Archive for September, 2015
My phone rang this morning from US Bank NA https://www.usbank.com/ They have written twice to Charleston Village Society thinking we were a Home Owners Association.
According to the Lorain County Auditor’s Site this property transferred to them under Sheriff’s Deed January 5th 2015
Transfer History – 2015000025
Sale Date Sale Amount Conveyance/Exempt Number of Parcels
1/5/2015 $22,000 2015000025 1
Parcel Grantor Grantee
0202028107009 HAGWOOD HERBERT M JR & HALSTEAD HOLLY M US BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION
The other property mentioned as being under Vision Property Management AKA Kaja Holdings II ( of the many roman numerals association with Kaja ) and
RVFM II SERIES LLC ( most worrying all these roman numeral LLCs)-
This property was also a Sheriff’s Deed and according to the Auditors site was purchased back for $40,000 – and in my humble opinion was another bank dump for $4,355 WITHOUT POINT OF SALE – The obligatory hand-written sign RENT TO BUY went up AND YES THERE ARE PEOPLE NOW LIVING THERE !
Sale Date Sale Amount Conveyance/Exempt Number of Parcels
11/17/2014 $4,355 2014005153 1
Parcel Grantor Grantee
0201006108004 US BANK NA TRUSTEE RVFM 11 SERIES LLC
This property was coming up before Lorain’s Housing Court for No Certificate of Inspection ( aka POS) – outcome ?????????
When the US BANK NA phoned this morning – September 24th- I stated the property at 1721 W 12th was NOT in Charleston Village Society’s area and said:
“Are you selling this property on?”
I really can’t say I am just clearing any paperwork with the property
Oh well before you do “sell on” or transfer to a Property Management company for a percentage of the properties worth you should be aware there is a Certificate of Inspection requirement in Lorain- since January 1st 2014- Your bank neglected to follow through on that aspect for your property at 329 Hamilton . You might want to red flag your properties in Lorain as needing a Certificate of Inspection.
USB- Oh I will make a note of it
Granted it was a random search but what are the odds the majority of those properties are similar Sheriffs Deeds? Even the $100,000 5098 AVON BELDEN RD NORTH RIDGEVILLE OH 44039.
Elyria, you might want to check there are a plethora in your community – Hopefully they won’t be dumped – I can tell you from years of experience those type of sales do not “help ” the worth of housing stock in the neighborhood…..
The banks have been bailed out once for poor business practices “Banking and Sub Prime 2008- . I, for one, do not want to keep suffering for their poor mortgage decisions . Hopefully US Bank NA gets the message that they have to follow the laws of Lorain! Any Bets????
September 14th the Lorain City Council Public Meeting on Point of Sale.
as mentioned in the Morning Journal Newspaper. ( http://www.morningjournal.com)
Council Chambers held more than the usual few – Invited participants included members of Lorain County Government and Magistrate Cook , in whose courtroom I had found myself ( trying to hear) on August 12th and September 9th. I won’t go into detail you can find coverage here
COUNTY GOVERNMENT HAS TO BE INVOLVED TO HELP IN THE POINT OF SALE ON THE FRONT END THROUGH PROPERTY TRANSFER- –
AND JUDICIAL HAS TO BE JUDICIOUS ON THE BACK END. THESE ISSUES ARE NOT JUST LORAIN ISSUES!!! These out-of-state / county holding companies are not choosy where they feed.
When I attended the Housing Court on Sept 9th I met a family – The Shaffers- whom, to my mind, have become the faces of unscrupulous out of state Holding and Property LLC Companies .
The Shaffers, are in sort of a legal limbo when it came to having their say in Housing Court- Before the bench those days were the LLC Kaja Holdings 2 in all their Vision Properties glory who were the “defendants” along with their attorney Jaing, Lei- ( Lei Jaing) who got to plead their case –
Unfortunately the Shaffers , although they believed themselves to be the owners 4132 Fulton ( since they were the purchasers of the home – under the Lease to Own agreement) – had no say in the courtroom and therefore were dismissed from the courtroom by Magistrate Cook, in all likelihood as they were not on the paperwork given by the city. They were considered tenants.
The Shaffers , thanks to City Council Committee on the Enforcement of Point of Sale and Councilman Dan Given, did get their say! The media also have given them coverage
The Shaffers produced a receipt given to them ( see Chronicle article ) showing they had paid $350.00 to Vision Properties ( aka Kaja Holdings) for what they were led to believe was for a City of Lorain inspection for POS/ plumbing/ electrical. NOTE: the actual inspection by the City of Lorain is $100.00 and the city did not inspect this home.
