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Old East Village News

Fall 2007

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C O m m u n i t y a s s O C i at i O n

OEVCA Executive Members President: Annecke Somann chair@oevca.ca Vice-President: Frank Filice Treasurer: Christina Breen Secretary: Heather Philips admin@oevca.ca Directors at Large: Greg Anthony Donna Currie Ted Town Past President: Greg Thompson Subcommittee Chairs Garden Club: Donna Currie Newsletter: Sonia Wolf Tree Nursery: Laura Macnamara Web Maven: Heather Philips admin@oevca.ca

OEVCA President’s Message
Annecke Somann, President OEVCA It’s a combined newsletter that had previously been published independently by the OEVBIA and the OEVCA from the Old East Village. Both organizations noticed an overlap with quite a few articles in the past and that the issues came out at about the same time. The time has come to combine our resources to offer all who live or work in the Old East, a single newsletter that provides information about events happening in both the residential and the commercial areas within the Old East Village. Look for more changes in the Old East Village News formatting as we respond to comments/suggestions from our readers and our partnership develops in producing this newsletter. Thanks are extended to Larry Osborn and Sonia Wolf on their hard work in getting this done.



The executive members of the OEVCA Board have recently passed an amendment to conduct all our Membership (formerly Board) meetings in an open manner. Our Vision is to aid and empower residents of our neighbourhood through advocacy, education and community involvement in order to establish a positive and healthy relationship with each other and greater London. Our Purpose is to promote, facilitate, co-ordinate, support or undertake activities that will enhance the quality of life of the Old East Village. To this end, we cordially invite any current-paidup OEVCA member: continued on back page...

OEVCA Annual General Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 15th, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Where: Details To Be Announced Early Spring 2008 on our website: www.oevca.ca Who: All residents of the OEVCA area * may attend; Members of the OEVCA may vote** Agenda Items: Update on past year’s OEVCA activities On-going OEVCA activities OEVCA Board Elections
** Elections: Four executive positions will be decided: President Treasurer/Membership Two Members-at-Large Nominations will be accepted from the floor. Only members of the OEVCA are eligible to run, and vote in these elections. Memberships will be available at the door ($10 per family).

Check out our website: www.oevca.ca
graphic design: sonia Wolf, English street graphics We invite your comments, suggestions and submissions. Please contact annecke somann, OEVCa President at chair@oevca.ca

* The Old East Village Community Association takes in the area bounded by: North: Railroad tracks just north of Central Ave./Elias St. East: Railroad tracks next to the Kellogg plant South: Railroad tracks just south of Florence St./Western Fair/York St. West: Adelaide St.

Old East Village Heritage Conservation District News
It has been a busy year and a half since Council approved the by-law creating Old East Village as London’s third, and largest, heritage conservation district. Judging from the number of calls and messages received it is heartening to see the extent to which the community is supportive of this initiative. One needs only to wander through the neighbourhood to see evidence of a renewed awareness of the heritage character so strongly expressed in many of the buildings there. Equally encouraging is the awareness of residents of the small grant program available through the London Community Foundation for owners of designated properties who have projects aimed at conserving or restoring heritage elements of those properties. Almost half the grants awarded in the 2007 allocation process went to homes in Old East Village for such things as restoration and repainting of Victorian woodwork detail, repairs to existing porches, conservation of stain glass windows and masonry repairs and restorations. Property owners should keep this program in mind when applications are available in January for the 2008 budget allocation. Just remember that grants must be for work related to heritage conservation and can not be awarded for work that has already been carried out. There is no guarantee of receiving a grant as the allocation committee must be mindful of the amount of funds generated by the endowment fund and the number of applications received in determining which applications might be the most appropriate to receive funding in 2008 following the application deadline of April 1. Information about this program is available on line on the London Community Foundation website. and approval is necessary. Residents did receive a brochure outlining this at the time of the District’s creation. If you are new to the area, or have mislaid this, a copy can be obtained from the Heritage Planner’s office or by looking online. Normally, an alteration application is needed for changes to an existing front exterior façade, whether this involves a porch alteration, window replacement, cladding removal or replacement, and removal or restoration of decorative woodwork. Interior changes, additions to the rear or side if they are not too large in relation to the rest of the original structure, exterior repairs using similar materials do not require an alteration permit. If in doubt, contact the heritage planner’s office in advance of any work being done. Keep in mind that, if an alteration application is needed, because it must be approved by the LACH and Planning Committee and Council, there often is a 4-6 week approval period before a permit can be granted. Depending on the consultant’s original classification of each building in terms of its authentic heritage details some approvals may be given immediately by the heritage planner. London Foundation and the Architectural Conservancy. Such workshops may focus on a particular theme such as replacing heritage windows. Possibly by the time this newsletter is distributed, the City’s electronic e-maps will show its new heritage website. While the website identifies buildings that are listed as Priority properties on the City’s Inventory of Heritage Resources or designated under Part IV or Part V of the Ontario Heritage Act, it also allows viewers to access conservation plans and guidelines for each of London’s three heritage conservation districts. If you want to know what the Inventory says about a particular building enter the address once you call up the heritage map. If you want to find a link to the Ontario Ministry of Culture, or even the provisions of the Ontario Heritage Act check out the London City Heritage Map at www.london.ca when it is available. Also available there will be the initial report by the consultants for the proposed West Woodfield Heritage Conservation District.

