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A tastey ” taste of history”

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A TASTE OF HISTORY – AUGUST 1ST!!!

The Black River Historical Society of Lorain, Ohio is sponsoring A TASTE OF HISTORY, on Saturday, August 1st from Noon – 9:00 p.m. at Black River Landing in Lorain. Black River Landing is one block East of Broadway in Downtown Lorain.

The ALL DAY event will feature:
Musical Entertainment including Jim Schafer, G-N-T Jazz Duo and Joe McBride sponsored by “107.3 The Wave”. Wine Tasting from seven local wineries $10.00 includes a souvenir wine glass and 5 tasting tickets), Food Vendors, Antiques, Antique Value Estimates ($5.00 for 1 item – $8.00 for 2 items), Arts & Crafts, Car Show (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kevin Myers 277-7378), and Farmers Market (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.).
Participating Wineries Include: Paper Moon Vineyards, Matus Winery, Single Tree Winery, Klingshirn Winery, John Christ Winery, J.W. Dover Hearland Vineyards and Jilbert Winery.

For more information, contact the Black River Historical Society at 440-245-2563 or visit www.loraincityhistory.org for details.

July 30, 2009 at 7:07 pm Leave a comment

It is all about the Port of Lorain

From Lake Freighters- Mark Teleha

http://www.locophotogblog.com/?p=381
to displays at the Port Fest- Paula Tobiashttp://paulatobias.wordpress.com/2009/07/29/did-you-see-the-brhs-at-the-port-fest/

July 30, 2009 at 10:43 am Leave a comment

One casino, two casino, three casino-four- Or a hot potato

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UPDATE!!!! DJW ASKS WHAT DEFINES AN OHIO CASINO- CAN IT BE THE WOLVERINES ARE AT THE DOOR????

http://buckeyerino.com/2009/07/29/casino-operators-special-rights-for-special-people/

Check out DJW”s Buckeye Rino blog
http://buckeyerino.com/2009/07/28/e-mail-correspondence-with-casino-issue-spokesmen/

July 29, 2009 at 4:17 pm 2 comments

A moment to remember on 2nd street



By Loraine Ritchey thatwb@yahoo.com

My days and evenings lately have been spent over on 2nd street. Mornings, usually find people stopping by , some from the area , some from New York, Virginia and Maryland, as was the case yesterday. We have had people from many of the neighboring states stopping by but it is the people who have come back to the old neighborhood who tell the tales of childhood that fascinate me. They are this neighborhood’s living history.

Two weeks ago it was the delivery man who was delivering the truck load of plants donated by the Morning Journal who spoke with great sentiment of childhood home. He lived just behind the site , as a matter of fact he was born in a third floor apartment. He was born during The Depression. His brother had been born in the hospital the year previously but had died. His father didn’t have the money to pay the bill so worked off the debt painting at the hospital. Apparently when he was due to be born his Dad did not want to repeat the debt so he was born at home. The Dr. came to the house and delivered him.
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He told of taking old tires and sliding down the 2nd street hill in the winter, of how the kids ( himself included) played in the outlet pipe of the Beryllium Plant and sneaking up the pipe and into the factory. He told of falling in the sludge that came out of the pipe and being chased by the guards. His mother was very angry when he came home covered in the muck and mire from the plant and he said he would get hosed off regularly .

The Brush Beryllium plant burns on September 22, 1947 with a loss of $400,000.”

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The old ice plant was also a fascinating place for the neighborhood kids. It seems that you put your nickel or dime or quarter in the slot and when the block you purchased slid out your change was embedded in the ice. It apparently didn’t take long for the kids to figure out ( especially in warmer weather) that as the ice slid down the chute some of the change came away from the block of ice so they regularly checked the chutes for candy money .

Bill, that was his name , told of the war years and the armed guards that protected the Beryillum Plant and how one of the favorities games was waiting for the guards shift change and running the gauntlet to see who could outwit and out run the guards. He had fond memories of the old neighborhood . And considering they made mud pies out of the sluidge from the plant he looked pretty healthy for someone who had his three score years and ten.

