State of Lorain- Ownership

February 27, 2009 at 12:49 pm 12 comments

ED NOTE: Paula’s Perspective on the State of the City luncheon can be found following this “perspective” of the luncheon and Lorain

By Loraine Ritchey

I haven’t been able to be very involved lately with ” community” due to the health issues that are all consuming. However, I had a day off from travelling to the hospitals and attended the State of the City Address.The Morning Journal was there
mjstate Editors, Publisher and reporters Morning Journal table.

and was covering with a live feed whilst we were feeding

Paula was also taking notes and photos for this blog so I decided to just listen and catch up with all the people there I haven’t seen ( or told off) in a while .

Mayor Krasienko touched on a number of issues, however basically it came down to ownership in a community and pulling together. I thought of my journey through the side streets of Lorain to get to De Lucas’ – I thought on the way there, looking at all the deteriorating infrastructure and the bricks showing through the asphalt on 6th and elsewhere ” this is almost too overwhelming- where do you as an Administration or City Council even “start” to fix our problems and what with ??? – the money has dried and is drying up-

Who is important to the city – what jobs should be saved- can we do without police/fire protection cutting city services to the quick- only makes this city bleed?What is it going to take for Lorainites to approve a tax of any kind ?

We have seen and heard that people are experiencing their own economic problems, there isn’t much money to go around. But without ownership in this community _ I hate to think of the consequences. What does “ownership” in a community really mean?

I was thinking about what I could write about the State of the City Address luncheon when I drove past Veterans Park – it was a warmish day and children of the Academy of Arts and Sciences were in the park with an instructor.

I watched as the instructor allowed the children to climb and jump and run around the “Firefighters Memorial”. Surely, I thought he will stop them- I remembered a day not so long ago when volunteers came out and took “ownership “ and cleaned and planted and spruced up the little park
I watched and waited, finally I couldn’t stay quiet any longer the Scotch Broom planted so lovingly , the bushes , the plantings and the area all around the monument was being trampled and faced destruction from 20 little feet.
firemans-memoria photo Scott Bakalar
I got out of my car and walked toward the tiny culprits and their instructor and said :
“You do realize that the children are trampling and jumping all over a memorial- a memorial for the Lorain Firefighters!”

The young man said :
“Oh! I was stopping them”

“Not from what I have seen- I would like to talk to the children” – he looked a bit concerned – I said
“I just want to tell them a story”

“welllllll OK!” but he looked doubtful.

By this time the children had made their way over anyway so I started
“Do you know what a memorial means?” Some said yes some said no – I told them how they were damaging a very special place – how this little park had seen children for 200 years playing under the trees- the trees that were planted to remember the people who were killed in a tornado, the people who fought in the Civil War, and other wars – how the little park was the birthplace for the whole of Lorain and that the firefighters would be very sad to see them hurting their memorial to firefighters who had died.”

“Can you read to us what it says ?”

The questions came fast and furious- as children are want to do – I looked at their little upturned faces and told them the tale of the Roger Blough and other fires-
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I told them how this park belonged to them and all the children that had played before and how we should keep it for all the children who were coming to play in the future.

I suggested to the instructor he take the children to the Fire Dept to meet the Firefighters- ( I don’t think he was really happy with me) but as one little boy stepped back into the Scotch Broom bush his friend said don’t do that – its the Fireman’s special bush …..

Will those children the next time they play have a little more respect for their little part of Lorain – will they take ownership – WILL WE ?
firepark photo Scott Bakalar

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12 Comments Add your own

  • 1. BLACK CLOUD  |  February 27, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Loraine, on behalf of the residents of Lorain, and the Fire Dept, thank you. It is tough to show up in the spring to spruce up the memorial and find bushes bent and broken.

    I would have to ask though, a grown man wanted to destroy the park for his personal gain.. why would anyone expect children to understand the significance of the park? I am sure it was an educational lesson they won’t soon forget. Lost in the push for better test scores are the small local lessons that really mean something to our children.
    Thanks again,

  • 2. denise  |  February 27, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    you done good Loraine..but somehow I am not convinced that you got thru…maybe for the moment, and what was up with the instructor. There is a prime example of what is wrong in this city, and probably country. No respect for others or their property. A park is public, but you don’t run amuck or have at it, how ever you wish to have it…I am sure you will keep an eye out now since you are aware..

  • 3. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 27, 2009 at 2:20 pm

    Apparently this isn’t the first time as far as the memorial is concerned.the issue was addressed before…….

    Truly it is sad that those children were like little sponges they listened and asked questions and told their own stories…..they needed direction from an adult – I thought of the wasted opportunity that instructor had to “explore” the little park that is apparently their playground… the energy of youth in such a way as to be a “learning play time”.but he of the “whistle really was probably more concerned with having them run off some of the unboundless enegry and making sure no one was hurt…..

    Will my speaking to them do any good – probably not unless it is reinforced in the classroom both indoor and outdoor 🙂

  • 4. Brian Hazelett  |  February 27, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you Loraine for speaking up and taking ownership of something that was important to you. I agree that people have to take some ownership, but without responsibility, they are nothing but words.

    How bad are things in Lorain? Who the hell knows because no one has taken ownership or responsibility for dealing with what our city is going through.

    It’s the national economy. It is everyone’s fault but the folks that govern us.

  • 5. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm

    Brian LORAIN is important to me because it is my home- all of it .. it is where I live and where I wil die probably … so where do we “start: to take ownership …… it is all very well to say what is wrong and who is wrong but what are WE going to do????? Do we start one block at a time. We have to start somewhere – do what we can with what we have….. one suggestion on where to start ???? just ONE thing that can be done to make a difference?

  • 6. Brian Hazelett  |  February 27, 2009 at 5:37 pm

    “WE” are not going to be able to do anything because “THEY” have their own agenda.

    It is do as I say, not do as I do.

  • 7. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 27, 2009 at 6:29 pm

    Ya think 🙂 well I am not going to let THEY get in the way .not sure what can be done but I am willing to try …….

  • 8. Paula  |  February 27, 2009 at 8:51 pm

    ….”it is all very well to say what is wrong and who is wrong but what are WE going to do????? Do we start one block at a time. We have to start somewhere….”

    I looked out my window this afternoon in the blowing wet snow and saw a man in a motorized wheel chair going down the sidewalk, I stopped and watched as he pulled into my driveway and picked up a bag that had been blown into my yard, put it in his garbage bag and continued down the sidewalk looking for other trash.

    That is what I’d like to believe the rest of Lorain is like.

  • 9. Buster's Momma  |  February 28, 2009 at 11:24 am

    Loraine, thank you for speaking up to that instructor and his students! Denise is right about the lack of respect today for anybody else or their property – and it’s not just the children who have this problem. I am learning lessons about that on a daily basis since returning to the ‘hood that I grew up in. It’s a shame that today’s children crave attention from an adult so badly that even negative attention is better than no attention at all. As for the instructor, he probably isn’t even from Lorain and doesn’t have a clue – or a care – about our rich and diverse history. What a shame that children aren’t taught about the city where they live anymore. I guess because it’s not on “the test”, huh?

  • 10. Mark  |  February 28, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    Well done, Loraine.

    I wish I had half the patience and understanding with other folks like you do. I am always flabbergasted at the inconsiderations and rudeness visitied upon people. If folks were as considerate as they’d like others to be to them, things would be different.

    Way to go!

  • 11. Loraine Ritchey  |  February 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Depends on the age … Mark and the situation …..some people have tried my patience to the limit and acid tongue doesn’t begin to describe my reaction 🙂

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