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Children’s fun, music and historical tour culminating in Olmsted People’s Heritage Days: Olmsted Dates and Data | Pro Club Bd

OLMSTED FALLS, Ohio – The Olmsted People’s Heritage Days celebrations begin today (August 4) and end Saturday.

It’s the grassroots effort that started last year’s annual tradition created by the late Clint Williams. Yes, it’s small, but it brings our community together in a fun way. Check out the many garage sales, some highlighted here, historical tours, children’s activities, music and see many Bulldog grads celebrating their classroom days.

Here are some of the events celebrated during this local event.

There are some local flea markets starting on August 4th.

28380 Hunters Ridge Lane – August 4-5 9am-6pm and August 6 9am-12pm. Creations of many talented artisans.

7192 Timber Lane – 8am-5pm 4th-6th August.

· St. Innocent Orthodox Church, 8526 Usher Road. August 5th from 8am to 5pm and August 6th from 8am to 12pm. Many items other than adult clothing and electronics.

9435 Ravinia Drive – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. August.

Look for street signs for other offerings throughout the community.

The city is sponsoring First Friday at the Charles A. Harding Pedestrian Covered Bridge from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on August 5. Enjoy live music from The Other Brothers. There will be drinks and the Grand Pacific Popcorn Truck will also be there.

Jim Wallace, local historian, will speak about uncovering long-lost facts and debunking myths about Olmsted’s history. His presentation will be on August 5th from 12pm to 1pm at the Jenkins Place Senior Center on the ground floor of Olmsted Falls Town Hall.

Jim Wallace will also be leading a historical tour on August 6 at 10:30 am. Meet at the Main Street parking lot between the Charles A. Harding Bridge and the former Olmsted Falls Library. The tour will highlight David Fortier Park and downtown Olmsted Falls, ending at Grand Pacific Junction. It takes between 60 and 90 minutes, so wear your walking shoes.

The Bulldog Summer Bash will be held on August 6th from 10am to 3pm at Grace Church, 6941 Columbia Road. There will be lots of children’s games, activities, plunge pools, crafts, face painting, prizes, raffle and food. The kids will love it.

The bash will include a K9 police demonstration at 11:00 am. Bring the kids to the makeup stand from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Add a dunk tank, games with prizes, craft vendors, inflatable boats, brain freeze/shaved ice; Olmsted Falls PTAs and Grand Pacific Popcorn. It’s all fun – and free!

A K9 police demonstration is scheduled for the Bulldog Summer Bash on August 6th at Grace Church in Olmsted Township. (Joanne Berger DuMound, specially for

There, Ava Radsvick and Kylie Chalfant, local members of Girl Scout Troop 70615, are working to complete their Silver Award project. They collect and donate 20,000 Chapstick Lip Smackers to UH Rainbows Babies & Children Hospital. They will be there to support their cause. If you would like to donate this stamp of Chapstick, bring it with you on Saturday.

Unfortunately the Olmsted Falls Kiwanis Club will not be hosting Breakfast on the Bridge this weekend. To end this Olmsted celebration, why not have breakfast at one of our local restaurants.

Some enterprising residents and business owners plan to relive the monument’s original days for next year. This column will keep you updated on this progress.

car wash: Bring your cars to the St. Mary of the Falls Boy Scout Troop 252 scheduled for this Saturday (August 6) at the Columbia-Cook Sunoco gas station. From 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., scouts will be on site to make your car shine. Monetary donations are accepted.

The station is on the corner of Columbia and Cook streets. A special thank you to those who stop by.

Citizen of the Year: We have many donors living in Olmsted Falls. Why not recommend one of them for this year’s Citizen of the Year award sponsored by the city’s Parks and Recreation Board?

The honor goes to a resident of Olmsted Falls whose service and dedication have made a significant contribution to the community. The award winner is said to have worked to improve the quality of life in the city through outstanding commitment and dedication.

