Officials dedicate Elyria Township 9/11 memorial

Courtesy of the Chronicle Telegram, filed on September 29, 2014 by

Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipe and Drum members, from left, Sherry Rouse, of Avon, John Murphy, a retired New York City firefighter who lives in Hudson, and Kelly Davis, of Mayfield Heights, check out the piece of steel from one of the World Trade Center towers that stands in the middle of the 9/11 Memorial after Sunday’s dedication ceremony at Rowland Nature Preserve in Elyria Township. ANNA NORRIS / CHRONICLE
Cleveland Firefighters Memorial Pipe and Drum members, from left, Sherry Rouse, of Avon, John Murphy, a retired New York City firefighter who lives in Hudson, and Kelly Davis, of Mayfield Heights, check out the piece of steel from one of the World Trade Center towers that stands in the middle of the 9/11 Memorial after Sunday’s dedication ceremony at Rowland Nature Preserve in Elyria Township. ANNA NORRIS / CHRONICLE

Speakers recalled the heroism and outpouring of goodwill immediately following the 9/11 attacks during a 9/11 memorial dedication in Elyria Township on Sunday.

The Rev. Donald Dunson, pastor of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church in Elyria, said the “pure altruism” displayed by rescuers that day should never be forgotten.

“There will always be those that try to cut the ties that bind. This beautiful memorial is a statement that we must forever stand united,” Dunson told about 200 people at the Rowland Nature Preserve, 7475 Murray Ridge Road. “There are ties visible and invisible that link us to every human being. Even to our enemies.”

The memorial is home to an 18-inch by 18-inch, 210-pound rusted piece of steel from one of the World Trade Center towers that collapsed after being struck by American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175 on Sept. 11, 2001. Including American Flight 77 that crashed into the Pentagon and the downing of United Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa., 2,977 people died that day.

The Elyria Township Fire Department in 2011 received the piece from the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Elyria Township was among about 1,500 communities nationally that received tower pieces, said township Trustee Rob Scheithauer, who helped spearhead memorial construction.

The remnant is the centerpiece of the memorial. The monument includes two 7-foot-tall concrete towers that are 2 feet by 2 feet wide, said architect Mark Lesner, of Amherst-based Mark Lesner & Associates.

The memorial foundation is an 8-feet-by-8-feet concrete, rust-colored pentagon. The rust symbolizes the blood of the victims. A waterfall runs out of the pentagon to a plaque with a “We Will Never Forget” inscription.

The monument received $16,766 in donations, Scheithauer said. He said $14,871 has been spent. Some donors dedicated memorial bricks to loved ones or veterans. Scheithauer said the only taxpayer money spent was $2,000 from the general fund to supply water for the waterfall.

However, Scheithauer said the monetary cost doesn’t reflect hundreds of hours volunteered by Lorain County trade union members who spent about five months building the monument. Scheithauer choked up as he thanked them.

“I don’t know to thank these guys,” he said. “They work hard.”

Lesner said in an interview that he volunteered about $20,000 of time to the project. The design was his third. The first two were too expensive.

His voice cracking with emotion, Lesner told the crowd he usually communicates through concrete and steel. Lesner recalled President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address in which Lincoln said the world would never forget the sacrifices of the Union dead and that government of, by and for the people “shall not perish from the Earth.” Lesner said the same lesson could apply to 9/11.

“If we come together, there’s nothing this country can’t do,” he said. “Terrorists didn’t destroy this country. They will not destroy this country.”

From the Chronicle: Sept. 11 Memorial takes shape in Elyria Township

911-Memorial-2Rob Scheithauer Sr., right, an Elyria Township trustee and member of Sheet Metal Local 33, and Bull (Steven) Smith, ironworker with Local 17, place a portion of baseplate steel from the World Trade Center Twin Towers at the memorial. STEVE MANHEIM/CHRONICLE

Workers on Monday, July 22nd, placed a portion of baseplate steel from the World Trade Center Twin Towers at the Sept. 11 Memorial at Rowland Nature Preserve in Elyria Township.

The memorial, sponsored by the township board, was built through brick paver donations. The memorial will include a waterfall, three flagpoles, and a granite plaque.

