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Meddlesome Matty and I Should’ve listened to Nanna

Nanny  HinesThe recent post about my Granddad Hines and World War 1
brought to the surface other memories , of my Nanny Hines ( his wife and my Nanna) tucking me into her lovely feather bed as she told me stories of my mum as a little girl, spoke of poems and sang the songs of my childhood. .

One particular poem, she would say was just for me – Meddlesome Matty. I was the “curious grandchild” the one who seemed to always be in the thick of any event from apple scrumping, climbing over the high walls that were covered in broken glass- set into the top to keep out the villians, in the middle of any altercation-

a lonely little petunia in a onion patch

my dad used to say. The trouble was I always wanted to see why I was being kept out! or what was going on. This little girl was always with her boy cousins getting into mischief, being the one who would be first to crawl through the boarded up doors of bombed out buildings – and the excuse

” I just wanted to see”

I have a strong feeling Braedyn has inherited the trait.

No! I didn’t get into Mummy’s lipstick!! WHO ME????
braedyn makeupres

Meddlesome Matty was recited often as a “lesson” to me as was

The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith.

The Little Mother Goose (1912), illustrated by Jessie Willcox Smith.

There was a little girl
By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807–1882 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
There was a little girl,
Who had a little curl,
Right in the middle of her forehead.
When she was good,
She was very good indeed,
But when she was bad she was horrid.

Meddlesome Matty_NEW

One ugly trick has often spoil’d
The sweetest and the best;
Matilda, though a pleasant child,
One ugly trick possess’d,
Which, like a cloud before the skies,
Hid all her better qualities.

Sometimes she’d lift the tea-pot lid,
To peep at what was in it,
Or tilt the kettle, if you did
But turn your back a minute.
In vain you told her not to touch,
Her trick of meddling grew so much.

Her grandmamma went out one day,
And by mistake she laid
Her spectacles and snuff-box gay
Too near the little maid;
“Ah! well,” thought she, “I’ll try them on,
As soon as grandmamma is gone. ”

Forthwith she placed upon her nose
The glasses large and wide;
And looking round, as I suppose,
The snuff-box too she spied:
“Oh! what a pretty box is that;
I’ll open it,” said little Matt.

“I know that grandmamma would say,
‘Don’t meddle with it, dear;’
But then, she’s far enough away,
And no one else is near:
Besides, what can there be amiss
In opening such a box as this? “

So thumb and finger went to work
To move the stubborn lid,
And presently a mighty jerk
The mighty mischief did;
For all at once, ah! woful case,
The snuff came puffing in her face.
( If you wonder what ‘snuff’ is, it is ground up tobacco leaves flavoured with fruit or flowers or spices. People put it up their noses )

Poor eyes, and nose, and mouth, beside
A dismal sight presented;
In vain, as bitterly she cried,
Her folly she repented.
In vain she ran about for ease;
She could do nothing now but sneeze.

She dash’d the spectacles away,
To wipe her tingling eyes,
And as in twenty bits they lay,
Her grandmamma she spies.
“Heyday! and what’s the matter now?”
Says grandmamma, with lifted brow.

Matilda, smarting with the pain,
And tingling still, and sore,
Made many a promise to refrain
From meddling evermore.
And ’tis a fact, as I have heard,
She ever since has kept her word.

Ann Taylor
(30 January 1782 – 20 December 1866 / Colchester, England)

Unfortunately, I made no such promises -

I have been burned by reputation,
sneezed at by the powers that be
on so many occasions,
plowed in where angels feared to tread

I have smarted with the pain of “people”

become dizzy with the spin of government and legalese

And still it seems I haven’t learned the lesson my Nanna tried to teach me – time for Meddlesome Mattie to grow up me thinks before I “snuff” it

For more poems by Ann Taylor

November 20, 2013 at 1:20 pm Leave a comment

Away with the Fairies – Living in Lorain

UPDATE: For Paula and Tammy re the plans and studies REMEMBER THIS ONE??????
Lakefront urban development

‘COME FLY AWAY WITH ME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Away with the Fairies

Come and lay down in the meadow
Rest your head amongst the flowers

It is probably time for me to just walk away FROM ADVOCACY- wrap myself in my ivy covered walls and let Lorain go- she is no longer good for my blood pressure. Perhaps, due to age and time, I just can’t go on looking at things with rose-coloured glasses as I posted on face book last night – maybe I am done with “data dancing” and studies. and the way “government works ( or doesn’t )….I no longer have the time left to wait for the results of government- not this Loraine or that Lorain.

the law

I have just returned home from the Buildings and Lands committee meeting at city hall… I am bemused, disgusted, and totally fed up with the way this city and government postulates and procrastinate and uses studies as tools and YET for all their talk my icon house which was featured in the study was used as an example of the problem – trouble is this vacant house has been a problem and complaint driven to these same Lorain city government agencies for 40 YEARS!!!!! Lorain has no teeth in her building codes or enforcement but they talk a good game – give me strength it is like living with the fairies in this community!

Should you care to see the lack of teeth in our building codes and enforcement in Lorain here they are . I wrote series about our “enforcement” or lack thereof !

So what got me in a tizz- wozz last night? You would think the report from Thriving Communities Institute of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy- Sarah Ryzner, the institute’s director of projects, and Paul Boehnlein, GIS and conservation planning specialist as summarized by Rick Payerchin of the Morning Journal would have been something to smile about. You would be wrong !

