Bicentennial Notes from Diane Corrao
My apologies that this email is so late in coming since our last meeting on April 23, 2013. As you can imagine, this time of year the Parks and Recreation Dept. is crazy busy and hopping! Anyhow a few items were confirmed at this meeting.
1) Attached you will find the logo that was chosen. It was designed by Avon resident Dave Kudla. I hope to make a brief statement about it at the May 28th council meeting. I am also inquiring on how we will fund the banners that will be displayed down Detroit Road.
2) Mike and Sherry Stockard attended the meeting with information on coordinating an antique equipment show. Mike is part of the Lagrange Engine Club. He offered to arrange for members of the club to bring their antique equipment to Avon during the Aunt Teak and Uncle Junk sale. It will be a one day event held at the Avon Isle. The public will be able to come to see the se fabulous pieces of equipment. For more information on his group you can go to
3) During all events such as Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque, Fall into Avon, Candlelite Walk, etc., the Avon Historical Society will have a display in the Old Town Hall of 1871 for everyone to view. It will educate and inform us on the history of Avon.
[The Historical Society is also cooperating with the Avon Landmarks Preservation Commission to build outdoor photographs of some of Avon's landmarks along the new trail at the Schwartz Road Park.]
4) Donna Kelly with the Avon Branch Library reported that the library plans to offer a series of Avon Local History programs early in the year. Their Holiday Open House 2014 will have an 1800's theme. Specific dates have not yet been set.
They are also looking into doing a "Read around Avon" program. In this program parents would take their children to different historical sites in Avon for story time. Donna will look into who would be interested in hosting them. I am certain the Avon Isle would love to be part of that and would assume the Old Town Hall of 1871 would be willing as well.
Other events that still need to be confirmed and dates or at least months set include a kick-off to the bicentennial dinner dance at Tom's Country Place, a circus, a golf tournament, a 5k, a square dance, and a summer party in the park.
We are off to a good start and things are starting to come around. The date of our next meeting is June 25, 2013, at 7:00 pm at the Avon Isle.
We hope to see you there.
Diane Corrao, Director, City of Avon Parks and Recreation
Avon unveils bicentennial logo for 2014
By Julie A. Short, Correspondent, Sun News, on April 25, 2013
AVON, Ohio -- And the winner is?
After reviewing 30 entries for Avon's bicentennial logo contest, the city's bicentennial committee selected Avon resident Dave Kudla's design to be displayed throughout the city in 2014.
|Avon's 2014 Bicentennial Logo|
Kudla submitted two entries for the contest, and it was his attention to detail regarding Avon's history that won the committee members' final votes.
"My goal was to create a logo that would include elements which not only honor Avon's past, but represent the present and future of the city," said Kudla. "The design incorporates elements of the city, state and country that we live in, which was the basis for my color palette.
The red, white and blue represent the colors of our country. The purple and gold used in the state and text represent the colors of our city and schools. The yellow star represents our city's location in Ohio.
The seven stars at the top represent the original Township Number 7 in Range 16 of the Western Reserve. The eagle soaring through the 'O' in Avon, represents not only our national bird, but the Avon Eagle, the school district's mascot. The 13 red and white stripes represent our country's 13 original colonies."
A graphic designer by trade for 20 years, logos are not only part of his profession, but a passion as well. Kudla works as a graphic manager for sales and marketing at Brandmuscle, a marketing services technology company in Cleveland ...
In addition to the honor and recognition of winning the contest, Avon Mayor Jim Smith is providing Kudla with use of the city's designated loge at All Pro Freight Stadium for an upcoming Lake Erie Crushers game.
Plans for the celebrating the city's bicentennial next year continue to move forward as groups and organizations throughout the city continue to submit events. Plans for a 5K race, historical displays at the library and historical markers placed at Schwartz Road Park, among other activities, are in the works.
The bicentennial committee's next meeting is scheduled for June 25 at 7 p.m. at the Avon Isle.
