The 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 4

April 2003

Herb Fink Honored for Dedication to the Environment

Herb Fink has been named the recipient of the Fifth Annual Fred Wiche Award. He was recognized at the annual Brightside Breakfast last month and received a personalized piece of garden art.

Created by Brightside and the Wiche family, the award continues Fred Wicheís legacy of promoting beautification and environmental consciousness by recognizing individuals who have a commitment to preserve and improve the environment. Herb was nominated for the award by the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and was selected the winner by an independent panel of judges.

As an active member of the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council , and the chair of the Councilís Property Improvement Committee, Herb has been instrumental in maintaining, and improving both the natural and manmade environment of Old Louisville since 1962.

Each spring, Herb coordinates an extensive clean up and work session in Central Park. He coordinates and arranges the event with Brightside, Metro Parks, Solid Waste Management, the Sixth District Metro-Council representative, and the fifteen neighborhood associations in Old Louisville. Last spring a new sidewalk was constructed and park benches were painted in addition to trash collection, mulching, trimming, and grass planting. Beyond the satisfaction of beautifying one of the crown jewels of Metro Louisvilleís parks, the volunteers are treated to a lunch donated by local businesses.

Herb was the consultant to Metro Parks for the replantings at the Saint James Court entrance to Central Park, was an integral member of a committee that planned new tree plantings in the park, and is representing the neighborhood in the formulation of a new master plan for the park. He has worked to obtain period lighting for the park and helped select the new benches and litter baskets that will soon be installed in the park as a result of a successful $30,000 matching grant drive between the neighborhood and Metro Parks.

Herb is a role model to young people. Under his guidance and supervision, Joshua and James Morris, sons of Jan Morris and Nancy Gall-Clayton, planted 3,000 tulip bulbs and mulched the trees in Central Park as their projects to become Eagle Scouts.

Herb plans and coordinates a community clean up and beautification of Oak Street each spring.

The entire neighborhood turns out to sweep, clean, plant, mulch, and beautify this central business corridor of the neighborhood. The yellow cannas and petunias planted in the whiskey half-barrels along the street last spring stayed fresh through the dry summer because Herb and others watered them on a weekly basis.

As a member of the Third Street Association, Herb led the drive to create a linear park on the south side of Hill Street between Second and Fourth Streets. Majestic maples, seasonal plants, flowering shrubs, ornate Victorian urns, lampposts and benches now comprise what is known as the Hill Street Green. He can be seen there weeding, planting, raking, and generally keeping watch over this inviting, new public space.

After 37 years, the Ninth Street Extension was finally completed through Old Louisville late last year. There are great hopes that it will decrease the traffic through neighbor

hood streets and especially divert truck traffic. Herb worked closely with the Kentucky Department of Highways and the Louisville Public Works Department in the design of the roadway and in the plantings of trees and shrubs to create an inviting boulevard which defines the western edge of the neighborhood. Herb has hopes that funds will be available for an irrigation system for the roadway.

An old tree fell in Central Park recently; Herb counted its 102 rings and exclaimed, ĎJust think, this tree has seen a century of history including World Wars I and II!" Herb understands that the natural world defines and enriches our lives and that we must be the stewards of the environment for the sake of future generations.

The Old Louisville Neighborhood Council is proud to have nominated Herb Fink as one who exemplifies the legacy of Fred Wiche. The Council congratulates him; he richly deserves the Fred Wiche Award for 2003.

Old Louisville Information Center to Honor Herb Fink

The Old Louisville Information Center will honor Herb Fink for his many and continuing years of service to the neighborhood at Mastersonís Restaurant on Thursday, May 15.

The event will include a cash bar starting at 6 PM and buffet dinner at 7PM. Tickets are $20 and may be purchased at the Old Louisville Information Center.

Come help us celebrate the accomplishments of Herb Fink, one of Old Louisvilleís treasures and the winner of the 2003 Fred Wiche Award.

Information Center
Open Weekends

The Old Louisville Information Center (OLIC) is open on weekends to better serve neighbors and visitors to Old Louisville.

Hours: Saturdays, 10AM-4PM, and Sundays, 12PM-4PM.

Stop by and say hello to Erika Rogers, OLNC Administrative Assistant


MetroCall: 311

Have a problem with a city service, want to make a complaint, report a problem, or get information from Metro Government?