Two things come to my mind-
Had the Shaffers ( who had brought the documentation to court been allowed to speak- Kaja Holdings/ Vision Properties may have had to answer some very interesting questions from the Magistrate if not the city prosecutor/ Building and Housing Dept.
ONE: For instance in all of the properties purchased by Kaja Holdings, RVFM , Vision Property Management
etc. after Lorain’s Point of Sale
How many times, since a number of them have been cited for non compliance Certificate of Inspection (POS), took money for such a supposed inspection from the people ( Leasing to Own)? Obviously they did it once and made money – were there others so duped?
And number TWO-
To this layperson’s thinking does this not constitute fraud? Using an ordinance to take money from people, not following that ordinance, and charging three times as much for the compliance of the ordinance that never was- and if the City of Lorain’s inspectors weren’t the person with the clipboard who was? How many times has this – in my opinion -fraud happened . Is not the City of Lorain an injured party in all this? Will we prosecute?
The Shaffers, are still in a mess but hopefully now someone has listened they will be helped and the City of Lorain has garnered some interesting information.
Unfortunately, a quick drive around my neighborhood shows another Property Company from Columbia South Carolina and Fannie Mae up to their old habits . 917 9th Street– There are the rent to own signs everywhere on this house –
Now you know if my discharging “donspout” was cited in February and given 6 days to be fixed
then this house on 9th NEVER could have passed a point of sale inspection !
The house sold and transferred July 27th 2015– Another “sale by Fannie Mae ” ( Federal National Mortgage ) before POS- BUT HARBOUR PORTFOLIO VII LP ( NOTE the NUMBER VII)sold it on for 1,500 dollars – probably after renting it out for a couple of years
I wonder if Clotilde Ann Eaker – SOUTH KOREA knew about Point of Sale ??
This Harbour Portfolio VII is also tied up with
NATIONAL ASSET ADVISORS, LLC
Address: 4350 ST ANDREWS RD, COLUMBIA, SC 29210
And it is their signs all over the 9th street property
They too have a couple of homes in Lorain on their site
OH and Vision Property Management they have added a couple since the last time I checked
Interesting : 1144 Washington ( AKA Kaja Properties) has been in Housing court with numerous violations –
614 W 21st Street–
Address: WELLS FARGO BANK NA TRUSTEE
1665 PALM BEACH LAKES BLVD WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33401
Tax Bill Mailed to: DEUTSCHE BANK
1665 PALM BEACH LAKES BL WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33401
Then there is
1837 E 36th Street
Address: CHRISTIANA TRUST
1665 PALM BEACH LAKE BLVD WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33401
Tax Bill Mailed to: DEUTSCHE BANK
1665 PALM BEACH LAKES BL WEST PALM BEACH, FL 33401
Notice anything the addresses are all the same ( Deutsche Bank) –
they have been known to transfer to Kaja , Vision, and whomever. in this sordid property tale.
Our new group of LLCs. LP Numbers ONE through apparent infinity is “Harbour Portfolio “ and their source of supply Fannie Mae aka Federal National Mortgage
This is not new to North East Ohio and Harbour Portfolio V11 of them was with their source Fannie Mae ( Federal National Mortgage ) the FEDERALLY backed mortgage company
There were 27 listed – Lorain- Elyria some after Lorain’s Point of Sale and every single one of the came from Federal National Mortgage – dumped on US( in my humble opinion).
We are not alone in this bank dump behaviours- Fannie has been “fannying” around with property and old neighborhoods in Cleveland as well
Predatory Carpet Baggers
the focus of an article in 2012 Cleveland
Fannie Mae, the government sanctioned lender of last resort, panders to predatory flippers by dumping zombie properties for chump change, writes Christopher Evans
What sets 3868 apart is the prior owner: Fannie Mae, that government-sanctioned lender of last resort, is back in the business of selling foreclosed zombie properties to predatory carpetbaggers.
Harbour Portfolio bought the property for $4,304 last February from Fannie Mae, according to the Auditor’s Office.
Fannie Mae did not disclose that the property had been condemned, Brancatelli says. Not that Harbour Portfolio would care, he adds. “They’ll find some buyer who’ll put lipstick on the pig and rent it out.”