We sat in the audience listening to the self- congratulatory twaddle that always comes with these “study projects”. We sat for 40 minutes whilst we learned about how the process went ,pregnancy and yellow T-shirts included, although quite frankly it should have taken no more than 10 minutes- but that too is par for the course.

study  heads

And then the numbers!
Oh we aren’t so bad off at all with our housing stock as we were treated to examples of home gradings of A through F.

As I looked at the photos of what this group considered a “B” home I choked- the C caused me even more discomfort but the F example was my “icon home

Yes! the one that I have complained about on three different blogs for many years and to whom I have spent 30 of the 40 years it has now been standing EMPTY and open to the elements complaining ( and this IS a complaint driven process here in Lorain) through the BUILDING DEPT. Nothing happened with in 30 years of complaints but of course if you read the links of what the Building Dept. can and can’t do and taking into account the loop holes found by our illustrious slum lords ( oops can’t call them that now after this report, you see those homes are apparently B and C) well don’t hold you breath.

Complaints made to administrations that come and go , through Community Development, through representatives on city council , anyone who was PAID to listen and deal with these problems . Still the house on the corner of 4th and Hamilton stands as derelict and disgraceful as she has been for decades.

2th and Hamiton
Yes! here was that house - bold as brass up on the screen- part of YET ANOTHER study . A study and report that I find decidedly lacking .

I would like to know the experience and knowledge as to the people conducting the study as to their expertise in Lorain’s building code violations, their architectural background as they stood on the sidewalk determining their A, B, C’s . The bar they set was so LOW as to what was an A, B, of C home was to me just another “Data Dancing” report to get the money to pay the piper.

data dancingcol
So what ? These studies/reports are just another tool governments use is done all the time, nobody reads these things anyway – it is just used to show the whomever is doling out the dollars they have documentation. Oh look! we have included data in our quest for tax payer dollars.
Everyone on the administrative staff and council knew the “protocol” as did we.

That is fine only please don’t insult the intelligence of those of us who live here, who deal with those B and C homes with such a report.


WE have to identify the problems to fix them . BUT!!!! I can only stomach so much clap trap and I am full to overflowing.

I said my piece at the microphone, which included my differing opinion with the way the homes in this community are graded by this particular “study” and data, because quite frankly I have dealt with the “vermin” in some of those very homes B and C. I wonder the grading curve , was Lorain’s housing stock compared to Youngstown, East Cleveland certainly not Lakewood as their D even F houses would fit in the A category for Lorain according to the photos presented.

So what good my rant? It amounts to nothing, it won’t change a thing in the way government works, dollars are dished out , data is danced and Lorain continues, just as ranting about a house on the corner of 4th and Hamilton has done NOTHING we continue…….. . Oh the house will come down one way or another , either by its own volition or the system will “FINALLY” work but even as we speak this B and C homes so “nicely” portrayed are deteriorating with each rain drop , each broken window, each missing downspout, each building permit NOT USED or code enforced, each STUDY!!! My data doesn’t dance it screams …….

The only positive thing I took away from the meeting at least the City of Lorain didn’t pay for the study that was Nordson………….

Away  With  the Fairies by  Richard Adams

Away With the Fairies by Richard Adams

November 13, 2013 at 4:48 pm 18 comments

(N)on Quixote- Tired of Tilting at Windmills

It is one thing to write as poet and another to write as a historian: the poet can recount or sing about things not as they were, but as they should have been, and the historian must write about them not as they should have been, but as they were, without adding or subtracting anything from the truth.” ― Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote

I have come to a point where I am tired of tilting at windmills.How often has one naively thought-

if people know about this they will react- and the situation ( whatever it is) will change………

. Have you thought that ever and have you walked away shaking your head because you have come to the realization that on the whole people just don’t care, don’t want to be involved….let someone else do it……. or they have tilted at too many of their own windmills.
It is difficult to rouse one’s passion when one is in the limbo of apathy.
United States and the Government Shutdown
The leaders of -arguably- the once most powerful country and form of democratic government in the world “shutting it down” – what message is that sending to the great unwashed and her enemies… won’t have to send weapons of destruction to their borders they are killing themselves laughing !

B 40's
Closer to home – whilst working on a booklet for those unfamiliar with this neighborhood and her treasures I realized, looking at a previous booklet, the architectural treasures held to high esteem were now for the most part decaying lumps.
Case in point – The Broadway Building where we once touted her glory are we really going to direct people to come and visit her now….. HistoriBB

I then realized the “book” would have to be rewritten ……. maybe as a POET and not a historian………

And as for Poetic License , the headline in the Morning Journal two days ago “poetic license or revisionist history”?
Fifth annual Light Up Lorain ready to roll Nov. 30By Ron Vidika, The Morning Journal
the article follows:



For the “historians among us this is not accurate ‘LIGHT UP LORAIN” as christened by Gary Fischer in 1996 has been an ongoing event since 1996. Not a big deal??? well it is to me – and I stated as much to the committee when they touted it as the “1st annual, and the 3rd annual my latest non poetic email to the powers that be. You see this windmill keeps on a turning no matter how I tilt so “Preservation of history ON the “NET”

Photo Mark Teleha

Photo Mark Teleha

I am sorry but the history of Light Up Lorain ( named actually by Gary Fischer) goes back to 1996 and has been a continuous event since then. The Mayor at the time was Mr. Kozuria and it was with his administration’s help and the then Mainstreetlorain organization the decorations were purchased that organization ( Now Lorain Growth) went into debt for those decorations !