The Little Free Library Movement has made its way to Elyria Township

LFL Elyria TWP 2LFL Elyria TWPLibrary stewards, Jessica and Josephine Sen invite you to visit the Little Free Library at Crestwood Elementary School on Griswold Road.

Simply put, a Little Free Library is a “take a book, return a book” gathering place where neighbors share their favorite literature and stories. In its most basic form, a Little Free Library is a box full of books where anyone may stop by and pick up a book (or two) and bring back another book to share.

A total of 65 Little Free Libraries are now located throughout Lorain County as part of the Lorain County Little Free Library Initiative. Visit the “Lorain County Little Free Library Initiative” Facebook page to see a photo and address of each library. The libraries were built by Lorain County JVS Carpentry Students, Grafton Reintegration Center inmates, and local volunteers. The Initiative is sponsored by The Stocker Foundation, 201 Burns Road, Elyria.

Anyone wishing to donate new or gently used children’s books can contact Melanie Wilson at 440-366-4884. You may also place books in any little free library.

For more information on the Little Free Library movement visit www.littlefreelibrary.com.

Submitted by:
Melanie R. Wilson
Grants & Office Manager
The Stocker Foundation
201 Burns Road
Elyria, Ohio 44035
www.stockerfoundation.org

Groundbreaking for 911 Memorial

Committee Members left to right are Barb Scheithauer, Rob Scheithauer, Doug Skladan, Darlene Krausher, Mark Lesner and Tom Ivancic. Not pictured, Carl Snezek.
Committee Members left to right are Barb Scheithauer, Rob Scheithauer, Doug Skladan, Darlene Krausher, Mark Lesner and Tom Ivancic. Not pictured, Carl Snezek.

On Saturday, June 21st, the 911 Memorial Committee held a groundbreaking ceremony at the memorial site located at the Rowland Nature Preserve. Committee members from left to right are Barb Scheithauer, Rob Scheithauer, Doug Skladan, Darlene Krausher, Mark Lesner, (architect) and Tom Ivancic. Construction is now underway.

Address Signs

The Elyria Township Neighborhood Watch is asking all residents to install a green reflective address sign. These signs are easily seen at night and are designed to assist emergency personnel in finding the correct house when an emergency arises. The neighborhood Watch group pays $12 for each sign and sells them for $10.

The Elyria Township Neighborhood Watch Committee is offering retired senior citizens a free sign. Supplies are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis. For more information call Rob Scheithauer at 440.315.3844 or email rscheithauer@elyriatownship.com.

If you need help with sign installation, simply let us know.

Lorain County Businesses & Residents:

Steel from the World Trade Center
Steel from the World Trade Center

Elyria Township received a piece of the steel from the World Trade Center in New York. The Elyria Township Board of Trustees feel very honored to have this piece of steel in the township.

The Trustees formed a 911 Committee to oversee the design, construction and fund raising for a memorial to honor all first responders who gave the ultimate sacrifice and all others who perished on 9-11-2001. This Memorial will be built at the Rowland Nature Preserve, 7475 Murray Ridge Road, Elyria, Ohio. Construction is scheduled to begin this spring.

The Preserve is open for everyone to enjoy. There is great fishing and 1-3/4 miles of trails for walking or jogging. The fishing pier is handicap accessible.

 

 

2-1-1 First Call for Help

United Way of Greater Lorain County’s First Call for Help is Lorain County’s free 24-hour a day, seven-day a week, community information and referral service.  The service utilizes a database of thousands of local resources to assist people in accessing the help they need.

2-1-1 First Call for Help can be accessed:
1. By calling 2-1-1 or 1-800-275-6106
2. By visiting www.211lorain.org

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Brown-Smith, United Way of Greater Lorain County at 440.277.6530 x233 or allison.brownsmith@uwloraincounty.org .

Why is there a windmill at the Rowland Nature Preserve?

Trustee Rob Scheithauer took some pictures at the Rowland Nature Preserve on January 4, 2013, to show the purpose of the windmill. When the windmill blades turn they are pumping air to an air stone that is tied below the two duck decoys.  The air generated from the windmill is keeping the lake from totally freezing and this generates oxygen in the water so the fish can survive the winter.  The diameter of the water ring is approximately 20′. A word of caution for the ice fisherman: keep your distance from this water ring because, obviously, the ice is thinner in this area.