This morning I met a gentleman who lived directly across the street from the “greenspace”- his house is no longer there or his next door neighbors, it was torn down – he wasn’t sure why just that his father was forced to sell but nothing ever was put there. It is now the parking lot for the Lorain Health Dept.

His father used to garden the space that is now the 2nd street project, and he remembers fondly working on his first car under the trees. In fact he pointed out to me the tree it is now the Portside Lorain sign.
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He went away to war (WW2) came home and lives now in a neighboring town but he remembers the names of the people who lived on his street, the kindness , the camaraderie and the caring.
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He will be attending Saturday , even though he has an 11 o’clock appointment as he said his Dad would’ve appreciated the garden!

ED Note: I was just finishing this when I had to pop over to the site with my husband. As I approached a lady was sitting on the bench , she had tears in her eyes, I asked her if she was alright. It seems her son is in Iraq- she had stopped by the site as she had read about the tribute carving. This lady was from Serbia her son is a 2nd Lieutenant in the Airforce.

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July 28, 2009 at 11:28 pm 3 comments

Happy 20th CVSI!!!!!!

Charleston Village Marker Photo J Perez

It was 20 years ago that three neighbors- The Robbins, The Woodwards and The Ritcheys after imbibing a couple bottles of wine thought that starting the Charleston Village Preservation Society would be a good thing.
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During the ensuing years this group has grown from the Robbin’s front porch to the organization it is today.

street2 Photo Mark Teleha

CVSI has been instrumental in spearheading many, many “events”- gone to bat for other neighborhoods- had members who are involved with many causes and institutions such as the Lorain City Schools, Lorain Public Library , given birth to other organizations – you name it- if there is a civic minded event or a quality of life event – there is usually a member of CVSI involved.

We have stood by our neighbors, our neighborhood and Lorain’s history from the deteriorating housing, cleaning up the streets ( Lorain Litter Council)- supporting Downtown and her businesses- to spearheading the city wide 2007 Bicentennial Celebration and recently our Portside Chairperson, Renee, took on the co chair of Lorain’s 175th Anniversary.
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We have helped to deter crime ( we had the first community policing program in Lorain and co founded the LNWC ,) – had designed free of charge 5 logos- written dozens of letters of support for grant monies for both sister organizations and the City of Lorain.

Members have been involved from “blight ” to “right “( saving of Veterans Park 2006) .
Photo Renee Dore

Diane, one of our very first members, who for 25 years has tenaciously cared for and waited patiently for Lorain’s oldest cemetery to be recognized.
landmark Photo Mark Teleha

We have opened our homes for tours, both to showcase the historical aspect of Lorain, to raise money and to raise awareness for Lorain’s oldest neighborhood.

We have a speakers bureau that donates any funds back into the coffers of CVSI in order to pay for the projects we take on .
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The people in this neighborhood are all members of CVSI, whether they are property owners or those that rent. We have a wonderful group of people , some of whom live outside the village boundaries , who step up to the plate time and time again.
rotary Photo Paula Tobias

Some of the original members have passed away or moved on, but their spirit and legacy lives on in this neighborhood. And this is done on a totally all volunteer basis, there is no paid Executive Director and 100% of every donation goes toward the project or event for which it is dedicated.

So Happy Anniversary Charleston Village!!!!! and join us in another glass of wine at the “Taste of History” event on Saturday August 1st at Black River Landing sponsored by another great group of volunteers – our sister organization Black River Historical Society . 2_Black_River_Historical_Society_and_Moore_House_Museum Photo Mark Teleha

You never know what “dreams may come- true” over a glass of the bubbly!
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CVSI Annual Reports on line
2005

2006

2007

2008

July 26, 2009 at 10:01 pm 11 comments

A taste of summer- July & August-

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Please Note: from the Lorain County Photographers Blog
The game that was rained out Thursday night at the Pipeyard between the Military All-Stars and the Latin Stars has been rescheduled for Sunday, July 26th, with the pre-game ceremony at 3:15 and first pitch scheduled for 4:05pm. Please go to http://www.locophotogblog.com/?p=380 for more details
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We will be having the Relay for Life at the Black River Landing in downtown Lorain on Sat., July 25th & Sun. July 26th. Please check here for more details https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2009/07/18/relay-for-life-lorain-cancer-crushers-crushing-cancer/

The Mocking Bird- Tru North
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A TASTE OF HISTORY – AUGUST 1ST!!!

