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Heidelberg Beach News

Posted 1-15-21: First Half Invoices Mailed

The First Half Real Estate Tax and Assessment invoices have been mailed with a due date of February 12th.

Due to the recent delivery problems with the post office, please contact Dick Castele if you do not receive your invoice by January 23rd.

Posted 12-21-20: Welcome Winter Solstice!

This was also known in the Macko household of John’s youth as “The Eve of the Eve of Christmas Eve’s Eve!” 😉

A few of us year-round folks gathered to send our holiday greetings to all of you. This year we welcome newcomers Karen and Rick Herwerden to the ranks of the full-time residents!

We are wishing everyone a safe and healthy winter and looking forward to seeing you in 2021!

Pictured Left to Right: Jocelyn and little Leo Abonamah (who, along with new dad Ahmed, are staying here for much of this winter season); Jan & Craig Peer; Dean Smith (elf hat); Karen & Rick Herwerden (front); and Mary Chidester, Jane Chidester, and John Macko (standing, right of sign).

Solstice Greetings

Posted 12-21-20: Thank You from the Beck Family

Thanks to the many of you who sent the beautiful cards of condolence to our family at the passing of Dick. He was four days short of turning 91. God has blessed us with many good friends and a beautiful life together. Heidelberg was a very special place and “get away” for us for 45 years. We shared it with all our family and many friends. God Bless everyone and trust you will have as much enjoyment there as we had.

Barb Beck

Posted 12-02-20: Dick Beck Passed Away

We are very sad to report that Dick Beck (formerly of 58 Kentucky) passed away on Monday, November 30th. He would have turned 91 on Friday, December 4th. Visitation and a service will be held on Saturday, December 5th. See Dick’s obituary for details.

For anyone wishing to mail a card to Barbara Beck, send to 5975 Galion New Winchester Road, Galion, OH 44833.

The following pictures are from Don and Joy Bratton. They last visited Barb and Dick on September 23rd in Galion. Don is a cousin to Dick, on the Pretzer side of the family (related to Don’s grandfather Albert Pretzer, who was brother to Howard Pretzer).

Dick Beck Dick Beck Dick Beck

Posted 11-23-20: Linda Lackey & Small Business Saturday

I will be setting up shop in the front portion of the Crawford Insurance building at 507 Main Street in Huron this Saturday from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Their Beagle Bay Knot works is in the back of the building and there will be a few other vendors in the adjacent buildings on Main Street for Shop the Block Small Business Saturday.

Also, after the event on Saturday I will have a Thank You Neighbors selection of free Christmas masks for my friends at Heidelberg Beach in the Little Free Library.

Linda Lackey (99 Ohio)

Posted 10-11-20: Many Thanks for the Hearty Helpers!

During the past several days, there was a dedicated, trusty group of Heidelbergers who kindly offered a hand at sandbagging.

The efforts of the community are greatly appreciated. Thanks again for all the support!

Sandbagging Sandbagging Sandbagging

Posted 10-08-20: LOL at Quarry Hill Orchards!

I will be setting up my Linda’s Other Life tent at Quarry Hill Orchards this Saturday and Sunday as part of their (mini) Apple Peak celebration. All are welcome. I believe their Antique Tractor Show will also be running, along with some other vendors and food trucks.

My Web site is Find me on Instagram @lindasotherlife

Linda Lackey (99 Ohio)

Posted 10-08-20: The BIG 95 for Will Ossman!

My dad—Wilbur Ossman—is celebrating the Big 95 on October 30. Since visits are still on hold, he has spent a very lonely year in assisted living. Anyone who wishes to make his year, month, day a little happier could send a card to him at

Vitalia Senior Living
21452 Royalton Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44149

He is still very sharp so phone calls are also welcome at (440) 334-0757 or E-greetings at

Thank you! I know it would mean a lot to one of the oldest (I almost typed oddest) Heidelbergers!

Linda Lackey (99 Ohio)

Posted 10-02-20: Help Needed: East Pier Reinforcement

Jim Rohrbaugh (36 West Virginia) is leading an effort to fill and place sandbags around the south end of the east pier to reinforce the structure.

Heidelberg Beach has suffered significant erosion over the past two years. Our beach volleyball court no longer exists, and without some intervention we may lose additional land on the Promenade bluffs and beach. As you may have noted this summer, our bluffs have been sharply carved out by the waves last winter/spring. Tree roots along the beach bluffs are now exposed where land once stood.

We are hoping to mitigate further loss by sandbagging the shore area, concentrating first on the area by the East Pier.

(Empty) sandbags will arrive today (Friday). We just need the workers to fill the bags with sand, tie them and place them in the appropriate spot.

Thus, we are hoping that all able-bodied Heidelberg Beach residents (and their strong children and grandchildren) will assist with this task.

We have a few weeks to get this done before the winter weather will force us to forgo any further efforts as we prepare for the impending storm season. Please consider helping us with this task. We welcome participants of all ages!!! If you can come to Heidelberg Beach for the next several weekends to help with this group activity, that would be wonderful. Thank you, in advance, for joining us in the effort to protect our beautiful Promenade and beach.

Please bring and wear face coverings and try to maintain physical distancing.

Jane & Jim Rohrbaugh

Posted 9-29-20: Welcome Baby Abonamah!

A big welcome to Leo Ashour Abonamah, born September 22 at 7:13 P.M., 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and 20.5 inches long. Congratulations to parents Jocelyn and Ahmed, our new leaseholders at at 58 Kentucky!

All are doing really well and can't wait to get back to Heidelberg Beach!

Leo Ashour Abonamah

Posted 9-14-20: Oak Cautions

The grand old oak just west of 85 Michigan has been dropping limbs recently, including a large one during our recent storm last week that hit the cottage and put a hole in the roof.

In an abundance of caution, the tree has been ringed with yellow tape. For your safety, and that of your pets and children, please stay out of the area.

The tree will be taken down sooner than later—Leimeister has to schedule a crane.

Oak Caution Tape at 85 Michigan

Posted 9-02-20: Welcome Jocelyn and Ahmed!

We warmly welcome Jocelyn and Ahmed Abonamah as new members of Heidelberg Beach and the new leaseholders at 58 Kentucky (formerly held by Barbara and Dick Beck). Joceyln is the daughter of Martha and Joe Vivona, conveniently next door at 59 Kentucky, the Pioneer. The Abonamahs live in Washington, D.C., so Heidelberg Beach will be their vacation home.

It's great to have them now as part of this community, and we wish them many, many years of happy times and memories in their new cottage!

Also, Jocelyn and Ahmed are expecting any day now, so watch for another posting soon with a baby picture!

New Members Jocelyn and Ahmed Abonamah

Posted 8-31-20: Guests and Renters: What We All Need to Know

There have been numerous complaints this summer of inappropriate behavior by people who use our grounds and beach. Everyone on the grounds should be here only at the specific invitation of a leaseholder. If you see anyone with whom you are not acquainted, you are within your rights to ask them whose guest they are and ask them to leave if they are not legitimate guests of a member.

Leaseholders, please remember that you are responsible for the behavior of your cottage guests. Failure of your guests to abide by the rules of Heidelberg Beach reflects on you. It is up to you to instruct them in proper use of our beautiful facilities and common areas and ensure that they abide by the rules.

In addition, the leases for our lots do not allow "subletting," but we have long held an informal policy of use by friends and family. Please do not jeopardize this privilege by abusing it. We intend to remain a neighborhood, not a resort.

Posted 8-27-20: New Roof on West Path Bench

Many thanks to David Rohrbaugh (30 West Virgina) for replacing the shingle roof over the covered bench near the top of the west path down to the beach. What a wonderful frame for a spectacular view!

New Roof for the Wedding Bench

Posted 8-25-20: Joyce Foote Final Arrangements

Joyce Foote (25 West Virginia and 47 Kentucky) passed away on Sunday, August 23rd, around 11:00 A.M.

Final arrangements are being made through Riddle Funeral Home in Vermilion. An obituary and tribute page is on their Web site where you may leave condolences.

A memorial event is being planned for this Saturday, August 29th, at 7:00 P.M. down on the beach. There will be a fire with singing, accompanied by guitar. All are welcome.

Our sincerest sympathies to the entire Foote family, and all members of our community who knew and loved Joyce.

Posted 8-01-20: Showers of Blessings

Worship this summer at Heidelberg Beach has indeed experienced showers of blessings—four great Sundays of encouraging teaching from our pastors, delightful stories for the children, gorgeous weather, and eagle fly-bys. All this came with the proper social distancing and infection precautions that few venues can afford. How blessed we are! And just in case God decides tomorrow to bless the farmers of Erie County, who really need rain, we will post a sign at the Pavilion regarding whether we will have services or not. Check at 9:00 to find out. In the meantime, blessings on you, too!


Posted 7-24-20: Beck Cottage (58 Kentucky) is For Sale

The cottage is on one lot and has two stories. There is no central heat. Asking price is $185,000.

The first floor has an Owner’s Suite and 1 full bathroom—both recently remodeled. Also, on the first floor is a galley kitchen, knotty pine paneled living room, and sun porch. The second floor has 2 bedrooms.

The listing is being handled by our own Tom O’Dougherty (94 Ohio). You can see it here.

If you are interested, please contact Tom at or call his cell at (216) 978-7878.

The Beck Cottage, 58 Kentucky

Posted 7-10-20: Beach Etiquette Reminders

Please remember to take any trash or used drink cans back to your cottages for proper disposal. Cans and trash left on the beach are not neighborly. Please make sure any renters know the local rules regarding beach use.

Posted 7-8-20: Dog Days of Summer

Dog Owners, please be careful about cleaning up after your dogs. We have had several unpleasant episodes of finding dog deposits where children play or walk. Leashes and clean-up are a part of keeping this a safe place for our kids and neighbors. Additionally for water access in the heat of the summer our furry family members are welcome on the east beach past the eastern pier, but not permitted on the main beach between the piers.

Posted 7-4-20: Thanks from the O'Doughertys—and Gus!

Gus the cat

Tom and I would just like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone for their concern and help in finding our daughter Kelly's cat, Gus, on Monday 6-29-20. Everyone we asked to be on the lookout for him was willing to help us. We are so grateful to be a part of this awesome neighborly community. Thankfully, we found him and he is doing fine.

Thank you Heidelberg Beach!

Betsy O'Dougherty

Posted 7-1-20: “State of the Beach” Address

Heidelberg Beach Non-Traditional Annual Meeting
July 4th Weekend, Summer of 2020
“State of the Beach” Address

Dear Neighbors,

This is my last year addressing you as President. I had hoped to talk to you in person, but due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, we decided to hold the Annual Meeting in a non-traditional way. The Board does not feel that an in-person meeting is worth any amount of risk to our community, even if that risk is low.

Here is a summary of the main headlines:

  1. We are in the third year of collecting funds to replace the infrastructure. In two more years, the majority of the community will have paid their full assessment. In another year or two, the Board will start to think about the design details.

  2. We had one infrastructure maintenance effort this year—clearing the Pennsylvania Road storm sewer. It had been cleaned 5 years ago, but roots encroached and contributed to the basement flooding at 8 Pennsylvania. As of a few years ago, we began regularly cleaning the storm sewer on West Virginia. The Board will now have both roads cleared on an annual basis (along with flushing the fire hydrant and cleaning the septic tanks).

  3. The Board will continue monitoring the new development planned for the Brown property. Though the condos are currently on hold, there will be a great deal of construction when they begin to build.

  4. The lake level is at a record high again this year, and the sand continues to shift around with each passing storm. Once water levels recede, the Board will be able to evaluate the suggestions we received from the ODNR Coastal Management Engineer.

When I took office 6 years ago, I could not have predicted the sudden turn my Presidency would take a year later. The water line breaks, storm sewer problems, sink holes, and high water bills were piling up. The spate of unusually cold winters with heavy snowfall took their toll on our fragile system. Out of necessity, the Board’s focus shifted into investigating and managing our aging infrastructure.

I didn’t imagine that my organizational and analytical skills, honed during my years as a computer systems engineer, would be used here, working with county officials, state agencies, and engineering firms. For all of us, it was a very unhappy conclusion that we need to replace our old system—and that we must do it at our own expense. But—it is the right thing to do for our community. We are the stewards of this special place and we owe the next generations the right decisions—even when it is hard.

And it has been hard, and very humbling, but I am still filled with hope. We still live in a neighborhood where if you leave your cottage door unlocked while you are down on the beach for the afternoon—you have a much greater chance of having someone put a homemade pie or a basket of fresh zucchini in your kitchen, than having something taken. Let’s never lose that.

Thank you for the honor and opportunity to serve as President. I wanted to give back to the community that has given me so much. Though it was a labor of love, I could not have made it through without the kind words and encouragement I received along the way. You boosted my spirits when I needed it. Your outpouring of love meant the world to me and I am truly grateful.

I leave a Board full of wonderful, smart, good-hearted people, who will serve our community with integrity and intelligence—I now pass the baton to you.

Jane Chidester
President 2014-2020

Posted 6-29-20: Message from the Secretary: Voting procedures

This year’s Board elections present problems of reasonable convenience while still maintaining necessary security and confidentiality. In order to keep it as simple as possible, voting will take place at 52 Kentucky Road (the Springer cottage) between 3-5 PM Friday, July 3, and 10-12 AM Saturday morning, July 4. The patio on the south side of the cottage will have space to spread out and to mark your ballots. If you have a proxy, please present it at that time. Some proxies have already been registered via email. If you have special needs, please call Claudia Springer to discuss alternative arrangements.

Claudia Springer

Posted 6-29-20: Children’s Little Library

Many thanks to Jane & Jim Rohrbaugh—they will have a basket full of wonderful children’s books sitting outside of their cottage at 36 W. Virginia Road this coming weekend. Everyone is welcome to borrow from this special little library!

Posted 6-29-20: Worship at the Pavilion

Worship starts at the Pavilion this Sunday, led by Rev. James Dumke and Dawn Deppen Dumke as a memorial to Rev. Paul Deppen and the many inspiring worship services he led over the years. Please join us at 10:00 as we continue our tradition of worship, following the guidelines posted in the most recent Sandscribes. If you have a large family group, please bring lawn chairs to supplement the picnic benches and sit by family or co-quarantine groups. Remember that those sitting inside the Pavilion will be wearing masks out of concern for each other. The Pavilion has been cleaned and spiffed up, and we are looking for volunteers to wipe down chairs and sweep out leaves for future services. See you there!


Posted 6-20-20: Worship Services at Heidelberg Beach

As we enter the 90th year of worship at Heidelberg Beach, the situation of the world around us causes us to rethink the format and details of our service, and even if we can safely meet. The committee on Christian Work and Worship has represented the membership in planning and leading these services for many years in the past and has spent considerable time and effort this spring to analyze the state and county regulations and medical guidelines regarding meetings, and especially religious services. Several points have come under discussion:


  • Our demographics of mixed ages, but a treasured senior component.
  • The necessity to factor in the wide-ranging home locations of our members.
  • The increased chance of viral spread by the activities of loud talking and singing.
  • The close physical contact encouraged by the social hour.


  • The demographics of Erie County in general (low incidence of the virus).
  • The availability of space, all in the open air, for our services.
  • The advantage of a working public address system.
  • The resource of picnic tables, plastic chairs, golf carts, and personal lawn chairs, all portable and all easily cleanable.
  • The resource of computers for disposable programs and handouts.
  • The felt and expressed wishes of many here to pray and worship in this time of turmoil and danger.
  • The flexibility of our service format.
  • The willingness of volunteers available to clean, plan, and lead worship services.
  • The willingness of our members to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.
  • The desire to take these issues of health seriously and meet to worship in a responsible manner.

The outline of how our services will work is fairly simple:

  1. Attendees will maintain social distancing at all times, which means that the social hours will not take place this summer. We are afraid that even offering coffee may create a meeting point and encourage close interaction.
  2. Anyone sitting inside the pavilion must wear a mask and observe the 6-foot rule. Family or co-quarantined units may sit together, but each family must maintain the requisite distance from another group. The chairs will be spaced out to facilitate distancing.
  3. Picnic tables will be separated by the proper distance, and each bench must only contain one group. Overflow will be accommodated on the plastic chairs spread out over the outside area, supplemented by any lawn chairs and golf carts you wish to bring.
  4. Single-use programs with the words for all songs or hymns will be available from a stack and should be taken home or disposed of in the provided trash bag. No hymnals.
  5. Waving and “air-hugs” will take the place of shaking hands or embracing.
  6. Wet, cold, or windy weather will automatically cancel the services.
  7. The chairs and picnic tables will be cleaned with soapy water by volunteers on the morning of the service. The first two weeks are covered, so please sign up for a Sunday after that if you feel you can do this service. There will be no assigned schedule, but there will be a roster with blank spaces available at each service.
  8. There will be hand sanitizer available for those who need it, and extra masks will also be available.
  9. Anyone who is not feeling well or has a fever or cough is urged to stay at home. Please do not put others in danger by coming, but feel free to call someone to tell us you are sick. We will be happy to pray for your return to health and to check in on you while you are healing.
  10. There will be no collection of tithes and offerings. A basket will be available for those who wish to contribute to expenses.
  11. There will be instrumental music and limited singing, but only for those who can wear masks while they sing.