As I have mentioned before by saying this is its 5th year does a disservice to those that volunteered during those years volunteers at the time and for the next decade of hard work- revisionist history

This did not start 5 years ago as I keep reading in the publicity! under Krasienko…. It was an event even under the Foltin administration( he actually paid for the fireworks out of the Parks and Pools account at least twice to my knowledge when I was Mainstreetlorain (Volunteer) Director) , and Rey{Carrion} I have given you all the history on more than one occasion .Please tell your publicity committee to correct their records .

I, being one of the people ( and whose organization Charleston Village Society were the original 501C3 for the donations want this corrected) I am annoyed that even after this has been pointed out on more than one occasion to your committees we are still having erroneous publicity as per the Morning Journal today. .

Back in 1996 the committee raised over 40 thousand dollars and went into debt for $20,000 for that first Light Up Lorain and the decorations from Oberlin Avenue along Broadway to the Old St. Joes hospital.

The hard work of Mary Smith, Dick Gionopki ( sp) Scott Beyers, Joel Kruek, Rich Robbin, Gary , Al Kirchner, Palace Theatre staff, Vivian Alexander etc. should not be dismissed….. the who is who of organizations filling the Spitzer Hotel to put together and string lights, the efforts of the grocery stores with baked goods, hot chocolate provide by the hotel as well as Alan Spitzer footing the bill for the fireworks in those early events. and those companies and individuals who footed the bill for those original $60,000 dollars worth of a decorations do not deserve to have their ideas and hard work negated. .

And it was Gary’s idea way back then to have fireworks. and he was the MC even then.

The committees may have changed and other decorations added but the parade, the Veterans Park entertainment and the throwing of the switch by the Mayor ( even in 1996 was the same ( and Gary built the first switch.) for the fireworks, and Tony Giardini was the driving force behind the decoration as well as the person that came up with the original concept and the date the Saturday after Thanksgiving who spearheaded the concept and event. Now I don’t suppose any of the above mentioned people want any kudos for their effort but the facts are this is NOT the 5th annual Light Up Lorain it is 17th annual Light Up Lorain-

Rey, I mentioned before this was irksome to me that by the “now committee” claiming to have come up with this concept in past 3 -4 and now 5 years negates the history of the event and the efforts of those that worked very hard for a great number of years to bring this event when they touted it as the 1st 2nd “3rd , 4th and now 5th annual” Light Up Lorain-

I would like the record put straight for once and for all with the outgoing publicity Thank you Loraine Ritchey

falling wm
AKA ATTACKER OF WINDMILLS …..for all the good it does….

October 13, 2013 at 2:42 pm 10 comments

Cleveland Institute of Art-Loren Naji Gallery- Chris Ritchey

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As regular readers are aware, last week I was contacted by Cleveland Institute of Art offering the opportunity to display some of my son Chris’s work. They will also realize that I faced somewhat of a dilemma as to whether or not to “display” what Chris termed as “homework” from his college courses in and amongst notable pieces of work by those who had continued after CIA in their professional capacity.


Nikki, my daughter and I decided to also include his portfolio of “advertising- design ” pieces including the last piece he designed for me for the dedication of Settlers’ Watch and commemorating a young man who lost his young life in service of his county- Eric Barnes .


I can honestly say it has been a very emotional week for my daughter and I as we once again looked through all of Chris’s works – trying to give some order to the display. Last evening was the pre show- I gulped my breath- swallowed back the tears trying not to become
an emotional puddle flanked by my husband and daughter.


Mike Kinsella CIA

Mike Kinsella CIA


Many thanks to the Chronicle Telegram and Howard Gollop-( ACCENT EDITOR) for the coverage in today’s ACCENT Section. We are hoping the coverage and the display will draw attention to the yearly scholarships in Christopher’s name to both Cleveland Institute of Art and Lorain County Community College
Chris accent article

To donate to either college scholarship please contact

Michael Kinsella – Director of Annual Giving – Alumni Relations
Voice: 216.421.7412 – Fax: 216.754.3633 –
Cleveland Institute of Art | 11141 East Boulevard, Cleveland, OH 44106


Debra L. Richter
Alumni and Scholarship Coordinator
Lorain County Community College Foundation
1005 N. Abbe Road
Elyria, OH 44035
440.366.7758 – Office
440.366.4078 – Fax

September 6, 2013 at 3:14 pm 2 comments

Random thoughts from a mind removed


This is a particularly hard week for me and for others who have experienced the loss of sons and brothers. I know their pain all too well. These last days of August find my mind filled with thoughts trying to poke holes in the veil of grief that separates me from the “society of life”. However my mind has been on religion and grief naturally – considering MY PERSONAL story

I watch the news , I see the uprisings in Egypt – and I watched detached as the television screen minimizes the conflict into sound bites . Sectarian Violence spews forth across the world- sect against sect:

Sectarianism, according to one definition, is bigotry, discrimination, or hatred arising from attaching importance to perceived differences between subdivisions within a group, such as between different denominations of a religion, class, regional or factions of a political movement

source Asharq- Al Awsat

source Asharq- Al Awsat

According to the New York times blog

But the steady drumbeat of sectarian incidents since Mr. Mubarak’s downfall appears to have been eclipsed by the explosion of anti-Christian attacks over the last three days, which the leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood has been reticent, at best, to condemn. An English-language statement e-mailed to journalists denouncing the church attacks was sent only 24 hours after widespread attention was drawn to an Arabic statement posted to a Facebook account affiliated with a branch of Mr. Morsi’s party that called the Coptic pope complicit in the deaths of 500 Islamist protesters on Wednesday. The statement on Facebook also suggested that Egyptian Christians had declared “war on Islam.”