Dial 311 between 8AM and 6PM weekdays, or email 

Music in the Park...

A Cool Way to Wind Down After Derby

The Rob Nickerson Group will be back in Central Park on Sunday, May 4, from 2pm-4pm for a concert featuring the sounds of jazz, Latin, and contemporary music.

Admission is free, and audience members are encouraged to bring their own chairs to the C. Douglas Ramey Amphitheater.

The ensemble appeared last fall in the inaugural concert of Old Louisville Information Center Concert Series.

The Conrad/Caldwell House Museum will also be opened extended hours for tours the day of the concert.

For further information contact the Old Louisville Information Center. For more information on The Rob Nickerson Group access

Holiday House Tour Committee Plans Initial Meeting

The organizational meeting for the 2003 Old Louisville Holiday House Tour will be April 16, 2003 at the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park at 6:30pm.

If you were a member of last yearís fabulous HHT Committee, please return as a member this year for more fun and hard work...if you were not a member last year and are interested in being a member of a dynamic, hard-working committee, please come to the meeting. At this meeting we will brainstorm for this yearís tour and perhaps assign certain if you are so inclined, please show up at 6:30pm on 4/16/03 at the Info Center.

Joan Stewart, Chair

Old Louisville Holiday House Tour

2003 Garden Tour PASSPORT Now Available

Spring is here and summer is not far behind. Summer in Old Louisville means "Second Street Garden Tour." This year, for the first time, a Garden Tour PASSPORT will be offered for advance sale. The 2003 Garden Tour PASSPORT will provide admission to three Louisville area Neighborhood Garden Tours for one all-inclusive discount price of $25.00 (a $32.00 value if sold separately).

Garden Tours participating in the new 2003 Garden Tour PASSPORT and their respective dates are:

Crescent Hill Garden Tour
June 7 & 8, 10 AM to 5 PM

Audubon Park Garden Tour
June 22, 1 PM to 5 PM

Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour
July 12 & 13, 10 AM to 5 PM

Each Garden Tour features eight to ten residential gardens

within each unique and historic neighborhood. These tours provide the tourists with a wide variety of garden styles and specimens from which to glean ideas and information.

Although individual ticket sales for each Garden Tour will be offered as usual, this is a limited time, advance sale only, discount package. Advance sales of the 2003 Garden Tour PASSPORT are available only from April 1 through May 24. The 2003 Garden Tour PASSPORT will be of great interest to the avid gardener, whether for personal use or as a great gift idea.

The 2003 Garden Tour PASSPORT is available at The Garden Wall, 636 E. Market St., Louisville, Kentucky 40202; (502) 583-9255 (Cash or Check only). Mail orders may be placed to Cynthia Johnson, 2308 Raleigh Lane, Louisville, Kentucky 40206 (Money order of Check only payable to Garden Tour PASSPORT). Remember, the advance sale price is only $25.00 for each PASSPORT (SorryóNo Refunds or Exchanges).

For further information contact:

Old Louisville Hidden Treasures Garden Tour: Tim Bottorff 637-5026

Audubon Park Garden Tour: Mary Miller 635-7322

Crescent Hill Garden Tour: Adam Schneider 897-9063 or Judy Gogan 899-1899

Wellsprings Auctions Yearling Filly
to Aid Cause of Mental Illness

Wellspring, local nonprofit providing housing and programs for the mentally ill, will offer partial ownership of a thoroughbred for auction as part of the agency's major fund-raising event, The Derby Preview Party. This event will take place at the Kentucky Derby Museum, 704 Central Avenue, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 24.

To celebrate the Run for the Roses, former Governor Brereton Jones, and his wife Libby Jones, through their farm Airdrie Stud, 

Inc. are donating partial ownership of a yearling without any of the expenses to Wellspring for auction at the Derby Preview Party. Offered for bid will be a yearling filly by Million Dollar Grade I winning, stakes siring, AFTERNOON DEELITES, out of ENJOY THE VIEW, who won three races and $107,000. This filly is inbred 4 x 3 to broodmare of the year, FANFRELUCHE, and was born on Kentucky Derby day last year (May 4, 2002).

