Avon Branch Library expansion project continues: Short Takes on Avon, Avon Lake and North Ridgeville

Avon, Ohio

Things are really starting to take shape at the construction site for the 16,000-sq.ft addition of the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive.

Structural steel and trusses installation on the north and south of the the construction site for the 16,000-sq.ft addition of the Avon Branch Library, 37485 Harvest Drive, are taking shape.

Last month was the completion of structural steel and trusses installation on the north and south additions. Metal decking on the south addition is almost complete and excavation began for the new parking lot at the end of the month (the main parking lot is closed, and parking will be on Harvest Drive).

This month roofing will start on the south addition, exterior sheathing of the South addition will take place, and the underground retention system in the existing parking lot will take shape.

The goal is to continue to keep the library open during construction, but there may be times when the library will be closed or adjustments will be made to scheduling for safety purposes throughout the project. Follow the Lorain Public Library System on Facebook for updates on closures. Construction will continue into fall of 2022.

AVON

Historic home opening: City officials held a ribbon cutting ceremony at the historic Wilbur Cahoon home, at 2940 Stoney Ridge Road, last week after nearly four years of planning and organizing the home to become a museum paying homage to Avon’s history.

Long before the terms “old Avon” and “new Avon” were coined, there was just Avon — a small town with roots dating back to the early 1800s, when Wilbur Cahoon brought his wife and seven children (an eighth child was born in Avon) from Salisbury, NY, to settle in the area.

As the story goes, the Connecticut Land Company agreed to trade Cahoon’s 100 acres in New York for 800 acres and $100 in the Ohio Territory near Lake Erie. Part of the deal also included that Cahoon must establish a functioning sawmill and gristmill on the land.

He settled in Avon in 1814, with his family living in a log cabin for several years.

A carpenter by trade, Cahoon did build mills in the area. He also built a Greek Revival-style home in 1825 that still stands today on the banks of the French Creek, at 2940 Stoney Ridge Road. Sadly, Cahoon passed away before the completion of the home.

In 1978, the Cahoon House was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the home of the first pioneer in the area and as one of the area’s earliest buildings in any architectural style.

Dr. Delbert and Jean Fischer purchased the Cahoon home in 1966, where they raised eight children — just as the Cahoon family had. The Fischers were wonderful stewards of the Cahoon family home and Avon history. Dr. Fischer passed away in 2007. Jean Fischer continued to live in the home for several years before recently moving into a nursing home.

In 2019 city council members voted to purchase the home for $200,000 from the Jean A. Fischer Family Revocable Living Trust. Once purchased, city officials noted the house could be rented out or used for educational field trips.

In 2020, the city began the museum project spearheaded, under the umbrella of the Avon Historical Society, by the city’s business development consultant, Sheri Seroka.

“The goal is a museum (that represents) families, not just the Cahoon Family, but as families would have lived here in the 1800s,” said Seroka back in 2020. “We really want to span the whole 1800s gap. We want to set it up just like it would have been occupied during that time period. We want to find archives from some of these significant founding families that were part of bringing Avon up out of the ground.”

Seroka has been collecting donations and artifacts the past two years. Each room in the home is set up just as it would have been in the 1800s. One of the rooms contains the original Holy Trinity organ from the mid 1800s. The organ was still intact after a tornado damaged most of the church in 1924.

Information regarding upcoming hours of operation, tours and home details will be posted on the city’s website, cityofavon.com.

art shows: Various artisans and crafters will be showcasing their items during the Avon Spring Avant-Garde Art and Craft Show from 10 am to 4 pm April 16 at the Emerald Event Center, 33040 Just Imagine Drive. Admission is $3 and children under 12 are free. There will also be concessions onsite. A portion of proceeds will benefit local non-profit, the Prayers from Maria. This show is currently accepting vendors. To date, the shows have raised over $60,000 for local non-profits. For more information, go to avantgardeshows.com.

Mayors’ luncheon: The North Coast Chamber of Commerce’s annual 4-Mayors’ Luncheon will take place at 11:30 am April 27 at Tom’s Country Place, 3442 Stoney Ridge Road. The event features community updates from Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen, Avon Lake Mayor Greg Zilka, Sheffield Lake Mayor Dennis Bring, and Sheffield Village Mayor John Hunter. Cost is $30 for pre-registration by noon April 25, or $35 at the event. Go to NorthCoastChamber.com/events, or email contact@powerofmorechambers.org.

Shout-out: Hopefully you have noticed the new seasonal banners up on the utility poles throughout the French Creek District on Detroit Road. Over the years many of the old banners have become worn and needed replacing. City officials worked with a design team to come up with the new banners, some of which were chosen to highlight the city’s gazebo and Cahoon house. More banners are in the works.

AVON LAKE

Road work: Two projects are currently underground in the city. The Moore Road and Pinoak Parkway intersection will be closed to thru traffic for one week for waterline work. State Route 83 near Avon Lake High School will be down to one lane for at least three weeks for gas line work. Drivers should seek alternative routes.

New Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes location: Kelsey Shepard, founder/owner of Kelsey Elizabeth Cakes shops announced on Facebook the fourth location of the popular dessert shop will be on the eastside in Chagrin Falls. Kelsey Elizabeth Sweets Petite will be a smaller version of the shops located in Avon, Avon Lake and Rocky River. It is scheduled to open later this spring next to Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, 67 N Main Street.

Seed packets available: The Avon-on-the-Lake Garden Club is offering residents gift bags containing flower and vegetable seeds packets throughout the month (or while supplies last). The gift bags are in the club’s Little Free Book House in the Wildflower Garden in Miller Road Park (near the Peter Miller House Museum, 33740 Lake Road). Please use the honor system and only take one bag per family so others can enjoy the seeds, too.

Fall Bridge sign-up: Lake Erie Bridge is now registering for fall bridge groups. If you are interested in playing bridge this fall (September through May), there are openings at different groups playing at the following restaurants including Ibiza, 33481 Lake Road; Arrabiata’s (Bay Village), Canary’s in (North Olmsted), Cleveland Yacht Club (Rocky River), Sorrento’s (Sheffield Village), and Sangria (Westlake). There are also two evening groups. If you don’t already have a partner, there is also a group for players to connect with others. In the “Find-A-Partner” group, you will play with a new partner each time you play. Fall sessions play once a month. Typically, play begins at 11 am with 20 hands and a break for lunch which varies from a buffet, off the menu or a selection for a set fee ranging from $10 to $18. For information contact Janet Pavlich at 440-949-8512.

college honours: Jane A. Vinesky is listed on the 2022 Winter Scholastic Honor at Oregon State University.

NORTH RIDGEVILLE

Treat shop opens: Yum, just in time for Easter, The Treat Shoppe and Bakery is scheduled to open at 8 am April 14 at 35522 Center Ridge Road. The family-owned, home-based business currently in Olmsted Falls offers a wide array of handmade chocolates, old-fashioned fudge, and freshly baked gourmet treats.

“My family has made chocolate, old-fashioned fudge and baked goods for years, starting with my grandmother and many of our family recipes are passed down through the years,” said owner Lisa Uhrina. “We started in a home bakery that flourished through the years into wholesale relationships with cafes and restaurants selling our products. Through the years we have built a long-standing customer base and have been honored to play a small part in many of their holidays, family milestones and celebrations.”

Lisa and her husband, Mark, chose North Ridgeville to open their first storefront because of the developing community and the ease of access to surrounding cities, including their home in Olmsted Falls.

“Personally, I fell in love with our storefront location, actually while my husband was out of town,” said Lisa. “There is a funny story there…We knew that we did not want to be in a plaza, we wanted to be able to have a welcoming storefront with character and charm. We want our Shoppe to be part of the community for years to come. We want to get to know the residents of North Ridgeville and welcome the warm conversations while they dine in our cafe. We are a veteran family and are proudly serving coffee from a veteran-owned coffee distributor, Iron Bean Coffee Co. We support local law enforcement and our first responders with free coffee.”

Gourmet bakery items are made from scratch daily and include bagels, gourmet donuts, breads, pastries, cakes, cookies and custom designed sugar cookies.

“We have over 75 gourmet cookie flavors available in our Shoppe – that are rotated daily,” said Lisa. “Customers can dine in at the bakery or take their treats to-go. Our Shoppe serves both local residents, special event planners and our corporate customers with customized branded treats.”

For more information, go to the treatshoppeandbakery.com.

Smoothie King opens: The first Smoothie King franchise on the westside is now open at 34250 Center Ridge Road (plaza across from Giant Eagle). The healthy smoothie blends are made with whole non-GMO fruits, organic veggies and no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. For more information, go to smoothieking.com.

Theater production in Sheffield: The Olde Towne Hall Theatre’s production of “The World According to Snoopy” will take place at the French Creek Theatre, 4530 Colorado Avenue, Sheffield Village. Performances are April 22-23 at 7:30 pm; April 29-30 at 7:30 pm; May 1 at 2 pm and May 6-7 at 7:30 pm For ticket information, go to https://othtnr.wixsite.com/otht.

Coffeechat: Join Mayor Kevin Corcoran for his monthly Coffee & Conversation from 8:30 to 9:30 am April 21 in council chambers at city hall, 7307 Avon Belden Road.

Food truck challenge: A fun event is coming to the city this summer courtesy of the North Ridgeville Parks and Recreation Department. Save the date for the first-ever Food Truck Wars from noon to 6 pm July 9 at the Shady Drive Complex. If you know of a food truck business, or you own a food truck, applications are now open for food vendors wishing to participate. Spaces are available on a first come first served basis. Guests at the event will vote for food from several categories including People’s Choice, Best BBQ, Best Sandwich, Best Slice of Pizza, Best Dessert, Best Side Dish, and Best Snack. Participating food truck vendors are requested to have samples of food ranging between $3 and $5 so that patrons can vote on multiple items. Voting will take place during the event and winners will be announced at 5:45 pm July 9. Voting will be done through a Google Doc that voters can access through a QR code. Awards will be handed out and photos posted on Facebook. Deadline to apply is May 31. Applications are available on the city’s website, go to nridgeville.org.

Happy Easter!

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