Friday, April 24, 2015

General Meeting + A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg

Our April General Neighborhood meeting is going to be HUGE!

SACC General Meetings are a time to mingle with neighbors, hear the latest happenings in Schnitzelburg, and listen to some amazing speakers!

We're dubbing our April meeting a "Spring Cleaning Event" because we are urging you to clean out your homes and get rid of hard-to-recycle items.  We will have boxes for you to drop off the following items:
  • Small Electronics: Such as old cell phones and tablets.  According to, plastic casings can take hundreds, if not 1,000 years, to start breaking down in landfills.  Lead, arsenic, zinc, and other compounds inside the phone can leach into and pollute surrounding soil and water.
  • Burnt-out CFL Bulbs: Unlike regular light bulbs, CFL bulbs require special disposal because some may contain mercury - a hazardous material.  It is very important that you never break a CFL bulb, but if you do, take special precautions while cleaning it up. We will be taking all the CFL's we collect to Lowe's where they have a CFL recycling drop-off.
  • Prescription Drugs: Not only are unused/unneeded medications susceptible to falling in the wrong hands, but throwing them away is hazardous to the environment.  Medications can be absorbed into the soil and deposited into our waterways, thus contaminating our water supply. Please keep the medications in the original containers so that the a Walgreens pharmacist can identify the medications- just scratch off any personal information on bottles. Please do not bring any needles or personal waste products.
  • Plastic Shopping Bags: Plastic shopping bags can be recycled into products such as new plastic bags, landscape materials, and plastic composite lumber.  All Kroger stores have plastic bag recycling centers located near the entrance to the store and this is where any collected bags will go!  
  • Eyeglasses: Your old eyeglasses can be used for good instead of collecting dust.  We will be donating all eyeglasses to the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation, where eyeglasses are cleaned, sorted by prescription, and given to low-income, visually impaired individuals.
  • Medical Surplus Items: Walkers, wheelchairs, orthopedic items, diabetic supplies, bandages and gauze pads, canes, etc. will be collected and taken to Supplies Over Seas, a local nonprofit organization that meets critical healthcare needs in medically impoverished nations across the world by collecting and distributing surplus medical supplies.
  • Personal Documents: We will have a few shredders on site for your important documents that should be destroyed, such as bank statements or any confidential information.  Please be mindful of the amount of documents you bring.
Our main speaker will be Lorri Roberts with Brightside.  She will be recapping our latest Brightside community clean-up and discussing all the projects Brightside has going on currently!

Other speakers include Michele Johnston (Fresh Stop), Jordan King (A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg), and Christopher Kitchen (Louisville Metro Police).  Officer Kitchen is our new Fourth District Resource Officer.  He will be updating us on crime in the neighborhood, as well as explaining how you can sign up for crime alerts.   The meeting is also a great time to approach Officer Kitchen about any questions or concerns you have.  Be sure to say hello!

As usual, we will have food and refreshments available, and the All Wool & a Yard Wide Democratic Club will be selling ice cold beers!

Tickets for A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg will be available for purchase at this meeting for a discounted rate of $25 for Germantown and Schnitzelburg residents (regular ticket price is $50).  Tickets will be for sale before and after the meeting.  We ask that you bring a check made out to "LLS - A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg."

Below is a Q&A to help you better understand this fun event!

When is the event?

Wednesday, May 20th from 6 pm to 9 pm. 

Where will the event be held?

Outside of the Germantown Mill Lofts (FKA the Goss Antique Mall).  McHenry Street will be closed the day of the event and a large tent will be constructed in the middle of McHenry.  A completed section of the Germantown Mill Lofts will be open for walk-throughs during the event.

What is the event?

Tony and the Tanlines at LIBA's 10th Birthday Party.
A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg will be just that - a taste of all the best local fare our little neighborhoods have to offer! Guests will sample small plates from a variety of area restaurants and wash it down with cocktails and craft beer.  Tony and the Tanlines, an energetic cover band, will be performing.

Underhill Associates, the developers for the Germantown Mill Lofts, have been working with neighborhood associations to put the event together.

The event is a fundraiser for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society Kentucky and Indiana Chapter.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is the world's largest voluntary health agency dedicated to blood cancer. LLS funds lifesaving blood cancer research around the world and provides free information and support services.  All proceeds will be donated in honor of the late District 10 Councilman and Metro Council President Jim King, who passed away in January after a battle with cancer.

What restaurants will be participating?

Check's, The Post, Hammerheads, Lydia House, Eiderdown, Comeback Inn, Danny Mac's Pizza, Dairy Del, Four Pegs, and Smoketown USA.

How do you get tickets?

Tickets for Germantown and Schnitzelburg residents are for sale ONE NIGHT ONLY at the April 27th General Neighborhood Meeting at a discounted price of $25.

Otherwise, invitations were sent out by the Leukemia Lymphoma Society to a special guest list.  The event will only consist of 300 guests, as that is the number that works best for restaurants to plan for food.   

