Old Louisville Journal
A Monthly Summary of
News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation
Volume 27, Issue 1
New Officers Chosen to
Lead Neighborhood in 2005
Chuck Anderson was elected Chair of the Old
Louisville Neighborhood Council and Information Center at
elections held in December. Ken Herndon was elected Vice Chair;
Jan Morris, Secretary; and Rhonda Williams, Treasurer.
Chuck has served as President and Secretary of the 1300 South
Third Street Neighborhood Association and has been active in
that association’s participation in the Saint James Court Art
Show. In 2004 he chaired the OLNC Zoning and Land Use Committee,
served on the Property Improvement Committee and the OLIC
Holiday House Tour Committee.
Chuck is Vice President and Director of Operations of the
Louisville office of Strand Associates, Inc., a consulting
engineering firm. He has been the President of the local chapter
of the Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers and is
currently State Director for that organization. He served as
State Chair of the organization’s MATHCOUNTS program which
introduces mathematics to students in grades 6, 7, and 8. With
two other engineers, he conducts a club that introduces
engineering to students at Phyllis Wheatley Elementary School.
Chuck is currently the President of the local alumni chapter of
the University of Wisconsin. Chuck is married to Sheelah. They
have three children.
Ken Herndon is the Executive Director of the Louisville Downtown
Management District. He is a former President of the Original
Highlands Neighborhood Association, former President of the
Louisville Forum, former VP of Kids Voting in Jefferson County,
former member of the Kentucky Commission on Volunteerism and
Community Service, former member of 2nd District Police Advisory
Board, and served as the original Co-Chair of the Fairness
Campaign. He recently ran for the State Senate in the 35th
District, which includes Old Louisville. Ken was a graphic
designer for 17 years and ran his own firm for 12 years. Ken and
his partner, Paul Wilkes, moved to Old Louisville last May.
Jan Morris, the perennial and valued OLNC/OLIC Secretary, is an
attorney and an active member of the Second Street Neighborhood
Association. Jan is married to Nancy Gall-Clayton. They have
twin sons, Joshua and James, who are sophomores at Bard College
and Oberlin College, respectively. Jan was a Scoutmaster for the
Boy Scouts from 1980 until 2003, when his sons graduated from
Rhonda Williams begins her second year as Treasurer. She is a
closing agent for Dominion Homes. Rhonda is President of the
West Saint Catherine Street Neighborhood Association and has led
that association’s litterati in weekly litter cleanups. She was
instrumental in organizing the Victorian Ghost Tour last
October, and is a long-time and reliable volunteer at numerous
neighborhood events, especially the Holiday House Tour Gift
Boutique. Rhonda is married to Michael Williams.
Old Louisville Information
Center Board Elected
Leah Stewart, Gary Kleier, Karen Keller, Madonna Wilson, and Peggy
Cummins were elected to the 2005 OLIC Board of Directors at
elections held in December.
on January 27
Preliminary concepts developed for the Central Park Master Plan
will be presented and discussed at a public meeting on Thursday,
January 27, 2005, from 7-9 PM in Caldwell Hall at the
Conrad/Caldwell House Museum.
The meeting will emphasize both short and long term plans for the
Herb Fink, landscape architect, will conduct the meeting. Herb, who
is also chair of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council Property
Improvement Committee, is working on the plan with Martin Koepke,
master planner, and Jim Searing, architect.
Susan Rademaker, Metro Parks Assistant Director for Planning and
Design, will arrange for a display of the plans in the Old
Louisville Information Center beginning on January 13, 2005. The
plans will be available for viewing during Information Center
business hours, Tuesdays-Fridays, 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.
New OLNC/OLIC Officers: from left, Chuck Anderson,
Ken Herndon, Jan Morris, Rhonda Williams.
2004 Holiday House Tour
“The Mansions of Central Park”
a fabulous record-breaking success!
The first weekend in December of 2004 was a
fabulously successful weekend for our Old Louisville neighborhood.
Not only did we, the residents of our neighborhood, have beautiful
weather to enjoy, we were host to thousands of visitors who reveled
in the splendor of our awesome place where we live, work, and play.
The tour could not have occurred without the homeowners, who
graciously opened their homes to our guests. The 2004 HHT
Homeowners, Suzy and Larry Palmer, Jain Hain, Barb and Lou Townsend,
Mark Eliason, Lori and Ed Turley, Gayle and Herb Warren, Candace and
Mike Miligan, Sam Dorr and Charles Raith, and the wonderful
Conrad/Caldwell House, deserve a rousing THANK YOU.