It is a pity that all organized religions of the world have to involve people……

alas poor Yorick

alas poor Yorick

Locally a skull was turned in to the Lorain Police Dept

Poor Yorick read the “cutesy” headline- and the article by Brad Dicken went on to quote

““It’s probably very old, like before our great-grandparents were around,” Watkins said. Evans said his office plans to bring in an archaeologist to conduct further tests on the skull to see if more can be learned. “They should be able to give us a better idea of how old it is and what race it is,” he said. It’s unclear whether the specimen is from a Native America burial, as Sauer suspects, or whether it comes from another source. Evans said in the 1930s and 1940s medical students would be given skulls to take home to help them prepare for anatomy examinations, and many of those skulls may have ended up in relatives’ attics.”


My grandchildren’s great grandparent is still around- thank you very much :) However, the thought crossed my mind

“when are the supposedly sacred burial places, the respect for one’s life lived classified as OK to treat as just another artifact”

We dig up graves, burial mounds and tombs – ooh and ah at another time”s grief- because as that person was given to the earth whether centuries ago or just a hundred years ago someone cried, someone grieved tears were shed.

And now the skull that held a thinking brain, which contributed to the history of humanity , the bones that supported flesh and blood – boxed in various way- religions using relics pieces parts of fingers and limbs of Saints for worship? When will we become an artifact?


Locally a little pioneer cemetery Charleston Pioneer Cemetery

was covered over – the population at that time seemingly did not care for even the hundred year rule-

the cemetery should not be developed or used for another purpose for 100 years after the last interment

The cemetery deemed to
“remain forever a burying-ground and under the control of town council”

The little cemetery on 6th was bulldozed and built upon and a road ran through it..

In the Lorain Daily News of 1900

“Want Crossing Through Cemetery”
The acceptance of the new Krantz allotment was refused for the second time by the Board of Public Service…
the privilege to Krantz to cross the corner of the cemetery was denied because the property was given for a cemetery purpose only.

Once again “development” must have won out because a mere 10 years later 1910

”Unearth Coffin while digging a water main -Strange find made by workmen excavating on 7th Street”
“the discovery of a coffin at this point is easily explained. Prior to the 60’s the city cemetery was located in what is now known as the Krantz addition to the city”…. The bones were placed in a box and will be transferred to Elmwood cemetery.

And so Lorain lost for many years the stories of those folk who were once loved and a part of the community. Were they buried deep so possibly they did not remind people of the shame that was the greed of the community and the Ohio Railroad Scheme?



I wonder what future generation may come across your skull or that of one you loved in an attic, holding candles for Hallowe’en, digging up your grave so a development can come through- when will YOU become not the loved one mourned but an artifact or part of a tourist attraction? What secrets of your life or death will they uncover- a taste of history

Excavated skull suggests Jamestown colonists resorted to cannibalism

Remains of 14-year-old girl suggest that starving settlers had to go to extreme lengths to survive harsh winter of 1609


That will be 10 dollars please to view the skull and crossed bones …..

Opened in the late 18th century, the underground cemetery became a tourist attraction on a small scale from the early 19th century, and has been open to the public on a regular basis from 1874. Following an incident of vandalism, they were closed to the public in September 2009 and reopened 19 December of the same year.

For more in-depth answers re cemeteries



And so it seems the root of all our problems are “people” and the human race and lack of thought …..

And maybe that is our lot in death to become a curiosity in some future world – I am left to wonder since the dawn of human kind we have been a “sect” – if that future world will last and if there are tourists from other solar systems visiting the wreck that was once earth will view our remains with

Whatever were they thinking??????

August 18, 2013 at 8:42 pm 2 comments

The Faces of the Black Box Warning- Humira

The Flawed Hand of the Healer by Chris Ritchey

The flawed Hand of the Healer by Chris Ritchey

Part One - The Faces of Humira

Every day searches come to this blog on the drug Humira , cancer in all its obscenity and Hodgkin’s Lymphoma . They are people looking for answers, hope and direction but most of all answers…….
In part three of the series The Good???? Dr.