We look forward to seeing you all (but not hugging you) during the summer. If you have a prayer need, please feel free to contact one of the members of the CCWW, and we will pray for you. Let us know if you plan to come to the July 5 service so that we can plan accordingly.

Don Bratton
Jane Eshelman
Linda Glaviano
Dick Henderson
Joan Margard
Bill Richardson
Claudia Springer

Psalm 57:10-11

For great is your love, reaching to the heavens;
your faithfulness reaches to the skies.
Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;
let your glory be over all the earth.

Posted 6-17-20: Non-Traditional Annual Meeting, Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

Out of an abundance of caution for the community, we are handling the Annual Meeting in a non-traditional way this year.

As was previously posted, Pavilion services will be held this summer, and they have a well thought out procedure for doing so (which will be posted soon). There are additional complications in ensuring a safe event for the Annual Meeting. Since the only item of business this year is voting for new Board members, the Board felt that an in-person meeting was not worth any amount of risk, even if it was low.

The Board can accomplish the reporting component of the Annual Meeting via the Web site and Sandscribes. The President will post a “State of the Union,” and after the Treasurer closes out the books for the end of the fiscal year, the Financial Statement will be posted.

Admittedly the one component that will be lost is an in-person opportunity for the community to give feedback to the Board. This too is solvable. If you have any topics that you’d like the Board to discuss, or have questions that you’d like the Board to answer—you can email the whole Board directly or talk to any Board member in person—at any time. Your question or concern will be addressed at the next Board meeting.

Logistics of the Meeting: The Annual Meeting of the leaseholders will be held virtually over the July 4th holiday weekend. The “State of the Union” will be posted on July 1st. The voting procedure is explained below. After the ballots are counted, the new Board members will meet via Zoom on Sunday, July 5th, at 2 PM to elect officers, discuss any feedback received over the weekend, and set the next meeting date.

Voting Procedure: Voting will take place at 52 Kentucky Road (the Springer cottage) between 3-5 PM Friday, July 3, and 10-12 AM Saturday morning, July 4. The patio on the south side of the cottage will have space to spread out and to mark your ballots. If you have a proxy, please present it at that time. Some proxies have already been registered via email. If you have special needs, please call Claudia Springer to discuss alternative arrangements.

Proxies: If you will not be at Heidelberg Beach on Friday, July 3rd or Saturday, July 4th, please email or call Claudia to designate who you would like to vote your ballots.

Candidates for the Board: Four positions on the Board of Trustees need to be filled. Since we will not have a public forum for the new nominees to introduce themselves, they have written paragraphs of introduction below. The 2020-2023 nominees are:

Carol Dunkle (incumbent)
Aaron Hamilton (incumbent)
Nancy Lukens
Valerie Murray
Jane Rohrbaugh
Char Schuman

Carol Dunkle:

Trustee Candidate Carol Dunkle Hi everyone,

I have been on the Heidelberg Beach Board of Trustees multiple times since 1983 when I first started living here year-round. I have been coming here since I was born. My parents are Harvey and Joyce Foote.

I enjoy doing things at the beach to make the place look nice, I listen to the members and what they have to say and present it at the board meetings when needed.

I like the old-fashioned ways of Heidelberg Beach but I am OK with new changes to outdated rules.

As a board member I will do my best to listen to what everyone has to say and vote appropriately.

Aaron Hamilton:

Trustee Candidate Aaron Hamilton Hello friends, families, and neighbors! I have greatly enjoyed my recent time on the board and would be happy to continue to service and contribute to the community if so chosen.

I have been a technology geek focused on IT my entire life and I have been employed at Microsoft the last 12 years. In my current role as a Principal Program manager I focus on management and security for mobile workers. My day to day activities are primarily focused on engaging directly with customers and their employees to gather their feedback on our products and then working closely with our internal teams to develop new products and enhancements to existing software. The new focus on enabling “work from home” has kept me extremely busy the last few months.

My wife Jen, daughters Elissa & Sofia, and I live in Cincinnati and love our time at Heidelberg. We spend a great deal of time running around the grounds, hanging out on the beach, or getting out on the water for sailing/boating/fishing. The time we spend here together is precious to me and my favorite part of the year. I have been spending vacation time at Heidelberg my entire life, first at my mother's cottage and then luckily enough as a home owner next to it. My girls have grown up with the same experience and I hope they are able to pass this amazing time and place to their children.

I am a people person by nature and love hanging out, talking, and working with others which is why I help and serve when I can. I am currently the head of the building committee and also a board member. I feel that the time I spend in building committee, board meetings, and related activities is well spent and provides an opportunity to ensure my voice and the voice of others is heard. I am very happy each meeting to see how broadly everyone is represented and how invested each board member is. You have fantastic representation and participation by each of your board members and I’ve been happy to be a part of it.

Nancy Lukens:

Trustee Candidate Nancy Lukens Hello Heidelberg neighbors. I am a retired Physical Therapist. I served on the board a few years ago and have been nominated again.

Our family has had a cottage here for nearly 30 years. This place and community will always be a place I treasure. The people and friendships, the beach, the sunsets over Lake Erie are among the many things I love about Heidelberg Beach.

I am willing to give back by serving on the board again.

Valerie Murray:

Trustee Candidate Nancy Lukens I would like to represent you, Heidelberg Beach homeowners’ views on the board. I have been a resident here for almost 30 years. Where did the time go? Anyway, a little about me. Born in Tiffin, Ohio, went to BGSU for undergrad in education then on to Miami University for a Master’s and then back to BGSU for another Master’s in Administration all while working 50-hour weeks. When my son was born, I thought I would take a little break from being a career woman to being a full-time mom. Many people thought I would not be able to break away from work but raising my son and being with my family became my only focus. As many of you do know Dane has graduated and is attending BGSU. He will have his Associate’s degree done by December 2020.

As a board member, I will be fiscally responsible. I will always vote to keep Heidelberg Beach as simple and peaceful environment as it has been in the past.

Jane Rohrbaugh:

Most of you have gotten to know me over the past 45 years. I have been coming to Heidelberg Beach since I married Jim in 1975. Many of you have watched our children, Elizabeth and Michael grow up here each summer, when we all visited their grandparents, the Reverend Paul and Marion Rohrbaugh, at the Pioneer cottage. We bought our first cottage at 19 West Virginia here approximately 21 years ago, now owned by Barbara Chidester, where formed many wonderful memories. We continue our family summer traditions now at 36 West Virginia, at a cottage previously built by Willard and Betty Pretzer. We feel so fortunate to have the opportunity to spend our extended retirement summers in this magical place, with our grandsons, the 5th Rohrbaugh generation to enjoy the wonders of Heidelberg Beach. Such a meaningful history filled with such special people.

For those of you unfamiliar with me, I am a graduate of Duke University where I earned a BSN in Nursing with honors, and a MSN from Boston University. I practiced as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner for 43 years in Saint Louis. In addition, I taught nurse practitioner students at Washington University, Saint Louis University, and the University of Missouri. As a community volunteer, I developed school programs to keep kids "healthy", was a Girl Scout Leader, Room parent, gave lectures to new parents regarding childhood illness, did cooking classes for inner city youth, gave seminars to inner city children about their changing bodies, and managed weekly "dance cotillions" for 6th grade youth. I have worked with many different groups to solve a variety of community issues and concerns.

I hope to have the opportunity to work with a great group of people on the Board to ensure that Heidelberg Beach remains as special and beautiful a community for our children and grandchildren as it has been for my husband and his family, and for our family.

Char Schuman:

I have lived at Heidelberg Beach since 1951. My brothers and I were raised here. Our parents, Ray and Margaret Schuman, were active members of the community. Our grandparents, Florence and Howard Pretzer, with their daughter Margaret, summered, and later resided here beginning in the late 1920’s. Some may remember Howard leading the songs at Sunday services. I was able to purchase my grandparents’ home in the late 1980’s.

I have a Bachelors of Fine Arts Degree from BGSU and a Masters of Education and Curriculum from Ashland University. I proudly taught Art at both the elementary and high school level for 35 years. During that time, I served as Fine Arts Chair, a member of the management team, advisor to several student groups and as President of the Perkins Education Association. I retired in 2009.

I currently serve on the Boards of the Friends of Old Woman Creek as Secretary, Historian of the College Women’s Club of Sandusky and Secretary of the Perkins Alumni and Friends Association.

Here at Heidelberg Beach, I am a member of the Tree Committee as well as Building and Zoning. I have previously served on the Board of Trustees.

I feel that as a community, we need respect the past but plan for the future of this very special place where we can continue to “Reside, Read, Rest and Repose.”

Posted 6-11-20: July 4th Parade Cancelled

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, and in an abundance of caution, the Board is cancelling the organized July 4th Parade. This event draws such a large crowd, that it may be difficult to ensure complete safety of all involved. Have no fear though, Nora Nolan (45 W. Virginia) will be back next year as the organizer and Grand Marshall of our very popular and beloved event.

Posted 6-11-20: Pavilion Services Will Be Held

Rev. Dick Henderson (62 Kentucky) and the CCWW have been working to create safe procedures to be able to hold our summer services. Rev. Henderson had already been creating procedures for the Sandusky church services that he officiates and was able to apply and modify them to our situation. More information on this will be forthcoming, but two points worth noting are that the Social Hours will not be held, and the weekly cleaning crew will be changed from mandatory cottage assignments to a volunteer-based effort. Stay tuned.

Posted 6-2-20: Second Half Invoices Mailed: Deadline June 26th

The Second Half Real Estate Tax and Assessment invoices have been mailed. Please mail your payment no later than June 22nd.

Please contact Dick Castele if you have any questions, or if your invoice does not arrive in a few days.

Posted 5-23-20: Making a Grand Entrance

Our thanks to the crew who worked on the beach entrance landscaping areas on Friday, May 22nd. They weeded the beds, put down Preen, planted flowers, and spread fresh mulch, sometimes in the rain. Thanks to Craig Peer, Rick Herwerden, Don Bratton, Jane Rohrbaugh, Chris Gleason, Jeff Springer, Sheila and Dick Henderson for all their work!

Work at Beach Entrance Work at Beach Entrance

Posted 5-16-20: First Board Meeting of the Year

A few topics are worth highlighting here:

  • If you would be interested in running for the Board this summer, please contact either Jane Chidester or Scott Welch, the outgoing members, by June 1st.

  • The Board has delayed the Annual Meeting until August. We’ll see what is happening with COVID-19 before setting a date.

  • The Board is monitoring the Ohio Governor’s orders and recommendations, and for now, we have not canceled the Pavilion Services or the July 4th parade.

  • Be incredibly careful when you are on the beach this summer. The water level is high and the water washes over the west pier and the walkway. Wet or dry, the cement is deceptively slick because of the algae that grows on it. We are getting a sign made and will post it by the pier as a reminder of these cautions.

  • The Board will be getting a ring of buoys installed on the west pier so boaters can see that there is a submerged obstruction in the water.

  • There will be signs installed down the west path to remind everyone to maintain safe distances between other family groups. There is very little beach again this year, so everyone will need to be particularly considerate. Do feel free to find a shady spot under a Promenade tree to set up your blanket if there is not enough space on the beach. And please, make sure to take everything back to your cottage before the sunset—we do not want to create tripping hazards for those who might walk to the overlook for stargazing.

  • Do not use the east path down to the beach at all. While it appears that there is a small foot path over to the main beach, the embankment is concave underneath the foot path and could give way at any moment.

  • As always, watch your speed when driving a car, bike, or golf cart. Our roads are also our sidewalks, and children are often playing nearby.

See the full minutes here and the Sandscribes here.

Posted 5-8-20: Celebrations!

  • Happy Birthday to Mary Border (10 Pennsylvania). She celebrates a special “ends in zero” Birthday tomorrow, May 9th! Happy Birthday Mary Border
  • Congratulations to Dane Murray (8 Pennsylvania) on his High School Graduation. On top of that, he's already been attending BGSU, and will receive his Associate's Degree in Computer Networking at the end of the year. Best wishes for an exciting life and the adventures ahead! Congratulations Graduate Dane Murray

Posted 5-1-20: Task List Adjustments

Just letting everyone know of a few contact people changes.

  • Jeff Belmont (64 Kentucky) and Char Schuman (98 Ohio) are now handling the Tree Maintenance task.

  • The Peers (12 Pennsylvania) are handling the Dumpster Service task.
    Next week our service level switches to twice weekly pickup on Mondays and Fridays.

  • The Hendersons (62 Kentucky) are handling the Entrance Area landscaping beds and trees, spring cleanup, mulching, and maintenance.

Click here to see the full Task List.

Posted 4-11-20: "Cottage Industries" 😀

  • As most of you know, Linda Lackey (99 Ohio), has been spending her retirement years growing a creative business utilizing her amazing sewing talent. “Distinctive Home Goods with Class and Sass,” as her Web site says.

    With our changed world, and a great reserve of fabric, Linda has organized a small army of helpers, and turned to making cloth masks for health care and essential workers. She has made over 400 masks to date, with more than half of those donated and shipped for free to places like the Cleveland Clinic. Linda’s army includes Jane Rohrbaugh (36 W. Virginia), who is ironing and cutting fabric, Char Schuman (98 Ohio), also on cutting duty, and Jan Peer (12 Pennsylvania), who has powered up her sewing machine and has been doing the initial step in piecing these masks together.

    Linda and crew have also been making masks available to us here at the beach—she is keeping the Little Free Library outside of her cottage stocked with masks for anyone who would like them. For our beach family that is not here, you can order masks through her Etsy store.

    The Little Free Library, your source for cloth face masks
  • Mary Border (10 Pennsylvania) has also been busy with her artistic talent. She has been painting sweet Angel portraits with Psalm 91:11 ("For He will order His angels to protect you wherever you go") inscribed on the back. These can be found in the cabinet out near the Pavilion. Each one is unique, and as she completes new ones, they will continue to show up out there.

    Mary is doing well, getting stronger, and grateful every day for her neighbors, friends, and family.

    Angelic cabinet near Pavilion

Posted 3-24-20: Administrative Notes

The Board has decided to cancel the beach cleanup and community potluck scheduled for May 16th. The lake level is very high again this year and there is little visible sand to tend to. If we can hold a community potluck later in the summer, we will, but for the time being we all will continue to maintain our physical distance from each other.

Mowing will begin in about two weeks. The Board has hired an outside contractor—and friend of the Foote family, Josh Koelsch, to get the property ready for Harvey’s first mow. Josh will clean up all the sticks and limbs that have come down over the winter.

Yard waste and sticks will be hauled away again this season. As mentioned above, we have very little beach, and no area that we can burn our debris. Josh Koelsch will pick up items weekly, down by the dumpster area. As we did last season, the brown biodegradable yard waste bags should be stacked on the trailer to keep them off the ground and from getting too soggy. The sticks can be piled next to the trailer.

Posted 3-22-20: Herb Foote Passed Away

We are sad to report that Herb Foote, formerly of 6 Pennsylvania, passed away on Friday, March 20th. His obituary is here.

Kate is still at Sprenger Town Center Assisted Living (400 Community Drive # 95, Avon Lake, OH 44012). Like everyone in Assisted Living facilities in Ohio and around the country, she is quarantined and not allowed to have visitors. We are sure she would love some communication (either via mail or phone) from all her friends at Heidelberg Beach. We believe her phone number is (440) 930-6880.

Posted 3-21-20: Brown Property News

The property immediately to the east of Heidelberg Beach has been sold to a development company. We are trying to get more information, and will post again when we learn more.

Posted 3-1-20: Septic Tank Cleaning

Around the middle of March, Abel Sanitation will be doing our annual septic tank cleaning.

As mentioned last year, the rate will increase to $120/tank (up from $115/tank). This charge will appear on your June invoices.

A few years ago, John followed Dave around the neighborhood and took pictures and made accurate notes as to the locations of all the tanks. This winter he created this new, detailed list of everyone’s tank locations. This will come in very handy when we begin to address our infrastructure upgrades. Please look over this list—and your entry—to make sure there are not any errors.

