Monday, August 31, 2015

September Newsletter

The September SACC newsletter is here!!  Lots of info about what is going on in the neighborhood, including a lot of fun fall events, such as:

Three Points Block Party

Celebrate the completion of Three Points and help us fundraise for more public art in our communities!

MUSIC, FOOD, BOOZE, ART, AND MORE!! Trust us - you won't want to miss this event! 

This event is open and welcome to everyone, so there will be no cover for the event, but we are asking for at least a $5 donation so we can reach our fundraising goal of $20,000. 

There will be artists painting during the event and guests will be able to silently bid on the artists' work to take home! Proceeds go to the artists and the Three Points fundraiser! Artists include: Henry Cunningham, Braylyn Rosco Stewart, Damon Thompson, Robby Burgess, Ben McCloud, and Sam Mattingly.

The block party will be outside in the lot adjacent to Three Points (Save-a-lot/Derby Dental).


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Bike parking will be available courtesy of Falls City Community Bike Works and Bicycling for Louisville.

Are you a non-profit that would like to be involved? A human with a good heart that wants to volunteer? Someone who is licensed to sell delicious edibles to the public? An artist who would like to get their art on during the event? Shoot and email to

SACC's 14th Annual Yard Sale

Saturday, September 12th, 8 am to 3 pm.  Join your neighbors to sell and/or shop on the beautiful grassy lot at the corner of Texas and Burnett (1138 East Burnett Avenue)! Reserve your spot today for only $10! You will need to furnish your own tables or blankets.
* Spots MUST be paid for by date of sale, preferably by September 9th.
*Please call Susan Brunton at 759-7132 or send an email to For faster response, please call.
We will promote it but please share the word with your friends.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

District 10 News

Schnitzelburg belongs to Metro Council's 10th District, which is represented by Councilman Steve Magre.  Below is the District 10 e-news from Councilman Magre's office: 

2015 Dainty Contest
On July 27, 2015, the famous Dainty Contest was held at the corner of Goss Ave. and George Hauck Way. Many people turned out on such a hot day for this tradition including yours truly. It is events such as this that create a true community feeling among neighbors.

Steve Magre taking a swing at the Dainty.  Photo by Bret Sohl.

Goss Avenue Corridor
You may have noticed new street signs along the Goss Avenue corridor. They bear the neighborhood logos of Schnitzelburg and Germantown-Paristown - a first for the Metro area. By adding these unique signs to Goss Avenue we hope to bring attention to this growing area of our community. Be sure to look for the new decorative trash cans that will be installed in the next couple of weeks.

Methodone Clinic
I wanted to share with you my thoughts and position regarding the methodone clinic proposed for the Bardstown Road area. I support Councilman Ackerson's strong and aggressive position to fight this conditional use permit allowing this type of business in our area. As of now this item has been withdrawn; however, we must continue to stay on top of this matter should it arise again.
I noticed in the article in the Courier Journal on August 8, the last paragraph cites that if this for profit out of state clinic does find a spot to open its doors it would be the FIRST such for profit business opening in Kentucky. Being first in this instance is a fact the South Carolina based company’s representative should have left unmentioned. There are good reasons why such a business model has not proliferated here and why an out of state owned, FOR-profit MAT business is not a right option, even in 2015.
Louisville leaders have the responsibility to assure that treatment programs are available. We are fortunate to have one of the best treatment-rehab centers in the region. It operates on 15th Street. The location is purposefully isolated from shopping centers and residential areas. It is also on a convenient bus line and close to the many medical complexes that are just east of downtown. Even more important is the high quality of individual treatment that is being performed at this center. This NON profit operates under the name of MORE Center. The acronym stands for Methadone/Opiate Rehabilitation and Education. MORE Center is owned by Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness. Governmental ownership assures elected officials have oversight. There is an ever changing need on stress of rightful rehab programs. Drugs of choice amongst users and those addicted continually change. I really believe protecting the assurance of best practices could be what is at stake here. Cutting cost to sell a hamburger at a fast food establishment is one thing. But to possibly have to watch a for-profit business choose to cut corners on treatment with no ability to respond is another. Legitimate questions I ask are these- Will patients in need of a more costly treatment plan be given a lesser plan in the name of company profits? Will administrators at this new establishment put higher marks on reporting happy news to their shareholders than anything else? Dr. Lorroco and Dr. Jorrisch have done an excellent job leading the MORE Center, and this agency has great support from the many social service agencies that serve our city.
Finally, I enumerate my support for the argument against the location. Historically, individuals in need of treatment have rightfully placed a high premium on being able to do this anonymously. Over time, government has worked hard to support this concept for ALL health conditions that take place to ALL people. Indeed, Federal HIPPA regulations came into existence in support of this reasoning. So how having such a business opening in the midst of a retail shopping area, right next to a residential community, fits this sensitivity is beyond me. It shows that this company making the application lacks interest in projecting itself to Louisville leaders as a caring and sensitive agent of change. Is this the type of business the city wants to go out of its way to welcome?