The “Good???” Dr. – Drugs- Trust – Selling of hope- Part 3

I touched upon the drug Humira and the story of Maxx Wendell – the obscenity of a drug that caused his young life to end and his mother’s torment to begin. Last week, a comment came to this blog requesting information about Humira. I contacted Maxx’s mother, Lisa , for her input and the question and her thoughts will be in Part Two. In the meantime, let us once again look at Humira . In the post “Selling of Hope” ( above ) I stated:

I have watched the commercial, as probably you have ( the commerce drug of the moment- this drug in the billions of dollars – bigger than some country’s budgets ) HUMIRA for many months and any of number of times a night. I have noted the voice over of the side effects- can cause . Lymphoma/ Cancer Tuberculosis ( this is a CURE!!!!!”) and HOW MANY SERIOUS SIDE EFFECTS HAPPENED? I walked the path of the Curable Lymphoma – Hodgkin’s
Why would anyone take this drug
? from their own website

What is a Black Box Warning :
black box

Emphasis mine:

“Important Safety Information About HUMIRA® (adalimumab)1

White Coat of Death by  Chris Ritchey

White Coat of Death by Chris Ritchey

What is the most important information I should know about HUMIRA?

You should discuss the potential benefits and risks of HUMIRA with your doctor. HUMIRA is a TNF blocker medicine that can lower the ability of your immune system to fight infections. You should not start taking HUMIRA if you have any kind of infection unless your doctor says it is okay.
Serious infections have happened in people taking HUMIRA. These serious infections include tuberculosis (TB) and infections caused by viruses, fungi, or bacteria that have spread throughout the body. Some people have died from these infections. Your doctor should test you for TB before starting HUMIRA, and check you closely for signs and symptoms of TB during treatment with HUMIRA. If your doctor feels you are at risk, you may be treated with medicine for TB.

Cancer. For children and adults taking TNF blockers, including HUMIRA, the chance of getting lymphoma or other cancers may increase. There have been cases of unusual cancers in children, teenagers, and young adults using TNF blockers. Some people have developed a rare type of cancer called hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. This type of cancer often results in death. If using TNF blockers including HUMIRA, your chance of getting two types of skin cancer (basal cell and squamous cell) may increase. These types are generally not life-threatening if treated; tell your doctor if you have a bump or open sore that doesn’t heal.”

Let us look at the language in this Black Box Warning for the drug Humira that is played over and over and over again on our electronic media. The soft-spoken voice over for the commercial showing the young woman playing with her son , the guy living his life

man humira

as music plays and laughter abounds under the voice over quietly downplaying stating in a matter of fact way :

serious infections , bacteria and cancer has happened and it has resulted in death and other cancer types have happened but they are “GENERALLY” aren’t life threatening if treated-

Question Humira( Abbott Laboratories ) Who pays for the non life threatening cancer to be treated? Abbott Laboratories ?

Maxx Wendell ALSO a face of Humira

Maxx Wendell ALSO a face of Humira

And while we are at it- Why don’t you show the faces of those “some people” their light, laughter and life denied to them and their families along side the happy families…. I don’t think that would make good ad copy would it.

prescrition pad

And why are we showing these drug ads to the general population-

Could it be you want the general population to play Dr.? Is this just another avenue to get to the physicians prescription pad?

Because in Humira’s disclaimers they state again and again “ask your doctor” – your doctor should- tell your doctor.

So why are you not just advertising to “doctors “? We know that you and every other pharmaceutical group canvass and sell their pills and potions to “the doctor”.


But this is the biggest of businesses and Abbott Laboratories say it themselves as to why they have such an aggressive ad campaign- Emphasis mine!

First, ‘STRONG PATIENT DEMAND’ has lead to global market share gains in both dermatology and gastroenterology.”

Ah! there you have it – it isn’t the doctors driving Humira’s success it is the “patients demands”
From Abbotts report October 2012

Abbott Laboratories Management Discusses Q3 2012 Results – Earnings Call Transcript

Certainly, HUMIRA remains the cornerstone of our portfolio and is a strong driver for AbbVie, and will remain so. Not many brands are able to achieve and sustain the level of performance we’ve demonstrated with HUMIRA.

Clearly, HUMIRA has a strong clinical profile. Our commercial, our development and our regulatory execution on HUMIRA have been outstanding. HUMIRA’s performance continues to be exceptional, as evidenced by the strong double-digit growth this year.

Several factors are driving that performance. First, strong patient demand has lead to global market share gains in both dermatology and gastroenterology. Second, the addition of 2 new indications for patients; UC here in the U.S. and Europe, as well as axial SpA in Europe. HUMIRA now treats a total of 8 approved indications and 4 more in late-stage development.bbw abbot

Finally, the global biologic market growth remains strong, and HUMIRA continues to outpace that growth. We expect HUMIRA demand to continue to grow, given the relative modest biologic penetration rates across all market segments, but in particular, the dermatology segment, where biological penetration rates are still mid single digits.


August 7, 2013 at 9:48 pm 5 comments

Veterans MEMORIAL Park- Fini?

WashinremNOTE: Click on images to enlarge

Part One \

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four

Part Five

Part Six
Part Seven

So we come full circle in 2013- two hundred and one years after the little park was deeded as a park. In part one of this series I touched upon how John Cole and Co stated the “piss park” had outlived her usefulness – Mayor Craig Foltin, John Cole, Jon Veard – Jack LaVirha called up their forces for Condos in the park but unfortunately for them their plans came out before they were ready to go public- the ducks were in the row BUT one little duck quacked too soon!