Thursday, November 10, 2011
[Avon Lake] Historical Preservation Commission Chair Says 2019 is Correct Bicentennial Date
Signs say 1812; date is disputed by Historical Preservation Commission
By Lori E. Switaj, Thursday, November 10, 2011
Avon Lake Historical Preservation Commission Chairman John Shondel presented pages of research to council supporting 1819 as the correct settlement date, not 1812, listed as a founding date on the city's welcome signs. Shondel provided the information to council members at the Nov. 7 council meeting. Avon Lake Councilman David Kos said the bicentennial issue was researched at the request of Mayor K.C. Zuber, since there were questions raised in the community ...
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Adam Miller was the first permanent settler in Avon Lake [in 1819]. His youngest son, Peter Miller, built what is now known as the Peter Miller House Museum as his home in 1830. This is one of Lorain County's last pre-Civil War lakefront houses.
"Township Number 7 in Range 16 of the Western Reserve received its first permanent American settlers during 1814 from Montgomery County, New York, led by Wilbur Cahoon. The township was administered by Dover township and was part of Cuyahoga County. In 1818, Township Number 7 was organized and first named Xeuma, then later, Troy Township. [Note that Sheffield is Township Number 7 in Range 17 of the Western Reserve.]
In 1824, Lorain County was created, and the name of Troy Township was changed to Avon Township. An Avon post office was established in 1825 ...
Perhaps the excitement of the European arms race found a pale reflection in Avon Township politics. In 1911, the residents of the northern portion of the Township voted to form the incorporated Village of Avon Lake. Possession of the Nickel Plate Railroad was granted to Avon Lake by a court decision. The remaining part of Avon Township was incorporated as the Village of Avon in 1917. "]
The 2014 Avon Bicentennial Committee is meeting at 7 pm on Tuesday, 8-20-13, at the Avon Isle.
Local church to create Avonopoly to help celebrate bicentennial
By Rebecca Turman, July 27, 2013 in News.
AVON -- The city of Avon's bicentennial celebration is just around the corner, and one local parish is looking in the "Community Chest" to get involved.
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and School in Avon ... [is creating the] "Avonopoly" board game that will be sold to coincide with the 2014 bicentennial ...
The parish plans to begin selling the game close to Black Friday this year for $25 each.
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The next Avon Bicentennial Committee meeting will be at the Avon Isle, 36080 Detroit Road, February 5, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Avon readies for year-long Bicentennial celebration
November 20, 2013, By Rebecca Turman
AVON -- With roughly a month and a half left until 2013 comes to an end, the city of Avon is preparing for a new year with a big birthday milestone.
Plans for Avon's bicentennial celebration are already in the works, with the Bicentennial Committee meeting each month to set the stage for next year's events.
According to Avon Parks & Recreation Director Diane Corrao, the majority of the city's big seasonal events will continue on as usual next year.
"They are just kind of putting a bicentennial twist on it," she said in a recent interview.
For events such as the Easter Bunny Breakfast, Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque, Fall into Avon, [and the Cndlelite Walk], Corrao said they will all have the bicentennial theme worked in somehow.
In addition, during the seasonal events, Corrao said, "The Old Town Hall of 1871 will be open ... [along with Avon's first fire station]" as part of the Avon Historical Society's [and the Avon Fire Department's] contribution to the celebration of the city's 200th birthday.
The Lorain Public Library System's Avon branch will also take part in educating the community on Avon's history throughout the year with a bicentennial history series, Corrao said, including topics such as, "Before It was Avon," "Life in Early Avon" and "Who Was Who in Avon?"
The library branch is also planning to hold a Read Around Avon, where story times will be held at different locations throughout the city," Corrao said, noting that locations will include the library, Avon Isle, Old Town Hall of 1871 and Avon Village School.
In addition, Corrao said library representatives have also expressed an interest in hosting an old-fashioned holiday celebration sometime in December 2014 as part of the bicentennial celebration.
"I'm so thankful for the library," Corrao said. "They really have stepped up."
Some of the details for the bicentennial-related events still need to be worked out, according to Corrao.
