Six or seven years after doing more than 50 oral history interviews, ohoberlin is being repurposed to serve as a public journal for my Spring 2021 internship toward my Public Administration degree at Lorain County Community College. Thanks to the Oberlin Recreation Department (for which I also sit on the city’s commission), I am interning with the purpose of finding out the social and recreational needs of seniors in the city for their purpose of identifying how the city might engage those needs.
This week I interviewed Oberlin resident Gina Makris. Some context. She references IGA. I work at IGA. She mentions my father a couple times. Sid Comings, by name, he can be frequently seen around town walking or biking.
Know anyone who might have an important take on social, recreational or other needs of senior citizens in Oberlin? Send them my way: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Six or seven years after doing 50+ oral history interviews, ohoberlin is being repurposed to serve as a public journal for my Spring 2021 internship toward my Public Administration degree at Lorain County Community College. Thanks to the Oberlin Recreation Department (for which I also sit on the city’s commission), I am interning with the purpose of finding out the social and recreational needs of seniors in the city for their purpose of identifying how the city might engage those needs.
Kathy Burns, client services coordinator for Oberlin Community Services, has been with the agency for 14 years. For their purpose, “senior” is defined at 60 and older.
“It’s difficult right now with Covid, in addition to the financial and food aid we’re here for them just as somebody to talk to,” she shared. “One senior in particular wanted me to type her will for her.” During pre-Covid times, the agency’s Saturday distribution would include grilling and outdoor music events.
“People would come early. They would just sit and talk,” she said.
The agency, this week, starts its five-year planning.
Starting this week I am an intern with the Oberlin Recreation Department for the equivalent of one day each week as I work toward my associate’s degree in Public Administration. I intend a few brief podcasts on the way.
Editor’s note: This corrects the inadvertent omission by technical difficulty of two minutes of my interview with Jason.
I’ve known about Jason Williams since before his time on the Oberlin City School board of education. To be transparent about it, my younger child attended one of the early editions of his tech camp, “GET with the PROGRAM.”
People who launch their own businesses fascinated me with their perseverance, and Jason was no exception. Growing up in Lorain, he attended Oberlin College and lived for a time in Japan where he marketed himself as a musician while teaching business English.
We could have used more than an hour, but I figure this way we can pick up on a conversation the next time we bump into each other.
I knew Sam Muro as a kid growing up in Oberlin as the younger brother of a classmate. Even in small towns, don’t always know everyone well even if you know people.
What I knew is that he was a kid with a lot of energy. What I did not know was his passion for woodworking even as a kid, an interest which has manifested itself in his creation of the Olde Timber Workshop. Sam reclaims old wood and turns it into new creations ranging from boxes to coffee tables.
I helped Sam relocate his shop recently and was interested in the way he described his process, the extent to which he has invested himself in his new business, and the ways in which it ties to Oberlin.
Revisiting an an episode from a couple years ago, I thought I would prime for this week’s first new interview by republishing a great conversation I had with Lester Allen. Allen, until just a few weeks ago, was my mail carrier. But to the Oberlin community he is much more.
Good morning. Follow the link to the more detailed information, but I am actively trying plan my next round of Oberlin interviews. I have initial funding to reactivate my storage plan with WordPress and hope to get new stories up in the next two-three weeks.