The Old Louisville Journal

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

  Volume 30, Issue 5

May 2008    


200 Volunteers Participate in Central Park Improvement Day

By Herb Fink

On April 5, 2008, The Courier Journal headline read "Heavy Rains Swamp Parts of Louisville" and included a photo of a flooded vehicle in a section of Seneca Park Road.

More than 4 inches of rain drenched Louisville during the past two days and Central Park was saturated along with the rest of the Metro area.

At 8:00 a.m., the coffee and doughnuts were waiting in the Information Center and Angela Elliott and Bill Peake arrived to sign-in workers who had started arriving.

Outside the Metro Parks staff was revving-up the gators and loaders in preparation of depositing leaf litter about the Central Park trees.

Dwayne Hammond and his crew started removing the park bench slats and Nancy and Tom Woodcock, Ken Herndon, Tim Bottorff, and Helga Ulrich started painting the bench slats in the Information Center.

The Walnut Street Baptist Church volunteers started washing down the outside of the Information Center, washing the trash receptacles, and cleaning the streets and gutters about the park under direction of Dick Callaway.

Kentucky Shakespeare volunteers worked on the theatre stage, stage set and the grounds about the theatre.

Bob Bajandas and Iroqouis High School crew worked in the Austrian Pine thicket removing deadwood, trash, weeds, and placing fresh pine needle mulch.

The Manual High School students cleaned-up the plant beds at the Central Park entrances, planted pansies, and placed hardwood bark mulch.

Arnold Celentana and his crew trimmed the colonnade wisteria.

Rose and Fred Nett and crew cleaned and repainted all the park Victorian light pole bases.

The volunteers from Louisville Church of Christ (located at 4th & Oak) worked on the childrens play area. Terry Hammond roto-tilled the compacted mulch and the workers regraded and exposed submerged edging.

Lee Jones and workers from Dismas Charities fertilized areas of the park’s turf.


(L to R) Tom Duffy, Lee Jones, Jerry Brown, Metro Parks, Herb Fink and Dick Callaway.

Brook Street Clean Up

By Herb Fink

Mayor Jerry Abramson declared Saturday, March; 29, 2008 as Brightside Community-Wide Clean Up Day.

The Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association and others of Old Louisville participated by cleaning up the 1200 block of South Brook Street. Councilman George Unseld arranged to have the street closed, signed and barricaded to traffic for the safety of the workers. LMPD removed parked vehicles so the workers could clean the street, gutters and catch basin grates.

After coffee and doughnuts, the workers gathered up 100+ bags of debris. By noon, the clean-up was completed.

Nancy and Tom Woodcock participating in the Brook Street clean up on Saturday, March 29, 2008.


Fred Nett

Central Park West volunteers cleaned-up the 6th St. brick sidewalk, grass median, gutters, and catch basin grates from Park Ave. to Magnolia Ave.

The Cabbage Patch kids picked-up downed limbs and trash about the park and helped with the fertilizing.

Major Waltman of the Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Metro Parks staff and volunteers placed leaf litter about the Central Park trees.

A summary of work accomplished is as follows:

  • Placing leaf mulch about existing trees.

  • Trimming colonnade Wisteria.
  • Painting Victorian light poles.

  • Painting park benches.

  • Mulching plant beds.

  • Plating Pansies.

  • Trimming deadwood.

  • Weed removal.

  • Grading.

  • Cleaning tennis courts area.

  • Edging walkways and debris removal.

  • Regrading children’s play area.

  • Exposing play area curbing.

  • Removing eroded soil, leaves, trash and debris from 6th St. brick walkway, median, gutter and catch basins.

  • Cleaning trash receptacles.

  • Remove debris & limbs.

  • Cleaning Shakespeare stage and area.

  • Fertilizing turf.

  • Street and sidewalk cleaning about park.

  • Seeding turf.

  • Washing outside walls of Information Center.

  • Around 10:00 a.m., Mayor Jerry Abramson could be seen visiting with the many workers all around the Park and spurring them on.

    A great deal was accomplished in Central Park and many folks are to be "thanked".

    Those providing funds to purchase materials, tools, equipment, and services:

    • St. James Court Neighborhood Association

    • Belgravia Neighborhood Association

    • 4th Street Neighborhood Association

    • 2nd Street Neighborhood Association

    • W. St. Catherine Neighborhood Association

    • 3rd Street Neighborhood Association

    • 1300 S. 3rd. St. Neighborhood Association

    • The 4th Street Neighborhood Association also provided funds to purchase 2 additional trees to be planted in Central Park.