The Sponsors——DON DRISKELL, the MAJOR SPONSOR, along with Adept
Construction, Economy Aquatic Gardens, Jacob Plumbing, Mary Martin,
Nick Wathen, Oak Street Hardware, Oscar’s Hardware, Raindog’s Salon,
and Teddy Gordon helped defray the expenses of “putting on the
tour”. A huge THANK YOU to the aforementioned.
Thanks to the DuPont Mansion Bed and Breakfast for hosting the
kickoff cocktail party for the homeowners, sponsors and committee.
It was elegantly fabulous. Thanks go to George Unseld for the
printing of the brochure, Madonna Wilson and Rhonda Williams for
organizing and staffing the fabulous Gift Boutique, Cochran School
for the parking lot, Doug Wilson for the drawings of the homes, my
students from duPont Manual Magnet High School who worked diligently
to do whatever was needed…picking up litter…emptying garbage
cans…walking the route delivering messages… staffing the will-call
ticket table … jumping … whatever …Keith Mitchum for the cool
website (www.oldlouisville.org), and to the 250+ volunteers who were
docents in homes, drove vans, staffed the Gift Boutique, the Ticket
Table, the hospitality room— what would we have done without you—you
are “priceless.” Again, THANK YOU one and all.
This event would not be possible without the work of the House Tour
Committee, Madonna Wilson, John Sistarenik, Debbie Powers, Mike
Murphy, David McNease, Mary Martin, Zane Lockhart, Don Driskell,
Peggy Cummins, Sheelah Anderson, and Chuck Anderson. THANK YOU,
THANK YOU, THANK YOU.
Sometime in January the final numbers will be available concerning
the Tour. So, if you are interested, come by the Center and see the
final tabulation of a record shattering fundraiser.
Joan Stewart, Chair
2004 Holiday House Tour Committee
Holiday House Tour Chair
Peggy Cummins was appointed the chair of the 2005 Holiday
House Tour Committee by John Sistarenik on December 7, 2004.
Peggy has been an active member of the Holiday House Tour
Committee for several years. She also serves as a board
member of the Old Louisville Information Center. She is a
professor of history and political science at Jefferson
Community College, Downtown Campus.
Liquor Barn, the title sponsor of the 2004 Saint James Court
Art Show, has the right of refusal of title sponsorship for
the next four years.
The December OL Journal article on Susan Coleman’s
resignation from the Art Show was incorrect on this point.
Centennial Dinner Photos
Photographs taken by Shelly Zeiden Freund and Gary Kleier at
the Central Park Centennial Dinners on October 16, 2004, are
available for perusal and purchase at the Old Louisville
Orders will be taken for 4x6 and 8x10 color prints at $2.00
and $3.75 respectively.
Also available are photos of the 2004 Holiday House Tour
taken by Gary Kleier.
Dismas House Seeks Used Books
Dismas House is looking for used books, hard or soft back, for its
residents. Most anything can be of interest, including old school
books since some residents are studying for their GED. Current
magazines can also be donated.
Donations can be taken directly to Dismas House, 124 West Oak
Street, and dropped off inside at the security desk.
Contact Barbara Strahm, Dismas House Director, at 634-3608 for
How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
The Philharmonia Orchestra of the Youth Performing Arts High School
has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall on Sunday, June 12 ,
2005. This is an extraordinary honor for the city of Louisville and
the state of Kentucky that a public high school orchestra would be
good enough to receive an invitation to perform in the most
prestigious concert hall in the United States.
To help raise the funds that it will take to send these talented
players to New York City, the YPAS Orchestra will have a Silent
Auction/Concert on February 1, 2005 from 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. at the
Cathedral of the Assumption, 443 South Fifth Street. Tickets will be
available at the Youth Performing Arts School (485 -8355 ). Contact
Dr. Denine LeBlanc to donate a silent auction item at 435-2728 or
Old Louisville Crime and Safety Report:
Fourth Division - Sector One
by: Lt. Michael Brandon
Overview: Sector One, comprised of Beat One and Beat Two,
showed an overall drop in crime of approximately 33.6 percent.
Most of the decreases were in the property crime categories
(criminal mischief to, and thefts from, autos and misdemeanor
thefts). The information below compares the two week period of
December 5-18 2004, and the two week period immediately
following, December 19, 2004 through January 1, 2005.
Beat One (Old Louisville area bounded by Broadway and
Hill and I-65 and Ninth Street)
Assaults: All categories of assaults remain at zero for
the most current two week period.
