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Ed Hauser Was a Driving Force in Whiskey Island Activism

November 16th, 2008 · 4 Comments

I was at the grocery store and saw the PD in the cart of the woman in front of me.  I realized I hadn’t read the paper yet today (I do it online) so when I got home I did. It was sad to read an obit about Ed Hauser. He was only 47 years old.

I did not really know Ed personally. But if I was at a County Planning Commission Mtg, he was there. If I was at a Port Authority meeting (like the one Meet the Bloggers held), Ed was there. If I was at an Ohio City or Connecting Cleveland meeting, Ed was there.

He was so committed to what he did and I’m sure was a thorn in the side to people involved in any development ideas that surrounded or included Whiskey Island. But you know what? That kind of grass roots activism is what makes a difference.  If he had to  pass away at such a young age, he leaves a legacy of heartfelt effort on Whiskey Island’s behalf. 

I’m sure many (if not all) of the NE Ohio bloggers will be noting his passing.  Read the article – it’s a great way to realize just what activism can accomplish.

Peace out – 3C

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  • 1 Christine Bucknell // Nov 17, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    Remembering Ed Hauser-Activist, Watch dog and Friend.

    Ed Hauser worked tirelessly to save Whiskey Island and the New Wendy Park. You could not open the paper, watch T.V. or attend a public meeting and not see Ed fighting for our lakefront! And it is because of all his efforts, hard work and determination we all owe him a great debt of gratitude. Whether you play volleyball there, bird watch, hike, boat, visit the Sunset Grille or enjoy those remarkable sunsets…remember, Ed Hauser!

    Saving Whiskey Island and Wendy Park is not where his sense of civic responsibility ended, as he soon became known as Citizen Hauser. Whenever Ed felt we needed to know more, whether is was about the shoreway, bridges or the proposed Medical Mart…Ed was out there working and being our watch dog. He did not get paid and he rarely got thanked. He just did what he felt he needed to do to make Cleveland better and stronger for all of us. And he did!

    Ed is a great example that if you believe in something, no matter how much the odds are stacked against you… fight for it! You will be surprised on what you can accomplish! So, in memory of our friend, get involved in your community and demand answers. This would the greatest tribute of all!

    Finally, the next time you visit Whiskey Island and Wendy Park…look up to the sky and thank him personally, because you know he will be there!

    God Bless you Ed and Rest in Peace my friend.

    Christine Bucknell
    Hudson, OH
    440.759.5983 Cell

  • 2 Carole Cohen // Nov 17, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    Thank you, Christine, for fleshing out more about Ed. And I most definitely will think of him when I’m on Whiskey Island

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