The list is filed under Documents/Infrastructure/Septic Tank Directory, see the red circle below.

Location of Septic Tank Directory in Menus

Posted 1-11-20: First Half Invoices Mailed

The First Half Real Estate Tax and Assessment invoices have been mailed with a due date of February 7th.

Please contact Dick Castele if you have any questions, or if your invoice does not arrive in a few days.

Posted 12-16-19: A new Little Angel

Congratulations to Jane and Tom Eshelman (73 Indiana) on the birth of their 6th grandchild. Jesse John Moes was born one month ago today on November 16th. He was born at 7:13 AM, weighed 7 lbs. 13 oz., and was 7" + 13" long (i.e., 20")! 😉

This is Jane and Tom’s daughter Elizabeth and son-in-law Nat’s first child. Elizabeth and Nat live in Westerville very close to the proud and happy grandparents.

Jesse John Moes Jesse John Moes

Posted 11-13-19: Evan's Back!

Evan Burnham, the son-in-law of Barbara and Scott Weber (59 Kentucky), returned on November 11th from 270 days in Kuwait. It certainly was a very special Veterans Day for their family! He's pictured below with his wife Laura, Barbara and Scott's daughter.

They extend many thanks to everyone in the community for their thoughts and prayers.

Welcome back, Evan!!!

Evan Burnham Returns from Kuwait

Posted 11-04-19: Local Champion

Congratulations to Dane Murray, son of Valerie and Mike (8 Pennsylvania), on his accomplishments this season on the Huron Tigers cross-country team. The team made it to the State Championships, and they did really well. We are all proud of Dane!

Dane Murray Cross-country Athelete

Posted 10-18-19: September Wedding

Congratulations to Dick Castele (92 Ohio) on the marriage of his son, Nick, to Jackie Colm. Dick's daughter Haley is on the right. Best wishes to the new Bride and Groom for many happy years together!

Jackie Colm/Nick Castelle Wedding

Posted 10-18-19: Ken Stone Memorial Tree

Molly Richeson (56 Kentucky) has donated a new Red Oak in memory of her father, Ken. It was planted in the lot line at the southwest corner of their cottage, in replacement of a tree they lost in that area. We will all surely enjoy it in the years to come. Thank you to the Stone family!

Ken Stone Memorial Tree

Posted 9-6-19: Beach Erosion Follow-up

On August 15th, three Board Members met with an engineer from the Office of Coastal Management of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The Office of Coastal Management provides free technical advice to property owners along the shore of Lake Erie.

Brice Chidester has volunteered to be the point person for questions and comments regarding Heidelberg Beach’s shore erosion. Click here for the report he wrote up from our site visit with the engineer. Also note the additional reading at the end of the report—it is all very informative.

Gratefully, and in summary, Heidelberg Beach is in good shape. There are a few things we can do, but in general, the advice was to wait a few more years to make any further decisions. Again, please read Brice’s well-articulated report of the visit. (The report is permanently filed under “Topics/Beach” for future reference.)

Posted 9-6-19: New Cookie Business

Char Schuman's (98 Ohio) cousin, Elyse Shaffer, who lives in Richfield, Ohio, has a new cookie making business called Cut It Out Bakery. As you can see, she makes gorgeous cookies—and the holidays are coming up!

A couple of smaple cookies from Cut It Out Bakery. Please do not lick the screen.

Posted 9-6-19: Ingenuity at its Best

This happy crew (Kathryn & Vern Margard and their son, Jan & Craig Peer, Don Bratton (taking the picture!), and Bill Nightingale) made fast work of getting the Pavilion ready for winter. Thanks to Harry Bratton’s wheel invention, this group was able to easily roll in the picnic tables for storage. Many thanks!

The crew who kindly closed up the Pavilion for the winter Harry Bratton's wheel invention in action

Posted 9-6-19: Recommended Reading

On the final Pavilion service of the season, Rev. Henderson referenced a book in his sermon that he highly recommended. Several asked him for the book information—so we are providing it here for anyone that might be interested.

What’s in a Phrase?: Pausing Where Scripture Gives You Pause by Marilyn Chandler McIntyre

Thank you to the CCWW for another season of enriching Pavilion services. Thanks, as well, to those who participated in the world-renowned Heidelberg Beach Orchestra and to those who filled the Social Hours with delicious treats.

Posted 8-1-19: Dale Montgomery Passed Away

We are profoundly sorry to share this shocking news. Dale Montgomery (27 W. Virginia) passed away on July 21st, after a very fast 3-month battle with bladder and pancreatic cancer. Dale is the son of Gayle Montgomery, also at 27 W. Virginia. Dale is survived by his son, Dale Jr.

While the family has allowed us to share this news, they request privacy at this time. Please defer condolences, calls, and cards until later. Dale’s sister, Sherry Vitti of Utah, has been in town to spend time with the family. Please do hold all of them in your prayers.

Posted 7-15-19: Classic Photo from Ken Stone’s Memorial

Yesterday’s Pavilion service was a special time remembering Ken Stone—on what would have been his 98th Birthday! The family prepared a picture display and we couldn’t help but share this classic, and completely representative photo, from Heidelberg Beach. Left to right are Ken, Barclay Rohrbaugh, Harvey Foote, and Harry Bratton.

Ken Stone, Barclay Rohrbaugh, Harvey Foote, and Harry Bratton

Posted 7-12-19: Remembering Ken Stone, by Richard Henderson

Shortly after we moved into our house at Heidelberg Beach, we realized that one of the great benefits of having a place here would be having the Stones as neighbors. From the beginning they were friendly, pleasant, helpful, and just fun to be with.

I recall once, in the first couple of years that we had been here, I was out in the driveway trying to get my lawnmower started. I had cranked away at it several times and was tired and frustrated. Just about that time the door beside Stone’s garage opened and out came Ken. He was headed toward the front yard, but he noticed my dilemma and exasperated look. “You having trouble?” he said. I explained that I couldn’t get the mower started. He looked at it, turned and went back into his garage. (I was to learn later that his garage contained an incredible number of tools and treasures that are useful for all occasions, and that he loved his treasures.) In a minute he returned with a small spray can. He removed the cover to the carburetor and sprayed in a little of his magical fluid. The he grabbed the handle of the mower and yanked the cord. On the second pull the engine fired up and the mower hummed. That may have been the first time I noticed Ken’s small, endearing smile.

Ken Stone

Ken wasn’t one to laugh out loud much; I never knew him to be boisterous; but he had a smile that lit up his face. Just the corners of his mouth would turn up a little bit. It wasn’t about a big grin or a jovial face. Ken smiled mostly with his eyes.

He was quiet, and unassuming. He would do anything for you. It seemed that for his age he would do anything. Several times we came out of our house to find Ken up on his roof cleaning the gutters—and this was when he was well into his 90’s! He loved tinkering in his garage with his treasures, under the guise of “cleaning out the garage.”

How did Ken power all his efforts? With McDonalds! He ate McDonalds every day. We invited him several times to go with us to a restaurant for lunch, but he only wanted to eat McDonalds. I told him he should be a spokesperson for them because he was 97 years old and he only ate McDonalds. Next time you’re having a Big Mac remember Ken Stone.

He was a humble member of “The Greatest Generation.” Last year for his 97th birthday I suggested that maybe we could recognize his birthday by just inviting people from the beach to stop by his cottage and say hello and happy birthday to him. It could be on a Sunday afternoon and very informal. No cake or candles or big celebration, just a chance to say happy birthday, and how are you doing. I knew Ken would never allow a full birthday party so I suggested something very casual, but which would give people a chance to congratulate him and wish him well. Ken said he would think about it. The next time I saw him he said no. He didn’t want a recognition of this milestone, but he suggested maybe the four of us could go out for McDonalds sometime.

We never got to have that lunch.

Last March I had a doctor’s appointment in Avon, and we arranged with Molly to get together for lunch after seeing the doctor. When we checked with Molly to confirm our plans, she told us that we would have to change our location. Ken had been hospitalized over the weekend and he was now in hospice in Avon. After my appointment we went to meet them there. We talked for quite a while. He was still able to make some humorous comments and he had that wonderful smile.

Before we left Molly, her great niece, Audrey, Sheila, and I gathered around his bed. We all held hands and prayed for Ken’s care and comfort, and thanked God for the gifts that we have been given in life.

Apparently, Ken didn’t speak again after that day. He died two days later.

Ken Stone was a quiet, gentle, unassuming man, who had tremendous impact on the people around him. He was always positive and affirming. It was our privilege to have known him.

I really miss that Ken won’t be coming out of that door by his garage with that little smile on his face. We won’t be sitting down on the metal chairs in his front yard and talking about hamburgers or his “cleaning the garage” or his days with the airlines. But I firmly believe that Ken is being recognized for his humility; for all his days of kindness and caring; for his quiet, gentle, unassuming way with people; and for his great compassion. His Creator has embraced him and has welcomed him home.

This Sunday would be Ken Stone’s 98th birthday. In recognition of that Molly and her family will be providing a cake after the services on Sunday morning. I hope you will be able to join us in remembering and celebrating the life of this amazing man.

Richard Henderson

Posted 7-11-19: Henderson’s 50th Wedding Anniversary Party

Congratulations to Sheila and Dick Henderson (62 Kentucky) on their Golden Anniversary! Sheila and Dick’s children—Jennifer & Flip Sabes and Jon & Dar Henderson hosted a fabulous picnic lunch on July 6th for the whole community in their honor. The fun centerpiece was a Firetruck Food Truck that featured hamburgers, hot dogs, and pulled chicken sandwiches. It was a beautiful day for a beautiful couple!

The Hendersons Celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary

Sheila and Dick were not alone this summer in celebrating this milestone anniversary—pictured below, our two Golden couples, Susan and Karl Volk (married on May 18th) and Sheila and Dick (married on June 28th).

Henderson and Volk 50th Wedding Anniversary

Posted 7-11-19: Fabulous Fourth of July Parade

Many thanks to Nora Nolan for organizing the event again this year. Another banner turnout with so many patriotic participants!

2019 4th of July Parade at Heidelberg Beach

Posted 7-3-19: New Social Events added to the Community Calendar!

The Heidelberg Beach Association Social Committee has arranged several events during the summer to allow leaseholders to greet new members and renew long-term friendships. If you are interested in working on the planning committee for any of these events, just speak up. You will find yourself busy with interesting social gatherings and involved with your neighbors. Contact Jan Peer or Barb Tereshko.

Anyone interested in a round of golf with neighbors? Contact Jeff Springer.

Also, Plans are in the works for a ladies’ luncheon in early September.

July 18th, 7:00 PM

Are you interested in going to the Oberlin Summer Theater's production of Measure for Measure? The tickets are free, but they must be reserved in advance.
We can offer a pre-theater prep class for anyone who feels a little rusty on their Elizabethan theater knowledge. If anyone is interested in brushing up their Shakespeare, they can contact Claudia Springer.

July 20th, 6:00 PM

Hot dog roast on the beach, with a side dish potluck.

August 3rd, 7:30 PM

Ice cream social at the sunset bench. Scoopers and cookie bakers welcome.

August 17th, 6:00 PM

Hot dog roast on the beach, with a side dish potluck.

Posted 6-27-19: Annual Meeting: Saturday, July 20th at 10 AM at the Pavilion

Please come to the Pavilion early to get checked in, turn in proxies, and have some coffee & doughnuts (starting at 9:30 AM).

Four positions on the Board of Trustees need to be filled. The 2019-2022 nominees are:

Jack Corrigan (incumbent)
Dick Henderson (incumbent)
Brice Chidester
Penny Martin-Shultz

If you need a Proxy Form, click here.

Posted 6-27-19: Two Infrastructure Issues: One New and One just Resolved

A new water leak was discovered yesterday during the mowing up near the woods on the east side of the entrance. There was an area of active running water that appeared to just emerge from the hillside. We believe it is a leak in the water main under Rt. 6. Erie County has been contacted and they are taking it from here.

New leak near Route 6 Close-up of new leak near Route 6

We posted earlier about a sinkhole that opened near the Dumke cottage. John Macko and Aaron Hamilton got that hole dug out yesterday and it revealed a storm sewer junction point (pipe inserted to bell end of the next section). It appeared that the section of pipe had shifted, and it opened a gap on top of the pipe. John filled the gap with an appropriate compound. After confirming that the pipe was sealed, the hole has been re-filled.

Dumpke Sinkhole Repair Cause of Dumpke Sinkhole Problem Before Repair Sewer Line Junction After Repair

Posted 6-23-19: You're Invited! Henderson 50th Wedding Anniversary

The community is invited to a celebration of Sheila & Dick's 50th Wedding Anniversary, in the Pavilion on July 6th at noon. A casual lunch will be served from a firetruck!

Henderson 50th Anniversary Invitation

Posted 6-23-19: Yard Waste and Stick Plan for the Summer

The Board has decided to stick with the plan to collect biodegradable yard waste bags and sticks in the dumpster area for the rest of this season. We will re-evaluate next year, so feel free to continue to share your feedback with any Board member. As soon as we can re-implement a burn pile east of the east pier, we will start taking all sticks and limbs back down there—but we don’t expect that to happen this summer.

We are continuing to stock the Pavilion with yard waste bags—free for the taking.

Again, thanks for your patience,
The Board

New Yard Waste System

Posted 6-18-19: Invitation: Annual Heidelberg Beach 4th of July Parade!

Nora Nolan hosts the annual Heidelberg Beach 4th of July Parade. Meet at the playground at 11:45—the parade will start at noon.

United States flags will be distributed, and bike decorating materials will be available. Lemonade will be served at the end of the parade!!!

HB 4th of July Parade Invitation

Posted 6-3-19: Help Still Needed for One Social Hour

Help is still needed for one of the social hours following summer Pavilion services. The open date is August 25. Please contact Linda Glaviano at (419) 344-6059 (either voicemail or text) or send her an E-mail message.

Thanks for your help.

CCWW Committee

Posted 6-9-19: Concerns for Harvey Foote

Say some prayers tonight for Harvey Foote (47 Kentucky). He is at Mercy Hospital (Room 184) and is having some heart trouble. We think the plan is to place a stent tomorrow, but we are not 100% sure. Keep Joyce, Carol, Dean, and Susie in your thoughts. We’ll update you when we get more information.

Posted 6-3-19: Local Beach Yoga Classes

Click here to see the full schedule.

Posted 6-3-19: Hostesses Still Needed

The CCWW Committee wants to thank you if you’ve contacted Linda Glaviano about hosting one of the social hours following church this summer. So far, there are hostesses for only two dates, July 14 and 21. Hostesses are still needed for July 7 and 28, all the Sundays in August, and September 1.

We are hoping that you can host for one of these remaining dates. Please contact Linda Glaviano.

To find out when you clean the pavilion, go to the Community Calendar and click on pavilion service for each date. Both the cleaning schedule and minister for that date is shown.

Thank you for helping out with the remaining coffee hours.

CCWW Committee

Posted 5-30-19: Water Main Break Contact Information

The Emergencies Web Page has been updated with more detailed information about what to do if you notice a water leak or break.

Posted 5-30-19: Summary of Heidelberg Beach’s Infrastructure History

The Board has put together a brief chronological summary of the known information about our community’s infrastructure. It was put together so that we could remember key events as we continue to work through this problem and the resolution. Information was pulled from secretarial records and people’s memories—plus, of course, the more recent information that was well-documented on the Web site these last few years. Please let Jane Chidester know if you have any further recollections. This summary will serve as a good refresher when we get to the point of starting the detailed design work.

Posted 5-30-19: Board of Trustees: New Members

The Annual Membership Meeting has been set for Saturday, July 20th this year.

As always, the outgoing members serve as the “Nominating Committee” for new trustees. The members going off the Board are Tom Eshelman and Jan Peer. If you would be willing to volunteer for the Board, please contact one of them.

Depending on how many volunteers Tom and Jan receive, the Board is considering naming the slate of 4 (two incumbents and two new members) and asking the membership for a vote of acclamation to accept that slate without a ballot count.

As per our Rules of Order, we will still open the floor for nominations at the meeting. If a name is nominated from the floor, we will then have to do a roll call and hand out ballots. The Board is assuming that if you desired to serve on the Board, you would volunteer to Tom or Jan now, and we can simplify this process and eliminate the byproduct of a vote where someone must lose.

Posted 5-21-19: Summer Sunday Pavilion Services & Friday Evening Bible Studies

The Pavilion Service season begins on Sunday, July 7th and runs through Sunday, September 1st.
Services begin at 10 A.M. with a Social Hour at 11 A.M. (see the post below about the Social Hours).

The Bible Study evenings run on alternate Fridays beginning on Friday, May 31st and running through Friday, August 23rd.
Meet at the Springer cottage (52 Kentucky) at 7:30 PM.

