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Taking Back the Land in Cleveland

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I just posted : “Impressive Stanard Farm Is a Must See” on Local Food Cleveland and I decided that this farm, greenhouse, and vineyard are things to celebrate about Cleveland.  All of these ventures were met with the usual naysayers in Cleveland but my friends preservered because they knew that had “an idea whoese time has come”.  These projects by people who love Cleveland, not because they think they can “get rich quick”, but because they believe in our community and they want to create jobs and offer excellent products to their fellow inhabitants of Northeast Ohio.  These people exemplify what “eonomic development” is.

Yesterday our local Cleveland Public Branch manager Mrs. Cheryl Diamond and I visited Stanard Farm for the first time.  Summer Sprout partnered with them this year to distribute the thousands of plants destined to feed Cleveland communities this summer and fall.  Since this was my first time to ever take part in this event, I have no comparisons but it was efficient, friendly and convenient- a good experience all the way around.

When you think about it, Superior Avenue seems a strange place for a farm, but is it?  Besides this farm, Community Greenhouse Partners has moved in to 6527 Superior Avenue, the original location of St. George’s Lithuanian Church and Blue Pike Farm is just up the road a piece.  I couldn’t resist using that phrase from my youth.  My grandfather and his pals ALWAYS  used that phrase to describe how far a lost traveler’s destination was.

If you are an "urban"  explorer on foot, by bike or car, you certainly should check out Stanard Farm, the other farms in the St. Clair-Superior area as well as Chateau Hough just a neighborhood away.  

Valentine’s Weekend BigBrothersBigSisters Benefit

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One of our neighbors in Brooklyn Centre is hosting a Valentine’s Weekend Benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters at his establishment, mlang clothing & cocktails, located at 1275 Euclid Avenue in the heart of Playhouse Square. Mr. Lang is giving us plenty of opportunity to visit his establishment by holding the event not one day but two days!

I LOVE the flier don’t you?


I Couldn’t Help Myself!

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Forgive me, but I couldn’t let this Ohio misdirection stand without correction.  Got this today from Positively Cleveland.


“Erie” House of Horrors: Ghostly Manor

The castle that is Ghostly Manor. East of Cleveland, near the Lake Erie shores of Sandusky, there’s a supernatural sort of fun brewing. They call it Ghostly Manor and the spooky castle looms large off of U.S. Route 250, on Woodlawn Avenue near Oakland Cemetery…


I read it once. I read it twice. Since when is Sandusky, EAST of Cleveland, US Route 250 cut through my hometown on its way north to Lake Erie.  The place and the idea for a road trip this time of year sounds great, but if you leave Cleveland travelling east you will probably find an adventure you are not expecting.  LOST!!!

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September 18th, 2009 at 10:57 am

One of Our Connections to Ingenuity

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Just received this email from our friend Dennis, the inventor.

Come see the speakers at Euclid side of Halle
Building during the ingenuity fest   Please forward this to all your friends.

Sent from my iPhone
Dennis All-Tronics
Builders of one of the finest  speaker systems in the world.

He has invented the most awesome speaker I have ever experienced.   Yes, it is an experience-not hearing, not listening, but experiencing.  Everyone I talk to who has head them say it is hard to  describe  to those who have not yet seen them and sat in the seat to hear them.  Kind of like being right there in the concert hall.  And a piano, the sound of a piano at its best if you can’t be there live.

Stop by when you are strolling down Euclid Avenue enjoying the Engenuity Fest!

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July 10th, 2009 at 1:12 pm

Smith’s Dairy and a Walk Down Memory Lane

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Yesterday, I read the Plain Dealer article about Smith’s Dairy going “green” and remembered a field trip from my elementary school years.  Today, the same article shows up in the day’s roundup over on Crain’s so I took it as a sign to blog about that field trip. 

Every school had a few-the “special” kids.  In the 1950’s, there were no special education classes that separated anyone from the “mainstream”.  We were just all in it together.  Field trips were always a challenge for our teachers with ALL the  kids because we were a “rowdy” bunch.  The “buddy system” back then was a “must”.