The successful bidder for 10% of this beautiful, well-bred filly will receive the right to name the filly and receive 10% of the net race earnings (if any) of this filly with no obligation for any losses (if any). The filly will race in the name of the purchaser and Brereton & Libby Jones 

Derby Preview Party will be used for Wellspring's supported housing and rehabilitative programs for individuals with a psychiatric disability. The mission of Wellspring is to promote the recovery of persons with a severe and persistent mental illness including schizophrenia, major depression, bipolar disorder, and other illnesses.

The Derby Preview Party is open to the public. Tickets are required and can be purchased by calling Wellspring (502) 637-4361, ext. 12. Tickets are $75 per person. Tables of 10 are $750.00. Visa and MasterCard accepted

Saint James Court Art Show:
A Work in Progress

Lois Tash views a piece of art at last year's Art Show.The St. James Court Art Show (SJCAS) will be celebrating its 47th anniversary when it opens October 3, 2003. It is always held on the first full weekend in October, rain or shine. This show is ranked nineteenth out of 5,000 shows nationwide, and is one of the longest running art shows in the United States.

In 1957, the SJCAS began with 11 artists hanging their paintings on a clothesline strung between two trees on St. James Court. It now hosts over 700 artists from 40 states and Canada, and has expanded to include Belgravia Court, Magnolia Avenue, 4th Street and 3rd Street and the West End Baptist Church. Over 100 artists are from Kentucky, with more than 50 from the metro Louisville and southern Indiana area.

Planning for the Art Show is a year-round process. Immediately after each year's show, artists' applications are accepted for the following year. Many participating artists are invited to exhibit again based on a jury, or judging system, that takes place at the show. Each of the participating neighborhood groups is responsible for its own artist selection and placement, and employs some type of jury process to determine who its exhibitors will be. Since not every participating artist is invited to return, openings are created for new artists to fill. The St. James Court section of the show juries new applicants early in February to determine who will be offered those spaces. The number of applications received from talented artists has increased steadily over the past few years, so the jurors have a difficult task in narrowing the field to be commensurate with the number of openings. By the middle of March, St. James has invited and placed its artist for that year's show!

Mark your calendar for October 3, 4 and 5 of this year, so as not to miss the exciting new artists _ as well as "old" favorites - who will be exhibiting at the 47th St. James Court Art Show.

Louise Shawkat
St. James Court Association

Lenten Recituals:
Noon on Wednesdays

Recitals during Lent are planned Wednesdays from noon _ 12:30 in the sanctuary of Central Presbyterian Church, 4th and Kentucky, 587-6935. They are to provide a time for reflection and a change of pace. Folks are invited to bring a bag lunch and to come and go as schedules permit.

The recitals for April include Janet Hamilton, organ, on April 2 and Adam Cobb, bass, and Guy Younce, piano, on April 9.

Contact information: Eileene J. MacFalls, 456-4046,


The Limerick Community Garden has several plots available for new gardeners. If you would like to raise your own fresh vegetables, call Site Coordinator, Jerie Britton at 637-9988 for more information.

Spring and Summer Crime Prevention Tips

Spring is here and with it with it comes warmer days and sunshine. The Metro Police Department wants this to be a crime-free season. We hope these helpful hints will make it so.

Car break-ins are the number one crime in the Old Louisville area. We have such limited parking that these rules should be strictly followed. Try to park in well traveled, lighted areas. Make sure you take EVERYTHING out of your car or lock your belongings in your trunk. This includes CDís, loose change, day planners, clothing, shoes, etc. One personís junk can be another personís treasure. Letís eliminate the temptation right off the bat.

With warmer weather, people have a tendency to leave their vehicle windows cracked open, thus making breaking into cars much easier. You might leave the window cracked or down for comfort, but upon returning find that you will be riding the bus instead of driving your car. Roll up your windows and make sure the car is locked before leaving it unattended. It will be warm or hot when you return to it for a little while, but this minor discomfort is well worth it.

The CLUB or spin-offs of this  

car safety device along with steering cuffs are also used to prevent theft of vehicles. These are very effective and will, with some insurance companies, lower or decrease your insurance by 5-15%. Car alarms also can installed and often decrease insurance cost as well.