    • Nancy and Tom Woodcock provided 5 trees to be planted in Central Park.

    • Sandy Richardson, owner and operator of Spruce Hill Nursery, donated and provided a truckload of hardwood bark mulch, which was placed within the planters at the St. James Court entrance area of the park.

    • David Norton, owner and operator of the Magnolia Avenue Bar & Grill, donated, provided, and delivered 4 barrels of crushed ice.

    Volunteers who participated include these groups:

    • DuPont Manual High School

    • Walnut Street Baptist Church

    • Dismas Charities

    • Cabbage Patch Settlement House

    • Iroquois High School

    • Louisville Church of Christ

    • Kentucky Shakespeare Festival

    • Garvin Gate Neighborhood Association

    • 2nd Street Neighborhood Association

    • Central Park West Neighborhood Association

    • 1300 S. 3rd St. Neighborhood Association

    • Toonerville Trolley Neighborhood Association

    • Oxford House on St. Catherine St.

    • Limerick Neighborhood Association

    • W. St. Catherine Neighborhood Association

    • 3rd St. Neighborhood Association

    • Louisville Metro Parks & Government

    (A full list of individuals will be listed in the June issue.)

    At noon, all of the volunteers and participants gathered under the trees and enjoyed a sumptuous barbecue lunch with all the trimmings catered by Masterson’s Restaurant and generously provided by Councilman George Unseld.

    6th Street brick sidewalk.

    The lunch was coordinated by Beth and Tom Duffy.

    Officer Dean Sturgeon, LMPD 4th Division, provided security for all of the workers.

    Except for the wet grounds, the weather was crisp and cool, making for pleasant working conditions and the sun broke through.

    As always, at the end of the day, Central Park looked great.

    Central Park is always inspirational in the spring time - we just helped out a bit.

    P.S. The placement of the donated load of hardwood bark mulch at the St. James Court entrance to the park got overlooked and Mayor Abramson reminded us that we were not completed!

    The following Saturday morning, a hearty group of volunteers gathered in the park to finish the mulching. "Many thanks to Rose & Fred Nett, Rhonda Williams, Nancy Gall-Clayton, Jan Morris, Bob Bajandas, Jose Melendez, Zane Lockhart, and Herb Fink.

    Old Louisville Information Center

    15th Annual Old Louisville

    Hidden Treasures Garden Tour

    July 12 & July 13

    10:00 a.m

    to 5:00 p.m.

    The Old Louisville "Hidden Treasures" Garden Tour now has its own website. 

    Please visit us at



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    Weeding, planting, mulching, deadheading, light pruning, etc.

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    Editorial Policy: Letters and articles submitted to The Old Louisville Journal may be edited with regard to space and/or content. Letters to the Editor must be signed with a verifiable signature and address  

    Letter to the Editor:

    Dear Editor,

    I want to thank everyone who came out to work Saturday (29 March) morning (0900-1200) on the intense clean-up of the 1200 block of Brook. The results were outstanding.

    Unfortunately, I did not have a sign-in sheet to get everyone’s names. However, many Toonerville regulars worked the clean-up, and there were others from Oak Street, Saint Catherine and Second Street Associations. Those young folks from Dismas Charities moved so much dirt, leaves and trash it was amazing (and did my back no good, loading the bags onto the cart).

    In addition to a big THANK-YOU to everyone who helped, I especially want to thank Josh & Jodi for getting a truck load of mulch and heading up the distribution into the tree wells, Nancy Woodcock for getting us signed up and Herb Fink for all his coordinating efforts with the city and providing the refreshments (and working like a government mule as well).

    Again, Thank-you

    Philip J DiBlasi, Prez TTNA 

    1244 S BROOK ST

    Dear Editor,

    Gary J. Pierce of 1452 S. Second Street is always found actively sprucing up Old Louisville’s Second Street curb appeal.   Probably the iron work is his favorite specialty since he can then use the many tools in his collection to repair the flower urns, benches, lantern posts, lamps, and litter receptors.   He seems to have an eye for arranging the street furniture to fit the landscaping and in this picture is adding a finishing touch after re-storing from an auto accident at Hill Street.  He claims to be independent from the associations but simply works for the love of the neighborhood.  Most of the materials are from his donation, so if you see his black truck with the orange safety cone, stop, and give him a helping hand. 

