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It is with much sadness that I post here, the passing of Christopher Ritchey. His almost 2 yr battle with Lymphoma ended yesterday Dec 3rd 2009.

His mother/Loraine; an inspiration to many, has suffered the worst loss any human can imagine, the loss of her 29 year old son.

Hopefully one day she will recount the long battle they both fought against this horrendous disease, but in the meantime our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Visitation Boyer Cool 5th St                     2-7 PM Sunday Dec 6th

Memorial Service St. Mary’s 8th St       11 AM Monday Dec 7th

I asked about starting a Memorial Fund (statue, carving at Settlers Watch etc) but Loraine has requested donations be made to St. Jude’s.

Please respect the privacy of the family at this time of mourning.

Thanksgiving is two weeks away.

Now more than ever, we need to be reminded:

Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.  ~W.J. Cameron

My sister helps St. Joseph’s on 16 th St. each year with their Thanksgiving dinner (needs 60 pies). Please contact me if you know of anyone that can help.

I’m sure there are many agencies that are helping the hungry, homeless and needy this year especially. (Please help one)

“Let us remember that, as much has been given us,

much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart

 as well as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds.”  ~Theodore Roosevelt

The Holiday season is coming soon and we will be preoccupied, overwhelmed and time starved.

But Please Remember:

If you count all your assets, you always show a profit.  ~Robert Quillen


The “Friends of Chris Ritchey” will be hosting a benefit to raise funds for the escalating health care cost which have been accruing over the past 19 months while Chris has been battling Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

The event will feature a silent auction and 50/50 raffle. Also, sports fans will be able to enjoy the Browns game in a big screen TV.

Tickets can be purchase at Jenkins and Bevan Insurance at 47375 Cooper Foster Park Road Amherst, OH 44001 or Marsha Funk State Farm Insurance at 3004 Oberlin Avenue Lorain, OH 44053. Or by calling 440-989-5141.

“Friends of Chris Ritchey”

Spaghetti Dinner

 Sunday October 25, 2009

1:00 pm -5:00 pm

Rosewood Place

4493 Oberlin Avenue Lorain, OH 44053

$15 per person

Kids under 5 eat free

If you are unable to attend the event, but still want to contribute, donations can be made to:
“Friends of Chris Ritchey”
First Federal Savings and Loan of Lorain                                   
 3721 Oberlin Avenue Lorain, OH 44053

Chris & Angela

Contact: Ralph Bruening
Phone: (440) 714-0734
Date: September 15, 2009

Port Works Committee to Host
Sunset Cruise on the Jet Express

LORAIN – The Port Works Committee will host a sunset cruise fundraiser for Issue 31 on the Lorain Port Authority’s newest attraction, the Jet Express IV on Friday, October 2nd, 2009.

The boat will depart from the Black River Landing dock at 6:30pm and return at 8:30pm.

The sunset cruise will feature hors d’oeuvres, beverages and live music provided by Paul Christensen. Tickets for the fundraiser are $100 per person or $175 per couple and are available by e-mail at, or by calling Ralph Bruening at (440) 714-0734

Issue 31 is the Lorain Port Authority’s 1 mill renewal levy on the ballot November 3rd. The renewal will provide funding for local projects that boost the local economy and sponsor festivals and special events that bring over 200,000 visitors and their dollars to the City of Lorain annually.

Issue 31 is not a tax increase. With Issue 31, the Port Authority will be able to invest in small businesses-allowing them to borrow funds and expand the local economy. The development financing does not use taxpayer dollars and it helps the City of Lorain compete in a global market.

The Port’s events bring in 200,000 to the City of Lorain every year. Without funding from the levy, the Port Authority will cease to exist and future development in the City would be in jeopardy.

It’s by Randy Pausch, professor at Carnegie Mellon and a Pancreatic Cancer victim (3% survival rate).

I finally gained the courage to read his best seller. I learned he was originally in Pittsburgh and thought to myself I hope he was able to work with our Team at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) Dr. Bartlett and Dr. Zeh.

And sure enough into his book I saw that he was a patient of Dr. Herbert Zeh and then went onto M.D. Anderson (another GREAT facility)

His book is an easy read, reflections of his past and wishes for the future, a vehicle to share those with his three children when they grow up. But it brought back a lot of memories for me as well.

A few of the thoughts especially struck me.

  • Brick walls are there for a reason. They give us a chance to show how badly we want something.
  • In review, “I don’t think we ever said to each other: “This isn’t fair'” We just kept going. We recognized there were things we could do that might help the outcome in positive ways.. and we did them. Without saying it in words, our attitude was, “Let’s saddle up and ride.”

