Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 25, Issue 12
2004 OLNC/OLIC Officer and
OLIC Board Nominees
The following candidates
were nominated for OLNC/OLIC officers and OLIC Board members at the November 25,
2003, OLNC Board meeting:
Neighborhood Council and Information Center Officers:
Chair: No nomination at press time
Vice Chair: Joan Stewart
Secretary: Jan Morris
Treasurer Rhonda Williams
Information Center Board:
Elections will take place at the OLNC general meeting at 7PM on Thursday,
December 18, in the Old Louisville Information Center. All OLNC members are
eligible to vote. Membership is defined as one who pays dues directly to the
Council or is a member of a neighborhood association that is a member of the
The Nominating Committee was chaired by Zane Lockhart and included Peggy
Cummins, Dot Wade, and Rhonda Williams.
Additional nominations will be allowed from the floor on Dec.18.
Thursday, December 18, 2003, 7pm
Old Louisville Information Center
Join us for
elections, camaraderie, and holiday refreshments.
Old Louisville Applies for Weed and
Old Louisville may soon join the
Shelby Park and Smoketown neighborhoods as part of the Operation Weed and Seed
program, administered by the U.S. Department of Justice. The Metro Louisville
Department of Neighborhoods has submitted a proposal to have Old Louisville
designated as a site for the program. If this is approved, the neighborhood will
be eligible for funds late next year.
A steering committee comprised of
neighbors met with Department of Neighborhood personnel and representratives
from the U.S. Attorney’s office in early October to discuss the proposed
strategy for the program. The steering committee began prioritizing goals for
the program. Among those goals are improving street lighting, increasing bike
patrols, limiting package liquor stores, increasing the number of two-way
streets, controlling public intoxication, parking, and loud noise.
Operation Weed and Seed is and
innovative and comprehensive multi-agency approach to law enforcement, crime
prevention, and community revitalization. It is a strategy which aims to
prevent, control, and reduce crime in designated neighborhoods. The strategy
involves a two-pronged approach: law enforcement agencies and prosecutors
cooperate in "weeding out" criminals who participate in violent crime
and drug abuse, attempting to prevent their return to the targeted area; and
"seeding" emphasizes human services in the area.
A community-oriented policing component bridges weeding and seeding strategies.
Officers obtain information from area residents for weeding efforts while they
aid residents in obtaining information about community revitalization and
seeding resources. In a time of budget constraints, the program would provide,
among other things, much-needed overtime pay for the Fifth District for more
policing in the neighborhood.
From the Past:
25th Anniversary of the Old
Louisville Journal, 1978-2003:
We’re Gonna Party
Like it’s 1982!
An Ad Hoc
Committee of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council has begun plans for a
New Year’s Eve Party on December 31, 1982, at the Kling Center, 219 W.
Ormsby Ave. Beer, set-ups (soft drinks, ice, etc.), and a live band will
be provided. Merry-makers will need to bring their own brand of liquid
spirits and munchable foods. The informal gathering will begin at 9:00 PM
and go on until 1:00 AM New Years Day. A small per person charge will
cover the band and clean-up expenses. If you are interested in helping us
plan for the New Year’s Eve Bash, please contact the Information Center
staff and a meeting will be arrange to finalize all the details sometime
Editor’s note: The above
article, from the December, 1982, issue of the Old Louisville Neighborhood
Council Newsletter, concludes the yearlong observance of the OL Journal’s
25th anniversary. Although no New Year’s Eve party is planned this year,
the officers and staff of the Old Louisville Information Center wish
everyone a happy holiday season and a healthy, prosperous 2004.
Letter to the Editor
Letter to the
I wholeheartedly agree with Richard Lowrimore’s letter last month
concerning litter in Old Louisville. In citing the top three worst areas,
I would like to add one more: entering Old Louisville after crossing
Cardinal on Second Street. I live close to DuPont Manual High School, Noe
Middle School, and the University of Louisville, and when school is in
session, the litter increases in disgusting proportions.