The next warm weather issue is home security. We all like fresh air when spring arrives. Opening every window in the house is fine if you are home and have pinning mechanisms on the windows. These mechanisms limit how wide the window can be opened. Some new windows already have this feature, while older windows can easily be fixed with a drill and a few nails. This is an inexpensive but effective method of protecting yourself and your possessions. When leaving for the day, close your windows and lock them, even if you will only be gone a short time. If you must leave one open, be 

sure to pick a second story window with no accessibility from a fire escape or trees.

Flowers and lawns will need care after their long winter sleep, and many of us will be out in the yard. Make sure that doors are locked while you are preoccupied with yard beautification. Many a crook has come in the back door when the home owner was working in the yard. All tools and yard fixtures should be secured in some manner and also have identifying marks on them. Yard art has gained popularity in our Louisville area, and that makes our lawn treasures hot items on the old stolen market. If someone just has to have your purple, pink, and turquoise, five- foot tall concrete mermaid, make them work for it! With your signature or mark on it, we will be able to identify and recover it for you, if we do see it.

These are tips that the Fifth District gives yearly during the spring. I hope you read, learn and live them! If you have any questions, concerns or extra tips, please give me a call. Have a great and safe spring and summer season.

Officer Terra Long

Cook's Corner

Too many cooks may spoil the stew, but not this delicious recipe for pork loin roast provided by the triumvirate of Peggy Mims, Jan Vogel, and Ginny Ehrlich!


2 TSP. rubbed dried sage leaves
1 TSP. salt
1 TSP. celery salt
1 TSP. dry mustard
1 TSP. fresh ground black pepper
1 boneless center cut pork loin roast (21/2 LBS.)

Combine all dry ingredients. Rub spice all over roast. Wrap roast in aluminum foil. Refrigerate 2 hours to 3 days -- the longer, the better.
Place the oven rack in middle. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
Lightly spray a roasting rack with vegetable oil and place in center of jelly roll pan lined with heavy duty foil.
Remove roast from refrigerate and fork. Place roast on rack.

Roast uncovered for exactly 30 minutes.

Remove roast from oven. Reduce oven temp to 325 degrees. Let roast rest for 30 minutes.
Return roast to oven for 30 minutes or until meat thermometer in center or roast shows 145 degrees. Remove roast from oven and let stand for 20 minutes.

Carve roast into thin slices and serve immediately. Enjoy!


Open House on Light Rail Project

The Transit Authority of River City (TARC) will hold an open house on Tuesday, April 15, 4pm-7pm, at Metro United Way , 334 East Broadway, to allow citizens to share views and concerns about the South Central Corridor Light Rail Project.

The proposed route through Old Louisville is primarily behind Floyd Street next to I-65. Neighborhood input is currently being collected for the Environmental Impact Study for the project.

Property Improvement Committee Report

Herb Fink called the OLNC PIC committee meeting to order at 7:05PM on March 13, 2003.

Bob Bajandas introduced David Hulefeld, Planning Manager with Metro Louisville Planning and Design Services, who discussed the appeal process available to the owners of 1359 South Third Street concerning a refusal of the Department of Inspections, Permits and Licenses (IPL) to approve a change from an alleged non-conforming use (office) to another non-conforming use (multi-family) in a TNZD zone. 1359 South Third Street, formerly The Old Louisville Inn, is zoned single-family under the TNZD. It is currently vacant, the heating system has been removed, and there is a vagrancy problem.

The owner is now appealing to Board of Zoning Adjustment (BOZA) which acts on denials from IPL. This appeal will be successful if the owners can prove a prior non-conforming use as an office and if the new non-conforming use remains in the same footprint. If BOZA approves the proposition, the number of condominiums on the property would be greater than those allowed under a TNZD map change.

The following motion was made by Fred Nett, seconded by Gary Kleier, and passed by the committee; it was presented at the BOZA meeting on March 17 as the official position of the OLNC:

"Consistent with Old Louisville Neighborhood Council policy adopted at its Board meeting on February 25, 2003, the Council formally requests that the Board of Zoning Adjustment

  • *Adopt a strict standard of proof with respect to any alleged evidence of non-conforming rights pertaining to the property at 1359 South Third Street.

  • * Insist that the applicant carry the burden of proving any alleged right to non-conforming multi-family based on previous non-conforming office use.