For purposes of this story, “Jimmy” had not one buddy but two buddies.  Basically because two of the boys had a disagreement on whose turn it was to team up with Jimmy.  By now, you know the lead character’s name in this story is not really Jimmy, but the name is inconsequential, and,  it is better to protect the “innocent”. 

At our elementary school,  there was a traditional sequence of field trips.  Kindergarten was a walk through the picturesque town of Shreve and our first trip to the Town Library which was located in the Town Hall topped off with a picnic on school grounds.  First grade was a trip to the train depot, boarding a passenger train for our trip to picturesque Wooster  followed by a picnic and afternoon of play at Wooster Park. 

Second grade was one of the FAVORITES handed down from class to class-Smith’s Dairy in ORRVILLE followed by a picnic and an afternoon of play at Orrville Park.   Needless to say at seven years-old as fascinating as watching bottles being washed, placed on a conveyer belt system and filled with milk, capped, and then, boxed would be– the making of the ice cream was the piece d’ resistance. Each of us would be receiving an individual cup of ice cream to be consumed at the park with our brown bag lunches.  Before we received this treat, we were told that we would need to find our “buddies” and walk through the HUGE walk in freezer where the ice cream was stored for distribution of our ice cream treats

To this day, I believe that I remember How VERY, VERY cold that walk-in freezer was.  No one tarried in that place!  Later, as we sat at the picnic tables eating our lunches and ice cream.  Someone noticed that “Jimmy” was missing.  Everyone immediately looked at the two boys that were assigned to be his buddies.  Both of them thought the other one was responsible for being his buddy, and therefore, NO ONE had been his buddy.  Obviously, a classic example of miscommunication between teacher and student. 

The last time anyone remembered seeing him was right before we walked into that big freezer.   Miss Plantain (another alias) screamed and went to wake up the bus driver for the long drive back to the dairy.  Twenty minutes later,  they returned with a nearly frozen Jimmy in tow.  He had been found sitting on a tub of ice cream patiently waiting for rescue by one of  the Smith Dairy truck drivers.   

We all had to sit through a lecture on responsibility and how when given a task we should follow through.  To this day, I do not how our teachers thought we shouldered more responsibility than they did for Jimmy sitting on a block of frozen ice cream waiting for rescue.

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October 20th, 2008 at 4:16 pm

Great News! Walk+Roll Cleveland Is a Go!

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When I walked in the door just now from gathering signatures for the referendum, this email from Lois Moss was in my inbox asking me to promote this Sunday’s Walk+Roll Cleveland event. It appears as an outreach to the community they are asking for musicians and artists and others to participate in this Sunday’s event. Tim and I were lucky enough to hear Counciwoman Sabra Pierce Scott who talked about the event last night at the Ward 20 Republican meeting where I talked about the referendum and handed out petitions. She is a great speaker. If you get the chance you should attend a meeting where she is the featured speaker. She had some common sense things to say where people can come together to agree. She has a way of talking about common ground. But, back to this weekend’s event.

Back by popular demand, Walk+Roll Cleveland is a go for Sunday Aug
5 and Sunday Aug 12. MLK Jr Dr will be closed to motorized vehicles
from 10am to 6pm so that people can walk, run, rollerblade, bicycle,
unicycle or wheelchair through Rockefeller Park and The Cultural
Gardens. With enough positive feedback from the community, Aug 19,
Aug 26 and Sept 23 may also become Walk+Roll Sundays.

The organizers are hoping that the community will come together and
share their talents to make the event even more special. If you know
of any community groups, artists, musicians, youth activity
coordinators or senior groups that could create free activities
during the upcoming Sunday events, please pass the word.

The project has received tremendous media coverage for this car-free
initiative, including a feature in Continental Airlines inflight
magazine. With 43,000 employees and over 5,000,000 passengers a
month, a large number of people will read about this Cleveland
project which promotes community connections, healthy living, and
vibrant public places.

For more information or to sign up as a performer or volunteer, see

Participate if you can. Make this the city event it should be showcasing one of Cleveland’s many gems-The Cultural Gardens in the comeback neighborhood of Glenville. Tim and I enjoy riding through the streets admiring all of the beautiful homes and gardens. East Boulevard, of course, is a gem, but some of the side streets are beautiful too. Sunday will be a great day to take a walk. Hope to see you there!