The Community Calendar has been updated with the detailed information for all of these dates.

Special Note: Remember, if you cannot clean the Pavilion on your assigned Sunday, it is up to you to find someone with whom to switch dates. Please let Claudia Springer know of any changes that are made.

Posted 5-21-19: Help Needed: Social Hour Hosts/Hostesses

The Christian Work and Worship Committee would like to thank the many hostesses who helped with the Social Hours following summer Pavilion services in 2018. The social hours are a good time to catch up on news of friends and neighbors after worshiping together.

We are looking for hosts and hostesses for the 9 Summer Pavilion Services for this season. See the Community Calendar to look up the Sunday that you are scheduled to clean and to see the Officiant. It generally works well if the Host/Hostess is a volunteer from the Sunday cleaning crew—then you can set up the Social Hour table as a part of your morning cleaning activity.

Items such as tablecloths and napkins are provided along with coffee, sugar, etc. Hosting involves setting up in the morning before the church service, making coffee, and providing a cold drink and refreshments. You can be reimbursed for the items that you purchase. If you are interested in hosting a social hour this summer, please contact Linda Glaviano (she can be reached via E-mail, by phone, or by text).

Thank you for your help!
Linda Glaviano and the CCWW

Posted 5-21-19: Family News

  • Congratulations to Susan and Karl Volk (6 Pennsylvania) who celebrated 50 years of marriage on Saturday, May 18th!

  • Mary Border (10 Pennsylvania) is improving! Mary is still going through courses of chemotherapy treatments, but she is now eating better and gaining some weight, walking a little with a walker, and generally feeling better and more hopeful. She is trying hard to make it back home to Heidelberg Beach by early July—she misses the community very much. Mary wanted to relay her deep gratitude to everyone here for their prayers, visits, cards, flowers, love, and support. It has kept her going and made all the difference in the world!

  • Good wishes and prayers to Richard Henderson (62 Kentucky) for his continuing recovery from knee surgery.

  • Thoughts and prayers to Jane Eshelman (73 Indiana) who has had a series of health setbacks (on her road to having knee surgery!).

  • Update on the Chidester/Bovinett family: Late last fall we shared that John & Marilyn Chidester’s (67 Kentucky) October-born granddaughter Molly (daughter of their daughter Meg, and her husband Don Bovinett) was going to require heart surgery. Gratefully that was a misdiagnoses and after several confirmations, Molly’s heart is well, and she is thriving. Also, for those following the saga of difficult events for this family, Meg was diagnosed with skin cancer last summer and is on a year’s course of immunotherapy. While Meg continues this therapy, we are happy to report that doctors believe Meg is now cancer-free. Lots of good news here! And one final note—John, himself, had a successful shoulder surgery a few months ago. Whew!

Posted 5-12-19: Another Level of Heartbreak

These pictures were taken today, May 12th, 2019.

We’ve lost the bank at the base of the east path and over to the east side of the beach. The water has carved all the way back behind the east pier exposing where it had originally been poured. Please do not use the east path at this time, it isn’t safe.

We’ve now lost the eastern-most willow on the main beach. As you can see, there is a lot of driftwood to rake up. Since the east beach is unusable, for Saturday’s Beach Clean-up day we will make a pile in the middle of the main beach to burn.

We aren’t sure how things will play out this summer, the burn pile may have to stay on the west beach. Please continue to use that for stick or yard waste. Again, only non-woody yard waste should go in the woods to the south of the creek (and please don’t dump piles—spread it around).

Beach Heartbreak Beach Heartbreak Beach Heartbreak Beach Heartbreak Beach Heartbreak Beach Heartbreak

Posted 5-3-19: Lake Erie Shore Erosion Management Plan

Spurred by our recent heartbreak of losing sand and some big trees to beach erosion, Brice Chidester (69 Kentucky) found some very interesting reading on the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Web site.

In partnership with ODNR’s Office of Coastal Management, the Lake Erie Shore Erosion Management Plan (LESEMP) is being developed as part of an on-going effort to assist property owners along Ohio’s Lake Erie coast by providing free technical assistance to address erosion issues.

Lake Erie's coast is divided into "regions" and each region is further divided into "reaches" which are stretches of shore with similar site conditions. LESEMP identifies the causes of erosion in each reach then outlines the most likely means of successful erosion control based on reach-specific erosion issues, geology and habitat. LESEMP's objective is to simplify the decision process while enhancing the effectiveness of solutions to erosion related issues. The LESEMP does not contain any regulatory oversight provisions.

Heidelberg Beach is a part of "Reach 5." While there are not specific recommendations for our beach in this document, there is understanding of our area and how different nearby communities addressed their problems. This document also describes some of the general principles of coastal erosion, which makes this a very good article for all of us to read. (The LESEMP Web site itself is also worth some time.)

Posted 4-29-19: Many Lessons Learned: The Story of our Most Recent Water Line Break

Around 9:00 A.M. Tuesday morning, we found the problem shown in the April 23rd post. We called Franklin, because as you can see by the pictures, the problem was clearly north of the water meter, which meant it was ours to fix (the County services south of the meter). We had very poor pressure and only a trickle of water out of the faucets. By midday Franklin had been out to assess the situation and get the ball rolling to fix it.

As of Wednesday morning, we were still waiting for Columbia Gas to mark their lines so that we could dig safely.

At 1:00 P.M. on Wednesday, about eight trucks from Erie County and a few other services descended upon our neighborhood. It turns out that Erie County had received electronic alerts, starting at 2:00 A.M. Tuesday morning, that there was major draw on the water system. Subsequently the County began receiving problem calls from businesses and homes all along Rt. 6 (notably Willow Way nursery and Mitiwanga residents).

Not able to pinpoint the leak location electronically, the County hired a team of professional “Leak Seekers.” It turns out that the new meter reading and reporting mechanisms that they’d installed in both our meter pits last fall, had failed. They would have pinpointed us easily if that equipment had worked properly.

The County was unhappy that we had not called them to report the leak. We explained that we knew it was our problem and we’d called a service to fix it. We also explained that we had no idea that an internal leak to Heidelberg Beach would affect anyone other than us.

As it turns out, this was a really big leak—pumping out 130 gallons a minute! During the two days it ran full bore, we lost about 300,000 gallons of water. That was enough of a draw to impact others significantly. We did know it was a big leak—but didn’t have the perspective to understand just how big and how problematic.

So, the County shut our water off immediately. Franklin re-arranged their priorities and after an emergency call to OUPS to get the gas lines marked, they started digging. You’ll see the detailed photo chronology below. It ended up that the entire beach was completely without water for 26 hours, and had to manage with extremely low pressure and low volume for about 48 hours preceding that.

The break was unusual—it went lengthwise up the pipe. There are two possible explanations as to why it split—or maybe both reasons were a factor. The pipe that broke was 2” plastic. After asking around, we are pretty sure this is the line that the beach installed to tap into city water in 1964. The plastic connection pipe ran from the (then new) meter pit to the south end of W. Virginia road, where it was connected to the 2” iron pipe.

So, it was most likely 55-year-old plastic, probably reaching the end of its lifespan for the material of that day. Because of the nature of the break, there is speculation too that the pipe may have frozen, or been cracked by frozen water around it. Though the pipe was below the frost line, it was laid in stone that filled to the ground surface. Stone is not as insulating as dirt. Either way, it was very difficult to fix because the pipe size is not standard anymore, and they don’t readily make couplings that work with it. It required a lot of effort and time by Franklin to find parts that would work—eventually getting some specialized brass fittings driven up from Ashland.

As a side issue to all of this, you’ll note in the photos that there was a huge sunken cavern north of where the water break was. This was how the water found its way out to the W. Virginia storm line. The “new” (in 1964) water line was installed “through” an old storm line, that appears to be defunct. The gushing water found its way into the eastern part of that old line, which connected into the W. Virginia storm line.

Since it was possible that some of the problem may have been caused by freezing, Franklin advised us to top the pipe with 1.5” insulation board.

This break is going to be very costly to us. The parts were expensive. The “emergency” call to Franklin. The two days of work time. And of course, the water bill. (We may be able to recoup a little of that cost.) Erie County is also saying they will want us to pay for the “Leak Seekers.”

The crack in the water main The plastic water main with the cracked section cut out The defuct storm line that was a conduit for the leaking water The repair in place Insulating material to ehlp prevent future freezing

Posted 4-29-19: Water Problems: Unfortunately, there are more...

We briefly mentioned in the April 23rd post that we discovered that the Becks had a water line break in their cottage. It probably ran for around four months. While the family has fixed the main shut-off valve inside the cottage, the outside shut-off still needs to be replaced. We are working towards getting that done soon—and it will require that we again turn off the water to the neighborhood.

When we found the problem at the Beck cottage, we’d been on the hunt for the source of unusual standing water between 64 and 67 Kentucky Road. Also, a small sinkhole opened up north of 70 Indiana about two months ago. We had been overly hopeful that resolving the water flow at the Beck’s would resolve the Kentucky flooding problem as well. It did not. As a matter of fact, the standing water seems to be worse now after having the problem on Willowdale. We are just guessing, but it seems like there is a break in the water line beneath Kentucky Road. We’ll be pursuing this as well.

Flooded Area East of Kentucky Road Sinkhole West of Indiana Road

Posted 4-23-19: Water Main Break

An update (Posted 4-24-19): By law, Franklin must wait for the Ohio Utilities Protection Service to mark the gas lines before they can dig. The OUPS people they sent out yesterday (Tuesday) could not find the line. This has now elevated to Columbia Gas directly. Columbia Gas has until tomorrow morning (Thursday) to respond. Franklin’s trucks are all on other emergency calls today, so tomorrow will be the earliest we can get this fixed. We’re sorry, we think there is little else we can do.

There is still a trickle of water that is coming through to the cottages, but the water pressure is almost non-existent.

In conjunction with low water pressure, this morning we discovered water shooting out of the pavement near the base of West Virginia Road.

Within an hour or so, the water found its way into the storm line, and is now pouring into Fichtel Creek.

Franklin has been contacted and will get out for excavation and repairs ASAP. The water to the entire community will need to be shut off to make the fix.

This all comes on the heels of a water problem at the Beck cottage (58 Kentucky). They had a valve fail in their crawl space, which flooded a bathroom and bedroom. The situation was complicated by a broken water main shut off out by the street.

Water Main Break Water Main Break

Posted 4-20-19: Heartbreaking Discovery

These pictures were taken on Thursday, April 18th. This damage must have happened as the water receded from the April 12th high water flooding. There is another high-water event happening today and we can already see that the western most partially fallen tree in these pictures is now fully in the water. There is no visible sand again today as the winds and waves rage on. Crossing our fingers that more beach bank won't be taken as the water crests this afternoon.

Beach Erosion Beach Erosion Beach Erosion Beach Erosion Beach Erosion

Posted 4-17-19: Spring Clean-Up

The entrance beds are now ready for the summer season. Sunshine is all that is needed now!

Newly Mulched Entrance Bed Newly Mulched Entrance Bed

Posted 4-12-19: High Water

These pictures were taken on Thursday, April 11th. Strong winds and high lake water have created flooding conditions in the nearby towns—plus lots of erosion and water on our beach.

High water High water High water High water

Posted 4-12-19: Thanks to Dean Smith

Last fall Dean did more work along the east edge of the property by the Pavilion. He continued the project he started the year before with clearing vines and scrub brush. He has put new grass seed down and by summer it should be looking beautiful!

Dean's work on the northeast corner of the property

Posted 4-12-19: Rt. 6 Project

Planting an evergreen buffer along Rt. 6 has been on our community’s “To Do” list for over a decade now. There are some beautiful pines up there, but more are needed to create both a visual barrier (a beautiful visual barrier) and a sound barrier to muffle the road noise. A good start on this project was made in recent weeks.

For those with long memories, you’ll remember that Harry, Bob, Harvey, Herb, and many others used to keep after the trimming along Rt. 6. In addition to keeping the area looking nice, this was done to maintain good visibility when driving out of the beach. As the years have passed without regular attention, the underbrush and vines have continued to push southward—both causing obstructed road views and in the case of the destructive vines, killing the more desirable trees. We’ve made a dent in pushing back this brush line a few feet and trimming up some of the nicer trees.

Rt. 6 buffer, east of entrance Rt. 6 buffer, east of entrance Rt. 6 buffer, east of entrance

There is more work to do. For those with chainsaws, tractors, and muscle power, any help you can give this spring and summer would be much appreciated. During next winter’s tree maintenance, we’ll have Leimeister remove the one very visible dead ash. In the meantime, there are two large, and one small, toppled dead pines in the very southeastern corner of our property. It would be great if these could be cut up and the usable wood taken to the beach fire pit—and the rest taken to the east beach burn pile.

Dead pines east of entrance

Either this fall or next, Jane Chidester will take up a collection to fund the new evergreens (including replacing the two recently lost near where the old compost pile was). We need to do a little more work to plan where they would go—and the varieties we’d like to have.

P.S. There are vines and brush that need to be cleaned in the west entrance area along the creek (and behind the dumpster) for extra credit. 😉

West of entrance and south of creek

Posted 4-5-19: Prayers for Will Ossman

Will Ossman (99 Ohio) has been in the hospital for the last week. He was admitted for pneumonia and cardiac and kidney evaluation. He is now back at:

VITALIA Senior Residences
21452 Royalton Road
Strongsville, OH 44149

Please hold Will, Linda & David, and the Ossman and Rohrbaugh families in your prayers.

Posted 3-26-19: File 13...

Note: Many, many thanks to Ken Kessler and Jeff Belmont (64 Kentucky) who, after seeing this post, hauled the cabinet away on Wednesday, March 27th. Much appreciated, guys!!!

Someone left a large metal cabinet in the area near the dumpster.

Our service providers cannot and will not pick such items.

If you know who left this item, please have them dispose of it properly. Vermilion Township free dump days are coming up May 10th and 11th.

If the owner of the cabinet cannot be identified, we'll need a volunteer with a truck and a strong buddy who is available on May 10th or 11th to remove the item.

A gentle reminder that our contract and pickup service is generally intended for bagged, household trash only. No furniture, appliances, yard waste or construction waste.

Cabinet Left at Dumpster

Posted 3-20-19: Kate & Herb Foote

Kate & Herb Foote (formerly of 6 Pennsylvania) had moved to Florida after the sale of their cottage in 2017. A month ago, they moved back to Ohio! They now live in the Avenue Assisted Living section of the Sprenger Town Center in Avon Lake. They have several family members living at this facility along with granddaughters nearby that are looking after them. Herb’s Parkinson’s disease is progressing, and they need more help now. Their new phone number is (440) 930-6880 and they would love to hear from you!

Posted 3-15-19: Ken Stone Passed Away

Ken Stone (56 Kentucky) passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 13th. Ken was 97—almost 98—and could still out-work most of us! His body was donated to the Cleveland Clinic and there are no plans for a memorial. The family will hold a commemorative social hour one Sunday this summer in his honor.

Our sympathies and prayers to Ken’s remaining daughter Molly Richeson, his grandchildren, and extended family.

Posted 3-14-19: Septic Tank Update

Our tanks have been cleaned. Dave Abel has held our cost to $110/tank for the last 13 years and has justifiably asked for a small increase to better cover his costs. Dumping fees keep rising. On the June Heidelberg Beach Tax and Assessment Invoice you’ll see a septic tank cleaning charge of $115 this year. Next year the rate will be $120/tank.

Posted 3-14-19: Spring Yard Work

Cleaned Orchard (woods area south of the creek)
  1. As promised, the woods area south of the creek has been cleaned up and cleared out. The compost pile has been removed and dead brush and dead trees have been cleared. The forsythia bushes were shaped up.

    • From now on, take all sticks, limbs, woody plants or shrubs down to the burn pile on the east beach.

    • Non-woody plant waste like grass clippings, leaves, dirt, or dead-headed flowers, can also be taken to the burn pile.

      Additionally, these non-woody items may also still be taken to the woods area south of the creek. If you take items to the woods area, please spread them around so they can combine and compost into the ground. Please do not dump the waste into a heap or pile that will not readily decompose.

  2. Regarding bagged yard waste pick-up this year, please contact Jane Chidester if you are interested in having this service again. Our “free” summer is over. We need to gauge interest and decide if or how to fund it.

  3. Finally, mowing season is around the corner. The winter storms and gale force winds have brought a lot of sticks and small limbs down all over the grounds. Harvey got a break last year when the spring pickup was done by Fred Yost. As with picking up the bagged yard waste, picking up our winter sticks was a one-season kindness while Fred was starting his composting business. Since Harvey has asked for the mowing contract again this summer, the task of cleaning up the grounds is back to his responsibility.

