The Old Louisville Journal

A Monthly Summary of News and Events in Old Louisville
Published by OLIC, Inc., a 501(c)(3) Corporation     

  Volume 28, Issue 3

March 2006    

Wheel Fun Rentals

What better way to mark the advent of warmer weather and enjoy our beautiful riverfront area than by peddling your way along the paths! What? You don’t have anything to peddle? Not to worry, Wheel Fun Rentals will remedy that situation. In operation for six years at the riverfront, Wheel Fun Rentals is located on the corner of Brook and Witherspoon and a second rental location is due to open this spring near the new Tumbleweed on the riverfront. Rob Reynolds says this year they are adding monthly bike tours that will include rides through our very neighborhood, Old Louisville, as well as other nearby destinations.
Open Friday through Sunday in the spring and fall and every day during the summer, there is a specialty cycle to fit every whimsy. Slingshots, Deuce Coupes, Quad Sports, Choppers, and Surreys are all standard fare at Wheel Fun Rentals. Do those names bring back a feeling of nostalgia, or perhaps they have you scratching your head wondering, “Isn’t a bike just a bike?” No way…allow me to explain!
Surreys are made in Italy and is a family four wheeled cycle seating from three to six adults (with up to four pumping away at any given time) plus two children! Features include rack and pinion steering, drum brakes, and multiple independent chain drive peddling systems. Great for ages 10-99!
Slingshots are three wheeled bikes sitting low to the ground on a central pivot and “slingshots” the rider from side to side while bobbing, weaving, and turning corners. It’s a hoot to ride! For maximum enjoyment we recommend it for ages 6-60.
Deuce Coupe is a two-seater where both can peddle side-by-side. Adults or children can pedal and there’s a jump seat to carry those six and under. It’s great for ages 2-80!
Quad Sports are four-wheeled wonders straight from the past of the go-cart tradition. Formula One steering lets the single rider turn on a dime. Ages 6-60 love this one!
Choppers are designed for lone, laid back cruising and sightseeing. Handlebars and seats are designed for comfort and remind you of motorcycle choppers! Ideal for ages 6-60!
Of course, you can also peddle away on cruiser bikes, kid bikes, scooters and tandems at Wheel Fun Rentals!
Wheel Fun is great for visitors and residents alike. Bring your guests to the riverfront and go for a ride.
For information, check out the website at  or email .


Save the Date
Annual Spring Cleanup at Central Park
Scheduled for April 15th
Details to follow!

Neighbors in the News

Old Louisville resident David Dominé, a professor of foreign languages at Bellarmine University, has been nominated for the 2005 Kentucky Literary Award for Nonfiction. His book, GHOSTS OF OLD LOUISVILLE: True Stories of Hauntings in America’s Largest Victorian Neighborhood, is among the short list of some twenty books competing for the award, which will be announced on April 7 at the 2006 Southern Kentucky Book Fest in Bowling Green.
His next book about Old Louisville hauntings, PHANTOMS OF THE PAST: Ghostly Tales from America’s Most Haunted Neighborhood, will hit the shelves in early spring. Congratulations, David!

Editor Notes
March is that odd month when it could be warm with beautiful jonquils popping up all over the streets of Old Louisville, or it could be dreary and cold and we could get the biggest snowfall of the winter months. It’s always a month of anticipation for me. I’m a “March baby” and as such received a kite every year for my birthday. That gift always conjured up images of sunny weekend afternoons spent trying to get that kite airborne and keep it flying longer than my little brother’s kite. He was also a “March baby” and we had the keenest competition.
I’m past my kite flying days, well receiving one for my birthday, anyway. My attention turns, instead, to warm weather plans. As a life-long lover of plants, I look through the endless garden and seed catalogues I receive in the mail. I plan a new color scheme or two for the back garden. I think of the Second Street Garden Tour in July. I watch anxiously from the kitchen window for the first green shoots to sprout from the ground.
This is the time when Old Louisville begins to wake from the winter slumber. People and their dogs return to Central Park. Kids may be found playing on the swing sets in the park. Fitness enthusiasts aren’t quite as bundled up on their morning walks as in the recent few months. It’s truly a time to take back the neighborhood from the gray of winter. It’s also a time to think about “sprucing things up a bit.”
I want to paint an inspiring picture of our lovely neighborhood and then hit you with a nasty reality. My intention is to draw notice to the unsightly alley garbage I’ve encountered on my walks lately. Things are, quite frankly, getting out of hand. Boxes are piled with garbage and set out in the alleys. Trash cans are in various states of disrepair, tumbled over, and left in the alleys all week long. Am I mistaken in thinking we have a system whereby you could be fined for leaving your trash cans in the alley all week? It’s a true mess and an embarrassment in some cases, to walk down an alley with my dogs. I’ve had to change my route so as to avoid unsightly and, in some cases, danger