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August 2nd, 2007 at 11:06 am

WOW! The Ingenuity Crew Does “IT” Again!

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What a show!  The Drums drumming down Euclid Avenue led by Marcos Santos were incredible.  Who knew that those drummers would exorcise the “rain demon” that plagued last year’s festival.  A whirlwind flew down Euclid Avenue accompanied by its own drummers of pelting rain.  Canopies flew and people ran but it was gone as quickly as it descended.  Everyone ventured back out on to the street, quickly setting things right, and going on with the show.  What an incredible group of people-the vendors, the volunteers, the restauraters and their staffs and even festivalgoers pitched in to straighten out the street so that the show could go on.  Amazing!

 But that was only a small part of it,  the NASA Glenn Exhibits, the photos inserting my own face inside of the space suit of an astronaut standing on the moon,  Sarah Morrisson’s Dance Troupe, The Audio TuTus,  The Breuer Tower exhibit up at 12th Street, “The Fire Inside”  the extended hours of the delis, coffeeshops, and restaurants along Euclid, the smell of the fried veggies, the fat, juicy sausages, the incredible gyros, the $4.00 GLB brews, the people dancing and drumming up Euclid, the spectators joing in the celebration, and then, and then…

There were the incredible smiles on the faces of the children who attended yesterday’s festival.  To me, those smiles were the crown jewel of this festival. Family after family strolled past our Meet.The.Bloggers booth in the anteroom between the State and Palace Theatres. I engaged quite a few of them in conversation as they stopped to see what the spaceships on the table were all about and how did they work.  Many of them lost their curiosity when told they were microphones and not spaceships, but I didn’t lose mine.  Without hesitation, I would ask them what they had seen and what they like best.  One little girl said dancing down the street with the drummers.  A little boy who played chess with a man dressed like a robot.  It was someone dressed like a robot, wasn’t it? I’ll never tell.  The other young man who had decided that he wanted to go to the moon because he wouldn’t weigh anything at all.  There was a little girl fascinated with the audio tutus.  She wanted to know where she could buy a skirt just like it.

But maybe, the best thing about it was the thankful demeanor of the parents who could not believe their good luck.  Each one of them paid $5 to see everything, and every child 12 and under was free. By far, the best deal for family entertainment in Cleveland for the summer.  They all were amazed at how there was so much for everyone in the family.  The little ones were as engrossed as the older ones.  And there was plenty for them to do as well.  And the kids weren’t bored. 

I guess in a nutshell this festival appeals to the child in all of us.  There is so much to learn, to experience, and to dream about right here in the middle of a construction zone.  That it isn’t hard to believe in Cleveland!   A big “hats off” to the Ingenuity Festival!

My apologies for not providing links to each and every one of the incredible contributors to this festival, but I am very slow at that and I would be here until midnight, only a slight exaggeration, and I would miss one whole incredible day of this festival,  See you there! 

Lest We Forget

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Each year one of our neighbors, Rick Nicholson, gathers a group of us from the neighborhood together at a small burial ground to commemorate Memorial Day. Amid the hubbub of all of the weekend activities we gather together in this small unobtrusive graveyard surrounded by war veterans dating back as far as the Revoltionary War, to pause and remember the reason for this holiday.

Last year, Ruth Ketteringham, ninety-nine years young and our neighborhood historian, gave what was her last public appearance and speech. She likened each of us there as a drop of water starting as a rain drop and ending in the ocean and repeating the cycle all over again. She told us that we needed to have the faith and hope of those raindrops that continue to fall and shape the hills and valleys of our world because each of us if we have the fortitude and the determination can learn from our ancestors and make this a better world if only we never give up.

So, again a group of us will gather there for a moment of reflection and remember those who have sacrificed their lives to make us free and understand that we have been given a huge responsibility to honor their lives and sacrifices by remenbering them beyond a holiday and making them proud of their fellow Americans by acting with integrity and grace in dealing with all peoples of our nation and our world.

If you have a few minutes to spare, please join us. Here are the details.

