Minutes of the Avon Historical Society, 9-2-09

President Jack Smith called the September 2, 2009, meeting of the Avon Historical Society to order at 7:04 p.m. There were about 20 members and guests present.

Jim Szippl moved and Carol Smith seconded the motion to approve the May 6, 2009, minutes. Motion passed.

Barb Wolfe reported there is $6,775.57 in the money market account and $556.46 in the checking account. Bills were presented by Ralph White and by Theresa Szippl in the amount of $88 for postage.

Jack congratulated Chuck Huene and the Landscaping Committee on the excellent plantings and care of the planters. Chuck and Ralph White talked about the ongoing Boy Scout project of repairing the sign board and front door at Old Town Hall. All should be complete for the Fall Foliage Festival on September 12 and 13. Chuck also thanked Jim Szippl for watering the grass and trees on the east side of OTH.

Ralph reported on the progress of the application for the Avon Isle building to be included on the National Register of Historic Places. Because of changes in personnel, the file sat in a desk instead of being presented at the August hearing. A revised file will be presented at a future date.

The Avon Historical Society will be seeking help from the Cleveland Restoration Commission to determine the cost of outdoor building improvements: brick repointing, a new roof, etc. Jean Fischer cautioned that the city is responsible for the cost of upkeep on the outside of the OTH.

Stan Hawryluk reported on the summer trip to Mad River & Nickle Plate Rail Road Museum and the Sorrowful Mother Shrine in Bellevue, Ohio. Stan said 10 people joined the caravan for the tour and picnicking. Future summer tours may include the Rutherford B. Hayes house and museum, Lakeside Cemetery and some local cemeteries, and Old Lyme Village.

Jack gave a brief history of local Indian occupation of the area in the 1600's. He said the Iroquois didn't live here; but used the area as their hunting grounds. The devastation of smallpox among the Indians and fur trading were key occurrences in the area.

Jack talked about the celebration of the completing of Detroit Road on Sept. 12 and 13. The Historical Society will have three areas open with tour guides and information for people. Old Town Hall will be served by Jean Fischer and Pat Furnas. Old Avon Village and Greg Romas's business Lake Point Construction housed in the George Clifton house will be open. Jean passed a sign up sheet around for people to volunteer to pass out literature at the last two sites.

Jack considers this event to be the run-up for Avon's bicentennial celebration in 2014.

Jean introduced the speakers Amanda Romeo and Jeff Siegler, Heritage Ohio Director of Revitalization, who spoke on "Home Restoration."

More on Jeff Siegler and Heritage Ohio

At next months meeting Jean will present the program entitled "What's in a Name?" She will consider Avon and the names of roads during the time period of 1814 - 1879.

George Bliss made the motion to adjourn with Stan Hawryluk seconding.

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The Intersociety Committee of Lorain County Historical Society announces its Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner Wed., November 11, 2009 (Veterans' Day), Beginning at 6:00 p.m. At the Carlisle Visitors Center (Lorain County MetroParks), Diagonal Road, west of S.R. 301

Hosted this year by the Elyria Historical Association (an affiliate of the Lorain County Historical Society)

The program is "Old Glory: A Short History of the Flag," Presented by Jim Smith, Lorain County Historical Society Education Coordinator

Representatives of ALL Historical or Genealogical Groups throughout Lorain County are Invited to Attend - and Tell What Your Group has been Doing Lately!

(bring a dish to share, your own place service, and beverage; coffee will be provided).

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Jeff Siegler, Heritage Ohio Director of Revitalization

www.heritageohio.org/about/

Heritage Ohio was developed as a statewide, not-for-profit organization dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect and preserve our heritage.

Heritage Ohio is the Statewide Main Street Coordinating Program in Ohio, as designated by the National Main Street Center.

Statewide Main Street assists cities and towns within the state with downtown and neighborhood business district revitalization.

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www.heritageohio.org/about/our-staff/

Director of Revitalization: Jeff Siegler Jeff attended Ohio Wesleyan University where he recieved his bachelors degree in economics management. While working for a historic tax credit developer In Richmond, Virginia Jeff completed his Masters of Urban and Regional Planning at Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in urban revitalization. Prior to becoming the direcor of revitalization at Heritage Ohio, Jeff worked as the director of the Lancaster Special Improvement District and Main Street Lancaster.

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AVON HISTORICAL SOCIETY PROPOSED AGENDA, October 7, 2009

I. Reading of the minutes of the meeting of September 2, 2009

II. Treasurer's Report

A. Any outstanding bills to present.

III. Old Business

A. Report from the Landmarks Preservation Commission, Bob Gates

B. Landscaping Committee, Chuck Huene

C. Fall Festival tours, Ralph White, Joe Richvalsky (Senior Center)

D. Eagle Scout Project (Bulletin Board), Ralph White

E. Report on field trips, Stan Hawryluk

F. Committee for the 2014 Avon Bicentennial, Jack Smith

G. __________________________________________

IV. New Business

A. Program for November, 11-11-09 (Jean Fischer):

The Intersociety Committee of Lorain County Historical Society announces its Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner Wed., November 11, 2009 (Veterans' Day), Beginning at 6:00 p.m. At the Carlisle Visitors Center (Lorain County MetroParks), 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, west of S.R. 301.

Hosted this year by the Elyria Historical Association (an affiliate of the Lorain County Historical Society)

The program is "Old Glory: A Short History of the Flag," Presented by Jim Smith, Lorain County Historical Society Education Coordinator

Representatives of ALL Historical or Genealogical Groups throughout Lorain County are Invited to Attend - and Tell What Your Group has been Doing Lately!

(bring a dish to share, your own place service, and beverage; coffee will be provided).

B. __________________________________________

V. Motion to Adjourn and Second

Jack Smith will introduce Jean Fischer who will present "What's in a Name?" -- early Avon history

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Parking for meetings of the Avon Historical Society:

Next to Smitty's Barber Shop -- please disregard the "no parking" sign,

Across Detroit Rd. at Nemo's Restaurant (park close to Colorado),

Across Colorado Avenue (SR 611) behind Blue Chip,

On the east side of Buck's Hardware on Church Street,

Across Stoney Ridge at Lois Shinko's Country Store parking lot (just south of the Gazebo).

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