The Black River Historical Society of Lorain, Ohio is sponsoring A TASTE OF HISTORY, on Saturday, August 1st from Noon – 9:00 p.m. at Black River Landing in Lorain. Black River Landing is one block East of Broadway in Downtown Lorain.

The ALL DAY event will feature:
Musical Entertainment including Jim Schafer, G-N-T Jazz Duo and Joe McBride sponsored by “107.3 The Wave”. Wine Tasting from seven local wineries $10.00 includes a souvenir wine glass and 5 tasting tickets), Food Vendors, Antiques, Antique Value Estimates ($5.00 for 1 item – $8.00 for 2 items), Arts & Crafts, Car Show (10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Kevin Myers 277-7378), and Farmers Market (9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.).
Participating Wineries Include: Paper Moon Vineyards, Matus Winery, Single Tree Winery, Klingshirn Winery, John Christ Winery, J.W. Dover Hearland Vineyards and Jilbert Winery.

For more information, contact the Black River Historical Society at 440-245-2563 or visit www.loraincityhistory.org for details.

August 1st Charleston Village Invitation
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DO THE RIGHT THING AUGUST 15TH

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The Do the Right Thing: Back to School Picnic will be held on August 15, 2009 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Black River Landing.
There will be plenty of fun activities at the picnic including food, entertainment, and school supplies.

This event is sponsored by the following:
Lorain City Schools,
Lorain Police Department,
The Morning Journal,
Fligner’s Food Market,
Lorain County Community College,
Lorain Police Auxiliary, and
United Steelworkers of America Local 1104, 1104-1 and 2354.

July 24, 2009 at 11:11 pm Leave a comment

Requesting the honor of your presence

invitationeb Graphic Design -Christopher Ritchey
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July 22, 2009 at 9:45 pm 5 comments

Attention Shoppers- Lorain’s Gateway- NOT!!!

Mark Teleha once again has provided a pictorial wake up call
http://www.locophotogblog.com/?p=379

July 22, 2009 at 6:10 pm Leave a comment

Ladies of Lorain


There has been a lot of volunteering going on lately in my neighborhood. I have been thinking about all the projects that are coming to fruition and those that came before. such as the Lorain Library
Birth of Illumination: First Hundred Years of the Lorain Public Library System by Kelly Boyer Sagert

Fortunately, other local groups began to pursue the idea of a public library. Three of them – Sisterhood, Sorosis and WIMODAUGHSIS (standing for wives, mothers, daughters and sisters) — were comprised of all women…..

And, in April of 1900, the ladies belonging to these three literary clubs collectively got the “library bee in their bonnets” and declared, “Let us constitute ourselves a library committee here and now and begin the good work without delay.” Those interested in pursuing that stated goal met the following Monday in the Opera House and they elected the following officers:

Mrs. Elisha M. Pierce, chairman
Mrs. J. H. Hills, secretary and treasurer
Mrs. W. R. Comings
Mrs. F. D. Ward
Mrs. F. M. McIlvaine
Mrs. A. E. Thomson
Mrs. McKee
Mrs. J.A. Graham
Mrs. S. Klein
Mrs. C. B. Hopkins

I arrived in Lorain a few decades ago now, looked around , took a deep breath and realized this certainly wasn’t London ( England) .

I was in my very early twenties when I first arrived, a Mrs. Osmundson of the ” Lorain Chapter of the Welcome Wagon” knocked on our apartment door and there followed the introduction to the Ladies of Lorain.