The condemnation notice? “They’ll buy a key at Home Depot that’ll turn the water back on,” Brancatelli says.
………It also notes that Building and Housing has prepared 22 criminal charges against Fannie Mae for not obtaining certificates of disclosure on properties before they were transferred. An additional 38 charges are in the works, the email adds.
Not much changed then.
Where are the Feds when you need them? Oh that is right they back Fannie Mae.
I have, for more years than I care to remember, bitched and moaned about the deteriorating homes and neighborhoods in this, Lorain’s oldest neighborhoods.
Beautiful large family homes , homes built for the entrepreneurs of Lorain’s past becoming cut up transient housing , bastardized by owners for more income.
I have written about the banks and what I consider to be bank dumps adding to the loss of value to the surrounding properties.
I have written about Point of Sale which came into being January 1st 2014.It was and is a program for which, I believe, will help other Lorain neighborhoods from falling into the desperate housing situation this old neighborhood faces every day.
Point of Sale “should’ve been ” about protecting the buyer of a home, making sure the home was safe for a family –
helping stabilize neighborhoods from frankly, becoming what we in “old Lorain have to deal with – rotting homes used and abused , sold on until they have to be torn down! BUT THERE HAS TO BE SOME ACCOUNTABILITY ON THE JUDICIAL END !
When Point of Sale is followed correctly the city benefits, the seller knows they are selling a home that is worthy and the buyer knows the home meets codes- no surprises!
I have written about the legacy left to Lorain by multi- property owners that are now deceased, literally hundreds of properties that were and are a disgrace now on the chopping block to be razed at taxpayers expense.
The theory of Point of Sale was, according to at least one newspaper account, The Chronicle
” Sales would be blocked until repairs are made and failure to make repairs could result in first-degree misdemeanor convictions and up to six months imprisonment, a $1,000 fine or both.”
That in fact is NOT what is happening when Point of Sale is not followed – Sales are NOT being blocked – those that do not go through Point of Sale have not had any of their “sales” blocked – they happen and the process is retroactive.
Should these home not go through Point of Sale the last step is Lorain’s Housing Court ! How many I wonder will be receiving the up to $1,000 fine and/or a possible 6 months in jail?
I attended two housing courts in a month- August 12th and September 9th to say I was, as a lay person, less than impressed with the system is an understatement. I will deal with the over all impression in Part two.
My concern in this post is the example of at least one group of holding, property companies that seemingly play the system and apparently “non- accountability”
In the above post linked, you will see the Poster Child of Point of Sale and the cry by those in opposition to Point of Sale NO ONE WILL BUY THIS HOME BECAUSE THERE IS A RECORD AMOUNT ESCROW REQUIREMENT $45,750.00
HA!the house sat there owned by Fannie Mae until it transferred quietly to Kaja Holdings LLC .
You will see in that self- same post Kaja Holdings is part and parcel of a number of other LLC’s coming under an umbrella of Vision Properties .
Of those properties ( which includes vacant land) 9 homes were purchased AFTER POINT OF SALE January 1st 2014. How many of those actually went through Point of Sale??? Certainly NOT our Poster Child House, 1348 West Erie.
After I wrote that post , on August 5th I noticed that one homeowner in Lorain was cited for his outdoor showroom. He was found guilty and the terrible punishment after 4 YEARS of citations and a plethora of lawnmowers $150.00 and court costs.
That fact sent me finally to the last bastion of defense citizens have in this Inspection/ Citation/Court process. Lorain’s Housing Court!
The City of Lorain relies upon our Law Dept. to prosecute ( the two days I went, the Prosecutor was Joe La Veck ) the Lorain Building Dept. acts for the city ; for the most part defendants act for themselves. Groups and banks tend to have attorneys who go first on the docket – so it seemed to me anyway.
I initially went to the court on August 12th to watch the process and I will write about the “process of the court” in a follow-up post .
In the meantime on August 12th 2015 who was up front and center – Kaja Holdings 2
Those discerning readers will see that of the 9 homes in Lorain owned by Kaja Holdings ( please note there is a back story to 4132 Fulton)
SIX of those properties listed as belonging to Kaja Holdings 2 on the County Auditors site were before the Judge on August 12th 2015 – And of that same list of properties owned were purchased AFTER Point of Sale January 1st 2014.
