Archive for May, 2008

F.O.P Fundraiser

That Woman’s Blog will be published Monday – Wednesday and Fridays –However for your information, interest and edification we present today’s LINK UPS

Lorain Fraternal Order of Police Associates Lodge #46 is holding a fundraiser to help support the Lorain Police Dept., the F.O.P. Lodge # 3 as well as to donate to widows and families of fallen officers. The date is Sunday, June 1, 2008 from 1:00pm-5:00pm at the Knights of St. John at 1620 Kansas Ave. For tickets contact Vince C. at 366-5309 or Don S. at 233-5990 or get them at the door! Donation $9.00. Children under 10 is $5.00- Spaghetti Fundraiser

May 31, 2008 at 11:46 am 4 comments

The Demise of the Milkman’s Horse

by Loraine Ritchey

That is when I have decided things have gone topsy turvey in this old world and you no longer know where you are anymore…for me it was the doing away with the Milkman’s horse.

I was very , very tiny but I can remember “Charlie” the Milkman’s horse – even though we lived in London – in a semi detached.

Every morning the clinking of milk bottles and the clip clop on the concrete meant I would be able to feed sugar lumps and apples to a great beast of an animal. ( He probably wasn’t that big but to me he was magnificence personified).

I wasn’t alone all the kids and mums in the street would be out, rain or shine, getting their milk, turning back their freshly washed milk bottles ( no forced recycling- times were tough – this was no throw away society) . Neighbors would chat –

How is Mrs. so and so doing – I hear Joes’ mum is poorly- Joanie you had better watch out for the Fredericks chap he is a rotter-

You knew where you were what was respectable behaviour , what would be acceptable – what would not be tolerated – It was a time when “society” made the rules – not into what legal category poor behaviour fell- and how you you get away with this but not that ..

You were sent to Coventry by society – the blind eye was not turned- your neighbors gathering around the Milkman’s horse saw you kept your nose tidy .

And then came the mechanized milk cart-
the children no longer delighted in their milkman , the horse was replaced by puppets on TV – Muffin the Mule

Bottles with notes left on the doorstep for the milkman to collect- slowly the neighborhoods went into their own little houses – cut off from a neighborhood society due to the loss of the Milkman’s horse-

Then supermarkets and big plastic bottles caused us to “progress ” further into civilization and with it the ambiguity of what is acceptable. Society has suffered due to the demise of the the Milkman’s horse – Bring back the Milkman’s horse – I want my guidelines back!

May 29, 2008 at 10:58 pm 8 comments

My baby’s getting married —–

by Loraine Ritchey

It doesn’t seem that long ago – that day in St. Joseph’s hospital when I was given the gift of a son. He has brought laughter and tears , happiness and angst and most of all great love into my life and now he will bring me the gift of another person to share life’s journey , his lovely bride.


It has been quite a year one way or another and for the next week what with guests arriving and , dinners and dresses I will be very busy – I am not sure how much “blogging” will happen until after the 9th of June so any “links” or guest blogs will be gratefully received – you know where to reach me .

May 28, 2008 at 11:30 pm 11 comments

Paula’s Perspective – May 27th – Council

ED note: The meeting was very long and Paula had to leave I was going to stay and cover the rest of the agenda BUT- Mayor Kraisienko had a 45 minute presentation of the plan and then I had a coughing fit – so as not disrupt the meeting I left. Brian Hazelett was in attendance so he might have more to say but in the meantime Paula’s thoughts on the first part of the meeting.
Paula Tobias by Paula Tobias

I try very hard to listen, think about what they’re saying, and write key points down. If I’ve missed something please let me know.

Council Committee Meeting with a presentation by Team Lorain County to be held at 5:15 PM was canceled. TLC wasn’t ready, second time this presentation was canceled.
I had done some research on TLC awhile back when Council appropriated $40,000 to be paid to them. Check their website. A year ago I noticed misspellings in the website. The list of properties and buildings they have for the City of Lorain is appalling.

This is the 3rd year (?) we’ve paid to be a “partner”, what are we getting for our dues? I would have loved to have used that money for a grant writer/economic development person.

Paula’s Perspective-“What are we getting from this investment?” Show me the companies, the people, and the income they’ve generated for us.

Next on the agenda- License Plate Tax.

In the Mayor’s sesquipedalian description it was reaffirmed to me that we at the city level pay for the services that appear to be grants/loans etc. The Federal Government’s involvement has been around $30,000 for our streets and the States around $10 million in the last 18 years.
We match the funds from the State and have to pay back loans.

I asked who our Lobbyist for the City of Lorain was with the State and Federal Government. The answer is they (he) are (is).