Neighborway in District 10
Neighborhways are low-volume streets that have been optimized for bicycle travel through the use of shared lane markings.
Shared lane marking (SLMs) or "sharrows" are road marking used to indicate a shared lane environment for bicycles and automobiles. Among other benefits shared lane markings reinforce the legitimacy of bicycle traffic on the street and recommend proper bicycle positioning.
Public Works is recommending a neighborway in the George Rogers Clark Park area:
• Thruston Dr. from Poplar Level Rd. to Delor Ave.
• Delor Ave from Hickory St. to Thruston Dr.
• Pindell Ave from Thruston Dr. to Hess Ln.
This will not create a bike lane and restrict traffic or parking in the area.
If you have any questions or concerns please contact my office at 574-1110.

August is Amnesty Month for Overdue Pet Licenses!
Jessica Montgomery, Director of Metro Animal Services has declared August as Amnesty Month for Overdue Pet Licenses!

Late Fees will be waived when you renew your pet’s license this month! There are three ways to renew your license:
1. Stop by Metro Animal Services at 3705 Manslick Road
2. Call 502-473-7387
3. Renew your pet license online
What are the Benefits to Licensing Your Pet?
• Being reunited with your pet faster which is easier on you and your pet
• Assurance that the lost pet you may encounter on the street has its updated rabies shots
• Animal Services will be able to get your animal to you without it even going into the shelter

Don't wait! Save in August and get your dog or cat’s license renewed! Remember, it is the law.

Liquor License Application
A retail malt beverage by the package license application has been made by Namaste Grocery for 3825 Bardstown Rd., 40218.
If you object to the issuance of this license, you may protest in writing to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, 1003 Twilight Trail, Frankfort, KY, 40601-8400. This must be done by September 7, 2015.

Special State Fair Prices with TARC

District 10 consists of the neighborhoods of Schnitzelburg, Germantown, Buechel, Camp Zachary Taylor, Belmar, Kensington, Oak Hill and Bashford Manor along with the suburban cities of Parkway Village, Audubon Park, Watterson Park and West Buechel make up the district which is also the home of the Louisville Zoo, Joe Creason Park, the Louisville Tennis Center and the Louisville Nature Center.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

August Newsletter!

Click here for the August newsletter!  It's chocked full of goodness - from neighborhood updates (have you noticed the new street signs on Goss?) to a deliciously summer recipe from the manager of Emerson Gardens, Gary Liebert!

Don't forget all past and present newsletters are in the "Newsletters" tab at the top of the page!

You've probably heard us talk about a partnership with Love Louisville Trees and we're happy to announce that the project is moving forward!  From Love Louisville Trees Facebook page:  "It's official - our next neighborhood planting will be in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood on November 14th. If you are a resident of Schnitzelburg (or Merriwether) and would like a tree planted at your home, church or business, please send your name, address, desired planting location, phone number, and whether or not you rent or own to"

Thanks for your continued support of SACC!  Don't forget to purchase or renew your membership! 

Monday, July 27, 2015

45th Annual Dainty Contest - TODAY!

Have you ever wanted to play on old German street game requiring only a whittled broom stick and eat a bologna sandwich while nuns watch enthusiastically with the sounds of a rag time band playing in the background?  Look no further than Schnitzelburg!

On the last Monday on July, a block of Hoertz Street, otherwise known as George Hauck Way, closes down for the annual World Championship Dainty Contest.

George Hauck / Photo by Zahra Farah (Courier Journal)
Revived in 1971 by George Hauck and Charlie Vettiner, the Dainty Contest celebrates its 43rd year this July.  The games are played next to Hauck’s Handy Store, a staple in the Schnitzelburg neighborhood since 1912.  The namesake of the store, George Hauck, will be 95 years old at this year’s Dainty Contest.

Dainty is a game that originated by German immigrants in 1800.  The game requires a 5” stick and a 3’ stick, which can be cheaply made from an old broom stick with the bristles removed.  The 5” stick, known as the dainty, is placed on the ground (usually with cone shaped ends) and the 3’ stick is used to hit the dainty.  The object is to get tap the dainty, making it airborne, hit it like a baseball, and try to get the dainty the furthest, all with one hand behind your back.  Contestants get three strikes (one strike = any contact between both sticks) and then they’re out.

The "dainty"
Though it may sound simple, it isn’t.  Most people don’t even get the dainty more than a couple of feet, let alone a few inches.  However, the record was broken last year by Herb Rowe with a whopping 149 feet and seven inches, beating the previous record that was set in 1981!  The winner gets a trophy and bragging rights, while the person who hit the dainty the shortest goes home with a basket of lemons.  Oh, there is a strange catch – you must be 45 or older to play.