    Tom Duffy,

    1242 S. 1st. St. –


    Yard Service

    Mowing, Trimming, Blowing, Raking, Tilling, and Small Tree Service.
    Call Joe at
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    Improvements Underway at the Cabbage Patch Settlement House

    By Herb Fink

    The Educational Opportunities Facility of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House at 1419 S. 6th St. is presently undergoing a $70,000 exterior renovation.

    The Homework and Tutoring Facility of the Patch is having foundation improvements, window improvements, new Hardi-Plank siding, and removal of the not original French doors on the front façade.

    The bulk of the facility will be painted Windam Cream with Kingsport Gray trim.

    Dr. Tracy Holladay, Executive Director of the Cabbage Patch Settlement House at 1413 S. 6th St. states that the work was started about December 1, 2007 and is scheduled for completion about May 1, 2008.


    By Gary Kleier

    This morning I received an advertisement from CertainTeed, a building products manufacturer, titled CertainTeed Green Alert. The thrust of the advertisement was that their Polymer Siding and Vinyl Siding are Green products. They talk about recycling, life cycle analysis and a number of other things, but as with many products there is a Hidden Tradeoff; the use and necessary disposal of toxic chemicals and the carcinogenic wastes from their production. When considering the entire life of the product, not just its life on your building, this is NOT Green. What we have here is a classic example of GREENWASHING.

    Greenwashing? No, it isn’t about green laundry products. It is the green version of the word Whitewashing. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines whitewashing as: to exonerate by means of a perfunctory investigation or through biased presentation of data. In other words, you are being misled. Greenwashing is what companies do when they plaster their product packaging, advertising and sales pitches with high sounding words like Green, Eco-Safe, Earth-Friendly, less waste, etc. We have all heard them, but do they mean anything? Actually, no, at least not in any legal or official sense. Unlike the words organic and recycled which do have legal meaning, the government does not regulate the meaning of these trendy Green words.

    Another form of greenwashing is to tout a product as green because it will supposedly save you energy. Window manufacturers and installers will frequently use this technique by telling the unsuspecting home owner how much better their insulating glass is and how that will save significant amounts of energy over their existing single pain windows. So, obviously, the existing windows should be removed and replace with this new, energy efficient window. While the glass will perform as presented, when the entire product and installation is compared to the existing window, in a properly maintained condition, the home owner will never realize the promised energy savings. In fact, when considering that many perfectly serviceable windows end up in land fills, the result is usually a net energy loss.

    So how do you protect yourself? There are many sources of information on products and a number of companies that certify products as Green. On appliances and electronic products, look for the Energy Star designation from the EPA and the Energy Department. You can also look for independent certification from organizations like: the Forest Stewardship Council (; EcoLogo (; Green Seal (; and the Greenguard Environmental Institute ( And of course, read the package. Too frequently, the only eco-friendly aspect of the product is that the paper in which it is packaged can be recycled.





    Beginning Yoga Classes

    will be held at the Old Louisville Information Center on

    Thursdays at 5:30-6:30 p.m.

    beginning Thursday, March 13th, 2008

    Class fee: $5

    All levels welcome

    Please bring a mat or towel for your comfort.

    Classes will be led by Nancy Clinton


    May 2008
















    Yoga 5:30-6:30

    ZALU 7:00 p.m.



    2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

    7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922



    Happy Derby!






    Girl Scouts 6 p.m.





    Yoga 5:30-6:30 

    PIC Meeting
     7:00 p.m.




    2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

    7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922




    2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

    7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922



    Mother’s Day


    Garvin Gate NA





    3rd St. NA 7p.m.


    Yoga 5:30-6:30


    Toonerville NA

    St. Philip Chapel,

    7 p.m.



    2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

    7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922




    2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

    7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922



    SSNA 5:00 pm.

    Kling Center



    Crime & Safety

    7 p.m., OLIC





    3rd St. NA 7 p.m.


    Yoga 5:30-6:30





    2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

    7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922



    2:30pm Mansion & Milestones Tour, $25, 637.2922

    7:30pm Ghost Tour, $25, 637.2922 



    PickUp Week

    Get out all your old junk for the big dump!


    1300 S. 3rd St. NA


    Memorial Day!


          OLIC 6

          OLNC 7



    Central Park West NA, 7 p.m.

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