OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio — Keep August 4-7 open this summer.
Welcome to the second Olmsted People’s Heritage Days on these dates. Like last year, the community is invited to bring events, music, food and just good times to all.
Some local activists have attempted this year to revive the original Olmsted Heritage Days festival, which the great and late Clint Williams introduced to the community 30 years ago. They were unable to create the logistics for the parade and other activities in time for 2022.
Enter Jim Wallace, the co-author of the 2010 book, “The Olmsted Story: A Brief History of Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township.” He created the Olmsted People’s Heritage Days last year. It was quite successful, although on a much smaller scale than Clint’s announced celebration. Although he no longer lives here, Jim continues to research Olmsted’s history with great vigor and dedication.
In 2021, Jim asked the community for help. Last year, there was a children’s day at Grace Church in Olmsted Falls, many residents held garage sales, some Bulldog grads celebrated their reunions, Olmsted Kiwanis sponsored his grand- lunch on deck and other events.
“This means encouraging everyone who organizes community events during the weekend of August 4-7 to do so under the Olmsted People’s Heritage Days label. It also means encouraging people who are considering hosting garage sales to schedule them this weekend, as Olmsted Heritage Days has done for many years as the Citywide Garage Sale,” said Jim. “If more people are looking for bargains, everyone who has a yard sale or garage sale will benefit.”
Jim has already scheduled an activity during this time this year which can be considered part of this year’s celebration. This is a historic tour of David Fortier River Park and downtown Olmsted Falls. It will be at 10:30 a.m. on August 6. The tour will begin in the parking lot next to the Harding Memorial Bridge on Main Street and the old Olmsted Falls Library. Jim said it was specifically organized for the 50th Bulldog Class of 1972 Reunion and intended to be part of the Heritage Days activity. However, anyone interested in the history of the community can join the tour. The Class of 1972 will have their reunion with four days of activities, including a visit to Olmsted Falls High School. However, members of the Classes of 1969-1975 are also invited to join the Class of 1972. Bulldog graduates should contact Jim at [email protected] to participate in this special event.
A great activity that has always helped round out the weekend is breakfast on the deck at the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club. He comes back again.
Jim said he was “pleased” last year with the many people who took part in his Olmsted People’s Heritage Days and started creating events under that umbrella last year.
“30 years ago, Clint Williams launched Olmsted Heritage Days shortly after the first stage of his creation of Grand Pacific Junction from old historic buildings that might have been lost without his restoration efforts,” said Jim . “I am grateful to some community leaders for trying to revive Olmsted Heritage Days. Although I wish it had happened this year, perhaps Olmsted People’s Heritage Days could hold its place in the hope that Olmsted Heritage Days could be revived next year . It’s a great way to show off our wonderful community.
So if you have an organization, church, school, anyone who wants to plan an activity for August 4-7, start planning and contact Jim at [email protected] to share your event. Also let this columnist know so we can spread the word that Olmsted People’s Heritage Days are back!
curfew laws: First of all, school is over. Please be careful driving around town as there will be more children outside. I say this in the hope that they are not physically inactive inside.
Second, since the school is closed, children can be out longer and driving on the roads. Our community has curfew hours.
Olmsted Falls curfew laws state that those under the age of 16 must not be out on the streets after 11 p.m. daily. 16 and 17 year olds must leave the street before midnight Monday to Friday. However, they may be absent until 1 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Olmsted Township has more defined curfew times. Those 12 and under, off the street at 10 p.m.; 13 to 15 years old, Sunday to Thursday, 11:30 p.m. and midnight, Friday and Saturday; 16 to 17 years old, Sunday to Thursday, midnight and 1 a.m., Friday and Saturday.
Olmsted Township Police have witnessed vandalism and disturbances after curfew hours – some at 2:30 a.m. Let’s try to find out where our children are and obey local curfew hour laws. This is for the good of our community and everyone’s safety.
New play equipment: Olmsted Falls received $15,000 to install new playground equipment at East River Park. He was awarded the State Investment Budget Prize. State Senator Matt Dolan and State Representative Tom Patton helped secure the award.
The equipment will create a multi-generational/ADA playground, according to a press release. The city will assess the site for further improvements and may consider additional investments in the park.
The $75,000 monetary rewards previously given by the city helped replace playground equipment in the Village Green, which was recently reopened. In that same statement, Mayor James Graven said the community’s “magnificent parks” are one of the city’s “greatest assets.” The city also has more grant applications pending and has requested financial assistance from regional partners at the state and county levels.
If you haven’t walked in one of the community parks, put it on your “to do” list. You might be surprised at what you find.
Garage sales: Discover several garage sales during the Lake of the Falls Condominium garage sale which takes place on June 16, 17 and 18. Several Residents may have that valuable item you were looking for. The sales start at 9:00 a.m. each day. The development is off Sprague Road between Usher Road and Fernwood Drive.
Congratulations to Kampus: Regina Edgington has been named to the President’s list for the spring at Saint Francis University. Students earning this honor must have full-time status with at least a 4.0 GPA over 12 or more credits during that semester.
Mount Union University honored local residents for being named to its Dean’s List for the spring semester. They are Delaney Allan, Chase Filicko, Mia Marsico, Meghan Sheneman and Logan Toth. Students must have completed at least 12 credit hours while earning at least a 3.55 GPA with no letter grade lower than B.
Congratulations to these beautiful students.
Coming: Hi parents. Why not bring your kids to Olmsted Township Cafe with the Chefs this month? It would be a great way to get to know their law and fire officials in a very friendly way. It’s 9-10 a.m. June 24 at the Olmsted Township Fire Station, Cook and Fitch Roads.
The annual Vietnam Veterans Remembrance Day is at 5:30 p.m. on June 25 at the Village Green, corner of Columbia Road and Water Street. After this patriotic event, cross the covered pedestrian bridge and enjoy music and refreshments, courtesy of the town of Olmsted Falls.
Save your documents and bring them to the Community Shredding Day on June 25 in front of City Hall. He will accept material from 9 a.m. to noon.
Visit Rockin’ at the Rift from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on June 25. The Rift offers 65 vendors under one roof at Mill River Plaza. Enjoy discounts and shows from The Bakers Basement and 351 Cleveland.
The QS Jazz group will open the city’s monthly summer concerts at East River Park from 6-8 p.m. in June. 26. Bring lawn chairs and enjoy the music. Grand Pacific Popcorn and Clementine’s will be there for some of their favorite delicious creations. The park is at 7878 Lewis Road, across from the cemetery.
Vintage Marketplace runs from noon to 5 p.m. on June 26 in downtown Olmsted Falls. Take advantage of any sellers who have unique pieces that might work for you, your home or others.
Information, please: To include news, information, honors or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at [email protected]. She is also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the section on cleveland.com/olmsted has direct links to many news articles.