Have you ever looked
for "NO LITTERING SIGNS?" Well, I have, and I haven’t been
able to find any. I wrote to the Mayor requesting some signs on Second
Street close to the schools. Someone was sent to the neighborhood to
inspect, and I was told litter did not appear to be a problem. One reason
may be that I am constantly cleaning up litter in my block. I was also
told that the Mayor is planning on doing a campaign against litter, but
when, I don’t know.
Yes, I agree the
clean-up should be part of our tax dollars. When there is a special event
going on in Old Louisville, many of the residents are out there cleaning
up, making our area beautiful for the visitors. Personally, as a resident,
I would like to see the area clean at all times, not just when people are
coming in from other areas of the county and state.
So, what is the
solution to this problem? Hefty fines could be one. If the city cannot
afford to staff for such clean up, then why not have some of the prisoners
(non-violent) in our jail earn their keep by putting them in a clean-up
crew? I have seen them many times on our interstates, doing this type of
I urge you to call,
write, or email the Mayor concerning this problem. You may also want to
mention the high crime rate in this area, which was featured in a story on
WHAS recently. This is a bigger problem that must be addressed.
Old Louisville Resident
Letter to the
et. al !
Chris Eagan &
Allison Scott-Eagan w/ ReMax Connections, the long time neighborhood
residents from down on Hill Street by St. James Ct, once again writing to
discuss the "Litter Problem."
This is a problem
that Richard Lowrimore has raised in e-mails to everyone, together with
letters to the Old Louisville Journal, but it’s nothing new.... For the
21 yrs+ that we’ve been in the neighborhood, LITTER has ALWAYS been a
problem in Old Louisville.
But, while out
walking the neighborhood showing property recently (or perhaps it was just
on one of our daily walks with the Labradors; I can’t remember); we came
up with what we believe just might be the PERFECT solution to this
neighborhood "Litter Problem":
First of all, it
must be acknowledged that PEOPLE cause LITTER. Wherever there are people,
there is GOING to be Litter; simple as that. So, if you acknowledge that,
it only stands to reason that MORE people cause MORE LITTER..... i.e. a 10
or 20 unit Apartment Building is going to produce FAR more Litter than a
single family home.
Secondly, it must be acknowledged that it is a natural tendency &
inclination of most people to care for what they own, try to take care of
same & keep same clean"..... Conversely, it’s a natural
tendency & inclination of most people to have utter disregard for what
they DON’T own. It’s the classic "Tragedy of Commons"
So, if you accept
these 2 premises as valid, it only stands to reason (you should see where
we’re headed with this...) that THE APARTMENT BUILDINGS IN THE
NEIGHBORHOOD PRODUCE THE BULK OF THE LITTER IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD!!
Granted, not all
single family owner-occupants are "Neat Freaks" or saints; far
from it. But, if you walk the alley between St. James Ct. & the 1400
Block of 4th (or ANYWHERE ELSE in the neighborhood), you’ll see what we
mean: it’s not the single family homes with huge piles of crap behind
them & beer bottles on the lawn, etc., etc.. It’s the APARTMENT
buildings: PARTICULARLY the ones that contain large numbers of units &
house the frat boys, the college kids, the "Slumlord"-owned,
small, low-income rental units, etc., etc.
residents of these places are going to tend to have more rowdy parties
filled with even MORE people who don’t care about "junking up"
So, if all we’ve
stated is recognized as true, the solution seems simple....
should be pushed to hire street cleaners for the Old Louisville
neighborhood, who would come through at least once weekly & pick up
all the litter, push people’s trash cans back onto their lots, generally
tidy up the area, etc., etc.
Rather than further
burdening the strained Metro budget, the COST of these weekly street
cleaners’ activity would be borne by a new tax that the City would
assess every property owner in the district & the amount of the tax
would be on a graduated scale depending on how many RENTAL units are in
each structure, with LANDLORDS with a higher amount of apartment units in
their buildings being required to pay a higher percentage of the tax than
Single Family Residential owner-occupants.