1739 W. 19t – seller to Kaja Federal National Mortgage 11/12/2014
1348 West Erie- seller to Kaja Federal National Mortgage 2/3/15
2027 E 31st St – seller to Kaja – Deutsche Bank 9/30/14
4132 Fulton – seller to Kaja Federal National Mortgage-1/22/14
1719 Hamilton- seller to Kaja – Federal National Mortgage 11/12/14
700 W 17th- seller Bank NY Mellon Trust – 3/23/2015
SURPRISE! SURPRISE who sold these properties to Kaja Holdings OH YES!!! the BANKS!!!!!
I have yet to have confirmed if some of them received a Certificate of Inspection going through Point of Sale.
Although the Poster Child of Point of Sale was confirmed as not having gone through Point of Sale as well as 329 Hamilton Avenue( from yet another bank and a rent to own sign) which also shares the same address as Kaja Holdings/ Vision Properties – in fact they have any number of LLC’s and I just scratched the surface
Yes! that is correct another LLC using the same address as the purchaser of 1348 West Erie Address: RVFM 11 SERIES LLC
16 BERRYHILL RD COLUMBIA, SC 29210
Two of Kaja Holdings properties ( August 12th) were lacking a Certificate of Inspection
purchased or transferred by those pesky banks – after Point of Sale
1719- Hamilton– (sold for ZERO dollars according to the Auditors site)
Unfortunately, for one family I met in court on September 9th they had taken Kaja Holdings up on their offer as seen in an advertising sign put on the grass at 4132 Fulton – Lorain – This home was also one of those Fannie Mae ( Federal National Mortgage) transfers for Zero dollars.
they can be found on the net easy enough http://www.housinglist.com/rent-to-own/oh/lorain#listings
In the POS ordinance found here
Apparently a fact lost on the Shaffers who thought they were purchasing this home. The home had various violations cited before the court on August 12th
4132 Fulton – seller to Kaja Holding 2 Federal National Mortgage-1/22/14
( court complaint August 12th 2015)
307.1 accumulation of rubbish
302.7 Accessory structures
302.9 defacement of property
304.7 Roofs and drainage
304.13 window skylight and door frames
It was extremely difficult to hear either the attorney for Kaja Holdings,Jaing, Lei or Judge Cook on August 12th. In fact I was unable to hear the outcome of any of the properties brought forward from the previous month by Judge Cook.
As of writing, I have not had a reply to my query as the outcomes, but from what I was able to hear no one was found GUILTY from that grouping represented by Jaing, Lei .
Judge Cook – August 12th court– did raise his voice somewhat at one chap who was there for another of Kaja Holdings properties – about putting out a Bench warrant for the CEO of Kaja – can’t say what happened there either – he was given another month. What I can say is he wasn’t there on September 9th – Maybe that property was then being represented by Jaing, Lei- I couldn’t tell you.
From what I could gather that day of August 12th the attorney Jaing, Lei was given another court date of September 9th to remedy and or update the situation.
Back to 4132 Fulton and the Shaffers
PLEASE NOTE Attorney Jiang, Lei was representing KAJA HOLDINGS and in fact was still representing KAJA HOLDINGS ON SEPTEMBER 9TH.. for 4132 Fulton . The Shaffers ( whose water and garbage were cut off) are going through an eviction process – and it will be in JUDGE COOKS COURT -2015CVG01790 CASE IS SET FOR A F.E.D. HEARING ON Sep 14 2015 1:00PM IN FRONT OF COOK, D CHRIS !
It seems “now” that Kaja Holdings now, has decided to evict the Shaffer family from 4132 Fulton-
You will see in this court docket Judge Cook the plaintiff is VISION PROPERTIES for 4132 Fulton NOT KAJA Holdings although the address is the same – Two courts- two different companies, same address and same attorney and the same Judge.
JIANG, LEI ATTORNEY $0.00
CALABRESE, MARTHA MAXINE DEFENDANT 4132 FULTON ROAD LORAIN OHIO 44055 $0.00
VISION PROPERTY MANAGEMENT, LLC PLAINTIFF $0.00
SHAFFER, HARRISON BRADFORD DEFENDANT 4132 FULTON ROAD LORAIN OHIO 44055 $0.00
On September 9th Attorney Jaing, Lei and presumably the contractor for Kaja Holdings were in front of the Judge AGAIN THE CONVERSATION WAS INAUDIBLE but it sounded as though the case for 4132 Fulton was “Dismissed “
No surely not – but as I have no confirmation from the Law Dept as to what happened at the time of publication I am left in the dark!
