Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 7-1-02

President Jack Smith opened the July 1, 2002 meeting of the Avon Historical Society at 7:05 p.m. with 19 members and guests being present.

As a first order of business Jack asked the secretary to read the minutes from the last meeting ... Upon a motion by Theresa Szipple and seconded by Dr. Fischer, the minutes were approved as read.

Jack asked Barb Wolfe to give the treasurer's report. She reported that as of this evening there was a balance of $858.26 in the checking account and the money market has a balance of $4,833.32. Jack then asked if there were any outstanding bills to present for payment this evening - and there were none.

As a first order of business the President stated that on August 3rd a program would be held at the Lorain County Metro Parks from 12 to 3 hosted by Matt Kocsis who would be giving a lecture regarding the underground railway station. There will be ice cream and cake for refreshments - this will be the official opening of the Burrell Farm in Sheffield. We are asked to park in the park on French Creek Road and a shuttle bus will bring everyone to the farm.

Jack then asked Ron Larson to give the group an update on his project regarding the moving of the Lewis house on old Center Road. Ron reported that he has been busy coordinating all of the details that need to be addressed. Steve Schaeffer is setting the grade to be approved by the city. Once the grade is established and accepted it will be staked out and it will be reviewed again. The actual move for the house has been pushed back a little into August now.

Ron said he will advise our membership of the actual move date once he has it confirmed. He has obtained a temporary sign permit for a 4 x 5 black and white sign designating `The Old Lewis Home'. Ron also wanted to thank the Avon Historical Society, Schaffer Construction, First Interstate and Walmart for their continuing support with this project.

In summary, everything is moving forward and we are working through the problems that crop up. Right now he is hoping to find some masons who will be willing to donate some time to the project.

Jack then reminded everyone that there would be no August meeting and our next scheduled meeting will be on Monday, September 9th at 7:00 p.m. At that time Bill Bird of the Lorain County Historical Society and Matt Kocsis of the Lorain County Metro Parks will be discussing the upcoming Ohio Bicentennial celebration at the French Creek Nature Center being held from April through June, 2003 and our participation in the event. This will be an extremely important event for our club and we are hoping for a real good turn out for the September meeting.

Jean Fischer then reported that the flag restoration is now in the hands of Norbert Jurowski. It was determined that the flag was in fact glued to the background and may be extremely difficult to remove. He has agreed to do the work and then return the flag to us and instead of charging us he will use his services as a tax deduction. There was a long discussion regarding this matter and it was decided that John Eldred and Jack Smith would discuss this matter further and the tax ramifications and work out the details.

A big `thank-you' to Cheryl and Charles Huene for the beautiful flowers they have planted and taken care of in our flower boxes. They look wonderful.

Under new business we have been advised that the French Creek Association would like to have a spring festival in 2003. The annual spring show at Tom's County Place is not going forward.

The French Creek Association has asked other clubs and organizations if they would like to participate also. The date has been set for April 5 - 6, 2003. It was suggested that we could open the Old Town Hall and possibly have weaving demonstrations, flower arranging, wood crafting and other demos. A motion was made by Dottie Eldred to participate in the 2003 spring festival as outlined which Motion was seconded by Bill Furnas and passed by voice vote.

Jack then stated that Mike Wolfe would be speaking before the Avon Seniors Advisory group on July 10th at 9:30 a.m. at the Lions Community Center where he will speak to the group about the history of Avon. Lunch will be served at 11:30 and the cost is $6.50. Call Susie Cory if you are interested in attending.

There being no further business to conduct upon a motion by Theresa Szipple and seconded by Dottie Eldred the meeting was adjourned. Following the close of the meeting the President introduced Leah Trainer and Kay Messaros who spoke on the vanishing American barn.

Respectfully submitted, Nancy McGhee, Secretary

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