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Can’t believe it’s been over 4 years ago since I last blogged.

Lot’s has happened between now and then.

I wonder if there are any questions out there you have.

I know I have plenty.

My life has been kinda filled with medical stuff regarding my Ovarian Cancer. Last scan was clean so fingers crossed.

I’ll update on the questions of Ovarian and Cancer in general.

Just wondering if I might have an audience out there.




The Port Works Levy Committee Presents

Oktoberfest 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Black River Landing       5:30-7:30pm

Help support Issue 31 at Oktoberfest 2009.  Enjoy authentic German Cuisine with meats from Fligners Supermarket and prepared by Chubby’s Family BBQ.  Big Bill’s DJ service will provide you with an evening of German Hofbrau music!  The menu includes:

Bratwurst w/sauerkraut

Chicken Sauerbraten

Cabbage & Noodles

Potato Pancakes served w/ apple sauce or sour cream and chives





Tickets are $20 per person and can be ordered by e-mail at
or call 714-0734

Here are several.

Laws do not persuade just because they threaten.
— Seneca, A.D. 65

 Two of the gravest general dangers to survival are the desire for comfort and a passive outlook.
— U.S. Army Ranger Handbook

 I do not believe in the collective wisdom of individual ignorance.
— Thomas Carlyle

 We can never solve our significant problems from the same level of thinking we were at when we created the problems.
— Albert Einstein

 “However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” Winston Churchill

 “Political necessities sometime turn out to be political mistakes.” George Bernard Shaw

 ”Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.” Plato

 “All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter.” Edmund Burke

 “Well done is better than well said.” Benjamin Franklin

 “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

“We cannot solve today’s problems using the mindset that created them.” Albert Einstein

 “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The highest reward for a man’s toil is not what he gets for it but what he becomes by it.” John Ruskin

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 opening act TBA. Fayrewether will take the stage at 8pm. Visit Paul Fayrewether for more information.

Jazz on the River Concert Series
Saturday, August 1st
6:00 – 9:00 pm
National recording keyboardist and jazz singer Joe McBride and his Dallas-based touring band will grace our stage with sounds “reflecting the many loves of his musical life,” including gospel, Brazilian samba and the music of South Africa.

Black River Nature Tours
Starting June 13th, 2009 – The Black River Landing Dock located near the International Flagpoles

The LORAIN PORT AUTHORITY in partnership with the LORAIN COUNTY METROPARKS announces the Black River Tours for the 2009 season.
Our shuttle boats embark Wednesdays and Thursdays in June, July and August at 6:30pm from the Black River Landing Dock. Lorain Port Authority staff and Lorain County MetroParks naturalists will provide information on wildlife, flora and fauna, and landmarks of interest during the cruises.
Friday evening cruises will also be running. No naturalist will be available.
Please arrive 15 minutes early to ensure an on-time departure. Passengers must be at least 30 lbs to come on board.
Private tours may be booked by calling the Lorain Port Authority at (440) 204-2273.
Bring your cameras and binoculars to enjoy the sights!
Group Tours
The Black River Landing Dock in Downtown Lorain
Tickets are $12 and group tours of up 20 passengers per vessel are available. For more information please call the Port Offices at (440) 204-2273.

Lighthouse Tours
Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc Lighthouse
June 27th and 28th
12:00pm – 3:30pm
July 10th and 17th
6:00pm – 7:30pm
July 18th and 19th
12:00pm – 3:30pm
August 1st
12:00pm – 2:30pm
August 7th and 14th
6:00pm – 7:30pm
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased in advance. Call the Black River Historical Society at (440) 245-2563 M-F 10am-4:30p, or Sun 1-4:30pm.
We will depart from Riverside Park for regularly scheduled tours. During festivals, we’ll depart from both Riverside Park and Black River Landing. Ticket holders should arrive 15 minutes early. Those who need to purchase tickets the day of, please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure to check availability. Cash and checks are accepted.
Visit the Port of Lorain Foundation, Inc for more information.

Black River Landing Farmers Market
Saturdays from July 4th through September 26th

Come and check out farm fresh produce, baked goods, honey, herbs and more at our indoor market every Saturday from 9am – 1pm. Cooking demonstrations will also be featured.

July 17th – July 19th – Black River Landing

Rare Earth
Kids rides and games, nautical gifts, artwork and apparel, and your favorite festival foods all in celebration of Our Waterfront, Our Future!
Friday July 17, 2009 6pm-11pm
Naked Monkeys – Island Party Music
Naked Monkeys Official Website
Brigid’s Cross – Celtic Rock Music
Brigid’s Cross Official Website
Saturday July 18, 2009 12pm-11pm
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Children’s Learning Activities
Little Lighthouse Play and Learn Obstacle Course sponsored and operated by Little Lighthouse Learning Center.
4:00pm – 5:45pm
Voletta – Hard Rock
6:00pm – 8:30pm
KG Blues – Blues/RB
Rare Earth – National Motown Recording Artist
Rare Earth Official Website
Fireworks start at 10pm
Sunday July 19, 2009 12pm-6pm
12:00pm- 2:30pm
Vinyl Groovzz – Motown/Oldies
12:00pm – 4:00pm
Children’s Learning Activities
Little Lighthouse Play and Learn Obstacle Course sponsored and operated by Little Lighthouse Learning Center.
3:00pm – 6:00pm
Bel Airs – Motown/Oldies

The American Cancer Society Lorain Relay for Life
July 25th, 2009 – Black River Landing

