The Key to the City -A Thank You

April 20, 2010 at 10:52 pm 19 comments

No it wasn’t the Key to the City of London, but the honor bestowed was just as humbling and gratefully accepted as if it had of been. London my home of my youth has given way to Lorain home of my “coming of age”.

Mayor Krasienko apparently made a touching speech on February 13th at DeLucas. In my early days of emotional incontinence I couldn’t make the event, but before the people gathered that evening I was awarded the Key to the City of Lorain.

I met with Mayor Krasienko ( he was forewarned he could end up with a blubbering woman on his hands- but he said he could handle it ) for lunch a week ago Monday at the Rose Cafe where he quietly presented me with a lovely engraved plaque for a “positive impact”. He did end up with a blubbering woman!

Although I am deeply humbled and honoured I wanted to accept this plaque on behalf of “Everyone” who has made
Photo Mark Teleha
Settlers’ Watch,

Veterans Park and

Charleston Pioneer Cemetery,

The Black River Bicentennial and

Charleston Village possible.


So I geared myself to reign in the tears and go to City Council on Monday night to thank those who do care for this city we call home.

Well it wasn’t to be my emotions were dragged farther down a bottom less pit and another gut wrenching kick to my soul took place.

However, I did send a written thank you to the City of Lorain on Charleston Village letterhead and here it is:

Mayor A. Krasienko and the City of Lorain
Lorain City Hall
200 West Erie Avenue,
Lorain, Ohio 44052 April, 13th 2010

Dear Mayor Krasienko, Administration and City Council,

Re Key to the City of Lorain

I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank you for the great honor in receiving the Key to the City of Lorain. Although it is my name on the plaque, I know that everyone is aware that without the wonderful people who support the ideas and do the “real work”, I could not accomplish anything; this also includes those who are elected officials and those who also work for the City of Lorain as well as the many volunteers of Charleston Village and her sister organizations .

I will accept the Key to the City on their behalf and look forward to working with all of you in the future and continuing to have a positive impact in our community . Once again thank you for this award I am humbled and grateful.

Yours sincerely

Loraine Ritchey
Co Chair Charleston Village Society Inc



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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Kelly Boyer Sagert  |  April 20, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    You deserve a lot, a lot, a LOT, a LOT, A LOT, A LOT of the credit, Loraine!!! Congrats!!!!!

  • 2. Grammy  |  April 21, 2010 at 12:26 am

    This award was long overdo. Thank you for believing in the “good” of Lorain. It really is a good place.

    Congratulations for being a driving force and helping us get things done.

  • 3. Diane Wargo Medina  |  April 21, 2010 at 1:13 am

    WONDERFUL LORAINE- You have done so much for our city, and we appreciate it. WE have been friends since the beginning of the village, you have helped me so much with the projects on the Charleston Cemetery, again thank you..Diane

  • 4. Peter Potamus  |  April 21, 2010 at 1:33 am

    You’re correct, Grammy.

    In your own words from the “disgraceful thinking across the pond” thread, I can only echo your words – “what kind of people would we be” if we did not thank Lorainne for her efforts in honoring the war dead from Lorain County?

  • 5. Carolyn  |  April 21, 2010 at 3:12 am

    Congrats! You deserve the honor. Your persuing the Settlers Watch has provided Lorain with an unique tourist attraction. Hopefully more sponsors will step forward to continue the project. We appreciate your help in all the other projects. Thank you Loraine for making Lorain a better place.

  • 6. Mark  |  April 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Well done, Loraine. This has been a long time coming. And you deserver it. Congratulations!!

  • 7. Dennis Lamont  |  April 21, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Clap, Clap, Clap Clap
    Well deserved and right in the middle of all this negative nonsense ………Hooray!

  • 8. thatwoman  |  April 21, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Dennis : negative nonsense well …… nonsense – I agree it doesn’t make sense…… and is non sensical – but the pain inflicted by all of this sends my senses reeling and in search of sense…..

    however if Hell is other people in the most part of my life especially with the above HEAVEN CAN BE OTHER PEOPLE TOO….

    and you all have been there to make me smile and appreciate what we have in this old city …….. I may be stuck in a world of hurt but you all have given me more than I could ever tell you in words…… Thanks for making sense Loraine

  • 9. Lisa  |  April 21, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Congratulations, Loraine! You mean more to this old city than you know. Thank you for all that you have done to preserve and promote our history!

  • 10. Ben  |  April 21, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Congratulations! A well deserved honor!

  • 11. Bette Lou Higgins  |  April 21, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Congratulations, Loraine! All your hard work IS appreciated by many people — and now you know for sure!

  • 12. renee dore  |  April 21, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Thanks and appreciation for your interest in Lorain- especially Charleston Village. It’s easy to watch and let the outside world go by. It’s not easy to get involved and be a part of that world- making so many positive changes!! You have been a leader in many of the civic, grassroot projects in our city and also a “teacher” for those who may not have been familiar with turning projects into realities. Congratualtions!!! Renee

  • 13. Dennis Lamont  |  April 21, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Negative Nonsense = Four High School Meetings
    Positive = Save Lorain County Transit L.E.A.P
    Positive = All the Clean-up projects, out tax dollars at work.
    Positive = Charleston Village = Pride of Place ..spread that around ’till it sticks!

  • 14. thatwoman  |  April 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you everyone….. you are now on the “work” list this spring 🙂

    We will be going over to Settlers’ Watch etc. in a couple of weeks. I did go to Don Moulds on Saturday but since it started to snow and sleet whilst we were walking around I thought I had better give it a couple of more weeks before buying any more plants…….but I know who you are and where to find you 🙂 Seriously THANK YOU ALL BECAUSE YOU ALL HAVE BEEN GREAT LORAINITES!!!!!!!

  • 15. Ngaire  |  April 22, 2010 at 12:54 am

    You’ ve been having a very rough trot Lori and it’s so nice to see that your city appreciates all your fine efforts over many years. Congratulations go to them for recognising you and many congratulations to you for deserving of that recognition. Well done Lorain and Loraine
    Your Aussie mate, Ngaire

  • 16. Peter Potamus  |  April 22, 2010 at 1:05 am

    Isn’t “Ngaire” a New Zealand name?

  • 17. Loraine Ritchey  |  April 22, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Peter …Ngaire ( pronounced Nyree) is a Maori name . Ngaire lives in Tasmania Now is Potamus of Dutch origin perhaps 😉 Cheers Loraine

  • 18. Peter Potamus  |  April 22, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I’ll have to read up on the Maori. The only thing I know about Tasmania really is that Erroll Flynn hailed from there

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