 But the event isn’t just for adults over 45.  Hoertz and Goss will be littered with a mix of people on the upcoming July evening, from little tikes enjoying cotton candy to hipsters having some cool brews to grown-ups playing the lotto out of brightly lit Kentucky Lottery mobiles. 

After the initial contest there will be a one-legged race for the kids and a band, so you might want to bring your dancing shoes.

You can pick up a Dainty meal  – a bologna sandwich, a bag of chips and a whole dill pickle - for the unbelievably low price of $2.00!  Add to this a copious amount of beer and ice cold soft drinks and it’s a party!

Event organizer Gary Allen MC-ing the event
The 45rd World Championship Dainty Contest will be played on Monday, July 27th beginning at 5:45.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

What's the SACC Up To?

Summer means vacation for many people, but the Schnitzelburg Area Community Council is busy as ever working on awesome things in our community.  We wanted to let everyone know what we have been up to lately, so below are some of the things we have been diligently working on.  This isn't a complete list, but we hope this helps you better understand what SACC does!  As always, please feel free to reach out to us about these projects, whether you want to offer a bit of encouragement, volunteer, or address a concern.  We'd love to hear from you!
  • Decorative garbage cans and street signs will be installed in the coming months along Goss Avenue. Trees, landscaped medians, traffic calming measures, crosswalks, public art, and more are other aspects of the Goss Avenue Beautification Project that we are currently working on.
  • SACC is putting together plans to figure out a way to beautify the intersection of South Shelby and Burnett Streets.  Not only are we hoping to beautify the area, but we also want it to stand out as an entrance to Schnitzelburg!
  • The team behind our History Walks are working on recording a virtual history tour of Schnitzelburg.  You may spot Don Haag, Lisa Pisterman, and Steve Cambron filming around the neighborhood! 
  • Love Louisville Trees is partnering with SACC for their fall tree planting.  Over the coming months we will be canvassing the neighborhood, asking people if they would like a free tree planted in their yard.  The goal is to plant over 150 trees on November 14th! Want a tree? Give us a holler! More information soon!
  • Julianne Thomas has been working with Louisville Metro to dedicate the gazebo in Emerson Park to our late Metro Council President Jim King.
  • Improvements are underway at the Emerson Community Garden.  These include fixing a leaky spigot, repairing an old picnic table, and painting a new shed.
  • Movie Night in Emerson Park is scheduled for Saturday, October 10th.  The event will begin at 7 and the movie will begin at 9.  Stay tuned for what spooktacular movie we'll be showing!  
  • #1 Citizen Dinner planning has begun early this year as we are celebrating the 50th annual #1CD!
As always, your membership dues help us continue to do work in the community.  If you haven't yet, please become a member today!  Visit our membership tab for more information, or sign up using PayPal in the right sidebar!

Every month we try to offer a special membership deal. During the month of July, SACC members get a 45 minute massage for just $40 at Massage...Healing for Everyone.  Contact Kim at Massage...Healing for Everyone at 502.494.6509.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

July Newsletter

Hello Neighbors!

Don't forget to become a member of SACC for 2015-2016!  Sign up online via PayPal or send us your payment at: Schnitzelburg Area Community Council P.O. Box 17306 Louisville, Kentucky  40217.  More information can be found on the "Membership" tab at the top of the page!

We hope you have a safe & enjoyable Independence Day holiday & we look forward to seeing you at the 45th World Championship Dainty Contest on Monday, July 27th--more details in the newsletter!

Thank you for your support of SACC!

Monday, June 29, 2015

Neighborhood Meeting Recap: WEBSITES!

As promised (albeit late), here is a list of websites John Hawkins with Center for Neighborhoods presented at our Ice Cream Social last week - plus some!  Click on the yellow link to visit the website.  We added this list to the "Useful Links" tab at the top of the page for quick reference in the future.

Thank you so much to John for putting together such an informative presentation.  If you have any questions for John, shoot him an email at

The Metro Louisville website connects you to services and information from your city government, including the Mayor’s Homepage, Metro Council information, Metro departments and agencies, Metro TV and newsroom, maps, MetroCall 311, construction permit information, event permitting, and more.

  • Codes and Regulations
    •  Information regarding property maintenance violations, Property Maintenance Map-It tool, and other services.  Keyword Search: Property Maintenance
  • MetroCall 311
    •  It’s the place where you can request a service, offer a suggestion, ask a question, share an opinion, or register a complaint relating to city services and events. Keyword Search: MetroCall
    • MetroCall 311 Smartphone App – Available for iPhone and Android, The app allows you to submit service requests on the fly, including reporting potholes, issues with traffic signals, reporting a stray animal, drainage issue, garbage and recycling information and much, much more.
    • Subscribe to Metro Government emails (Metro Council, Planning and Design, Special Events, etc.). Text/email alerts for Junk Pickup days now available. Keyword Search: MetroCall Subscribe

  • LouieStat
    • Performance evaluation statistics of Metro Government departments.