The American Cancer Society Lorain Relay for Life will begin at noon, ending on Sunday July 26, 2009 at 9:00 a.m. at the Black River Landing in Lorain. Relay for Life is the signature event of the American Cancer Society. The theme this year is Carnival. There will be food, music, games and much, much more!
The Relay for Life is open to the Public. Please attend and show your support for the fight against cancer.
For more information on this event, please contact our Relay Chair, Mary Ann Campana @ 440.320.6414 or Suzi Piskur, American Cancer Society @ 888.227.6446 x1212

A Taste of History
August 1st – Black River Landing
The Black River Historical Society will be hosting “ A Taste of History” from noon until 9 p.m. and will include “A Taste of History” will be “Antiques, Arts and Crafts Show on the River” and “Ohio Wine on the Water” wine tasting. Admission is free for the “Antiques, Arts and Crafts Show on the River.” A few vendor spaces are still available. New vendors are welcome. For more information please call 440-245-2563.
The event is sponsored by the Lorain Port Authority and supported by the Lorain International Festival and Bazaar.
Proceeds to benefit the Black River Historical Society

Pet Fest
August 30th, 2009
Join us for a new event! Pet Fest from 11am-8pm. This event will include pet products, free spay and neutering, food vendors and entertainment. For more information contact Barbara Sipos at (440)864-2645.

Sunday, September 6th
Celebrate Labor Day with local union families and friends from 12-8pm. Enjoy entertainment, games, raffles, prizes & 25 cent hot dogs!

We have History

We have people

We have some of the best views in the World.

The 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independece.

Have a Safe and Happy 4th !!

I suppose it’s time again to “remind” everyone to repeat to their loved ones, neighbors, family, and friends etc.……

• Most burglaries occur during daylight hours and many intruders gain access through open or poorly secured doors and windows. To reduce your chance of becoming a victim of a burglary
• Trim trees and shrubs to eliminate hiding places for thieves
• Keep the exterior of your home well lit, especially where there are doors and windows. Install outside lights equipped with motion detectors to deter burglars and alert others of potential criminal activity
• Make it difficult for an intruder to enter. Be certain your locks are functioning properly; all doors have deadbolts and use them. Make sure windows are locked and cannot be forced open, especially those not in use. Secure the basement and attic windows
• Listen to your voicemail recording, are you announcing you’re not home?
• Leave a radio on and lights on

Situations that have occurred in the city:
• The carjacking and subsequent crash into M & M mower.
At the same time two individuals were going up and down an East Side street knocking on the doors at 12:30 AM asking for money, the homeowners called Police but obviously they were busy with a carjacking with a gun(s) involved.
• A woman’s husband on the way to buy Easter candy the night before Easter was waved over by an individual and asked for a couple of bucks, being the good Samaritan he “was” opened his wallet and handed over a few dollars, the man put his hand in the car window and took his wallet, which contained his cashed paycheck >$700 and took off. He went home and cried all night, couldn’t tell his wife what had happened, she woke up to empty Easter Baskets for their children.
• Seniors have been receiving “unusual” phone calls asking for an individual, at the same time occurrences of breaking and entering have occurred in the neighborhood (could the perpetrators be casing the house, checking to see if someone is home?)

Please do not talk to strangers, your intentions are good, you have the best interests of others in mind, but as soon as you engage they will continue…. It’s too bad we have to react in this manner today, but times are not good and why put yourself at risk. Give to a charity that will help those in need and know it’s going to the proper individuals.

And it wouldn’t hurt to start or become involved with your Neighborhood Block Watch.

I couldn’t find an agenda on the website.

Mr. Smith had submitted this to both local papers, only one published.

June 19, 2009

To the editor,

As the only Lorain school board member to vote NO on a new contract for the superintendent I feel obligated to clearly state my reasons for doing so.  First, if the district does not receive increased funding soon it will run out of money sometime in the next 12 months and state funding for the future is uncertain.

Second, due to the present financial stresses a growing number of citizens living in the school district are facing, passing a levy will be a significant challenge.  Is this the time the board should be spending more public funds? 

What benefits will the superintendent receive under the new contract?  They are:

  * A base salary of $180,000 which will increase by 3% each year starting July 1, 2009.

  * Her required state pension contribution, equal to 10% of base pay, will be board paid.

  * A private annuity in her name, equal to 10% of base pay, will be board paid.

The estimated first year cost of these benefits is $220,480.  This is the amount the state retirement fund considers income for retirement calculations and the board is obligated to pay 14% of this amount, $31,147, into her pension account bringing the total estimated first year salary related cost to $253,927. 

She will also be able to purchase unused sick leave.  The board will purchase one year of service in the state pension plan for each year of the contract.  In addition the board will pay for  $500,000 of term life insurance, a disability income policy, a turnpike pass and reimburse her for reasonable job related expenses.  The cost of these items has yet to be determined.  There is also a “me too provision” which gives her the right to add benefits received by any other school employee, or employees, to her contract if she wishes.

The estimated amount of public funds needed to cover the superintendent’s 5 year contract is $1,331,767.  Add to that the costs yet to be determined, and you can see why I voted NO!  In my opinion it is unfair to the citizens that I, as a board member, represent.

 Jim Smith


Choosing the best man in the world to be their father.frank & jean

Liz & Dad

Happy Father’s Day to all you Dads and especially those men who are Dad’s to other children.

All of you who are fortunate enough to still have their Dad please give him a hug for me, mine is looking out for us from above.