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 11

November 2006    

The Old Louisville Holiday House Tour
Turns 30 This Year!

This December will mark the 30th anniversary of the Old Louisville Holiday House Tour, and plans are underway to make it an extra special event. “This year’s tour will include homes on the west side of Old Louisville,” says Peggy Cummins, Chair of the Holiday House Tour Committee, “and several local B&Bs will also participate in the tour.” Don Driskell and Semonin Realtors will sponsor this year’s event, which will eventually expand to include additional neighborhood attractions to create a holiday festival that will draw even more cheer seekers to America’s grandest Victorian neighborhood during the winter holidays.
The 2006 Holiday House Tour and Festival will take place on Saturday, December 2nd and Sunday, December 3rd from noon till 6:00 p.m. Tickets cost $25.00 ($20.00 in advance) and include entrance into eight wonderfully decorated Old Louisville homes and several local B&Bs. To purchase tickets, stop by the Information Center in Central Park or order online at . Call (502) 635-5244 for more information or if you would like to volunteer your services for this important neighborhood event.

Seeking Board Members

The Old Louisville Information Center is seeking nominations for board members for the upcoming year. Meetings are held monthly at the Information Center in Central Park. Please consider nominating a worthy neighbor or yourself, for that matter. It takes a team to help our neighborhood thrive. Consider joining the team or urging a neighbor to do so.
Anyone interested in nominating someone, or if you have additional questions about the duties and time requirements, call Linda Ewen at the Information Center at 635-5244.
Elections will be held at the December OLIC meeting. Check the calendar on the back of the newsletter for the date.
This is your chance to get involved!

November 18, 2006

Cherokee Road Runners will have their annual fall 5K run through scenic Central Park, at Fourth and Magnolia Streets (downtown Louisville), on Saturday, November 18, 2006. In addition to the 5K run, we will have a non-competitive 2 mile walk beginning on St. James Court. This is one of the club’s oldest races and will mark our 28th Year.
Please join us this year as we come together at this time of thanksgiving to help feed the homeless by supplementing the entry fee with canned goods which will be donated to the West End Baptist Church near Central Park. Make this into a family event, as we count our many blessings and at the same time share with others in need.
After the race, there will be an awards ceremony and we will have post race goodies to feast on. So, please come out and support this race. I know your heart will be blessed in your giving to others and in addition, you will have fun and a great run!
As always, volunteers are needed to put on this race. For information and/or to help out, please contact Race Directors: Dianne Ernst at 425-6798 or Donna McCabe at 495-1615.

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Save the date:  November 7th

The current chill in the air conjures up many notions of fall activities.  A trip the a farmers market for apples, a ride to Huber’s for dinner, the search for the perfect little pumpkin in a pumpkin patch with a toddler are all rituals of the season I have come to cherish.  They all say “fall” to me. Warm apple cider, chilly evenings and frosty mornings combine to cause me to think about the soon to be upon us holiday season.  As I gaze at the calendar and consider the shrinking time line to have the house cleaned, menus planned and invitations mailed, I stumble over another important date.  If you flip that calendar over to November, you need to circle Tuesday, November 7th. Make a note to yourself on that little calendar square: VOTE. Take time in your hectic schedule to go to your poll and cast your vote. 
The right to vote in free, public elections has been hard fought. Right now, we have men and women around the globe fighting and dying to that others may enjoy what so many of us take for granted...the ability to cast a vote.  No matter your particular political leanings or your feelings toward our current president or even the international situations in which we currently find ourselves involved, exercise your right to vote.  In fact, I have a challenge for you. 
 As a show of respect and support for our men and women serving in the military, I challenge you to cast your vote on Tuesday, November 7th in their honor.  My brother served in Iraq last year.  He is a surgeon on the Air Force and I honestly never imagined the war in Iraq would touch me so personally.  My brother said goodbye to his wife, his six year old daughter and his two year old son and headed off to Balad Air Force Base outside of Baghdad for his tour of duty.  Thankfully, he returned home safely to those who love him and I could not be prouder to say I have a brother who served his country in such a way.
 On November 7th I will exercise my right to vote in honor of my brother, David, and all the men and women serving in the military. I challenge each of you to do the same.  I dare not presume to tell you for whom to vote, I only urge you to exercise the right you have as an American to go to the polls.  Circle the date on your calendar, set the alarm on your Palm Pilot, write yourself a note and stick it on the bathroom mirror:  November 7th   VOTE.