You see Mr. Veard just happened to come over to the table where Renee Dore and I were sitting at the now “defunct” Pagani’s and quacked! Excerpt from Letter sent by CVSI to Mayor Foltin and the City of Lorain

….[Veard} him mention to two representatives of Charleston Village Executive Board on Jan 6th his “plan” as we were eating lunch in a very public place. There was no mention of the need for discretion, if anything the impression given was one of the plans for the park being a “done deal” and that all obstacles such as the Gilmore family restriction was and I quote “not a problem, I have been assured that isn’t an issue any more”.
I believe he was truly shocked when his plan did not meet with favor in our eyes. According to Mr. Veard, “you are the first ones that don’t like it” we were then informed, during that conversation, that other public officials, and non profits had been made aware of the plan to put condos in the “Veterans Park”, such as some members of the Lorain Port Authority, “ the veterans are on board”, the city, including Mayor Foltin and yourself (Sandy Prudoff), as well as the editor of the Morning Journal, John Cole.

Checking further, later that day, I could not find any of our elected council representatives that were so informed. Unfortunately the perception of the “inner circle” (Plain Dealer March 6th 2005)Found here

Foltin Cole and Casino
has raised its head once again. This was especially worrying to us after being promised “No surprises!!” by your Chief Planner, Don Romancak not an hour previously during our meeting with ERA.I can only assume, he too, was unaware of the proposed plan that will indeed impact greatly upon our community and neighborhood.

This plan by a private developer does NOT fall into the category of “business” between two private entities but from a “public usage” and “public” land for PRIVATE development. Therefore we maintain the public has the right to be informed through our elected representatives of ANY plans to privatize PUBLIC USAGE LAND prior to being discussed and dissected by a select few in order to find favorable and expedient passage through City Council. We firmly believe this situation merits more input in the initial stages by our elected representatives

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It was a hard battle for those of us who cared about worthiness of her history , the romance of her , the fact that maybe she had outlived her use to the Lorain Veterans Council,( circa 2006) whose 1980′s committee had been given direct “design” of this park and the money to implement such design and then walked away only to return once a year apparently. Some of us were insulted , ridiculed on the front pages of the Morning Journal and in letters to the Editor – “village idiots and boneheads of history” were two of the most used :) I was personally accused on the front page of said Morning Journal of driving Developer Jon Veard from town hmmmmmmm?

You can find links to the unfolding media story here story here “
New home eyed for veterans park
Published: Tuesday, January 17, 2006
”It’s still premature,” Foltin said. ”(Veard) still has a lot of hurdles to get over before we figure out what can and cannot be done with the (Veterans Memorial Park) land.”

Developer unveils plan for new veterans park

Mayor Craig Foltin has said the future of the project depends on the veterans. He said the park, which is owned by the city, belongs to the veterans and only they can decide what to do with the proposal.

Veterans want written proposal for new park
Published: Friday, February 17, 2006

published 21st February 2006
Veterans Park will likely stay put

Lorain’s City Council shouldn’t be so quick to reject downtown condos (John Cole)

Published: Wednesday, February 22, 2006
But how can city leaders trumpet the need to save the park, when they have stood by and let it become such a vandalized dump? Lorain’s veterans barely use it anymore because it’s so seedy and because all the ceremonial action in Lorain these days is at Black River Landing.

Veard got the idea for his project after learning that the veterans didn’t use Veterans Memorial Park, holding all but one annual ceremony at Black River Landing instead.The town’s veterans organizations took an interest in Veard’s proposal for the same reasons, though they were still seeking more details in writing when City Council pulled the plug.

The Chronicle Telegram
Condos planned at vets’ park site by Shawn Foucher by Shawn Foucher
The Chronicle-Telegram document found here

Park Chronicle
LaVriha said:
“We’re going to present it to the Veterans’ Council, and we’ll have a discussion about it. Naturally some of them will be opposed, but we’ll knock the hell out of their arguments


ED NOTE: As an aside the meeting held with the Lorain Port Authority during this time Jack LaVirha was asked ( and I have the tape of that meeting ) what happened to the previous honor roll monument ( pictured???) at that meeting which also included Warren Finkel ( also now deceased – the architect of Lorain City Hall ) Jack LaVriha stated it was in his garage!

Thanks to city council and the community the little park was saved and the area from becoming more (imho) design by desperation and bad urban planning.
Collage VP 2006
Photos Scott Bakalar
Lorain Lions Club, The skateboarders of the day and Girl Scouts cleaning and getting the park back into shape 2006
August of that year found members of the community – Lorain Lions Club- volunteers from CVSI, BRHS , Girl Scouts, skateboarders getting the park back into shape . ( some groups though were conspicuous by their absence ) You can find the article from WOM Blog here

Life returns to a Memorial Park


Bic collage

In 2007 this community held the Bicentennial Celebration and just as the settlement that became Lorain so the celebrations radiated out from the park to involve all of Lorain. (Note: not publicized or covered by the Morning Journal thanks to the direction of Mr. Cole ;) Dignitaries graced her stage and people once again enjoyed the camaraderie under her trees. All photos found here

We are now back in the present, the park has seen 50 Mayors walk into various buildings surrounding her boundaries in the 206 years she has served as a public square and 201 since she has been a deeded park. She has outlasted all the buildings, she has stood as a testament to a settlement on the Black River from those burned out and a brave pioneering spirit of 1776 . She has been ravaged by man but not my time ! Com VP

Today , I received two announcement of community events in August in the park, people sitting on those chipped concrete steps, near the light poles of shame and those “benches honoring lives lost “

So what now? Does anyone have any information as to the “official naming of Lorain Memorial Park- 1966 officially became Veterans Memorial Park???
Who will see her significance and worth? ANYONE???????