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Are you up to the 3rd Street Challenge?

The 1300 Block of South 3rd Street Association is committed to supporting the efforts and heritage initiatives of the Old Louisville Chamber of Commerce. After an initial $2,500 contribution to the Visitors Center to help in the funding and operation of the center, a matching challenge goes out to other neighborhood residents and associations with an additional .50 to $1.00 match up to $7,500 from the 1300 Block of South 3rd Street Association!
Come on…get up for the challenge!
Make checks payable to:
The Old Louisville Community Development Corporation
218 West Oak Street,
Louisville, KY 40203
For additional information call: 637-2922.

TourLouisville Needs You!

TourLouisville is looking for enthusiastic, well-spoken volunteers to help show off Old Louisville to visitors and tourists. If you would like to lead tours through America’s Largest Victorian Neighborhood, please contact Jane Harris at (502) 637-2227.
Some historic knowledge of the area is a plus, but not required since scripts will be provided. If you would like to volunteer in some other capacity (actor/interpreter), we would love to hear from you as well!

574-LMPD Tip Line Information

The 574-LMPD number receives a variety of calls ranging from requests for service to crime tips on murders, area drug dealers to general law enforcement questions. The 574-LMPD crime tip hotline received over 900 telephone calls in the month of December 2005. Of these 900 calls over 90 were criminal tips that led to the arrest of 20 individuals at large in our community. For the year of 2005 the 574-LMPD tip line averaged over 1000 calls a month and over 20 arrests a month. Since the beginning of the 574-LMPD crime tip hotline the line has contributed to the arrest of 379 individuals.
The other telephone calls to the tip line were from citizens and visitors to our community with questions about quality of life issues, crime prevention, and other police related issues. The tip line takes a wide variety of calls that aren’t about criminal activity and we are happy to report the staff of the tip line is also able to help these callers with their questions. We feel this is also an important service of the tip line and another way for us to build partnerships with the community. The person who calls today for a phone number may call tomorrow with information about a killer at large in our community.
Quick Tip Cards
Another feature of the 574-LMPD program is quick tip cards. Quick tip cards are post cards placed in various locations throughout the Louisville Metro Area. Concerned citizen’s with crime tip information that don’t fill comfortable with calling the 574-LMPD crime tip hotline can use these cards to get information to the police department for investigation. Concerned citizens simply fill in pertinent information about criminal activity, fold the card up, seal it and drop it into a mail box. The cards are postage paid and come directly to the 574-LMPD office for processing. The cards are completely anonymous and come in English and Spanish. If you would like to have some cards for a certain location please contact Sergeant Brian Bernardi at 367-4396.
Neighborhood Watch Fire Action Plan
To help promote communication and participation between neighbors Neighborhood Watch groups are known to promote safety programs for fire prevention and provide tips on how to escape from the home during an emergency. Discussing the basics on home safety is a priority. Develop a fire action plan and take these 8 simple steps to safeguard your family and home.