Old East Village Street Signs

Conservation Tips

Heritage Guidelines

A number of questions have been asked about when a heritage alteration application

Need some advice as to how to restore or whether to restore an element that may have some heritage importance? Start by accessing the Conservation Guidelines that were produced as part of the creation of the Heritage Conservation District. This is available at the library, the Old East B.I.A office, and, most accessibly for many online on the City’s website. These can provide some general ideas as to what would be preferable in terms of renovations to the exterior. For specific projects the heritage planner may have additional information that can be shared. Occasionally workshops are arranged by groups such as the Heritage

Coming soon Old East Village can anticipate having its own distinctive street signage recognizing the distinct character of the district. For more than a year, representatives from the Old East Community Association have been consulting with the City to revise the City’s policy with respect to distinct signage, and, more recently, to select a sign which responds to the community’s identity. While this process has taken longer than originally thought, it is hoped that new signs will be erected within a few months. Thanks are extended to Annecke Somann, Donna Currie and Frank Filice for their diligence in pursuing this matter. by Don Menard

"As I've walked and cycled through the neighbourhood this year I noticed numerous properties being restored, renovated or otherwise improved. This certainly adds to the pleasure of a leisurely meander through the streets of Old East. Here are some examples!" by Frank Felice

Heritage House Signs - A Social History of the Old East Village
A few caveats are in order: In almost every home history we have done, the year in which the address first showed up in the city directory is later than the year given obtained by lawyers on the Title Search. The reason, I think, by Greg Thompson, OEVCA Past-President A few years ago, Susan and I were driving through Fergus, Ontario and noticed that many of the homes in the core had signs indicating the year the home was built and the name and occupation of the original occupant(s). Having never been shy about using other people's ideas, we thought this might be an interesting project for this neighbourhood. Judging from the number of calls that we receive on these signs, people are noticing that these signs are proliferating. It's an interesting way for us to brand our neighbourhood and to draw attention to the occupations of our first residents. We have arranged a bulk price for these signs with Print Studio a very good printing shop located at the corner of Dundas and Dorinda Streets here in Old East Village. (1050 Dundas Street East, 519-951-9595, print@printstudio.ca ) They have a template in place and they are charging $20 per sign. The signs are vinyl lettering on sign-grade aluminum. We've had ours up for nearly two years now and have had next to no deterioration. In our experience the best and safest method of installation is with closed S-hooks hanging from eyelet screws (pry open the S-hooks to attach the sign and the eyelet and then close them again, it's very difficult for someone to then remove). Chris Reid at the Old East Village Hardware Store on Dundas (at English) has the hardware in stock. Now for the harder part; researching the history of your home. Susan and I have now done about 40 homes in the 'hood and it is quite easy (if a little hard on the eyes). The Central Branch of the London Public Library has the original City Directories on microfiche. These are located in the London Room (3rd floor) and the reference librarians are eager to help get you set up. The directories begin around 1885. Each year, there are usually 5 years worth on each microfiche reel. The city directory contains two major parts. First there is a Street Directory, in alphabetical order. From the street directory, you will get the year of the home and the name of the first occupant. Pick a year around where you think your home was built and look for the address in the street directory section. If the number is not there, move forward to the next year, and so on until the address first shows up. If it is there reverse the process; go back until the first year in which the address does not appear and then move forward one year to the first citation. This will be the year in which the first occupant moved in. Once you have located the year in which your street address is first cited, proceed to the second section in that year's directory, which is the Name Directory, again listed in alphabetical order. This will give you the occupation of the first resident and, perhaps, the employer. (Hint: several times we located year and first occupant from the street directory but there was no mention in the name directory of an occupation and/or employer. If this happens to you, check the name directory for the following year(s), you might get lucky).

is that most of the homes in Old East were built on spec by property developers between 1885 and 1910. Consequently, the title search will reveal the date in which the properties were severed from the original land grants and sold to developers. But, of course, homes were not built and resold to the first occupants until some time after this. Sometimes, you may run into problems with addresses that don't seem to line up, though this is mainly a problem when you are doing a block of homes. Interestingly enough, in a few locations, it appears that smaller homes were torn down at the turn of the 20th century to allow for the construction of the homes we now have. In a few of these cases, we seemed to have dropped some addresses with the bigger lot sizes put in place. When you are out walking around, these sites are quite easy to locate. Look for jumps in street addresses; like from 810 Lorne Avenue to 814 Lorne Avenue. Two homes now sit where three used to. The last caveat pertains to accuracy. Mistakes will be made in the history search. My opinion is that this is relatively unimportant. The aim of the project is to capture a snapshot of the neighbourhood as it first existed; the age of the buildings, the people who first lived here and their occupations. It's an exercise in social history not title searching.

Okay So I live in the East end, So what!
When my family and I decided to move to the Old East Village there were many different options expressed by our friends and family. Some wondered if raising a child in the village was a safe environment, some felt that the investment was not a sound one, and some ( mostly friends of our age and ilk) said cool! At least nobody will complain if you hang your laundry outside( unlike some of the more desirable suburban areas) Well we ve been here for 6 years now and those opinions have changed. Now our friends ask us if there are any good houses for sale! They want to move here too! Our family oohs and ahhs over the heritage homes in the area. People are envious of our garden club, community association, events at our school, and the atmosphere of the neighbourhood. We made this happen by bringing a community together, so get involved. Lets make this neighbourhood the envy of our friends and family, so when people ask where you live, we can proudly say, The Old East Village! by Susan Pederson

Hello everyone!
My name is Brittany Moore-Shirley. I’d like to tell you about my community from my view. I know I am very lucky to live in the East London Community. It’s not just the beautiful homes and curbside gardens, but the caring people that live here. There is always something to do. I was very excited last year to be part of the “Investing in Children Art Project” in May, and the “Fire and Frost Festival” in November, that created the banners hung on the light posts between Elizabeth and Adelaide Streets during the festival. In June, I and other Lorne Avenue students and other community members performed at “Aeolian Hall Performing Arts Centre”. I look forward to doing again this year, bringing our community together and to help raise money for our music program at Lorne Avenue P.S. In October many of us enjoyed a Hallowe’en Party at Boyle Community Centre, There is always something great happening in Old East. In the future, when your thinking of investing in children like me, remember you’re investing in adults like you. So investing in Our Community, keeps us all involved for many years. You never know, in the year 2022 your mayor could be from Old East, and it could be Me! Thank-you!
(Brittany spoke these words at the AGM of the Old East Village BIA on February, 28, 2007 at the Aeolian Hall. Deb Mathews, MPP London North Centre heard this speech that night and had invited Brittany to Queens Park in Toronto.)

Tree Planting at Lorne Ave School
On October 22, 2007, with the support of the Lorne Ave School Council and the Old East Garden Club, ReForest London planted 4 trees and 12 shrubs in the school yard. All the students at the school helped dig holes, plant trees and shrubs, mulch, fertilize and stake the trees. It was a beautiful fall day, and the kids were very enthusiastic workers. They learned about some of the things trees give us, and what we need to give trees to help them survive. We planted a Sycamore, Sugar Maple, Red Maple, and Hackberry, and four varieties of native shrubs. These trees will provide shade, beauty, and learning opportunities for generations. Julie Ryan, Reforest London

Garden Club Update
The Old East Garden Club had a very productive spring compost/green day sale. The money raised at the compost day this past May will be used for community events such as the newsletter. The garden club and OEVCA donated another two hundred dollars from the proceeds of the sale to Lorne Avenue Public school in the Old East Village to put towards the trees that were planted. The garden club members also joined in and did planting in the garden beds on the south side of the driveway for communities in blooms. The plants were donated by the city of London and looked absolutely gorgeous for a month or so. The Old East Garden Club enjoyed two very successful garden crawls in the neighborhood this summer. An afternoon crawl, ending in a bar-b-que as well as an evening crawl which ended with dessert and great company! The garden crawls as well as being social, educational, are a great way to enjoy the fruits of all the gardeners hard labour over the summer. We also hosted a plant cull this September. The turnout was low but the plants for those who participated were plentiful and fabulous. We are hoping to host a couple of garden tours that could also be used as fund raisers in the old east village for 2008. We would love to hear from residents in the area that would be proud to show off their fabulous gardens, front yards or back yards to the rest of London. There are some truly marvelous unique and very creative yards in the old east village! The Garden Club has established the second Monday of each month as our night for get together meetings. The 2008 garden club plans are already in progress. The wine and seed night is hosted in February for a plant seed exchange, compost sale in May, there will be at least one private garden club members only plant exchange, and hopefully at least one garden tour as a fund raiser. If you would like to become a member, or have ideas and suggestions or would like to be a guest speaker at one of our meetings we would love to hear from you!!! During the school year the meetings will be held in the community room of the Lorne Avenue Public School, on Lorne Avenue at English. Look for our meeting schedule at www.oevca.ca. contact Donna Currie, 439-7120

continued from page 1... -to attend our OEVCA Membership Meetings; and -to have the opportunity to incorporate membership input, ideas and energy to build a stronger, friendlier neighbourhood. These meetings generally occur once a month during a weekday evening usually starting at 7:00 p.m. and ending by 9:00 p.m. Go to our website www.oevca.ca to find the scheduled meeting times and proposed meeting agendas. Contact Christina Breen, OEVCA Membership Chair, on how you can become a member by email: ckp6@hotmail.com or by phone: 519-858-2687. Membership forms are also available on our website at www.oevca.ca.

Carson Public Library
465 Quebec Street, (519) 438-4287

Carson Library Hours
Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday 1-5 pm & 6-9 pm 9-noon & 1-5 pm 1-5 pm & 6-9 pm 9-noon & 1-5 pm 9-noon & 1-5 pm

Let’s Rock the Library!

– Carson’s Teen Annex L.O.U.D. Concert 7:00 - 8:30 pm Thursday December 6 London musician, Davita Guslits, is going to rock the Carson library with her acoustic renditions of a variety of musical favourites. Join us for an intimate concert that is sure to please! Free! (2-4 yrs with care giver) 10:15 – 11:00 am, Wednesday December 12 Join Susan for a morning of stories, songs and activities to help you get in the holiday spirit. Drop In. It’s free. 10:15 – 11:00 am, Wednesday Mornings Join us on Wednesday mornings for a fun drop-in craft with a caregiver!