  • * Accept and accede to the Councilís position that no such non-conforming rights as alleged exist for the property at 1359 South Third Street and if such rights existed, they have been abandoned.

  • * Reject this appeal from the denial of a permit issued by the Department of Inspections, Permits and Licenses; and

  • * Instruct the applicant that the appropriate venue for establishing right to multi-family use is in this instance the Planning Commission."

Herb then introduced Stephen Boyd, Regional Manager of Metro Parks, Dept. Administration of Park Services. He spoke about improvements that had and will be made to Central Park. He said they had just placed new lights in the park, but had yet to remove some of the old ones. Fifteen new trash receptacles and fifteen new benches, which will be placed on concrete pads, have been ordered for the park. Half were paid for by the Parks Dept and half by donations through the OLNC.

The next Central Park Improvement session will be on April 5th, beginning at 8:30AM. The Parks Dept will once again be working with us to implement this project. Please bring your favorite hand tools and help us spring clean Central Park. Gloves, rakes, shovels, garbage bags, etc. will be again provided by Brightside. Lunch will be provided at OLIC or in the Park for the volunteers.

Doug Wilson, architect with Michael Cook & Associates, was introduced by Herb. He is currently working with the Center for Women and Families on its new location in the 900 block of South Second Street, formerly the Super 8 Motel. Future plans were shown and discussed. Construction fencing is in place at the site. Renovation will begin shortly on the first building. Mr. Wilson said they will be using the same footprint, but will be enclosing the courtyard. A request was made by Gary Kleier that the facility comply with the TNZD plan for Old Louisville by making the frontage "pedestrian friendly." A request was made by Dale Strange that the Center provide a waiting area for clients which would be located away from the sidewalk. Currently people wait on the sidewalk prior to the opening of the Center in the mornings. Mr. Wilson said they would take that into consideration. Lenny Meyer, Director of the Center of Women and Families will be invited to speak at the next PIC meeting to discuss the plans and hear our comments.

Sergeant Cabrera, of the 5th District, and Michael Baugh, building inspector, were in attendance at the meeting and discussed crime and drug activity at 921 and 923 South First St. and at the nearby Villager Motel. Sergeant Cabrera said they are still trying to make arrests there.

Vacant and Deteriorating Properties: Herb Fink said that 103 W. Kentucky will be sold at Commissionerís sale in the near future.

Michael Baugh, inspector, reported that there was a contract for completion of the work at 1346 S. Floyd St. to be done by April 15th.

Michael Baugh also reported on 1220 S. 7th St. and 700 W. Dumesnil. He said that since the 4th District police station is in the process of moving their headquarters, not much had happened and that the vehicles were still there. The police are still working on having them impounded.

Editorís note:

On March 17, BOZA upheld IPLís denial of a permit for non-conforming rights to the main building at 1359 South Third Street. The building remains zoned single- or two-family under TNZD.

BOZA did grant non-conforming rights for office in a portion (1450 sq. ft.) of the carriage house at the rear of the property.

John and Sandy Mullins were honored at a reception at the Dupont Mansion Bed and Breakfast on March 9, on the occasion of their retirement. They have moved to Gouldsboro, Maine, after eight years as the proprietors of the Inn at the Park at Fourth and Park. Herb and Gayle Warren purchased the property as their home and will continue the carriage house as a bed and breakfast.

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Calendar for April  2003








April Fool!



Central Park Cleanup 8:30A-noon

Daylight Savings Time Begins 2AM


Ouerbacker Arts & Crafts 7pm

St James at Haskins Hall

OLBPA 8:30am at OLIC

PIC 7pm at OLIC





Garvin Gate 7pm

Old Louisville Journal deadline

Passover begins
Holiday House Tour Mtg 6:30pm OLIC
Third St NA 7pm

Toonerville, 7pm




Art Show Consortium 7pm Haskins Hall

OLIC Board, 6pm
OLNC Board, 7:30pm

Central Park West at CCH



SSNA Bedding Plant sale

& Great Balloon Race

SSNA Spring Cleanup and meeting, 1pm at Magnolia Park



Great Steamboat Race

Pegasus Parade on Broadway

Kentucky Oaks

Kentucky Derby

Music in the Park 2-4PM


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