Ms Szabo wanted to know the money stream.
1. Bureau of Motor Vehicles
a. County License fee on receipt
2. State
3. City
4. Earmarked for Permissive License Fee
5. General Treasury
6. Booked for Permissive License Tax (Fund 20—30)
The City has to account to the State for monies in and monies out.

The discussion of the Tax credit was described by the Mayor and after 45 minutes my back would not allow me to continue.

It is always interesting to note the number of attendees.
26 members of the Public
8 City Personnel
5 Members of the Media-
18 Council and Administration

May 28, 2008 at 1:54 am 1 comment

The CRA(p) continues – cha ginngggggg

From the OSP
the latest

May 27, 2008 at 3:33 pm Leave a comment

Soon- just a memory- Guest Blog Renee Dore

Another Familiar Old Home Soon to Be Torn Down

What is it about vintage homes that date back to the late 1880’s that seem to tug at our heart strings? Is it the detailed, wooden scrolled trim under the bay windows or the spindled trim around the large front porch? Perhaps it is the weathered clapboard siding or the pieces of slate forming a beautiful pattern on the high-pitched roof. Old homes offer us all a glimpse to the past- reminding us of a different era- when life seem to be more simple, calmer and without the worries of today.

The homes of that period in time were built with excellent craftsmanship and design with solid wooden doors, large woodwork and hardwood floors. Another feature of older homes were the flowers and gardens –some plants that are decades old- still offering blooms with the only landscaper’s help being Mother Nature herself.

The large white and green trimmed home at 240 Washington Avenue in the Portside area of Charleston Village is about to be torn down that is LOT 108 (original plat of Charleston). It has seen its last days. The home was included in the Charleston Village Survey done in 1993 and a brief description of its history provided some important statistics about the home.

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Unfortunately, the home had been added on to many times and didn’t fall into the category of qualifying for National Historic Registry status. Nevertheless, the report provided an estimated date of construction of the home. It was built in approximately around 1880-1895. From the information available from the survey report the first resident was Leo H. Hill, who had a grocery store in early Lorain. Others who lived there near and after the turn of the century were Ernest and Pearl Price, H.H. Wise and wife Emma, (Insurance agent who eventually moved to Mildred Avenue), and Orin and Rose Vorhees. This information was from past City Directories.

The home was subdivided to accommodate 2 families- Nicholas Cassetta and a widow named Louise Brandt. There is still evidence of a small kitchen and living space in the rear portion of the upstairs.

I lived across the street from this home as a child and remember very well the home’s owner then. Her name was Lottie Stasiak (the survey report dates her possession of the house to be 1947). She lived there for most of her life. Her occupation was a beautician and she had her own salon in the front portion of the home called the Celeste Beauty Salon. It looks as though she converted what would have been the parlor room into her salon. I used to get my haircut there as a child. The single beauty sink is still in the front salon room. She married Gilbert Feldcamp in 1959 and continued to live there after his death.

Her home meant so much to her. She was offered many times a chance to sell her home to the Red Head Gas Station who was looking to expand. She denied the company every time, knowing how important her home was to her. Her passion was gardening. Every spring she would offer neighbors her earliest blooms and would often be seen in her yard tending the flowers she grew with such care. As with any large home, though, repairs were beginning to mount, and Lottie’s health was beginning g to decline. She eventually moved to a nursing home and passed away a few years ago. The once beautiful homestead sat vacant and was the target of vandalism and abuse so common throughout Lorain’s aging neighborhoods.

So, we will say goodbye to a familiar sight next week. There are plans for a new home to be built on this sight. It will surely be modern and suit the needs of a family in this new century.

Although the century home will be gone, the heritage of this location has a deep-rooted part of Charleston Village’s past. That will be Part 2 to this story.

You see, LOT 108 was the place of worship for most of the early pioneers of Charleston Village. It was the location where many ship captain’s wives met to pray for the safe return of their husbands from sailing the Great Lakes and was the place of many Sunday church services that began there in 1856. The congregation continued to grow into one of Lorain’s finest churches- the First United Methodist Church opposite the Library on 6th St.—all from LOT 108 of Charleston Village. More to come…..
Renee Dore, Portside, Charleston Village

May 26, 2008 at 12:13 pm 4 comments


There is a free concert honoring veterans “SUNDAY” at 2 p.m. at the Palace. The Lorain Admiral King jazz band is playing at this ceremony

Lorain remembers – this Blog remembers- and I thought the Blog of Cox and Forkum “remembered it well”


The official birthplace of Memorial Day is Waterloo, New York. The village was credited with being the birthplace because it observed the day on May 5, 1866, and each year thereafter, and because it is likely that the friendship of General John Murray, a distinguished citizen of Waterloo, and General John A Logan, who led the call for the day to be observed each year and helped spread the event nationwide, was a key factor in its growth.