1) Purchase A Smoke Detector. Install smoke detectors on every level of your home to increase your chances of survival. A smoke detector is a fire alarm that buzzes when it detects smoke, warning you in time to escape. Place smoke detectors on the ceiling or high on a wall near the bedrooms. This enables the detector to sense the smoke as it approaches the sleeping area. Locate the smoke detector away from air outlet vents and dust the grill regularly. Test them monthly, change batteries twice a year, and replace alarms every 10 years. A working smoke alarm cuts chances of dying in a fire by nearly half.
2). Identify Escape Routes. Develop and practice a home escape plan. Your smoke detector may awaken you, but you may not be thinking clearly. Practice allows you to test your plan before a real emergency. Once a fire has started, it spreads rapidly and may give you seconds to get out. Normal exits from bedrooms may be blocked by smoke or fire. It is important that your family know exactly what to do. Make sure every family member knows two exits from each room. Second story windows may need a chain ladder or rope to enable occupants to escape safely.
3). Don’t Burn Up the Dinner. Never leave food cooking on a stove top unattended. Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries.
4). Have Fire Extinguishers Handy. Keep fire extinguishers in your kitchen, by the furnace and in the garage. Make sure you know how to use them.
5). Sweep the Chimney. Have your chimney and fireplace professionally inspected each year. Creosote coats the inside of chimneys and can start a fire.
6). Warm Up with Space Heaters. Keep space heaters at least three feet from rugs, curtains and other combustibles. Always turn them off when you leave the house or go to sleep.
7). Avoid an Electrical Fire. Don’t overload electrical sockets. Throw away frayed or worn extension cords.
8). Handle Candles with Caution. Never leave a burning candle unattended or near flammable material. Home fires caused by candles have doubled in the last decade.

The Firefighters are coming....
The Firefighters are coming....

To the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council meetings, that is. The five companies serving the Old Louisville area plan to work out a rotation so that one of the companies will be present for a few minutes at the beginning of each monthly OLNC meeting. Firefighters cannot discuss politics while on duty without risking disciplinary actions or possibly termination but can, however, be available to give updates on recent operations, new hazards and answer
questions. It’s a great way for the companies to reconnect with the neighborhood and begin, again, to put names and faces together.
We hope the residents put forth the extra effort to attend the monthly meetings and interact with our friends at the fire department. Thanks to the five companies for making this hope for neighborhood connections a reality.

Arts Scene Happenings

The Louisville Ballet will perform “Life Journeys” on Friday, March 10th and Saturday, March 11th. Three emotional filled ballets will be performed including Gloria, In the Glow of the Night, and the company premier of Four Last Songs.
For ticket information call 584-7777 or check their website for more information at
Looking for more to do across the river? Derby Dinner Playhouse has wonderful shows to offer right now. Playing through April 2nd is the delightful comedy, Do Black Patent Leather Shoes Really Reflect Up? For the younger audiences, Pinocchio is playing on select dates in March. Contact Derby Dinner Playhouse at 812-288-8281 for ticket information.
It’s also time for the 30th Humana Festival of New American Plays. Our little festival is probably the best known in the country for showcasing new works. You can find capsules of the six full-length plays at  The show dates this year are March 7- April 8 and ticket information may be obtained by called Actors Theater of Louisville at 502-584-1265 or

The Squeaky Wheel Club
to Start Monthly Meetings in March

Various residents have decided to get together and form a new neighborhood organization strictly dedicated to solving problems in the Old Louisville area. Going on the premise that the ‘squeaky wheel gets the oil,’ residents - homeowners and renters alike - will band together at afternoon meetings on the second Sunday of every month and identify a specific problem to be “tackled” in the neighborhood for that month. The way of “tackling” the problem will involve (after identifying that month’s specific problem) a month-long letter-writing, email-sending, telephone-calling campaign designed to get the attention of the local powers that be. Although it may not seem like much to some people, if twenty, fifty, a hundred people from Old Louisville start writing, calling and emailing the same city officials at the same time about the same issue, it will at least focus more attention on our neighborhood.
If you are interested in effectuating some real change in your neighborhood, plan on being at the first meeting on Sunday, March 12th at 2:00 p.m. in the Old Louisville Information Center in Central Park.

Community Talk

Did you hear about the new online forum The Courier-Journal Neighborhoods section is creating that could help keep you informed about our neighborhood and the public events that we offer?
Community Talk is designed to give people in the Louisville area a place online where they can share ideas and information and chat with people about various issues. You can find Community Talk at along the right side of the page. You will have to register. Click on the “Community Talk” link, then click on “register” at the top of the page and follow the instructions. The one-time registration process includes an e-mail confirmation that gives you complete access to the forum.
Check for a folder for Old Louisville for up to the minute news and information of neighborhood happenings!

