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The Valley SkyWatcher Magazine

A Publication of the Chagrin Valley Astronomical Society

P.O. Box 11 Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44022

January 2002 Edition

All members of CVAS and the OTAA are encouraged to contribute ideas, articles, images and observation reports for possible inclusion in future issues of this monthly update and in the quarterly editions of The Valley SkyWatcher.

January Meeting Summary:

No new members at the January meeting:


Bank Account: $ 3225.35

Petty Cash: $ 44.00

Land Fund: CLOSED (All funds for the land purchase will go into the general fund and payments on the land contract will be taken from that fund)

Observatory Director:

Nothing new to report this month, Marty not in attendance


The newsletter editor is looking for any information on the history of the hill for a future edition of the quarterly. Members that have photographs, stories, history of the hill or the scope and how CVAS obtained it or anything else related to the history of IHO are asked to contact John at jsoltis@voyager.net.


Bob could not attend this months meeting but sent word that he will be sending out an observing schedule via email soon and it will also be posted at the Monthly Sky Calendar on our website.

Old Business:

John Gorka reports contacting another area businessman in Chester Township, who is now considering shielding his outdoor lighting. John plans to increase his contacts with area businesses in his ongoing fight of light pollution. John also mentioned the possibility of contacting Ashtabula officials who are considering spotlighting a lift bridge on their waterfront to attract attention.

Also on the subject of light pollution, Larry has contacted Painesville building authorities and offered his services, free of charge, to assist them in planning of outdoor lighting for a major construction project which is currently in the planning stages. 

New Business:

Larry distributed 4 pages of handouts. First is a complete list of currently scheduled events and dates for new and full moons for this year. Second is the priority check off sheet. He reminded everyone to fill one out and return it to him. When he accumulates at least 11 he will give us a report on the priorities we, the CVAS membership, wish to tackle first. Third is a current email list of members with email addresses. Last is a short two paragraph article and accompanying picture concerning light pollution from the Audubon Society.

We set the date for our OTAA convention for June 8th.

The Natural History Museum will be dedicating its new planetarium on January 15th between 11:30AM and 1 PM. A lunch will be served. Check the Cleveland Museum of Natural History site for more information .

Jack Smith reported preliminary contacts with state officials seeking to distribute wetlands conservation money to local groups. The purpose is for the local groups to buy up wetlands for preservation. He will continue to investigate the possibility of joining with Lake, Geauga or Ashtabula park systems in a cooperative effort which would either expand the area at our disposal at IHO or obtain a second site in Ashtabula County.

Steve Fishman announced the formal roll-out the new CVAS website, it's new name as www.chagrinvalleyastronomy.org and the site's redesign. We have 30 MB of space to fill up so any pictures, articles, etc. are welcome to add to the site.


Special Photos:
October 30, 2003 Aurora