The 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

January 2005    

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 high school.
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.

Central Park
Master Plan
Public Meeting
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 park.
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 (, 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

Peggy Cummins
Named 2005
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 Available
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 Information Center.
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 further information

How do you get to Carnegie Hall?
YPAS Orchestra
Seeks Funds

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 ago).
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 patterns noted.
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.


She’s back!
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 Music.
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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