Cook’s Corner

March is a favorite month for me. It’s that bridge from the cold of winter to the warmth of spring. I have so many favorite “March foods” as it’s a big birthday month in my family with five, count ‘em, five family members having a birthday in the first fourteen days of the month! That doesn’t even begin to address St. Patrick’s Day fun or the occasionally Easter activities sometimes found in this month.
A favorite cake is something to savor and share. This particular one graced the birthday table in our grandmother’s home more than once. I do hope you enjoy it!

Banana Layer Cake with Grandma’s Caramel Frosting
For the cake, grease and flour two 8-inch round cake pans and set aside.
1/2 cup softened butter
1 1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs, separated
1 tsp baking soda
1/4 cup plus 1 Tbsp buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 large, ripe bananas, mashed
1 cup chopped pecans

Cream butter and gradually add sugar, beating well. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Dissolve soda in buttermilk and add to creamed mixture alternately with flour, beginning and ending with the flour. Stir in mashed bananas and pecans.
Beat egg whites (at room temperature) until stiff and carefully fold into batter.
Pour batter into prepared pans and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool briefly in pans and remove. Allow to cool completely on racks.

Caramel Frosting
1 1/4 cups white sugar
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter

Combine all ingredients in a heavy saucepan and cook over medium heat stirring frequently. When mixture reaches soft ball stage (240 degrees) remove from heat and beat until it is thick enough for spreading. Add additional milk, if necessary. Spread immediately on cooled layers.
Special note: You may want to hide the frosting bowl from the family. It’s the best you’ll ever taste!

By the Numbers
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Old Louisville Information Center

Louisville Metro
Government Numbers

Website address:
MetroCall - 574- 5000 or 311
MetroCall is the “clearinghouse” for community questions
· Air Pollution Control Board - 574-6000
· Animal Services - 361-1813
· Bike Louisville - 574-0104
· Community Action Partnership - 574-1157
· Code Enforcement Board- 574-8161
· Community Relations and Events - 574-5010
· Convention and Visitors Bureau - 584-2121
· Department of Housing - 574-3107
· Downtown Development Corporation - 584-6000
· Emergency Medical Service (EMS) - 574-4260
· Louisville Fire - 574-3701
· Health Department - 574-6859
· Human Relations Commission - 574-3631
· Inspections, Permits & Licensing - 574-3321
· Metro Council - 574-5000
· Metro Development Authority - 574-4140
· Metro Housing Authority - 569-3400
· Metro Parks - 456-8100
· Metro Police - 574-7660
· Metropolitian Sewer District (MSD) - 587-0603
· MetroSafe - 574-3900
· Neighborhoods - 574-4227
· Parking Authority of River City - (PARC) 574-3817
· Planning & Design - 574-6230
· Property Valuation Administration (PVA) - 574-6380
· Public Works - 574-5810
· Revenue Commission - 574-4860
· Solid Waste - 574-3571
· Transit Authority of River City (TARC) - 585-1234
· Waterfront Development Corporation - 574-3768

Power Outages/Downed Power Lines?
(502) 589-3500
24 hours/day, 7 days/week
Gas Leaks
(known or suspected)/
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Louisville Water Company
Customer Service (502) 583-6610
Customer service representatives are available to answer your questions Monday-Friday 8am-8pm and Saturday from 8:30am to 12:30pm. The lobby at the corporate office at 550 S. Third Street is open from 8am-5pm Monday-Friday.

2006 Project PickUp Dates
February 27th
May 29th
August 28th
November 27th

2006 Metro Government Holidays
Garbage and recycling pick up delayed by one day
January 2nd
January 16th
February 20th
May 29th
July 4th
September 4th
November 10th
November 23rd
December 25th

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The Old Louisville Journal is published monthly by the Old Louisville Information Center, Inc. (OLIC), a 501(c)(3) corporation, incorporated in 1984, for the purpose of receiving tax deductible contributions. OLIC is affiliated with the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council (OLNC), a 501 (c) (4) non-profit association incorporated in 1976 to serve as the recognized voice of the Old Louisville Neighborhood.

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