I did hear 1323 Lexington had nothing done (Kaja Holdings) – again I could not hear the outcome –
The “approach the bench” style of judgement was not conducive to this taxpayer’s ears and since no follow-up from the Law Dept as to out come – I am at a loss as to give any conclusions , apart from the Attorney Jaing, Lei getting a further month October 21st on a property on Hamilton could that be 1719 Hamilton – the one that is cited for No Certificate of Inspection –
How can there be a continuance from August 12 to October 21st – the penalty for non compliance is pretty clear ?
And drum roll please our poster house 1348 West Erie , you know the one with the $45,750 needed for escrow and NO CERTIFICATE OF INSPECTION – well we will deal with that little matter on OCTOBER 21ST…….
This is the photo of the Historic Poster House of 1348 West Erie as of September 10th a day after another continuance By Judge Cook… YES! that is a Lease to Own sign from Kaja Holdings and another family enabled to live in Lorain by the lack of “JUDGEMENT!!!!
I am not holding my breath for that ( up to a) $1,000 fine at this rate…….
Maybe we had better find a stronger “gavel”
To Be continued
IFFY = iffy: having many uncertain or unknown qualities or conditions may not pass the “sniff test
NOTE: The IFFY meter results are based upon information available through the situations as read in the media and elsewhere on line eg City of Lorain agendas)
At the risk of more “concrete criticism” coming through my window
Let us take a trip – to the other Lorain – the IFFY OF LORAIN and especially the happenings in Ward Two and how they stack up with the IFFY Meter
UPDATE: the result!!!! http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/10/16/horn-concedes-flores-wins-lorain-council-seat/
There is such a confusion within my brain- I, for instance, cannot fathom why it has taken weeks and weeks to get a council person named for this Ward Two. Whatever the reason legally or politically – something sure looks iffy –
This was a Democratic Primary – but since no one from the Republican Party or Independent Party is running in the General Election whom ever comes through this mess will be our Ward Two councilman.
The Democrats ( as they are who are the “front-runners” in all aspects of this ) will be deciding one way or another – The Judge Betleski ( he of CRA fame https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/category/cra/ ) is a “big” Democrat) and stated in his in initial decision
Judge Mark A. Betleski ruled there will be no recount.
However Mr. Flores brought a civil suit and the Judge and the players had at it again. Mr. Flores , it has to be said, has fallen out of favour with his Democratic Party.
The expert witness for the court Paul Adams is the Director of the Board of Elections AND the Chairman of the Lorain Democratic Party – Oh yes and the person who does the warning
http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2013/09/24/lorain-democrats-warn-3-men-to-stick-to-party-line/ and writes letters to the newspapers –
In a news release Thursday, Lorain City Democratic Party Chairman Paul Adams wrote that the party was recommending all of the candidates running in his party’s primary except for Flores, who has previous convictions for solicitation, carrying a concealed weapon and drunken driving.
“Just as the records of exemplary community leaders in the party speak for themselves, Dennis Flores’s public criminal record speaks for itself,” Adams wrote
Bit of a reach there – Mr. Flores won his seat in the previous election after his legal violations ( much to the annoyance we are told of certain Democratic Party Officials) and the party recommendation failed to point our Mr. Horn’s exemplary behavior
“ Ryan Horn, one of two candidates challenging Flores, pleaded no contest to public indecency/reckless exposure in 2008, according to Lorain Municipal Court records.
Now I am just thinking out loud here This whole “fiasco”, because that is what this has become. Why did the same Judge that ruled there will be no recount then have to disallow a few week later 9 votes? Should have had that recount in the first place eh? What?
There are two concerns to this lay person- the Judge that ruled there would be no recount initially – had to then after a civil trial throw out 9 votes and ( to the iffy minded ) at least one more should have been disallowed. 9 votes in a Democratic Primary in a Ward of Lorain where 382 Democrats voted for the three candidates – 2.35 % of the vote disallowed and we are still hanging on waiting to hear the results. And the 2nd concern is how many times previously have votes been counted that shouldn’t have- in the last two elections there have been concerns in Ward Two – Robert Gilchrist comes to mind- you may be losing the voters’ faith in the process ?