"Sept. 14 (2014) is the actual birthday (for the city)," she said. "We are still trying to plan what we want to do as a city or rec department. We are hoping to have a party in the park."
The committee has been holding off on moving forward with some of the planning, Corrao said, because the group was waiting to see who would be elected mayor and how much money the city will dedicate toward the bicentennial events.
Residents can expect to see bicentennial banners go up throughout the city sometime in January, Corrao said. "We'll pretty much leave those up for the entire year," she said.
In addition, throughout the year, T-shirts and sweatshirts with the bicentennial logo will be sold.
"Mitchell's (Ice Cream) is going to do a bicentennial flavor for us," Corrao said, noting it will only be available in September -- the month of the city's official birthday.
Other groups are pitching in, with one planning to open and start a new time capsule, Corrao said.
A community band has also come together in order to perform at the bicentennial events. Corrao said the group is expected to play for the first time together at this year's Candlelite Walk.
The Avon Garden Club will also host a bicentennial tea event at Avon Isle in May 2014, she said.
St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Avon has created its own Avon-opoly as a way to raise funds for the church and celebrate the bicentennial event. The games will be sold for $25 and go on sale beginning Black Friday. More information is available at
Each year residents receive a free Town Planner coupon book calendar that typically features artwork from local high school students, but in 2014, Corrao said the calendar will feature Old Avon pictures.
The Avon Fire Department is formed with 11 volunteer firefighters. They have a Peter Pirsch International engine, and are housed in a lean-to structure that is added onto Avon Village [Old Town Hall of 1871] at Detroit Road and Stoney Ridge Road. Edward Casper is named the first fire chief; he will hold this position until January
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Former Avon High School Band Members Forming the Avon Community Band
AVON OHIO -- A committee of former Avon High School band students are forming a community band and seek musicians to play.
In 2014, the city of Avon, Ohio celebrates its bi-centennial. Because music always enhances festivities and celebrations, former Avon High School band brass, woodwind, string and percussion players as well as other area musicians are being asked to be part of the fun and join the band.
For more information or to join the band, go to
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2014 Bicentennial events
Jan. 21: Avon Library Bicentennial History Series -- Before it was Avon
Feb. 11: Avon Library Bicentennial History Series -- Life in Early Avon
Mar. 18: Avon Library Bicentennial History Series -- Who was Who in Avon
Apr. 11-13: Old Town Hall of 1871 Avon history display open along with Avon's first fire station showing fire engine "Old Betsy" for Spring into Avon
May 18: Avon Garden Club Bicentennial Tea
June 14-15: Old Town Hall of 1871 Avon history display open along with Avon's first fire station showing fire engine "Old Betsy" for Avon's Duct Tape Festival
June 20: Read Around Avon -- Avon Library
June 21-22: Old Town Hall of 1871 Avon history display open along with Avon's first fire station showing fire engine "Old Betsy" for Aunt Teak & Uncle Junque
June 22: Antique Equipment Show at The Avon Isle -- Coordinated by resident Mike Stockard
June. 27: Read Around Avon -- Avon Isle, 36080 Detroit Road
July 11: Read Around Avon -- Old Town Hall of 1871
July 18: Read Around Avon -- Avon Village School
July 25: Read Around Avon -- Miller Nature Preserve
Aug. 1: Read Around Avon -- City Hall
[Aug. 2: K of C Circus]
Sept. 5-7: Old Town Hall of 1871 Avon history display open along with Avon's first fire station showing fire engine "Old Betsy" during Fall into Avon
Sept. 14: Happy Birthday Avon -- Wilbur Cahoon open house at 2940 Stoney Ridge Road
[Oct. 18: Lorain County Preservaion Network Expo, 11 am to 3 pm at the Avon Isle, 36080 Detroit Road]
Dec. 5-7: Old Town Hall of 1871 Avon history display open along with Avon's first fire station showing fire engine "Old Betsy" during Candlelite Walk weekend
Dec. 13 Old Fashioned Holiday Celebration -- Avon Branch Library
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Avon to start community band for bicentennial celebration
By Adriana Cuevas, The Morning Journal
AVON -- As a new year inches closer, Avon officials are working to organize a community band and several events for their upcoming 2014 bicentennial. The Avon Parks and Recreation Department is working to recruit an official Avon Community Band or musical ensemble to provide musical entertainment for the city's upcoming 2014 bicentennial events.