Are you looking for volunteers? 

You bet!  Volunteer positions from parking lot attendants to food servers are needed for the event.  Volunteers will have a job to perform, but they will be able to get into the event for free and eat and drink during the event.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email Jordan Mitchell at  Volunteer spots are limited and filling up fast, so sign-up today!

If you have anymore questions about A Taste of Germantown & Schnitzelburg, please contact Jordan King at

We can't wait to see everyone at the April General Meeting Spring Cleaning Event on April 27th at 7 pm at the All Wool & Yard Wide Club (1328 Hickory Street)!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Happy Hour Community Clean-Up

Schnitzelburg will be having a community-wide clean-up on on Tuesday, April 21st!  The clean-up is in partnership with Brightside and The Mayor's Give a Day campaign.  

While most neighborhood clean-ups occur on Saturday mornings, we prefer to conduct ours Schnitzelburg Style - with beer!  Any time between 4 and 7 pm, grab supplies (gloves, bags, t-shirts, etc.) from the picnic table on the Hickory side of the Old Hickory Inn.  No need to check in!  Just grab and go.  Any time after you are finished picking up trash, come back to the Old Hickory Inn for special, extended happy hour prices.  You'll deserve a cold one for keeping Schnitzelburg clean!

But don't think the clean-up is just for adults: Kids are awesome, energetic helpers!

The amount of litter you pick up is completely up to you!  Whether you focus on your block, or clean-up an entire stretch of our more trafficked streets, like Shelby Street, the commitment to your community shows in just you participating, not the number of bags you fill up!  

If you don't fancy the happy hour, don't feel like socializing with neighbors, or only have a little time to clean-up, we invite you to clean-up the area around your house.  Just a few minutes can make a big impact.  Plus, it would be great to see everyone out and about, picking up trash, and investing in their neighborhood! 

Here are some environmental, economic, and legal reasons why picking up litter is important:

Litter is ugly. No one likes to live where there is litter. Neighborhoods with a litter problem usually have higher crime, lower property values and less pride in their neighborhood. Litter begets litter. A place that is littered tends to encourage more litter i.e. a dropped off washing machine soon encourages other debris and a dump site is formed. So, the quicker dropped litter is picked up, the less chance it has of accumulating.

Litter is also expensive. Every year, millions of dollars are spent cleaning up litter. Houses for sale in littered neighborhoods usually don’t get the best prices and owners lose money. Fires started by dropped or dumped litter cause millions of dollars of damage every year.

Litter is illegal. Most people are unaware of littering fines. Most localities also have fines for businesses or pedestrians caught littering. Many people are unaware that the person opening a package of gum and dropping the wrapper on the sidewalk is doing an illegal act and, if caught, could face charges. Littering is against the law.

Litter harms plants and degrades natural areas. When garbage is dumped, it can kill or stunt plant growth. Few people think about the harm to natural areas from litter.

Litter kills or injures animals. Many small animals crawl into bottles or jars and get stuck and slowly starve to death. Animals get caught in plastic six pack rings, plastic bags, fishing line and a multitude of throwaways. Birds that are stuck, can’t fly away from danger. Sometimes animals caught in six pack rings are strangled as they grow too big for the opening. Animals get cut, infected and die. Every year, millions of birds, fish and animals die from litter.

Litter is a problem that can be controlled. Education is an important tool. People who are aware of the dangers of litter often make more of an effort to always put their trash the correct place. They also spread the word to others they see littering and teach them to dispose of garbage the right way. Community clean ups encourage people to take pride in their community and keep it clean. Quick removal of litter keeps it from growing into an unmanageable dump site. People can make a difference. Litter can be conquered.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

April Newsletter!

Are you ready for April?!?  Yes, I think we all are!

Click here for the SACC April newsletter.  This issue is dedicated to the alleys in the community.

There are a lot of upcoming activities in April, so don't miss a thing!  Several events are listed in the newsletter, including Shakespeare in Emerson Park & this month's General Neighborhood Meeting Spring Cleaning Event!

Get up-to-date information by "liking" the SACC Facebook page & visiting the blog regularly (have you signed up for email alerts?)!

SACC now has an Instagram account!  Follow us @saccmember and use #schnitzelburg !
Also, don't forget to read our last post about the Repair Affair!  You or someone you may know might be able to get free house repairs if they qualify!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Repair Affair

Know an elderly person wtih a leaky faucet that needs repairing?  Are you a disabled person who could benefit from having grab bars and a wheelchair ramp installed?  Does your elderly neighbor need her gutters cleaned and and some yard work done?

If you or someone you know could use assistance, Repair Affair could be a great resource.  

