Across the block from Settlers’ Watch, almost on the corner of 1st Avenue and Hamilton, a tribute to Lorain native Admiral Ernest J. King is being built.
Loraine Ritchey, the driving force behind Settlers’ Watch, is coordinating the installation of this tribute. According to Loraine, besides being located across the street from King’s boyhood home, the site was selected also due to its proximity to Lorain’s waterfront. All of the work is being done through grants and donations through the Charleston Village Society.”The flagpole is from the old American Shipyard. Lorain City Schools donated an anchor from the old Admiral King High School.” When completed, it will have the shape of an anchor. The anchor from King’s namesake high school will be relocated here, donated by Lorain City Schools.
(Special thanks go to Bur Brothers Masonry and Bricklayers Local #5 for the work they’re doing)
Brushing the sand into the spaces between the bricks.
The top of the anchor,
being fitted with the framework for another layer of cement, to hold the cross design of the bricks in place.
A ceremony is scheduled for June 25th, at 11am, to raise a flag for the first time. Donated by U.S. Representative Betty Sutton’s office, the flag will fly on the 55th anniversary of Admiral King’s death.
I wasn’t able to get to Settlers’ Watch on Pride Day the way I usually do, because I was taking care of my property turning it into something I can be proud of. Kristen and her friends planned a meet-up at Lakeview Park Saturday night, so I drove down to the Watch and looked around. Wow!! Nice job to all involved with the clean-up. I walked around taking pics (this’ll be a long one!!) because all the flowers were just gorgeous. I watched another couple walk and look around in absolute wonder as they took in everything that was the Watch. Freshly mulched flowerbeds, expertly cut carvings, and a pleasant evening to be outside. Another gentleman in his 20’s with an Eric Barnes tattoo on his arm relaxed on the bench in front of the Eagle, and we talked about the City and how Lorain will always be home.
The Spitzer Conference Center at LCCC was the site of the Lorain County Beautiful Awards Tuesday night. “The Lorain County Beautiful Awards has been recognizing properties for their beauty and aesthetic contribution to the overall quality of life in LorainCounty for the past eighteen years.”
Settlers’ Watch was nominated for Community Service: Any volunteer project for the betterment of the community such as community garden projects, beautification teams, etc.
AND WE FREAKIN’ WON!!
Kudos, Congrats and a Huge Round of Applause to Loraine Ritchey for coordinating everything and making the original plan a reality!!
Kudos, Congrats and a Huge Round of Applause to Bud Emerson for all of his efforts and devotion to the carvings!! Absolutely beautiful!!
And a Big “Thank You” to all of the following who contributed money, plants, equipment, materials, sweat and everything else that went into the greenspace now known as “Settlers’ Watch.”
The Carvings Sponsors
Century Tel Corp. – The Eric Barnes Eagle Tribute
City Of Lorain (Preservation Grant) – The Portside/Lorain Sign – The Anchor
CT Consultants – The Ship Captain
Lakeland Health Care Corp/Port of Lorain Foundation – Lorain Lighthouse
Oster Homes – The Heron
Corporate and Civic Sponsors and Participants (alphabetically)
Arkinetics- Gary Fischer – Site plan
Black River Historical Society- plants
Charleston Village Society Inc. – Project developers and co-coordinators
City of Lorain – Project developers and co-coordinators
Mayor A. Krasienko and staff
Lorain City Council members
Community Development Dept
Lorain Street Department
Lorain Utilities Dept
Lorain Fire Dept
Lorain Parks Dept
Lorain Health Dept
Lorain Police Dept
Lorain Law Dept. .
Lorain Building Dept.
Crest Fence – Fencing
Don Mould’s Plantation – Landscape
First Energy Corp. – Site and project development
Lakeland Healthcare Corp- Plantings
Lorain Arts Council – Plantings
Lorain County Government:
Lorain County Commissioners- Benches
Mrs. B. Blair, Ms. L. Kokoski, Mr. T. Kalo
Lorain County Solid Waste – Mr. D. Billman
Lorain Metro Parks – Bryan Goldthorpe- Horticultural
Lorain Rotary Club – Planting bed – Ship Captain
Morning Journal – Plantings and Landscape
Ritter Signs – Signage
SQP – Printing – All invitations and brochures
Stipe Painting – Labor for preservatives
Graphic Design/ Invitations Commemorative Booklet- Christopher D. Ritchey
Photography – Mark J.Teleha- Paula Tobias- Richard Robbin –
Barnes Commemorative Album- Mark J. Teleha- Paula Tobias
Volunteers- labor and plantings and donations
Tom and Jeri Boyer
Mr. and Mrs. C. Camera
Mrs. and Mrs. B. Goldthorpe
Pam and Larry Radke
Ernest and Loraine Ritchey
Rich and Ellen Robin
Don and Kelly Sagert
Ken and Pegi Shawver
Members and Employees (who also volunteered not named)
Black River Historical Society
Don Moulds Plantation
First Energy Corp
Lorain Street Dept
Lorain Utilities Dept
Lorain Rotary Club
Publicity and coverage:
Chronicle Telegram Newspaper
Cleveland Plain Dealer Newspaper
Morning Journal Newspaper
Settlers’ Watch is a beautiful greenspace, and we have Loraine and the City of Lorain to thank. That being said, it’s just not the same in the winter. Snow is a poor substitute for the colors of spring and the green of summer. The carvings of Bud Emerson seem a bit forlorn without the artwork of Mother Nature surrounding them.
Visit Loraine as the Ritchey Family bids farewell to Chris.