Susan Beres, office manager for the Avon Parks and Recreation Department, said the idea for the band was developed after she was approached by former Avon High School band members Garry Sherrill, Helen Herbst, and Rudy Fox who wished to form a community band to perform at various events throughout the bicentennial year.
"We thought it was a marvelous idea since we have so much musical talent right here in the city and are looking for ways to highlight all that was and is good in the city," Beres said.
One of the band's organizers, Rudy Fox, said he is looking to recruit woodwind, brass, string, and percussion players into the band. "We are trying to find Avon High School alumni and past members of the Avon High School Band, but we are not being exclusive," Fox said ... There's no age limit to who can apply. We're just actively seeking interested players and plan to start rehearsals in January 2014."
Beres encourages all those who want to be part of the band to fill out submit an application online or pick up and drop off a paper copy at the parks and recreation office, 35001 Schwartz Road, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Apart from the community band, Beres said the Avon Bicentennial Committee is in the process of finalizing historical photos to be included in a special Avon bicentennial calendar.
Avon Parks and Recreation Direction Diane Corrao said the bicentennial theme is currently set to be featured in many of the city's annual events such as the Aunt Teak and Uncle Junque city-wide garage sale, Fall into Avon, and Candlelight Walk.
Apart from the city's popular annual events, Corrao added that the Avon Historical Society is partnering with the Avon Landmarks Preservation Commission to build outdoor photographs of some of Avon's landmarks along the new trail at Schwartz Road Park.
Donna Kelly of the Avon Public Library has also informed Corrao that the branch plans to offer a series of local history programs early in the year such as a "Read around Avon" program which will give parents the opportunity to take their youngsters to some of Avon's historical sites for a story time session. "I am certain Avon Isle would love to be part of that reading program and I'm assuming the Old Town Hall of 1871 would be a willing participant as well," Corrao said ...
Other bicentennial events that are still to be determined include a bicentennial dinner dance at Tom's Country Place (3442 Stoney Ridge Road), a golf tournament, a 5K race, a square dance, and a circus. The next Avon Bicentennial meeting will be at Avon Isle, 36080 Detroit Road, [January 28, 2014] at 7 p.m. For more information about the city's 2014 bicentennial, visit
Second Bicentennial Program of 2014 at the Avon Library
Taylor J.(Jack) Smith, of the Avon Historical Society, on Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m., will present "Avon, the Early Years" at the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, Avon, OH 44011, (440) 934-4743. Preregistration is required. For more information, see www.avonhistory.org/hist/hto74.htm
Bicentennial Local History Series - Before It Was Avon
Join local history experts and discover the ancient history of the area we now know as Avon. Learn about the early people and artifacts that were found nearby.
Date: Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Avon Branch Library
37485 Harvest Drive
Avon, OH 44011
Jim Smith from the Lorain County Historical Sciety says My January talk goes back to include glacial history and effects on the area.
Avon library celebrates city's bicentennial with local history series
By Adriana Cuevas, The Morning Journal
AVON -- Local history buffs are rejoicing as the Avon library puts on several events to celebrate the city's upcoming bicentennial. Lorain Public Library System's Avon branch, 37485 Harvest Drive, is hosting its own Bicentennial Local History event series in anticipation of the city's 200th birthday. Serving as the branch's supervisor for the past two years, Donna Kelly said the library is the appropriate setting for people to come learn about the city of Avon.
"The library is the perfect forum for this type of community education," Kelly said in a news release. "A bicentennial promotion tends to awaken pride as well as curiosity in the history of the city. It's a chance for newer Avon residents to find out how Avon came to be what it is now, and a chance for longtime residents to share and reminisce."