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
I disagree with the effort to ban package liquor sales along the Oak Street corridor for two reasons: 1) the Oak Street corridor is inherently commercial; and 2) the owner of Waldman’s, the “target”, is a conscientious, hands-on owner.
I was involved in the effort to ban liquor sales in the precinct which surrounded a package store at Ormsby and Brook. In that case, the neighborhood was not inherently commercial and the owner was not cooperative. We never made the argument, however, nor were we “targeting” the business because of the owner’s actions or those of his customers because we considered that to be unconstitutional. The location of the business was just not suited to a residential neighborhood. The voters agreed overwhelmingly.
Oak Street is for the most part not residential. It is meant to be commercial. Just because the police have failed us and some people behave badly, isn’t reason to punish the rest of us who appreciate the convenience and who are in control of our actions.
Count me out of this effort.

Dennis Lisack
S. First Street

New Year’s November 

Ahh, the luxury of time!  We are granting you an extra month to consider the resolutions you will make as 2007 comes around.  More importantly, we hope to help guide you down the path of greater civic involvment.  Did you know nearly every activity underway in our charming neighborhood is completed with volunteer work?  Thousands of hours annually go to planning and staging the activities and events that help make our neighborhood both charming and unique. 
The upcoming Holiday House Tour requires hours and hours of planning in the months leading up to the event.  An army of volunteers are needed on the actual dates of the tour, this year December 2nd and 3rd, to shuttle tour goers, staff the houses, distribute tickets and in the worst case scenario, shovel snow!  The Garden Tour in July and the recent St. James Court Art Show also require tremendous volunteer hours.  Oh, and let’s not forget your neighborhood associations, the Old Louisville Information Center Board, the Old Louisville Neighborhood Council and the subsequent committees of off these groups.
Yes, there are plenty of ways to resolve to get involved in Old Louisville.  Stick your toe in the water and join us in April at the annual Central Park Clean-up, or slide into the pool by volunteering at one of the public events or just go ahead and jump right in by serving on a neighborhood committee or one of the Councils or Boards of Directors.  There is plenty to do in this active and engaging community.
Making a New Year’s Resolution to get involved in Old Louisville is cheaper than a gym membership. It won’t leave you hungry and frustrated like a new diet.  It won’t cause you to furiously spend money at the local home improvement center.  Getting involved with the neighborhood will only cost you a little time and it might even leave you with a smile on your face and a renewed sense of civic pride. 
Resolve now to get involved in our neighborhood.  Flip this newsletter over to the back cover and make plans to attend one of the meetings listed on the calendar.  If you would like more information on volunteer activities, call the information center.  Eight weeks and counting to 2007...resolve to get involved!


Debbie’s Dining

The Thanksgiving table can be problematic in so many ways.  Some of us will be surrounding ourselves with a cornucopia of family and friends and will overindulge in wonderful food and terrific fun.  It could shape up as the quintessential “too much of a good thing” scenario.  Others of us may find ourselves in the midst of what could be called a bad “B” movie with a questionable cast of characters and a potluck collection of odd casseroles and less than delightful desserts.  I admit to experiencing more than my share of the “B” movie Thanksgivings.  Saving me from the day has always been the fact that I could look forward to a great dessert at some point.  There were times I considered diving into that great dessert first and then leaving before things got ugly, but I never did.   
A family and friend favorite is an old-fashioned bread pudding and bourbon sauce dessert.  It’s sweet and luxurious on the tongue and well worth the wait.  If you find yourself in the Norman Rockwell version of Thanksgiving, you will receive rave reviews for bringing this treat to the table.  If you suffer from the bad “B” movie Thanksgiving scene, those in your confidence will thank you in whispers!

Bread Pudding

1 16 ounce loaf of French bread, but into one-inch cubes
4 cups milk
3 eggs, beaten
2 cups sugar
1 cup raisins
3 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 Tablespoons vanilla extract
Combine bread and milk in a large bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.  Add all other ingredients and stir carefully to mix well.  Spoon mixture into a greased 3-quart casserole. Bake, uncovered at 325 degrees for 60 minutes, or until firm and set.  Cool slightly before serving.  Spoon into serving dishes and top with the bourbon sauce!
Bourbon Sauce
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 egg, beaten
2 Tablespoons (or more to taste) of bourbon
Combine butter and sugar in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves.  Add egg stirring quickly with a wire whisp until well blended.  Cook over medium heat an additional minute. Remove from heat and cool completely.  Stir in bourbon before serving.  May be used warm or cold.