We learned this after our Journey with Pancreatic Cancer and find it interesting he did as well:

  • Time must be explicitly managed, like money
  • You can always change your plan, but only if you have one.
  • Ask yourself: are you spending your time on the right things?
  • Develop a good filing system
  • Delegate
  • Take a time out, “Time is all you have. And you may find one day that you have less than you think.”

In our experience and working with other cancer patients, hope is key.

Randy mentions, “My personal take on optimism is that as a mental state, it can enable you   tangible things to improve your physical state. If you’re an optimist, you’re better able to endure brutal chemo, or keep searching for late breaking medical treatments. Dr. Zeh calls me his poster boy for “the healthy balance between optimism and realism: He sees me trying to embrace my cancer as another life experience.”

I also was glad to see he mentioned he and his wife received counseling while going through this experience and wished he could go to every oncology patient and tell them to seek help/support as well.

Randy died July 25, 2008, only 47 years old leaving behind a wife and three young children.

Two organizations that are dedicated to fighting this disease:

We have a friend who lost his father to this hideous disease, his yearly tribute is this Sunday.

I was attending an event recently and was talking to a friend who has a friend who’d been diagnosed with PC.

Recounting a little of our experience I saw Frank in the crowd (we had gone separately), realized I could have been without him for 7 1/2 yrs now…. the tears welled up and I had to excuse myself.

I just emailed our healthcare providers at UPMC and thanked them once again:

“I’m still amazed at what I continue to learn from this awful disease, the worst of times has brought to us the best of people. 

If kindness were a cure…. this disease would be long gone…”



SUNDAY, September 13TH

SUNDAY, October 4TH

SUNDAY, October 25TH


Avoid the traffic, PARK for FREE at Lorain’s Black River Landing and catch the Jet Express Game-Day Shuttle for transportation to Cleveland’s North Coast Harbor, downtown Cleveland.  The Jet Express departs Lorain at 11:00 AM and departs Cleveland 1-hour after the end of the game. *Does not include game ticket


                    DEPART LORAIN:           11:00 AM  



Transportation Only

 Buy online at

or CALL 1-800-245-1JET(1538) FOR RESERVATIONS

The Jet Express begins service from Lorain’s Black River Landing this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Lorain Rates

to Kelleys Island

Lorain to

Island Hopping
PIB and Kelleys

Gate Price:





$ 26.00 One-Way

$ 29.00 One-Way

$ 64.00 round-trip

Child (6-12

$ 5.00 One-Way

$ 6.00 One-Way

$ 14.00 round-trip

Child (5 & Under)





$ 4.00

$ 5.00

$ 5.00

Order tickets online or call.

Phone: 1-800-245-1JET (1538)

After speaking to someone who drove to Port Clinton to take the Express last weekend I did some research regarding the overall “cost”.

Depart Lorain Port Clinton
Ticket round Trip  $58.00  $       28.00
Parking  $     –    $       10.00
Gas  $     –    $         5.00
Scenic 2 Hr. Boat Trip
Ex. Good Time III
   $       15.00
Total  $58.00  $       58.00

Paul Fayrewether

Saturday, August 15th
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Lorain’s favorite son, Fayrewether, returns to the Black River Landing after an extraordinary performance last year.
The show will begin at 7 pm with an acoustic performance by “Jimmy-O” until 7:45pm.
Fayrewether will then take the stage at 8pm.
Visit more information.

We attended last year and had a great time.



There was even entertainment in the audience

Where else can you get free parking

and free “QUALITY” entertainment?

Sponsored by the Lorain Port Authority.

421 Black River Lane, Lorain, OH 44052

Black River Landing is located one block East of Broadway in Downtown Lorain.   Please bring a blanket or lawn chair for your comfort!

Try Marblehead.

Last summer I wrote about our 8 hour vacation out to the West.


The first thing you should do is not have a whole lot of credit cards.

You only really need one or two credit cards and one debit card that is attached to your principle bank account. If you have five or more credit cards, you’re going to be lazier when it comes to keeping watch over your credit cards.
In order to prevent credit card theft and identity theft you may want to look into an all encompassing financial and identity theft protection program. There are many types of identity theft out there, not just financial and credit theft. These forms of identity theft can include medical identity theft, theft of your social security, citizenship and much more. So if you’re trying to keep yourself safe, it’s best to just secure everything at once.
When you’re shopping online, only use your credit card on sites that have SSL certification.

If you are unsure about a site’s SSL certification, look around the site.

