True American Hero - SERVICE above SELF

Submitted by lmcshane on Sun, 04/14/2019 - 15:48.

STANLEY H. ADAMS(1921 - 2019)

born July 16, 1921 in Elcor, Minnesota, died peacefully at The Cleveland Clinic surrounded by family and friends on Monday, April 8, 2019. He was 97. He is survived by his nine children, Marie (Michael) Rehmar, Laverne (Michael) Kaminski, Stanley L. Adams, Sharon (Jay) Molvie, Delbert L. (Gina) Adams, Karin A. Eisenhardt, Luke B. Adams, Alice (Steve) Hoffarth, and John F. Adams; 20 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Stanley was preceded in death (1965) and remained connected to his beloved wife of eighteen years, Doris Birtic Adams, who distinguished herself as the first Slovenian woman attorney in America. Stanley served as an Ordnance Officer and expert sharpshooter in the United States Army in World War II stationed in the Pacific theater: New Guinea and the Philippines earning two Bronze Stars. He was an active member of the Rotary Club of Cleveland for over 35 years, enjoying perfect attendance for the majority of his membership.


Stanley was one of the three founding members of the Rapid Recovery Project which was a beautification project sponsored by the City of Cleveland and promoted by the Rotary Club of Cleveland. It involved clean up and maintaining a three mile stretch of property along the RTA Rapid Transit train track right of way near the West 25th Street station in Cleveland. Stanley was recognized by government officials and the Rotary Club of Cleveland for his exemplary leadership in this project. He served on various committees and was a Paul Harris Fellow and an Honorary Past President of the Rotary Club. Stanley was also a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Stanley retired from a 55 year career at Nationwide Insurance in his mid-80's after serving multi-generations of policyholders meeting their personal, property, casualty and life insurance needs. He also partnered with his wife to form Standor Realty, owning and managing residential real estate throughout Cleveland. Stanley was a Roman Catholic and a member of St. Louis Parish (Cleveland Heights). He volunteered with the church's work with homeless as well as helping with the landscaping and beautification of the church grounds. More recently, Stanley attended services at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, OH and St. Philomena Church in Cleveland, OH.

"Stanley was a leader among leaders and an inspiration to all who had the privilege to know him. He was the personification of Rotary's motto - Service Above Self - dedicated and committed throughout his life to giving back to those less fortunate. He was kind and generous and a true gentlemen...and loved his family above all else. When he entered a room, his smile would brighten everyone's day," remarked Beverly Ghent-Skrzynski, Rotary International District Governor, Northeast Ohio. He was a special person who enriched the lives of his family and his community.

Stanley was the consummate volunteer. If someone was in need, he was always the first person to show up to help (and the first to disappear so that others would be recognized for the aid provided). Put simply, he put his hands where his heart and head were. He worked quietly, behind the scenes, and with little fanfare as he put his fingerprints on many projects throughout the city of Cleveland. Many would say that he transformed an area of need overnight with his untiring efforts. Stanley enjoyed traveling, camping, and was a winter sports enthusiast, assisting in the formation of the Cleveland High School Ice Hockey League in the late 60's. Friends may call at the SCHULTE AND MAHON-MURPHY FUNERAL HOME, 5252 MAYFIELD RD. (BETWEEN RICHMOND AND BRAINARD), LYNDHURST FOR VISITATION ON SUNDAY FROM 2-6 P.M. All are asked to gather at St. Philomena Church of Communion of Saints Parish, 13824 Euclid Ave., East Cleveland on Monday at 10 a.m. to celebrate Stanley's Mass of Christian Burial. Interment Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested in his name to the Stanley H. Adams "Service Above Self Memorial Award" c/o Cleveland Rotary Foundation, 377 Lear Rd, Suite 222, Avon Lake, OH 44012 (Please draft checks payable to the Cleveland Rotary Foundation).

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Thank you Stan - AND LENNIE and Dan Moore


If not for the work of Rotary started by Stan Adams and continued by Lennie Stover - the Cleveland Metroparks and Board President Dan Moore would not have been able to win the federal TIGER grant that completed Lake Link and built two segments of the Red Line Greenway.  The RLG needs to be FINISHED to downtown.

Why the RED LINE is so GREAT and the MIDWAY sucks

 Reposting from Feb 2023 ^^^^^^^^^^ SEE ABOVE posts

Recently, I have been attacked for criticizing the Bike Cleveland Midway Project.  So, why is it stupid? 

1.) Both Bike Cleveland projects (Lorain/Superior Streetscapes) will construct "bike infrastructure" on two streets that should be priority for urban TRANSIT.
2.) The COST - over $54M and growing with a significant amount coming directly from City of Cleveland taxpayers (various estimates for both $7.5M).

Meanwhile, thanks to over thirty plus years of DONATED labor on the Greater Cleveland Red Line right-of-way by Cleveland Rotary members, especially Lennie Stover - the Cleveland Metroparks applied and were granted a significant federal grant.


In July 2016, Cleveland Metroparks was announced as a winner of $7.950 million for its Re-Connecting Cleveland: Pathways to Opportunity grant application in the highly competitive Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program through the US Department of Transportation. Submitted in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and LAND studio, TIGER funds are being used to construct five trail projects totaling over four miles, including a new bridge, to fill critical gaps in the active transportation network in the city of Cleveland.
So for $7.950M
Residents got: 


Dan Moore - Metroparks Trustee - supported Ed Hauser's efforts to have Whiskey Island connected to the Metroparks' Emerland Necklace.
THE METROPARKS would NOT have received the federal TIGER grant without the Red Line component.  It made the project MULTIMODAL - not just bikes - but also pedestrians, wheelchairs, strollers, dog walkers, runners and TRANSIT, INCLUDING four-season MAINTENANCE of a LINEAR Park - not a median strip.

State Representative Tom Patton - RIGHTLY - called out the use of federal and state monies proposed for a center line trail (the Midway) - he was promptly shot down.  The City of Cleveland is driving this initiative pushed by the Bike Cleveland lobby.  Their pet projects are sucking up federal and state CMAQ monies and City of Cleveland tax revenue.   

NOACA is supposed to represent 5 counties - not just Cuyahoga County.  How do Medina, Lorain, Lake and Geauga county feel about the Midway project ?? 

Maybe, State Rep Tom Patton should ask why these two bike projects were prioritized in the first place? Who really benefits? 

FINISH the Red Line Greenway.


Morgana Run was first Rails to Trails (Cuyahoga County)

I posted today to FB - Morgana Run had a Canalway RiverDay clean up of Morgana Run trail on Sat May 4, 2024:

 (FTR - City of Cleveland is supposed to maintain and they don't)


Morgana Run is example of how City of Cleveland will "maintain" Superior and Lorain "bike tracks" - Fun fact: a Rails To Trails project. Bike CLE wanted use of CMAQ monies for the east side connector OVER the Red Line Greenway. I attended the Bike CLE meeting where board members and audience BOO'ed NOACA awarding the money to RLG.

Were it NOT for 30+ years of volunteer commitment and preliminary engineering by Lennie Stover Metroparks would not have received first federal TIGER grant EVER. Now Metroparks has a RAISE application for $19.5 million (w/o the need for a match) for the east side trail connectors. Finally - Morgana Run (which has West Creek Conservancy component) will get folded into the Metroparks portfolio of All Purpose Trails. If the USDOT grant is funded. You can thank Lennie and Rotary for these trails.


FIRST Rails to Trails was Summit County Bike Hike trail along old interurban route.