The Youth Performing Arts School
presents: Meredith Wilson’s timeless classic
The Music Man
The Music Man November 10, 11, 17, 18 th 8:00p.m. Main Stage
Tickets: $8.00 & $10.00 with Student & Senior
discounts available.

A timeless tribute to small-town America, The Music Man takes a musically humorous look at a bygone era and follows the escapades of fast-talking Harold Hill as he cons the good people of River City, Iowa into purchasing instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band he vows to organize. Not knowing a clarinet from a trombone his plan is to skip town when he gets the cash, but his scheme is foiled when he falls for the lovely librarian, Marian, who converts him from rogue to a respectable citizen by curtain fall.
The score by Meredith Wilson encompasses nostalgic marches, barbershop quartets, and beautiful ballads, many of which have become American standards: “76 Trombones”, “Till There Was You”, “Gary Indiana”,
“The Wells Fargo Wagon”, “Lida Rose” and “Goodnight, My Someone”. Award winning, critically acclaimed, and suitable for all ages The Youth Performing Arts School students will create quirky characters and beautiful music to present a pre-Thanksgiving delight.
Tickets: $8.00 & $10.00
For additional information or photo opportunities contact:
The Youth Performing Arts School (502) 485-8355
1517 South second street
Louisville, KY 40208


Habitat ReStore

Habitat for Humanity is making a larger presence in Louisville than ever before. Did you know there is a new Habitat enterprise here in our fair city? It is called the Habitat ReStore and it is located just across from Papa John’s Stadium at 2777 South Floyd Street (502 636 2419). Habitat ReStores are retail outlets where quality used and surplus building materials are sold at a fraction of their normal prices. Proceeds from ReStores help local affiliates fund the construction of Habitat houses within the community. Many affiliates across the United States and Canada operate successful ReStores—some of which raise enough funds to build an additional 10 or more houses per year.
Materials sold by Habitat ReStores are usually donated from building supply stores, contractors, demolition crews or from individuals who wish to show their support for Habitat. In addition to raising funds, ReStores help the environment by rechanneling good, usable materials into use.
The Louisville store opened in March, 2006 and it is stocked with new and used materials and supplies. On a recent trip one could find brand new kitchen cabinets sold both by the piece and by the set, a phenomenal claw foot bathtub, shower surrounds, windows, doors. Wallpaper, furniture, rugs…not to mention fasteners and fixtures by the hundreds! They have a second building on the property containing flooring products and tiles. Skip the homestores this weekend and check out the deals at the ReStore, Habitat for Humanities retail center.
Donate Building Supplies
If you or your company would like to donate materials to Habitat ReStore, please contact the ReStore at 636-2419.



Mayor Announces Phone Book Recycling Program

Residents and businesses can use special containers,
recycling centers and curbside bins
Mayor Jerry Abramson today urged Louisville residents and businesses to recycle their old Yellow Pages or phone books by taking advantage of special containers and drop-off sites provided by Louisville Metro Government.
All directories deposited will be recycled at no charge to residents.  The books will be turned in to new telephone directories, pet bedding, egg cartons, tissues and paper towels.  In 2005, more than 100 tons of old phone books were recycled in the Louisville area.
“Some residents may think tossing a phone book in the trash isn’t a big deal or isn’t damaging to our environment,” Abramson said. “New phone books are delivered to more than 300,000 residences in Louisville each fall, and all of those old or outdated books create tons of trash in our landfill if they are not recycled.”
Abramson said there are several options for recycling old phone books or Yellow Pages. To accommodate multiple copies, large recycling containers will be located at two sites: the parking lot of the Plainview Kroger, 9812 Linn Station Road and the Louisville Metro Government parking lot located downtown at Jefferson and Liberty at Eighth and Ninth streets.
Businesses with 25 or more phone books to recycle are urged to use these large containers, which will remain in place through November 12.
Old phone books may also be deposited at one of the following non-staffed recycling drop-off sites including:

Louisville Fire Engine Co. #16 -1500 S. Sixth Street
Residents in the Urban Services District may put their phone books in their curbside recycling bins.
Sponsors of the phone book recycling program include The Kroger Company, Louisville Metro Government, Inland Service Corp., Waste Management of Kentucky, Inc. and BellSouth “The Real Yellow Pages.”
For more information, residents may visit or call MetroCall 311 or 574-5000.

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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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