Criteria include being a resident of Olmsted Falls for at least 12 months; above-average volunteering and/or philanthropic involvement and involvement in groups such as civic organizations, school activities, recreation, church, community events, or special volunteer services, and no pay for volunteering.

The closing date for entries is August 22nd. Applications are available at Your submission must include the candidate’s name, address, reason for nomination, and your name and address. Please also provide the respective telephone numbers and e-mail addresses.

Forms may also be submitted to the Chair of the Park and Recreation Board, City of Olmsted Falls, 26100 Bagley Road, Olmsted Falls, OH 44138 or mailed. The award will be presented at this year’s Falls Day in the park.

campus praise: Congratulations to Alexis Ann Phillips, who graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Masters of Science in Exercise Science.

Polaris: The Polaris Adult Job and Career Training Program Open House will be held on August 4th from 5pm to 7pm.

Attendees can explore adult employment opportunities and job training programs, and learn about financial aid options, tuition plans, and government student loans available to qualified applicants.

The program is free. Just drop by Polaris, located at 7285 Old Oak Blvd., Middleburg Heights, just down the street from Southwest General Health Center.

play ball: Get ready for the inaugural Olmsted Wiffle Ball Tournament on August 19th, 20th and 21st.

Games take place on the fields of Falls-Lenox Elementary School and north of Olmsted Falls Library. Age groupings include ages 8 and under; 9/10; 11.12.; 13th/14th; 15 to 18 and adults. The team lists include three and five players. Games begin on the night of August 19th and all day on August 20th and 21st.

Funds raised from the tournament go directly to improving the baseball field. Registration closes on August 17th.

The rules are very simple. There is no base running. A hit is determined by how far the batted ball lands. The defense consists of a pitcher and two fielders, with live pitching and normal counting for ball and strikes. Games consist of a maximum of five innings or 50 minutes. Additional rules will be emailed to team captains.

There will be a home run derby on August 21st. For more details, visit and click Programs, then Community Events.

Local Buffet Fest: The annual Fat Little Buddies Tavern music festival is held on August 6th at the tavern, which is located next to Olmsted Township Township, on the corner of Fitch and Cook Road.

Live music starts at 2pm with DJ Norm, Dogwood and Parrots of the Caribbean. Kolar Concessions will provide the food.

Advance tickets are $10 and are available online and at the bar. Tickets are $15 on the day of the event. Proceeds benefit the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online tickets are available at

Special thank you: When emergencies arise, hope for the best outcomes. This happened to me recently.

Our family, children and grandchildren recently spent a few days together in Sandusky. We wanted to spend time together, celebrate our Houston’s granddaughter’s birthday, and watch Chip do his half Ironman.

Well, on the first full day there, I tripped over a raised sidewalk and literally slammed my face into concrete. No time for a reaction to break my fall. It was not nice.

During my trip to the ER, I contacted my dental office – Olmsted Falls Dental Arts with Dr. Tom and daughter Melissa Kronholz. My tongue told me a tooth had shifted. I knew I had to contact her. I sent photos – again, which weren’t pretty – over my phone and their quick decision was to send me to the North Coast Jaw & Implant Center that morning. Bob drove me from Sandusky to this Westlake office.

I knew I was in good hands when Dr. Greg Plona walked in and said, “Well, it could be worse.” That was our mother’s favorite line.

He pushed my displaced tooth back into place and added braces over my upper front teeth to stabilize it. It was fast. I was immediately relieved that my mouth seemed normal again.

I have to thank the practice of Kronholz and Lisa and the North Coast Jaw & Implant Center for their prompt action. It’s always good to know that there is help on the other side in an emergency.

And as an added bonus, Melissa Kronholz and Greg Plona are Olmsted Falls High graduates. Thank you all for being there during this emergency.

I was feeling a bit out of shape that day, but my dentist definitely straightened me out. Yes, pun intended. I really appreciate it.

Information, please: To include news, tidbits, tributes or activities in Olmsted Falls and Olmsted Township, contact Joanne DuMound at She’s also on Twitter, @JoanneDuMound. The online version of the column at has direct links to many news items.

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