Repair Affair, a program through New Directions Housing Corporation (NDHC), is aimed at helping elderly and disabled homeowners make essential repairs to their home at no cost to them.
New Directions Repair Affair is a volunteer driven program that helps elderly or disabled homeowners with repairs. Eligible participants must be over the age of 60 or certified as disabled, own their home and make less than 50% AMI, or about $21,000 a year. Repairs range from simple yard work to more complicated wheelchair construction. Volunteer teams select which homes they want to work on and the repairs happen throughout the summer and fall.
For more information, visit NDHC's website or contact Jacie Morgan by email ( or by phone (502.719.7153).  

NDHC is accepting applications for the 2015 Repair Affair through April 30th.  

If you aren't disabled or elderly, think of any neighbors who could benefit from having their home repaired.  Drop an application off in their mailbox or give it to them in person.  Talking with them face to face could give you an opportunity to see if they need any help submitting their application.

Repair Affair is also looking for volunteers!  Whether you are handy with a tool belt or you would prefer to do some less intensive work such as writing thank you cards, Repair Affair could use you!

Let's be great neighbors and make Schnitzelburg a community that cares!  

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Schnitzelburg 100 Years Ago!

This article marks the 100th post on this blog since its inception in April of 2013 (thanks for reading!)!  In keeping with the "100" theme,  we are going to take a virtual tour of Schnitzelburg life 100 years ago using the 1915 City Directory:

Goss Avenue was home to many German familys including: Happel, Weber, Blumer, Schmitt, Huebner, Vettiner, Rothgerber, Streckfuss, Siehlmann, Schwankert, Snider, Metzler, Mueller, Hillenbrand, Herrman, Scharre, Lotz, Wetstein, Berger, Fritsche, Merz, Borgel, Snider, Feger, Klauser, Ohlmann, Breitenstein, Haarman, Mohr, Bayens, Schoenbaechler, Sturtzel, and Frankenstein (as in Benjamin, 948 Goss).

The B.F. Elfrig Saloon was located at Goss and Boyle (929-933 Goss Avenue). 

W.F. Hauck Dry Goods was located at 1000 Goss Avenue.

Fred Schurch Dairy was at the corner of Goss and Eastern Parkway.

J.H. Taphorn Saloon was listed at 1053 Goss Avenue.

Taphorn Saloon; Currently Four Pegs Beer Lounge & Social Eatery

Jos Goss Dairy was located at 1355 Goss Avenue and Texas.

The Weber farm was located at Texas and Milton.

The Bauer dairy farm was located at Texas and Burnett.

Milton Avenue Reformed Church is listed at 853 Milton.

Milton Avenue Reformed Church; Currently Right Now Harvest Church

While the front door of Louisville Cotton Mills faced Goss Avenue, the business was listed at 1318 McHenry Street.

Jacob Hartstern and W.E. Brentlinger operated a saloon at Ash and Shelby.

J.H. Herbig Grocery was located at 1038 Ash.

E.G. Fernow Drugs was across the street at 1039 Ash Street.

A view of the cobblestone sidewalk on Ash Street.

Sarah Arnold Drygoods was located at 1100 Lydia Street and faced Bayens Grocery across the street at 1101 Lydia.

The St. Elizabeth Sister's House was located at 1010-1012 Burnett.   St. Elizabeth's Parochial School is listed at 1016 Burnett and the church is listed at 1030 Burnett.

Knabel's Grocery is listed 1101 Burnett.

Hickory Street was home to the Emerson School at Hickory and Sylvia Streets.

Emerson School; Currently Emerson Park and Gardens

*Thanks to Lisa Pisterman, our friendly neighborhood historian, for writing this article.  Lisa is the author of Louisville's Germantown and Schnitzelburg, a book filled with history and pictures of Germantown and Schnitzelburg's bygone past.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

March Newsletter and February Meeting Recap

As the weather gets warmer, the event calendar starts to fill up!  Many great events are featured in this month's newsletter, including the 3rd Annual SACC Easter Egg Hunt!

Also, a BIG thank you to the nearly 40 neighbors who braved the bitter cold and made it the the February General Neighborhood Meeting!  Mike Morris gave an update on the Goss Avenue Beautification Project, our newly elected District 10 Councilman Steve Magre introduced himself, we created "love notes" for local businesses, wrote on hearts what we loved about Schnitzelburg, and enjoyed some chili!  

Photo courtesy of whattheSchnitzelburg via Instagram

Mark your calendars for our next General Neighborhood Meeting on Monday, April 27th.  The theme will be "Spring Cleaning," our featured speaker will be from Brightside, and we will have bins for your to get rid of old electronics, medications, CFL bulbs, and more!  Stay tuned for details!

Be careful during this next round of winter weather & be sure to check on your neighbors.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fall in Love with the February Newsletter!

This time of year can be so cold and dreary, but luckily there are so many great places in our neighborhood to gather together!  A visit to a local restaurant, coffee shop, pub, or store might be just the thing to cure the winter blahs!  Hey!  SACC has a General Meeting this month--why don't you join us?

Also, please share with us what you LOVE about Schnitzelburg!  Comment below or on our Facebook page!  Let's show the world why our neighborhood is so loved!
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone!