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Issue 1: May 2008

Letter from LLC President

It is said that “the only constant is change.” We have recently experienced that within the Linwood Community Council.

At the April 2008 Community Council meeting, we have elected new Officers and Trustees. We currently have a complement of 10 members of the Board, with 4 of those being elected as the Officers. These people are the ones who are going to be leading our community for the 2008-2009 year.

I am pleased to introduce myself to you as your new President. My name is Tom Salamon, and I have been a Linwood resident since 1976. My wife and I have raised our 4 children is this Community, and for a number of years, we had a business located on Wooster Pike. I am excited about being able to continue in the beautification of the Linwood area, along with the other members of the Council.

The other Officers elected were Gina Hoskins, Vice President, Sarah Piercy, Secretary, James Marthaler, Treasurer. Trustees elected are Pam Beckler, Greg Street, Cookie Salamon, Jack Weaver, Ralph Jacob, and Al Hoskins.

We have had a lot of activity in this small Community of ours. We have had new businesses come into the area and join other long-time companies who have made Linwood their base of operation. New buildings, new park, new residents all add up to making our Neighborhood more vibrant and alive.

Previous Councils have started and given us funding to do projects in Linwood. We have seen some results in our cleaning and beautification of our area. We have recently had the Great American Clean-Up, and have had a good number of volunteers picking up trash in our neighborhood.

This is a good start.

However, we are but a small community. There are 10 of us on the Council; the By-Laws give us the limit of 15. That means we still have room for YOU to get involved as a Trustee. The more of us residents and businesses get involved, the louder our collective voices are. Involvement of the Community goes a long way in getting the grants and funds needed to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods.

I invite you and urge you to get involved in your Community. Come and join us at the Council meetings. If you feel that you can not participate as a Council member, join us anyway and give us your thoughts and ideas on how we can make Linwood a safer, cleaner and more beautiful Community.

In closing, I wish to express my thanks and appreciation to those who have served on the Council for the past year and past few years. I especially would like to recognize Megan Lamkin, who served as President last year, as well as Jenny O’Donnell, who has given many hours to our Community for the past number of years. I hope to see YOU at the next Council meeting.

Tom Salamon

History of Memorial Day

By Jenny O’Donnell

As an American living in Europe, I have had the opportunity to see the gratitude and the reverence paid by the people who benefitted from the US participation in World Wars I & II. Every town in France has a memorial to the US soldiers who gave their lives to protect the foreign soil, and these memorials are still freshly decorated with flowers and American and French flags as a sign of gratitude. People in those towns in northern France still make the point to thank us, as Americans for the role our grandfathers played in saving their country.

According to the American Battle Monuments Commission they administer, operate, and maintain 24 permanent American burial grounds on foreign soil. Presently there are 124,913 U.S. war dead interred at these cemeteries, 30,921 of World War I, 93,242 of World War II and 750 of the Mexican War. Additionally 6,149 American veterans and others are interred in the Mexico City and Corozal American Cemeteries.

The marking of Memorial Day started to honor those who died in the US in the Civil War. In 1868 the first official memorial was held.

The 30th of May, 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers, or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet churchyard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit.

General John A. Logan of the Grand Army of the Republic, May 5, 1868

By the late 1800s most American communities celebrated Memorial Day, and after World War I, Decoration Day, as it was originally known, found new significance. In 1971, Congress officially declared the last Monday in May to be a holiday in which we honored these fallen soldiers; whereas Veteran’s Day was a day to honor those who had completed service in the military, regardless of whether they died from service or not.

Now we have parades and ceremonies, but I always wonder if those who weren’t there or don’t have a close connection really remember, or give honor to those who were. I urge you to make a special effort to honor our fallen soldiers, wherever you are on Memorial Day 2008.

Linwood’s Masonic Lodge Sells Building after over 100 years in Linwood

This information was found on the website (no longer active).

Linwood’s Masonic Lodge had been at the corner of Eastern and Linwood Avenues since 1909, just a few blocks away from its beginnings. In 1892 a group of masons gathered wanting to start up a Masonic Lodge, after several meetings in the Town Hall, the building which is now the Ark by the River Church on the corner of Eastern and Heekin Avenues. It was at the Town Hall that the petition for dispensation to begin organizing was initiated.

Doctor A.M. Countryman, a Past Master from Yeatman Lodge #162, was asked for his help in securing consent from the several Lodges that held jurisdiction in the Linwood area. After securing the consent the Grand Master of Masons at the time, Most Worshipful Brother Levi C. Goodale, himself a resident of Linwood, granted the lodge a dispensation on June 19, 1892.

The third floor of the firehouse on Heekin Avenue became the first meeting place. The lodge was instituted under Dispensation June 30, 1892. Linwood Lodge received its charter at the annual Communication of the Grand Lodge of Ohio on October 19, 1892, in Springfield, Ohio. This was also the same day the cornerstone of the Ohio Masonic Home was laid.

The first annual meeting was held on Thanksgiving Day 1892. Dr. Countryman was elected as the first Worshipful Master. The cornerstone was laid October 23, 1909, with the Grand Master, B.F. Perry presiding. The Lodge room was dedicated on July 2, 1910. The first meeting in the new building was a few weeks earlier on June 18, 1910.

Linwood Lodge has recently sold the building where they were housed for nearly 100 years and has merged with the Norwood-Winton-Carthage Lodge.