Kicking-off the library's first historical session from 7-8 p.m. Tuesday is Jim Smith of the Lorain County Historical Society, who will help patrons explore the city's early settlers, ancient artifacts and deep history. On Feb. 11, the Library will join local history experts to unveil what life in Avon was like in 1814. It also will recognize some of the city's earliest settling families during their final "Who was Who in Avon" historical series session from 7-8 p.m. March 18.
Meagan Hayes, Lorain Public Library System spokesperson, said she hopes the series will remind people to pay more attention to the history of their communities. "My hope is that people will take a moment to celebrate their city," Hayes said. "The Lorain Public Library System is proud to serve the Avon community, and the city has much to celebrate. We welcome people into the library for our programs to learn the roots of the community."
Apart from the historical event series, Library System staff will stop at different historical sites in June and July for story time sessions. The first "Read Around Avon" stop will take place June 20 at the Library. Branch officials then will travel to Avon Isle, Avon Village School and City Hall for other story time gatherings. For more information or to pre-register for these bicentennial events, call 440-934-4743.
Over the last several months, the Avon Parks and Recreation Committee has reached out to the community to create a logo, put together a community band and gather historical photos of Avon to celebrate the city's bicentennial. The historical photos are set to be featured in an Avon Bicentennial calendar while the community band and bicentennial logo will be featured at several of the city's events next year.
The next Avon Bicentennial Committee meeting is from 5-7 p.m., Feb. 5, at the Avon Isle, 36080 Detroit Road. For more about the city's bicentennial, call the parks and recreation office at 440-937-6106.
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Avon library to host Bicentennial-related events beginning Jan. 21 
Filed by rturman January 18th, 2014 in News.
By Rebecca Turman
The city of Avon will celebrate its 200th birthday this year, and the Avon branch of the Lorain Public Library System will be taking part in educating the community about the city?s history in a series that begins this month.
The Avon branch will kick off the three-part Bicentennial Local History Series on Jan. 21.
The event will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. at the library and will focus on the city in "Before It Was Avon."
Jim Smith from the Lorain County Historical Society will present the first session, according to Donna Kelly, branch librarian supervisor. The Jan. 21  session will dive into Avon?s "ancient history, its early people and artifacts," according to a press release from the Lorain Public Library System.
"We are working with experts in the community, and hope that community members will want to attend and learn about the history of both their community and the people who have history to share," Kelly wrote in an e-mail last week.
Individuals interested in attending the Bicentennial Local History Series are required to preregister either online at
or by calling the Avon Branch Library at 440-934-4743.
[2-11-14] The Feb. 11 session, to be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the library, will focus on "Life in Early Avon." Those who attend will be transported back in time to 1814, when Avon was first settled by white people, and learn about what it was like to live in the city during that time period.
[3-18-14] "Who Was Who in Avon" will be the topic for the March 18 session, also from 7 to 8 p.m. at the library.
The March 18 session will include a discussion about the individuals who played a big part in the success of the city of Avon, including the Cahoun and Townsend families.
"The library is the perfect forum for this type of community education," Kelly wrote. "Other history-related programs we have offered here in the past couple of years have been very popular. A bicentennial promotion tends to awaken pride as well as curiosity in the history of the city. It?s a chance for newer Avon residents to find out how Avon came to be what it is now, and a chance for longtime residents to share and reminisce."
On a personal note, Kelly said since she has only worked in Avon for two years, she's had a "great interest in learning everything I can about Avon, then and now, so involvement in planning these events is exciting and enjoyable to me."
The library will also get involved a little later this year in another bicentennial-related activity. Read Around Avon will take place in the city during the months of June and July. The story time event will begin on June 20 at the Avon Branch Library and then the story time will go on the road to special historic locations in the city, including Avon Isle, Avon Village School and Avon City Hall.
"Read Around Avon is a chance for families to enjoy story time while visiting different locations around Avon," Kelly said. "We're excited that our story times will highlight various places. People may end up visiting a place they've never been before."
The Avon Branch Library will post official dates and locations for Read Around Avon once they have been finalized.
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