Auto Theft and thefts from autos: Auto theft increased
from 8 to 15. The affected area is bounded by First and
Fifth/Garvin streets and St. Catherine and Ormsby streets. 8 of
10 auto thefts and 1 break-in to auto occurred in this area.
Three of the auto thefts occurred on Ormsby Street. Most of the
cars were older (late 70’s – early 90’s) and American made. At
least two were left running unattended when they were stolen.
Thefts from vehicles, both misdemeanor and felony, decreased
significantly from 5 felonies to 2 and 6 misdemeanors to 1.
Burglaries: Residential burglaries showed a small
increase over the previous two week period from 4 to 6 (although
this is down from the previous report a month ago). Five of the
six offenses occurred between December 20th and 23rd. Most of
the offenses occurred between 12 noon and midnight. No toher
patterns noted at this time. Burglary 3 increased slightly from
1 to 3 (although this is down from the previous report a month
Criminal Mischief: Offenses dropped from 8 to 5.
Criminal Mischief to Auto: Misdemeanor CM to autos
dropped from 7 to 4 reported offenses.
Robbery: There was one reported robbery 1st offense that
occurred in the 1100 block of So. Third Street.
Theft by unlawful taking, over $300 and under $300 (TBUT
O/U): There were 2 felony thefts reported for this beat and
1 misdemeanor thefts in the last two weeks. (A slight decrease
from the previous two week period).
Beat Two (German-Paristown, Schnitzelburg, St. Joseph,
Old Louisville south of Hill Street)
Assaults: There were zero reported assaults (of any type)
for the entire four week period.
Auto Thefts and thefts from autos: Auto thefts totaled 5,
but were widely scattered. Four of the offenses occurred on
December 25th and 26th. Once again the majority was older and
American made. Thefts from cars - there was a significant drop
in both felony and misdemeanor thefts (11 down to 1 and 11 down
to 3 respectively).
Burglaries: Burglary numbers (13 residential – 10
garage/shed) stayed consistent with previous analysis periods.
There is one area of concern noted in the Germantown area
bordered by Goss, Lydia, McHenry and Hickory. Four of the
residential and one of the garage break-ins occurred in this
area between the 19th and 23rd of December. No other significant
Criminal Mischief: There were zero reported offenses for
CM 1 and CM 2. CM 3 decreased slightly from 3 to 1.
Criminal Mischief to Auto: CMA 1 remained at zero. CMA 2
up slightly from 0 to 2. CMA 3 down from 4 to 2 offenses. These
numbers are down significantly for the second month in a row.
Robbery: Robbery 1 decreased from 3 reported offenses to
zero. There was 1 reported robbery 2 offense (a theft from the
cash drawer of a business).
TBUT O/U: Felony offenses increased slightly from 1 to 2.
However misdemeanor thefts decreased significantly from 7 to 1.
Office Tara Long
Returns to Old Louisville
Applause greeted the announcement at the December meeting of the
Old Louisville Neighborhood Council that Officer Tara Long was
returning as the Louisville Metro Police Fourth Division
Resource Officer for the Old Louisville neighborhood.
Tara held the position for 11 years prior to being reassigned to
the southern portion of the Fourth Division last fall.
Was it just a dream?
The 1200 block of Sixth Street
after the December 22, 2004, snowstorm.
Holiday Fun: from left, Norma Laufer, Bob Laufer, Jean Crowe,
and David McGuire enjoy themselves
at the Garvin Gate progressive dinner party
on December 13, 2004.
The Los Angeles Piano Quartet
with Kurt Ollmann
Performs on February 6
The Chamber Music Society of Louisville will
present The Los Angeles Piano Quartet with Kurt Ollmann,
baritone, at 3 pm on Sunday, February 6, 2005, in the Margaret
Comstock Concert Hall at the University of Louisville School of
Bold, exhilarating performances and exploration of interesting
repertoire have earned The Los Angeles Piano Quartet
international stature as a premier ensemble. They are returning
to Louisville after a debut for the Society in February, 2002.
The program will include the Piano Quartet in E-flat Major, Op.
16 by Beethoven and Piano Quartet in C Minor, Op. 15 by Faure.
Kurt Ollmann will join the Quartet in the centerpiece of the
program, Santa Fe Songs by Ned Rorem. Mr. Ollmann came to
prominence as a protégé of Leonard Bernstein. He has sung opera
and vocal recitals throughout the world. He performed a Mahler
lieder recital for the Society in November, 2002.
For tickets and information call 852-6907.
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