August 2, 2013 at 4:55 pm 4 comments

Veterans MEMORIAL Park- The Englishman commeth


Part One :

Part Two:


Dan Brady of Brady’s Bunch Blog did a series of articles on George Wickens and Veterans Memorial Park and they can be found here


George was an “Englishman” born south of London in a town called Basingstoke. Maybe he brought with him the Englishman love of gardens, order, culture, and “class” . Who knows? I would like to think his background had something to do with the fact he “noticed things and did something about them”- Pride Day back in the Day- attributable to George Wickens

“If the suggestions of the board of trade are carried out, Lorain will have regular days set apart each fall and spring as holiday clean-up days. Health Officer Hug, at the meeting last night spoke of the necessity of such a move. “To those who have occasion to pass the alleys and back yards about the city it becomes at once apparent that the conditions are decidedly unsanitary, unsightly and very offensive to aesthetic natures.

AH the precursor of Lorain Pride Day!!!!

ED: NOTE- We could be speaking about TODAY in Lorain- OH GEORGE WHERE FOR ART THOU GEORGE?

Clean-up days was a hobby with George Wickens, and a mighty good one, too, and I think it would be an advisable thing to have the city carry out his suggestions. Clean-up day should become a regular institution each spring and fall.””

The suggestion by Dr. Hug was to be presented as a resolution to Mayor King. ED NOTE: OH NO! I WONDER WHAT GEORGE AND MAYOR KING WOULD SAY TO THE STATE OF MAYOR KING’S HOUSE ?????


In May 1901, Lorain’s Public Square was a weedy, unkempt mess – and George Wickens, the former mayor and now a member of City Council, was unhappy about it. As reported in mid-May in the Lorain Times-Herald, Wickens stated that the park was a disgrace to the city, and he felt that it should be fixed up before the Fourth of July. At Wickens’ urging, a motion was passed by City Council to take money from the park fund to accomplish this goal.

Work began on the Public Square at once. The grass was mowed, and plans were prepared by Chief Engineer Loofbourrow for paths to be built, curving from each corner of the square and meeting at the bandstand in the center.
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The soldiers monument and fountain
as it appeared in the J. L. Mott catalog

But Wickens thought something else was needed for the Public Square: a fountain. He began to try to get Jason B. Hoge, a former resident of Lorain (and later a director of the Lake Shore Electric Railway Company) to donate one. Hoge was about to order a fountain when the Lorain Post of the Grand Army of the Republic made it known that they wished to combine the fountain with something they also felt was needed: a soldiers monument.

Mr. Hoge offered to contribute one quarter of the amount of a fountain and soldiers monument costing not more than $1,000. The balance of the sum would have to be raised by the citizens of Lorain and turned over to the G.A.R. for the actual purchase.

It took a summer-long community effort to raise the money, but the fountain was finally ordered from J. L. Mott Company.

With much fanfare and an onlooking crowd of 5,000, the combined soldiers monument and fountain was dedicated on the Public Square on Labor Day, September 2, 1901.

Oh Dear George and what do you think they did with your idea?

Part four to be continued…….

Note thanks to Dan Brady for the use of his jpgs.

July 25, 2013 at 11:54 pm 4 comments

St. George (Schneider) and the B(l)arney LELA

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Sunday’s Chronicle Telegram has an in-depth look at George Schneider – found here

Cracking the code: Lorain landlord leads in violations, supports city’s anti-blight efforts
by Even Goodenow

Now George, whom I discussed at length on many posts on this blog and over the weekend post, may be a nice guy

BUT personally I believe this man is a “property hoarder” He cannot possibly keep up with the maintenance and the requirements of his properties. I believe he probably spends more time effort and money, along with his attorney Brent English, appealing the process.

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And as for the President of the LELA Bill Barney well maybe that is a misspelling – BLARNEY – would be a more appropriate moniker-

ED NOTE: Who in their official capacity makes a statement defending one of his 450- members of the LELA for code violations not even having seen any of the properties in question? Oh! yes one with their own Lake Erie Landlords Association agenda – one of us so he has to be defended no matter what thinking!

Bill Barney, President of the Lake Erie Landlords Association, said he’s known Schneider since about 1993. Barney, who said the association has about 450 members, said Schneider is getting a bum rap.



Unlike Schneider, Barney said many landlords won’t rent to poor tenants. While conceding he hasn’t seen Schneider’s properties, Barney said he thinks city officials pick on Schneider because he’s an easy target “He’s a nice guy, and I’d like to see him treated better,” Barney said.

Well Mr. B(l)arney we would like to see the rest of us, who have to live with this nice guy’s properties and also some of the properties of your other members, treated better…….
Come on down Bill from your pink tinted castle and take a look in Lorain – I will personally give you a guided tour! No blarney!!!!!!…..

While conceding he hasn’t seen Schneider’s properties, Barney said he thinks city officials pick on Schneider because he’s an easy target”

And YOU Mr. B(l)arney are awarded (for your above statement) The THATWOMAN BLOG AWARD of the


July 7, 2013 at 2:21 pm 5 comments

Chairman of the Design Review Board Responds


As the Chairman of the DRB I appreciate all of the discussion and concern and I feel compelled to provide some input.