MY IFFY METER results
First Energy and the 15,000 dollar Donation
Last month, Mr. Joe Koziura Council at Large and Mr. Frank DiTillio also Council at Large were thanked publically and in emails for their support of a local event by receiving a $15,000 dollar donation from First Energy
We have a $15K presenting sponsor – First Energy. Joe Koziura and Frank DeTillio started working the circuit to round up sponsorships for the festival last week and landed us this. If you see them around town, thank them as well! They will keep knocking on the doors of their network — glad to have them on the team!
No problem there except there is a resolution going before council Tuesday night (the 8th of September) resolving the support of First Energy for their stand before the Public Utilities Commission
“Stated Scott Gerfen, Ohio Consumers Counsel spokesperson:
“1.9 million consumers paid billions of dollars to FirstEnergy for its transition to deregulated power plants, under a 1999 Ohio law. Fifteen years later, FirstEnergy is again asking consumers to pay charges related to the power plants. FirstEnergy’s requests include asking the government (the PUCO) to guarantee profits for what are deregulated power plants whose profits should instead be determined by the electricity market. Needless to say, we are concerned for consumers…”
Now there are pros and con arguments for this Power initiative- and they can be found in the links in this post ( 2nd subject) https://thatwoman.wordpress.com/2015/08/11/selling-of-lorain-an-energy-decision-red-flags-flying/
Ironically this resolution passed word for word by our Law Director Pat Riley –
is word for word from the resolution sent by First Energy to Council at Large. ( Mr. Given declined to propose the resolution) and it was hanging around in the offices for months since April 22nd and with no takers!( see handwritten note on the First Energy Page) WHY NOW?????
Usually resolutions are just passed as a support, such as the other one on the agenda re the Salvation Army, BUT this one can effect the citizens and our wallets – I hope those voting will have done their homework as to just what this resolution means – and heaven forbid it isn’t tied to the $15,000 donation –No! surely not that would be a cheap trade off The IFFY meter results
Brewers and A BRIDGE SO FAR!
I would hope the behavior alluded to on line and elsewhere in this latest “entertainment Lorain” in Lorain’s Entertainment District is just a mashing of facts. Judge for yourself:
Early in August ( 7th and 9th) the Bascule Brewing
folk started generating excitement with a new micro Brewery they plan to open in the old Eagles Building – they had a logo,
a place to carve out the brewery and a name Bascule Brewing so what happened because on September 5th a new logo and name change?
Well it seems, according the chat on various facebook posts the “originators” of the Bascule Brewery met up with a hiccup – they had neglected in their excitement to register their LLC . Well who would have thought that people, who proclaim to want to help business in Lorain, would then go and register that very name, along with another on August 20th – just to be on the safe side???? The LLC’s registered by one whom, it can be surmised acts as legal representation for another individual who also apparently plans a micro brewery on Broadway a few buildings up. The LLC and other name was activated August 20th 2015 three weeks after the original Bascule Brewery was announced. If that it the case certainly not Cricket gentleman!!!
For the sake of clarification The Original Brew Masters made this statement
Please be advised, any news or business you hear being conducted under anything other than our newly REGISTERED name, BASCULE BREWERY and PUBLIC HOUSE is NOT affiliated with my partner and VP Fred Lozano or me, Chris Kambouris. We are Bascule Brewery and Public House’s sole proprietors. We have no plans of operating anywhere else but 573 Broadway.
and from their face book post :
Friends, opening a brewery is fraught with troubled waters. In every community already choked by economic hardship, there are those, who it seems, exist solely to demonstrate their former strength, those who would rather use their influence to prevent others from success, than to take noble efforts to promote it. Those who cannot conceive of original concepts but would rather swoop in like vampires to feed off of any fresh pulse they detect. It is these very same forces that jeopardize what is at stake in Lorain. The crooked hands that won’t let go of an obsolete mentality still try and grasp at the opportunities they failed to embrace in their own time. This brewery is more than a name. It’s about you. We hope you will stand by YOUR brewery Lorain.
Life continues to be in an upheaval , what with concrete chunks through windows, downspouts of retribution being the “breaking news” as Nikki stated to me as I breakfasted with her.
Anymore Breaking News this morning?
Sounded like something YOU would say and it did bring a smile. As I get older , I realize there really is nothing you can do to stop uncivilized behavior or downright meanness for because we can sake.