  • VapStat
    • This website is a one stop shop for citizens to learn about the programs and resources available through Metro to: prevent abandonment; ensure that properties are maintained according to Code via enforcement tools; and to support property redevelopment through acquisition and sale of properties. 

LOJIC - The Louisville/Jefferson County Information Consortium (LOJIC) is a multi-agency effort to build and maintain a comprehensive Geographic Information System (GIS) to serve all of Louisville Metro, Kentucky.  Accessible interactive maps can be found at this link and include:

·       Interactive Online Maps which feature:
Property Lines
Streams, wetlands, flood prone areas
Streets, bike routes
Historic Districts
TARC Routes
City/Municipal Boundaries
Planning Districts

·       Where do I vote?
·       Snow Routes/Status
·       Geodetic Control
The 2012 Base Mapping (Buildings, Edges of Pavement, Contours, etc.) for Bullitt, Jefferson, and Oldham Counties are now available for viewing via the LOJIC Online Map as well as several data layers available for Southern Indiana.

The Jefferson County Property Valuation Administrator’s office is the largest PVA office in Kentucky.  The PVA’s mission is to assess all property equitably, maintain accurate parcel information and provide outstanding customer service.
Duties and tasks of the PVA include appraisal of all real estate in the county for listing on the property assessment roll, tracking ownership changes, maintaining maps, updating building characteristics, and administering proper exemptions for real property.  This is a subscription-based service that can be accessed free of charge at any Louisville Free Public Library branch (library card required).
The Jefferson County Clerk provides online access to land records, delinquent property tax records, and other legal documents, as well as motor vehicle registration and voter information.
Jefferson Circuit Court Commissioner’s Office provides information about court sales of foreclosure properties, including results of past sales.
The Jefferson County Sheriff Office is the primary property tax collector in Jefferson County. Other services available online include sex offender search, process paper search, and community services information. is an online tool that helps LMPD provide the public with valuable information about recent crime activity in their neighborhood. It’s goal is to assist police departments in reducing crime through a better informed citizenry. Creating more self reliance among community members is a great benefit to community oriented policing efforts everywhere and has been proven effective in combating crime.

The Kentucky Secretary of State website provides numerous online services and forms with access to information about:
  • Business Records - issues certificates of existence, authorization, and certified copies of the original document on file with the Secretary of State. 
  • Business Filings - administers the incorporation of businesses, both domestic and foreign, profit and nonprofit, including the administration of documents of merger, dissolution, name changes, and certain stock matters.  This office is entrusted with filing, maintaining, and preserving certain historically significant documents and public records of the Commonwealth.  These records include organizational documents for more than 100,000 corporations doing business in Kentucky and trademarks and service marks.
  •  Elections - As Chairman of the State Board of Elections, the Secretary is responsible, along with members of the state board, for maintaining a complete roster of all qualified registered voters within the state by county and precinct; for furnishing each county clerk with a master list of all registered voters in the county; and for maintaining all information furnished to the state board regarding the inclusion or deletion of names from the voting roster.  Also, the Secretary of State is the filing official for candidates seeking statewide office or an office to be voted for by the electors of more than one county; for members of Congress; members of the General Assembly and for all judicial candidates.
  • State Land Office - the place of record for all land grants, warrants, surveys, and other similar transactions.
In addition, the Secretary of State is the keeper of the Seal of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and maintains records of all official acts of the Governor as well as all legislation passed by the General Assembly, appoints notaries public, and in cooperation with the Office of the Governor, issues Kentucky Colonel Commissions. 

GuideStarA public charity website that provides nonprofit information to a broad audience at no cost.  They gather and publicize information about nonprofit organizations to facilitate connections and support, and provide access to IRS Form 990 filed by 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations.

Social Networking Sites

FacebookA social networking website launched in 2004.  Facebook users can add people as friends and send them messages, and update their personal profiles to notify friends about themselves. Additionally, users can join networks organized by neighborhoods, HOA’s, community groups, schools, etc. Anyone over the age of 13 can become a Facebook user.

TwitterA social networking and microblogging service that enables its users to send and read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text-based posts of up to 140 characters displayed on the author's profile page and delivered to the author's subscribers who are known as followers.

NextDoor - Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It's the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. People are using Nextdoor to:

·  Quickly get the word out about a break-in
·  Organize a Neighborhood Watch Group
·  Track down a trustworthy babysitter
·  Find out who does the best paint job in town
·  Ask for help keeping an eye out for a lost dog
·  Find a new home for an outgrown bike
·  Finally call that nice man down the street by his first name

 Nextdoor’s mission is to use the power of technology to build stronger and safer neighborhoods.