Before the “Before” and after to follow

May 15, 2010 at 7:58 pm 7 comments

This is the area now known as Settlers’ Watch when Charleston Village volunteers for many years used to try and clean up the area before “The Before” on Pride Days ………..

Photos- Renee Dore ( Portside Chairperson Charleston Village)

this happened………

Photo – Mark Teleha


and today we take great “Pride” in



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The Pride and The Preparation Lorain Dude – Discovers Pride and Settlers’ Watch

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  • 1. Renee Dore  |  May 16, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Thanks for doing this series of Before…’s. The lots at 2nd and Oberlin where Settler’s Watch is now was once privately owned by someone who lived over 200 miles from here. It was back in the early 1990’s that the efforts of Charleston Village volunteers tackled this area as a Lorain Pride project (a series of 3 years in a row doing clean ups there ) . It was not an easy clean up –lots of rubbish and debris to deal with. It was a visible corner with boaters and fishermen driving past it in the summer and many people driving by there going to the water dept. to pay bills. Plus it was one of the oldest established parts of the city being part of the early plat of Chaleston Village from 1834. It was an embarrassment to those living so near and very unsafe left in that condition. Who knew it would eventually be transformed into such a beautiful space in 2009!! Renee Dore

  • 2. Loraine Ritchey  |  May 16, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Yes been at this a long time haven’t we Renee…… anyway we have to do a bit of finishing up over at Settlers’ Watch …have to get the water in …… but thanks for all your hlep yesterday as well , nicer to be planting and mulching than lifting tires and peoples refuse eh?

  • 3. Carolyn  |  May 17, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Your perseverance has paid off. You can be proud, it is a job well done. We were there today after working at the Moore House and it looks great. Sorry we couldn’t help yesterday but we were wokring at the museum.Is there a chance that any more trees will be carved?

  • 4. Loraine Ritchey  |  May 17, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I thought the Moore House looked great I drove past on my way to take my mum home- we detoured 🙂 I went back yesterday put in the little fountain and now when I get my brain sorted out for a few minutes I am going to apply for “Urban Habitiat Garden”….as to the other trees along the street………. it will depend upon getting sponsors and that is going to be rough in this economy so we will have to see what the consensus is ….I would love the project to continue down as we originally planned.but like everything else it all depends on the cash ….

  • 5. Renee Dore  |  May 17, 2010 at 11:54 am

    As I drove past the rest of the trees, there are still a few that look carvable. It would be nice to see the 2 that are one opposite sides of Hamilton as you drive north to the lake. I think a carving of a pioneer lady or a “captain’s lady “watching out to the lake for her husband would be different. The early settler women played a large part in keeping the lives here on shore going while their husbands were away on the Lakes. Just a thought. Renee

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