It was your Great Uncle John’s 104th birthday this week. Memories returned- letting you drive ( on the wrong side of the road) down the lanes to his cottage when we were on our trip to England for soccer. We went to the pub and introduced you to “real cider” – You thought it like American cider, it wasn’t – as you soon found out , needless to say you did not drive back.
In order to escape my mind and life in Lorain I tuned out of the present and tuned into all things British Acorn TV-
I have been watching a series Lilies
Lilies details the lives of Iris, May and Ruby Moss, three Catholic sisters living with their widowed father and brother in a terraced house in Liverpool in the early 1920s. The story is set in the years immediately after the First World War and, as such, the after effects of that conflict are apparent
Their little two up – two down terraced house with the back “yard” once again brought back the familiar; Nana’s sister , my Auntie Kath, who had the self- same little house- although in Ipswich not Liverpool. I remember playing in such a familiar yard, the step down into the kitchen, my granddad plucking the chicken for Sunday dinner. The program covered the Scarlet Fever epidemic
and once again memory bells went off!
Your Nana had written about her experience with having Scarlet Fever during that epidemic of the late 1920’s. You had designed the cover of that book , written initially for Nikki the only grandchild she had at that time of writing , then adding more for you.
Nana has lived here in this house now for 4 years, thanks to mean mindedness of yet another “in law” relative. Although she never really bounced back from that episode in her life , more fragile than she was , she is still one of the very few to whom I can turn with my demons.
But what a joy it is to have my mother here, her wonderful take on life- so different from my own, caring hands that bring a cup of tea when I am in pieces, for such a tiny person she has the strength of the ages. Maybe it was what her generation had to deal with the poverty, the great depression, World War 2 being bombed three times , I don’t know all I do know is she is a hell of a lot stronger than I ever was or can be. As she helped clear the glass from the window destruction
she said with a smile
I think I will change my address to High Street, Afghanistan.
Can one imagine a little girl not much older than Gavin, being taken from your home by ambulance ( Fever Van) and put into an isolation hospital, no mother or father to visit? http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC539454/
“The presence of a fever van in the street meant that a child would be forcibly taken from the family, with a strong likelihood of never returning, such was the high mortality of scarlet fever and diphtheria. Moreover, there were more materialistic concerns. The disinfection procedure that followed the removal of the child was likely to have a very destructive effect: ‘The child’s books and toys were to be destroyed, its bedroom disinfected by the application of concentrated solutions of powerful germicides to the floor, bed, walls and furniture. Wallpaper must also be stripped and burned’.5 These procedures caused much disruption and discomfort for the household.
The Isolation Hospital –
Hendon Isolation Hospital was the place Nana, her sister Renee, brothers- Mark and Paisy were taken . The hospital had been built near the Hendon Sewage Works and Johnson Chemical Factory – Hindsight – what were they thinking category!!!
Hospital marked with cross- you can see the proximity to the “sewage farm”
Nana remembers well the sewage farm, the smell coming in the windows but apparently the tomatoes grown in the vicinity of that sewage farm were huge and plentiful( apparently tomato seeds are not easily digested and sprout) and sewage is used even today http://jonbarron.org/article/tomatoes-salmonella-and-sewage#.VecOvunwsc8 .
For six weeks she , her sister and brothers stayed in that hospital, no contact with kith or kin or the outside world. Mere children , taken from all that was familiar put into in scratchy hospital shirts and boots. The food she remembered was awful-
“it was like a minced beef – only I am not sure how much beef there was in it- horrible tasting stuff and bread with no butter , the bread fell apart and crumbles
– her young mind turning to poetry wrote :
“There is a place, a barn of a place right in the middle of the sewer and mince and crumbs come out our bums and back into the middle of the sewer”
not bad for an 8-year-old .
The children were sectioned in very long open wards similar to the photo shown here ( no source found and believed to be in the public domain)
Her brothers were separated from the girls and were put in the men’s ward. Mark, just two years her senior, found a way to sneak from the men’s isolation ward where there was a large cupboard( storage) housing fruits and vegetables . Mark would appropriate the fruit , sneak in during the nurses break to his little sisters loaded with the fruit which eased their sore little throats. Nana said after the Scarlet Fever rash went away your outer layers of skin would flake off just like having had a bad sunburn. She thinks the taste of that wonderful fruit gave her the love of fruits and vegetables she has today.
” I think all those stolen fruits and raw vegetables Mark smuggled into us each night certainly helped us as Renee and I recuperated much quicker than anyone else on that ward.