As these landlords
of high-unit-concentration buildings are bringing these people to the
neighborhood who trash it, shouldn’t it be only fair that these same
landlords bear the brunt of the cost of CLEANING UP the neighborhood? Don’t
This is just an IDEA
that we’ve come up with.... an idea that obviously needs considerable
refinement. But, please let us know what you think of the idea.
If enough people out
there think the idea sounds valid, maybe we can meet and agree on a
specific proposal based on that idea, form it into a petition, and then go
to the City with the proposal and push it through.
So, let us know what
you think.... We’d love all your feedback.
Thanks & Very
Chris & Allison Egan
Louisville Hiking Club
Looking for a little
exercise during the holiday season? Most Saturdays, you can find the
Louisville Hiking Club meeting in Central Park, at Magnolia and St. James
Court. In addition to providing excellent exercise, it is an excellent
opportunity to meet new friends and to see some of the beautiful scenery
you may be missing from your car.
Buses leave at 2pm on most Saturdays from Central Park. The Club walks
many parks in the Louisville area, as well as other areas of Kentucky and
Indiana. Information on hiking spots can be found in the Friday Courier
Journal Weekend Extra under "Active Sports."
For more information
about hikes scheduled for December, contact Bob Copley (458-4226) or Al
Winslow (944-1155), or check their website at www.louisvillehiking.org.
Turn-of-the-Century on St. James
At Caldwell Hall
Sunday, January 25, 3-5 pm and Thursday, January 29, 7-9 pm
Literature, Transportation, Lodging,
Style, Entertainment, Food
More details to come
A magnificent overcup oak tree in
Central Park reaches for the sky on a late November afternoon.
Gone With the Wind
Piles of brown leaves on
lawns, sidewalks, and streets are all that remain of the summer foliage. Those
leaves can be slippery and dangerous to pedestrians, and they can clog the
grates of storm sewers and cause street flooding in downpours.
It is the responsibility
of property owners to perform general maintenance to the middle of the street
and back alley of their property.
Help keep Old
Louisville safe and attractive by raking your leaves and bagging them for yard
waste recycling on Wednesdays, or add them to your compost heap.
First Unitarian Church Conducts
Christmas Eve Vespers
The public is invited to the 65th
annual Christmas Eve service on December 24 at 4:30 PM. at the First Unitarian
Church at Fourth and York Streets.
The Prelude (first half hour)
includes instrumental and vocal solos by some of the fine musicians from the
church, including: Gary Falk, saxophone; Susie Onwood, cello; Bernie Schweikart,
jazz piano; and Heidi Singer, vocalist.
The expanded Vesper Choir will
process to a medieval plainsong from Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, accompanied
by harpist, Rozanna Thompson. Among other choral anthems will be an original
composition, "When a Child is Born," accompanied by the composer,
Frank Richmond. The Women’s Chorus will sing a German lullaby by Max Reger.
Interspersed will be readings and familiar carols to be sung by all, accompanied
by Lisa Reynolds, instrumentalist.
The service will include a child
dedication ceremony, a candlelit ritual, and concludes with a burning of the
Yule Log in the courtyard. Seasonal refreshments will follow.
St. Peter’s Evangelical United Church of Christ
1225 West Jefferson Street
Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service beginning at
Wednesday, December 24
St. Peter’s providesoff street parking.
for further information
They are finally here!
At long last,
fifteen new park benches and trash cans have been installed in Central Park.
These benches and
cans were purchased through the generosity of Old Louisville individuals and
neighborhood associations, Metro Council Representative George Unseld, the
Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, and matching funds from Metro Parks.
The fifteen Central
Park settees are reproductions of the benches originally introduced into New
York Central Park in 1858. The fifteen Bethesda-series trash cans feature a
graceful outward curve at the top.