    Harvey would be grateful for any help. Whenever you visit, it would be appreciated if you could spend some time piling sticks and limbs by the roads. It is best to put them by the road instead of at the base of trees. The spring rains can make the ground very soft. If the ground is too soft, the tractor and trailer tend to get stuck when heavily loaded.

Posted 3-7-19: Update on Mary Border

Mary was moved from Firelands Hospital to O’Neill Healthcare in Bay Village. John and I visited her today while she was still at Firelands, and she was sitting up and eating cereal and drinking orange juice—a tremendous improvement from even a day ago. She started a course of steroids, which is a great help. There is a correction to the diagnosis—it is actually not bone cancer, per se, but Multiple Myeloma. Also known as plasma cell myeloma, this blood cancer affects the bones and bone marrow.

Mary would still prefer notes or cards to phone calls at this point. It is hard for her to talk for very long. She is also still very weak, but will probably be in better shape for visits in a week or so. Mary’s daughter Yvonne Gonzalez is very happy to talk to anyone that would like to call her (216-314-4353). Mary's new facility is just a few miles from Vonnie’s home, so it will be much easier for her to be with her mom every day.

Posted 3-6-19: Concerns for Mary Border

Mary Border (10 Pennsylvania) has had rough time for many months. Starting early in the summer, she suffered a compression fracture in her mid-spine. During the fall, she suffered another one—and had her gall bladder removed. She attempted physical therapy around the holidays, but that was only making things worse. She was hospitalized on and off a few times to deal with weakness, lightheadedness (she hasn’t been eating much), and dehydration. A week and a half ago she was admitted again. She had a cold that has turned to pneumonia, and they’ve now counted about 5 new fractures, I believe in both her spine and ribs this time. Yesterday she was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, which is affecting (weakening) her bones.

Mary is at Firelands Hospital in Sandusky and will begin treatment there. The doctors indicate treatment is possible and prognosis is good. Mary’s daughters, Vonnie (from Avon) and Kristin (from New Jersey), are with her frequently—as is a host of friends from Heidelberg Beach and her church (Grace Methodist in Vermilion). You can send notes and cards to her home address; her mail is being collected and taken to her. She would prefer not receiving phone calls right now.

Please keep Mary and her family in your thoughts and prayers.

Posted 2-24-19: If a Tree Falls at Heidelberg Beach...

...we can assure you it will make a big sound! The high winds on February 24th, combined with all the moisture in the soil from recent precipitation, combined to make one of the pines from our neighbor's property to the west topple into the middle of Pennsylvania Road. Fortunately, no one was hurt, and there was no property damage, despite the fact that the tree fell where cars are normally parked.

Many, many thanks to Dean Smith and John Macko, who were on the scene within minutes (thanks to phone calls from residents who heard the big boom). They made fast work of clearing the road and picking up debris.

Also, next time you're up here, do check around for trash cans, grill covers, flower pots, outdoor furniture, wind chimes, and small squirrels that you may have left outside as a plaything for the Wicked Wind from the West. We will try to pick these items up as we can, but many things may be in the next county by now...

Fallen Tree on Pennsylvania Road Uprooted Tree on Pennsylvania Road Cleared Tree on Pennsylvania Road

Posted 2-14-19: Visiting in Warmer Climes

Joy and Don Bratton visited Barb and Dick Beck in Daytona, Florida on February 14th.

The Brattons and Becks in Daytona

Posted 1-15-19: First Half Invoices Mailed

The First Half Real Estate Tax and Assessment invoices have been mailed with a due date of February 8th.

Please contact Dick Castele if you have any questions, or if your invoice does not arrive in a few days.

Posted 11-26-18: Gordon Belmont Passed Away

Our sincere condolences to Judy Destro and Jeff Belmont (64 Kentucky) on the loss of their father, Gordon Belmont. Gordon & Mary Lou (who passed in 2017) built 62 Kentucky next to 64 Kentucky, the Kessler cottage (Mary Lou’s family). They lived at 62 Kentucky for several years before building a new home in Birmingham. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 8th. Details in Gordon’s obituary. Our deepest sympathies to Judy & Dale, Jeff & Chris and their family, and all the Belmonts and the Kesslers.

Posted 11-26-18: New Christmas Decorations

Many thanks to Carol Dunkle (2 Pennsylvania) who fixed up some new decorations for the lighted entrance pillars and the bridge. She used her floral design skills to make brand new bows and spruce up some new greenery.

New Christmas Wreath on Entrance Pillar

Posted 10-13-18: Twins!

John and Valerie Rohrbaugh (59 Kentucky) are grandparents to twin baby girls, born on October 8th. Julia Marie and Clara Elise were born to John and Valerie’s son Tom, and his wife Michelle Lagrotta. Double congratulations!

Julia Marie and Clara Elise Rohrbaugh

Posted 10-13-18: First Time Grandparents

Congratulations to Nancy and Tom Lukens (93 Ohio) who became first time grandparents to a beautiful baby granddaughter on July 6th! Esmé Isabelle was born to Nancy and Tom’s son Greg, and his wife Ki Gaines.

Esmé Isabelle Lukens Esmé Isabelle Lukens and Parents

Posted 10-12-18: Welcome Baby Molly!

Molly Lou Jorah Bovinett was born at 7:06 P.M. on Tuesday, October 9th. She weighed 6 pounds, 11 ounces and was 20 inches long. She was welcomed by her parents Meg and Don Bovinett along with her siblings Joey and Dottye. Meg is the daughter of once-again grandparents Marilyn and John (67 Kentucky) Chidester.

Congratulations and best wishes to all!

Molly Lou Jorah Bovinett

Posted 9-7-18: Thank You for the New Keyboard!

Thanks to all the generous people in the Heidelberg Beach community who contributed to the cost of a new electronic piano/organ in memory of Anna and Marian Rohrbaugh. We have covered the cost fully and will enjoy the benefits for many years.

Thanks also for those who shared personal memories of these two women and their service to us all. The tales of music here on Sunday mornings woke a feeling of real gratitude for the years of worship we have shared. Wonderful stories!

Claudia Springer, CCWW

Posted 9-6-18: Passing of Steve Siebert, Susan Foote's Husband

Steve Siebert and Susan Foote

See obituary here.

I want to thank the Heidelberg Beach community for their support during Steve's final days. He did not want to die in the hospital and the people of Heidelberg Beach helped me to be able to follow his wishes. Also, the final church service was so much help to me and my family.

Susan Foote

Posted 8-27-18: Happy Birthday Harvey!

On Saturday, August 25th, many, many friends, relatives, and neighbors gathered for celebrations for Harvey Foote, who will be turning 90 on September 18th. In the morning, as part of the Annual Meeting, he was presented with a painting done by Mary Border. Later that afternoon, at the Pavilion, there was an ice cream and cake celebration.

Happy Birthday, Harvey! Our best wishes for many, many great years ahead!

Harvey Foote 90th Birthday

Posted 8-27-18: Lost and Found

We have found a set of keys (by the dumpster), a pair of swim goggles and a pair of brown glasses (near the Sunset Bench) and a pair of black glasses (on a picnic table after the Annual Meeting). Anyone recognize any of these items?

Lost and Found Items

Posted 8-20-18: Thoughts and Prayers for the Foote Family

This has been a rough week for the Foote family.

On Friday, Susie’s husband Steve, who suffers from dementia, became overly agitated and was hospitalized. He is currently at Clear Vista in Lorain. Susie is now working through the issues to find the best care solution for Steve.

Then on Saturday morning, Joyce was rushed to Mercy Hospital. She had a prior fall that caused pain in her side, and now with X-rays, it was revealed that she has a cracked rib. She is also suffering from pneumonia and an infection. She is improving and is expected to be released back home in a few days.

As of this moment, the family believes we can still celebrate Harvey’s 90th Birthday on Saturday.

Posted 8-20-18: Fond Farewell to Roger

At the Social Hour on Sunday, August 19th, many members of the community gathered to say goodbye to Roger Nehls, who is leaving this week to begin a new chapter of his life in Columbus, Ohio. We all treasure and are thankful for the 18 years that he (and Rosalie) spent as beloved members of our community. Best wishes Roger!

Goodbye Social Hour for Roger Nehls

Updated 8-25-18: Shhh—Keep Secret! Special Event for Harvey’s 90th Birthday!

Harvey Foote (47 Kentucky) is marking his 90th birthday this year. There will be a day of celebrations for him on Saturday, August 25th. We are keeping it a surprise, so please don’t share this with Harvey or Joyce!

Starting that morning at the Annual Meeting, there will be a tribute to Harvey’s lifetime of contributions at Heidelberg Beach.

In the afternoon, there will be an Ice Cream and Cake Party at the Pavilion at 4:030 P.M. in his honor (time changed due to the forecasted rain showers). Please think about any “classic Harvey” stories—or any photos you can find—and bring them to share.

Again, with your help, we’d like to try to keep this surprise under wraps until the 25th!

Posted 8-13-18: Prayers and Best Wishes to Dan Warder

Dan Warder (17 W. Virginia) will be having open heart surgery to replace his aortic valve on September 13th at the main campus of the Cleveland Clinic. We send our positive vibes and good thoughts to both Delores and Dan, and will be praying for a smooth surgery and fast recovery.

Posted 8-13-18: New Multi-Level Basketball Hoop at the Playground

Many thanks to Tom Eshelman for spearheading the effort to replace the worn-out hoop and backboard. Many thanks also to all who generously contributed money to this cause! The new hoop is ready for play.

The basketball goal has a height-adjusting feature that can vary the height in 6" increments from 7'6" to 10'.

To Raise Goal: Place the end of a broom handle under the rim or backboard and push upward until the desired height is reached. The mechanism will automatically lock in one of the fixed adjustment positions as the unit is lowered slightly.

To Lower Goal: Place pole into the black release cup of the adjustment mechanism (just behind the backboard). Push upward to release, then let gravity lower the goal to the bottom-most position. The mechanism will not lock into the intermediate positions on the way down as long as the cup is depressed.

Tom Eshelman Installing new Basketball Goal

Posted 8-13-18: Express Care and local ERs

There have been a few requests this summer for people needing to know where a good Express/Urgent care was—and an understanding of the local emergency rooms and their distances from Heidelberg Beach. Please see the new information added to the Emergencies tab of our Web Site.

Posted 8-13-18: Friend of Heidelberg Beach: Rev. John Spahr

We are sad to announce that the Rev. John Spahr passed away on August 7th after a battle with cancer. Rev. Spahr was introduced to Heidelberg Beach through his lifelong best friend John Chidester (67 Kentucky). The Spahrs have vacationed with the Chidesters for decades. Rev. Spahr was also a regular officiant at our Pavilion Services for many summer seasons.

Our thoughts and prayers to John’s wife Janet Spahr and their family. Many prayers also to John & Marilyn Chidester.

Posted 8-07-18: Dumke Family's 4th of July

Dumke Family

This summer Dawn and Jim Dumke’s annual 4th of July vacation included their one-week-old grandchildren, Bryson and Caden. They joined cousins (left to right in the photo below) Mason Chaffee, MacKenzie Chaffee, Toby Powell, Anna Dumke, Max Chaffee, Elisa Dumke, Troy Powell and Evan Dumke. They are all looking forward to creating many more memories at Heidelberg Beach.

Dumke Grandchildren

Posted 7-30-18: 2018 Annual Meeting Information

The Annual Membership Meeting will be on Saturday, August 25th at 10 AM, at the Pavilion.

Please arrive early to check-in, hand in proxies, and get your ballots. Coffee and donuts will be served at 9:30 AM.

If you cannot attend the meeting in person—please print and fill out a Proxy Form. You can either scan and email it to the Secretary, Tom Eshelman—or have the person you selected as your proxy bring the form directly to the meeting.

There are 2 ballot issues this year; election of Board Members and a group of changes to the By-Laws.

  1. The candidates for the Board are: Mary Chidester (incumbent), Claudia Springer (incumbent), Jeff Belmont, Don Bratton, and Betsy O’Dougherty.

  2. Please read through the Proposed By-Laws Changes ahead of the meeting. Voting on these changes will be done as “approve all” or “do not approve all.”

Posted 7-20-18: Concerns for Mary Border

Mary Border (10 Pennsylvania) has been through a series of ordeals lately. Most recently she suffered two compression fractures of her vertebrae and then on Thursday (7-19) she accidentally fell and fractured another. After a trip to the ER last night and the doctor today, she is now home resting at her cottage. Please keep Mary in your thoughts and prayers!

Posted 7-20-18: The Marian and Anna Rohrbaugh Keyboard

It's here! The Marian and Anna Rohrbaugh Keyboard will make its debut this Sunday. Anyone wishing to honor these two matriarchs of our musical worship can contribute by contacting Dick Castele, Jane Eshelman, or Claudia Springer. Contributions are enthusiastically accepted. The P45 Yamaha electronic piano/organ will replace a keyboard that has been on the edge of retirement for several years and take its place as the 4th in a series of musical instruments that have served this community well. The Committee on Christian Work and Worship will also be looking for a winter home for this instrument.


Posted 7-15-18: Smith/Donnelly Wedding

Devon Smith and Michael Donnelly were married on June 2nd here on the Promenade. Devon is the daughter of Dean Smith, friend of Carol Dunkle (2 Pennsylvania).

Congratulations to the happy couple!

Smith/Donnelly Wedding

Posted 7-10-18: Wanted: Game Players

If anyone is a Mahjong player, contact Susan Volk.

If anyone is a Bridge player, contact Jane Rohrbaugh.

Posted 7-10-18: Congratulations to the Webers!!!

Andy Weber, son of Barb and Scott Weber (59 Kentucky), was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the fifth round (overall pick # 158) of this year's Major League Baseball draft. Andy is currently in Mesa, Arizona before heading to play with the Eugene Emeralds in Eugene, Oregon.

Andy Weber, signed by the Chicago Cubs!

Posted 7-10-18: First Annual Heidelberg Beach Women’s Luncheon

Many thanks to Jan Peer for planning this luncheon at the Sawmill Creek Resort. As you can see, it was a lovely day to dine on the patio and a good time was had by all!

2018 Heidelberg Beach Women’s Luncheon

Posted 7-10-18: July 4th Celebrations

It was a fabulous day this year—though very muggy and hot, the skies were sunny, and it was great beach weather. At most points during the day we counted around 80 people on the beach and enjoying the lake!

The 1:00 P.M. parade was a huge success with easily three times as many people participating this year. The day ended with a gorgeous sunset and a spectacular fireworks display over at Mitiwanga. Sitting on the beach, our community had front row seats looking towards all of the fireworks shows along the western coastline. Many thanks to everyone for making it a festive day!

(Note: The videos below are quite long. Depending on your connection speed, give them some time to load.)
(If you'd like to download full size copies of any of these photos or videos, there are copies in The Cloud here. We'll leave this link up for several months.)
2018 4th of July Parade

Posted 6-23-18: Congratulations to the Becks!

Barb and Dick Beck recently celebrated 70 (!) years of marriage, surrounded by their entire family of 31 members and many close friends from over the years. They were married June 9th, 1948.

For over 50 years, they were involved in HY-VU Dairy Farms, a large dairy/grain operation on the Galion New Winchester Road at Galion. They maintained a herd of 200 head of Holsteins and farmed 1500 acres, retiring in 2000.

In the summer of 1975, they joined the Heidelberg Beach community with their cottage at 59 Kentucky, and their entire family has enjoyed spending time there. It was their special getaway.

Their lifestyle consists of living in the farm house where they have resided for nearly 67 years and going to Florida winters to live in Daytona Beach, right on the ocean. They say it is the best of both worlds.

Anniversary Celebrants Barb and Dick Beck

Posted 6-23-18: Whitewashing Crew

Many thanks to Dan Warder and Aaron Hamilton for the hard work of whitewashing the bridge and entrance pillars. Lookin' great, guys!

Whitewashing Crew

Posted 6-1-18: Second Half Invoices Mailed: Deadline June 22

The Second Half Real Estate Tax and Assessment invoices have been mailed. Please mail no later than June 18th. Note that this invoice contains an additional $110 charge for each cottage for septic tank cleaning.

Please contact Dick Castele if you have any questions, or if your invoice does not arrive in a few days.

Posted 5-31-18: Heidelberg Beach Summer Bible Study

The Springers, Peers, Hendersons and several others have expressed interest in participating in a summer Bible Study.

So the Springers will host the first few on Friday, June 8th and Friday June 22nd at their cottage (52 Kentucky). We will be looking at and discussing one of the Psalms.