Join us for a service at the historic Brooklyn Centre Burying Ground also known as Denison Cemetery to honor our military veterans.

11:00 a.m. Monday May 28th, 2007

Meet at the Broolyn Centre Burying Ground (Denison Cemetery) located on Garden Avenue East of Pearl rouad behind Aldi’s.

This cemetery had its first burial in 1823 and was deeded The Brooklyn Centre Burying Ground i 1835. Many war veterans, starting with the Revolutionary War, are buried in this local historic cemetery.

for more information or questions, call Rick Nicholson, Brooklyn Centre Historical Society at 216-398-1494.

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May 26th, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Way Cool!

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Have I just labeled myself a nerd?  Have I dated myself?  Frankly, I don’t care.  I just found something out that I didn’t know, and the first words that popped into my mind to describe it were “WAY COOL” .  In my capacity of main scheduler for Meet.The.Bloggers I am looking for a place in Grandview Heights where we can interview Ted Celeste, former Governor Dick Celeste’s brother.  Tim and I are particularly fond of Grandview Heights and I love a coffee shop there named Stauf’s.  It is a great place that has WiFi and is not only a favorite spot for OSU students, but for the neighborhood residents as well as having a  bit of tourist feel-one of those places where you take friends from out of town.

Well now back to the reason for this post. I did a google search.  Friends tell me to avoid “googled” something about copyright infringement or something like that.  Personally, I think that it should be an honor to enter into common vernacular.  Talk about market saturation and awareness.  Anyway, I searched the web for Stauf’s Grandview Ohio and it directed me to’s Yellow pages where I was able to click on “call this business now” . A pop-up window appeared and when I put in my phone number and clicked on “dial now”  My phone range, I picked it up and it was an automatic voice telling me to please hold while I was connected. It was incredibly cool.  I talked to a very helpful person at Stauf’s who said that the coffee shop was quieter than usual because OSU was not in session until the middle of September but they couldn’t guarantee quiet.

Since I wanted to be sure that I could stop at Stauf’s I asked if he could think of any other place close by where we could hold an interview in relative quiet circumstances.  He suggested Paul’s 5th Avenue.  When I located the information for this restaurant by browsing the Grandview Heights Yellow Pages,  I again clicked on the little phone and this time my phone number was still there.  All I had to do was click on “dial now”. 

I know, I know.  I am sure many of you already now about the little tricks of technology I learned today, but I didn’t, and it gave me one more reason for being grateful for being alive in this time and place.

So I have two recommendations for all of you. 

!. When you travel to Columbus check out Stauf’s

2. When you plan your trip, use’s yellow pages.

After I try the homemade pasta at Paul’s 5th Avenue, I will probably recommend that too.  If you can’t wait for my report, check them out too, and let me know what you think.    

In my continuing quest to buy local even when I am in another community,  Stauf’s is a locally owned company established in 1988 and Paul’s 5th Avenue is a local restaurant celebrating 35 years in Grandview.     


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August 25th, 2006 at 6:37 pm

Another addition to: local business for local consumption

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Just got back from Lake Shore Feed and Seed located at  5112 Clark Avenue which is family-owned and operated.  When I was a kid,  Saturday morning was spent doing the weekly errands with my dad.  One of our stops was the local Gold Star Feed Store which had everything you could imagine for pets and farm animals.  Times change and the local Gold Star Feed Store in Wooster is now Emily Moorefield’s pottery shop, and right next door is her husband’s restaurant, South Market Bistro.

But who knew right in the heart of an urban neighborhood in Cleveland nestles a pet store that takes you back in time.  The owners stock food, toys, collars, over-the-counter medications and shampoos, and thousands of treats for dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, and probably other animals that I have failed to mention.  One of the owners waits on you behind the counter with a friendly smile and ready to help.  After she rings up the sale, a gentleman who works with her carries the fifty pound bag out to your car.  Buy in bulk, the savings are fantastic. 

There is easy access to the store from I-90 take the West 41-44th Street exit and go south turn right on to Clark and if you make it to 52nd street, you’ve missed it.  They have a large parking lot that is surrounded by a beautiful garden.  It is a great urban space.  Check it out!  

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August 11th, 2006 at 12:27 pm