These ladies , some of whom have passed away , then introduced me to the “volunteer aspect” that was and is Lorain. The ladies that saved the Palace Theatre, built Lorain Community Hospital, literally ran the entertainment for Lorain International , planned the ” Hospital Follies” and fundraisers, celebrated the “anniversaries” and gently bullied administrations, newspapers and public servants to join in and refused to take No for an answer . They organized their projects and committees with a battle plan and strategy that would have made any General proud.
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Ruth Calta, Jean Schaeffer, Marylou Connone, 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 , Jean Anne King , Lee Mattei, Darlene Brown , Mrs. Robert Bostwick, Mrs. Dave Herzer , Carol Kramer, Frances Cellozzi, Marie Bonaminio

and so many others whose names have faded with my memory . Some of these ladies are still volunteering and making a difference in Lorain everyday.

There is always a danger when doing something like this that there will be those that are omitted but I have found the Ladies of Lorain do not volunteer for recognition, they do it because they love this place called Lorain.

We still have “Ladies of Lorain” – I realized that in the past few weeks-

Renee Dore, Martha Pye, Diane Medina, Carolyn Spikovski , Pat Morrison, Anne Molnar, Paula Tobias, Pam Radke, Minnie Wade , Jeri Boyer, Mary Harkacz , Kelly Sagert, Joanne Reidy, Jean Wrice, Tracy Isenberg , Terri Fredericks, Melanie Szabo, Gail Stilgenbauer, Jeanette Struckley , Valerie Farschman , Palma Stipe , Dr. Hilaire Tavenner, Andrea Fischer, Maureen Smith , Sandy Campana, Barb Cook , Vanessa Knipper, Denise Carloff, Connie Carr , Jan Mackert, Peg Asensio and ??? –

all of whom help carry on the legacy of the Ladies of Lorain – look to any event, project, or job that needs doing and you will see their names. They are involved – these Ladies of Lorain.

There are many more of Lorain’s ladies who quietly sustain and work with the different organizations- This isn’t their “job of work” they don’t get paid for their participation they just “do

I know I haven’t covered everyone , so if you would like to honor one of Lorain’s Ladies who make such a difference in our community please do so and I will add their names . Thank you to the Women of Lorain –past and present and future
rotary planting Abigail Sugerick CVSI

July 21, 2009 at 9:45 pm 11 comments

Can you credit? History ?

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From Heritage Ohio
ED NOTE: Emphasis mine

We are thrilled to announce that this morning two amendments passed in the budget bill signed by Governor Ted Strickland ensuring that Ohio’s historic preservation tax credit program will continue to work for Ohio citizens.

Introduced by Senator Kirk Schuring (Canton) two sets of statutory amendments will serve as a national model for spurring HTC-related development:

Special allocation of tax credits
Ohio HTC loan guarantee program
The Historic Tax Credit Program is Good for Ohio
Ohio’s Historic Tax Credit programs create interesting places to work, live and play for the creative class and all Ohioans:

Approved HTC projects represent over $1 billion in construction costs, generating hundreds of millions in increased State and local taxes.
Tax credits are not issued until after project completion, but significant tax revenues are generated as soon as construction begins.
For each $1.00 of Ohio HTC, $5.44 of private funding and federal tax credits are expected to be leveraged. (ODOD’s Ohio HTC Program 2008 Annual Report)

Heritage Ohio salutes our board members, our volunteers, Senator Kirk Schuring and Governor Strickland for their dedication to Ohio’s cultural heritage and economic well-being!

Have questions about Ohio’s Historic Preservation Tax Credits? Contact our offices today!

Heritage Ohio was developed as a statewide, not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect and preserve our heritage. Historic preservation and downtown revitalization are vitally important in the movements to protect the buildings, landscapes, art, artifacts and landmarks we have inherited.

Heritage Ohio
846 1/2 East Main Street
Columbus, OH 43205
614.258.6200

July 20, 2009 at 9:42 pm Leave a comment

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