Mariah Cummins, Old Louisville
Information Center Administrative Assistant, tries out one of the
recently-installed park benches, and examines one of the new litter baskets in
Sena Jeter Naslund to Read
Selections from New Novel
at The Filson Tuesday, December 9, Noon
Author Sena Jeter
Naslund returns to The Filson this holiday season to read selected works from
her new novel, "Four Spirits" on Tuesday, December 9, at noon. A
follow-up to her highly acclaimed "Ahab’s Wife," historical novel
"Four Spirits" is centered around the 1963 church bombing that killed
four black girls in Birmingham, Alabama.
southern Christmas in 1963 amid the civil rights struggle and the country’s
changing racial climate. The novel will be available for purchase and signing
after the program.
A native of
Birmingham, Naslund’s novel is a complex and intriguing work set in her
hometown during the height of the Civil Rights era. Naslund is the Distinguished
Teaching Professor at the University of Louisville and the program director of
Spalding University’s brief-residency Master of Fine Arts in Writing.
Since its founding
in 1884, The Filson Historical Society has worked to preserve the collective
memory of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley and the Upper South. The Filson Historical
Society is located at 1310 South Third Street. Call 502-635-5083 for further
Holiday Safety Tips
During the hustle
and bustle of the holiday season, we should always keep safety in mind.
The Louisville Metro Police Department 5th District would like to give you
a few quick safety hints:
Always take items in
from the car or lock them in the truck out of sight. Our number one
problem in the Old Louisville area is theft from auto.
Make sure you don’t
carry large amounts of cash. This is the season when robberies are at
their peak. Carry a credit card, and put it in your front pocket. This way
you stand a decreased chance of being pick pocketed. Ladies, let’s leave
the purses at home. This is just one more thing to be grabbed, taken, or
left during the confusion of the season. A credit card can be shut down
immediately and traced when used. When cash is stolen, it’s just gone.
When on your all-day
holiday shopping marathon, be mindful of where you park and who’s in the
parking lot. If you park early in the morning or afternoon and plan to
shop into the evening hours, be sure to park where there will be plenty of
light and foot traffic upon leaving the store. If you see someone who
looks suspicious in the parking lot or store, tell store employees so they
can call security, or call us at 574-7111. Most stores will provide an
escort to your car upon request, so don’t hesitate to ask.
burglaries increase during holiday seasons also. Take extra care to leave
extra lights on, inside and out your home. Lighting is a cheap way of
deterring criminals. It’s only a few cents a day to keep porch lights on
all night long. Burglars feel that people will see them and that they are
more vulnerable; they’re right. The police and people who pass by are
more apt to see what is going on with lighting.
Make sure you lock
your doors and windows, and if you go to visit family or relatives, call
the Fifth District and request a free house watch. For more information,
call 574-7010. You should also let a trusted neighbor know you’re
leaving so they can be an extra set of eyes and ears.
As soon as possible,
all new electrical goods and valuables should have identifying numbers
recorded or engraved, and pictures and appraisals should be done for
jewelry and other such items. This will insure that if you are a victim,
the police have something to trace your property to you when recovered.
Last but not least,
don’t drink and drive. We want you to enjoy a safe, accident-free
holiday. If you see a friend who has had too much to drink, don’t let
him or her drive. Call a cab or have a sober friend drive home.
The Fifth District Louisville Metro Police Department wishes everyone a
safe, fun, crime-free holiday season!
Corner: Food is Love
The holidays are a favorite time
for reminiscing. The decorations from years gone by are brought out and family
rituals like baking and caroling put us in touch with holidays past in a way
that we want to carry on to future generations. Even though I would never eat
a mincemeat pie, I love the way it makes the house smell when it bakes. The
special foods of the holidays help us really dig deeply into our memory banks.
Recipes given by a treasured friend, rich dishes forbidden the rest of the
year but savored during these special times, and the old standbys that make
the holidays the holidays, all of these make us look back with nostalgia and
to the future with good spirit.