Sometimes there’s an image of a padlock or a logo indicating SSL certification. Then research the company that provides the SSL certification. Are they a legitimate company? Are they on the up and up? If you have a funny feeling, contact the company that provides the SSL certification and insure that they provided it to the company you are considering shopping at. And make sure that the SSL Company has a good long history in SSL certification.

Never lose sight of the card at any point during a transaction.
Cashiers and clerks should never step away from the counter with your card. What happens when they step away is this- they are either copying the numbers down, name, and security code OR they are taking pictures of the card front and back with a cell phone. That’s right…a cell phone. Then the debit card information is sold along with all of your other personal information. It is as simple as that.

Sign the back of the card “SEE ID”.
Make sure that a cashier or clerk always asks for your identification. This may not help with electronic fraud-where money is directly deducted from your account…but it may inhibit someone from stealing the numbers if they feel you are not an easy “sell”. Keep an eye on your card. Make sure that the transaction doesn’t take more than a few seconds. If you feel that something is not right and are uncomfortable with the way your transaction was handled ask to speak with a manager. If you feel strongly that you are a victim of debit card theft, immediately contact the police and your bank. Freeze your bank account and have a new card issued right away. If at all possible, use cash to make purchases. It might be a little less convenient…but having your entire bank account wiped out is a bit more inconvenient.

Be cautious at the ATM machine! Watch your surroundings and DO NOT forget to take your card out of the machine.

Never write your PIN on or near your card. Memorize it instead.
Don’t give out bank account information over the phone or the Internet
Don’t share your debit card PIN, security code and other account information
Take precautions at the checkout counter, ATM and gas pump.
Always stand so that no one can see the keypad where you enter your PIN. At retail establishments, it’s best to use do-it-yourself scanners. If you give your card to a clerk, be on guard against a dishonest employee who runs your card through two scanners instead of one. The second scanner could be capturing your account information to make a counterfeit card. In general, be alert for suspicious-looking devices that may be used to “skim” information from your card.

If you use your debit card to shop online
consider extra precautions with your personal computer. Experts advise installing and periodically updating virus and spyware protection and a “personal firewall” to stop thieves from secretly installing malicious software on your personal computer remotely that can be used to spy on your computer use and obtain account information.

Look at your bank statements as soon as they arrive.
review your account each week by phone or the Internet. Promptly report any discrepancy, such as a missing payment or an unauthorized transaction, to your bank. Your quick attention to the problem may help limit your liability and give law enforcement authorities a head start on stopping the thief.

When you’re shopping at stores, do not stand in line or even at the register with your credit card number facing up. It only takes a minute for a thief to take a cell phone picture of your credit card—front and back if you’re not careful. Watch your purse and wallet at all times.

You should keep your cash money in multiple places in case something is stolen, and if you must carry a credit card for an emergency keep a gift card with only $100 or less on it so if it’s stolen while you’re out you’re not out your whole identity.

What federal protections cover consumers who use debit cards?

The federal Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA) protects you from errors, loss or theft of your debit card. However, unlike the Truth in Lending Act protections for credit cards, which cap a consumer’s liability for unauthorized transactions at $50, the law limits liability to $50 if the debit cardholder notifies the bank within two business days after discovering the theft. If you don’t notify your bank within those two days, you could lose up to $500, or perhaps more. In the worst-case scenario – if you receive a bank statement that includes an unauthorized debit-card withdrawal and you wait more than 60 days to alert your bank – you could be liable for any amounts from transactions made after that 60-day period.
The good news is that many banks don’t hold a consumer responsible for unauthorized transactions if he or she notifies the institution in a timely fashion. But remember that with a debit card, the money tapped by the thief has already been taken out of your account.
Under the EFTA, a bank has 10 business days to investigate the matter (20 business days if your account is new) and report back to you with its results. If the bank needs additional time, it may, under certain circumstances, temporarily give you some or all of the disputed amount until it finishes its investigation. Generally, a bank is allowed up to 45 days of additional investigation time (90 days for certain transactions).

Where can I get more information about debit cards?

The FDIC can help answer your questions or point you in the right direction. Call toll-free 1-877-ASK-FDIC (1-877-275-3342) Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time.

Reason I’m sharing is I used my Debit card to get gas on the way back from Cincinnati at a Pilot Gas Station off I71. Two days later I find someone stole my card number and purchased $76 worth of gas. I also had someone hack into my credit card and use it in a gas station in Georgia. I don’t know how they got the Debit, heard the credit card was pretty widespread around the country for a lot of people. Please be safe.