The events will run from 7:30 P.M to about 9:15 P.M. We will also share in one of Claudia's famous desserts or maybe a Papa Joe's pie.

After the first two meetings, the group will decide what additional dates to meet. No one can probably come to all of them, but please come to the ones you can.

Thanks. Claudia and Jeff

Posted 5-25-18: New Basketball Backboard and Hoop Needed

Tom Eshelman (73 Indiana) is leading a project to replace the backboard and hoop at our small basketball court by the playground. This is the set being considered. Donations would be appreciated to raise about $450.

Anyone with opinions on the rim height for a new basket should write or talk to Tom Eshelman. Youngsters have more fun with lower rims. Should he go with an 8' "playground" height, or keep it at the full regulation 10' height?

Thank you!

Posted 5-25-18: Local Area Beach Yoga

Maria Santoferraro is excited to be back for the 8th summer of offering beach yoga in our area. See her schedule and class descriptions at Daily Downward Dog.

Posted 5-22-18: Volunteers Sought for Pavilion Social Hours

The Christian Work and Worship Committee would like to thank the many hosts and hostesses who helped with the Social Hours following summer church services in 2017. The social hours are a good time to catch up on news of friends and neighbors after worshiping together.

We are looking for hosts and hostesses for 10 summer services for this season. The first social time will be July 1st and the last will be held on September 2nd.

Items such as tablecloths and napkins are provided along with coffee, sugar, etc. As a host or hostess, you will need to set up in the morning before the church service, make coffee, and provide a cold drink and refreshments. You can be reimbursed for the items that you purchase. If you are interested in hosting a social hour this summer, please contact Linda Glaviano.

Thank you!

Posted 5-22-18: Annual Meeting

Make note that the we are going to hold the Annual Meeting late in the summer this year—on Saturday, August 25th. The Board is working on a few small changes to the By-Laws and the Building Committee is working on some updates to the Building Rules & Regulations. The Board wants to have time for community review of the changes before we take the vote.

A draft of the proposed changes to the By-Laws is ready for your review. Please let the Board know if you have any comments, suggestions, or concerns. The overall reasons for making these changes are to officially allow for electronic communications for those that use email, to allow the Board of Trustees to hold telephone or video meetings, and to clarify a few points regarding meetings and voting.

When a draft of the proposed changes to the Building Rules & Regulations is available, we’ll post that for your review as well.

Posted 5-22-18: Board of Trustees

If you’d like to volunteer to run for the Board of Trustees this year, please contact Dick Castele or Barbara Weber.

Posted 5-22-18: Work Day a Success!

Despite the unpredictability of the weather, the sun did shine on Saturday morning. Thank you to the wonderful crew came down to help clean up the beach!

Many thanks to the Peers as well who hosted a wonderful potluck lunch at their cottage!

Part of the Beach Clean-up Crew

Photo by Dean Smith

Posted 5-20-18: Be Alert

Last night Dick Castele’s unlocked car was entered, and the contents from the glove box and seat consoles were rifled through and strewn about. Unfortunately, we’ve had incidents like this the last few years, and very sadly, they are happening again. Be warned and alert to keep your cars and cottages locked. Bicycles have been taken in the past too.

Posted 5-10-18: Married!

Congratulations to Barbara & Scott Weber (59 Kentucky) on the marriage of their daughter Laura to Lieutenant Evan Burnham. The joyous wedding was held on May 5th in Pittsburgh. Best wishes to Laura & Evan for a long and wonderful life together!

Newlyweds Laura Weber and Evan Burnham

Posted 5-7-18: Lost Key

Jan Peer's daughter lost her key. It is in a small black plastic case (key is inside). It could be anywhere on the grounds or at the beach. Please keep an eye out for it.

Posted 5-7-18: Need help getting stuff to the dump?

Jack Kramer has volunteered to drive his pickup truck to Vermilion Township’s Free Dump event on Saturday, May 12th. (See calendar for details.) If you have something you’d like him to take, call Jan Peer. Jack cannot help to lift the items into his truck, so please have someone to assist you in lifting the items, if need be.

Posted 5-7-18: New Social Events Added

Note that three new Heidelberg Beach events have been added to our calendar (and see details of the events there).

  • On June 9th there is a guided canoe tour of Old Woman’s Creek.
  • On July 4th there will be the Annual Parade around the beach.
  • On July 7th is our first Heidelberg Beach Women’s Lunch outing.

Posted 5-7-18: Social Committee Volunteer(s) Requested

The Social Committee ( Jan Peer and Barb Tereshko) would love additional help. Please contact either of them if you are interested.

Posted 4-15-18: Treasurer’s Term Expiring in 2018

Under our By-Laws, the Treasurer is limited to 9 consecutive years of service. If a suitable replacement cannot be found, he or she may continue to be appointed on an annual basis.

Dick Castele’s 9-year tenure is reached this summer. If anyone would like to volunteer for this appointment, please contact Dick Castele or Jane Chidester.

Posted 4-15-18: Potluck Backup Plan

For the upcoming Heidelberg Beach Reunion Weekend, the Social Committee has planned a community potluck lunch. It is scheduled for 1 PM on Saturday, May 19th, at the Pavilion.

If rain or temperature are issues on Saturday, the backup plan is to move the potluck to 1 PM on Sunday, May 20th, at the Pavilion.

If neither of those days looks to be suitable for holding an outdoor lunch, we are looking for someone to volunteer their cottage for an indoor event. If you are willing to open your doors to the community, please contact Jan Peer or Barb Tereshko.

Posted 4-15-18: Free Dump Day at Vermilion Township

Make note that if you have some major spring cleaning plans, Vermilion’s Free Dump Day is coming up on May 11th and 12th. See the Community Calendar for details.

Posted 4-15-18: New Addresses

  • Claudia & Jeff Springer (52 Kentucky) have made their big move from Miami to Austin. Austin will now be their winter escape, with the added benefit of being near their daughter and her family!

  • Jim Schneider (24 W. Virginia) is now living a mile down the road from Heidelberg Beach at Kingston of Vermilion. He’d love to have visitors—apartment 135!

  • Will Ossman (99 Ohio) has also made a move to a new community in Strongsville. He hopes to make it out for some day visits to Heidelberg Beach this summer.

See the Heidelberg Beach Membership Directory for their new addresses.

Posted 4-15-18: Congratulations to Mary Border—Award Winner at Ritter Art Show!

Mary Border (10 Pennsylvania) entered three paintings at the Art Show that opened at Ritter Library yesterday (Friday, April 13th). The show is sponsored by the Vermilion Arts Guild. Mary won First Place in the Mixed Media category for her painting “Sea Turtle”. She also won Second Place in the Acrylic category for her painting “Seagulls Resting”. You can see the Art Show and Mary’s work through May 9th at Ritter.

Also, Mary will again be hosting several Open Houses at her Heidelberg Beach Cottage Art Studio over the summer season. The first ones will be held Saturday and Sunday afternoon of Memorial Day Weekend, 2-4 PM. See the Community Calendar for full details—and for future date postings.

Note too that Mary has a Facebook Page with information and photos of her work. (This page is currently being improved, so check back often to see additional art samples. Her talents range from beach scenes, to cottages, to pets. She can paint anything from a photo!)

May Border's Dog Art

See the Heidelberg Beach Membership Directory for Mary’s contact information.

Posted 4-15-18: Need help getting ready for Summertime?

Mary Border (10 Pennsylvania) is available if you need help getting your cottage opened up and spruced up this spring. She can help with any cleaning, yard work, shopping, or organizational projects that you may have.

Note that we list Mary, and other references for service providers that have been recommended by your neighbors, on our Web Site at Recommended Service Providers.

See the Heidelberg Beach Membership Directory for Mary’s contact information.

Posted 4-5-18: Another New Neighborhood Grandbaby!

Congratulations to Jennifer Sullivan and David Rohrbaugh (30 W. Virginia) on becoming grandparents to their first girl grandbaby! Jennifer and David’s daughter Katie gave birth on March 28th to Olive Marian Rohrbaugh-Berry, weighing in at 8 pounds of love. Olive is expected to meet older cousin Charlie, son of Jennifer and David’s son Ben, this summer.

Olive Marian Rohrbaugh-Berry Olive Marian Rohrbaugh-Berry

Posted 3-30-18: Yard Waste Management

As the warmer weather approaches and people start to tinker with their outside yard work, we wanted to review the current options for dumping your yard waste at Heidelberg Beach.

As you saw from prior posts, the Foote family has cleaned up and seeded the east end of the promenade, and there is no longer a yard waste area there. We are also in the process of cleaning out the yard waste pile in the woods that is south of the playground and creek. Also, as always, there is no dumping of yard waste by (or in) the dumpster and wood chip piles at the south end of Pennsylvania Road.

What you can do is:

  1. Use the burn pile on the beach, located east of the east pier.

  2. Or, have your yard waste collected at your cottage.

    We have an opportunity this summer season to have yard waste picked up that is in lawn bags (the brown, biodegradable bags you can buy at hardware stores).

    This is a free trial program, and it is completely optional to participate. On Mondays starting in April and continuing through September, a guy will drive around the neighborhood and pick up any bags that are staged by the side of the road. You can also have a neat pile of sticks or limbs, if they don’t fit in the bag.

    If you need a bag or two to get started, Jane has a small stockpile.

The Board is considering and discussing what our long-term plan for managing yard waste will be, but for this summer, we offer the two options listed above.

Posted 3-13-18: Septic Tanks Cleaned

Two cautionary notes from the recent tank cleaning:

  • No baby wipes or sanitary wipes are ever septic tank safe even if the packaging says they are. Wipes of any kind do not dissolve, and they end up clogging the tanks and pipes. Several instances of this problem were found.

  • Wipes and other anti-bacterial products (like hand soap, bleach, etc.) work against the bacterial processes necessary to break down solids in a septic tank. The more anti-bacterial products that enter the system, the less capable or efficient the system is.

Since we probably have several years ahead of us before we can install a sanitary sewer system, if you do not have an easy, ground level access to your tank, please consider adding the necessary riser(s). Particularly because this is now a necessary annual event, it is a lot of work for our volunteer(s) and the cleaning company to excavate everyone’s tank lids.

Posted 3-6-18: Septic Tanks

Weather permitting, all septic tanks will be cleaned the week of March 12th.

Posted 2-19-18: Rosalie Nehls's Book Legacy

Ellen Nolan, daughter of the Tereshkos (45 W. Virginia), shares a heartwarming story of the adventures she and her kids, Nora and Bobby, and their friends, had these last few months.

Roger Nehls (76 Indiana) was kind enough to share a wealth of books that belonged to his wife, Rosalie, with the Heidelberg community a few years ago. We took several boxes of children's books and have slowly distributed them to Little Free Libraries in the region. Here are pictures of our adventures. Not only did we enjoy Rosalie's books, but now so are tons of kids in Ohio. (Ironically not pictured is Heidelberg Beach’s Little Free Library—we did share books there!) Thank you, Roger, for this gift! We look forward to hunting for more.

Love, the Nolans

Rosalie Nehls's Book Legacy

Posted 2-16-18: John Patrick Corrigan IV

Cathy & Jack (John Patrick, II) Corrigan (89 Michigan), are thrilled to announce the birth of John Patrick Corrigan IV, to their son John (Patrick, III), and his wife Nora. Little “Jack” is Cathy & Jack’s first grandson, and was born on Friday, February 9th, weighed 6 pounds 10 ounces, and was 18 ½” long. He joins his two older sisters, and is cousin to Grace, Colette, and Evelyn Welch (Katie & Scott Welch’s girls, 79 Indiana).

We wish the whole Corrigan family congratulations and look forward to seeing all of these happy little faces this summer!

John Patrick Corrigan IV

Posted 2-13-18: For Sale: Chrome Octagon Dining Set

The Peers (12 Pennsylvania) are offering for sale a glass and chrome octagon dining set, including a table and four gray cushioned rolling chairs. Very comfy! Please contact Jan Peer at (216) 536-8051 and make an offer. Please leave a message if there is no answer.

Peer Dining Set For Sale

Posted 2-13-18: Kenneth P. Brown Passes Away

Heidelberg Beach's next-door neighbor to the east, Ken Brown, died on February 1st. His obituary is here.

It seems as though there is one brother of the sibling cohort remaining, along with Ken's daughters, but so far there has been no news concerning the disposition of the property.

Posted 2-10-18: Heidelberg Beach Offsite Meeting

The Becks (58 Kentucky) and the Hendersons (62 Kentucky) met for dinner in Daytona Beach and celebrated not being in the cold weather!

The Becks and the Hendersons in Daytona Beach

They picked an excellent time for their celebration; contrast the warmth of Florida with this view of the Pavilion taken about the same time as their dinner.

Winter Pavilion View

Posted 1-11-18: First Half Tax and Assessments Mailed, Due February 3rd

The first half tax and assessments are going out today and are due by February 3rd. For any questions or problems, please contact the Treasurer, Dick Castele.

Posted 1-5-18: Grandchild for Linda Lackey

Maxwell Charles Specht was born on December 14th, 2017 to Linda Lackey's (98 Ohio) son Ben and his wife Candice in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. Linda and David got to meet the new arrival on Christmas Day! Congratulations to all.

Maxwell Charles Spech and Parents

Ben, Candice, and Maxwell Charles Specht

Maxwell Charles Spech and Family

Ben’s recent 30th Birthday celebration last weekend presented the opportunity for the first Rorhbaugh contingency to see the baby. From left to right, Ahmed (husband of Jocelyn), Jocelyn (daughter of Martha and Joe Vivona), David, Linda, Emily (Linda's daughter), Candice, Ben, and baby Maxwell.

Posted 12-19-17: Probable Water Main Break

This is just a heads up that we have been hunting for a water problem on Indiana Road since Thanksgiving weekend. After much investigation with neighbors and two plumbers, we are going to take advantage of this week’s favorable weather to do some digging to look for it. We’d like to get this fixed and resolved before colder temperatures, for obvious reasons.

Once we find the break, the neighborhood will be inevitably without water for a few hours during the repair. We’ll give you as much notice as possible, but we’ll likely have to work fast once we find it. Right now, the plan is to look around today, and, we hope, fix on Thursday. We’ll keep you posted.

Posted 12-3-17: New Belmont Granddaughter

Congratulations to Chris & Jeff Belmont (64 Kentucky) on the birth of Peyton Rae Belmont, daughter of their son Andy and his wife Jasmine. Peyton was born on September 19th in Virginia. Dad Andy is in the US Navy and stationed in Norfolk.

Chris & Jeff are blessed with all three of their children happily married, and now a total of 4 grandchildren—2 boys and 2 girls. As Chris & Jeff said, “what a joy they are!”

Peyton Rae Belmont and Parents Peyton Rae Belmont

Posted 12-1-17: Concerns for Jim Schneider

James Schneider (24 West Virginia) is at Fairview hospital fighting a nasty infection in his leg. His daughter-in-law reports that the situation is challenging. Please keep Jim and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Posted 11-28-17: Condolences to the Stone Family

Ken Stone’s (56 Kentucky) daughter, Beth Bodnar, passed away on November 21st after a long illness. No memorial services will be held. Our deepest sympathy to Ken, his daughter Molly Richeson, and the entire Stone family.

Posted 11-20-17: Results of the Infrastructure Assessment Selection

13 cottages chose an accelerated installment

16 cottages chose the standard installment

19 cottages chose the delayed installment

In just over 3 years we’ll have collected our target of $500,000, and then can begin the detailed design. At that time, the Board will set up open community meetings with the engineer, contractors willing to consult, and anyone and everyone in the community that can share experience and expertise, to begin the decision-making process.

Posted 11-20-17: New Grandchild for Mary Border

Mary Border’s (10 Pennsylvania) daughter Vonnie, along with Vonnie’s husband Tony, are the proud parents of a son, Birch Harutoki Gonzalez. He was born Saturday morning, November 4, 2017 at just over 7 pounds, 19 inches long.

In Japanese, birch means strong, and harutoki means son. Aside from honoring dad Tony’s ancestry in the naming, Tony is in the landscaping business and loves trees!

Birch joins older sister Penny. Birch is also noteworthy in that he is the first boy(!) born in generations on the Lydia Foote side of the family tree.

Everyone is doing well; mom and dad are just very tired.


Posted 10-24-17: Dumpster Pickup Services

There has been a recent problem with our dumpster pickup schedule and we’ve not had service since October 6th. Those around know that the dumpster is smelly and overflowing. Our service provider, Republic, has now fixed the problem.

The dumpster will be emptied tomorrow, October 25th.

The off-season every-other-week pickup service will begin on Monday, October 30th. The pickup schedule going forward is shown on the Community Calendar—plus the dates are shown in the upper right-hand corner of this page, where upcoming dates/activities are previewed.