For the holiday edition of Cooks’
Corner we feature some of the classic recipes from the holiday files of Old
Joan Stewart, an Ouerbacker Court
resident, recalls an English trifle recipe. This dessert is memorable to her
not only because of its tastiness but also because of its source. It was given
to Joan years ago by one of her special students at Manual who later attended
the Air Force Academy.
All Seasons Lemon Fruit Trifle
1-1/4 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
8 oz. low fat lemon yogurt
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp. grated lemon peel
8 oz. frozen whipped topping or 2 cups sweetened whipped cream
Mix the first four ingredients and then fold in topping or cream and set
Cake: Either make an angel food cake according to directions or use a
bought cake. Cut cake into one inch cubes. Joan sometimes adds a little lemon
pound cake to the mix.
Wash and drain your favorite fruits. If using large fruits, cut into bite size
pieces. Joan likes to use berries, mandarin oranges, and sliced kiwi fruit.
Need approximately 5 – 6 cups of mixed fruits.
To Assemble: Using large trifle bowl begin with a layer of 1/3 of the
cake, then 1/3 of the fruit, then 1/3 of the cream mixture. Alternate these
two more times. Joan usually garnishes the last cream layer on top with
pineapple, kiwi, and mint leaves. She says to let the trifle set for at least
an hour before serving.
From 6th Street Sam Dorr contributes two recipes for soups that have been
requested repeatedly as a part of his holiday fare. Served the first time
around these are delicious meal starters and, even better, they make great
comfort food to come home to on a cold winter’s night.
Sam writes, " This first soup is a cream of peanut soup that we
introduced at the Holiday House Tour Victorian Tea in 1996. I wish I could say
that I created it, but alas I cannot. The soup comes from the Williamsburg
Cookbook published in 1971 by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. It is a
wonderful soup that can add a creative flair to any dinner party.
King’s Arms Tavern Cream of Peanut Soup
1 medium onion
3 tbsps. all purpose flour
2 ribs celery
2cups smooth peanut butter
¼ cup butter
2 quarts chicken (preferably
1 ¾ cups light cream chopped peanuts
Sauté onion and celery in butter until soft, but not brown. Stir in flour
until well blended. Add chicken stock, stirring constantly, and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and rub
through a sieve. Add peanut butter and cream, stirring to blend thoroughly.
Return to low heat, but do not boil, until ready to serve. Garnish with
Sam writes, "This recipe will serve 10-12 people. For the Tea we made 400
servings. I couldn’t look at peanut butter for a year afterwards!" Sam
continues, "I introduced the next soup at the Victorian Tea in 1992. It
was warmly received and numerous people have asked for the recipe over the
years. It is also not my original creation but rather appeared in the old
Courier-Journal Magazine issued November 24, 1988 under the title, "A
Victorian Christmas." It is easy and can be made the day before it is to
4 tbsps. butter
½ lb. carrots peeled and chopped
2 oz. chopped bacon or country ham
½ cup flour
1 ½ lbs. fresh or canned tomatoes
1 tsp. thyme
2 14 ½ oz. cans chicken broth
salt and pepper to taste
pinch of sugar cream or sour cream
Melt the butter in a large pot and cook the carrots and bacon (or country ham)
covered about 20 minutes. Add the flour and cook 2-3 minutes more, stirring
occasionally. Meanwhile, open the tomatoes. If not already chopped, do so. Add
the canned tomatoes to the pot along with
the thyme. Cook
about 30 minutes more. Being very careful and working in batches, place in
blender and puree until smooth. Return to pot. Add the chicken broth along
with 1 can water. Return to the boil, adding salt, pepper and your pinch
of sugar. At this point you may remove it from the heat, cool it, and
store it in the refrigerator until needed. When ready to serve, slowly
reheat it. Serve the soup in large bowls garnished with cream or sour
Sam writes, "The recipe serves 6 people, but I think they are rather
skimpy servings. Since the recipe doubles, triples, quadruples, etc.
easily, I would suggest at least doubling it. What is left over you can
enjoy by the fire with a good book!"