General Logan had been impressed by the way the South honored their dead with a special day and decided the Union needed a similar day. Reportedly, Logan said that it was most fitting; that the ancients, especially the Greeks, had honored their dead, particularly their heroes, by chaplets of laurel and flowers, and that he intended to issue an order designating a day for decorating the grave of every soldier in the land, and if he could he would have made it a holiday.

Logan had been the principal speaker in a citywide memorial observation on April 29, 1866, at a cemetery in Carbondale, Illinois, an event that likely gave him the idea to make it a national holiday. On May 5, 1868, in his capacity as commander-in-chief of the Grand Army of the Republic, a veterans’ organization, Logan issued a proclamation that “Decoration Day” be observed nationwide. It was observed for the first time on May 30 of the same year; the date was chosen because it was not the anniversary of a battle. The tombs of fallen Union soldiers were decorated in remembrance of this day. …

The alternative name of “Memorial Day” was first used in 1882, but did not become more common until after World War II, and was not declared the official name by Federal law until 1967. On June 28, 1968, the United States Congress passed the Uniform Holidays Bill, which moved four holidays from their traditional dates to a specified Monday in order to create a convenient three-day weekend.

May 24, 2008 at 10:24 pm 1 comment

LNWC and Greg Holcomb (Police and Fire Chairman)

That Woman’s Blog will be published Monday – Wednesday and Fridays –However for your information, interest and edification we present today’s LINK UPS


Please save the date of Wednesday, June 11, 2008
at 6:30pm
for our next scheduled meeting of the
Lorain Neighborhood Watch Council. We have not
met since last October and we really need to
have as many Block Captains/Co-Captains attend
as possible. Most likely we will be meeting in
the Police Training Room at City Hall. This is
being confirmed and we will let you know. The
Executive Committee is formulating an agenda
and we will forward this to you soon. If you
know of a Captain who does not have email
capability, please inform them of this meeting.

To visit Lorain Neighborhood Watch Council click on the following link:

The Police Safety Plan update can be found on my website

The Chief of Police came before our committee today and updated us on what work the LPD is doing to curb the violent crimes in the city. A report he filed can be found here. Some of the dates within the plan are old. He will be resubmitting an updated version soon.

Click on the link for the report

May 24, 2008 at 4:52 am Leave a comment

Tax Information – Mayor A. Krasienko

Note I received this from Mayor Krasienko . sorry for the messy numbers at the bottom the “cells” did not paste but I think you can see the information OK ( Loraine )


Currently, Citizens of Lorain who earn money in other communities with local income taxes are given full credit for the taxes paid to other communities towards their Lorain City Income Tax liability. Although these Lorain Citizens are receiving the benefit of local infrastructure and city services, their tax dollars are being paid to other communities. Although this was common practice years ago, it appears that Lorain is one of the few localities that continue to give full credit for income taxes paid to other communities.

A random income tax credit study of twenty communities in Ohio reveals that of the twenty cities in the study, the average income tax rate was about 2%. Additionally, these cities had an average tax credit of 80%, with a credit limit of about 1%. Should the City of Lorain allow a 100% tax credit with a 1% credit limit, we would effectively meet that average. We could conversely allow a 50% tax credit with a 2% limit and receive a somewhat comparable result. The City Treasurer estimates additional tax revenues of approximately $750,000 can be expected for each ¼% income tax credit reduction allowed for income tax paid to other communities. By reducing the full 2% tax credit currently allowed to citizens paying taxes to other communities by one half, it is estimated that we would generate $3 million annually.

It is recommended that The City of Lorain pass legislation, allowing a 100% local income tax credit paid to other communities, with a limit of percent (1%).

PARMA HTS———3.00% —-100%———-2.00%

PARMA————–2.50%—–100%——– 2.00%

NORTH ROYALTON—2.00%—–100%——– 1.25%

WARRENSVILLE HTS–2.00%——50%——– 1.00%

UNIVERSITY HTS—–2.50%——100%——- 1.00%

SOUTH EUCLID——-2.00% ——-75%——- 1.00%

SHEFFIELD LAKE——1.50%——–50%——–1.00%

CLEVELAND———- 2.00%——–50%——–1.00%

CLEVELAND HTS——-2.00%——–100%——-0.50%






EAST CLEVELAND——2.00%——-100%—–1.00%





BOWLING GREEN——–1.92%———-50%—-0.50%

AVERAGE————– 1.98%———79.25%—-1.10%

May 22, 2008 at 9:50 pm 16 comments

Chandra Sings – the “America” Idol

Ah this guy is good – a real “marketeer” even brings in “America ” when looking for votes- fly the flag-
from the Buckeye State Blog

May 22, 2008 at 12:09 pm 4 comments

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