Again, it is respectfully requested that the dumpster not be used for yard waste (even in bags), furniture, large objects, and non-broken down boxes.

Posted 10-20-17: Cleaning Services

As the leaves fall, just a reminder that Mary Border is still available to help with any cottage cleaning, closing, or organizing projects that you may have. See the Membership Directory for her contact information.

Posted 10-20-17: Maintenance and Beautification Projects

Dean Smith has been bringing tractor equipment from his farm and cleaning out some undergrowth at the east end of the Promenade and making parts of the beach bank easier to maintain. All work we could never have done on our own! Many, many thanks Dean for these improvements!

As a result, and as a reminder, all sticks, limbs, and yard waste now go either down on the beach burn pile (east side of the east pier), or south of the creek in "The Orchard" area in the southeast corner of our property.

Thanks again to Dean and the Foote Family who have put in so much time to the maintenance and beautification of Heidelberg Beach!

Harvey, as most know, has had a rough patch of health issues this fall. He was out mowing again recently, so we are taking that as a good sign he’s feeling better. When you see him, do take the chance to thank him—and Carol and Dean, for all they’ve done for the beach!

David Rohrbaugh and Jennifer Sullivan were also doing some maintenance on the roofing of our covered benches—many thanks to them for balancing on ladders to replace the lost shingles!

Posted 10-20-17: Web Site Recoding & Redeployment

Dear Community,

John Macko has given our Web Site a much-needed renovation—we hope you like it!

Our goals were a fresh look, easier navigation (less “clicking” around), more intuitive organization, bringing important information to the forefront, and some cool new features and tools. Behind the scenes, this re-programming has also made it much easier for the Web Master (currently John, of course) to update the site.

Any feedback you have is most welcome and appreciated! As you browse around, here are a few points worth noting:

  1. There is only one “News” page now, and it will include all types of news. You’ll see there is a posted date on the headline, so you can easily see what is newly added.
  2. So that we can include email and phone hyperlinks in the Membership Directory and Contact pages that include members’ personal data, we’ve added a security challenge question to protect our data from Web bots. If you allow cookies on your computer, you will only have to respond the challenge question once every 60 days.
  3. You’ll notice we are working on adding headshot photos of members to the directory. Please review your entry to make sure all your information is correct. If you would like, please email us a photo that we can use for your entry. John can resize and/or crop the photo as necessary. Next spring or summer it will be time to print a new hardcopy directory, and it would be great to have photos and all the data correct. If there is a picture we included that you don’t like—please send us a replacement!
  4. You’ll note that there are areas that are still “under construction.” This continues to be a work in progress and we hope everyone will help contribute to our information reserves and to the history area!

We wish you a safe and happy off-season. See you in the spring!

Jane & John

Posted 10-12-17: Mary Border Art Studio Open House

Mary Border is offering one last "open house" of her Art Studio, this weekend, from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM on Saturday and Sunday. Come help her make room for many new paintings over the winter!

Cider and donuts will be served.

Mary Border Painting Mary Border Painting

Posted 10-5-17: Information from the September 30th Board of Trustees Meeting

The Board of Trustees had their annual fall budget meeting. The Board voted in the 2018 Operating Budget and levied the new water line assessment, as discussed and voted on at the Annual Meeting. Each cottage has been levied a $15,000 assessment.

The water line assessment information is also being mailed hardcopy to the primary leaseholder at each of the 48 cottages. Each cottage may select the installment method they can pay, and are asked to return their selection by October 31st, 2017.

The Board has great faith in the goodness of this community and in our members to contribute at their highest comfort level. Most everyone here has a Heidelberg Beach legacy, and understands that we are a neighborhood with shared values, a shared love of this special place, and a shared desire to be the best stewards in caring for and maintaining our property.

Doing so will help everyone move forward, and in the kindest way possible, help those that truly need the assistance. As was said at a recent Pavilion service, the “outside world” is chaotic enough, we all sincerely need the respite we find here. Gratefully, more than not, being here at Heidelberg Beach brings out the better angels of our nature.

Posted 10-4-17: Tom Fahrland Visits

Tom Fahrland was in town from Tennessee for a 50th High School reunion. His grandfather owned Harvey Foote's yellow cottage (47 Kentucky). He and his cousins spent summers here; he used to love fishing with his grandfather.

Tom is pictured here visiting David Rohrbaugh (30 West Virgina). (Tom left, David right).

Tom Fahrland and David Rohrbaugh

Posted 9-18-17: September 4th, 2017 Board Meeting Minutes Posted

The minutes for the September 4th Board Meeting have been posted.

Posted 9-18-17: Boat House Refurbishment

Over the past three weeks, many volunteers have put in hours of hard work to refurbish the Boat House. They strengthened the foundation; replaced some of the flooring; and re-sided, primed and painted the exterior west wall.

Many thanks to all who helped with this project!

Boat House Refurbishment

Posted 8-28-17: Margard/Nightingale Wedding!

Joan Margard (22 W. Virginia) and Bill Nightingale we married on Saturday, July 15th in Columbus. Congratulations, Joan and Bill, and best wishes for many, many happy years together!

Joan Margard and Bill Nightingale Wedding Joan Margard and Bill Nightingale Wedding

Posted 8-28-17: Condolences to the Richardson Family

Barbara Richardson (1 Pennsylvania) passed away on August 23rd, 2017. See her obituary here.

Our thoughts and prayers to Bill and Dora, and the whole Richardson family.

Posted 7-23-17: Annual Meeting and Board Meeting Minutes Posted

The minutes for the 2017 Annual Meeting and the Board Meeting which immediately followed have been posted.

Updated 8-15-17: Carolyn Leitch Passed Away

Carolyn Leitch (92 Ohio) passed away this morning (August 14, 2017) after enduring a 5-year battle with Multiple System Atrophy. MSA is a rare sporadic progressive neurological disorder. We understand Carolyn battled bravely, and with her characteristic wit. We are heartbroken at this devastating loss for their whole family—Dick, Nick, Haley, and all in the Castele and Leitch families.

Please keep Dick and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Carolyn's obituary and arrangement information has been posted and is here.

Posted 7-21-17: Concerns for Harvey Foote

Harvey Foote (47 Kentucky) was admitted to Firelands Regional Hospital on Wednesday, July 19th for a buildup of fluid in his leg. They changed some of his mediation and the symptoms have started mediating, and he is already feeling a lot better. He is on floor 3T Room 3023. Reports are that he will be coming home sometime during the next several days.

Please keep Harvey and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Posted 7-15-17: Annual Meeting Election Results

Board Members Re-elected: Jane Chidester, Scott Welch

New Board Members:Carol Dunkle, Aaron Hamilton

Officers: Jane Chidester (President), Claudia Springer (VP), Tom Eshelman (Secretary), Dick Castele (Treasurer), Mary Chidester (Real Estate)

Water Line Replacement:

68.5 Approve
21 Do not Approve

Building Rule Change to add tap-in fee:

80.5 Approve
11 Do not Approve

Posted 7-13-17: Financial Statement and Treasurer's Report for Annual Meeting

The Financial Statement and Treasurer's Report have been posted to the Web for your review in advance of the Annual Meeting. Many thanks to our treasurer, Dick Castele, for the careful work preparing these materials.

Posted 7-13-17: New Beach Swing

As many of you have already noticed, there is a new chair swing on the beach for everyone to enjoy. Many thanks to Dean Smith for his hard work and carpentry skills to salvage what was left of the old swing and create this new beach feature!

New Beach Swing

Posted 7-8-17: July 2nd Board Minutes

There are a few points worth noting:

  1. The nominees for the Board this year are Jane Chidester (incumbent), Scott Welch (incumbent), Carol Dunkle, Aaron Hamilton, and Valerie Murray.

  2. After discussing the results of the community survey, the Board felt that we should focus on replacing the water line first—and voted unanimously to do so.

  3. The Board continues to be sensitive to, and is trying to solve the problem of how to pay for the project without causing undue hardship on those with tight budgets. In that spirit, the Board discussed a possible idea, and is sharing it with the community for feedback. See the following post.

Click here for the Board Minutes.

Posted 7-8-17: 2017 Annual Meeting Information

The Annual Membership Meeting is a week from today, on

Saturday, July 15th, at 10 AM, at the Pavilion

If you cannot attend the meeting in person—please print and fill out a Proxy Form. You can either scan and email it to the Secretary, Tom Eshelman—or have the person you selected as your proxy bring the form directly to the meeting.

Note that the Board has included additional information with the Proxy Form this year. Please read it ahead of time, even if you are attending the meeting in person.

The Board wanted to provide relevant background information to the votes that are being taken—and give you time to prepare your questions for the discussion period at the meeting.

Posted 7-6-17: Marian Rohrbaugh’s Church Memorial Service: July 22nd

See Marian’s obituary here. It includes details of her church Memorial Service later this month.

Posted 6-30-17: Mary Border’s Sister Passed Away

Bev Morris, Mary Border’s sister (10 Pennsylvania), passed away late yesterday afternoon (Thursday, July 29th). She was 76, and died after a short illness.

Our thoughts and prayers to Mary and her family, and to the extended Foote family, as a whole. (Mary and Bev are two of Lydia Foote’s daughters.)

Coincidentally, both the Foote family, and the Rohrbaugh family—who just lost their matriarch Marian, are having reunions and gatherings this weekend at Heidelberg Beach. It is of course so fitting that these two families continue to gather here, in a place that has brought comfort and joy for all of them, since the earliest days of our community. We, their extended Heidelberg Beach family, surround them with our love and prayers.

Updated 6-27-17: Marian Rohrbaugh Passed Away

Heidelberg Beach now has another huge hole in our collective community’s heart. We are sad to share that Marian (The Pioneer, 59 Kentucky) passed away early this morning, Monday, June 26th. Her beautiful spirit now joins her husband Paul (d. September 17th, 2011), on what would have been their 74th wedding anniversary (today!). Our thoughts and prayers go to the entire Rohrbaugh family.

Memorial for Marian Rohrbaugh

Posted 6-23-17: Infrastructure Survey Results

Dear Community,

In the spirit of full transparency, the Board is sharing the results of the recent survey. The comments that were asked to be restricted to the Board only, are understandably not included here.

We had a near 100% response rate, with 44 of 48 cottages responding. Thank you for taking the time, and care, to give us your honest feedback.

We can talk further about this as a community when we gather for the Annual Membership Meeting in just 3 weeks—10 AM at the Pavilion on Saturday, July 15th.


The Board of Trustees

Posted 6-19-17: 2017 Summer Season Pavilion Schedule

The summer’s Pavilion Schedule, with hostesses, officiants, and cleaning crews, is posted to the Community Calendar.

  • Linda Glaviano needs just one more hostess to fill out the Social Hour schedule—please contact her if you are willing to volunteer. Date needed: August 6th.
  • Jane Eshelman needs just one more minister or speaker to fill out the Officiant schedule—please contact her if you have an interest or if your home church minister is interested. Date needed: August 27th.
  • Remember if you would like to reserve the Pavilion for a family gathering, contact Char Schuman.

Thank you to everyone who participates in our cherished summer services!


Updated 6-18-17: Update: Social Hours Volunteers

The CCWW Committee wants to thank all of you who have contacted Linda about hosting one of the social hours following Pavilion services this summer! We are hoping that some of you are interested in being a host or hostess for the remaining unassigned dates. Hostess/hosts are still needed for August 6th. Please contact Linda Glaviano.

Again, thanks to those who have already contacted Linda for taking the time to help out!

Linda Glaviano for the CCWW

Posted 6-8-17: Bible Study Sessions Return

Again this summer we will be hosting a community Bible study at our cottage (52 Kentucky). We will read and discuss a familiar Psalm and share one of Claudia's famous desserts. Meetings will take place from 7:30 P.M. to 9:00 P.M. on July 7th, July 21st, August 4th, and August 18th. For questions, please call Jeff.

Claudia and Jeff Springer

Posted 6-3-17: May 28th Board Minutes Posted

Click here for the May 28th Board Minutes.

Posted 6-2-17: Beach Condition Update

Due to the high-water levels, and the shifting shoreline, we’ve relocated the fire pit area. Many times this spring we’ve had no beach or sand due east of the volleyball net area. The sands continue to change, and if lake levels go down, we may put the fire pit back on the east end of the beach, but for now, and possibly for this summer, its new home is on the raised dune towards the west side of the beach.

A few “thank yous” are in order here—thank you to Harvey Foote and John Macko for getting all of the beach wood split—thank you to Herb Foote who donated the wood rack—and thank you to Carol Dunkle for painting it a matching green to our other furniture! One more thank you to Harvey Foote, Carol Dunkle, and Dean Smith who fixed a plumbing problem we had with the water faucet on the beach bank as well.

As mentioned in an earlier post, our northern volleyball post was washed away. We will not be reinstalling it this summer, but are keeping it for next year.

As you can see in the pictures below too, the west pier is being washed over with waves. We have delayed getting the pier benches out for a few weeks to see if the water level goes down some.

We appreciate everyone’s help in keeping the beach picked up and tidy. Many thanks to everyone who has gone down and weed whipped, raked, or taken limbs to the burn pile. We’re looking forward to a relaxing summer of fun. 😊

New Fire Ring Placement New Fire Ring Placement New Fire Ring Placement

Posted 5-31-17: Community Survey Mailed: Deadline June 16th

Dear Community,

The Board of Trustees is asking for input and feedback regarding our infrastructure situation.

A survey was just mailed for each cottage. (If there are multiple leaseholders, please come to a consensus for your feedback.)

Use the stamped envelope to return your survey to our Secretary, Tom Eshelman, by June 16th.

The Board will share the results and discuss at the Annual Membership Meeting in July.

Thank you so much,
Your Board of Trustees

Posted 5-25-17: Second Half Invoices Mailed: Deadline June 24

The Second Half Real Estate Tax and Assessment invoices have been mailed, with a due date of June 24th. Note that this invoice contains an additional $110 charge for each cottage for septic tank cleaning.

Please contact Dick Castele if you have any questions, or if your invoice does not arrive in a few days.

Posted 5-21-17: Summer Season Social Hours

The Christian Work and Worship Committee would like to thank the many hosts and hostesses who helped with the Social Hour following summer church services in 2016. The social hours are a special time to catch up on news of friends and neighbors after worshiping together.

We are again looking for hosts and hostesses for 10 summer services for this season. The first social time will be July 2 and the last will be held on September 3.

Items such as tablecloths and napkins are provided along with coffee, sugar, etc. As a host or hostess, you will need to do setup in the morning before the church service, make coffee, and provide a cold drink and refreshments. You can be reimbursed for the items that you purchase. If you are interested in hosting a social hour this summer, please contact Linda Glaviano.

Posted 4-30-17: Engagement!

Joan Margard (22 W. Virginia) and Bill Nightingale got engaged at Christmastime! The happy couple will wed on Saturday, July 15th in Columbus. Congratulations and best wishes for many wonderful years ahead!

Joan Margard and Bill Nightingale Engagement

Posted 4-30-17: Congratulations (Belatedly) to Jan Peer

Jan Peer (12 Pennsylvania) joined the ranks of the happily retired last year. It was somewhat of a tapering off in the work force, but that business is now in the capable hands of her daughter Christa. Craig is still happily at Toyota. Best wishes and much happiness to everyone!

Posted 4-30-17: New Tree in Memory of Mary Lou Belmont

Many thanks to the Belmont and Kessler families (64 Kentucky) for the beautiful Tri-Color Beech in memory of Mary Lou. In is located in the Linwood Path lot line (lot 72).

New Tree in Memory of Mary Lou Belmont

Posted 4-17-17: 2017 Spring Sandscribes Published

Click here.

Posted 4-16-17: Our Beautiful Beach

These pictures were just taken last night (Saturday, April 15th):

Heidelberg Beach, Spring of 2017 Heidelberg Beach, Spring of 2017 Heidelberg Beach, Spring of 2017

Can you believe it?

This is all due to the incredible work of Dean Smith, Carol Dunkle, and Harvey Foote. They all have been puttering away on the beach throughout this winter.

As you know we had a mild year—and not too much washed ashore. So, they have been down several times raking, gathering, and clearing. Barring a terrible spring storm (and we know this is a possibility!), we are ready for summer by Easter Sunday!

Dean has been on a mission to get rid of the invasive shrubs, and clear out and smooth out the flatter areas of the beach bank for easier maintenance. Dean and Harvey have created more areas that will be able to be maintained with just mowing. The beach grasses are filling in and holding our dunes. Our beach bank has always been a Herculean job to maintain, and they’ve moved us a huge step forward in making this easier. It is just stunning and we can’t thank them enough.