The Carson Branch runs a limited number of programs, including yearly drop-in craft programs, March Break programs and Summer Reading programs. Wheelchair accessible. What’s happening at Carson! http://www.londonpubliclibrary.ca/node/2274

Holiday Story time with Susan Getchell

Support your local library - Carson Public Library!
• Visit Carson Library: • borrow books, DVD’s, videos, compact discs and audio cassettes • use their computer • hold a meeting for your organization • Sign a petition supporting the Carson Library at the library or through the www.oevca.ca website • Send an email or a written letter to the London Public Library Board Chair, Svetlana MacDonald or to any of their Board members Mailing address: London Public Library – Central 251 Dundas St. London, Ontario N6A 6H9 info@lpl.london.on.ca • Attend a public session of the London Public Library Board which meets every 3rd Wednesday at 5:30 pm at the Central Public Library, 251 Dundas St.

Drop-in Crafts (2-5 yrs with care giver)

On December 23, 1915, the first branch of the London Public Library, the East Branch, was opened on the corner of Dundas and Rectory Streets in the East London Town Hall. It was moved in 1926 to the corner of Dufferin and Quebec Streets and named after the Director of London Public Library who served from 1906 to 1916. The present building was constructed in 1977. The collection is varied and includes adult and children’s books, DVDs, videos, compact discs, audio cassettes, large print books and literacy kits. The branch has five computers for public uses: one job bank/email, one children’s cd-rom, and three internet stations.

General Information

London InterCommunity Health Centre
659 Dundas St. (519) 660-0874 The London InterCommunity Health Centre offers health and social services/programs to individuals, families, and communities. Currently, a number of programs are open to the community, and we would welcome participation from neighbourhood residents. Youth Drop-In – Wed. 3:30-6:00pm Chill with your friends (ages 13+) over games, cooking, music, and more! For more information, call Shelly at 519-660-0874 ext. 254. Men’s Support Group: Dealing with Anger and Other Feelings – Saturdays 9:30-11:30am For more information, call John at 519-660-0874 ext. 227 Seniors’ Drop-In – Wed. 1:00-3:30pm Tai Chi classes – Sat. 10:30-11:30am For more information, call Elizabeth at 519-660-0874 ext. 275 Children’s Nutrition and Learning Project Includes a variety of programs run out of Lorne Ave. Public School, Monday – Friday. Volunteers are needed in our nutrition programming; childcare is provided. For more information, call Shelly at 519-660-0874 ext. 254. SHAC Club after-school program Snack, Homework, Activity, Crafts, and more for grades 3-8 Mon., Tues., Thurs. 3:30-6pm Boyle Community Centre Wed. 3:30-6pm Lorne Ave. Public School kitchen For more information, call Shelly at 519-660-0874 ext. 254. Multicultural Women’s Support Groups Offered in a number of languages and communities. For more information, call Vindu at 519-660-0874 ext. 251. Clinical Services For information on clinical services, call Liz, our Intake Worker, at 519-660-0874 ext.255.

Holiday Open House at London InterCommunity Health Centre Come join us for festive goodies, and see who we are and what we do! Saturday, December 22, 10:30am12:00pm Saturday, December 29, 10:30am12:00pm Submitted by Shelly Happy, Community Worker, 519-660-0874 x254

Boyle Activity Council
The Boyle Activity Council formed in the summer of 2007 with the intent of enabling a group of community-minded individuals to come together to support the growth of recreation and leisure opportunities provided at the Boyle Community Centre. With the support of the City of London and the London InterCommunity Health Centre, a number of interested neighbourhood residents have taken leadership in helping design, plan, and implement community-led programming. Currently, a number of new initiatives are open to the community: • Drop-In Sports – Wednesdays, 4-6pm, for 10-13 year olds • Family Sports Drop-In – Sundays, 2-4pm • Parent/Caregiver & Tot Drop-In – Thursdays, 9:30-11:30am In addition, new Winter programs running mid-January to March are being planned. Programs include Nerf Soccer, Young Artists, Dance Mix, Floor Hockey, and others. Registration runs Thursday, December 13, 6-8pm and Saturday, December 15, 10am-noon @ Boyle C.C. If you are interested in joining BAC to help determine future community programming for the neighbourhood, please contact Shelly Happy, London InterCommunity Health Centre, 519-660-0874 x254; shappy@lihc.on.ca For more information be sure to check out our new website Submitted by Shelly Happy, Community Worker, LIHC, 519-660-0874 x254

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