Please note that Ms. Dye’s opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the board or represent official board policy.

Each individual on the DRB is entitled to their opinion. I will not claim that every decision by the board is the perfect answer to Lorain’s many issues, but the board members try.

After many years of requesting this, the city of Lorain has adopted new City-wide design review of commercial projects in an attempt to curtail sprawl, stop “cheap” buildings from being constructed and misguided renovations from being done.

For far too long Lorain has accepted anything and everything that someone wanted to build in Lorain while most other communities had standards that allowed for a higher level of design in the community. Prior to the dissolution of Community Development new general guidelines were adopted for ALL areas of the city other than the Downtown Preservation District.

Design- by  Chris Ritchey

Design- by Chris Ritchey

With the dissolution of the Community Development Department we are in a transition as the board administrator is no longer employed by the City.

However, ALL commercial projects must still apply for a Certificate of Appropriateness for exterior alterations, new construction, signage or landscaping. The process is still administrated by the new division of Building, Housing and Planning.

The volunteer board members are appointed by the Mayor. They all have, at various times, notified the board about un-approved construction or alterations which the board takes action. Most building owners comply and submit their project to the board for approval. Others are not as compliant and then legal action is requested through the Building and Law Department.

This process has been slow and we are working with Building and the Law Department to speed up the process. Currently there is one pending case regarding the Glass House and their non-compliant and illegally installed shutters.
832 Broadway Glass House

ED NOTE:Parcel Number: 02-01-003-118-009
Owner Name Address: ROSE LISA & ROSE ROY P
Tax Bill Mailed to: ROSE ROY P & LISA
1939 W EDGERTON BROADVIEW HTS, OH 44147 Location Address: 832 BROADWAY

That being said….…418 Broadway. While many people may not like the name or the style of the sign it does meet the guidelines for signage in the district. The board has no control over the name, unless it is indecent , of the business only the color, design and placement of the sign.

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The board has NOT approved the signage for 418 Broadway as we were not presented with the required submission documentation.

The signage was reviewed and there were conditions that had to be met by Mr. Dye to receive approval. The board has not received the information required for conditional approval. The signage was installed illegally. It is my understanding that the Building and Fire Departments visited the building last Friday. The door signage was not approved and Mr. Dye has been ordered to remove it.

Use and occupancy of the building. The Design Review Board does not have jurisdiction over the use and occupancy of buildings or interior conditions or construction. This is covered by Zoning and the Ohio Building Code administered and enforced by the Lorain Building department.

The Ohio Building code requires that all buildings that are to be occupied must be fit for human occupancy and comply with the Ohio Building Code, (OBC). That being said the owner of a property would normally submit plans for a new occupancy to the building dept. for review and inspections.

Design Review would also review the plans for the exterior work and signage, if proposed, before the permit was issued. Unfortunately in many cases, (not just in Lorain), building tenants or owners simply move in and occupy without a permit or occupancy certificate. It is my understanding that this is the case with 418 Broadway.

822 Broadway Joshes Place

It brings to light many of the issues that we have with the building and housing stock in Lorain. With the many changes in Chief Building Inspectors in Lorain over the past 20 years and the lack of support for enforcement efforts, Lorain is faced with many properties that are suffering from extreme neglect. It is a shame that Lorain is faced with this.

(ED. NOTE - 822 Broadway – building pictures is owned by SCHNEIDER GEORGE H
331 21ST ST LORAIN , OH 44052
Tax Bill Mailed to: SCHNEIDER GEORGE
1214 W 26TH STREET LORAIN, OH 44052Location Address: 822 BROADWAY LORAIN OH 44052

Ms. Dye is correct in that the upkeep of a commercial building is a constant strain. This is also true of a house and of any other structure constructed by man. It does NOT relieve the property owner of the responsibility of keeping up with the routine as well as extreme maintenance required. Anyone willing to take on a property in poor condition, or any condition, should be prepared to comply with the code requirements both zoning and building in order to occupy the property for an approved use.

If 418 Broadway is not properly zoned for the intended use and the building is not habitable according to the OBC then the Building and Fire Departments are required to issue citations requiring the owner to submit plans showing the necessary changes to the structure to bring it into code compliance.

The Design Review Board is not informed when plans are submitted unless there are exterior changes or signage is proposed. In the case of 418 it is my understanding that Mr. Dye has been in the building for quite some time. The submission of the signage to DRB was the first submission for this building by Mr. Dye. When the board receives the required information then we will continue the review.

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The board is not perfect. It is made up of individuals volunteering their time who have varying backgrounds and opinions. We try to make the best decisions possible, but design is very subjective. The comments regarding 418 Broadway are appreciated and will be presented to the board.

Over the years the make-up of the board has been limited because of specific requirements and not all slots have been filled for lack of volunteers. The board slots were difficult to fill as there were limited people meeting the required criteria in the Downtown Preservation District. With the implementation of the City Wide Design Review, we can now fill slots of additional members to the board. If you are interested please submit your resume to-
Attn: Lorain Design Review Board
Gary Fischer AIA – Chairman
5th Floor City Hall
200 West Erie Ave.
Lorain, Ohio 44052

ED NOTE” We will be posting an example or two “after: July 4th as to HOW THE PROCESS IS SUPPOSED TO WORK!

July 1, 2013 at 3:30 pm 8 comments

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