Susan Rostov of Ormsby Court contributes a recipe from her holidays past
with a good Jewish mother story. "My mother and her friend were in
charge of making the kugel for a fund raising dinner at our synagogue.
Mother, whose cooking was widely known and respected, cooked without a
recipe. But that was for family. In the case of the fund raiser, she had
to use sixty-five pounds of noodles! That was a little difficult to
season, so she was forced to make a recipe. I’m grateful for that and
hope you will be too. Noodle kugel is an excellent dish for a brunch or
even served hot as a dessert."
½ lb. thin noodles, cooked and drained
Mix all of the following ingredients;
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cottage cheese
½ stick melted butter
6 tbsps. sugar
1 tsp. salt
cinnamon to taste
Add the cooked noodles to the sour cream mixture. Bake at 350 in a greased
8x8 square pan for an hour or until browned.
Another holiday challenge is the making of leftovers which don’t really
seem like leftovers. I have two such recipes from my collection which are
a favorite in my West St. Catherine Street household. The first is a
turkey casserole that incorporates many of the turkey trimmings. Sometimes
I make this from scratch without the benefit of leftovers because my crew
likes it so much.
3 -4 cups leftover turkey (make use of the scraps that are not really
1 family size can cream of mushroom soup (if you have leftover gravy
include it here)
2 cans mushrooms drained (stems and pieces)
2 cans mixed Chinese vegetables drained (I usually use LaChoy brand but
whatever you use make sure they include water chestnuts for a good crunch)
6 cups leftover stuffing (can supplement by adding in Stovetop Stuffing)
Spread a layer of ½ of the stuffing over the bottom of a 9x13 pan or
casserole dish. Mix together the soup/gravy, mushrooms, and Chinese
vegetables and spread ½ of this mixture over the stuffing layer. Layer
all the turkey pieces over this. Spread the rest of the soup mixture over
the turkey, and finish with a top layer of the remaining stuffing. Bake in
a 350 over for ½ hour or until brown on top.
This can be
assembled ahead of time, refrigerated, and cooked for slightly longer if
you want to plan ahead for a busy day.
My second recipe for holiday leftovers I got from a rather kooky PBS
cooking show, Amish Cooking from Quilt Country. It uses up those leftover
ham scraps and is great served as a holiday dip with cocktail rye. It is
also a good Super Bowl Sunday dish in that its best accompaniment is beer.
Spread on rye bread and toasted it makes a very good reuben. Don’t
worry, they’ll never know it’s sauerkraut!
Amish Ham Spread
3 cans sauerkraut drained and rinsed (use a hearty not sweetened
variety, like Stokley’s)
2 cups ham scraps (again the not "sandwich worthy")
1 cup grated swiss cheese
¾ cup mayonnaise
2 tbsps. Dijon mustard
2 tsps. caraway seeds
Chop ham or pulse briefly in food processor (don’t over process). Turn
out into a bowl and mix in other ingredients. I’ll sometimes fill a
hollowed round of rye or pumpernickel with this dip to take to parties.
Best wishes for your holiday cooking and family gatherings from Cooks’
Association Chairperson Number
1300 S. Third Street
Chuck Anderson 636-3396
Belgravia Court Hank
Central Park West Penny
Conerstone Area Ron
Fourth Street Dot Wade
Garvin Gate Norma Laufer
Ouerbacker’s Arts &
Crafts Jeff Schooler
OLB&PA Gary Kleier
Old Louisville Shalom
Com. Peter Barnes-Davies 634-9694
St. James Court Louise
Second Street Jerry
Third Street Mary Martin
Toonerville Ken Cordle
Treyton Oaks Jane LaPin
West St. Catherine Street
Rhonda Williams 584-9231
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