As you can see in the pictures too, the water is high this year, and the beach is fairly narrow. Because of the high waves and water, we temporarily lost the northern volleyball net post! The waves were so strong and high that it became dislodged. Luckily, Carol Dunkle noticed at the right moment, and found it on Ben Norton’s beach! It is now laying on the ground just to the left of the south post. I don’t remember that ever happening in my lifetime!

In the bottom picture, you can see—just east over the east pier—is a pile of ash. We’ve re-instituted the beach burn pile—more on that in the article below!

Posted 4-16-17: The Burn Pile Returns!

As you read and heard last year, we no longer have access to the help of Mr. Brown’s crew to haul our debris away.

After careful thought and preparation, we’ve chosen this location, just east of the east pier, and just north of the pathway to the east beach, for our new burn pile:

New Beach Burn Pile

Dean Smith and Harvey Foote have used their collection of machinery to prepare this area—and of course, start collecting our stick and limb debris.

The New Plan for Usage:

  1. We ask that everyone now use this burn pile as the location to put your sticks, limbs, and pulled out plants or shrubs.

  2. We are working on cleaning up the old compost pile on the east end of the promenade and would like to make the promenade area only for leaves. Promenade Leaf Compost Area Throwing plants, shrubs, sticks, and limbs here has made a terrible eyesore, and put things in a place that we can’t maintain well. Cleaning this area is still a work in progress, but we’d appreciate that nothing further be added here from this point forward (except leaves, of course).

  3. There is still an area in the woods behind the forsythia on the south side of the creek (near the entrance to the beach) that can be used for all debris. However, if you can bring the sticks and limbs to the burn pile anyway, we’d really appreciate it. At some point, we’ll have to manage that area better too—and the sticks and limbs just don’t decompose. Orchard Compost Area
  4. Please, please, please, do not use the area around the dumpster for limbs or any other debris. We need to have that clear for the dumpster, and for putting wood chips down. Harvey and John just got that cleaned out again.

  5. Finally, please do not light the burn pile. Please leave this to Dean and Harvey only. They will monitor the conditions, and monitor the fire appropriately.

To Reiterate in Brief Summary:

  1. Use the burn pile on the east beach for all limbs, sticks, plants, shrubs.

  2. Use either the east end of the promenade or the south side of the creek compost areas for leaves only.

  3. Do not put any yard waste or debris down by (or in!) the dumpster.

Thank you so much for your cooperation as we try to make these improvements to keep our beach beautiful!

Posted 4-16-17: New Fire Pit Ring for the Beach

The old fire pit ring was lost to the lake over the winter. We think someone took it down from its storage location on the beach bank for a fire in the late fall, and did not put it back up by the wood pile. John and Jane purchased a new one. ☺

New Fire Pit Ring

We will take it down to the beach in a few weeks once we get a picnic table and the chairs back in position. We also plan to have a galvanized pail tethered to the picnic table so people can easily extinguish the fires with lake water (not sand). When the ring becomes too full of ash or unburnt wood, people can use the pail to scoop it out and take it over the east pier to the burn pile. This way we will not have a terrible mess of coals in the sand as previously when people shifted the ring around when it got full of sand. Again, please use the pail for water, or taking the old ash to the burn pile. We’ll try to get some signage posted down there too.

One final note: We have a decent sized wood pile right now—the logs need to be split first. Harvey Foote and/or Jeff Belmont will be getting that taken care of for us. Please don’t start making fires until we can get this in order. The logs in the pile now would overwhelm the new fire pit ring. (And please don’t just start a fire on the sand without the ring in place.)

Also, we always appreciate anyone who is willing to take a chainsaw and cut up and split wood for this pile throughout the season. There is quite a bit of driftwood on the east beach that could be used for this purpose. There are also places in the woods areas that have large logs on the ground—just ask Jane and she’ll direct you.

Posted 4-16-17: General Help Wanted

Though amazing work has already been done around the beach, there are still some miscellaneous tasks that we’d appreciate help with.

  1. Picking up sticks and limbs. Harvey, Dean, Carol, John, and I have already taken the first pass around the property to get things cleaned up for the start of mowing season. As winds or storms happen, we always get a new batch down on the ground. Please help to pick them up off the grassy areas and take them down to the burn pile. (Or, if you need help transporting to the beach, call Carol or Harvey to pick up the pile you’ve gathered.)

  2. Our tree service did a “Vista Prune” on the promenade this year. They raised the limbs on many trees to let a little more sunlight in and provide a spectacular view for all. There are several areas around the promenade (including a place where a tree was removed) that could use some re-seeding work.

  3. As you saw, the beach itself is in good shape at this moment. Help us keep it that way and rake up or saw up any new things that wash ashore—the burn pile is just past the east pier! If something is appropriate for the fire pit wood pile (make sure it is cut to length)—you can put it there.

  4. At some point, Harvey and Dean will take some loads of wood chips to put around the bases of the promenade trees (that aren’t already maintained by others). They’ll need help raking and shaping those rings. Remember—make donuts, not volcanoes! ☺ Getting all the trees on the promenade ringed is still the goal. If any are left undone, your help in doing them would be appreciated.

Thank You!

Thank you as well to everyone who has volunteered to do a task on our Community List—we all appreciate the gift of having those things taken care of!

Updated 4-19-17: Clarke Martin Passed Away

Clarke Martin (97 Ohio) passed away Wednesday, April 12th. The obituary, including plans for visitation and funeral services, is available here.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the whole Martin family.

Updated 4-11-17: Concerns for Clarke Martin

Clarke Martin (97 Ohio) was admitted to Metro Health Medical Center in Cleveland on Tuesday, March 28th for pneumonia. Please keep Clarke and his entire family in your thoughts and prayers during this time.

Update: On April 7th Clarke was moved to Broadview Multi Care Center.

Posted 3-31-17: Ruth Schneider Passes Away

Ruth Schneider (24 W. Virginia) passed away on Tuesday, March 28th. There was a private service and burial as was Ruth’s desire. There will be a memorial service later in the year and we will post details when we have them.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Jim and the whole Schneider family.

Ruth's obituary is here.

Posted 3-3-17: Concerns for Schneider Family

Thoughts and prayers to Ruth Schneider (24 W. Virginia). The Schneiders have been staying here at Heidelberg Beach as Ruth has been continuing her recovery from her stroke this past summer. Unfortunately, she had another recent stay in the hospital, and is now residing at Kingston of Vermilion for more rehabilitation. Thoughts and prayers to both Ruth and Jim, and the whole Schneider family, in these very difficult times.

Posted 3-3-17: Winter Infrastructure Update

Dear Community,

The deadline to apply (again) for a low interest EPA loan was March 1st. As promised last fall, the Board checked in with our Erie County contacts to see if anything had changed in their ability to help us this year.

The short answer is “no.” The short reason remains that we are a private community.

The longer story is that there was a major shake-up in the county after the election. The Erie County Sanitary Engineer was fired, and those responsibilities transferred to the Erie County Director of Utilities. One of the two county commissioners we had worked with was also ousted. The remaining commissioner, who is also the one that truly holds the purse strings, remains steadfast that we won’t get any monetary help.

We’ve had some further insights and understanding as well. When Erie County offered us the loan in 1964, it was probably only because the Erie County Commissioner that held the purse strings to the county at that time was a resident of Heidelberg Beach. We had not understood until now that we had probably been given a special favor—access to money that would not have been normal. This explains too why the project might have fizzled out 50 years ago. Our resident commissioner’s term probably ended before the county was able to start the work. This is just a theory, but at this point, it is an educated one.

We hope you can agree that the Board has worked hard to turn over every stone in this investigation. The only viable option now is to save up for this expense.

The Board’s Plan for moving forward:

The Board will hold its first meeting of the year on Sunday, May 28th. The primary focus will be planning for the Annual Meeting (scheduled for Saturday, July 15th). This year we will more formally survey the community, by way of ballot, as to your agreement or disagreement to various aspects of moving forward to replace our infrastructure. We will also present a new rule for the Building Rules & Regulations document to address the tap-in fee for any future cottages built (see the October 2016 Binding Resolution of the Board).

As always, please contact any of your Board members with comments, concerns, or suggestions.


The Board of Trustees

Posted 3-3-17: Rev. Richard Henderson Retires

Many congratulations to Sheila and Dick Henderson (62 Kentucky). Dick joined the ranks of the happily retired at the end of January. We wish you both many wonderful years ahead!

Posted 2-26-17: Septic Tank Cleaning

Abel Sanitation will be doing our septic tank cleaning again—and holding the price at $110/tank. They will possibly start on Monday afternoon (February 27th) and work Tuesday and Wednesday, weather permitting.

Posted 2-6-17: John Macko's Father Passes Away

We are sad to report that John Macko and Jane Chidester (82 Indiana) lost John's father late on Saturday, February 4th. The obituary is here.

Please keep Jane and John and John's family in your thoughts this week.

Posted 2-1-17: Charlie Rohrbaugh Begins Political Career with High Level Meeting at the White House

David Rohrbaugh and Jennifer Sullivan’s (30 W. Virginia) son Ben Rohrbaugh, was honored at a White House reception for 8 year Presidential Appointees. Grandson Charlie took the opportunity to run a few ideas by the outgoing leader of the free world. As campaign manager, Ben’s wife Stephanie, made sure Charlie was dressed appropriately for his first media shoot. ;-)

Charlie Rohrbaugh's White House Debut

Posted 1-24-17: Mary Lou Belmont Passes Away

We are sad to report that Mary Lou Belmont passed away this past Saturday, January 21st. The obituary is copied below.

Please keep all of her family (Jeff Belmont, Ella Davidson, Judy Destro, Craig Kessler, Scott Kessler, Heidi McClure and Linda Miranda, all of 64 Kentucky) in your thoughts and prayers.

Mary Lou Belmont, age 85, passed away unexpectedly in her home on January 21.

She was born in Cleveland Ohio to Arthur J. and Elsie Kessler. She was raised in Cleveland, and then married and moved to North Olmsted. After raising their children, she and her husband, Gordon, moved to Vermilion. Gordon and Mary Lou built their houses in both North Olmsted and Vermilion. They then moved to Wakeman where she lived out her life. She and Gordon were married 64 years. Mary Lou was active in her church and also volunteered for Meals on Wheels. She also enjoyed being with family, especially grandchildren at Heidelberg Beach, taking walks with them searching for lucky stones. Her hobbies included sewing, knitting, and tending to her garden.

Mary Lou is preceded in death by her parents and also her sister, Verna Field. Surviving her are her husband, Gordon, and a brother Kenneth A. (Marilyn) Kessler. She and Gordon have two children, Jeffrey (Christina) Belmont and Judy (Dale) Destro. Also surviving her are her grandchildren, Aubrey (Andrew) Lash, Allyson (Izaac) Ferrari, and Andrew (Jasmine) Belmont. She also has three great grandchildren, Elsie, Jonathan and Frank and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be on Saturday, January 28th at the Church of the Redeemer, 23500 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, Ohio 44145 at 10:00 a.m. followed by a memorial service at 11:00. In lieu of flowers donation can be made to The Church of the Redeemer Memorial Fund or a charity of the donor's choice.

Posted 1-22-17: West Virginia Water Main Breaks

We've had a busy week (third week of January, 2017) dealing with infrastructure problems on West Virginia road. Below is a brief photo journal showing the highlights.

New sinkhole in West Virginia Road

Last summer (2016) we saw the first signs of a new sinkhole developing along West Virginia Road, west of the Bratton cottage (42 West Virginia) and very near a previous repair where in July of 2015 the storm sewer cracked and caused another sinkhole.

Just after the Holidays, the sinkhole opened up, so it was time to initiate the repair. We contacted Franklin. and they came out the first day it wasn't raining and the temperature was above freezing. (Excavation is difficult in frozen earth!)

Cutting the pavement around the new sinkhole in West Virginia Road

Step #1: Cut the pavement.

Removing the pavement pieces after they have been cut

Step #2: Remove the pavement pieces.

The next step involved using an enormous vacuum excavation truck to clear away the earth and clay. The vacuum minimizes the size of the hole needed, and is the least invasive method when excavating around delicate pipes.

Once the dirt was removed, the problem was obvious: a hole in the water main.

Note that in the above video, the vacuum is running at full bore to help reduce the pressure of the spray. Otherwise, the force of the water escaping might have collapsed the west wall of the pit.

Close-ups of water main

Once the water was shut off, we could get a close look at the water main. The top photo shows the location of our next failure (see below). The light tan areas in the bottom photo are where the exterior surface of the pipe has flaked away, which, according to Larry Smith of Franklin, are susceptible to "blowing out" into other leaks.

Clamp used to repair first leak

The clamp used for the repair.

Clamp used to repair first leak

The clamp in place. Larry had a very difficult time installing the clamp because (1) the water main was so corroded that he had a difficult time establishing a good seal, and (2) the pipe was so "fragile" that he had to exercise extreme care to not introduce further damage.

Filling the hole with sand and gravel

After turning the water main back on, we waited a good long while to ensure there were no leaks. After that, the crew filled the hole, first with sand surrounding the repair, and then topping it off with gravel.

Finished project, we thought...

Project finished! Except...

Leaky mess two days after repair

...we awoke to this two days later.

More vacuuming. Unfortunately, this was all the new gravel and sand that had just been installed less than two days earlier. The good news was that with the great quantity of water bubbling up from below, the texture of the material was like quicksand.

Naturally, we assumed that the first repair had simply failed. When the water main was once again uncovered, we could see that a new, much larger hole had opened in a new location nearby.

Larry explained that he sees this frequently in the older systems he maintains. After years and years, the pipe loses its integrity, and it's actually the Ohio clay pushing against the sides of the pipe that holds it together. When a pipe is exposed, it loses that support, and even though Franklin carefully packed sand around the first repair (we watched them), it was not sufficient to hold the weak spots in place.

Leaky mess two days after repair

A closeup of the hole that burst in the bottom of the water main. This photo was taken after the water had been turned off for awhile, so the outflow was reduced to a trickle.

Photo credit for this shot goes to Larry, who was able to stick his cell phone underneath for a great view.

Second, larger clamp

A bigger clamp was necessary this time around.

Second clamp installed

Second clamp installed.

Second clamp installed

When the second repair was finished, we all noticed a strong stream of water coming out of the earth on the south side of the pit. It was difficult to discern whether this was yet another leak, or simply the draining of the saturated soil.

In an abundance of caution, we decided not to fill the hole but instead cover it with a metal plate. We'll check on it over the weekend and Monday. In the interim, please avoid this area of West Virginia Road.

UPDATE: The water seems to have stopped.

My thanks to Franklin for their care, speed and expertise in resolving these issues, and to Harvey Foote and John Macko who were on hand constantly to turn the water on and off, answer questions, and guard the hole.

Posted 1-11-17: First Half Invoices Mailed

The First Half Real Estate Tax and Assessment invoices have been mailed with a due date of February 3rd.

Please contact Dick Castele if you have any questions, or if your invoice does not arrive in a few days.

Posted 1-6-17: New Sinkhole on West Virginia

A new sinkhole has opened up about 10 feet south of our first sinkhole on West Virginia. It is roughly due west of the Bratton cottage (42 West Virginia).

We are 99% sure it is a cracked storm sewer pipe and not a problem with our water line. We’ve called Franklin out to find and fix it, but they cannot do the work until the temperature rises above freezing—probably late next week (January 12th or 13th). Luckily this is not an emergency.

The hole, which is small at this point, is very near the center of the road. Be careful when driving or walking by this area to not step or drive directly on the hole.

Posted 1-6-17: Doing some Housekeeping: Saving Important Neighborhood Information

Water System:

To not lose important information about our community, we decided to document some important information about our water system. When John worked with Harvey in December to turn off and turn on our main water supply, it seemed prudent to write down the idiosyncrasies for anyone that might have to do this in the future (without Harvey or John around). It will also be worthwhile knowledge when a new water system is designed. Please read through this, just for your awareness. Make a mental note that the documentation exists if it is ever needed.

Web Site:

Again, just to make sure more than one person has information, John has given our Web Site information to the two other beach members that have the required technical skill to run and maintain the Heidelberg Beach site—Aaron Hamilton and Brice Chidester (the Community Task Listwas updated to reflect this). Just in case something happens to John, all the information on the Web Site will be preserved and accessible.

In General:

It is worth a refresher for you to see what we have on the Web site regarding general information about the beach. Click on the "Resources" navigational item at the top of any page.

There is much valuable and useful information out there. No need to memorize the details, just familiarize yourself to know what information exists. This is a living repository, so help us add to it or correct it!