when all young men and woman who have given their everything are to be thanked for giving us the peace of this day with the freedom to enjoy. Their voices are stilled , their presence hidden from our world and yet they speak and are heard in the laughter of each child who is without fear of living in this city on the shore. Their presence can be felt when the voices of debate are raised in opposing ideas.

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This is their gift to us who remain- we must not forget , we must cherish the gift of life they have given to us and maybe just maybe if we are quiet and still in our reflection as their symbol of country is flown against the robin egg blue sky they will hear our gratitude and know their sacrifice was not in vain.
Eric Barnes Heroes Walk

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2012/10/10/eric-barnes-heroes-walk-the-update/

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Admiral King Tribute Site- Purple Heart recipient Don Fugitt United States Army raises the flags with Ernest Ritchey US Air force

Bruce Horner

Army 1st Sgt. Bruce Horner – Son of Ed and Betty Horner
Died June 1, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom assigned to the 127th Military Police Company, 709th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Support Command, Fliegerhorst, Germany; died in Seddah of wounds sustained when his unit came in contact with enemy forces using small-arms fire.
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Airman 1st Class Eric Barnes – Son of Tom and Shary Barnes
Died June 10, 2007 Serving During Operation Iraqi Freedom assigned to the 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron, F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.; died as result of an improvised explosive device attack on an Air Force convoy about 100 miles south of Baghdad.

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Marine Lance Corporal David Hall son of Delmar and Lulu Hall
Died August 31, 2009 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Aug. 31 in Garmsir, Afghanistan, while supporting combat operations.
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Marine Lance Corporal Joseph “Ryan” Giese son of Larry Giese and Connie Wascovich
Died January 7, 2011 Serving During Operation Enduring Freedom assigned to 2nd Battalion, 9th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; died Jan. 7 in Helmand province, Afghanistan, while conducting combat operations.
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Louis Torres

Sgt. Louis Torres son of Albert Torres and Armanda Ellis. who was fatally injured Aug. 6 in Afghanistan Sgt. Torres lost his battle with his wounds on August 22, 2012 .Torres was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

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May 24, 2014 at 4:49 pm 2 comments

Pride Day- Lorain? Settlers’ Watch CVSI

Update: Thanks to Charleston Village volunteer Juan Perez – the sign( made by one of the -now deceased- residents) that had to be removed from the 5th street triangle due to the road and utilities work- is back. Juan will be painting the newly installed sign and planting soon. Thank you ( a story will be following ) on the sign. We take pride in our villagers

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Pride Day apparently was this year’s Elyria Pride Day as per the Morning Journal headline

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20140517/volunteers-bring-their-best-to-elyria-pride-day

Volunteers bring their best to Elyria Pride Day

Interesting that – considering ( if the MJ remembered their own history) the Morning Journal was the main instigator of Pride Day Lorain in 1994 started after South Lorain held their own clean up day . The MJ thought it was a great idea and ran with it , organized it and sponsored it.
IT then morphed to take in the county .

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2014/05/18/hundreds-spruce-sites-across-county-rain/

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However no matter how you cut it it is a good thing to carry on in fact Pride In Lorain started in the long ago with George Wickens
I would like to think his background had something to do with the fact he “noticed things and did something about them”- Pride Day back in the Day- attributable to George Wickens

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/veterans-memorial-park-the-englishman-commeth/

“If the suggestions of the board of trade are carried out, Lorain will have regular days set apart each fall and spring as holiday clean-up days. Health Officer Hug, at the meeting last night spoke of the necessity of such a move. “To those who have occasion to pass the alleys and back yards about the city it becomes at once apparent that the conditions are decidedly unsanitary, unsightly and very offensive to aesthetic natures.

AH the precursor of Lorain Pride Day!!!!

Pride Day Lorain brought with it another “English connection ( besides me) the damnable weather . As I met with the volunteers at Settlers’ Watch it “bloody rained and rained and rained”. Now if we stopped for the rain in the British Isles NOTHING would ever get done- even though this weekend they are experiencing tropical weather sans rains.

The hardy group of volunteers – who are now bearing the dubious title of honorary Englishman for braving natures watery onslaught:

The volunteers from Lorain Rotary, The Eric Barnes family and friends, City workers ( Utilities) ( volunteers off the city clock)) Charleston Village board members, volunteers and the City of Lorain who picked up the bags of trash and provided mulch, the county who supplied equipment.

Thanks to those people and the two mallard ducks that delighted in the puddles we “got it done” – well as far as we could- some planting needs to happen just too wet – The Admiral King Tribute Site will need the marigolds along the borders, The flags will be put out along Eric Barnes Heroes Walk and the Admiral King ship’s mast will fly the colors by Memorial Day . The pictures said it all.
Settlers Watch Lorain Pride Day 2014
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The rain did not deter Lorain Rotarians
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It was like water off a duck’s back!

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as those water warriors plowed on- cutting , weeding mulching, cleaning
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honoring Lorain and this her oldest neighborhood and the young men who died for her and home.
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Finally the sun did come out and here is the result of the efforts of those that “braved a little Scottish Mist” and Lorain once again has lilacs and roses

http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2013/12/01/lilacs-of-lorain-and-now-roses-part-6/

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ED NOTE:Thanks so much to those that showed- and those that donated plants and cash. There is still plenty to do when the weather co-operates. This wet “Englishwoman) is proud to know you!!!! Oh and I apologize for the quality of the photos – I only managed to cut half the heads off and the rest were a blurry ( putting that down to the rain ;)

May 18, 2014 at 1:29 pm 2 comments

Lorain Dudes- Spring ( into action)

ridngresFinally Spring is here – we have been locked indoors for too long- Mummy and Nog got desperate to burn off our energy!

Finally time for beachin at Catawba
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We got to play because we cleaned up earlier in the year
Cleaning Grandad Jim’s Lighthouse

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AND YEA!!!! CEDAR POINT OPENED!!!

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Braedyn took mummy on the roller coaster ( or was it the other way around?
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But it is time to clean up , spruce up on Saturday for Lorain Pride Day at Settlers’ Watch, Admiral King Tribute Site and Eric Barnes Heroes Walk – Bring your tools – we will help!
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Settlers’ Watch meet at 8:30 Saturday May 17th – 2nd and Oberlin Avenue Lorain- Lots to do!!

and Braedyn wants to remind you we are still passing the hat!!!! http://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2014/03/21/the-hat-consider-it-passed-to-you/

photo Lisa Miller

photo Lisa Miller

These projects all take money and manpower. If you can help with either a cash donation, in kind donation or blood sweat and humor please contact us
Donations made out to Charleston Village Society
C0/ 1127, West 4th Street
Lorain Ohio 44052
cvsilor@yahoo.com – 440-246-6046 ( further information

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May 14, 2014 at 1:01 pm Leave a comment

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